One of the things that I love about the Craft is, that it honors the woman (and the man) in all of her life stages. Each one has its own wisdom, strength, place and possibilities. And while each one of us experiences these life stages differently, they are seldom as openly celebrated as in the Pagan paths.
The Maiden – she is honored for her vitality and strength, her enthusiasm and power. She is the Shield Maiden, who fought alongside the men, she is the spark that draws a partner, with her wildness, that should never be tempted to be tamed.
The Mother – she is honored for her role of bringing life, not necessarily physical through bearing ones own children, but by being the aunt, the teacher, the one who stands up for the world through activism, and building careers for herself. She comes in many forms and whichever form she chooses to express herself in, her strength has matured to the fierceness of a lioness.
The Crone – she is the woman of wisdom, the holder of magick and power. She has learned her lessons, bears her scars well, allowing those scars to teach those whom are younger, or are asking for guidance. She is the calm strength, the one who does not need the physical to bend her way, her will is stronger then ever, her words calming or destructive. She is the Witch at height of her power, the one who sees through the veil.
We can all learn by embracing all aspects of her, and only grow from honoring all of the life stages. They are inevitable, and powerful in their own right, and at their own time.
Hail be to Hecate, the Triple Goddess, the Goddess of all Stages of Life, on this day and always!