She comes from ancient antiquity, an old woman with boar tusks, a single piercing eye and a surprising line in rock-throwing. Legends about her abound all over Ireland and Scotland where she has many local names and foibles.
Cailleach is a busy hag — among her duties she deals in harvests and fertility as well as protection. Having sex with kings is apparently a perk of the job.
Eventually she turns to stone and is reborn — we imagine as a pebble. So look for a very haggard piece of rock on Beltane or a chip off the old block on Samhain.
We are hoping to interview her for a more in-depth article soon.
Cailleach Facts and Figures
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Cailleach Beara, Cailleach Bheur, Caillech, Cailliach, Callech, Cally Berry
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present
In charge of: Sorcery and Witchcraft
Area of expertise: Sorcery
Good/Evil Rating: NOT OKAY, be careful
Popularity index: 1738
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Article last revised on May 19, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.