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Let's start with the basics...a caul bearer is a person who is born with the caul. The caul is also known as the "veil", the "hood", or the "veil of tears".
There are two types of cauls. One type, which appears to be the more common of the two, is the thin, transparent amniotic lining which becomes tightly formed to the infant's head during the birthing process and is easily removed. The other type, less common, is the thick, skin-like covering which is looped around the ears. This one must be carefully removed, as it literally has attachment points on the scalp and face, and is a "second skin". It is said to have the DNA of the child, although I have not been able to find such recorded data.
The caul can appear in one of two ways:
~Covering the head and face, and/or looping behind the ears. (This is the most common, or well known appearance of caul.}
~Draping over the head and partly down the torso, as illustrated below. In Germany, this would be called a "helmet" [Galea] for boys, and in Italy, for girls, a "fillet" [vitta] or "shirt" [indusium, camisia]. (This is the lesser known type of caul.)
Caul births should not be confused with "en-caul" births. En-caul births are when the baby is born inside of the entact amniotic sac, which balloons out at birth. The sac, filled with amnotic fluid, either naturally bursts, or is manually burst by the individual delivering the baby.
Now for the good stuff.
Caul bearers are vital human beings to the growth and insight of humanity. What they see, hear and smell tells tales of things to come, things from the past, and things we all need to know. They are messengers. They are sensitives, visionaries and healers. Writers, poets, artists. Each has their own unique gifts to share with the world...so why doesn't the world want to listen?
Caul bearers have abilities not often bestowed upon average folks...which makes them...well...oddballs. Caul bearer children are strange and stand out as quiet, with an unnerving presence. They will tell you that they see ghosts or have "imaginary friends." They will in all seriousness relate to you details of previous incarnations. They will blurt out precognitions. Or they will make you feel as if, in complete silence, they know your deepest darkest secrets. They have a great love for humanity but possess an air of otherworldliness that tends to repel other children...and adults. They become awkward adults who tend to spend most of their time alone...while painfully compelled to heal the world.
Caul bearers mostly feel unwanted, afraid, afflicted, tormented and subhuman. The heartbreaking truth is that they are essential links to the here and the hereafter. They raise the earth's vibrations and seek approval and affirmation -- they are after all, human. I suppose there are the vampiric or ordained caul bearers...there are all kinds of human beings. But the caul bearer's general birthright is no different than everyone elses...to be valued, heard, and appreciated. Nothing less, nothing more.
To see a list of the most common caul bearer traits, click on the Traits of a Caul Bearer Link.
So...We've established that there is a major difference between a caul birth and an "en caul" birth. So what does that mean? If "en caul" babies aren't caul bearers, what are they?
To be quite honest, I don't know. This is a whole new area and I sure would love to know more. I've read a number of posts on different caul bearer forums where people have said they have had pleasant and lucky lives...perhaps this is key to discovering what it means to be born "en caul".
If you were born "en caul" and have found your way to this site, please go to Contact Us and share something about your life. Do you feel you have Caul Bearer traits? Do you feel you've had a lucky life?
If your child was born "en caul", what traits do you see there?
If I receive enough responses, I would love to add an "en caul" segment to this site.
**Illustration from "The Social History of the Caul" by Thomas R. Forbes