For a mate to have a look at - wip images, but time is of the essence. The images are composite - so they are accurate representations of multiple angles combined into one. You'd need to be an eagle flying over and in front of the standing stones to get the angle on the first one. The second image maps the moon against video footage and is accurate apart from the apparent depth of the foreground relative to the female figure.

The tell in terms of the labeling of the reclining female figure within the landscape is maybe in the scorn heaped on a figure to the point where she becomes a caricature. In this case the over zealous efforts of early monks and/ or later revisionists righteously editing the past.

In Scottish myth the Cailleach Bheur personifies winter and gives birth to the gods and goddesses. Through the association with winter her name is typically translated as 'Old Hag' across numerous websites - but she was more than an old crone. Her role can/ should be seen as comparable to Thor's mother Jord or the Greek's Gaia - both personifications of the Earth.


Cailleach na Mointeach from Callanish - from left: knee - thigh - breast - face

Equally, she can be understood as the destructive aspect of the triple goddess/ es of Scottish and Irish myth, which are familiar from within Celtic-influenced, or dispersed, culture. But hold on again; that was all about birth - death - rebirth; and places her as part of a cycle instead of as some sort of one dimensional witch figure.

And, eh, wait another minute, the Cailleach was here way before the Celts existed or went wandering around during the Atlantic Bronze Age. She participates in the display of the Lunar Standstill at Callanish on Lewis, which places her - in terms of monuments - back beyond 3,000BC with the 'Atlantic Culture'.

Major Lunar Standstill at Callanish with the moon sinking towards the face of Cailleach na Mointeach

It seems more likely such a figure would be respected and spoken of more along the positive lines of the recent 'Sleeping Beauty' tag applied by some at Callanish - if likely more in terms of a respected 'priestess'.

Which appears to be how it was. In pre-modern Gaelic the title clearly translates as the Veiled One and the form or function is that of a spiritualised or 'wise' woman. We meet her again and again over 5,000 years and, as the feminine 'Veiled One' or 'Veiled Lady', she may re-emerge in the figure of the Virgin Mary upon the Picts' Hilton Stone.

The term Mointeach added at Callanish also yields more information in so far as the current usage/ adaptation to 'Old Woman/ Hag or Lady of the Moors' is using a generic Germanic term to loosely label understanding of highland terrain. It's proving hard to get it quite right conceptually, but roughly translated - Lady wise in the flowers of the peatlands might be closer to the meaning prior to the overwriting of later systems of belief.

More about the 'Celtic' Cailleach, (through the Christian monks' lens), a couple of posts down, as she was mentioned concerning/ is the original Halloween. (While the monks' fought against what they understood as paganism a darker or 'Old Hag' concept may retain a distant echo of the darker side to some of the concoctions offered as remedies. Seeking the advice of a wise woman could save your life by applying an antiseptic to a wound, but the side effects might amount to poisoning).