The Croneby Lilith Silverhair
Dark Mother is the most misunderstood of the triple aspects of the
Goddess. Her color is Black and she absorbs everything, including light
and life. The dark of the Moon is Her time, the Abyss and darkness of
space Her home. Her number is nine, symbolizing wisdom and sacred
magick. Nine is also the number of completion and the completion of
beginnings is the Crone's place in the cycle of birth-life-death.
greatest fear in Western Society is the fear of death and so many have
turned away from this face of our Mother. We see this in our fevered
need for eternal "youth and beauty" (as defined by society) and in the
medical community's fight against aging and death. Who among us had not
had a friend or family member kept "alive" on life support long after
the soul has left the body to resume its journey?
also see this turning away in the way this country treats its elderly.
At a time of life in which a person should be venerated for wisdom and
knowledge they could pass on to the young ones among us, the elderly
are at best "taken care of" (read: loss of privacy, dignity and
freedom) or at worst completely ignored. Advanced age should be a time
to look forward to in our lives. We should be able to look back and
remember all that has happened to us with wisdom and good humor. We
should be given the chance to relax and rest and contemplate our lives
in preparation of a joyful reunion with the Dark Mother, come to take
us into Her starry womb once more. Instead because we don't build a
comfortable relationship with the Crone early in our lives, near the
end all we feel is frustration and fear.
do we build a relationship with the Crone, this Dark Mother who upholds
the laws of life and death with a rigorous need for balance that may
seem so many times harsh to us? First we must realize that Death is not
the only domain of the Crone. Endings of all sorts fall under Her sway,
and endings always lead to new beginnings.
can get in touch with the Crone during many transitional periods in
your life; during the ending of relationships or jobs, when you need to
regroup your energies at the end of a project or problem, even when you
are getting your garden ready for the winter. The Dark Mother also
covers trance states, spirit communication, and prophecy. Menopause is
also a time to learn about the Crone aspect of the Goddess.
magick is not all that different from Her other three aspects, one must
simply remember that the Crone is not a Goddess of birth, but of the
harvesting and resting of all life. One may use meditation, candle
burning and other general tools of magick to draw Her energies near.
Her power may be called upon with dark candles such as black, dark
blues or deep purples. Another of Her magickal domains is retribution,
but you must be certain that you are justified in your need. Do not ask
for revenge (remember the Law of Three!), do not be specific in
anything that you want done. Simply lay the problem before Her and
allow Her to decide whether or not there has been a true imbalance of
the Winter Solstice, you can burn white, red and black candles to be
reminded that everything is born, lives and dies to be born again.
the end, all must confront the Dark Mother, willingly, or unwillingly.
How much better it would be to realize that She is not to be dreaded, a
figure in black come to take us away from all we know and love, but a
loving Goddess come to take us home so that we may rest and revive and
begin our journey on the Wheel of Life once more.
Editor, C.O.L.L. of the Goddess