The Crone is also an archetypal figure, a Wise Woman. She is marginalized by her exclusion from the reproductive cycle,[1] and her proximity to death places her in contact with occult wisdom. As a character type, the crone shares characteristics with the hag.~ Wikipedia

Image credit: <a href='http://www.123rf.com/photo_21383573_young-and-old-isolated-faces-standing-on-the-two-sides-of-the-mirror.html'>giorgiomtb / 123RF Stock Photo</a>Aging. It happens to us all. Women all inevitably move into the age of the Crone.

 

We’re born, we grow, we learn, we teach, we shrink, we die.

 

It’s a part of the human experience.

 

As a woman we move into the age of the Crone as we pass through menopause. Our body changes, our mind changes. It’s a major life shift. For me it has also been a major spiritual shift.

 

Under the Patriarchy the age of the Crone has for too long been marginalized. Often portrayed as malicious or sinister.

 

In Wicca she symbolizes ‘the Dark Goddess, the dark of the moon, the end of a cycle’ and in some ‘New Age’ circles this is portrayed as a time of freedom, wisdom and personal power. (Wikipedia). And we all have her within us, men and women.

 

I’m 53. Very much in Menopause. My cycles have ended and my reproductive years have gone. I now not only feel my body changing I also feel my soul and spirit changing. And the messages I am receiving are to embrace and to celebrate this time.

 

In an astrological reading from a mentor I am reminded to become the elder and to teach the wisdom I have gleaned. In a dream I buried my child self, although I was actually looking for somewhere to bury her. I am being called to step more and more into my personal power. To know that I have a lot of wisdom to impart. To know that I am no longer a girl.

 

If I’m honest the shift has caused some grief and loss. I have had to work to love the new me and to let go of the old even though the things that the girl loved no longer bring me joy. I have had to accept the fact that I need to be ‘sensible’ about my health and my spirit as I would like to live to a healthy old age. I believe I have a whole lot of living left to do in a very different way to the first half of my life. I have never owned my power. I have always lived off others coat tails. My parents, the families I worked for as a Nanny, my parents again and then my husband. Not that I want to leave him but I want to move into a more equal place. I am ready and feeling the shift this week.

 

The New Moon on Monday the 2nd at 11 degrees of Sagittarius takes place in my own sign, Sagittarius, conjunct Jupiter and Mars in Sagittarius in the 11th house and exactly opposite my Moon and Lilith conjunction in Gemini in my fifth house. What does this mean?

 

This means I am to make a new beginning (New Moon) and step into my future and break free from the past (Aquarius and Sagittarius). Enough of being the Puella (eternal girl) as signified by several things in my chart including Jupiter and Mars in Sagittarius. I am to let her die as the moon dies to the dark of the moon in Scorpio (death and transformation) before moving into Sagittarius. I am to integrate my communication and teaching skills as signified by the opposition to my Moon/Lilith Gemini and to do so in a creative and powerful way (fifth house and Lilith). I am to set intention to become an elder, a wise and powerful Crone. To live my inner Dark Goddess (Lilith).

 

This New Moon will affect me deeply but this will affect all of us as we emerge from the deep waters of Scorpio and move into the New Paradigm. The New Moon is again at 11 degrees of Sagittarius and the last New Moon was at 11 degrees of Scorpio. 11 is a gateway. We are again being asked to step into the new paradigm, the age of Aquarius. I have talked before about this being the re-emergence of the feminine within all of us and a move into a more balanced age. There is no coincidence that Jupiter (the ruler of Sagittarius) and Lilith are exactly together at 19 degrees of Cancer, the sign of the mother and our inner self. Do you see how the theme all ties together. This will affect the collective, not just me. We are ALL being asked to step into our deep female wisdom.

 

If you know your chart look to see where 11 degrees of Sagittarius lies. Look also for any planets or angles close to 11 degrees of the mutable signs (Sagittarius, Virgo, Gemini and Pisces) and then also any other planets or angles close to that degree. If you don’t know and would like to you can always book one of my four remaining mini sessions - my Sagittarius special in honor of my birthday sign (30 minutes for $49).

 

Do you relate to the re-emergence of the deepest feminine and the urge to break free from the old paradigms? Do you feel the pull of the Dark Goddess? Or does this language make you uncomfortable? Not all of you are at the stage of life that I am at but you will be feeling it in your own way. I would love for you to tell me your feelings about this in the comments below.