Yep, you read that right, the four-fold goddess. In the past month I stumbled upon a couple of interesting articles (here and here, which I highly recommend reading) taking a critical look at the tripartite model of womanhood as represented by the Maiden, Mother and Crone. Associated so closely with nature, it certainly seems to make more sense to create a broader representation that aligns with the four seasons and four principal lunar phases. Newly proposed is the addition of an Autumnal, last-quarter stage of womanhood, the time between Mother and Crone, a stage aptly titled ‘Queen’. A number of physical changes occur during midlife with the onset of menopause, and this can often be one of the most powerful and transformative stages of a woman’s life, she is mature and independent, so lets not leave her out!
In lieu of this more inclusive model, I decided to create a new lunar spread to explore these aspects that we all carry within ourselves. Furthermore, to better reflect the reality that not all women do, can or wish to become mothers, but still contain an incredible creative force, I have renamed the Mother, ‘Creatrix’.
In one of the posts linked above the author adds an additional 5th category, ‘Warrior’, however I see this aspect as already incorporated into all of the stages. Mythologically and throughout history we’ve had fierce warrior maidens, mothers, queens and crones, such as Joan of Arc, Kali, Boudicca and Badb, respectively, to name but a few. But of course, if it resonates, add it!
- You, the Maiden – a lesson you need to learn.
- You, the Creatrix – what you can do to realise your creative potential.
- You, the Queen – an area in which you need to assert yourself.
- You, the Crone – a message from your inner-knowing.
This spread is intended to tap into psychological and spiritual archetypes, which are represented to me as follows: the Maiden represents all of our untapped or ‘virgin’ potential, our hopes, dreams and aspirations, she is innocent and hopeful, but also naive and unfocused. The Creatrix represents all of our powers to manifest a creative vision and nurture it to maturity. The Queen is our sense of autonomy and discernment, she represents the confidence to assert oneself that comes from self-reliance and self-knowledge. Finally, the Crone represents our inner and ancestral wisdom, life experience and our capacity for tolerance and peaceful acceptance. She understands both the darkest and lightest aspects of our souls, and she knows what to keep for wisdom and what to release for a sound mind.
I hope you like it! If anyone decides to try it out, please feel free to share your reading in the comments, I’d love to hear how it goes!