Gaia Rhythms for Womyn is more than an appointment book, it’s
a way of life! We’Moon is a lunar calendar and a handbook in natural
rhythm, and born of international womyn’s culture. Art and writing
by we’moon from many lands give a glimpse of the great diversity
and uniqueness of a world we create in our own image. We’Moon is
about womyn’s spirituality (spirit’ reality). We share how
we live our truth, what inspires us, how we envision our reality in connection
with the whole earth and all our relations.
Handbook in Natural Cycles
empowering datebook and multicultural earth-spirited calendar, We'Moon
features art and writing by and about women: an exploration of women's
experience and perspectives, a goddess-inspired creation from the
growing edge of global women's culture. We'Moon datebooks include
full daily lunar and astrological information in a week-at-a-glance
format, a lunar month-at-a-glance section, and a comprehensive introduction
to astrology, Sun / Moon / Earth cycles, and seasonal Holy Days.
Art, prose and poetry by hundreds of gifted contributors from around
the world are organized into 13 themed moon-chapters, variously
exploring the current years' theme.
means “women.” Instead of defining ourselves in relation
to men (as in woman or female), we use the word we’moon to define
ourselves by our primary relation to the natural sources of cosmic flow.
means “we of the moon.” The Moon, whose cycles run in our
blood, is the original womyn’s calendar. Like the Moon, we’moon
circle the Earth. We are drawn to one another. We come in different
shapes, colors and sizes. We are continually transforming. With all
our different hues and points of view, we are one.
We’moon culture exists in the diversity and the oneness of our
experience as we’moon. We honor both. We come from many different
ways of life. At the same time, as we’moon, we share a common
mother root. We are glad when we’moon from varied backgrounds
contribute art and writing. When material is borrowed from cultures
other than your own, we ask that it be acknowledged and something given
in return. Being conscious of our sources keeps us from engaging in
the divisiveness of either cultural appropriation (taking what belongs
to others) or cultural fascism (controlling creative expression). We
invite you to share how the “Mother Tongue” speaks to you,
with respect for both cultural integrity and individual freedom.
Lunar Rhythms: Everything that flows moves in rhythm
with the Moon. She rules the water element on Earth. She pulls on the
ocean’s tides, the weather, female reproductive cycles and the
life fluids in plants, animals and people. She influences the underground
currents in earth energy, the mood swings of mind, body, behavior and
emotion. The Moon’s phases reflect her dance with Sun and Earth,
her closest relatives in the sky. Together, these three heavenly bodies
weave the web of light and dark into our lives.
Rhythms: We show the natural cycles of the Moon, Sun, planets
and stars as they relate to Earth. By recording our own activities side
by side with those of other heavenly bodies, we may notice what connection,
if any, there is for us. The Earth revolves around her axis in one day;
the Moon orbits around the Earth in one month (291/2 days); the Earth
orbits around the Sun in one year. We experience each of these cycles
in the alternating rhythms of day and night, waxing and waning, summer
and winter. The Earth/Moon/Sun are our inner circle of kin in the universe.
We know where we are in relation to them at all times by the dance of
light and shadow as they circle around one another.
Eyes of Heaven: As seen from Earth, the Moon and the Sun are
equal in size: “the left and right eye of heaven,” according
to Hindu (Eastern) astrology. Unlike the solar-dominated calendars of
Christian (Western) patriarchy, the We’Moon looks at our experience
through both eyes at once. The lunar eye of heaven is seen each day
in the phases of the Moon as she is both reflector and shadow, traveling
her 291/2-day path through the zodiac. The solar eye of heaven is apparent
at the turning points in the Sun’s cycle. The year begins with
Winter Solstice (in the Northern Hemisphere), the dark renewal time,
and journeys through the full cycle of seasons and balance points (solstices,
equinoxes and the cross-quarter days in between). The third eye of heaven
may be seen in the stars. Astrology measures the cycles by relating
the Sun, Moon and all other planets in our universe through the backdrop
of star signs (the zodiac), helping us to tell time in the larger cycles
of the universe.
Time and Space: Imagine a clock with many hands. The Earth
is the center from which we view our universe. The Sun, Moon and planets
are like the hands of the clock. Each one has its own rate of movement
through the cycle. The ecliptic, a 17° band of sky around the earth
within which all planets have their orbits, is the outer band of the
clock where the numbers are. Stars along the ecliptic are grouped into
constellations forming the signs of the zodiac—the twelve star
signs are like the twelve numbers of the clock. They mark the movements
of the planets through the 360˚ circle of the sky, the clock of time
Earth Perspective: It is important to note that all natural
cycles have a mirror image from a whole earth perspective—seasons
occur at opposite times in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, and
day and night are at opposite times on opposite sides of the Earth as
well. Even the Moon plays this game—a waxing crescent moon in
Australia faces right (e.g. ),
while in North America it faces left (e.g.?).
We’Moon uses a Northern Hemisphere perspective regarding times,
holy days, seasons and lunar phases. We’moon who live in the Southern
hemisphere may want to transpose descriptions of the holy days to match
seasons in their area. We honor a whole earth cultural perspective by
including, among the four rotating languarges for the days of the week,
two from the Southern Hemisphere: Swahili (a pan-African language spoken
primarily in East Africa) and Quechua (the most common Amerindian language,
spoken primarily in the Andes).
Sky Perspective: It is also important to note that all over
the Earth, in varied cultures and times, the dome of the sky has been
interacted with in countless ways. The zodiac we speak of is just one
of many ways that hu-moons have pictured and related to the stars. In
this calendar, we use the tropical zodiac.
© Mother Tongue Ink 2008
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in 30 years, initiated a survey: once in 1999 (when 260 responded
to a mailing enclosed with the Call for Contributions), and then recently
in 2009 (when over 800 participated in a survey on our web page).
Thank you all for taking the time to respond! To view the results
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