Is the Cailleach actually many local weather goddesses? Is she a goddess at all?
With the ever burgeoning number of Pagan-Goddess-Witchy-Celtic websites, blogs and Facebook pages these days, there is a lot of potential. There is potential for self expression, potential to get information out to masses of people quickly and efficiently, to connect people who need to find each other, and all sorts of other practical things. Unfortunately, there is also potential for some of the information to be incomplete, misunderstood or complete BS. As Imbolc approaches, I see people trotting out their posts about Brigid and about the Cailleach -- yes, just as I'm doing.
I Know Where I'm Going
In my mind, even the 1945 Scottish film "I Know Where I'm Going", with its situation of people stormbound, and its famous scene at the Corryvreckan whirlpool, is somehow a continuation of the theme of the young gaining the upper hand over the old, as the heroine, who is destined to marry an older man is wooed and won by the young laird who overcomes him and reclaims his lands. The only thing missing is an actual old woman -- the weather itself takes that role. If you have never seen this film it is a real cracker -- but I digress...