Embracing The Crone
edited: Friday, January 24, 2003
By Toni A Silvano
Posted: Friday, January 24, 2003
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Growing older, growing wiser. This can be the best time in your life.
EMBRACING THE CRONE
Within most belief systems, we honor a trinity. In Christianity we embrace the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and in Paganism we embrace the Triple Goddess: Maiden, Mother, and Crone. It is possible to embrace any one of these phases at any given time during an incarnation. A young girl, who would be considered a Maiden, can embrace the Crone by imparting wisdom to others. A Crone, full of wisdom, can embrace the Maiden by finding her own inner-child. A Mother can be all things to all people, embracing the Crone at times, and the Maiden at others. Why then does the word CRONE bring to mind an old ugly woman with warts and scars? And, does a crone have to be a woman?
From the time we are born, and throughout our childhood and early adolescence, we are in the Maiden stage of life. Life is new and we are busy exploring the world around us. We are forming opinions that may last a lifetime. Most people agree that the Mother stage begins in our childbearing years. With young women, it is usually around the time of their first menstruation. Now capable of birthing another human being, the Mother stage takes over along with our desire to procreate. Men go through similar life stages, even though it is not marked by the beginning of the menses.
There has been much controversy over exactly when the CRONE stage of life begins. In my opinion, this is because it is very hard to let go of the Mother stage in order to embrace the Crone. By its very name, it symbolizes old age, and thus the end of life. This is so far from the truth! This is a new beginning, the same as puberty, but with more wisdom. Some people say the Crone stage begins at age thirty-five (mid-life). Others argue that this stage begins at menopause or during the perimenopausal years (42-50). Still others claim that one is not considered a Crone until he/she has completed 58 years of life, and Saturn has returned to the exact place it was at the time of birth for the second time.
The Crone has learned many lessons along life’s path. The Crone has had his/her share of ups and downs in life. The Crone is a teacher. Embodied with wisdom, this is a time of rejoicing. At this stage you are able to help the rest of the world simply because of the wisdom you have attained.
With modern medical advances, our life expectancy has increased. There will be approximately 50 million post-menopausal women living on this planet by 2005. That’s a lot of wisdom packed into one small planet, wouldn’t you say? There is still a lot of life left to live, even for the Crone. The word Crone has so many negative connotations that we fail to see what a beautiful time of life this truly is. So the next time you notice a wrinkle in your skin, or a gray hair on your head, smile at your reflection. Embrace the Crone and enter this new phase of life with inspiration and exuberance. You’ve earned it!