About 5-6 years ago, the name Elen began coming to me in my dreams. I had no idea who Elen was nor that there were legends of antlered women and female deer that ran through my lineage. I knew nothing of this entity nor her mythology but I was very intrigued and felt I’d found a part of me. I was aware of the Artist, Jude Lally, and had long admired her work with the needle felted dolls she created, knew also she worked in the realm of women and mythology and Celtic and pre-Celtic lineage, so I contacted her. I told her of my dreams and asked if she knew much about an ancient deer goddess – specifically Elen of the Ways.
Chesca Potter, Artist
After many talks with Jude, I learned about the Old Antlered One/The Ancient Deer Goddess/Elen of the Ways. After more talks and research I asked if I could commission a doll. I really felt I needed a tangible representation of this entity who was very insistent about connecting with me and becoming part of my life. Jude was aware and together we created my vision of who had been coming to me. That vision was pretty limited as I only knew she had antlers, carried a drum and wore a purple cloak. Oh and she had silver hair with a few red streaks left – just like my red hair that was becoming silver.
My Altar to Elen and the Old Antlered One
I have walked with this ancient one and her more modern naming in close harmony for these past years continually learning and expanding my knowing of exactly who she she was and who she is today. Most importantly, perhaps, is the why of why she came to me and why she is coming to so many women in this particular time. To know I am a daughter of the ancient antlered one… a sister of the female deer of ancient memory… is one of the most profound discovery of my now 65 years.
Suzi Edwards Goose, Artist
Sooo… I’d thought I’d share a few resources for my sisters interested in the mythology of female deer and women.
The work of Jude Lally
FB – Sisterhood of the Antlers
Other FB groups
Elen of the Ways
Finding Elen – The Quest for Elen of the Ways
Books and Articles
Following the Reindeer Goddess, Linda Schierse Leonard (older version called Creation’s Heartbeat)
Finding Elen, The Quest for Elen of the Ways – Caroline Wise
Elen of the Ways, Elen Sentier
Following the Deer Trods, Elen Sentier
Two articles by Judith Shaw,
Suzi Edwards Goose, Artist
Jude Lally, Artist
If you feel the call, I welcome you to the circle of antlered sisters. As you feel her call… feel the creativity stirring within… the Old Antlered One awaits.
Autumn Deer Goddess by Arlene Bailey, Artist
Per Google Image Search, Feature photo at top from Omnia’s video, I Don’t Speak Human.