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December + January's Goddesses: Cailleach and Yuki Onna

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The holidays, clearance sale and eyeshadow GWP threw me off my game this year... so here's December and January at the same time! These are both wintry Goddesses, beautiful and ethereal highlighters that double as eyeshadows. (February will be a rouge shade- I've already decided on Parvati for that month)

I also just realized that releasing this pairing in tandem is a completely unintentional throwback to last year's Pantone colors of the year (serenity and rose quartz)! 

First up, Cailleach:

Cailleach is a delicate and heathered pale blue with a copper highlight that didn't want to appear in the photos- it's there in real life! (highlighter, can also be used as an eyeshadow). I had a difficult time finding suitable classical artwork depicting Cailleach that didn't have copyright issues. When I came across this Alphonse Mucha image, depicting an auburn-haired snow queen, I felt like I'd found the perfect image to fit the Cailleach of my imagination- when kindness transforms her from crone to maiden.

Cailleach, Goddess of Winter (from about.com)

The goddess known as Cailleach in Scotland and parts of Ireland is the embodiment of the dark mother, the harvest goddess, the hag or crone entity. She appears in the late fall, as the earth is dying, and is known as a bringer of storms. She is typically portrayed as a one-eyed old woman with bad teeth and matted hair. Mythologist Joseph Campbell says that in Scotland, she is known as Cailleach Bheur, while along the Irish coast she appears as Cailleach Beare. Her name is varied, depending on the county and region in which she appears.

According to The Etymological Dictionary Of Scottish-Gaelic the word cailleach itself means "veiled one" or "old woman". In some stories, she appears to a hero as a hideous old woman, and when he is kind to her, she turns into a lovely young woman who rewards him for his good deeds. In other stories, she turns into a giant gray boulder at the end of winter, and remains this way until Beltane, when she springs back to life.

 

And for January's Goddess... Yuki Onna:

Yuki Onna is a delicate pale buffed peach with pronounced satiny blue interference highlight.(highlighter, can also be used as an eyeshadow) It is a redux of a shade called "Fidelitas", which appeared in the limited edition Hannibal Primavera box. Available now as a Goddess shade, by customer request. I had a difficult time finding suitable classical artwork depicting Yuki Onna that didn't have copyright issues. I settled on an unlikely solution- an Alphonse Mucha work with pronounced Asian influence, "Le Hivre".

 

YUKI ONNA (from Wikipedia)

Yuki-onna (雪女?, snow woman) is a spirit or yōkai in Japanese folklore.

Yuki-onna appears on snowy nights as a tall, beautiful woman with long black hair and blue lips. Her inhumanly pale or even transparent skin makes her blend into the snowy landscape (as famously described in Lafcadio Hearn's Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things). She sometimes wears a white kimono,[3] but other legends describe her as nude, with only her face and hair standing out against the snow.[4] Despite her inhuman beauty, her eyes can strike terror into mortals. She floats across the snow, leaving no footprints (in fact, some tales say she has no feet, a feature of many Japanese ghosts), and she can transform into a cloud ofmist or snow if threatened.

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