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Goddess Cailleach (Yule/Winter Solstice – Dec 20-22)

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 th