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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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Jude Lally is a forager of stories. You’ll find her out wandering the hills around Loch Lomond, reading the signs that guide her to stories in the land.

As a Cultural Activist, she draws upon the inspiration from old traditions to meet current needs.
She uses keening as a grief ritual, a cathartic ritual to express anger, fear, and despair for all that is unfolding within the great unraveling.
As a doll maker, she views this practice as one that stretches back to the first dolls which may have been fashioned from bones and stones and ancient stone figurines such as the Woman of Willendorf. She uses dolls as a way of holding and exploring our own story, and relationship to the land as well as ancestral figures.

She gained her MSc Masters Degree in Human Ecology at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland) and lives on the West Coast of Scotland on the banks of the River Clyde, near Loch Lomond. She is currently writing her first book, Path of the Ancestral Mothers.



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