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                                   CALLING ALL CRONES 
                                      by Grey Cat
      Into  the  dark, the pale light of the waning moon  brings  forth 
      shapeless shadows; bushes, a wandering stone fieldwall,  nameless 
      areas  of blackness.  Some still, some moving; no night for  good 
      folk  to stray from cot or castle.  Black hares amove across  the 
      moors,  black cattle idly gossip together, one old woman  dressed 
      in black searches the grass for secret herbs.  And there  amongst 
      the standing stones, age heavy upon their backs, three hags  dare 
      all the mercy of God's Holy Mother Church to make the magic of an 
      older race. 
      ``Call  old  Mother  Piggot,  she  knows  the  proper  words  for 
      warts.''...   ``Tis  Goody  Nurse you'll need if it's  a  son  ye 
      want.''...   ``Tis  naught but an Old Wives  Tale.''...   ``Don't 
      mind  Mother, she hasn't been herself since she went through  the 
      Change of Life.'' 
      Looming high over the imagination of humankind, the shadow of the 
      Crone casts a miasma of fear and uselessness, power and casting-- 
      out, across the myths of our race and society. 
           I  have  talked and talked to women who either  have  arrived  at 
      crone  time or who are preparing themselves for  this  transition 
      and  we  have found much to talk about.  And I think that  it  is 
      important  that  we  keep right on talking after  the  season  of 
      Gatherings  has  passed  for  the year.   I  have  absolutely  no 
      interest  in trying to start a newsletter for Crones, nor  really 
      of  founding  OWL (Old Woman's League), SOW  (Salty  Old  Women), 
      CRONE (Clearly Rational Older Natural Energy), nor HAG (Honorable 
      Aged Geniuses). 
           However, I, no more than many of you, want to have to wait  until 
      next  year  to  get a chance to  discuss  all  these  fascinating 
      topics.   So how about some suggestions, and perhaps some  offers 
      of  help.   Would  we  like to cooperate  in  an  APAZine*  which 
      dispenses  with an editing and layout burden, leaving some  low-- 
      level  bookkeeping which I don't mind doing.  Does  someone  feel 
      like  working  on  a  Newsletter?  Do we want  to  form  a  loose 
      organization as part of or instead of the above?  Or are most  of 
      us too busy to do anything about this between gatherings? 
           I'll  be sending this letter to people I know personally  and  to 
      many  Pagan publications; you'll probably see it often enough  to 
      be  sick  of  the  whole idea.  But there  is  a  lot  of  magick 
      available  in  the  Time  of  the  Crone.   There  is  a  lot  of 
      sociological pressure to understand, combat or accept.  And there 
      is  a whole lot of our lives left for us to function  as  Crones. 
      If we don't figure out what it is and what to do with it,  nobody 
      else will. 
           So  write me at the address below (SASE appreciated) and  let  me 
      know  what  you  think about the whole idea, what  you  might  be 
      willing  to  do, what insights you may have about Crone  Time  -- 
      let's figure out what has been left out of all the books.   We're 
      already ``Uppity Women'' and we've nothing to lose but a bad rap. 
      (Crones  are  assumed  to be women more or less  at  the  age  of 
      menopause or past it.  Baby Crones are any who realize that  this 
      time is not far away.) 
                Grey Cat P.O. Box 181 Crossville, TN  38555 

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