In early 2014 the Crone and Sage website was shut down, but it can still be viewed on the WayBackMachine internet archive, which is where the links below will take you.
The Crone and Sage website (click on image below) is dedicated to our pagan elders who want to share their knowledge and wisdom, magic and life experiences in the form of articles, poetry, recipes, artwork and music.
We would like the Crone and Sage website to become a special place where readers of all ages can sit a spell and learn about our elder’s talents and knowledge. It would be truly wonderful if this knowledge could be shared with the many generations within our community, just like the ancients have done over the centuries.
“Crone and Sage” was born as a result of online discussions about Janine Donnellan’s article The Invisible Generation – Pagan Elders, which was first published in the February 2011 Axis Mundi. Janine subsequently put forward the idea that perhaps a project could be started where the stories of elder Pagans (and Pagan Elders) could be collected and published online. This suggestion was met with enthusiasm by many people, which led to the creation of the Crone and Sage website.
My choice of the name “Crone and Sage” was inspired by an additional verse written to go with the well known Pagan song by Z. Budapest, “We all come from the Goddess”…
We all come from the Goddess
And to her we shall return
Like a drop of rain
Flowing to the ocean.
(by Z. Budapest, 1971)
We all come from the Horned God
And to Him we shall return
Like a spark of fire
Leaping to the Heavens
(by Leonard D. Rosenburg, performed at a Rites of Spring in the late 1980s)
Sage and Crone, Sage and Crone
wisdom’s gift shall be our own.
Crone and Sage, Crone and Sage,
wisdom is the gift of age.
Hoof and horn, hoof and horn,
all that dies shall be reborn.
Corn and grain, corn and grain,
all that falls shall rise again.
(by Ian Corrigan, 1997)
The Crone is the woman who, having passed menopause and sent her children into the world to be adults on their own, is free to concentrate on herself – to gain knowledge, to share her wisdom with those around her, and to care for those who need her help. She is by no means the withered hag you see depicted at Halloween as the typical “witch,” but rather a fully capable (and fully sexual) independent woman, respected by the entire community for her words and her worth. (From http://www.gaia-spirituality.org/celebrations/moon_cycle.html)
The Sage or wise old man archetype is a mentor in spiritual and philosophical topics who is renowned for profound wisdom and sound judgment. His wisdom is that which comes through age, reflection and experience. In ancient cultures, a group’s sages were those who had experienced rich lives and were thoughtful about what they had learned through these experiences. (From Wikipedia, humanresources.about.com and wordnetweb.princeton.edu)