LSW February Issue

LSW February Issue

Old Woman Love

by Christine Schultz

“Oh my God, she’s old,” Caroline thought as she noticed a woman in a store. At sixteen, she couldn’t imagine how anyone could have wrinkles like that. “Lines on her lips from smoking, I’ll never have those!” When she looked into the mirror she saw only her smooth skin and pink lips that would be there into infinity. Time was the furthest thing from finite as the endless days proved.

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LWS January Issue "Autumnal Woman"

LWS January Issue  "Autumnal Woman"

I'm Loving the Autumnal Years!

At one point, I was introduced to the idea that our lives reflect the Earth cycle (spring, summer, autumn, and winter). As our life expectancy has increased, the Earth cycle begins to make more sense because for many, our lives will be only just more than half complete by menopause.

AUTUMN - this intermediate phase between summer/mother phase and winter/crone phase ushers in a whole new way of looking at the post-menopausal years. Autumn is the harvest season - the most abundant time of year, the most flavorful, and rich in color. It’s also the time when the leaves fall and let go… Symbolically, an autumnal woman is reaping the fruits of her life’s work, she may be heading into retirement and may have the resources and time to travel. She may be free of small children and may be going into grand-parenting. She may understand death more intimately as loved ones pass. She may be releasing relationships, or careers may change. It’s a time of purification and getting clear on who she is. The Autumnal woman is bursting through patriarchal cultural conditioning of being irrelevant and worth less.

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