The Empowerment of the Crone
Dreaming of Journeying into Her depths, by Wendy Andrew
With Kathy Jones
Crone Priestess of Avalon
Exploring the Rich Wisdom of the Crone as Goddess and within ourselves as Crones
Within our societies the Crone as Woman, as Archetype and as Divinity, is almost completely ignored. As woman the Crone is invisible, grey-haired, wrinkled and old, easily dismissed. Yet Cronehood is our time of greatest Wisdom in Life, for we have lived through time. We have loved and lost. We have succeeded and failed. We have descended into the depths and risen to the heights. We have grown as beings. We have experienced life in all its variety and wonder and we have perspective.
Cronehood is a consequence of physical aging and also a state of consciousness which encompasses the experience of having lived long on the earth. Crones hold many personal and collective memories and a wealth of wisdom gleaned from living life. We have a perspective on the meaning of emotions and thoughts, on the passage of time and the cycles of life, including birth, growth, development, blossoming, fruitfulness, maturity, harvest, aging and death. This wisdom is often unspoken and unshared.
Over these five weekends we will explore the true Nature of the Crone, the Grand Mother, She who is the fourth face of Goddess in the cycle of Maiden, Lover, Mother and Crone, She who leads us into death. We will consider the experience of becoming Crones in our lives. We shall share our wisdom, seeking and finding the empowerment of the Crone.
For this course being a Crone is defined by years lived on the Earth in physical form, by longer life experience. Participants need to be 55 years old or older. Although Cronehood is often said to arrive with menopause, menopause can also occur earlier in life through illness or accident, so menopause is not the defining cause of Cronehood.