A post earlier wherein once more Hekate is relegated to the role of crone had me thinking about something. Why is it that just because she helped Persephone with her departure from the Underworld, does she automatically get turned into a crone for these actions? I’ve seen it time and again and I don’t get it.
Is it because she has a mother and therefor it can’t be seen as motherly actions? Is it because it can’t be seen that another “maiden” form can’t just be helpful and wise and be there for Persephone? Are we afraid of Hekate in this role is seen as a young woman then she’ll be looking to take Persephone’s man and suddenly this is totally a Cerebus hold my flower moment?
Why is this moment - if one must prescribe such concepts to people because so much of pagan culture is painted with a wide wiccan brush and therefor all pagan women need fit the MMC - isn’t just about two women together, helping one another? Why is there never the image of whispering maidens? Of two girls, one with olive skin and long dark hair and the other with hair the color of dark, sunburnt wheat and rich amber skin, racing along the dark corriders holding hands and rushing towards sunlight?
Yes wisdom often comes with age, merely because one has more time to learn and research and gather that knowledge, but to be a wise woman seeking to help another doesn’t mean one has to be cast into the mold as crone. Not that any woman has to be cast into this restrictive, sexist concept because, in the end, deities have lessons we can learn, they can help us, but all they have to do for this to happen is be themselves. No matter our personal stage in life. No matter what the lesson is. They are. They exist. Not to fit our cultural and societal constructs but simply because they are.
Hold my flower crown.