This month I'm sharing Michael Meade's "Living Myth" podcast entitled "Pulled by Fate." In this episode Meade shares the story of the old woman who weaves our fate from birth to death. She is the old woman of the world who waits at the threshold between this and the Otherworld. We see her at the end of life when we try to match our life path to the one that was destined for us. "Freedom," Meade says, "is consciously living out the hand that fate dealt us." The old woman makes no moral judgement of the path we have taken. For where there is no love, no morality will suffice. And where there is love no morality is needed.
Crone is "a phase in which you can be more authentic, more capable of making a difference in your family and in the greater world. Life gives you experience, and when you draw from it, that's true wisdom. By the time a woman is in her crone years, she is in an amazing position to be an influence. To change things for the better, to bring what she knows into a situation, to be able to say, 'Enough is enough.' You don't have to just go along with things, which is often a part of the middle years. You're often something of a loose cannon."
Jean Shinoda Bolen