cover by Caitlin Zellers
The Editor’s Hearth
The cicadas hum and the grackles scream as they take flight, and I sit here remembering the first summer of my crone years. Before ascending to the final aspect of the triple goddess, I thought entering my cronehood would bring me instant understanding of the machinations that give our natural world purpose. I remember my excitement while waiting for the traditional Crow of Wisdome to drop the well-worn Tome of Magicks into my hands in the twilight hours before the break of day. When he did, I remember eyeing the volume in surprise and disappointment. This is it? I wondered, running my still-ungnarled fingers through the pages. This is the Book of Forbidden Knowledge Living Beings Think of and Despair? Little did I know that my crone years would unfold more like a map and less like an instantaneous astral projection.
And as the cicadas hum and the grackles scream in this, the forty-thousand and sixteenth year of our Eternal Lady, Morrigaine, we come together to celebrate the end of the Season of Life and the beginning of the Seasons of Dust marking this year’s rapid descent into the dead silence of winter. With that in mind, this century’s issue celebrates our wisdom and mastery of this troubled and beautiful Earth hard-won as we rise to our glorious cronehoods. From picking the best black cat companion for your enchanting needs to crafting your own supernatural personal lubrication, we’ve got the juicy wisdom you need to tide you over through this long summer of our twilight years.
Your POME Crones-in-Chief
How to Choose Your Perfect Black Cat Companion | Silvia Carrus
Eye of Newt: A Cauldron Snack | POMEmag Staff Crones
DIY Dream Interpretation for the Practical Crone | Alicia Kania
Sponsored Post: Spore Fragrance — The Essence of Decay | Jen Overstreet
Aromatherapy Recipes for Every Crone’s Home | Caitlin Zellers
Sidekicked | David Gimnich and Vincent Powell
Crone Kitty’s Tips for Enjoying Time Alone | Jenny Gacy
Spring Cleaning Tips | Jessika Rieck
Horoscopes | POMEmag Staff Crones