On Becoming a Crone

The Crone is a symbol of inherent wisdom that comes from experience. She has lived through love, sorrow, hope, and fear, coming out of it all a wise and confident spirit. The wisdom of the Crone comes only after learning the lessons of non-judgment and compassion. Google

A Croning Ceremony was held for me when I turned 50. I was in a women’s therapy group and the therapist, Barbra McCoy Getz, LCSW, planned the event. I was asked to write and share the highlights of my life to that point, what I remembered of my mother,  write and read a letter to my mother who had died 42 years earlier. As part of the ceremony, I broke a stick in half, placed the two halves on the floor and walked between them symbolizing my entry into a new phase of  life…that of a Crone or Wise Woman. The ceremony was followed by a party with small gifts from the group including a tiny china tea set. As you can see, I was asked to wear a hat and shawl to set me apart as The Crone.

Since then I have led several ceremonies for other women because I believe in celebrating all stages of life and honoring women as they age.

Affirmation: I embrace all the years I’m privileged to live.

Coaching requests and question: Write three highlights of your life to this point. Share them with someone. What does aging mean to you?

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