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Maiden Mother Matriarch

The goddess cycle or triple goddess is something that has always fascinated me. As a little girl I would look at older women in sheer awe of their knowledge, warmth and how they just knew everything. Any opportunity to listen to stories, soak up the atmosphere or just be part of it, I was there. I adored many generations of women sitting together sharing their experiences of life; a secret ladies only club where china tea cups and cake was the right of passage.

Having spent many years studying the goddess concept from many cultures, I am hooked. There is still so much information to be discovered. This is because story telling was at the core of the teachings. There weren't many books written, as women were often illiterate. Thank goodness that has changed. It is an absolute delight when a new book discussing goddess topics is revealed, offering new insight into ancient teachings.

Ageing is such a beautiful process. It enlivens the soul. Expands the mind. And gifts us a sense of humour with regards to our bodies. This ever changing process is at the core of the goddess cycle. So without further ado, let's meet the triple goddess.

Let me introduce you to the Maiden years roughly (16 years - 30 years old) it is all about us. The world revolves around our superficial yet vastly important lives. How we show up to the world is central. Looking the best, being the best and acting the best is the mantra mindset. Competition is rife and god help anyone who dares to try and share the lime light. These are the years to have carefree fun fun fun. Making reckless memories that will be laughed about or shared in the secret circle is the maiden way. Bodies are plump and bursting with collagen. Get up and go the energetic lifestyle. Experimenting with everything a must. How we all laugh remembering the maiden. God love her and all that sailed upon her! Top secret of course.

Now let's meet the Mother years. Suddenly in shock with it being no longer being about us roughly (30 years - 40 years old). Where did the husband/partner, children and under eye dark circles come from? It's a sleep deprived hazy faze for a while. Then the breakthrough phase of nourishing momma love starts running through the veins. Everything and everyone needs mothered. Loved ones, work colleague's and anyone within our vicinity benefit from those vibes. It's all about love. Then out of the blue, the WTF mirror moment happens when we consciously look at ourselves and say 'who are you' out loud. What in god's name has happened to you? Those carefree perfect make up maiden memories instantly return but are rudely removed by children crying, partners moaning and rigid itineraries that need actioned. The lesson here is self love, needed immediately, in copious amounts. Please. Pretty please. For the sake of the photos - do it.

And then the Matriarch years are upon us roughly (40 years onwards). Life begins. Or at least it gets going when we get our hormones balanced. Embracing the maca powder with oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone (organic of course!) means any sniff of the old crone is instantly replaced by something far sweeter, exotic and hopefully juicy. What have we not seen, done, experienced? Not much to be honest. As goddesses we are in our prime. Beware anyone who thinks us a push over. In fact, god help you. The wisdom is vast, tongue ready for justice and life lessons learned to PhD level. Protective. Fierce. Mentoring. The giving back and passing on phase is upon us. All that learned knowledge is in need of sharing. Tea in china cups with cake is embraced or possibly replaced with prosecco and pink gin cocktails. The sisterhood - goddess - cycle is complete and isn't she absolutely glorious. The crown is on. The stage is set. The matriarch is ready.

Life is for learning and letting go at each stage. We can't continually live in maiden years, as fun as it would be. Moving on is essential. Smothering mothering is claustrophobic, so cutting the apron strings also vital. And seriously, who wouldn't want to wear their crown like the majestic matriarch? Let your goddess glory evolve!

Take note ladies. Men go through the Playboy - Papa - Patriarch cycle to be revealed in my next blog. 

Natalie Alexander

"It's not what happens to us in life, it's how we react to it"