adjusted for print by Kandy Crenshaw
This ritual is a collaborative creation by a group of solitary practitioners. Our friend requested that we gather to celebrate her transition to the crone. It was a joyful and impactful experiences to come together with our ideas and create a ritual that I will treasure always. I hope you find some inspiration within.
Maiden, Mother, and Warrior all refer to roles taken by participants. The maiden wears a white veil, the mother a red veil and the warrior a purple veil. The Supplicant role is the person being led through the ritual.
Maiden will walk the circle and lay the white flower blooms in between each elemental altar saying, “The maiden walks in wonder and the world flowers beneath her feet”
Mother will walk the circle and lay 4 apples on the ground just after the flowers and says, “The mother walks in fruitfulness and the world changes as she passes”
Warrior will walk the circle and lay 4 arrows on the ground just before the flowers “The warrior walks in courage and the world bends to her will”
All three walk the circle and sprinkle breadcrumbs “The crone walks in wisdom and guides all women home”
Mother calls the east and lights the candle “To the East, we invite the powers of Air. To remember our lessons and inspire us to continue learning”
Maiden calls the south and lights the candle “To the South, we invite the powers of Fire. To burn away regrets and shine your gentle rays upon us for growth”
Mother calls the west and lights the candle “To the West, we invite the powers of Water. To cleanse us of negativity and purify our thoughts”
Maiden calls the north and lights the candle “To the North, we invite the powers of Earth. Let your renewing strength bury all ills and open new paths before”
All three return to the altar and light the goddess candles. Maiden white, Mother red, Warrior black.
Maiden approaches Supplicant who is waiting outside of the circle. Maiden says “I am given name, daughter of Mothers name, daughter of grandmothers name, daughter of great grandmothers name. The goddess knows me by chosen name. Will you be purified and come into our women’s space? Wait for an answer then begin cleansing at the end say,” by the ever renewing power of the maiden you are cleansed ” The Maiden takes the Supplicant by the arm and walks her to the Mother.
Mother says “I am given name, daughter of Mothers name, daughter of grandmothers name, daughter of great grandmothers name. Will you name yourself and come into our women’s space? Wait for an answer then anoint her forehead with salt water,”by the nurturing love of the mother you are blessed and welcomed, Supplicants given name” Take her by the other arm and walk her to the entrance together.
Warrior stands at the threshold and says, “I am given name, daughter of Mothers name, daughter of grandmothers name, daughter of great grandmothers name. Do you enter our womens space with love and trust, Supplicants given name?” Wait for an answer then hold the curtain aside, “by the tender trust of the wounded warrior you are welcome” Mother and Maiden lead Supplicant to the altar and Warrior follows. All four take up places around the altar.
Warrior invokes the silent host “We are but the latest in a long line of sacred women. I call upon the women, the maidens, the mothers, the warriors and the crones that have celebrated these rites before us. Come and witness silent host!”
Maiden hands Supplicant the basket of offerings and says, “Supplicants given name , would you like to honor your ancestors?”
Supplicant honors welcomes and gives offering to her ancestors.
Mother invokes the supplicants chosen goddess: “I invoke thee, Hecate, Midnight’s Lady, Goddess of the cross roads and the Three Ways, Protectress of children, midwife, healer, come, be here! Mother of night! Dark Power of the moon! Keeper of the shadow,Hear our call Mistress of Wilderness, we call to you and ask that you join us and witness this croning rite, let your growing light shine upon or intention.”
Maiden says, “We gather in this womens space to honor the path of Supplicants given name. Honored Sister, will you wear this veil?” Drapes Supplicant in the purple veil and takes her to her seat. Mother pours wine for all and hands it out and Warrior takes cakes for all and hands them out then everyone sits on cushions in front of Supplicant.
Maiden says, “Mother Warrior Supplicants given name, will you tell us about your first blood?” Supplicant tells story
Mother says, “Mother Warrior Supplicants given name, will you tell us about your first love?” Supplicant tells story
Warrior says, “Mother Warrior Supplicants given name, will you tell us of your most fierce battle?” Supplicant tells story
Maiden says,”You have much wisdom and experience is there any wisdom you would share with a Maiden?”
Mother says, “Honored Nurturer, have you any wisdom to share with a Mother?”
Warrior says, “Your battles inspire me, have you any wisdom to share with a Warrior?”
Mother stands and takes the wine cups and such back to the altar, the rest follow suit and tidy up.
Supplicants given name, before you can truly take the title of crone you must willingly let go of the titles of Mother and Warrior. In the company of these women gathered – seen and unseen – to whom you are daughter, sister, mother, and friend speak your last words as Mother and then shed her veil.
Maiden says “A crone is the beauty of the dark moon, she is weathered by time and tempered by experience.”
Mother speaks “ She knows confidence and freedom and strives to be one with truth. She is maiden with knowledge, mother that knows loss and warrior in repose.”
Warrior speaks” She walks in her hard won wisdom and uses it to guide women and the world. Do you accept this mantle of crone?
Mother provides a gift
Maiden provides a gift
Warrior provides a gift
Supplicant given name daughter of ____, daughter of _____, daughter of _____, What shall the goddess know you as from this day forward? Supplicant gives her new name. All hail Crone, ____! All shout new name and toast.
Crone ____, have you any words to share?
Goddess thanked: Hecate, of the crossroads! Thank you for joining us in this celebration. Hail and farewell.
Maiden says, Crone ____, would you like to thank your ancestors? Supplicant’s ancestors are thanked
Silent host thanked: We joyously thank our silent host of women that have walked these paths before us! Hail and farewell.
Maiden goes to the north and says, “Earth, thank you for your presence, hail and farewell”
Mother goes to the west and say, “Water, thank you for your presence, hail and farewell”
Maiden goes to the south and says, “Fire, thank you for your presence, hail and farewell”
Mother goes to the west and say, “Air, thank you for your presence, hail and farewell”
Warrior takes up the basket and walks widdershins around the circle picking up the arrows at the end states, “The warrior returns to battle.”
Mother takes the basket and walks widdershins around the circle picking up the apples, “The mother returns to caring for her folk.”
Maiden takes the basket and walks widdershins around the circle picking up the blooms and at the end states, “The maiden returns to her exploration.”
All return to the altar and take hands. “May the crone watch over them all” and extinguish candles.