“Urban shaman” Donna Henes points out that the moon has four quarters, not three, and that the Triple Goddess model popularized by Robert Graves — maiden, mother, crone — leaves out a whole phase of women’s lives that many of us are currently enjoying to the hilt.
When you think about it, the Triple Goddess is a guy’s-eye view of a woman’s life. First she entices him, then she bears his children, and then she shrivels up into irrelevance. But this is not how it looks from a woman’s point of view at all — especially not now. Post-menopause but pre-crone is a whole rich slice of life when women really come into their own, untrammeled by the biology of beckoning and bearing and not yet trammeled by the biology of dying. It’s fulfillment of a whole other kind.
I’m not usually too into this New Age stuff, but Donna is the very best of it — tart, not gooey, and a good writer.