As some of you may know, if you read my earlier post, I’m feeling drawn toward veiling as a part of my observance of Samhain. I’ve been racking my brain trying to figure out where this is coming from. Of course, I’m doing it for the reasons listed in the original post, but something’s been really tugging at me for the past month or so, and whatever it is, it’s making it seem like Samhain is the perfect time to start veiling. I’ve been confused, though, because I wasn’t really even sure if veiling was something the Celts or their deities did. So I started to dig around Celtic lore to see if there was maybe something I didn’t know.
Suddenly, I discovered The Cailleach. The Cailleach is a figure in ancient Irish and Scottish mythology. She is seen as the hag, the dark goddess, the bringer of winter, the creator of mountains valleys and lakes, the herder and the protector of wild animals.
Here’s where it gets interesting. Although the sources I found aren’t scholarly, almost every article I’ve read claims that Cailleach comes from the old Irish caillech which means “veiled one.” To make things even more cosmic, she’s said to awaken from her stone form at the summer’s end, aka Samhain!
However, this raises more questions than it answers. Is this a mere coincidence? Is the Cailleach calling to me? If she is, what does it mean?