Monday, 16 October 2017

'Coming of the Cailleach' - Meditation

'Coming of the Cailleach' - Meditation

Meditation to meet The Cailleach

Make yourself comfortable in a place where you won’t be disturbed. Close your eyes and begin to focus on your breathing. Take deep breaths in…and out.

As the world around you dissipates you find yourself on a hillside, the air is biting cold and the ground beneath your feet is covered in a fresh white blanket of snow. However you don’t feel the cold as you are wrapped in a warm woollen cloak which you pull closer around you.

You listen but there are no sounds, just the silence of a land in slumber beneath the snow.

Take a look around you and notice the landscape, the mountains in the distance and the scattering of lone trees all standing bare against the backdrop of snow. The sky is blue and the weak winter sun is trying its best to warm the land.

As you look around you notice what looks like the entrance to a cave and a slight waft of smoke drifting out from within so you start to make your way towards it.

Your feet crunch in the crisp white snow and your breath turns to mist as you breathe. As you walk you notice a few large black crows are circling above high in the blue sky.

As you draw near to the cave entrance you can smell the smoke from a wood fire, it is dark inside the cave but you enter hesitantly.

A voice calls out to you from the inner cavern inviting you to come in.

You follow the voice and the smoke from the fire to see an old woman hunched over a cauldron hanging above a wood fire. She beckons you to sit down.

You sit in silence for a short while, watching the smoke from the fire and the old woman stirring the contents of the cauldron. Then she stops and comes to sit beside you. She takes your hand in hers and looks at you. Her eyes are full of knowledge and wisdom and so very ancient she holds the mysteries of all time.

Ask her what you need to know…listen to her answer very carefully…

When you are finished she reaches into her pocket and hands you a gift, a reminder of what you have talked about. You take it and thank her.

When you are ready you say farewell and rise, leaving the warmth and darkness of the cave without looking back.

You walk back across the snow covered hillside to the point where you arrived.

Slowly and gently come back to the here and now, wriggle your fingers and toes and open your eyes.

Have a drink and something to eat and write down the message that The Cailleach gave to you.

Pagan Portals The Cailleach by Rachel Patterson

Sunday, 15 October 2017

'Coming of the Cailleach' - Ritual

'Coming of the Cailleach' - Ritual

Holding onto negative feelings can not only make you feel miserable it can manifest in physical ways too. Don’t hold onto it. Forgive yourself, let go of guilt and negative emotions and move on. If you cannot forgive yourself or others then you cannot heal yourself.

The Cailleach is wise and can see through any veils you pull across. She is the power of the ocean which can cleanse, purify and release. As a crone she is often represented by a spiral, it is this symbol that can help you let go.

If you can do this on a beach it would be perfect but obviously that might not be possible. With a bit of visualisation and creativity this can be done in your garden or home.

You will need to create a spiral, be creative, whether you draw it on paper or create it by drawing on paper or drawing a spiral shape in sand or rice, you could even create a spiral shape with pebbles, shells or crystals. Use a bowl of sea or salt water as your central point for the spiral.

Cast your circle by walking deosil (clockwise) around your space three times, visualise a protective bubble surrounding you.

Face each direction in turn to call in the elements; you could even place a lighted candle at each quarter.

I call to the East, the element of air
Chill winds and icy blasts
The intellect carried by the birds of the sea
Hail and welcome

I call to the South, the element of fire
Island volcanoes and shoreline fires
Bring your passion and energy
Hail and welcome

I call to the West, the element of water
The oceans, the rivers
The intuition of the wells and springs
Hail and welcome

I call to the North, the element of Earth
The rocks, the mountains
The stability of the earth
Hail and welcome

Then face the centre:

Cailleach, mother of stone and bone, we call to you
Lady of keening, bringer of the seasons
Keeper of mysteries and the cauldron of hidden sight
Come dark mother and aid us in parting the veil
We invite you to join our circle and ask for your blessings
Hail and welcome

You will need to have 6, 9 or 12 small pebbles or shells to hold in your hand. Look at the spiral and say out loud:

I journey on this spiral to leave behind any guilt and shame that I am holding onto and to bring back my self worth and positive energy.

Then if you are able to walk the spiral do so, if not then you can trace the spiral you have created with your finger.

Start at the outer edge and work inwards as you walk or trace drop a pebble or shell at intervals, allow these pebbles to release your guild and negative emotions as they fall.

When you have dropped all your pebbles and have reached the centre dip your fingers in the salt water and anoint your forehead for wisdom, your throat for freedom of speech and your heart for release of all guilt and to bring you self love and self worth.

Take a few moments to connect with the Cailleach and listen to any wise words she has for you, then slowly return back out of the spiral.

Thank the Cailleach for joining you and bid her Hail and Farewell.

Turn to each direction and thank them for lending their energies to the rite and bid them hail and farewell.

Walk widdershins (anti clockwise) around the circle stating out loud:

This circle is open but never broken, Blessed be.

Pour the water from the bowl onto the sand or soil and place the pebbles/shells on the soil or onto the sand.

If you feel guilt rising again at any time, remind yourself of this rite or visualise the spiral in your mind.