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  • An ugly, crone and hag. She had the teeth of the wild bear and tusks like a boar. The meaning of the word "cailleach" is old woman or veiled one. She only has one eye (symbolizing) that she can see beyond the duality of things to the oneness of life. She is a weather Goddess controlling the winds, the winter cold. Cailleach is a dark Goddess. She represents winter and a going within. She kills all that is no longer needed, But she holds in the frozen earth the seeds of a new beginning. Cailleach is about transformation in some stories just before spring appears she washes in a stream and becomes young again. Cailleach to be the 'other' face of the Goddess Brighid. In Scottish folklore, Cailleach is born old and ugly and grows younger as the year turns to spring and summer. (Parsed from "Goddess Gospel")

    August 11, 2008