A Crone Ceremony is a rite of passage ceremony for a woman who has either reached the age of 50 or gone through menopause. This ceremony encourages a woman to embrace the aging process and celebrate her wisdom. Reaching the status of Crone is a major milestone!
Jen Paul of LIfe Passages in Flagstaff, Arizona is a Celebrant who is skilled at creating a Crone Ceremony.
Here's how it works! The first meeting can be done via skype, face time, phone or in person if you are in the Flagstaff area. We meet and co-create a vision for your ceremony. Part of the vision involves honoring the cycles of life you have experienced from childhood through adulthood. Jen listens empathically and takes notes about your life. You also may have a writing assignment to complete. Once the pieces are put together, your ceremony is created. Typically, the four directions are used in honoring the stages of your life. Additionally, you may choose to be "crowned" as Crone or receive a wisdom staff or some other symbolic item. The creation process may involve several meetings. We set a date for your ceremony. The ceremony may include members of your community and/or family or it may be done by yourself. It's really up to you and your comfort level. If you choose a public gathering, you may have a private ceremony which includes smudging and cleansing your feet before the public gathering. The ceremony can last up to 1 hour it just depends on the rituals that are included. Furthermore, if you choose a public gathering, your guests may bring gifts which celebrate your passage into the Crone years. In addition, often times there is a reception afterwards. As a Crone, you are invited to share your vision with the community and give a gift to your guests that represent your new role.
Concerned that you are too old for your Crone Ceremony - well past 50 or menopause? You aren't! It's never too late to celebrate your passage into a wise woman.
I look forward to hearing all about this stage in your life!