The New Moon Speaks through Crones
February’s New Moon is the last one of Winter. It whispers important things in the cold darkness and we must listen closely through the frozen ground to the Crone Wisdom she longs to impart. The New Moon and Crone Wisdom are inseparable; twin flames that rise up through every woman’s soul and that light our path through Winter’s ever deepening darkness.
This New Moon is the last one of Winter and is a catalytic moment when we are suspended between the waning energies of Winter and the waxing energies of Spring. It is a pivotal time in which we can yet summon Winter to continue its visionary work in us while also turning our face toward the increasing energy and new growth of the Spring to come.
I truly believe the quality our entire year is a result of how well we have lived Winter and embodied the New Moons within her. Winter offers an energetic gift and asks us to envision the year of the soul that we long to embody in the new unfolding year. The deeper we allow ourselves to envision the life we long to create - one season at a time - the more potent is it’s unfolding.
The Crone has lived through decades of Winters and danced under hundreds of New Moons and has entered a phase of her life in which her vision and understanding have grown potent with knowing born of experience. She has learned how to be Winter and to sit gracefully in the midst of her own darkness and listen to the still small whisper of soul. She now embodies the wisdom of the New Moon without effort or intention.
I have a deck of cards called Wisdom of the Crone (www.wisewomenink.com). One of the cards in the crone deck is entitled Winter and it says, during Winter “time is suspended. The Earth appears to be fallow, yet deep down in the rich frozen ground, seeds slumber. This is a time for rest and contemplation, a time to examine our shadow sides and ask where are our weaknesses? How can we further our growth? As you endure the long night of winter, appreciate the stark beauty and warmth of the fire. Trust that the sun will come.”
The wisdom of the Crone and the New Moon are interlinked. Both invite us to contemplate, to rest, to examine our lives and to befriend our darkness; knowing one day we will be the Wise Women others come to in search of the path to walk. The more fully we can live and be Winter and embody the vision of the New Moon each month, the richer is the wine that fills the chalice of our Cronehood.
Edveeje is the Director of Operations for TreeSisters. She lives off-grid on ten acres of raw mountain land in the Mother Forest of Southern Appalachia where she is passionate about the power of place and how our relationship to Nature can infuse, inspire, and call forth, not only our souls, but our part in the Great Turning.