Simply Starry Smudge - Temple of The Cailleach
The Simply Starry Smudges are a brand new line here at Starryeyedsupplies, a beautiful loose herbal smudge to help you create your own Temple within your sacred space.
Each Starry Smudge is centred around a different energy of Temple in order to help you build your own energy space.
Each scent is created around a particular energy web to promote harmonous energies whilst smudging the space within; based on ancient customs of using herbs and smoke to purify a space of negative vibrations and psychic debris, each Simply Starry Smudge is hand blended and imbued by this Celtic Witch to pack a magickal punch and smell absolutely divine doing it!
For use in burning rituals of cleansing, on a charcoal disc or within a cauldron.
Each Simply Starry Smudge comes in a reusable 100ml screw top tin with moon sigil, contains a unique crystal tailored to the energy of the smudge blend, and comes with a wildcrafted Crow feather to help you smudge your space in Corvid style!
Temple of the Cailleach - This beautiful smudge has been created to honour and ritually work with the energies of the Celtic Crone Goddess of Winter - The Cailleach.
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.
Simply Starry Smudge - Temple of the Cailleach 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.
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