Wisdom of the Cailleach Oracle | Jane Brideson | Review
I have been longing to meet the characters of the Wisdom of the Cailleach Oracle since artist Jane Brideson began to share her paintings for it a couple of years ago.
On Friday, they arrived: The Wisdom of the Cailleach was finally here with me!
I savoured the package: I carefully opened the black envelope with Jane’s details on it and slipped out the booklet and a black bag. I was so excited I could barely get the deck out of the bag and barely get the shrink-wrapping off it in a grown-up way (yeah, I used my teeth!)
Reader, this is just the loveliest deck – take a look at my flick through.
There are 22 Oracle cards and 7 Old Women cards. The theme of the deck is, of course, the wisdom of the Cailleach. Now who, or what, is the Cailleach, you might be asking yourself.
You can see my first reading with the cards HERE.
The word itself translates from the Irish Gaelic as ‘crone or hag’ but she is also known as ‘the veiled one’ and represents an important divinity figure in Irish, Scottish and Manx mythology. She is named within the landscapes of those countries; she is Winter itself; she is both creator and destructive force.
In this deck you will not find thin-waisted, lissome beauties, but old women absolutely at one with themselves and the world around them. For me, it’s exciting and wonderful to behold!
The Oracle cards have insights from Jane on how to work with them – card interpretations along with the cards depicted in full colour. Jane has written a poem for each face of the seven Old Women and encourages us to work with them and create our own, unique relationships with them.
I was ready for this deck. I look at the white-haired and elderly faces of the Old Women and I love them. I am entering their ranks and I am pleased to take my rest amongst them.
The Wisdom of the Cailleach feels like coming home.