PHOENIX FESTIVALS' CRONE COUNCIL
Goddess may be called upon by one of Her triple aspects: Maiden, Mother, Crone. Many women can easily identify with the first two; however, Her third face is often hidden in mystery because the Crone aspect is both feared and often rejected by our Jet-Set culture. A Crone is NOT a weak, elderly woman content with knitting and darning in the morning, tea and mundane, household afternoon chores, followed by an early bedtime! NO WAY! A Crone is a Wise Woman, a knowledgeable teacher, a strong, impassioned elder of the community to which she serves. She demands and has earned her respect from those whom she serves. She is not to be locked away and forgotten. This is the type of woman who sits on our very own Phoenix Crone Council.
The Phoenix Crone Council was formed in 2011 when our head Crone, Ardeith, resigned due to her inability to stay over and attend festival full time. We announced a meeting after her resignation and those who showed up became the ‘Council’. During this meeting, we agreed to serve as Council for three years. The members currently are: Dianne Bomber, Mary Francis and Wynette Kimble. When present on site, we also include Ardeith and Elspbeth. We fondly remember and honor our favorite crone, Diane Hmieleski, who crossed over in 2016.
While we are still finding our way, our intention is to guide the group’s leadership in our community. In the recent past we have led workshops with our children, including storytelling, a Mad Hatter tea party, and crafting ritual robes. The Crones co-led the main ritual at Autumn Meet 2016 with the Sages and hope to lead many more. We have created a dedicated space in the Elder’s Tent where we offer advice, guidance or even meditation; we relay festival history; provide adult workshops; and finally, it is our strong desire to perform Rites of Passage for the women of our phamily: Cronings in the fall and Womannings in the spring. We welcome your presence so come sit with us.
To become a member of the council, our guidelines are that a woman has reached the second turn of Saturn, has consistently attended Phoenix festivals for three years, and has the unanimous agreement of current council members. We welcome your interest and wish to increase our numbers!