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Realm Journeying Candle - Cave of the Cailleach

Brand new to Starry Eyed Supplies a completely different kind of Spell candle - The Realm Journeying candles within a jar!

Each realm candle is designed around the concept of containing access to a whole other 'realm' of existence.
Each jar is decorated with an appropriate sigil to help you 'begin' and 'end' your magickal journey work; with plenty of Starry Eyed Supplies Shimmy Shimmy, of course!

Portal yourself to another realm of existence in an evocative ritual; focus on the sigil and allow yourself to enter a meditative state with these unique Journeying candles, portal yourself to another plane of reality and expand your spiritual lessons!

★The Cailleach, The Cave, Earth rites, Winter, Eternal Cycles★

Realm Journeying Candle - Cave of the Cailleach has been created in order to assist the practitioner in meditative journey work in order to portal yourself to the realm of The Cailleach, 

The Cailleach realm candle seeks to build an energetic temple within which to honour, work with and evoke the Cailleach in respectful rites.
The temple of the Cailleach presented itself as stoic woodland descending into the depths of Winter, a primal, deep, dark, Earthy energy.
The temple itself was a cavern within the Earth, damp and rich with moss and lichen. It spoke to secrets of the forgotten places, the histories written into the fabric of the Land, the eternal changing seasons; the nature of the Earthly plane in its eternal cyclic death rites; for Life and Death spin together and weave a story told a thousand times and yet ever new.
The Cailleach herself enjoys playing with perception, hiding her great age occasionally in the drapes of Youth, pushing boundaries of beauty and supposed ugliness, and so too Her temple flickers between illuminations and shadow, speaking to the balance of the energies within the self and the world without the self.

"Bloody teeth and wizened fingertips, a Holy unholy sight, hobbling and hopping across the border,
Alight and brazen, aching to be something Other, Older, Wiser, Starting once again,
In the bowels of the Earth in the depths of Winter but never lifeless, not even in Death,
Mad with knowledge, empty vessels poured out on the naked land, renewed.
Everything is beyond the grasp of the fearful, embody fear instead, and howl, scream out into the night..." - The Cailleach in meditation


Working with the Cailleach is an experience, it challenges any and all preconceptions, asking us to look deeper within the self, to see the life and new beginnings eternally in the apparently barren, to engage with the wilder elements of ourselves, to put aside cheap notions of physicality and love our wild roaring soul.

 

The Cailleach is somewhat of an enigma,  She is a Goddess, surviving long after the active worship of Her fell to the wayside and bearing a ferocious presence in the psyche of the Celtic people. 


The Goddess is said to be beyond Ancient, a primal force of Winter, often described as a ferocious and unforgiving Hag.

The importance of this Goddess can be gleaned by some of the surviving depictions of Her, such as from the Irish triads that proclaim;
"There are three great ages; the age of the Yew tree, the age of the Eagle, the age of the Cailleach."

 

It has been suggested that this poetry hints at the integration of the Cailleach into the Celtic mythos, suggesting She is older than the Celtic pantheons and was so revered and feared that She became integrated into their practices (and has never left.) For this reason people draw parallels with the Goddess Morrigan who was said to have existed prior to the arrival of the Tuatha de Dannan in Ireland, as well as the mythology noting that both are Shapeshifters - The Cailleach is said to transform at the advent of Spring, either into a youthful beautiful Maiden or a eternally moist rock rich with the life-force energy depending on the retelling.


It seems far more likely to the mind of this Witch that these are similarities of Crone or Dark Goddesses who are both primal in nature. Regardless as to whether or not we view all Dark Goddesses as evocations of the same ultimately unknowable entity, or as separate very real Goddesses in their own right, one cannot deny the incredible survivability and deeply primal energy of The Cailleach.

 

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