crone goddesses

When I arrived in Stinson Beach last week Friday, the kiddo demanded to go to the bookstore to look for TinTin comic books. I wandered around the store and a book practically jumped off the shelf into my hands. Goddesses in Older Women: Archetypes in Women Over Fifty by Jean Shinoda Bolen who wrote Goddesses for Every Woman. She is a Jungian analyst and a wonderful writer.

I haven't read her earlier book given the number of books to read for school. So I took the opportunity to read this one while I was at the beach. She describes various goddess archetypes and how they come into play as one moves over the threshold into crone hood. She gives context, history, cultural references, and a psychological overview of what a woman who connects with a particular archetype might expect to experience.

I found myself drawn to Sophia, Hecate, and Sekhmet interestingly. Kali in there somewhere too along with Baubo, the goddess of mirth. Keep thinking of creating Baubo dances for women which cracks me up. :)

ArticlesAnnette Wagner