She is transition and transformation, a bridge from the end of one cycle to the beginning of a new cycle.
The dark moon, which is associated with the crone phase, appears in the sky during the last three days of every lunar cycle. It cannot be seen with the human eye, but it is the dark moon that presides over the sky until a new -day cycle begins and a new moon is ready to appear.
When the dark moon appears, it becomes easier for us to shed unnecessary emotional baggage and free ourselves of people and ideas that no longer serve us or add value to our life. It is a time to cleanse ourselves and create space so that what is new can enter. For many people, the dark moon is a time to rest, be introspective, and replenish their energy.
In Celtic Myth and Magick The Crone Moon is another name for the Celtic Tree Month of Hazel Aug. 5- Sep. 1.
The Hazel Moon was known to the Celts as Coll, which translates to “the life force inside you.” This is the time of year when Hazelnuts are appearing on the trees, and are an early part of the harvest. Hazelnuts are also associated with wisdom and protection.
Hazel is often associated in Celtic lore with sacred wells and magical springs containing the salmon of knowledge.
This is a good month to do workings related to wisdom and knowledge, dowsing, divination and dream journeys. If you’re a creative type, such as an artist, writer, or musician, this is a good month to get your muse back, and find inspiration for your talents.
In Irish mythology, the Aes Sidhe (Fairy) spirit lived in the hazel tree.
In Scotland the hazel grove is called calltuin (or calltainn). A Calton is considered to be an entrance to the Otherworld. Calton Hill between Leith and Edinburgh was used for magical gatherings.
Harness the energy of this moon is and perform a ritual where you light a black candle. Call forth and visualize the different parts of your life that you are ready to let go of. Through visualization, bind these parts together with light and imagine this bundle moving toward the candle. Watch these old parts being devoured by the flames, and let the candle burn out. Trust that what you’ve released has left you. You are now ready to welcome the new into your life.
The Crones encourage us to be wild and free, they show us the strength and courage within us all.
Crone is a person who is adapting constructively, often gracefully, to the process of aging. A Crone is comfortable with her spiritual self, her intuition, and her creative power.
What does set the Crone apart, however, is her willingness to tell the truth about her life.
They do not walk meekly on the road to old age. They are keen to assert their presence if not their influence.
A Crone is a soul burnished bright by an inner fire that sharpens both her wit and her intensity, her passion and her power.
The Crone time brings the harvest of experience, when we reap the accumulated benefits of all that we have learned.