More recently, the idea of holding a croning ceremony to celebrate our cronehood is gaining momentum and popularity among older women. It's not really a question of when you "become" a crone; it's more about embracing your truth, walking the talk, and then acknowledging the designation at a time that feels right to you.

Often celebrated around age fifty, ceremonies vary from large or small gatherings of friends to large rituals at women's conferences. Keep in mind that it isn't how you celebrate your cronehood that instills it with meaning, but the fact that you honor this new phase as being positive and potentially full of new experiences. An entire lifetime can pass by in the blink of an eye, so this is your chance to honor your life in a fun and meaningful way!

And while I recognize that menopause isn't a pleasant experience for many, I believe that women are feeling hopeful and reenergized about their futures, as I am. Because I feel strongly that women are looking for ways to honor their cronehood, that I established Wise Women. I determined that I would spend my time and energy supporting and promoting the revered croning ceremony, at the same time making it fun!

In Midlife Musings: Creative Croning Ceremonies, I write about the crone's heritage, and I attempt to remove the mystery around the croning ceremony, and bring it into the 21st Century. When I started to plan my own croning ceremony, I found it to be time consuming and often frustrating. I went to several websites and read several books, but you don't need to. In Midlife Musings: Creative Croning Ceremonies, I include...

  • Twenty unique and fun ways to celebrate and honor the crone.
  • A template for an invitation letter you can send to your cronies to kick off your croning ceremony.
  • A simple croning ceremony to follow, including beautiful blessings to recite.

Now if you're thinking, "I don't want to plan my own croning ceremony because it'll seem so self serving!" Well, we crones deserve to think pretty highly of ourselves; so if you want to celebrate your life, then so be it. Ultimately, you'll feel good about celebrating your life with your friends, and you'll create ripples that reach out to other wisewomen whose time has come to celebrate their lives too! And that, my friends, is the start of the wave of crones who finally wear their "crowns" with pride. I sincerely hope that the idea of holding a croning ceremony touches your soul as deeply as it did mine.

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