published in the datebook each year, submitted by hundreds of women worldwide. The anthology includes new insights from founding editor Musawa and other writers who share stories about We’Moon’s colorful 30-year evolution. Hear the spirited voices of women making waves that have changed our world! Open up this book to any page for inspiration in your daily life, and you won’t want to put it down!
“The art is nothing short of oracular,
and the book reads like an
unfolding of prayer.”
Julie Weber, poet extraordinaire
By Julie Weber, Published in WomanSource Rising News, Winter 2011.
I hold in my hands something I call a homecoming, the homecoming perhaps many of us have longed to have. In the Spirit of We'Moon: Celebrating 30 Years is as close to living and palpable as a book can be. Resonant with the lens of a truly vast array of worldwide women artists and writers, the multicultural dimensions of spirit are astounding. Yet the work is rooted, earthbound and earth based, even as it pulses its pranayama through the seasons, planets, constellations and their configurations. Each page is literally a sanctification, a keyhole through which one can enter and partake of the ineffable mystery at the heart of women's experience with the Divine. This is the taproot of Women’s Culture and Women’s History in our time: the leaves of these pages flower in the linking of our hands.
The anthology begins with founder Musawa's story about the first handmade copies of a lunar calendar and the art and writing that accompanied it as it was delivered hand by hand to communities and women's lands. Born on women's land in Europe in 1981, moving to the US in 1987, the annual collection quickly acquired the reputation of both grassroots education and revelation, a thread of connection as tangible as the fiber that wove its pages. It's impossible to see the anthology and not remember the first time the We'Moon Calendar entered my life. I was 28 and it was 1992. The covers, reproduced as I roll through the pages of writing and artwork, mark recollections of each successive year in my life. Long before the internet, and in a different way, We'Moon datebooks connected women around the world and widened our understanding, gratitude and wonderment of each other. The calendars themselves with their collections of art and writing hold a talismanic quality like the Tarot cards from which the annual theme each year is culled.
In a world rife with trauma and disconnection, in a time when the earth itself in its clarity of resources is deeply troubled, this anthology can come to your aid—a companion, a compendium of empathy, magic and vision. I cried when I opened it—out of Love for this kind of beauty. There is nothing like this I have ever seen in print. The weavers, the ones who select each year from the submissions spread out at their collective meetings across cabins and on living room floors, have woven a Gift for you. A lineage, a sourcebook, a visual and literary spell of pages, the art is nothing short of oracular and the book reads like an unfolding of prayer.
Julie Weber is a psychotherapist and writer living in Ashland, Oregon. Her writing appears in OCHO, Harrington Lesbian Fiction Quarterly, on butchculture.com, in We'Moon and its Anthology, in Dark Moon Lilith, and is forthcoming in Alligator Juniper. She received a Lambda Literary Fellowship in 2010 and has been a recent finalist in the Oscar Wilde, Chroma and Orlando competitions.