CREATRIX RISING: UNLOCKING THE POWER OF MIDLIFE WOMEN
Ever since Eve was banned from the garden, women have endured the oft times painful and inaccurate definitions foisted upon them by the patriarchy. Maid, Mother, Crone, representing the three stages assigned to a woman’s life cycle, have been the limiting categories of both ancient and modern (neo-pagan) mythology. For midlife women, those past childbearing age, one label in particular rankles: Crone. The word conjures a wizened hag, useless for the most part, marginalized by appearance and ability. Useless. Used up.
None of us has ever truly fit the old Crone image, an identity better assigned to the shadows as an aspect of femininity that is dark and mysterious, but also powerful and wise. For today’s midlife women, a new archetype emerges, a newly birthed creative spirit, a powerful more fitting than Crone. Her qualities are called the Creatrix.
What’s it like to live from such wholeness, such creative power? In Creatrix Rising: Unlocking the Power of Mid-life Women, Stephanie Raffelock lays out through personal stories and essays the highlights of the past fifty years in which women went from quiet strength to a resounding voice. She invites us along her own transformational journey by providing probing questions for reflection, so we can flesh out and bring to life this new archetype within ourselves.
Written in the spirit of Women Who Run With the Wolves, Creatrix Rising gives context in which to place the great, creative surge that women of later years are experiencing personally and collectively. The Crone is replaced by the new archetype of Creatrix, now morphed from the ugly old witch of the forest into the shining inner guide of Creatrices everywhere.
If what the Dalai Lama has predicted proves true, that women will save the world, then for certain, the Creatrix will be out front, leading the pack.
PUBLISH DATE AUGUST 24, 2021
a new archetype
from quiet strength to a resounding voice.
A DELIGHTFUL LITTLE BOOK ON AGING
All around us older women flourish in industry, entertainment and politics. Do they know something that we don’t, or are they just, they’re trying to figure it out, too? So many of us feel in our hearts and minds that we are still twenty-something young women who can take on the world. But every day, we have to rise above the creaky joints and achy knees just to move through the world with a modicum of grace. Yet we do rise, because it’s a privilege to grow old, and every single day is a gift. This book is an invitation to celebrate whatever age you are with a sense of joy and purpose and a spirit of gratitude.
PUBLISH DATE APRIL 28, 2020
FROM KIRKUS REVIEWS:
This well-designed book presents these lessons as a series of thoughts and vignettes from the author’s life, moments that stand out and memories that have come to signify key aspects of aging for her. “Aging invites us to grow into a deeper beauty,” she writes, “it’s no longer the smile on our face as much as it is the expression in our heart.” Raffelock’s book will be a much-needed boost to readers of all ages.
FROM KELLY BROGAN MD, AUTHOR OF THE NYT BESTSELLER A MIND OF YOUR OWN:
“Where are the elders? The wise women, the crones, the guardians of truth here to gently, lovingly, and playfully guide us towards the fulfillment of our collective destiny? It turns out that they are right here, in our midst, and Stephanie Raffelock is showcasing the reclamation of aging as a moment of becoming, no longer a dreaded withering into insignificance. A Delightful Little Book on Aging lays down new and beautiful tracks for the journey into our richest, deepest, and wildest years.”
FROM FREDERIC LUSKIN, PH.D., CO-FOUNDER, THE STANFORD FORGIVENESS PROJECT:
“This little book by Stephanie Raffelock unfolds gently. Like aging, it is raw and funny and quirky. It is not 5 easy steps but real stories and wisdom. It is resilience in action, acknowledging losses and unwanted changes of aging with moxie, humor and grit.”
FROM JONNY BOWDEN, BOARD-CERTIFIED NUTRITIONIST & BEST-SELLING AUTHOR
OF LIVING LOW CARB & THE 150 HEALTHIEST FOODS ON EARTH:
“Deeply compassionate, eminently readable, and filled with timeless wisdom and unbridled joy. Stephanie Raffelock will be your favorite new discovery. You’re welcome.”
FROM ANDREA F. POLARD, AUTHOR OF A UNIFIED THEORY OF HAPPINESS:
“Filled with authentic stories and abundant insights, “A Delightful Little Book on Aging” is a heart-warming companion for anybody who wishes to age without sugar-coating the losses while continuing to live life with an open spirit. Stephanie Raffelock makes me look forward to my own golden years. Well done!”
FROM CARPE DIEM CHRONICLES:
“Aptly titled, A Delightful Little Book on Aging lays out a joyful, thoughtful, easily applicable approach to handling the advancing years with dignity, grace, and gratitude. Ms. Raffelock wrote with so much wisdom, authority, and charm, I found myself highlighting numerous passages that resonated with me. By the time I finished reading, nearly the entire inside of the book was covered in light green color (I chose a highlighter that matched the cover) .”
FROM KIRKUS REVIEWS:
"This well-designed book presents these lessons as a series of thoughts and vignettes from the author’s life, moments that stand out and memories that have come to signify key aspects of aging for her. The tone Raffelock takes throughout the work is resolutely optimistic and affirmative, despite the fact that she’s clear-eyed about the fact that one of the defining characteristics of age is loss: “Friendships end. Children move away. The role of work or career that once defined us is relegated to memory.” The resulting grief can manifest itself as melancholy, angst, or “unexplainable tears.” In quick, upbeat chapters, the author urges her peers to remain engaged and moving. She offers several tips for ways to do this: Mentor the young, make things like art or music, find new friends, investigate the latest technology, and—in a note sounded frequently in the book—remember to exercise regularly. She transforms many of her experiences into quippy slogans like “Life is too short to hate your thighs,” “Your weight is not a gauge of your worth, and neither is your bank balance,” and the essential theme of the whole volume: “Don’t freak out about getting old.” And all of these nuggets of wisdom are leavened with gentle humor (“Sagging has set into places that I didn’t know could sag”) and an all-embracing compassion. Aging invites us to grow into a deeper beauty, she writes, “it’s no longer the smile on our face as much as it is the expression in our heart.” Raffelock’s book will be a much-needed boost to readers of all ages. ... A helpful, uplifting work for readers handling the challenges of growing older."
FROM LIVING NOW BOOK AWARDS
Winner. Category: Mature Aging - Bronze
FROM AMERICAN BOOKFEST, 2020 BOOK AWARDS
Finalist. Category: Health and Aging
FROM HUMAN RELATIONS, INDIE BOOK AWARDS
Winner. Category: Aging - Gold