Goddess Cailleach Candle Info Page
Goddess of Winter
The Cailleach (KAL-y-ach), is the Crone Goddess of winter and transformation. The Cailleach is the old woman, the hag, the witch. Her appearance is terrifying. She is the ancient goddess. She is old, wrinkled, pale blue and always wears a veil. Her teeth are red and black. Sometimes she only has one eye and her clothes are decorated with skulls. One of her attributes is a hammer with which she can make and break mountains and cause thunderstorms. She is the goddess of winter, in that role she is called Cailleach Bhéarra. But she is also the goddess of the weather, she is the leader of the packs of hungry wolves in winter. She can walk over mountain peaks and she controls streams and rivers. She is a creating deity, she makes and changes the landscape. Especially in Ireland and Scotland many places are devoted to her and there are countless stories about how she created certain places. Her power makes her able to create and destruct, just like the earth. She is the ancient goddess of the Land. She made Scotland when she walked across the land while dropping rocks and peat from her bask et. She is called the mother of all gods and goddesses.
This Goddess Gemstone Candle can be used:
On Yule/Winter Solstice – December 20, 21 or 22. Depending upon the alendar (special ritual below provided for Yule)
When you wish to call Goddess Cailleach’s energy into your life
To honor Goddess Cailleach (mantra’s and offering guide provided below)
Fragrance: Twigs & Berries - Rich currant is blended with soft woods, cinnamon and a hint of peach and orange.
Herbs: Mugwort, Lavender
Goddess Cailleach Mantras
Light this candle to honor and call in Goddess Cailleach’s healing energy. If you wish, use the mantras provided below when lighting your candle or while performing a ritual of your choice.
“Woman of the clifftop
Woman of the hearth
Woman of the tillage
Mother of the Dark
Cailleach of the sea shore
Cailleach of the mart
Cailleach of the meeting place
Mother of the dark”
I call to you.
I enter your Sacred Cave with courage and trust.
Casting aside my worries,
Laying them down like the stones they are.
I come seeking
She who is Bringer of Winter,
And Keeper of the Fire.
I seek renewal in your Sacred Cave,
Which shelters me from the storms of winter,
I light this candle to call you forth, Wise Woman.
I come to be nourished and blessed by your presence.
I welcome you, Stone Mother.
I embrace you, Wise Woman,
With gratitude and openness.
For blessing me with your presence,
Hear my stories,
And grant me your wisdom.
Goddess Cailleach Offerings
Consider adding some of these items around your candle to honor Goddess Cailleach:
Create a Winter’s Journey to the Cailleach altar with stones, branches (blackthorn, previously mentioned trees) and seasonal animal spirits. The Cailleach takes care of the animals in winter. Owls and deer are particularly attuned to her energy, as are creatures of the cave (mice, bats, spiders).
Yule/Winter Solstice Ritual - December 20-22
Yule is a pagan celebration of the winter solstice, which marks the longest night of the year and therefore the return of the sun. On this day, the earth’s axis tilts away from the sun in the Northern Hemisphere and the sun reaches its greatest distance from the equatorial plane. Slowly but surely, the days start to get progressively longer. Because of this meaningful shift in seasons, the overall theme of Yule is about rebirth and renewal. Ultimately, this is a festival of the sun, so light is an important element. Flickering candles, bonfires, twinkle lights, and the traditional lighting of the tree all represent this celebration of the slow returning of the light. Recognize that Yule is a time of closure, especially in relation to solar-driven activities in your life – groups and organizations, major work projects, corporations, etc. Gracefully let go of those things that are no longer needed. Add mediation and prayer, tuned to the lowest ebb of solar energies, to your daily activities during this period.
Step 1: Set up your alter/sacred space as you like. Consider adding some of the offerings/tributes for Goddess Cailleach that are suggested above.
Step 2: Cleanse your aura and your space. You can use a burn bundle, incense, sage spray or even use a broom to “sweep” the energy away (Order your Burn Bundle here to assist!)
Step 3: Light your Goddess Cailleach candle and repeat the following mantra: “I am free of shame, and restored to full integrity.”
Honor Goddess Cailleach by doing any of the following activities:
Use a Tarot or Oracle deck and do the following spread from http://www.thecuriouscardslinger.co.uk/
Make your own Yule log. (If you don’t have a fireplace, you can carve holes in a log, and insert metal tea candles cups). Decorate with evergreens, ribbons and ivy.
Empower mistletoe for healing and prosperity.
Empower Yule and Christmas cards with loving energy.
Empower Yule tree ornaments for prosperity.
Make an Evergreen Yule Wreath.
Celebrate in candlelight.
Journal using the following prompts: “What am I doing to heal myself, in this season of rest, repose and recuperation?”
Step 5: Give thanks to Goddess Cailleach for her blessings and snuff out your candle (if it has been burning for 2+ hours). You are welcome to keep the alter and offerings out for the Goddess if you wish.
Candle Care Tips
Gems may fall towards wick once a large melt pool starts, if this happens just push it back towards the edge so it can burn properly or remove and enjoy your stone sooner. Once your candle is burned down your stone can be washed with soap and warm water to keep.
The first time you light your candle, you MUST let it burn for at LEAST 2 hours! The idea is to create a wax pool that reaches the sides of the candle to achieve an even burn every time it is lit. Burning for less time creates a tunnel that can lead to your candle putting itself out constantly and essentially rendering the candle useless.
Place candles in flameproof jars or cups to double the burn time. Always trim the wick before burning. Even if you’re relighting a candle, trim the wick to 1/4 inch. When the wick is too long it will burn uneven and create soot/smoke.
Keep candles away from direct sunlight. Candles in direct sunlight will lose their colour.
Use a snuffer to extinguish a candle. Always snuff out your spell candles as blowing (using the element Air) will undo all your hard work.
Extinguish any candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep ensuring the wick ember is no longer glowing.
Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc.
Keep burning candles out of the reach of children and pets.
Always use a candle holder specifically designed for candle use. The holder should be heat resistant, sturdy and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.
Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents, ceiling fans and air currents. This will help prevent rapid, uneven burning, and avoid flame flare-ups and sooting.
Never touch or move a burning candle or container candle when the wax is liquid.
Place burning candles at least 6 cm apart from one another. This helps ensure they don’t melt each other, or create their own drafts that cause improper burning.
Never extinguish candles with water. The water can cause the hot wax to splatter and can cause glass containers to break.
Extinguish a candle if it repeatedly smokes, flickers, or the flame becomes too high. The candle isn’t burning properly. Cool, trim the wick to 1/4 inch, then check for drafts before relighting.
Special care should be taken when burning spell candles that contain herbs. Always remove any labels, ribbons, adornments, make sure the candles not near burnable material and dust off any herbs/resins around the wick of the candle before lighting.
Do not leave burning candles unattended as they contain dried herbs and crystals. Keep candles away from pets and children and from anything flammable.