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From the pandemic to the climate crisis, we are living in an uncertain world. This may have some of us feeling anxious, exhausted, and isolated while simultaneously trying to stay in the moment, flex resiliency, and lean on various networks (many virtual) to stay grounded. Some of us have also turned (or returned) to engaging in creative work, spiritual connections, and an affinity with nature. The We’Moon 2022 calendar is a convergence of these elements of resiliency to keep us sane and grounded in these times of distress and uncertainty.
An astrological planner and moon phase calendar filled with beautiful and inspiring art, writing, and meditations, We’Moon is a call to stay active, hopeful, interdependent, and engaged. Wemoon’s theme for 2022 is “The Magical Dark”, which asks us “What gifts and blessings may be hiding in the Unknown realms, the mysteries of Darkness?” An excerpt from Mary Erlewine song “Shine On” also captures the spirit of this collection: “there is work to be done in the dark before dawn.”
We’Moon offers a little bit of everything – from astrological overviews and predictions to a sky map and rituals. This is interspersed with stunning artwork in vibrant color, many capturing women’s cultures globally. It’s beautiful to see the dark goddess honored as well as representations of women of color and women from around the world. I’m also moved by the artwork honoring women’s relationships with animals and the earth. For example, there is a moving piece titled “Melt” by Sandra Stanton that shows three women, each holding a polar bear cub. It is a strong testament to the dire implications of a warming planet as well as the fight by women who act as stewards and protectors of the earth and animals.
We’Moon remains a call to action and a call to create a different world, one based on transformative power for social change and the larger social good. Through women’s creativity, activism, spirituality, and planetary connections, another world is coming into shape and We’Moon serves as a spiritual blueprint for those possibilities. Get your copy today.
"Huh? What's a We'Moon?"
That's what I asked when my friend, who was taking a wholesale order for our college Pagan group, offered to sign me up for a copy.
"This," they whispered, reverently and smiling, while producing a well-worn and colorful book from their bag. "Is a We'Moon planner."
I flipped through the pages, seeing that it was a weekly guidebook and planner full of unfamiliar symbols alongside lunar phases and artwork and words that I hadn't seen elsewhere. It was a cackling of feminist noise, a song of welcoming, a viewing of the world from an unihibitedly queer and womxn-centered lens.
I have wanted to write about We'Moon and the importance of womxn's independent publications for a good long while so when the lovely folks at We'Moon offered to send me a copy of their 2022 planner to review and share with all of you it was a very easy yes.
A We'Moon planner, known fully as We'Moon: Gaia Rhythms for We'Moon, is a full-color feminist weekly datebook guided by lunar rhythms and overflowing with art, poetry, sacred prose, holy days of the wheel of the year, and astrological insight (including an ephemeris and multiple Moon calendars!) reflecting the ever-changing diversity of womxn's culture from around the world.
It is created by and for folks who identify as womxn, is trans-inclusive, and committed to the liberation of all womxn. If you identify as a womxn you can answer the call for contributions and submit work inspired by the annual theme. I've always found the editorial team at We'Moon to be really great to work with and highly recommend submitting art or poetry if you're feeling called.
The name We'Moon reflects the long tradition within womxn's culture of reweaving, reclaiming, and redreaming language to better reflect our experiences outside the boundaries of patriarchal oppression and the bindings of the binary.
Wemoon means "we of the moon" and is a way of creating space for womxn to create art, culture, and spaces to exist in our own image as well as realigning ourselves with the rhythms of Moon, Star, and Sun rather than endless cycles of production, extraction, and consumption presented to us by patriarchy and capitalism. In the spirit of dismantling oppressive powers and centering the voices of womxn, We'Moon continues to seek out and center the voices of BIPOC womxn in addition to holding space for dykes, lesbians, and queer womxn.
But here's the reason that I've continued to support We'Moon for all these years: I've ever encountered another publication that so consistently and radically tells womxn, and especially queer womxn, that they are loved and adored and needed and magickal.
All of this is done in the holy container that We'Moon has created over the years, inviting in familiar rituals alongside new words, and helping womxn to track their rhythms in ways untethered from endlessly being othered into a Moon-shaped world of just being...(Read more HERE)
L. Sixfingers is an intersectional herbalist, witch, and weaver of remedies. In 2010 I officially opened Worts + Cunning Apothecary. Since then she created and sold popular herbal products, taught at herbal and magickal conferences, created the online course they wish they had as a student, and written for a variety of print publications on herbal and magickal traditions.
Sometimes beautiful gifts turn up from the Goddess at exactly the right time. I really needed a diary for 2022 as I've got events to put in it already, but before I bought an ordinary one in a high street shop, I got given the We'Moon 2022 diary. I really like it.
This year's theme is "The Magical Dark" and the description on the We'Moon website explains that this embodies the darkest phase of the moon cycle: the New Moon:
"Here dwell the dream seeds, the letting go, the gearing up to begin again. Woven through the pages are shadows longing for our attention. Follow sparks of encouragement as we travel through moonless dark—and lo! the magical terrain reveals Her mysterious gifts."
It's much more than just a diary as it also has astrological data, details about moon phases, notation of when the sun changes signs, astrological predictions, information about the solstices, equinoxes and other festival dates, articles on a huge range of esoteric subjects plus artwork and creative writing by poets and storytellers. Oh and as well as a week-at-a-glance planner, it has a moon phase calendar at the back.
We'Moon is a feminist pagan enterprise, with the emphasis on diversity and inclusivity. These words from it offer more explanation: "We'Moon is a sacred space in which to explore and celebrate the diversity of she-ness on Earth."
This is the second year I've had a We'Moon diary and I doubt it will be the last.
I read my first book about Goddess herstory in 2001. I bought my first copy of the We’Moon datebook two years later, my first infant son slung across my chest in a baby sling. I picked this colorful, woman-honoring, goddess-worshipping, spiral-bound form out of the stacks of lesbian, feminist, witch, and anarchist literature piled in untidy heaps on a table in the small radical bookstore located below street level in the liberal college town where I’d attended graduate school.
I felt as if I was doing something risky, forbidden, possibly even dangerous and I still remember how to felt to carry my datebook up to the dim counter to make my purchase, the smell of patchouli drifting in the air as I ascended the stairs back to street level, now with both hidden knowledge and a baby carried in my arms. Perhaps it was my upbringing within the subculture of religious fundamentalism—not my own family, we were agnostic—but the culture of my peers, which had taught me that to name the body as sacred, to explore one’s own wisdom and self-authority, to partake in magic, to embody and envision the divine as feminine, are all dangerous acts.
In some way, somehow, I absorbed that these are the realms that are restricted and denied and with that datebook in my hands, I was daring to break beyond those rules and taste the unknown, the mysterious, the magical, the powerful. There was something here for me. Something that would last forever.
So, naturally, I was delighted to receive a copy of the 2022 We’Moon datebook to review. Printed with soy and vegetable based inks on primarily recycled paper, the spiral bound datebook has a soft and nurturing feel.
We’Moon is rich with art, poetry, and short pieces of writing from contributors around the world and has always been willing to take a stand for justice and radical self-empowerment, as well as harmony with the natural rhythms and cycles of life. Much more than just a datebook or a calendar, We’Moon includes moon phases, astrological readings, charts and planetary positions, and insightful, juicy explorations of each of the eight Holy Days as we move through the wheel of the year. Containing over 100 pieces of art and 100 pieces of writing as well as “month at a glance” moon calendars for each month of the year, the datebook’s pages alternate between written content, art, and space to write for each day.
I have a tendency to use my We’Moons for personal journaling rather than as planners or for scheduling. It was a We’Moon that held my tender, vulnerable, and painful moments from the early years of mothering. In was in those small daily boxes that I rediscovered the power of daily journaling—learning or re-remembering that daily notes on the day, however mundane, hold a power of memory and record.
I find there is just enough space in each rectangle to jot a few observations and experiences of the day, rather than pages of insight or self-excavation, creating a daily diary in the original sense of the word. While on some busy days, keeping a journal can feel like just one more thing to do, I find I always have time for the small observations of daily living that fit into the We’Moon and I nearly always can make time for 10-15 minutes alone with my thoughts in the soft space to land offered by these colorful, enriching pages, in this way bringing me back to being, as I make space for it each day.
It has been a We’Moon that held my notes about Red Tents and rituals, friendships, and frustrations. It has been a We’Moon that holds space for my daily ins and outs, projects completed with my kids, small updates about classes I teach, check ins about my book projects, our business, and my need for more time alone, as well as cycle tracking numbers and rune readings. (I have devised various codes and symbols to get a lot into the fairly small boxes!).
Last year, instead of using it for journaling, I used my We’Moon to keep divination notes for the entire year—logging my oracle cards, Womanrunes draws, and tarot cards of the day, whether one card or five. About five years ago, I integrated my word of the year into my We’Moon, keeping a daily note about my word of the year and how I lived it, felt it, or experienced it in that day.
I have maintained that practice faithfully ever since, adding my new words of the year to the original practice word “Magic” and keeping a note for each word. For example, this year my words of the year are “Joy” and “Nourish.” So, each day, I jot down the words: Magic, Nourish, and Joy in a row in the daily rectangle and then connect them to something about the day. i.e: Magic: found a crow feather on our walk. Joy: saw the one-antlered deer again in the woods. Nourish: worked on crocheting a cat with Alaina. I find that keeping this thread of connection to my word, and to the magic of everyday life, is a powerful and potent daily practice.
Highly recommended and dare I say, revolutionary, the We’Moon datebook will encourage you, inspire you, re-center and replenish you as you move through 2022.
Molly Remer, MSW, D.Min, is a priestess facilitating women’s circles, seasonal rituals, and family ceremonies in central Missouri. Molly and her husband Mark co-create Story Goddesses at Brigid’s Grove (brigidsgrove.etsy.com). Molly is the author of nine books, including Walking with Persephone, Whole and Holy, Womanrunes, and the Goddess Devotional. She is the creator of the devotional experience #30DaysofGoddess and she loves savoring small magic and everyday enchantment.
Skye Alexander is the author of numerous fiction and nonfiction books, many on metaphysical subjects, mythology, and holistic health. She’s also an astrologer, tarot reader, feng shui practitioner, and artist. Her stories have been published in anthologies internationally and her work has been translated into more than a dozen languages.
Each year We’Moon publishes a collection of calendars, datebooks, and guides to help shepherd you through the year. But these calendars do a whole lot more than tell you the date and let you keep track of appointments. They put you in touch with the natural rhythms of the earth and the cosmos, as well as your own personal rhythms.
We’Moon means “we of the moon,” the heavenly body metaphysicians and goddess-based spirituality associate with the Divine Feminine. Created by, for, and about women, these guidebooks chart lunar cycles, phases, and the moon’s passage through the signs of the zodiac. They also provide a wealth of astrological information including an ephemeris of the year, so you can see what’s in store for you in 2022 and plan activities in harmony with planetary movements.
We’Moon: Gaia Rhythms for Womyn is a celebration of goddesses from a wide range of cultures and traditions from around the world. Gorgeous artwork by a variety of women artists graces the pages. Poems, musings, and insights honor feminine power and wisdom. As you journey through the year, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation of and connection to the Great Goddess in her many expressions––including yourself. Published by Mother Tongue Ink, this is an essential resource and the perfect gift for every woman you know. Visit www.wemoon.ws to see their collection of tarot cards, books, greeting cards, and more. –– Skye Alexander, author of Magickal Astrology and Your Goddess Year
I much prefer a real paper diary and calendar to using my phone to keep track of what I'm supposed to be doing when. But I want more than a plain book with dates and lines. I want to know the moon phases, I want astrological info and reminders of pagan festivals. I also want to be inspired each week with words and pictures that resonate with me.
For 2021 I've got the We'Moon 2021: Gaia Rhythms for Womyn datebook and calendar. They both have beautiful artwork, loads of useful information and inspirational writing. There's also plenty of space of me to scribble in the diary. The calendar is based on the phases of the Moon and has astrological details, which I find particularly useful for planning my magic.
The cover picture on both is The World, from the new We'Moon Tarot - which I really want to try out - and shows a woman cradling the Earth while the Moon flows through its phases behind her. The artwork inside is equally lovely, showing nature, animals, Goddesses and women from many walks of life.
As it is the 40th anniversary of the diary, I thought it was about time I got one. I usually try to find a different calendar and diary with a pagan theme each year. In past I've had the Astro Moon Diary, the Llewellyn Witches Datebook, the Earth Pathways Diary and the Angel Diary as well as the Luna Moon Hare calendar, among others. I'm often torn between returning to an old favourite and buying a different one, but this year I'm sure I'll love turning the pages each week with my We'Moon datebook and seeing what each month will show me on my wall too.
I have been using We’Moon’s calendars for years. It is always like a present, and a presentation, for the upcoming year. Many of We’Moon’s talented artists and writers circulate back into being part of the production.
Just when I think I got the style down, We’Moon changes it up. One season is not quite the same as the season before.
Or more specifically, like having a very big-hearted Mama’s arms around you. The theme for 2021 is “The World.” And for those who know just the tiniest bit of tarot, you know that this hints towards “we got it all, but we also have to share it all.”
2021 in the Chinese calendar is the Year of the Ox, another indication that in things will stabilize, but we still have to work hard and keep our endurance.
Though We’Moon calendars work around a theme for each year, they also give room for personal twists and turns through their array of talented writers, poets and artists. Expressions make you feel that being a little on the edge yourself is not only ok, it is perfectly ok. A few lines by Heather McElwain sums up this notion:
“… I swing from one tree branch
into another mood
I am a freak of nature.”
Reviewed by Sofia Karin Axelsson
To get next year’s We’Moon calendar in my hand is always a treat – a whole year ahead with symbolically blank pages for me. However, in the We’Moon version, the pages are filled with colorful illustration and equally colorful poetry by an array of talented females and highly spiritual artists.
The theme for the 2020 We’Moon calendar is “Wake Up Call.” And, while the theme of 2019 is/was all fire “Fanning the Flame,” the calendar of 2020 gives an impression of more fierceness and more urgency. While the illustrations and poetry through the pages are as beautiful as ever, they seem to call out just that: “Wake up, wake up!” Significantly, the tarot card of the year is judgement and the first sentence of the astrological overview is “The personal is political.”
Or to use the intro sentence of the chapter Astrological Year at a Glance for 2020: “smash yourself open. search for the seeds of liberation within you. do not give up, search. pluck these tiny warriors from the tender fat of yourself and plant them in the earth for safekeeping.”
Of course, the We’Moon creators are not loved by spell check’s grammar and style function, as they do exactly what they want, including choosing to use capitals – or not – in the beginning of sentences.
It would be naive to think that everything that happens in our lives is completely within our control and is not also being guided by some higher power. The power of the moon influences everything, with lunar rhythms controlling the flow of all aspects of our lives — the flow of water on Earth, the ocean’s tides, the weather, the female reproductive cycle and the life fluids of all living things. The moon can impact our mood, our behavior, our body and it can definitely influence our vibe.
Spirit Wings © Elspeth McLean
Enter We’Moon. We’Moon is a lunar calendar combined with a handbook in natural rhythms and a guide to all things astrological. It’s a date book mixed with a planner and a notepad to jot down your goals and feelings. It’s a planner for anyone who is ready to get organized, but who is also looking for a bit more cosmic guidance. The planner is so much more than just a planner. It’s also chock full of inspirational stories, works of art, poems, images and more to celebrate the diversity and uniqueness of women and to encourage women everywhere to live their truths.
every year covered with ideas, notes, appointments, prayers, wishes and ephemera. I have loved this classic women's goddess datebook for decades now, and its juicy combination of empowerment, joy, wisdom, and goddess love never gets old. For 2020 our theme is "Wake Up Call" and all I can say is "You go, girl!" With WeMoon in hand, I'm ready to take on this pivotal year.
Remedies © Darlene Cook
Through powerful imagery, poetry, and prose, the We’Moon contributors in this year’s lunar datebook weave a radiant web of wisdom and magic, furthering our awareness and sparking our action. The voices and subjects delved into are diverse, meaningful, urgent—they both map the wheel of the year and encourage our reflection and transformation, inspiring us to look bravely at the challenges before us. It is imperative that we remain present and responsive, despite the grim reality and the overwhelming odds against us in repairing the ecological damage we have inflicted on the Earth.
As We’Moon founding editor, Musawa shares in her introduction on the 2020 theme “Who Will Inherit the Earth? A Wake Up Call”: “The ancient question rings now with radical new alarm. Can the earth be passed on intact to any human beings beyond ourselves?!...All of us currently alive on the planet today are collectively responsible for the answer to this question—in our lifetime!”
What this looks like varies for each of us but we are encouraged to take the skills and resources we have and put them to use for the good of our planet and our shared humanity. What is at stake is enormous, but, fortunately, Wake Up Call reminds us that we are not alone on this mission or journey. We are in it alongside our sisters, in the power, beauty and healing of our women’s culture and community.
of a new era
Come now actors
Creators, risk takers
and mischief makers,
Find your wings
Your voice that sings
And speak up!”
—card #20 in Tarot's Major Arcana, and the symbolic underpinning for We'Moon 2020: Wake Up Call. Chickens come home to roost. We reap what we sow. The planet reels with catastrophe and crisis, heralding a plateful of just desserts for those who are hellbent on power and greed, refusing the humane imperatives for peace, justice and a sustainable earth-home. But it is not yet clear how and when the imperial bullies will be getting their due. Meantime, in this mean time, we the people, and all our relations, and the natural systems that support life, are suffering. As the prophet, Cassandra, insists on page 147, “Something's wrong. Something's very wrong.” (Lucy H. Pearce).
Women Will March © Adrianna M. Garcia
This call summons and inspires us for the deepest, most loving and urgent rescue work we can imagine. From this year's Call for Contributions of Art and Writing: “We see with new eyes what we bring to the table of Transformation—as women from different cultures of origin, as women who live in and despite misogyny … We urgently seek new possibilities for healing Earth and mending human community. Goddess-sight is here. 2020—Clear Vision.”
2020 Vision sees far and beyond the visible. This collection is not, then, a book of gloom and doom, but an ingathering of devotional work grounded in earth-beauty and heart-hope. “Mokosh, Goddess of the Working Woman” (p. 70, Joanne Clarkson) can be counted on to bless seeds and dirt and effort. Girl energy takes brand new responsibility for a better world: “We are the ancestors of the future” (p. 65, Sophia Faria). There is fantasy that imagines society reborn; the passion of protest has verve and reverence: “Join a silent march for more snow and new glaciers” (p. 77, Lorraine Schein). Rage does not flinch from speaking its truth, but it dares to partner with the long view's focus on healing and renewal. On page after page, women are reframing the possible, honoring the unusual, rediscovering Love.
And on page after page, color and image lift us into extraordinary dimensions. Like our Lioness on the front cover, filled with discovery, we catch our breath, marvel that words and art so blend into new sensibility, surprising revelation. There is nothing quite like We'Moon, is there? This datebook is food for the spirit. Eat hearty. Enjoy a Wakeful feast.
Bethroot Gwynn © Mother Tongue Ink 2019
My time with We’Moon dates back almost a decade. For myself, I remember a distinct moment of delight when I met Gretchen Lawlor, the then resident astrologist for We’Moon on a beach in La Manzanilla Mexico. It was my first natal chart reading, I was 24, far from 30 but we traced the path around my Saturn’s Return, and what was in store. I still remember the number 42, as the number in which I have come into my own. Needless to say this years edition of We’Moon doesn’t disappoint.
I am always a fan of any planner that starts before January 1st. To be honest, that never feels like my New Year anyway. I love that I am able to start writing before Solstice, because for me it marks at least the end of something, and the settling into that. The pages are different then the last time I have used them, and I recognize this because now, I can easily write and take notes of what’s swirling for me and that’s always a treat.
The 2019 We’Moon Datebook, Moon Calendar, & Visionary Collection of Women’s Creative Work is an illustrious high watermark—We’Moon’s most rejuvenating yet; a capstone. A combination of art, poetry, and conscious-living guide to all sisters under the moon and sun. Brilliant colors leap from pages—fiery sparks light up the night sky and burn onto the pages with vibrancy. The powers of the cosmological goddesses have been hard at work charting the moon and creating important art—a stunning spectrum of female strength through the days and months.
I turn first to September, my birth month, and sigh with sad gratitude for the painting entitled Migration Creation by Toni Truesdale, on page 133. A woman sits in a boat, a taciturn figure in swirling indigo and violet fabrics covering all but the pecan skin of her determined face. She is swaddling an infant. A child of six stares out from the prow, her small face pushing a big anger. The boat is a man of power—a leering face painted on the hull with long tree tentacles reaching from each side of the stern into the night sky. The painting speaks of perseverance despite disempowerment and rage. What could be a long hard and beautiful journey becomes a test of forbearance. The implacable moon and a hidden language mark the night sky with an innocence of the undiscovered. Outrage foments the sea in whirling curls like unbearable questions.
The next painting, entitled The Pact by Autumn Skye, depicts three women in a circle facing outward, hair down their backs entwining to make one braid: One African American, one Native, and one white-skinned. Doves encircle the strong hands welded together like tree roots. Five wolves surround the women. This image recognizes the 9th Moon cycle: from the end of August to the end of September. A time for Carrying the Torch. In the first week of September, on page 136, the painting of Mutha Queen Cypher, by Iayaalis Kali-Ma’ at Eloai 1966—stands in a small image at the top of the page, but her nuclear strength, daring like atomic warfare, lights up large. One half of her body is draped in liquid chartreuse, the other half adorned with hard-edged jewelry, a silver double-axed labyris gripped in hand by her side. I love Mutha Queen Cypher for the blazing defiance in her face. On the opposite page on a backdrop of tiger orange and mustard yellow the poem, Outrage evokes Mutha Queen Cypher’s defiance.
…well you aughta be outraged
You oughtta be outrageously outraged.
For outrage is the fierce wild unequivocal love
That burns in a wolf-mother’s eyes.
It is the feral opposite of shame
Devouring deception in its crackling flames.
...Let outrage unleash your cantankerous truth
Let it spill off your tongue like sacramental wine.
Allow it to propel you out of your chair, and into the world—
May sparks of outrage guide you out of cold indifference
Toward’s compassion’s crimson glow.
Sound your outrageous yawp, like a trumpet peal
To rouse honour from its sleep and slap devotion into roaring life.
(P 137) Andrea Palframan 2017
This poem spoke directly to my soul, and I can find poetry, prose and artwork like this on every page. As an atypical Virgo, I spend many moments lolling about, and in those moments, I often go over lists. Lists of things I need to remember: give flea meds, get dog/cat food, return library books, and write a review. Even after filling out Google Calendar, I forget. We’Moon’s Daily Planner/Calendar boots me up from the pause into a life I don’t want to forget: celebrating female powers--in me and those I love—inspiring my inner resources, tapping women-centered potential, carrying the torch, kicking up the outrage and the “outrageous yawp.”
We’Moon is the perfect calendar for women desiring connection. The 2019 edition “Fanning the Flame” is full of guidance in astrology, lunar phases, tarot, holy days all based on natural lunar cycle. Personal touches, contemplations, and planetary cycles make this calendar unique and inviting. The front offers a detailed description of how to best make use of the calendar while the back offers charts and graphs to explore further. I love the ample space provided for planning in the week layout. The strong source of women empowerment is felt throughout the calendar with vibrant illustrations and the poetry keeps me tuned in as I turn through each page. I’ve recently started to wonder what every day would be like if we treated each moment as sacred, this daily guide for natural rhythms compliments my journey of discovery perfectly.
We'Moon 2018: La Luna is the 37th edition of the datebook— we've been around since 1981. Women from around the world have contributed art and writing to this year's shimmering datebook, over 198 Women to be exact! We are very excited to present some new feature writers this year along with our well loved familiar faces.
has illuminated our wonderful with cover with her dreamy sensuous tidal energy. "Water is Life," a title that rings true and echoes down to our core, graces our cover this year—water nourishing us with lessons of sensitivity, receptivity, and gentle strength to honor our intuition, and our trust in the flow. Dorrie Joy flies onto our beautiful back cover with her work "Mother Night." We have many bright stars within the depths, some new featured writers as well as familiar faces that light up our datebook with insight and articles. New to We'Moon this year is The Sky Priestess—Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam who shines through with words of wisdom in her astrological conjuring for each of the 12 zodiac signs. Sherri Rose-Walker strengthens our connection to the divine feminine and roots us deeper into ourselves and our earth through her Holy Day writings. Heather Roan Robbins, mother of the Weekly StarCodes Forecast is our Star Catcher and offers insights for the year to come in her Astrological Overview. She shares valuable lessons and clarity in her article "Constellate with the Moon," exploring the Moon's many planetary aspects and their impact on our daily lives. Sandra Pastorius, our Moon gazing astro-poet peeks out our windows absorbing the power of moon phases on our birth date with her writings "Mindful Moon Watching" and let the light guide you. Susan Levitt is our Chinese Astrology sister, grounding us in the year of the Earth Dog and enlightening the mystery surrounding the Moon Card. Sue Burns, our trusted herbal witch guides us into our internal ethers and reveals "Herbs to Enhance Psychic Abilities." Feeling inspired to dive into intuition of Mother Moon, Gretchen Lawlor, never far from We'Moon, opens the doorway to tealeaf readings in "Wisdom in a Teacup."
Our featured writers light up the pages of La Luna, honoring the wisdom and lessons that our Mama Moon gifts to us. Their work lights up even the darkest skies.
By Leah Markman
Introduction to the Theme: La Luna
What more perfect theme for a lunar datebook than La Luna herself! Every year, each We'Moon calendar page follows Moon's phases and her path through the zodiac. Each week unfolds a Moon travel story, and each chapter is defined by the time between one New Moon and the next. We'Moon is Moon-steeped—most especially for 2018 with The Moon Tarot card XVIII as inspiration, with all its lunar charisma.
We go Deep into quiet mysteries, hidden layers of intuition, realms of dream and fantasy, enter a Queendom of unconscious psychic flow. How do we embrace a quiescent Moon-spirit in these times? After all, socio-political-environmental skies are falling. Really. We must act with urgency and passion to stop violence, pillage and poisoning of the Earth. Can introspective Moon wisdom feed our Big Picture hunger?
So we go deeper. We learn to trust the Queen of the Night and the gifts She has set before us: the Moon-Speech, the Moon-Images that wemoon have sent to honor Her. Transformation is the Moon's specialty. If it's Change we want, La Luna is our gal.
The Moon is an astonishing companion on the human journey. She both lights the way and invites us into the dark. She grows light then dark, changes shape daily-—disappears even, and then most certainly returns to round brightness. She models the cycles of birth/life/death/rebirth in which all beings participate.
This is the year for The Red Tent Moon chapter, honoring female life cycles and Moon sisterhood. Women are profoundly connected to the Moon. She taught us to count, to note the resonance of Her monthly tides and ours. As women who bleed and may birth, we reflect Moon's rhythm and enact the lunar drama of growing full and becoming empty.
And it is a year to hear women roar! "The crazy woman, the mad one...the strident woman...She who shouts in the face of authority, ...who shakes things up" (Lucy H. Pearce, p. 61). We'Moon 2018 honors women refusing to be silenced, using their reflective gifts to craft insightful resistance. "Seers of the inner world/ instinctive stewards/ with ears to the earth/ knowing the shifts before they arrive." (Pamala Ballingham, p. 110).
Women weave magical spells of healing intention, follow the Moon muse into art and story. We hear from the long view, peering back in time: a creation story, a Moon birth myth, a migration tale, ancestral Moon teachings. Visionaries look to generations ahead: "I want to paint a new world for our daughters," (Manya Orescan, p. 77). And in a mighty imagining: "My daughter's daughters coalesce into multitudes;...march as one, and the world of dynasties and empires turns beneath their bodacious feet," (Lisa Noble, p. 73).
The Dark Side on Moon's Earth is daunting. No devotional guide in this century can skip past the dreadful realities. "We are a species crouched on the brink...let us be clear, there is no where at all to go," (marna, p. 138), "where we choose, between paths, beyond rightness, or wrongness, that will lead to the brink, of the planet's exhaustion...” (Naima Penniman, p. 160). Moon work shimmers with change-making affirmation, no matter what, and calls us to trust even in the dark. Sherri Rose-Walker, Holy Day writer for this year, speaks of the seasonal ceremony days as "sanctuaries." Yes: time temples to replenish our joy and hope, deepen our reverence for Earth's abundant gifts.
Reverence. Adoration. Devotion. Page after page, art follows art follows poem: a pageant of praise for La Luna. She may feel shy about all this attention, tucking Herself into the next shadow. Oh Moon! we cry out. We fox, we owl, we bear. "I throw open my arms/ and fill them with your streaming," (Susa Silvermarie, p. 39). Why is it that Moon evokes such profound Love? I step outside, and there is the Goddess-in-person, glowing right down at me. More tangible than Demeter or Sophia. Her light touches me. We know each other. Even when I walk in the valley of the shadow, it's one of Her favorite places.
by Bethroot Gwynn © Mother Tongue Ink 2017
"If you love the Goddess (however you imagine Her) and want to follow the bodily, spiritual, astrological and lunar cycles of the year, WeMoon is for you! First published in 1981, the WeMoon women's datebook (and its associated sister wall calendar and other products) is more than just a venerable institution: it is a yearly inspiration to explore our shared experience. 2018's "La Luna" edition is the newest installment in the series, and more packed with wit and wisdom than ever. Both the classic datebook and the large format wall calendar are especially beautiful this year; I especially liked the luscious “Oneonta Gorge” painting (by Jeanette M French) that adorns the April page of the WeMoon on the Wall 2018 calendar, and the whimsical (untitled) image of Mary Poppins crossing a wild creek (Shoshanah Dubiner) image that starts the Lunacy (Third Moon) section in the datebook. One important note: the WeMoon on the Wall calendar uses the standard (Gregorian) month system and familiar grid pattern, thus making this wall calendar suitable for every day use, while the classic WeMoon 2018: Gaia Rhytmns for Womyn Datebook tracks the year by lunar cycles, making this datebook most suitable for our spiritual, astrological, and personal reflections. Highly recommended!"
— Anne Newkirk Niven is editor and publisher of SageWoman and Witches & Pagans.
We’ Moon is a calendar that has followed me over the years. Illustrations, inspirational poems and texts come from a wide array of artists, writers and activists, all of them women. The calendar is clearly feministic, but in a way, that is empowering to all, bending and twisting imagery and wording in a way that often put things on the head in the loveliest way. And, even though it is a calendar for women by women, I think this piece of art can work well for all genders, perhaps even be more fun to use by brave men. This is an excellent calendar to put on the table in a tedious board meeting, or any place where a colorful touch is needed. I know by experience that it often creates curiosity and brings up questions on very interesting themes, from feminism to what on Earth the holiday of Samhain really means. We’ Moon works well as a regular planning calendar, but it is also a sweet everyday reminder of the seasons, pagan holidays, moon cycles and astrological cycles. The theme for 2018 is La Luna, making it more We’ Moon than ever, with artists such as Denise Kester, Shelley Anne Tipton and Lindy Kehoe making the reader experiencing the moon in more forms than I thought possible. In addition, writers and poets such as Jacqui Lalita and Sherri Rose-Walker sprinkle their barefoot wisdom through the pages. In the La Luna edition we can read, “Let your inner inkling precede all thinking. Build your life on the bones of the unknown.” - Jacqui Lalita. And that, I think, says it all
Reviewed by Sofia Karin Axelsson
By Tonya Brown
The We’Moon 2018: La Luna datebook and planner is an astrological guide and moon calendar. The subline this year shows off the theme with “Gaia Rhythms for Womyn” and with being over 200 pages long it is definitely something to sink your teeth into and is a great deal for the money. The first thing you will notice is that when they say this is a lunar and astrological guide, it is no joke! The planner shares lunar phases, mythology, and little lessons throughout its pages. It means you will learn a little throughout the year, whether you are a novice moon lover or have been one for
life. If you are into astrology this is for you. Let me repeat, this is for you. My coven sister and astrologer extraordinaire saw this and loved it, she immediately began flipping through, nodding, looking at all of the information. If you are learning about astrology this may help you as well.
Now I hear you, you’re like “Um, Tonya. Astrology terrifies me, I’m kind of curious but I find it overwhelming. Is this planner and datebook one I can use?”
Anyone who can understands astrology, even the smallest bit, I bow to you. There is daily information about when the sun and moon are in particular houses, when signs transition into each other, as well as more astrology facts and tidbits. So any interest you have in this will transition well into this planner as it is a bunch of small bites throughout the year.
“I have no interest in astrology, I just want a Pagan planner, can I still use this?”
You may ask.
Well hello fellow astrology-phobic friend. There is fun stuff in here for those of us who don’t understand what house means what. When you get into the datebook you start to see fun little tidbits of information. A year at a glance for your zodiac sign, information on the wheel of the year, poems, as well as a section to keep notes.
Overall this is a wonderful product for those who want to keep a little magic in their day to day scheduling. If you appreciate astrology, you will dive into this head first and bask around happily. If that doesn’t appeal to you there is information you will still enjoy!
We’Moon can be found at your local independent bookshops and apothecaries, or online at wemoon.ws
We'Moon 2017 sparkles with StarDust! The Star card (Tarot card XVII) inspires our theme for 2017—and we are delighted! The Star card opens us to the vast comforts of a benevolent universe, the heart-stirrings of personal and global healing, the astonishing possibilities of vibrant imagination. The StarDust theme does not deny angst; creative encounter with negative energy is still imperative. Life on Earth is truly imperiled by climate catastrophe and human violence. Frightening gravities indeed!
In our Call for Contributions, we invited praise for Stars as "Brilliant cosmic wonders blazing across space/time, all cultures, all dimensions; beacons of inspiration shining toward creative magic, expanded awareness, visionary action." Artists and writers sent us their lustrous turns of the Star prism. Reverence for the Night Sky Goddesses radiates throughout the 13 Moon chapters of the Datebook. In Moon 0: Mother Night, Rose Flint writes prayerfully: "The Ancient Mother of the Cosmos/breathes stardust into form...breathes the sparks that make new spheres,/new stones and bones, new stories". We see Her doing precisely that on the 2017 front cover with Emily Kell's "Cosmic Whispers!" StarBreath—the Air element illumined.
The StarDust palette for 2017 colors near and far: in ancestral time, molecular history, immense distance, intimate bonding, earth-adoration. The very stars we see are actors in our consciousness. Constellations shape stories. Ancient peoples named and mythologized stars. We use their clusters to study our self-definitions, play with our relationships. We send stars our prayerful wishes.
When cosmology speaks of the Unfathomable, we are told that every morsel of existence was flung into being with the Original-Explosion. So, what would that look like by now? "I breathe in my ancestors and their enemies. I breathe in dinosaurs and sneeze. I inhale mountain ranges and sigh...Inhale, exhale. We are each other." (Dawn Sperber). Ancient, current, future matter are blended. Time wrinkles and waves, bends light, dances with space. And there is no geography that is not swimming in StarDust soup.
What does it mean to be made of cosmic shimmer? Whispers of visions tease us, dreams light up our sleep, oracles unveil the extraordinary. Star Muses birth poems, songs, altars. Imagination turns the corner, glittering with surprise. Inexhaustible currents of healing radiate love and renewal.
The Power available to us as Star people is given real world engagement, as our writers and artists grapple as well with dark matter. Women, rising up from the black hole of patriarchy, are fixing things, dancing away violence, empowering each other in the face of oppression. And from the depths of personal disappointments, comes nonetheless affirmation that discomfort is a growthful edge. "The holes rent in my heart are merely windows/with new ways to look out" (Nell Aurelia).
Downsides: Yes, our precious blue planet is on the downslide of climate change. As I write, the North Pole is 50 degrees above normal. Cataclysmic storms of water, fire, wind swirl havoc on every continent. We do actively adore our home-rock. "To touch lichen growing on bark brings us to our knees" (Sandy Eastoak). We care for Earth as best we can—live green, conserve blue—and in the long long view, know that She too rides the cyclic waves of birth, life, death, renewal into mystery. The multi-dimensional universe will be Earth's grave, as it was her cradle, and Her particles will float into new beyonds.
Those cycles in our own biological rhythms take us From Dust to Dust in Moon XI. A mother celebrates her child. "You came naked on the backs of the celestial storks...Through tumbleweed and milky way,/Starspray and mothers milk" (Emily Kellb). A woman sings of her now heaven-bound mother; a woman longs to revere her great-grandmother's bones. Ashes to ashes, Return Return. She who weaves the Night Sky unravels the warp, re-invents the woof.
We'Moon 2017 invites us to know: at the deep center of the Star archetype, there is Calm. In classic Star card imagery a woman gives herself healing in sacred water—liquid StarDust. “Star Wars”? No. The elixir of Peace is the ultimate Star gift. Meditation, quiet embrace of natural beauty, exquisite compassion for all beings. These are constellations of the Inner Night Sky, as limitless as the far reaches of time/space out there in immensity. In here, in the universe of the heart, on our intimate planet-home, may The Unconditional Love Force be with us. Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star, That is Really Who You Are.
Bethroot Gwynn © Mother Tongue Ink 2016
The We’Moon 2017 datebook is an astrological guide and moon calendar, and being over 240 pages long it is definitely something to sink your teeth into. The first thing I noticed is that they are not kidding when they say it is an astrological guide. If you are into astrology this is for you. Let me repeat, this is for you. My good friend and astrologer extraordinaire saw this and loved it, she immediately began flipping through, nodding, looking at all of the information. If you are learning about astrology this may help you as well. For me, astrology is like calculous - I don’t know it and looking at the symbols kind of makes me feel overwhelmed. Anyone who can understand astrology, even the smallest bit, I bow to you. There is daily information about when the sun and moon are in particular houses, when signs transition into each other, as well as more astrological facts and tidbits.
Astrology terrifies me too. Is there anything for me in this datebook? Well hello there fellow astrology-phobic friend. There is fun stuff in here for those of us who don’t understand what house means what. When you get into the datebook you start to see fun little tidbits of information. A year at a glance for your zodiac sign (something all of us can understand,) information on the sabbats and esbatts, poems, and also a section in the back to keep notes.
Overall this is a wonderful product for those who want to keep a little magic in their day to day scheduling. If you appreciate astrology, you will dive into this head first and bask around happily. If that doesn’t appeal to you there is definitely information you will still enjoy!
When a woman finds herself alone, separate in the constant strain of patriarchy, pressured to be silent and invisible, the world can seem like a dark and lonely place. Discovering We’Moon for me was finding a community of individuals from around the world who understand the natural cycles of women. Beings who make space for voices that may only whisper, that find meaning in the stars, the rhythm of the planets and the transformation of seasons. A community who remembers and honors the Goddess.
If you are looking for the ultimate astrological datebook, filled with inspiration in the forms of poetry, painting, excerpts, and words of wisdom; let me introduce you to We’Moon. It has been my companion for years. When I’m on tour in my musical journeys and away from hearth and home it becomes my comfort and connection, my center, and reminder that all things ebb and flow, that all things come and go, and that I am just a witness.
We’Moon is a collaborative pilgrimage of women adding their creative hearts and minds into one datebook, one astrological exploration, one unified voice. These women join to tell the story of the cycles of life, death, and rebirth; of Eve and Astrea and Bridget; collectively they tell of all the greatness that is Woman.
This year’s theme is “Stardust”. Based on the tarot card “The Star XVII” the datebook delves into what it means to be made of sparkling stardust. With this card we find that we are each capable of reflecting the light of a sun, each capable of the choice to reflect the goodness that lies amongst humanity. We look to the skies for guidance and inspiration in these turbulant time on Earth, and as Liz Atticus says, “Rise up Womyn! Put on your red shoes and dance away the oppression, the violence, the hurt- dance your new dreams to life!"
by Bethroot Gwynn
Special Editor, Mother Tongue Ink 2015
Be Ready. We’Moon 2016 and her attending Goddesses take us by the scruff and walk us along the precipitous edge where disaster impends and hope defies evidence. There is no way around it: we encounter The Tower, Card XVI, as the next thematic icon in sequence for We’Moon’s journey through the Tarot’s Major Arcana.
Collapse is the story; structural disintegration is upon us. Very well then: We will go deep into cataclysm, where we find Kali, Eris, Innana, Durga, Pele. Deep into the mysteries of creation/destruction where matter and energy morph, wave becomes particle becomes wave, and nothing is constant but Change. We offer “Quantum Leap Year” as our theme for 2016, hitching a ride on the currents of transformation, daring toward the new Possible, even as known reality shivers and shakes around us.
We asked contributors of art and writing to listen closely to rumbles of drastic change and share intuitions/hopes/fears about upheaval. How can we cope in these momentous times when planetary balance tips toward catastrophe? From the Call for Contributions: “Storm and flood, quake and cyclone, drought and blizzard are devastating human communities and the biosphere. Species extinction is commonplace. Structured control by the powerful few is teetering; revolutions come, and disappoint, as peoples surge in spasms toward freedom.” The Tower image perches, suspenseful, on the edge of chaos.
Radical Opportunity is part of this picture: lightning bolts flash with Illumination! Old systems break down, and space opens up for new life, for invention and regeneration. Calamity in our personal lives can shatter negative patterns and may surprise us with gifts of insight and transformation. Beauty may rise from ashes, as the mythic Phoenix on our cover proclaims.
Contributors for 2016 wade into these challenging subjects with artful and heartful offerings, exploring beauty and grief, wound and balm. In what critical circumstances can our paradigms shift from despair into promise? What does it take to affirm renewal as cultural underpinnings and eco-system integrities erode?
Powerful allies and Goddess companions show up from the realm of divine metaphor to assist us, though they may arrive bearing Paradox. Chaos/Raven/Coyote throw us the unexpected; Kali officiates drought; Yemaya drowns our sadness. Think of the rising sea this way: "She had only joy to move and to spread, anointing the world’s tired dusty feet, diluting poisons, baptizing anew" (Jennifer Kemnitz, p. 147). Can you see it? Can we trust that Earth is taking care of cosmic business, no matter what it looks like, no matter this crumbling edifice of the status quo?
The Tower plot is not very pretty on the ground. The oil-slicked bird really is a casualty. Plant life really is desiccated in drought country. Grief is inconsolable upon loss of a child. Affirmation of the next holy moment, the next redemptive Now, dares not speak in easy, glib tones. Suffering really does hurt. Here is Sherri Rose-Walker’s word-way toward healing: "Broken vessels are holy.../the wounds of such vessels/see, breath, allow.../Make of my wounds gateways" (p. 122). Finding the Silver Lining, we say in the vernacular. In sacred speech, prayers for 2016 are laced with gratitude for the flip side, the gritty lesson, the tough-love revelation.
Honoring imaginative human agency even now, the datebook quantum-leaps us into co-creative practical magic for remaking the world. Shelly Sage Heart (p. 53) shares her vision of small gardens growing food and love, spreading over the landscape, sparking restoration—now here, now there, now everywhere—as do small colonies of lichen and moss that, over time, repopulate barren lava flows with fertile life forms. We are reminded of the ancient populist power of herbal medicine, moved by the creative diligence of she-who-gardens-in-drought, heartened by a beekeeper’s devotion to these precious creatures. Jessica Perlstein’s painting of a revolutionary urban landscape says it all without words: solar panels, rooftop gardens, wind turbines, geodesic greenhouses, vehicle-free space, walkways and green, green, green everywhere (p. 99).
Tasked with introducing you to We’Moon 2016, I get to steep in these pages and soak in the intelligence and wonder they display. I wind up wanting to place the book in everyone’s hands: Here, take this medicine, drink this joy. Worship Possibility. "Nothing is set in stone. Everything is up for our most outrageous imaginations," (Miriam Dyak, p. 125). At the core of reality, where swirling fragments of Potential dance in the winds of space-time, extraordinary is the norm. So, we can make the most remarkable leap of all: Choose Love! Let the Tower fall soft into the vastness of Heart. Trust What Is.
We'Moon 2016 is the 35th edition of the datebook, featuring art and writing submitted by women from around the world. 141 contributors, 22 of them from outside the US, take up the Quantum Leap Year theme.
Josphine Wall's colorful rendition of the mythic Phoenix graces the front cover with a strong image of rebirth from calamity. And Mara Berendt Friedman offers vibrant back cover art, elaborating the transformative power of heart. Miriam Dyak is 2016's Holy Day writer. Poet extraordinaire, she crafts eight seasonal Holy Day writings which spin a quantum dance of Energy and Light—laced with surprize and joy.
We'Moon documents the celestial and planetary rhythms of every day, keeping us mindful of earth-and-star cycles, and teaching astrology from the ground up. We welcome Rhea Wolf to our astrology “faculty” for 2016. This year she writes the 12 Year-at-a-Glance articles and divines astrological guidance for each sun sign. Gretchen Lawlor offers instruction about Saturn cycles, as she takes her leave from decades of yearly oracular writing for We'Moon. Heather Roan Robbins explains moon and sun sign definitions, and in her Astro-overview for 2016, takes the long planetary look at a year full of change and challenge. Heather's starcodes page on our website unfolds daily astrological wisdoms. Sandra Pastorius plays with astrology and quantum physics in her clever musings on the metaphysics of change.
Susan Levitt teaches us about Chinese astrology, and about the Year of the Monkey—when “anything can happen. Even the craziest schemes can succeed.” We include an abbreviated rendition of Beate Metz's writing about the four goddess planets/asteroids, and an article by Mooncat! illuminating each planet's connection to the Self.
This Quantum Leap Year, We'Moon makes waves, and particles, and wavicles, and . . . .
Anne Key, Author of Burlesque, Yoga, Sex and Love
Editor at Goddess Ink
The arrival of the new We’Moon datebook is the herald for the New Year, and We’Moon 2016: Gaia Rhythms for Womyn brings a year filled with beauty and support for change. The theme for 2016, Quantum Leap Year, is especially mindful, leading the reader through a year of destruction and regeneration—images inspired by Tarot card XVI: The Tower.
The title for each new-moon theme brings us through the process of the Tower year: the falling away of the old, opening the ground for the birth of the new. My favorite is the ninth cycle, Renewal, with an inspiring painting by Bettina “Star Rose” Madini of a beautiful violet phoenix surging into the sky.
We’Moon 2016 holds us in gentle, loving hands. Each month reminds the reader that the process of creation is in itself an act of destruction. A beautiful poem on page 122 poignantly expresses this perspective:
…Make of my wounds gateways,
breathing and seeing;
bind up my broken shape,
fill me with still music.
excerpt © Sherri Rose-Walker 2012
We’Moon is a collaborative work, one that combines the hearts, minds, and souls of many different women who fill the calendar pages with inspired art and writing. Every year We’Moon reminds us of the breadth of women’s gifts, giving us each the courage to reach deeper and explore our own.