Thursday, November 13, 2008

Word of the Gay: "Crone"

A "Crone" is an elderly lesbian, and sometimes the term is also used for old men who are perceived to be effeminate.


Chimera said...

A crone is also a female elder in the Wiccan religion (the male equivalent is called a drone). Elder in the sense of wisdom and capabilities, but not necessary old. It's a term not only of respect but of endearment.

Anonymous said...

Did not know that! I know a bunch of male and female "Crone's". Yay! new word for the day.


Queers United said...

Chimera - Isn't Crone also a representation of the Goddess in Wicca?

Ande - I know a bunch too, glad you like the word!

Chimera said...

"...representation of the Goddess in Wicca?"

Sort of. As in "Maiden, Mother, Crone" -- the three aspects of the Sacred Feminine, also called the Fates, the Eryni, the Triple Goddess.

But also not exactly. It depends on how you think of the idea of "Goddess."

I don't know how familiar you are with Wicca, but it's a "mystery" religion, which means that each person interprets for himself what the meanings of different things are. It's not required -- or even desireable -- that everyone agree on everything.

Queers United said...

I am spiritual and enjoy incorporating a lot of wiccan elements into my own rituals. I think of god/goddess as just a source of energy we are all connected to and that god/goddess doesn't have a gender but really is a manifestation of all things, so there is a masculine and feminine spirit to the god/goddess duality.

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