I have a circle of wise women who I turn to when I need advice. They range in age from 12 to 80. They come from a whole range of different backgrounds. They have lived very different lives. From the outside, they look like they have absolutely nothing in common… and yet they do – they each embody the crone.
The wisdom of the crone cannot be underestimated. In her archetypal form, she embodies the sum total of the lived experience of all women. She is the one we tap into when we seek guidance, when we get real quiet and listen to the soft cracked whisper of a voice that spirals back through the ages. You know that voice; it’s the one that speaks with such a fierce compassion that it cuts through all of the fluff and all of the bullshit. The voice that strips everything back to reveal the kernel of truth that lies within.
The crone is the fourth life-stage archetype of the feminine experience, and as such she draws upon all she has learned as a maiden, a lover, a mother, and in her current incarnation as crone. So, I guess you could say that, as this is the final post, we are in the crone stages of our goddess series here at Roots of She.
If I could leave you with two pieces of crone wisdom from this entire series it would be that age ain’t nothing but a number, and that our connection to the life-stage archetypes will often stray from the stereotypical.
You can connect strongly with the maiden goddess and be in your sixties. Or you may have chosen not to have children, but you are a prolific artist – you, my darling, are connecting to the mother. My 12 year old daughter frequently connects to the crone, often surprising me with the ancient depth of her wisdom. And the lover… well, the lover is an archetype available to any one of us, at any time – and life is so much more luscious when we do.
I do so hope that you’ve enjoyed this series of posts – my own learnings from writing it have been huge and I will be forever grateful to Jenn for inviting me to contribute to Roots of She, and to all of you who have contributed so graciously and thoughtfully to the discussions that have arisen in the comments box and in the wider world of Twitter and FaceBook – a true circle of wise women.
It’s been an honour to share my words with you and I hope that we continue to connect both here and on my blog.
Sending each and every one of you so much love