Patriarchy got you down? Feminism got a bad rap? Maybe it’s time to harness your inner mountain CRONE…

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“the crone is a stock character in folklore and fairytale, an old woman in some stories, she is disagreeable, malicious, or sinister in manner, often with magical or supernatural associations that can make her either helpful or obstructing. The crone is also an archetypal figure, a Wise Woman… in some forms of neopaganism, particularly Wicca, in which she symbolizes the Dark Goddess, the dark of the moon, the end of a cycle.”

  • Barbara G Walker, “The Crone: Woman of Age, Wisdom and Power”, Harper and Row 1985.

  • Jean Shinoda Bolen, “Crones Don’t Whine: Concentrated Wisdom for Juicy Women”, 2011.

I find it is important to reclaim certain words. It’s a way for me to get back at least a little of the power that has been stolen from my sex.

 

THE THINGS I’M ABOUT TO TELL YOU ARE RELATIVELY SIMPLE. THEY WILL HELP YOU. YOU COULD EVEN USE THEM TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE AND FIND HAPPINESS, IF THAT’S WHAT YOU WANT.

THE THINGS I’M ABOUT TO TELL YOU ARE RELATIVELY SIMPLE, BUT IMPLEMENTING THEM CAN BE HARD. YOU HAVE TO TRY - YOU HAVE TO WANT THINGS TO CHANGE. YOU HAVE TO BE WILLING. THESE ARE SIMPLE STEPS AND SOME ARE HARD TO SWALLOW FOR CERTAIN PEOPLE.

YOU HAVE TO WANT SOMETHING DIFFERENT IN ORDER FOR THINGS TO CHANGE. IT’S NOT UP TO ME AT ALL TO HELP YOU. IT’S ACTUALLY COMPLETELY UP TO YOU.

I MAY POSSESS CERTAIN TOOLS THAT I HAVE OILED AND HONED OVER THE YEARS. SOME TOOLS WERE GIVEN TO ME AND OTHERS I HAD TO CRAFT MYSELF. YOU WILL HAVE TO DO THE SAME. TEST THESE THINGS OUT AND SEE WHAT WORKS.

THE REAL SECRET IS TO PAY ATTENTION. BE AWARE OF YOUR WORDS AND HOW THEY AFFECT OTHERS. BE AWARE OF HOW OTHER PEOPLE’S WORDS AFFECT YOU. PAY ATTENTION TO HOW COUPLES COMMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER, AND KEEP AN EYE ON HOW UNHAPPY PEOPLE TALK TO THEMSELVES.