What does it mean to be an elder in today’s cultures? By letting go of the old we make room for transformations of energy being readied to pour through our souls. Wisdom is a woman, a crone, a goddess, and a feminine arch-type.
Greek mythology gave us Metis, goddess of practical and intellectual wisdom, swallowed by Zeus, his first wife. Sophia, of the bible, became an ungendered concept, just as Mary, too, was marginalized. In the ancient Kabbalah teachings, Shekinah is the Feminine Womb into which the concentration of the God essence flows. Cerridwen was once the Celtic goddess with powers of prophecy and keeper of the cauldron of knowledge. Hindi goddess of wisdom is Saraswati. The world’s mythologies, in the collective unconscious, wisdom is feminine.
Isis may be the oldest deity in Egypt, and certainly the oldest to survive the ages in much the same form. She may also be the most important, for although the other gods were worshipped widely, Isis was worshipped almost universally by all Egyptians. The major goddess of the Egyptian pantheon, she had many of the same attributes of other mother-goddesses found all over the planet.
Nefertiti and her husband were known for a religious revolution, in which they worshiped one god only, Aten, or the sun disc. With her husband, she reigned at what was arguably the wealthiest period of Ancient Egyptian history. Some scholars believe that Nefertiti ruled briefly as Neferneferuaten after her husband’s death and before the accession of Tutankhamun, although this identification is a matter of ongoing debate. If Nefertiti did rule as Pharaoh, her reign was marked by the fall of Amarna and relocation of the capital back to the traditional city of Thebes.
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Maiden – Mother – Crone
The arch-type of the wise-woman crone pertains to the inner development of soul qualities associated with the third phase of women’s lives, and the third eye wisdoms. Depending on the circumstances of each life, many have their development stifled. Some progress much faster depending on the trials and tribulations faced. The psyche of women has been activated and we are moving into the third phase of recapturing of goddess powers, that of spiritual feminism and wisdom.
A number of years ago, I participated in a women’s circle, of young and old, that used the book “Women Who Run with the Wolves” to assist women in their journey toward wholeness. Circles can be empowering. When a wisewomen circle comes together, that which once existed is revived into the collective unconsciousness where it can move into the sacred feminine expression. The holy well becomes unblocked and again springs forth remembering’s.
Within every woman there lives a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. She is the Wild Woman, who represents the instinctual nature of women. But she is an endangered species. In Women Who Run With the Wolves, Dr. Estés unfolds rich intercultural myths, fairy tales, and stories, many from her own family, in order to help women reconnect with the fierce, healthy, visionary attributes of this instinctual nature. Through the stories and commentaries in this remarkable book, we retrieve, examine, love, and understand the Wild Woman and hold her against our deep psyches as one who is both magic and medicine. Dr. Estés has created a new lexicon for describing the female psyche. Fertile and life-giving, it is a psychology of women in the truest sense, a knowing of the soul.
I have found my circles of crones in those who gather at the psychic fairs, workshops, retreats and in elders that have found their gifts. One leads to another in finding your own source needs. The last two decades and the wave of baby boomers have brought incredible professional and personal opportunities. Oprah, her Super Soul Sunday’s, the explosion of self-help books and other media, and music, as in singing medicine bowls and meditation circles, has brought many new awareness’s to the masses. Sincerity, along with compassion, must be core values of any circle. They can also be found wherever commonalities are; activism, corporate women, craftswomen, retirement communities, support groups. In finding your circle you will find a sisterhood with gifts to share. We are brilliant, beautiful, amazing wise-women. Find your circle and learn to how to thrive in your new found self.
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