Charge of the Crone
I am the Queen of magick and the dark of the Moon, hidden in the deepest night. I am the master of the Otherworld’s and the fear that coils about your heart in the times of your trials.
I am the soul of nature that gives form to the universe; it is I who awaits you at the end of the spiral dance.
Most ancient among gods and mortals, let my worship be within the heart that has truly tasted life, for behold all acts of magick and art are my pleasure and my greatest ritual is love itself. Therefore let there be beauty in your strength, compassion in your wrath, power in your humility, and discipline balanced through mirth and reverence.
You, who seek to remove my veil and behold my true face, know that all you’re requesting and efforts are for nothing, and all your lust and desires shall avail you not at all.
For unless you know my mystery, look wherever you will, it will elude you, for it is within you and nowhere else. For behold, I have ever been with you, from the very beginning, the comforting hand that nurtured you in the dawn of life, and the loving embrace that awaits you at the end of each life, for I am that which is attained at the end of the dance, and I am the womb of new beginnings, as yet unimagined and unknown.
Sage is the herb of Wisdom and purification etc.
Sage - the color
Sage is a pale, grayed-green color, popular in the South-Western decorating style.
Sage - the person
Sage is usually an older person of experience. Someone who is wise in the ways of the world and can give advice or guidance to the younger generations.
Sage - the advice
Sage advice is that which comes from a person of greater experience of the world, Sage in this case can be interpreted as wise.
A wise person, sometimes a shaman or priest.
Sage - the Pagan
In paganism, when a man reaches the point in his maturity and experience, where he is taking a less active physical part, but still is willing and able to contribute as a teacher, mentor, and guide to younger members of the group/Circle/Coven, there is a Sage-ing ceremony held.
This could be likened to retirement from a job, but still being active and contributing on a lesser scale.
The corollary ceremony for women is Crone-ing.