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Raven or Crone

In many Irish stories the crone goddess, often under the name of the Badb (bao, or raven), ordains or foreshadows the warrior’s death. She is seen washing at the ford, and the clothing belongs to one about to die in battle.

Celtic traditions contained a rich lode of myths about a divine Old Woman. In Gaelic (both Irish and Scottish)she is called the Cailleach (from caille, mantle or veil, thus veiled one.) [The Q-Celtic word cailleach is related to the Latin pallium, which survived as the name for a priestly stole. MacKenzie thinks cailleach originally signified a nun, but the ancient traditions predate christianity. 137] This is not a veil of modesty—the cailleachan are wild—but of mystery.

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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