Following #Herstory‘s successful campaign to make #BrigidsDay Ireland’s new national holiday – the first in honour of a woman, it’s high time we make #SheelahsDay our next goddess holiday 🔥
“For hundreds of years Ireland has had an icon of womanhood and a compelling symbol of all things female, yet few people know her name.
The forgotten goddess is none other than Sheelah, once widely celebrated on March 18th, both in Ireland and among the diaspora, yet now all but disappeared….
The day after St Patrick’s Day is ‘Sheelah’s day’, or the festival in honour of Sheelah. Its observers are not so anxious to determine who ‘Sheelah’ was, as they are earnest in her celebration.
Some say she was ‘Patrick’s wife’, others that she was ‘Patrick’s mother’ while all agree that her ‘immortal memory’ is to be maintained by potations of whiskey.
The three-day carnival celebrating Patrick and Sheelah occurs at this key point in the calendar and in the annual cycle of fertility.
That Sheelah is firmly situated around the equinox, the seminal pivot of fertility, indicates that she had distinct fertility associations and can be viewed as an equivalent to Brigid and Gobnait.”
Today we honour the artists and experts who have been reawakening #Sheela, the #Celtic #Goddesses and the #sacredfeminine:
1. conceptual artist @aineo_brien and photographer @myriamdelirium
2. Growler by @deemulrooney
3. Bishop Brigid by @ainephilips
4. “The Sacred Whore: Sheela Goddess of the Celts” by Maureen Concannon
5. The Sheela na Gigs of Ireland by Jack Roberts
6. @aineo_brien as Sheela, photographed by @myriamdelirium
Discover more about Sheelah in this spellbinding article by Shane Lehane in @irishtimesnews: https://www.irishtimes.com/…/sheelah-take-a-bow-st…


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