The Age of the Crone
In my view in this stage, after fifty, women cannot retire. Our job is no longer wife and mother, nor maiden and girl, but now our job is to exercise, watch our weight and diet, and go to doctors. Our health is our job. We volunteer, help in the community, and pursue what delights us. We impart an image of strength and wisdom, for many people fear this stage of life. They need all the help they can get. And the crone is often the guide, the caretaker, and the support.
Mary Green painted well into her nineties. She was an inspiration. Georgia O’Keefe is my art heroine. I hope I am an inspiration. Keeping up with technology, politics, lifestyles, a multitude of changes occurring daily, and your heartbeat - is not for the weak. Look at the crone for what she can be, not how she is defined by those who fear the next cycle of life. Be wise. You have the power in you. All you really need to do is move on. Paint, write, act, and your message will be beautiful.
1. Derogatory An old woman considered to be ugly; a hag. 2. A woman who is venerated for experience, judgment, and wisdom. The third dictionary definition on Google. After Crohn’s disease. www.thefreedictionary.com/crone
2. The crone is a stock character in folklore and fairy tale, an old woman. In some stories, she is disagreeable, malicious, or sinister in manner, often with magical or supernatural associations that can make her either helpful or obstructing. The Crone is also an archetypal figure, a Wise Woman. As a character type, the crone shares characteristics with the hag. www.wikipedia/crone
3. Campbell links the "helpful crone" to the fairy godmother. The wicked fairy godmother sometimes appears in the guise of a crone.
4. The crone eludes precise definition. Some traditions, organizations, and individuals variously define the crone as a woman who is either 50, 52, or 56, post-menopausal, consciously aging, willing to acknowledge her shadow side. Crone is a term used to describe an ancient archetype, an aspect of the triple goddess (maiden/mother/crone), and the third phase of a woman's life. When a woman is near, in, or past menopause, she is potentially a crone. The designation refers to a perspective or point of view rather than a specific age or physical event.
A woman who calls herself crone is willing to acknowledge her age, wisdom, and power. Through conscious self-definition, she helps to reverse hundreds of years of oppression, degradation, and abuse aimed at old women. Although she may prefer to be called elder, grandmother, or wisewoman, she does not dismiss, disavow, or use pejoratively terms such as crone, witch, or hag.
The wisewoman/crone/grandmother realizes that the true meaning of these terms, and the woman-centered traditions from which they originate, have been obscured and distorted by patriarchal systems.
We teach, speak, and quietly inspire one another, all women, and all peoples who wish to embrace the totality of life.
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