In Scotland, where she is also known as Beira, Queen of Winter, she is credited with making numerous mountains and large hills, which are said to have been formed when she was striding across the land and accidentally dropped rocks from her apron. In other cases she is said to have built the mountains intentionally, to serve as her stepping stones. She carries a hammer for shaping the hills and valleys, and is said to be the mother of all the goddesses and gods.

The Cailleach displays several traits befitting the personification of Winter: she herds deer, she fights Spring, and her staff freezes the ground.

In partnership with the goddess Brìghde, the Cailleach is seen as a seasonal deity or spirit, ruling the winter months between Samhainn (Wintermas or first day of winter) and Bealltainn (Summermas or first day of summer), while Brìghde rules the summer months between Bealltainn and Samhainn. Some interpretations have the Cailleach and Brìghde as two faces of the same goddess, while others describe the Cailleach as turning to stone on Bealltainn and reverting back to humanoid form on Samhainn in time to rule over the winter months. Depending on local climate, the transfer of power between the winter goddess and the summer goddess is celebrated any time between Là Fhèill Brìghde (February 1) at the earliest, Latha na Cailliche (March 25), or Bealltainn (May 1) at the latest, and the local festivals marking the arrival of the first signs of spring may be named after either the Cailleach or Brìghde

Là Fhèill Brìghde is also the day the Cailleach gathers her firewood for the rest of the winter. Legend has it that if she intends to make the winter last a good while longer, she will make sure the weather on February 1 is bright and sunny, so she can gather plenty of firewood to keep herself warm in the coming months.3 As a result, people are generally relieved if February 1 is a day of foul weather, as it means the Cailleach is asleep, will soon run out of firewood, and therefore winter is almost over.
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  • leonie7
    leonie7over 2 years ago

    Outstanding image and work Wow just so beautiful well done love this lee

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  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 2 years ago

    beautiful, very interesting too xx

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  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooover 2 years ago

    beautiful and enchanting work

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  • AndyGii
    AndyGiiover 2 years ago

    Beautiful work Tammera

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    liesbethover 2 years ago

    Delicate.. and so very beautifull…x

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    annacuypersover 2 years ago

    Wonderful creation Tammera, love, xxoo

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    Rhenastarrover 2 years ago

    Awesome work!

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  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosover 2 years ago

    Enthralling and beautiful…the image and the story. She is not free, anyway…somehow caught in a castle of desires…dreams….or rememberings…
    Rosa

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    Rita H. Irelandover 2 years ago

    Wow just awesome!

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    Carol and Mike...over 2 years ago

    Delightful work, Tammera . . .

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