Monthly Archives: May 2011

Isle of Ancestors

The Crone is not just an old woman now. She is sort of an ageless Wisdom Goddess, not necessarily the ugly old witch with a very long nose who lives close to the ground. People would go to her and she would be able to do certain ceremonies for them.

Undertake a mysterious journey and visit The Isle of Ancestors or mingle with the Wyse Women of Owl Island.

Goddesses and woman in general as thin, young and sexy. Unfortunately the Crone archetype has been neglected, shoved to the back of our minds, and only brought out at Samhain. She has been made into the wicked witch of children’s nursery times and fables. But really we should be seeing the Crone as a beautiful and spiritual woman of wisdom. She has done with childbearing and is now free to be herself and explore her own spirituality. She is the Matriarch, the keeper of tradition and she walks the line between twilight and darkness and understands the importance of death and renewal.

From Crone and Sage

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The Crone Archetype

It’s a beautiful thing to become a Crone now, whereas many years ago it would’ve been frightening. The recognition and honoring that you are making a passage into another stage of life — an initiation into an age of wisdom — is very important.

The Crone is not just an old woman now. She is sort of an ageless Wisdom Goddess, not necessarily the ugly old witch with a very long nose who lives close to the ground. People would go to her and she would be able to do certain ceremonies for them.

Women in their Crone years are often relegated to the sidelines and become invisible. My body may be aging but my mind will always be forever young.

I refuse to be a shadowy figure. I am determined to reclaim the wisdom that was once associated with older women.

Understanding the Crone Archetype helps me to hear forgotten voices and come to know myself

Working With Baba

Raven and I have decided to stay on in the House of Baba. The soup she gave me has nourished me and inspired me to learn more about aging and moving into a new period of creativity. As I pottered about in her library I stumbled upon the work of Helen Redman. After exploring her site I can feel the creative juices stirring.

Baba’s Ravens

Baba Yaga says, “Intelligence ripens with age.” In Slavic oral traditions, Baba Yaga was the old crone of autumn who lived in the last sheaf of harvested grain. Fittingly, the woman who bound that sheaf would bear a child the next spring, for the old Baba was also guardian of the fountain of the waters of life. Her legend suggests she was the preserver of herbal knowledge and medicinal healing. Let us return this wise crone to glory!

BabaRavens

Deities associated with Ravens include Baba Yaga, Bran, Odin, and the Morrigan. The Morrigan was a raven deity who gloried in battles; she could assume the forms of a hag, a beautiful woman, or a crow or a raven.

In Ireland, the raven was associated with the Morrigan and other battle or death goddesses. Badb, the Raven of Battle, was goddess of war and bloodshed. The Morrigan was a raven deity who gloried in battles; she could assume the forms of a hag, a beautiful woman, or a crow or a raven. The continental Celts had a goddess Nantosuelta whose symbols were ravens and doves. The god Lugh had two magickal ravens as companions.

In Welsh, ubran means “raven,” the name connectin it with the god, Bran the Blessed. One of the greatest heroes in Welsh legend was Owein, who had an army of magickal ravens that fought King Arthur’s men. Although an important totem animal of the Celts, the raven was considered to be of dubious reputation, and they took great care when dealing with it. Ravens were scavengers, one of the birds that frequented battlefields and feasted on the dead. If a raven had any white on it, the bird was consider to be beneficial and mot malevolent.

Ravens were creatures of the Morse-germanic Valkyries, who wore their black feathers when they fulfilled their task as Choosers of the Slain. The Germans called the raven waelceasig (“corpse-choosing”) and a Valkyrie waelcyrge. The skalds, Nordic poets, had a number of kennings (metaphors) for the raven: “blood-swan,” “blood=goose.” They also called dead warriors “feeders of the ravens.”

At Raven’s Beckoning

Raven symbolizes changes in consciousness and is the symbol of a shape shifter. Ravens are prophets, spell-casters, and messengers. Raven offers knowledge of the world to the people for safe keeping. Over the course of generations, this knowledge is passed on, and the spirit of transformation begins to unfold.

When change needs to occur, the Raven flies quickly. She also brings new things, new places, new ideas, and rebirth. Raven helps the worthy, but loves to trick the unsuspecting; and is as full of mischief as she is wonderful. Raven symbolizes the home of our ancestors, our personal stories and imprinted memories. Raven is distinctly earthy, and feminine.

At Raven’s beckoning Baba comes to me with soup, a special elixir for the soul,  strong brew that she thinks will warm the now aching heart where Dougie was comforted as he died.

Healing Powers

The raven symbolizes healing powers, the ability to draw secrets from the Shadows. The raven symbolizes gratitude and affection, wisdom, hope, longevity, death, and fertility. The song of the Raven is said to be a symbol of temptations.

The raven is at once a symbol of mystery, memory and thought; and the master trickster. In alchemy, Raven represents change and the advanced soul.

My need for the healing powers of Raven is strong. May they bring the spirits of the departed to me to embrace lovingly, with no regret. May they help me hold the love of those close to my heart.

Heralding Change

When you meet Raven, he could be telling you that there will be changes in your life and that possibly you should step by the usual way you view reality and look into the inner realms …walk your talk…be prepared to let go of your old thinking and embrace a new way of viewing yourself and the world.

Image sourced by Shiloh Blackburn

Raven Spirit Bird

Raven is about the magical act of creation, internal magic and transformation along with miracle of a rebirth. Raven tells us to be aware of omens that become a harbinger of the mystical and exotic. He can show how to stir life without fear and teach to balance life’s playful aspects. Raven also brings in the light of awareness and knowledge with opportunities of great changes that are in store for you. Raven will teach how to usher in these new energies. He shows how to dive into the depths of the inner being to illuminate the true self. Are you ready to uncover past conflicts and long forgotten emotional issues? Raven will teach how to transform your spirit. From the deepest part of you healing begins. What has been in darkness will now emerge into the light.

Vale Dougie

Moon Seed Crystal Ball

Animals Grieve Douglas

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A constant companion, soul mate and friend
Who walked with me compassionately
We will always be together.

Baba’s Place

Baba Yaga represents the power of old age, the power of the archetype of witch, and most of all, the power of the cycles of life, death and rebirth. She is also a guardian of the creative fire.

I have come to Baba’s to get a fire stick to rekindle the fire in my personal furnace of creativity.

Accumulative loss and grief have taken their toll and I had ceased to tend to the fire.

Baba is not known for her understanding. She is a harsh task mistress. She is known to burn to cinders those who are not true.

I come carrying a doll, given to me by my mother many years ago. I do know that if I am in doubt, if I feel challenged, it will guide me.