Reblog: The Druid Approach to Ageing

Here is  my latest blog post for my channel, Druid Heart at SageWoman’s blogs on Witches and Pagans.

Coming up to my fortieth year, I’ve been doing quite a bit of meditation upon the concept of ageing, and what it means to a woman in modern Western society.

As you all know, we have such a skewed view of aging in our culture and society – young equals beautiful when it comes to the homo sapiens. We do not judge the beauty of trees, flowers, cats or clouds, mountains or rivers by their age – why on earth do we do it for our own species?

Obvious reasons come down to one thing – money. Beauty is big business, and what better way than to create a marketing campaign that cannot fail – for everyone will get older. There’s no denying it. Feed upon our Western fear of ageing and death, and make big bucks while doing it. For the Druid, it is saddening, filling us with despair at times.

Beauty comes in all shapes and forms. For the animist Druid even more so. Value has no age limit – each thing has its own inherent value, its own inherent beauty. It is spirit given form. That spirit cannot be anything but beautiful. Truth is beauty, beauty truth. Living one’s truth is living beautifully. (See my previous post for Moon Books’ blog, on Truth, Honour and Service –

Why do we separate ourselves from our own truth when it comes to physical appearance? Because of the incessant marketing campaign mentioned above, to make us feel constantly dissatisfied with our appearance. No one can avoid ageing, but we can make everyone paranoid about it. What if we just stopped listening to Them, and just started listening to Us, the gods, the ancestors and the natural world around us?


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8 thoughts on “Reblog: The Druid Approach to Ageing

  1. Joanna, this was a wonderful post, I went to SageWoman’ blogs and read the whole thing. I am twenty years older than you, though I do not look near that, and everyone gasps when it comes up in conversation as it does now and then. I only use make-up — and I think the name tells us a great deal — we are making up, imagining, pretending to be something, someone, somehow other than who we are — when I have dark circles under my eyes. I worry about the whole concept implied in the use of the terms ‘age-defying’ and ‘the appearance of wrinkles’ disappearing. Also I wonder what is in all those serums and fillers. We seem to be encouraged to treat our faces as a wall with a crack in it that can be remedied with filler of some sort. We are at our best when we stop stressing about how we look and let ourselves be as we are, as we are becoming, as we have become. When we are happy, contented, satisfied, fulfilled, expressing ourselves age is totally irrelevant and no one would really notice the outside because the inside shines through. If you wear make-up then that inner radiance is shielded and masked — can’t be healthy. I hope your 40th in the yurt will prepare you for the next bit so you can continue to move onward with grace and integrity.

  2. I do agree with both the above. When I was a young teenager read an article in a magazine and beauty and age. There was a beautiful photo of an ‘old’ lady (as I saw her) but the author was pointing out the beauty of her laughter lines, the lines created by her life experiences but what shone through was her inner beauty, her serenity. This made me see the woman in the photo completely differently and is I see faces to-day. I am in my crone years and feel blessed to be here. Sometimes I wear make-up sometimes I don’t. What is more important to me is that I live my life authentically. I can arise every morning around 5.00a.m. and walk up to Wearyall Hill (Glastonbury) to meditated without another human animal, only sheep, rabbits and birds – contentedly getting on with what ever we are doing. I walk everywhere having decided last year no longer to have a car. I am content to step back and let whoever ‘needs’ what I have to offer find me. I have just written my submission for acceptance to move into the Druid Grove – OBOD the next step in my spiritual journey.

  3. Absolutely – there are worlds of difference between make-up worn as a mask and make-up worn as expressive ornament. Though I am still working on getting that balance right… in my case, it’s seeing myself as worthy of ornament and expression that I struggle with. Voices like yours are a welcome guide 🙂

    • Thank you – for me, it was almost like an addiction – I couldn’t go without it. Like coffee – i only had two cups a day, but when I gave that up I had migraines for two weeks. Going without makeup, learning to reconnect with who I am, with what I’ve been graced with a definitely a learning process. My eyesight is fading as well, my astigmatism getting worse in my right eye, and becoming more and more short-sighted as well. So, on come the glasses! Gorgeous one, of course 😉

  4. More thoughts… when it comes to ageing I always think of John Cleese’s observation that “we get the face we deserve” – and as I have left my 20s behind, I have enjoyed the experience of watching my face take the shape of the life it has known. I find it easier to see beauty in it, now, because it is the beauty of a life lived.

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