Creator god Cailleach (a.k.a. The veiled one, The storm hag, Queen of winter)
The Cailleach is neither fully good nor fully evil; her intentions vary from tale to tale. Through her association with storms and thunder, she is a natural and wild destructive force. Despite this, she also cares deeply for animals both wild and domestic during the dark winter months. She is the patron of wolves emboldened by winter hunger but she also serves as a deer herder.
The Cailleach is both ageless and immortal. Although she looks like an old woman she does not need to be treated like one. Her typical crone-like appearance is a sharp contrast with her beautiful and soft younger (sworn)sister Brigid, who rules summer.
The seasonal division between summer and winter—where the Cailleach rules winter and Brigid rules summer—highlights the association of the two goddesses. On Samhain (October 31st) the Celtic year ends and winter begins, marking the return of the Cailleach.
The Cailleach is also a goddess of grain, a key resource in surviving winter. The last sheath of grain harvested is dedicated to her and used to begin the next planting season. On top of all that she's also linked to sovereignty and rulership. Before anyone can rule the land, they will first go to her places of worship to garner her approval.
"The maidens rejoiceWhen May-day comes to them;For me sorrow is meeter,I am wretched, I am an old hag."-Lament of the Hag of Beara”, trans. Lady Gregory
Divine Symbols & Sigils
Midwinter is the only holiday solely dedicated to Cailleach and is celebrated with a simple feast, often with wild game as the main course, and an entire night filled with singing, dancing and games. Most people won't go to bed until sunrise.
Imbolc, February first, Is the day on which Cailleach will go out to collect firewood either as a big bird or as an old woman. If she's up early, the day will be sunny and winter will still last a while. On the other hand, if she oversleeps the day is grey and stormy and winter will soon be over. Mortals honour this day by burning art pieces made of wood and hay the evening before.
General Physical Condition
Apparel & Accessories
A legend tells of how the Queen of winter, her lover and her children sought shelter with a normal family. Despite recognising the group and knowing the fearsome reputation the family granted them shelter. As a reward Cailleach turned the land of the entire valley into extremely fertile ground and told them it would remain like this as long as they'd put up stones to honour the divine family every year.
Bodach fell head over heels in love with Cailleach the moment he saw her and relentlessly courted her and showered her with gifts (mostly in the form of acorns and the like).
Cailleach thought the minor god's personality and affection were interesting and charming and eventually returned his affections.
Commonalities & Shared Interests
Both have a morbid sense of humour and a complete disregard for the rules if these rules inconvenience them.
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