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Fabulous Crones

Angeles Arrien, in The Second Half of Life, talks about archetypical gates through which we pass as we move into wisdom.  A gate suggests that testing must happen before we are allowed entry and then permitted to do work at that threshold, which is the place where transformational learning takes place.  We are required to let go of the familiar as we prepare to enter and open ourselves to the unknown. 

v     The Silver Gate challenges us to invite new experiences into our lives.

v     The White Picket Gate asks us to reflect on the roles we have played earlier in life, and to learn to assume the new role of elder.

v     The Clay Gate urges us to care for and enjoy our bodies, even as we come to terms with their limitations.

v     At the Black and White we learn to deepen our relationships in more intimate and mature ways.

v     The Rustic Gate encourages us to use our creativity to enhance our lives, contribute to our communities, and leave a lasting legacy.

v     At the Bone Gate, we develop the courage to be authentically ourselves in the world.

v     The Natural Gate calls us to replenish our souls in silence and in nature and to take time for reflection.

v     When we reach the Gold Gate, we actively engage in practices of nonattachment and prepare for our passing from this world.

At a ceremony with my Book Club, each woman chose a gate and then we celebrated her wisdom and learning, annointing her as a Wise Crone as she continues on her journey.

Do you relate to one of these gates?  What do you want to nurture in your life?  What do you want to limit or decrease?