Magickal Ireland : The Hag’s Bed Tomb

Hag's Bed photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

Hag’s Bed photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

Those of you who know me can honestly say you never know where I’ll turn up, this week it’s in magickal Ireland. Home of fairies and legends, kings and craic, Ireland does not disappoint. There has been a lot written lately about the magick of Ireland, and I tip my furry wool cap to those writers, but this is how I do … Ireland. As both an anthropologist and a ritualist burial sites excite me to no end. I’ve seen tombs big and small, bog bodies, and sacred bones. This trip around I was looking forward to visiting the “Hag’s Bed,” a neolithic tomb site.

Leaba Chailli photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

Leaba Chailli photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

The sign at the site reads :

This is one of the biggest wedge-shaped gallery graves in the country. These graves were erected in many parts of Ireland during the early Bronze age around 1500 B.C.E. and are particularly common in the South-West of Ireland. This tomb consists of one large and one small chamber covered by three massive capstones. The burial chamber is surrounded by a stone cairn flanked by further upright stones in a U-formation. Excavation in 1934 produced inhumation burials and fragments of pottery, bone, and stone.

Magickal Ireland is full of stories and legends and this site is no different. According to my local friends, who were also my very gracious hosts for this portion of my journey, the tale is as follows ” Essentially it belonged to, or it was the place of, the wife of the last ArchDruid of Ireland, back in the mythological mists of time. She was a great power, and he was having a dalliance, or not paying her the right attention. There is a boulder in the river, and the story is he annoyed her one day and she threw it at him. Lots of that in Ireland. But when they opened it up, when they opened the mound up ….and went into it they found in there the mortal remains of a very tall woman minus her head. The head was buried in the next chamber along inside it. Now it is one of these with a light box that on the equinox sunset shines down into it and illuminates the inner chamber where the head was. ”

Magickal Ireland: Equinox at the Hag’s Bed

My friends also made a film of this event, you can watch here

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mehagsbedThe burial mounds here at the Hag’s Bed dates to over 4,000  years ago. It is full of magickal energy and power and I highly recommend visiting if you are in this part of Ireland. Like it’s larger cousins, Newgrange and Knowth, these tombs illustrate the importance of ancestral worship and Pagan magick in Ireland. Have you been here ? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. As always if you have enjoyed what you read here please remember to share, share, share !


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About Lilith Dorsey

Lilith Dorsey M.A. , hails from many magickal traditions, including Celtic, Afro-Caribbean, and Native American spirituality. Her traditional education focused on Plant Science, Anthropology, and Film at the University of R.I, New York University and the University of London, and her magickal training includes numerous initiations in Santeria also known as Lucumi, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo. Lilith Dorsey is a Voodoo Priestess and in that capacity has been doing successful magick since 1991 for patrons, is editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly , filmmaker of the experimental documentary Bodies of Water :Voodoo Identity and Tranceformation, author of Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism and The African-American Ritual Cookbook, and choreographer for jazz legend Dr. John's "Night Tripper" Voodoo Show. She believes good ritual should be fun and innovative, and to that end she led the first ever Voodoo Zombie Silent Rave Ritual in July 2013, complete with confused Thriller flash mob.