This really had the wheels in my head turning when thinking how many of us can benefit from understanding these roles and how throughout our entire lives we need the wisdom and lessons from each archetype. And especially as women we're often pigeonholed to remain static - that you shouldn't have long hair when you're older, or it's not proper to have gray hair when you're younger etc.
So let's go over what each of these roles mean and the lessons we learn in each of them.
Maiden: By word association we can go by - youth, enchantment, excitement, carefree and erotic. She is represented in several mythologies in the Greek myths she's Persephone - purity - and a representation of new beginnings. Other maiden goddesses include: Brigid, Nimue, among others.
What we learn from the Maiden - When we are weary, over worked or the feeling of disparity enter our minds we can remind ourselves that everyday is a new beginning, every year we can start over and allow the maiden mind frame to give us the time to wipe the slate clean. In addition, there is a strength in being naive and unburdened by the toils of life. You look at life with a new perspective. This is what I love about my younger girlfriends, their zest for life!
Mother: She is the caregiver, nurturer, loving, ripeness, fertility, fulfillment, stability, and power. The Mother Goddess in Greek mythology is Demeter, representing wellspring of life, giving and compassionate. Other mother goddesses include: Aa, Ambika, Ceres, Astarte, Lakshmi.
What we learn from the Mother aspect: To nurture and care for a project, another life, even our animal and plant babies we find that we learn so much in ourselves. A sense of passing on wisdom, education, pride and fulfillment. We also learn a great deal of patience and the lesson of giving immensely. Oh and one major aspect is protectiveness and a very fierce love.
Crone: Wisdom, clarity, insight, repose, compassion and knowledge. The Crone in Greek mythology is Hecate - wise, knowing, a culmination of a lifetime of experience. Crone goddesses include: Hel, Maman Brigitte, Oya, Sedna, Skuld, and others.
What we learn from the Crone aspect: What I find most insightful from the Crone is letting go, that death is only the beginning and we must embrace the change and pain. And she is often what we do not want to confront and accept. We only gain wisdom through our experiences whether they be good or bad. I'd also say that I ADORE the crones in my life, the women that teach me how to love myself and how to take time and learn.