Weather and the Cailleach

The rational side of me knows that changes in the weather are due to a range of reasons such as air pressure, wind speeds and other factors across the globe.  The emotional and instinctive side of me can’t help feeling concerned as winter once more reaches out across Scotland bringing snow.

In Scottish folk tales the Cailleach fights against the coming spring, raging against the changes.  She uses storms and different types of winds to beat back the approaching warmth until at last she is beaten.  At some level of my being I can’t help feeling that She who I know as the Cailleach is not happy right now and the weather is to some extent a reflection of that.  It’s a feeling that has increased in me over the winter both with the weather and with the number of people I know who have been having difficult times.  The logical and reasoning side of me tries to tell me I am just being silly and superstitious but still I wonder…

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