The Pagan Blog Project: I is for Instar
Before getting more comfortable with where I was in the pagan sphere, I was really into the whole Maiden-Mother-Crone concept. I don’t know why – even at the time I knew it didn’t really work for me. I was never going to be a mother. But in general I liked how it represented stages of life. It just didn’t happen to be my life.
Now I think of life stages as instars. An instar is a stage in the very complex metamorphosis of an insect. Basically, each time the insect molts, it is another instar, until it reaches sexual maturity.
I like the concept of instars better because it’s not a matter of changing into an already highly-defined role. It’s more a matter of figuring out what kind of bug you are.
I’m a cicada. ❤