I accept that it was Saturday before I posted, but I did post. :)
Author Cundy invites us in these transformative stages in a woman’s life. Although, the story doesn’t stop there by a long shot. It is full of laughter, miscalculations, spells that go awry, and life that refuses to follow a set course. Even though Minerva is a witch, she’s not a television witch who can twitch her nose and get a new living room suite. Oh no, she works to get what she wants.
I love that Cundy makes Minerva into a vital woman who wants both love and fun in her life. Most portrayals of menopausal women, when there is one, is of a mercurial female who rages due to fluctuating hormones. Minerva comforts and supports her daughter, is a good friend, and occasionally has fun with the witch stereotype. She’s the type of neighbor that would be a joy to have next door.
The madness in the title is a reference to menopause, which used to be referred to as such. It was a time in western society when women were downgraded from their importance as mothers to forgotten, useless people mentioned as little as possible. What society failed to take in account that the menopausal woman is at the peak of her psychic powers and more useful as an oracle or even simply a friend.
This would be a great read for anyone, but it may appeal to open minded thinkers of a certain age more.
About the AuthorSheena Cundy is a witch, wife, mother, musician, teacher and Reiki Master. She teaches the Tarot, spiritual development, and horse riding, and sings and writes songs for her pagan band Morrigans Path. Sheena is author of the Magic of Nature Oracle, a card deck based on British wildlife.