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From first person to the second sight

By Elizabeth McQuillan

Pristine white sheets, pegged out on the washing line and flapping in the breeze, is the dream my mother has always had prior to the death of someone close to her. A vision of a happy smiling elderly lady, wearing a very distinctive brooch, beamed down at me once when I was sleeping. I didn’t recognise the person but when my mother phoned the following day to tell me a great aunt had passed away, it really came as no surprise – I knew exactly whom I had seen.

An Dà Shealladh is the Gaelic name meaning “the second sight”, the involuntary ability to supposedly see the future or distant events. Historical information on this gift points to a strong Celtic heritage, with a focus on the people of the Highlands in particular.

Read the original article at: Caledonian Mercury

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