The goddess of death was known as Cailleach, she was the guardian that led man to the underworld at their time of passing. She is known for her old age and wisdom; usually captures the physical characteristics of a crone, but also has the power of the triple goddess and forms as a young maiden during spring on February 1st. Her name translates into veiled one, as the veil between the worlds, and also is frequently called the death hag. She is the Irish goddess that embodies the winter and earth; she is related to storms and prophecy. Cailleach sometimes appears in legends as an old woman seeking love, and when it is given, she becomes a beautiful young maiden. The Celts formed her identify with death and hideous characteristics that related to the winter. She is sometimes referred to the destroyer, but can bring new life in the earth and protects the wild creatures that roam.

Wigington, Patti. “Cailleach, the Ruler of Winter.” About Religion. 4 August 2014. http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/celticdeities/p/CailleachProfil.htm

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