During our moon cycles – both our own personal cycles, and the cosmic, lunar cycle overhead – four distinct and powerful female Energy Archetypes are dancing in turn on our paths. The same thing happens throughout the sun year, with each season epitomizing one the four energies.
I would like to talk to you today about the Energy of the Crone. So, I am a student of Miranda Gray who discovered, invented, conceptualized, organized, choose the word that suits you, the female menstrual cycle or the female lunar cycle. The idea is that during our menstrual cycle we have four distinct powerful Feminine Energy Archetypes that take their turn to emerge. And this dance of the four Archetypes is found both in our personal menstrual cycle, in our own lunar cycle, but also in that of the actual Moon.
And, of course, on a larger scale throughout the solar year, with each season embodying one of the four energies. These four energies, these four Archetypes they are the Energy of the Maiden, linked with the pre-ovulation phase, the waxing moon and the spring, the Energy of the Mother which is linked with the ovulation phase, the full moon and the summer, the Energy of the Enchantress, related with the post-ovulation phase, the fall and the waning moon. And finally, the Energy of the Crone, of the wise old woman which is linked with the bleeding phase, the dark moon and with winter, of course.
So today, I am going to talk a little more about the Crone Archetype. The Crone coincides in our cycles with the our period, menstruation, and with the 4th quarter of the Moon, often called Dark Moon or New Moon. She is also connected to the low tide, the ebb and the winter season. In the course of our life, the Crone will appear when we are old, after the menopause is fully lived, when bleeding is long gone, when the hormones have receded, when a new peace settles in the body. The Archetype is embodied by the ancient woman, the ugly old witch, the Crone hidden from the world in her magical cottage deep in the forest.
The Crone, also called Wise Woman or Sage, has lived through all the other main female Archetypes and therefore brings with her the “been there, done that” insight and life experience that younger women do not have. Although she represents winter and menopause, she is still creative and a valuable member of her community for her wisdom. The Crone calls upon the withdrawn and still, hidden energies of the Dark Moon. The Crone asks for retreat and silence, for solitude and reflection. Our intuition, spiritual awareness, personal magic and creative energies increase with the darkness.
The Crone energies are like the winter, quiet and still. She lives in a state of completion and stillness, receptive darkness. Gone is the light, and now she is complete in her darkness. She is still, not becoming anything and not leaving anything. She is whole in herself, and in that wholeness she accepts the world as it is. She forgives and forgets because there is no ego, no motivation, no drive or need for change – there is only the still oneness of the soul of the Universe.
The Crone is the Old One who sits by the fire, who is not interested in the outside world, who – like our younger self at menstruation – has a small outer world, but an infinite inner world. The Crone is the soul of the Universe, her body may be old and bent but the soul-light shines brightly through her. Her outward face is hidden, and she is turned completely inward. She is the weaver of Universal Energy, who creates with intention and flow.
We can directly experience the Crone energies in our menstrual phase if we allow ourselves to let go of modern expectations. In our menstrual phase we naturally want to withdraw from life and to rest in our being. The Crone is the wise woman within, who can consciously generate healing power. The message of the Crone is ‘Enough’. She tells us that we have enough. She holds us and says that we are enough being who we are. And she tells us that it is enough – that we no longer need to relive and act out our past, our patterns and our conflicts and hurts.
She is the Sage, Wise Woman and grandmother. She also helps guide younger women in their lives, especially the Maiden and Mother yet isn’t tied down to pleasing anyone or taking care of her family like Maidens and Mothers are. She holds space for women to be and go through their messy process of growth and transformation.
She basically doesn’t give a crap what others think about her and has a strong sense of who she is as an eternal soul and woman. Think of Sophia from The Golden Girls. Most important about this Archetype is her connection to other spiritual realms, such as her vivid dreams and Higher Self, which brings about an understanding that death isn’t the end. She will bake you the best cookies, share with you stories that feed your soul, inspire you with her photos from her recent travels and guide you with her intuitive knowing.
The Crone’s sexual Energy is slow and patient. She is only awake to sexuality that respects her in all her beauty and fragility, a sexuality that is more about self-love than performance or fertility. She is the part of us that feels empowered to act on intentional desire, in an honoring setting. She is the wise one who intuitively connects with the spiritual nature of sexual Energy. The Crone is the teacher, encouraging us to listen to intuition and recognize Divine guidance. While she may not embody female sexuality like the other main female Archetypes, she literally embodies the Divine Feminine.
The issues with the Crone are mainly around disrespect. This is unfortunately the least respected Feminine Archetype because our modern society overvalues beauty and youth. Thus many women will disrespect the Crone in them as well, and try to force her to disappear, ignoring their need for rest and inner focus during their bleeding time, and later on in life. That will create an imbalance in their lives that might lead to burn out, emotional coldness or depression.
The Archetype also triggers in all women the fears around aging and death, which we can face when taking time to sit with the Crone. Because pretending they don’t exist, ignoring the Crone and her demands for introspection and deep healing will only lead to by passing the richness of life.
At her highest expression, the Crone is what every woman strives to become. I invite your to take time and get to know her, and make friends with her. The power and joy that she holds is infinite.
"Gentle Mother of the dark and stillness, into your arms I place my life and my desires. I surrender these things to your love and creation and know that in your timing all will be birthed. All is well."
So much for today …
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