Author: Rachel Mayatt

The Time of the Crone

The last article I wrote for the Goddess Pages in issue 14 was about my thoughts on entering menopause and the ‘magical dance’ that occurs during this time. Recently I have further considered the messages that this stage in my life has given me and wanted to update my thoughts and share them with you.

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Ride the Storm and Dance with the Crone – the messages of menopause

I’ve come to that age now when my body begins to change again as I make ready to initiate into the time of the crone and it’s a strange sensation sometimes. Thinking about it recently took me back to when I began to change as a young girl, developing hair in odd places, filling out on the hips and developing breasts. I don’t remember it being particularly obvious at the time, apart from the weird sensation that I had two bumps appearing on my chest when at one time it had been smooth.

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Bloody Women! A Magical Experience of the Menstrual Cycle

For many years I have been interested in the connection between women’s menstrual cycles and the phases of the Moon.
Being a Priestess of the Goddess I have found myself working with both – and exploring the mysteries and magic of this time in a woman’s yearly cycle. I have researched ideas and activities and looked at the attitude towards menstruation generally.

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A Temple in Canterbury?

As I was walking in the local country parkland next to my council estate on the edge of Canterbury last November, I was thinking – as I often did – how much I wished I could move to Glastonbury, a place I love. Such spiritual support, the Goddess Festival and especially the Temple. I have been a Priestess for many years now – ordained with the FOI and a 3rd degree initiated Witch, teaching circles and workshops; but my heart still yearned for the community I experience in Glastonbury.

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