The name Cailleach, pronounced “KI-lee-ack,” literally means “The Veiled One.” She is the Dark Crone aspect of the Goddess. She is also known as the Queen of Winter under the name “Biera” (pronounced “BEER-ah”). It is said that if you see the Cailleach gathering firewood in February, the winter will be a long one. This is one possible origin for the tradition of Groundhog Day. The Cailleach is the overseer of pruning and cutting away deadwood. She is a Death Goddess and the Reaper aspect of Brighid. The adder is her sacred animal, and plants associated with her include the alder and yew trees and apples. In ancient times the Cailleach was chiefly worshiped in Scotland, although in modern times her influence has spread throughout the world.
Invoke the Cailleach for help in binding and ending things. If Cailleach comes to you, consider what deadwood may need to be culled from your life.
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