The Crone is the symbol of wisdom that comes from experience. She has lived through love, sorrow, hope, and fear, and through these experiences She has learned the secrets of life and death. She may be kind, but she also knows when it is time to be harsh. She is full of power. Her body may no longer be fertile, but Her mind remains sharp. She is the elder of the Triple Goddess. (Note: The Crone is not only found within the aged. As with the other aspects of the Goddess, She is all beings at all times...both men and women...young and old...though age may very likely come before Her lessons are learned.)
The Mayan Triple Goddess "IXCHEL" ("ee-shell") may be perhaps the greatest of the Mayan goddesses. In Her dark aspects, She is depicted as a Crone wearing a skirt with crossed bones; She carries a serpent and a jug of water. The serpent represents regeneration, cycles and the power of magic and medicine. She is connected to the tides, water, and rain flow...of floods and of cloudbursts, and with Her jug of water, Ixchel would pour rainstorms and floods onto the land to destroy, cleanse and make way for rebirth.
"WANING MOON RITUAL"
CREATE A QUIET, SAFE SACRED SPACE WHERE YOU WILL NOT BE INTERRUPTED. DECORATE WITH THE COLOR RED AND SNAKES. BRING AN OFFERING FOR IXCHEL. LIGHT A RED CANDLE, THEN CALL TO IXCHEL
"ISCHEL, I HONOR AND CELEBRATE YOU. PLEASE ACCEPT THIS OFFERING AS A TOKEN OF MY HUMBLENESS AND REVERENCE OF YOUR GREATNESS AND YOUR POWER. OH, GREAT GODDESS, KEEPER OF THE CYCLES OF LIFE AND DEATH, TEACH ME YOUR MEDICINE AND YOUR MAGIC. TEACH ME YOUR WISDOM."
NOW, SIT IN MEDITATION AND BE OPEN TO ANY MESSAGES OR GUIDANCE THAT SHE HAS COME TO OFFER YOU. KEEP THE RED CANDLE TO LIGHT AND RE-CONNECT WITH YOUR INNER MEDICINE AND MAGIC AT SOME OTHER TIME IF YOU SO WISH.
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