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My wife and I arose one summer morning, about 5:30 am, just as dawn was breaking. We both saw an old crippled up woman, materialize from the culvert under our driveway.
I turned my wife and asked if she had seen what I just witnessed. She had.
My wife said go to the kitchen and see if she is still there. I did. The lady was on the neighbour's side of the fence, pacing back and forth, staring at myself and our house.
I turned tell my wife to come and see, when I turned back, she was gone.
The woman, besides materializing from the culvert, was solid and looked as if they were human.
There had been some death recently around our family. My wife's ex-husband had recently committed suicide by hanging. Our neighbour (who lived on the opposite side of the fence in question) had also recently also passed away. She was an elderly, devote Jehovah's Witness that lived alone and had little to no contact with her immediate family. She did not resemble the woman we saw at all.
I have seen a couple of times since, always outside and just for brief moments. Always outside along the perimeter of our property. My wife prefers not to talk about it at all.
The Cailleach is a very ancient Irish deity mentioned many times in early Irish mythological texts. She is the old hag, witch, seer, prophetess and goddess. Cailleach is a demonic hag, a creatrix, and possibly a fallen angel or deified ancestor. The word Cailleach means 'hag' in modern Scottish Gaelic, and has been applied to numerous mythological figures in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. It is her whispers which tell you what must be buried and what must be born. Like it or not, you know your very survival depends on her wisdom.
The Crone is an archetypal figure, a Wise Woman. She is marginalized by her exclusion from the reproductive cycle, and her proximity to death places her in contact with occult wisdom. As a character type, the crone shares characteristics with the hag. The word "crone" is a less common synonym for "old woman," and is more likely to appear in reference to traditional narratives than in contemporary everyday usage.
Both figures would have some relation to the occult, and can represent death. There is also the "old hag syndrome" in which people are terrorized in their dreams during the night and are choked or attacked in their sleep. Many thousands of reports of this have been made world-wide.
Generally, sleep paralysis is the most common thing associated with seeing an old hag such as described. This would be the first case I've heard where someone witnessed an old hag during waking hours.
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