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Crone Be GoneFebruary 26, 2006
Published under: Modern Generation Map, Women
Whenever the word “crone” is used to describe an elder woman, I get an uneasy feeling. No matter how many well-meaning writers have attempted to weave a more positive connotation — my gut still protests.
The word “crone” comes to us from the Middle Ages — from the Old North French word “carogne” that was used between 900 and 1400 AD. It was a term of abuse for a cantankerous or withered woman. And, for many of us, it still carries that vibration.
Our language reflects our perceptions. The word “crone” is archetypal (its energy pattern is derived from our past collective experience and it’s present in our individual unconscious). Even though we attempt to give it a modern day spin, we may still be under its spell. I can almost hear it whispering that a woman with power is something to be feared and marginalized.
At first, I thought “wise woman” might be an acceptable alternative. But, even that doesn’t convey the potency of who I am becoming.
I’ll keep searching with an open mind.
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