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Basta © Adriana M. Garcia 2011 from We'Moon 2016
If we're gonna ride
this surge toward a shimmering new world
to make life good for all the living
we gotta shake
out pain, out rage, off mind-shackles
that keep us scared and alone
we know about
burning stakes, historic lies, silencing
we been acting up, speaking out, spittin' mad
we gotta drum now
all our women ancestors drummed
when their drums were smashed
the unstoppable beats played on
we gotta raise them up
their hands are thumping on hide right now
cracking and toppling us, tumbling
and remaking us, driving us to the gates
we gonna ride their spirit-waves
beyond dead-ends and dread
to where the universe keeps Her answers
look in our own hands where they buried the keys
time to drum
all my many sisters in all our many worlds
time has come to fullness and spirit pipers
at the gates of dawn are asking for living coin
we didn't make this mess
but our ancestors saw it coming
at the curl of this surge buoying us into tomorrow
in their drumming live our answers.
¤ Stephanie A. Sellers 2019
art credit: The Women are Drummin' © Louie Laskowski 2019
both from We'Moon 2021
Witch II © Judy Springer 1990 from the We'Moon Anthology and We'Moon 1992
Please do not fight my fire
let it burn
the putrid remains
of what is left
your fire hoses
and attack dogs
keep them away
from our bodies
please don’t arrest tomorrow
or the day after
we need them for our planting
in times of war
we save seeds
from the species
extinct from your blow
under our tongues
deep below the ground
harvest peace long after
the fragrance of her fruit
has been forgotten
and we will feed you
when you come to us
on your knees
weighed down from weaponry
we will share our medicine
until you weep
at the resemblance
of our faces
you will remember our names
and your numbers
will crumble to dust
your blood money
will be as worthless
as your guns
excerpt from ClimbingPoeTree, Whit Press (2015).
© Naima Penniman, ClimbingPoeTree.
Used by permission of Whit Press
from We'Moon 2020
art salvaged from the fire at We'Moon Land by Deborah Koff Chapin © 2000 from We'Moon 2002 and in the We'Moon Anthology pg 102.
We are in the wake
of a great shifting
you better free your mind
before they illegalize thought
there’s a war going on
the first casualty was truth
and it’s inside you
the universe is counting on
our belief that faith
is more powerful than fear
and that in
the shifting moment
we’ll all remember
why we're here
in a world
where you’re assassinated
for having a dream
and the rich
spend 9 billion a year
to control our ideas
and visions are televised
so things aren’t what they seem
we gotta believe
in a world where
there's room enough
we were born right now
for a reason
we can be whatever
we give ourselves
the power to be
and right now we need
give what you most deeply
desire to give
you are choosing to live
or you are waiting
why would a flower
hesitate to open?
now is the only moment
become the ocean
excerpt from Climbing PoeTree, Whit Press (2015)
© Naima Penniman, Climbing PoeTree. Used by permission of Whit Press
From We'Moon 2020
art credit: Pact © Autumn Skye ART 2016 from We'Moon 2018
There are many ways to change the world—worlds within, worlds untold—or simply a Blue Planet we have all yet to embrace as Home. Some whisper. Some wait. Some hold the space for change. And some push through . . . We are all in it together, this mad, whirling dance of Chaos, each playing a role dependent on the other.
Here’s to the whisper-ers, who nudge the currents ever so slightly—A little here, a little there. In time it becomes a wave. A ripple, a roar.
Here’s to the wait-ers,who tell us something new will come, just bide the time, watching from afar. In faith they watch a new reality unfold. What will it be—who knows?
Here’s to the space-holders, the vessels, the cosmic containers that focus the Dance, the mad dance of Death and Creation, in body, in breath, in life, in death. Behold the Body Chambers.
And here’s to the push-ers, the fools, the hero(ine)s who walk the path of the burning blade, dancing, dreaming, screaming, heaving on the edge of change—a precarious path one can celebrate, or simply target.
Here’s to us all. Right now. On the brink of change.
© The Sky Priestess 2016
art credit: Hekate's Red Tent © amara hollow bones 2008
both from We'Moon 2018
A New World
© Manya Orescan 2016
art: Erykah © Tarra Lu 2015
both from We'Moon 2018
© Mandisa Amber 2016 from We'Moon 2018
Come closer . . . At first glance the colors are alluring, as the bold black and white zebra stripes stir ancient memories of our common Mother, Africa. Exotic Other is an icon for the liberation of people and the earth. She is a mockery of the cultural annihilation and appropriation of black women, who have been consistently labeled as less than human through the lens of settler colonial supremacy. Once you gaze upon Exotic Other you enter an agreement, to disrupt the suppression of ancient traditions where women and girls were revered, and to include diverse voices in your community centers and spiritual circles. Liberation is ours! We can end the push/pull cycle of exotification and appropriation! With honey on her lips, and a sway in her hips, Exotic Other is out on bail, and she leaves the room smelling of cinnamon, broken chains, and habañero.
Art & Writing © Mandisa Amber 2016
From We'Moon 2018
Moon page art and writing from We'Moon 2021
Art and writing from We'Moon 2021
Learn more about the revolutionary work that these powerful women are doing.
Molly Remer (Rolla, MO) MSW, MDiv., D.Min, writes about theology, nature, practical priestessing, and the Goddess. Molly and her husband, Mark, co-create Story Goddess at brigidsgrove.etsy.com and Molly is the author of Womanrunes, Earthprayer and She Lives Her poems.
Melissa Harris (West Hurley, NY) Artist, author, and intuitive. Join me at Art & Spirit Retreats in exotic locations. Author of 99 Keys to a Creative Life, Anything is Possible card deck and artist of Goddess on the Go affirmation cards.
Abril Garcia-Linn (San Antonio, TX) is a writer and artist. She believes everyone has a story to tell and that every story matters. She creates art to connect with people and build community.
Destiney Powell (Murfreesboro, TN) I paint and draw people and stories which inspire me. I blog about my artistic endeavors and how I find my clients, book shows, and paint live! Go check it out if you have a minute.
Mandisa Amber, MA, MFA (Richmond, CA) shares healing through her work as an educator, food apartheid activist, and a priestess in the Lucumí tradition. Her bioculturally regenerative work builds brave spaces for lasting social change and the wellbeing of all beings.
Manya Orescan (Ashland, OR) I am a Mexican-American queer mother, wife, poet, painter, lover of life and shaker of dreams.
Tarra Lu (Charlotte, NC) is a self-taught, Haitian-American artist. Tarra's work explores the female form in the context of vulnerability, emotions, portraits, bold contrasts, Caribbean-inspired color palette, and abstract expressionism.
The Sky Priestess (Usually on a plane someplace) aka Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD, is a Malaysian-Tamil spiritualist, author, astrologer, poetess, motivational speaker (and a bunch of other things). Her work combines the technical nuances of astrology, the Dark, Formless energy of the Void and the energy of multidimensional awareness and healing.
The Sky Priestess was also the featured Astrology prediction writer for We'Moon 2018.
amara hollow bones (London, ON) Amara's drawings emerge out of lived experiences in wild places—singing songs of deep reverence, grief, beauty and awe for the earth. They are prayers for the return of magic, the resilience of wildness, for remembering our ancestors and home.
Naima Penniman (Brooklyn, NY) Co-founder & steward of WILDSEED Community Farm & Healing Village, performance activist through Climbing PoeTree, food-justice educator at Soul Fire Farm, & healing practitioner at Harriet’s Apothecary, Naima cultivates collaborations that elevate the healing of our earth, ourselves, our communities, lineages & descendants.
Autumn Skye (Powell River, BC) I offer my artwork as a mirror, as an intimate personal reflection and a grand archetypical revelation. Within these visions, may you recognize your own sacred heart, your cosmic divinity, and the innate grace that dwells within.
Deborah Koff-Chapin (Langley, WA) has been developing Touch Drawing since 1974. She is creator of SoulCards 1 & 2 and author of Drawing Out Your Soul and The Touch Drawing Facilitator Workbook. She is adjunct professor at CIIS (CA), and has introduced Touch Drawing internationally.
Stephanie A. Sellers (Fayetteville, PA) lives on a homestead in the mountains and is inspired by all the wemoon doing their beautiful healing work all over this beautiful world! Thanks to all and glad to be a part of the movement! XOXO
Judy Springer (Camden East, Ontario) I’m still with my love, Roberta, happily a grandmother twice, sadly gave up 30 years of clay work (asthma), and now, years later, have a new passion: digital art!
Louie Laskowski (Brookston, IN) living in the small town of Brookston, IN, where I work in my art studio, is such a treat to me. I teach art as a spiritual path since it has been true for me. RCGI ordained priestess.
Sophia Faria (Salt Spring Island, BC) is a sex educator, retreat facilitator and writer. Her private practice and home are on Salt Spring Island. She supports individuals and couples in their sexual journeys and co-creates nature, based on retreats for women.
Adriana M. Garcia (San Antonio, TX) Intimacy abounds in lives encountered. I aim to extract the inherent liminality of a moment before action as a way to articulate our stories.
Each phase of the Moon describes a different energy or quality, either building or receding. Creating rituals around the energy of the moon has been an ancient tradition across cultures. The Full and the New Moon offer potent energy to manifest different goals, release inner turmoil, realize dreams and make magic!
Gretchen shares how her family practiced reading tea leaves, and shares some tricks of the trade...In my family, whenever there was a crisis, someone would “go put the kettle on” for a comforting cup of tea all around; reading the leaves would follow to sort things out. You might think of it as a way of opening the psychic channels through the calming, contemplative ritual of having tea together. Now, here's how to go about it. Start with a well-made cup of tea...