Circle of Life © Frank Howell
“The Crone is the ancient holy one. She is grandmother, witch and hag. She has been ignored, trivialized, blamed and feared, for she holds powers that others deny. Powers of time and transformation. Powers you may fear, but would do better to understand. The Crone is the Mother of all Mothers. She knows all your bedtime stories, and all your worst nightmares. She is the One Who Judges. The one who says No. Through her you learn discernment, how to tell right and wrong, and how to speak the truth.
“She is the One Who Knows Death. She will introduce you to your shadow. She can free you from your fears. The Crone is She Who Has Gone Beyond. She has lived many years and many lives. Her feet know the paths of the Ancestors. Through her you can touch those who have gone before. She has lived many lives. She has lived for love, for power, for grace. Now she lives for herself and her journey. She travels new roads and dares the unknown. She is ancient, but not always aged. She may be beautiful, but she’s not pretty.
“She Who Has Gone Beyond may go beyond our idea of what a deity or a woman can be.” — © 2007 Ellen Lorenzi-Prince
At Samhain, we entered into the time of the dying of the light. On Solstice morn, we celebrated the promise of the renewal of the reborn light. We linger still in this time out of time, absorbing the secrets of the long winters’ nights. We have reunited with old customs, with our families and beloveds, and we savor the comfort of hearth. This has been the pause upon the threshold of the turning Wheel. Yet many of us are already preparing our goodbyes, knowing that next week we will be returning once more to the world of our daily work and routines.
Astrologers and politicians agree that 2008 is going to be a pivotal year. It is the Tarot Year of the Wheel of Fortune. And John and Susan Townley of AstroCocktail call this Solstice threshold , “a jouncing ride leading into a year of real action instead of last year’s [2007’s] frothing but penultimate imprecations.”
Eve, the Mother of All © Robert Lentz
So prepare now for the dying of the year 2007. And let us do so with the intention of holding the peace of the dark within us, and weaving its mysteries throughout the lengthening days ahead.
May the Crone Goddess lead us with Her unwavering, uncompromising light of truth and Her heart of fierce love.