A Pilgrimage Into the Eye of the Storm

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I’m just about to log off and head to the airport. There is a storm raging over the Atlantic, battering Scotland,England and Ireland. A wild storm creating 40 foot waves – raging, squalling!

The below picture shows the intensity, a black eye, a black hole, one giant eye. Could it be the Cailleach beating down? Whipping up her ferocity, claiming winter as her own.

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We will see if flights are flying tonight. Maybe there will be a calm after her rage – perhaps a glimpse of the northern lights over Greenland? Gazing out into inly skies with dead cold stars shinning brightly.

A fitting Pilgrimage to visit the old creatrix hag!

Honoring the Cailleach – a workshop 11/22

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This saturday we come together for a very special circle, to honor the great hag – the Cailleach. She who is the bone mother, the death bringer. A misunderstood figure as death is so necessary in order to provide regeneration and in turn life.

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Click on image for ‘Cailleach Bhearra’ film

She is an ancient figure, way older than the Celts. We will explore the main sites relating to her, her role as creatrix and what animals are associated with her and what insights they give to her. We’ll also explore her as the crone face of the goddess Brighid but also in her role as the great mother.

In the afternoon we will create a mini Cailleach doll and discuss how we might work with her throughout the dark months.

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We have a couple of spaces left, if you wish to reserve a place please email me at celticsoulcraft (at) gmail.com

Celebrating Highland Women

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Sat 15th November, 10.30 – 5.30pm. Asheville, $79. (5 mins from downtown Asheville)

A day to celebrate the archetype of Highland women – ancestors from the marginal Celtic lands of Scotland, perched  at the very edge of the Atlantic.

We’ll share stories of what speaks to us about them, from their ‘Celtic Spirituality’ (a weave of Christianity and Celtic Pagan beliefs), and mythology such as the Selkie.

A guided meditation will take us to the most westerly lands, perched at the very edge of the Atlantic where views open up to huge vistas where the sea meets the sky (a very sacred space in celtic belief) and the concept of sacred thresholds or thin places. 

In the afternoon we will begin by learning a waulking song in Gaelic, these are the songs the women sang as they worked. When tweed comes off the loom it’s stiff and the weave can be quite loose, after being soaked in stale urine (which helped fix the dye and partially soften the cloth they women then sewed the tweed together so it formed one continual circle. They worked together swapping gossip as the worked the wet cloth, in effect felting it – reducing it’s size by slapping it down on a table or hard surface which shrunk it making it shrinking it and making it softer. The cloth was always worked in a clockwise direction and as it was unlucky to sing the same song twice – songs were very long with lots of verses.

In the afternoon of we will make our own ‘Highland women’ needle felted doll, while all art materials and tweed (not tartan) will be provided you are encouraged to bring small personal and meaningful embellishments. We’ll combing earthly colors, incorporate elements of Celtic spirituality and make our doll a tweed cloak.

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If you wish to pay by check please email me at judelally (at) gmail.com

Celebrating Highland Women – a workshop

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Celebrating Highland Women. (traditional songs and doll making). Sat 15th November, 10.30 – 5.30pm. Asheville, price $65.

A day to celebrate the archetype of Highland women – ancestors from the marginal Celtic lands of Scotland, perched  at the very edge of the Atlantic.

We’ll share stories of what speaks to us about them, from their ‘Celtic Spirituality’ (a weave of Christianity and Celtic Pagan beliefs), and touch upon the Picts, and mythology such as the Selkie.

A guided meditation will take us to the most westerly lands, perched at the very edge of the Atlantic where views open up to huge vistas where the sea meets the sky (a very sacred space in celtic belief) and the concept of sacred thresholds or thin places. 

In the afternoon we will begin by learning a waulking song in Gaelic, these are the songs the women sang as they worked. When tweed comes off the loom it’s stiff and the weave can be quite loose, after being soaked in stale urine (which helped fix the dye and partially soften the cloth they women then sewed the tweed together so it formed one continual circle. They worked together swapping gossip as the worked the wet cloth, in effect felting it – reducing it’s size by slapping it down on a table or hard surface which shrunk it making it shrinking it and making it softer. The cloth was always worked in a clockwise direction and as it was unlucky to sing the same song twice – songs were very long with lots of verses.

In the afternoon of we will make our own ‘Highland women’ needle felted doll, while all art materials and tweed (not tartan) will be provided you are encouraged to bring small personal and meaningful embellishments. We’ll combing earthly colors, incorporate elements of Celtic spirituality and make our doll a tweed cloak.

 

tall brighid edit 2 See more of Jude Lally’s doll work here

Check out celtic Soul Craft’s other workshops here

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Articles on waulking, tweed & links to listen to waulking songs:

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Making Harris tweed: From Shearing to Stamping (click on photo for short film)

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Molloy & Sons. Donegal Tweed Makers, Eire. (click on photo for short film)

http://www.waulk.org/index.asp?pageid=176756 (including information on Harris Tweed)

http://vimeo.com/20467842 Waulking song & video

 

 

 

Soulful greeting cards

Pulling the inspiration of ancient shamanism into form and image. The wisdom of owls, ancient tales of the creatrix, blessings of the Goddess Brighid … instant inspiration around a roaring fire underneath an inky sky.

The inspiration of Celtic Soul Craft is yours in an offering of greeting cards…

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Cards are matt photographs with a white border measuring 4 x 6. On cream color card stock with envelope

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Cards are price $3.50 each, $10 for 3 or $25 for the set of 8

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Purchases can be made by paypal using the email themoonandtheoaktree@gmail.com, make sure to let me know of your card selection and your address. Postage and packaging is $2.50.

Feel free to email me directly if you wish to pay by check.

The Keeper of Water

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This doll is a Sidhe doll, an expression of the energy of the land. Merionydd is a guardian of water (the meaning behind the symbol painted on her face). She sings the ancient songs, calling in the rainclouds from the Atlantic, drawing them down onto the land filling up tributaries and streams that flow into the loch. Water is the lifeblood of the people.

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