SageWoman #82 - The Wise Woman
Who, or even what, is “a Wise Woman?” Does wisdom come with age, experience, or something more ineffable? Exploring this topic are variety of women — some already in the throes of cronehood, others standing at the edge or even proudly announcing that they are “not yet Crone” — sharing their own experience of the “aging-into-sageing” process.
Several young crones (those approaching or just experiencing menopause) take the time to ponder the meaning of entering this stage in this issue. Does it begin at 50? Menopause? One’s second Saturn return? Or can one just announce it “I am a Crone” independently? Astrologer and Irish mystic Bee Smith welcomes cronehood with open arms in “Snowy Blossoms of a Second Spring” while Ella Andrews ponders “Becoming our own Wise Women” and the late De-Anna Alba ponders her own cronehood in a brief but profound interview. Rememberances of special elders appear in Jen McConnel’s “Ambassadors of Love” and Danielle Blackwood’s “The Hard Road to Hecate: Capricorn and the Wise Woman Archetype.”
Some Goddess-loving women believe that the Triple Goddess (“Maiden/Mother/Crone”) is an outdated archetype. In her essay “Why I am a Queen and Not (Yet) a Crone” author Donna Henes embraces “the Queen” as a model of life between the end of the Mother phase and the beginning of Crone. This issue also features an exclusive interview with feisty Pagan novelist (and self-proclaimed “Queen”) Barbara Ardinger, who discusses her novel about a coven of older women making magick, “Secret Lives.”
Or maybe cronehood is a mantle to be accepted with gratitude, at whatever age. Sharon Hargett writes of the bond she shares with her “special” granddaughter in “Grandmother and Child: Reconnecting to the Divine Light” and as well as herbalist and Wise Woman extraordinaire Susun Weed, who shares her natural tips for keeping juicy and healthy well into cronehood in “There’s an Old Woman I am Beginning to Know.”
There’s also the archetype of the Crone to consider; after all, however much we embody the Goddess, She is still beyond our imaginings. Two Crone goddesses make notable appearances in this issue, one in Stephanie Woodhouse’s essay, “Embracing the Morrigan” and the second in loremistress Diana Paxson’s in-depth look at the goddess of Germanic home and hearth, “Getting Help from Holda.” (Just in time for a spot of spring cleaning, which Holda is *really* good at!)
Last, but certainly not least, join us as we enjoy a conversation with the “goddess-mother of American herbalism” Rosemary Gladstar who shares her perspectives on herbalism, plant lore, and growing older in an exclusive SageWoman interview.
We also have goddess-embracing stories from Luisah Teish and Anne Hill, Nancy Vedder-Schults on how Goddess stories can bring peace to our fractious world, and Susan Chernak McElroy on how an ancient oppossum brought wisdom into her life. Plus a step-by-step guide to creating your own magickal oils, readers write in the Rattle, reviews, poetry, and the luminous artwork which SageWoman is famous for.
Mini flash-view of this issue.
Table of contents in PDF format.
Available in either classic-paper or digital editions.