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An Altar for Cailleach Bheur & guided journey to her great cauldron

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Altoid tin altar  




She is the singer of storms

The whisperer of death...

It is she who utters the invitation to slow down and pay attention to the bones. 

For it is only here, in death, that the promise of rebirth is sown. 


Who were the priestesses of this old Hag? 

The attendants to her rock and bone shrines. 

Did they, like her, 

Raise their slachans and ritualize the great dying back to the roots? 


In this time of darkness gather those things that you are not sure of. 

Those lingering things that are tangled around you - 

bring them to the Bone Mother so she may strike them down.  


Click here for a guided journey and enter the swirling waters of her great cauldron....

(file is hosted on soundcloud)



Bone Mother with the swirling waters of her cauldron - inspired by the Corryvrecken whirlpool 



 Hag Stones - It is said you can see into the otherworld through their hole portals



 Felted 'Daughter of the Cailleach' inspired by the river stones at the cailleach Shrine, Tigh na Cailleach, Scotland. Click here for shrine photo source



 Bone Mother rock



You can learn more about the Cailleach with my online course - click here for more details 



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As an artist and Cultural Activist, Jude Lally is rooted in the inspiration of her Ancestral Mothers. All her work comes about through exploring her relationship with the land through art, ritual, imagination, and creativity.

She uses the inspiration of old traditions to meet modern needs. While keening, was traditionally a way to ament the death of someone in the community, Jude uses it today as a way to address modern needs in allowing an expression of grief we hold for all that is happening across the planet. In using keening in this cathartic way she then engages participants with gestures of ritual which help them deal with their grief and then inspires them to work in creative ways in acts of resistance, working towards a restorative culture.

She calls herself a Radical doll maker who views her art as part of a practice that stretches back to the first dolls fashioned from bones and stones – such as the Woman of Willendorf.

She gained her MSc Masters Degree in Human Ecology at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland) in partnership with the Center for Human Ecology, with her thesis entitled ‘Fire in the Head, Heart, and Hand. A Study of the Goddess Brighid as Goddess Archetype and her Relevance to Cultural Activists in Contemporary Scotland’. She currently lives in Asheville, Western North Carolina but is moving back to Scotland this year.



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