An Introduction to the Cailleach
The Cailleach is an ancient pre-Celtic figure, a divine hag, a creatrix. She is so old she has no known genealogy or traditions associated with her. This course sets out to explore who is the Cailleach through five sessions and offers audio stories guided meditations and art projects to help you foster a relationship with her.
The course covers:
1.Her Great Age.
An exploration into the meaning behind her name and examining the Cailleach in relation to other figures in global primal myth.
2. Pilgrimage. Take a pilgrimage and explore three sacred sites in Ireland and four sites in Scotland relating to the Cailleach.
3. Her Changing Story. Explore the Cailleach’s relationship with the Goddess Brighid and the reasons behind why her story has changed over the ages which have morphed in to tales describing her as a cruel old hag.
4. Down to the Roots. We explore the roots of a couple of examples of Cailleach folk lore tracing them back as far as we can to see what it can tell us about her origins and meanings.
5. Her role for our time. Finally we explore the role of the Bean Feasa, the wise woman and the role she has played over countless generations and in particular, times of personal crisis. We assess the role of the Bean Feasa today in considering what the wise woman can offer us in this time of global crisis.
The course offers guided meditations and art projects such as journaling and collage to get the most from your impressions of this old crone. There is the option to build a small altoid tin altar as the course progresses taking the time to careful add something meaningful as you complete each lesson.