Like a young child or teen, the maiden is full of creative ideas,. So eager is she to try new things that she may dance from one project or idea to the other, never really seeing the first one through to the end until she is on to the next. For the maiden, everything is about a new beginning. The waxing moon is her time; a time to bring in new ideas, dreams and desires. She is someone who is independent – not yet touched or influenced by others. She still has an innocence about her and it shows through in her outlook on life and in the energy she portrays in all she does; childlike but not childish. The maiden is usually young in age… but not always! (the waxing moon)
With more maturity than the maiden, the mother embodies the creative act whether it is physically ( through sex, having children) or in taking the ideas and projects she has had as a maiden or the ideas of others and following them through into a tangible creation. Whether it is a actual child that she brings into this world, other people’s children that she helps to nurture, or a creative project or idea that is put into action, it will reflect the mother and she will see it through by protecting it, nurturing it and helping it to grow. The full moon is her time as the Mother is about fulfillment. She is usually child bearing years…but not always! (the full moon)
Through her wisdom the crone knows that everything is about transformation. She understands that death is not the end but sees past it and knows a new and different life begins there. Her job is to help guide others who are seeking the light and console those left behind. The crone is all about endings, whether it is a project, a relationship or life here on earth itself. The waning moon is her time, as it slowly moves into darkness. But do not fear, just as the moon will reappear, the crone comes back as the maiden. It is the wisdom of the crone that we draw on when we know we need to cut cords and move forward. She is usually physically older…but not always!
You can see that by honouring all the phases of a woman’s life we can MAKE IT HAPPEN! Using the innocence of the maiden, new ideas are formed and with her enthusiasm she pushes us to think outside of the box. The mother, in her life experience, can take these ideas, either of her own creation or of another’s, and bring them to life, nurture them and help to see them grow. The crone, who is wisdom, will know how to complete the job, see it through to the end and know when it is time to let things that no longer sure her be released. The maiden brings in the ideas, the mother will nurture until it is time for the crone to bring closure. In closure comes the opportunity for rebirth and the cycle continues. No one age or stage of wisdom is any less or more important than the other but rather together great and wonderful things are accomplished.
How would you complete the following statements in order to honour the maiden/mother/crone?
At this moment in time I feel I am the __________________.
I honour her ability to __________________.
“At this moment in time I feel I am the Crone. I honour her ability to teach others who are seeking the light path and wisdom to know what cords to cut in order to make transformation happen.”
We have a responsibility as women to set an example for other women: what they should expect, how they should be treated and to men and boys on how we should be treated. The crone has lived through many life experiences and has wisdom and stories to share to both the maiden and mother. We need to embrace that wisdom and bring back respect and honour for those who have gone before us and let them know we want to hear their stories. The maiden can share her ideas and ambitions to the crone and in doing so bring her new life. The mother can learn how to nurture by taking these ideas from the maiden but in listening to the crone will know when it is time to let go.
The maiden, the mother and the crone – the wonderful cycle of life.