It is the time of intense colour, the turning of leaf colours, the shedding and releasing. All life surrenders, leaving behind the stillness of action, and prepares to enter the silence, the season of death.
If we call up the mighty Crone for her destructive power, then we must be willing to accept the mighty consequences of using negativity. The healed woman, the whole woman, the power woman, knows that it is the wisdom of the Crone that must be used. The Temperance of finding the perfect knowledge in which to use the wisdom in order to gain the utopia women have known is possible to have here on Earth. It is this wisdom and balance that will bring the darkness and the light back into balance, female and male into balance.
The world does not want an angry Goddess on their hands. Look how long we have revolted against the angry God of the patriarchal. We are doing the same thing they did. We are striving for domination through the power of the Crone aspect of the Goddess. We are so out of control in our rage, so swept away by our selfishness, that we want to risk losing utopia.
Find the love, the life, the heart of what all this is about. It is the nuclear family we have been working towards. Women, our power, our wisdom, our insight, our knowledge, our love, our heart is what is the shift of this new age into being. Not fighting. No being better than or more powerful than the male. And definitely not using the Goddess against mankind. She will retreat from us if we continue to manifest Her in this way. Can’t you hear her crying? Can’t you hear her whispering to us, asking us not to be so ignorant, to stop being daughters of men and begin being Her?
If, during the season of the Crone, we take the time to journey deep within our psyches, She will bring us face to face with anger and rage. She will shed her waning light upon it and teach us how to release it and absolve it into darkness. The Crone gives us the wisdom to understand and teaches us to know.
We must approach this master out of extreme respect. We must be willing to look back at the aged and see the worth in their eyes, their lives and seek to understand the experiences they have had, for in understanding the experience we gain knowledge of what not to repeat, or what can be changed to make it better.
All answers lie within. This is the season of release, of travelling deep in our being that we may find Pandora’s Box and open it. We will find that amid the waning light, the decay, the changing, there is substance, power and enlightenment. It is during the time of release, the time of introspection when active energy is slowing down, that we have the opportunity to seek interior recesses of life. The power woman knows that this is where the key to all lies buried, and so rejoices in the waning and finds release.
Source: "The Gaia Tradition: Celebrating the Earth in Her Seasons" by Kisna Stepanich