The Crone: Wisdom

The Crone: Wisdom

The old hag at her cauldron is perhaps the most enduring image of the Wise Woman and a remnant of a time when women were the healers of their communities. They were shamans, witches, midwifes, medicine women, and priestesses of the Goddess.

The Crone is a symbol of inherent wisdom that comes from experience. She has lived through love, sorrow, hope, and fear, coming out of it all a wise and confident spirit. Through these experiences she has learned the secrets of life and death and of the mysteries beyond this world. She has tasted death itself and watched those she loved make the journey before her. It is through her mourning that she faces death, grows to understand it, and becomes the gatekeeper between worlds.

The wisdom of the Crone comes only after learning the lessons of non-judgment and compassion. Through these lessons the Crone becomes the balancing scales between light and dark and between life and death. She is selfless, yet she loves herself. She is kind, yet she knows when to be harsh. She is free, she is compassionate, and she is wise. Only the Crone can complete the journey to the Otherworld and birth the Child of Completion.

The Crone is full of power. Her body is no longer fertile, but her mind is sharp and able. She no longer bleeds, keeping her power within her and owning it without shame or fear.

She is often seen as a healer, working in tune with Nature to cure ailments and guide those ready to leave or enter this world. She is the elder priestess of the Goddess; the Grandmother whose words are few yet priceless in their wisdom.

In myth the Crone is often seen as something to be feared. She is a representation of death and its mysteries. Things that are unknown are always feared, thus we work to know the Crone; to understand her wisdom and beckon her to impart the mysteries upon us. We surrender our fear and ignorance to the Crone and let her strike these overpowering influences down as a stalk of wheat with her shining sickle.

As with all aspects of the Goddess the Crone is not only found within the aged. She is in all beings at all times. She can be present in men and women, young and old; though age may very likely come before her lessons are fully realized.

The Crone is a cleansing force that sweeps through the world carrying away those whose time to live is done to make room for new life. She is associated with the element of water and the direction of west – land of the dead. She is the necessary force of destruction like the force of a wave on the shore; ripping away the beach and returning it to the sea from which it came.

She is the reaper, the comforter, the mysterious old woman who possesses the knowledge of all worlds. The next time a thunderstorm passes overhead take a moment to listen to the voice of the Crone. Feel the tears of joy and mourning fall upon your head and take the first steps to understand her mysteries.

Affirmation of the Crone

Use this affirmation daily to seek the wisdom of the Crone within yourself.

Ancient Crone,
You are the source of eternal knowledge
That leads to the completion of the spirit.
Let my soul seek your lessons,
And strive to understand your mysteries.
I will not fear the darkness
For I know you wait for me within it.

A Journey with the Crone

Prepare yourself as you have for the other journeys. Light incense or play soft music if this is helpful to you.

You begin, as always, on that familiar path. Look up through the now thinning branches of the trees into the night sky. The waning moon hangs overhead, it’s sickle shape bright and surrounded by millions of stars.

It is hard to see anything along the path. Shadows take up much of the spaces where flowers once grew. If you look hard enough you may see a healing plant or two tucked in along the path. Take your time and explore a little. You are not afraid.

Animals of the night move in the forest around you. An owl can be heard in the distance asking her eternal question. She wants to know who you are. Can you tell her or are you unsure of yourself?

As you walk up to the gate you see that it is now covered with dying vines, dried up and withered. Leave the baggage of your mundane life on the ground and push it open to approach the cottage.

You can see smoke rippling out of the chimney and the windows are glowing with a welcoming light. Walk to the door and enter.

Bent over the hearth is an old woman wearing a dark cloak with the hood pulled up over her grey hair. When you enter she turns to you, pays you half a glance, and silently gestures for you to sit by the fire. She has been expecting you.

You watch her work in her cauldron, grabbing bundles of herbs from the mantle to add to her brew. After a moment she takes a seat beside you and pulls her hood down to expose her time weathered face.

She turns to you and in her hand is a cup of the brew she has been tending. She offers it to you and says:

“I am the grandmother of mysteries. You have come to this place seeking wisdom. Drink from this cup and learn all that you need to know at this time.”

You take the hot cup and drink deeply from it. What knowledge comes into your mind as the bittersweet liquid passes over your lips? Is anything foggy? Are there things that are not clear to you still?

Speak with the Crone for a time. Spend time with her and learn from her timeless experience.

When you are ready to leave embrace your grandmother and return to the gate. Take only what you need before returning down the path and allowing your consciousness to surface slowly.

Embracing the Crone Ritual

You will need a dark or silver colored bowl of water, your favorite incense, and a candle. Get everything prepared and find a quiet place to sit alone.

This ritual should be done as closely as possible to the last quarter—the waning moon.

Invite the Crone in your own words. You may choose to use a specific Crone Goddess if you like or simply call on the Crone aspect of the Great Goddess.

Now might be a good time to use the Crone meditation you read earlier. Either way, quiet your mind and ground yourself in whatever way works for you.

Recite the following words:

Ancient Crone, allow me to find wisdom within myself and to always remember that your lessons are within me waiting to be revealed. May I strive to understand all that is light and dark without fear.

The bowl of water represents a portal between this world and the Otherworld. When you are ready, relax the focus of your eyes and gaze into the surface of the water. Stare at it as long as you can allowing yourself to “daydream” into the water.

Make note of shapes, letters, images, etc. that you see on the surface of the water. Later you may want to do some research and soul searching to find out what these things mean.

When you are done scrying thank the Crone in your own words and drip some of the water over your hands and face. Pay special attention to the area of your third eye—on your forehead between your eyes.

The ritual is ended here. You may choose to go outside and gaze at the waning moon and be with the Crone.

Prayers and Chants of the Crone

Ancient Crone,
Cleansing waters of wisdom,
I embrace you within myself,
And dance with you ‘round the well.
Let me be a seeker of knowledge,
And courageous in the face of darkness.
My heart sings your melody
And my spirit is forever whole.

Cerridwyn of the Cauldron,
Timeless Grandmother,
Shape shifting Queen of mysteries,
Let your wisdom surround me and be within me.
Reap away my fear and ignorance.
Lady Crone, bless me with your gifts.

Lady of Autumn,
Fading blossom of Samhain,
I am your heart’s drummer
And forever your student.

The Crone awakens within me.
Now and always I seek wisdom.

the crone: part of the book of tridea by ps. grian debandia of circle of the green


13 thoughts on “The Crone: Wisdom

  1. This world where many are now facing the
    death head has a dearth of information.
    The gatekeepers have been lost to the
    youth cult that tainted the two worlds
    with dysphoria from drugs. This information
    needs to be shared so that we don’t lose
    anymore creativity to the precipice of
    time. Time does not lend itself to creativity
    either forward or backward, if I may say as
    a crone. So, I’m taking it as and of itself
    outside of everything needed to create
    a Lagrangian point for humanity…
    This is really really important truth..

  2. Just wanted you to know I appreciate the sharing of the wisdom. I am taking an eclass right now, in web design, and am using you as a link in my final assignment. Hope it brings more people to the site, even if only my classmates.

  3. Hi my name is Melanie wish means in Greek “the dark one”.

    I seam to have been predestined to be an embodiment of the Crone. I need somebody’s guidance about this, let me explain. The first time I went to see a woman Shaman, she pulled some goddess card for me to meet my goddess, the card that was pulled was the Crone, so I went on a shamanic journey to meet my power goddess wish was quite powerful. Another funny thing is that at the age of 19 I stopped having my period, I have seen specialist for 10 years and there is no explanation for my condition, they say I am quite healthy. This was the reason for me to see a Shaman; I wanted to approach this problem with a spiritual openness. Maybe my problem was spiritual and not physical.

    A few years later I had experiences with power animal, the animal that presented themselves to me were the spider and the crow, also aspect of the dark mother. Later on I ran into a website about Kali, when I saw a picture of her I fell in a trance, experiencing divine love. A few months later I had an N.D.E where I found myself in front of the Source and experienced divine love and unity.

    Today I decided to read again about the Crone and was shock to see all these aspect relating to her. It was like a realization. Please could somebody give me guidance about this.

    Thank you,

  4. Absolutely fantastic …as a shaman myself i can connect immediately to the crone …glad i found you and the prayers are very warming thank you .
    Blessings to all.

  5. What a beautiful and true representation of the Crone. She is a Wise Woman, indeed. We need Her to rise and lead the world right now. The youth have the energy and the grandmothers have the wisdom. Thank you for this post. Blessed Be.

  6. I feel like I am entering my Crone stage in life and am finding it very tumultuous. I love these chants. I know this is an old post, but I just found it on Google. So happy I found you!

  7. Amazing information, chants and ritual. I have been following the Divine Feminine/Goddess since my teens and I am 60. Am getting ready to have my Croning Ceremony! Keep posting! We must begin to speak of the Triune Goddess and how women embrace all her forms and encourage her activity in our lives and the lives of the world! Blessed be!

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