Sisterhood of the Antlers

Stories of the Ancestral Mothers of Scotland from folk magic and the wise women who honored them. Rooted in the Bean Feasa (Wise Woman) tradition.

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A Visit From Sheela

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Some days it’s interesting to see who just turns up each morning in that magical half light that isn’t quite dawn and isn’t quite day. Sometimes I sit alone and on others I have company. Sometimes it is the brush of crow’s wing and I know Talieasker is close. On other days I can feel a warming on my back and I know there are ancestors peering over my shoulder – curious to see what’s going on.

Then on some days, others swoop in to help – such as the appearance of Sheela-na-gig in offering her protection to help a young girl. Sheela’s story is multi-layered as the different era’s added on their interpretation. While she holds the power of regeneration I sometimes see her in a Baubo stance – yet instead of evoking laughter she can invoke a defending primal scream of terror which holds the fury of women everywhere.

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I am descended from a long line of wise women – for I too am a shapeshifter, a mythmaker, a woman who has always had one ear to the ground and a foot in the other world. I am a listener to old bones and a collector of stories that I gather from the shorelines, deep in forests or atop mountains. Sometimes my shadow shows my other selves sometimes crow sometimes bear, I am She Who Wears Antlers.

I am a radical doll maker, taking this tradition back to its roots and the hands of my foremothers. They remind us of our sacred connection to this world, the otherworld and our ancestors. I am a collector of stories, carrying old ones and those who need retelling.

I am inspired by the Bean Feasa tradition, a wise woman tradition that stretches back past pre-Celtic generations. People sought the wisdom of the wise woman in times of personal crisis and today this tradition can help us face this deepening global crisis.

I am a cultural activist working from the Bean Feasa tradition rooted in pre-patriarchy which honors imagination and creativity and provides us with tools that can help us overcome the psychological effects of patriarchy.

Visit my website for details of online courses, in-person workshops and our annual pilgrimage to the lands of the Ancestral Mothers of Scotland.


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