Wednesday, March 07, 2007

On the subject of crones... :) and my first crone

As I've repeated (ad nauseum), I love myth, folk lore, fairy tales, Jungian archetypes, symbols, etc. I discovered this link to another subject that, uh, interests me. Here are a few books I really need to read (I'll post the complete list on my book blog):

Bolen, Jean Shinoda (2003) Crones Don't Whine: Concentrated Wisdom for Juicy Women. York Beach, Maine: Red Wheel/Weiser

Bolen, Jean Shinoda (1998) Close to the Bone. New York: Scribner

Bolen, Jean Shinoda (1995) Crossing to Avalon: A Woman's Midlife Pilgrimage. New York: Harper San Francisco

Brewi, Janice and Brennan, Anne (1988) Mid-Life Spirituality and Jungian Archetypes. York Beach, Maine: Nicolas-Hays

(here she is checking on the first of the Homestead Purple Verbena and with a little Photoshop magic) click on image to enlarge

Chinen, Allan B. (1989) Once upon a Midlife: Classic Stories and Mythic Tales to Illuminate the Middle Years. Wilmette, IL: Chiron

Chinen, Allan B. (1989) In the Ever After: Fairy Tales and the Second Half of Life. Wilmette, IL: Chiron

Pretat, Jane R. (1994) Coming To Age: The Croning Years and Late-Life Transformation. Toronto: Inner City Books

Damn! I really should have stock in Amazon!


  1. Wow, GREAT link Jen! I've got this one bookmarked now.

    Do you have this one? Their links page will get you going, if it hasn't already.

  2. Thanks for the list of crone books. I'm sending a link to a friend of mine with whom I exchange "crone wisdom." I guess my comment about not embarrassing much these days is part of being a crone, isn't it? But remember, mythologically speaking, the garden crone and the garden girl are both parts of the same spirit/goddess/whatever, so you're the girl too!

  3. ACey - It is a great link, isn't it? Can't wait to get my hands on some of them! No, I don't have that link. Thanks!

    Kay - Ah, another woman who doesn't mind being called a crone. Live as a crone has a lot to offer! :) Yes, the girl is part of me, too, without the insecurities of my youth. Not that I'm not frequently insecure, but I take my mistakes more lightly.

  4. ACey - I just realized that I have visited Marion's blog. Found it through Time Goes By. Good stuff!

  5. wow, great link, tks!!!!!

  6. jude - I'm a Joseph Campbell fan anyway so the site contains much to explore, but these books really intrigue me.

  7. I love your crone dolls! Do you sell them? Bronwen

  8. Bronwen - I've only made the one Crone doll, and she is a sort of spirit doll for me, a doppelganger of sorts. Never thought of selling them, but with so many of us baby boomers around, it might be a hot item! :p


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