A ceremony celebrating women’s wisdom!
It's a celebration of all that you've learned, and all that you will come to know in the future. For many women, it's a time to make new commitments and vows.
For a long time, to be called a crone (pronounced crow-ny) was an insult. The very word implied a wrinkled, hunchbacked old woman, unwanted and unloved!
Fortunately, times are changing, and more and more women in their fifties, sixties, and even seventies are forgoing all the trappings of "false youth" and are welcoming this aspect of their life.
We spend so few years in the guise of the maiden followed by a couple of decades as a mother (for many of us). Why not celebrate the next phase of your life?
We're finally able to take back the notion that with age comes wisdom, and we're welcoming the power of our own energy. We're living longer, we're self-sufficient, and we're willing to share our knowledge and experience with others. We're smart and confident - and that's sexy.
Reclaiming the Name of Crone:
In early cultures, the female elder was considered a wise woman. She was the healer, the teacher, the imparter of knowledge.
She mediated disputes, she had influence over tribal leaders, and she cared for the dying as they took their final breaths -
so reaching the status of Crone is a major milestone!
Rejoicing in Our Own Wisdom:
Any woman can have a Croning ceremony, although traditionally most choose to wait until they are at least fifty years old.
This is partly because of the physical changes in the body, but also because five decades of learning is nothing to sneeze at!
More often women wait until after menopause to become a Crone. However, our body clocks are all different, so the timing of your ceremony will depend on the guidelines of your particular path.
A Croning ceremony may be performed by a High Priestess (if you know any?), but can also be performed by other women who have already attained the position of Crone (like me!).
The ceremony itself is typically performed as part of a women's circle but there are no set rules. Many women who have achieved the title of Crone like to include at least some of the following:
- A ritual bath or cleansing beforehand
- Singing and chanting
- A guided meditation honouring the archetype of Wise Women
- Symbols of initiation - a staff, a special cloak, a garland or crown
- Drumming, music or poetry celebrating womanhood
- An altar with photos of female relatives and friends who have empowered you
- A celebratory meal
- A symbol of the passage into Cronehood - entering through a curtain or tunnel, crossing a ceremonial threshold
- An exchange of gifts or blessings (a Croning basket filled with chocolates and herbal teas is popular)
- Some women may adopt a new name at their Croning Ceremony
This third cycle of your life is the one in which you become an Elder, and you've joined a special group. You have a lifetime of achievements behind you, and decades more to look forward to.
The word Crone should now be a word of power for you - so celebrate it.
You've earned it!