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We’Moon 2017: StarDust Highlights

by Bethroot Gwynn
We'Moon 2017: StarDust is the 36th edition of the Datebook, founded in 1981. 143 women (27 of them from outside the US) have contributed art or writing to this year's beautiful daily life companion.

Emily Kell and her artistry have given us the front cover's star-full swirls. "Cosmic Whispers" is her title for this magical design. On the back cover, we are both grounded on the earth, and lifted to the heavens, with Serena Supplee's nightscape, "River in the Sky."

This year we introduce another astrologer new to the pages of We'Moon. Chani Nicholas graces us with her intuitive sky wisdom in her Year At a Glance writings, peering ahead for folks born under each of the 12 zodiac signs.

Gretchen Lawlor is never far from We'Moon's astrological teachings. She shares a wonderful essay about each one's Inner Child, as influenced by and integral to our Moonchild self. 
Heather Roan Robbins, mother of the Weekly Starcodes Forecast, is our astro muse for the year 2017, offering an overview of astrological events that link up with personal and global circumstances. Follow-Through, Innovation and Compassion are the shining concepts for the year ahead. Heather also weaves together astro lore about Sun signs and Moon signs to help us better tap into our birth chart heritages. 
Sandra Pastorious, astro-poet, waxes interesting about the planet Saturn, expanding our connection with the far distant sky and our sense of celestial oneness with all realms.
Susan Levitt is our Chinese astrology maven, framing 2017 as Year of the Fire Phoenix, sparkling with opportunities for rebirth and transformation.
And in the Datebook Appendix, more astrological teachings: Mooncat! offers a guide to how each planet intersects with our human qualities and aspirations. Beate Metz introduces us to the four small planets or asteroids — Ceres, Pallas, Juno and Vesta — faces of the reawakening Great Goddess.
Our featured contributors for the StarDust theme honor a metaphysics of beauty that connects us both to cosmic expanses and to inner illumination. Their work shines brightly.


Intro to the Theme: StarDust

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

Review from Witch Way Magazine, be published in their October edition:

     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!

Review by Mackenzie Page from the band Gipsy Moon! Listen here.

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!"

We’Moon 2016: Quantum Leap Year

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 Special Features:

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 . . . .

Review:
We’Moon 2016: Quantum Leap Year

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.

Review:  
We'Moon 2015: Wild Card

Let’s Play the Wild Card!
Review by Rhonda Baird

"Not only is the imagination stirred, but the deep soul-calling to commit to the present moment and co-create a world of celebration, bounty, and beauty."

I stepped into the We’Moon world in 1998—when as a young female community organizer working in the local domestic violence project—I needed both daily structure in my life and sanctuary for my spirit. We’Moon provided both. The publication aims to sync a person’s daily experience with the forms and flows of the sun, the moon, and the subtle energetic influence of other celestial bodies.

By daily noting the changes and movement of our universe context, the user begins to note their own seasons and cycles of working. I found this to be a liberating change—to recognize that I needed to work or to rest more at times of the year not proscribed by Congressional holidays.

The book is organized by moon cycles—beginning with a dark moon at winter solstice (December 21, 2014) and moving through 13 moon cycles to end on January 10, 2016. The weeks begin on the moon’s day—Mondays. The space for each day’s thoughts or activities includes information about the transits occurring as the celestial bodies move from one astrological sign to another. There is also an ephemeris in the back and essays on the different astrological signs and special events that fall within that solar cycle.

These are fun and informative—and provide important clues about the personal patterns unfolding throughout the year. Anchoring the personal experience are essays on the solstices, equinoxes, and what are often called the cross-quarter holidays which are most well known from their Celtic cultural revival. Considering many of us in the Western world are part of a diaspora of peoples that are now identified as Celtic, I accept the adoption of this convention. In other parts of the world in other times, the same divisions were adopted by other cultures to form the basis for their own cultural stories and practices.

I also appreciate the monthly calendar in the back—providing space for organizing from a monthly focus. I always appreciate the blank pages in the very back of the book—which capture important names and phone numbers, quotes, and additional art throughout the year.

And lest you think last year’s We’Moon is now an artifact, any 19 consecutive books will form a metatonic cycle (bringing the dates and lunar influences back in the proper order). Revisiting the art, poetry, and essays that become a part of women’s history would be an interesting study some day.

All of these features provide a solid structure to plan out or tap into the natural rhythms of the earth and sun and to prepare work for the coming year. Alternately, the volume is a good candidate as a repository of observations, garden plans, key moments in the year. I know for my own part, I use a calendar tied to my computer and phone to organize much of the busyness of my day. This makes diving into the beauty and sensuousness of a physical day keeper that much more stimulating. My copy ofWe’Moon is off limits to the profane; it’s reserved for the sacred things which move my body, mind, and spirit into dreaming into action.

There is much to stir and thrill the imagination in the 2015 theme of the Wild Woman. Bethroot Gwynn, points out that “she’ll show up again, grab us by our old patterns of blame, antagonism, separation. Wild Woman/Wild Child/Wild Creature thrives on those in-between, unbridled, moments of Possibility when intention re-shapes reality, and Change deals a brand new hand.” The first moon cycle’s title is “Gaia: Playing for Keeps” paired with a poem entitled, “I Have Sworn to Protect Her” by Annelinde Metzner and transitions to the second cycle with an offering entitled, “What Are We Waiting For?” Not only is the imagination stirred, but the deep soul-calling to commit to the present moment and co-create a world of celebration and bounty and beauty.

Planning the year and cycles of work is important work to be done not only on the personal level, but the household and community level. I was struck by Mark Morey’s presentation to an Ontario group in 2011 where he described spending about four days every year with his community reviewing the preceding year with a group of his closest community members and planning what they want more of in the coming year. They do this between the final weeks of December and the first weeks of January.

What if we began to call a few people together each year to share our considered stories from the year before, to identify what more is needed or what it is time to shed from our lives, and then begin the dreaming and hoping for the coming year. Wouldn’t that commitment and group accountability create stronger ties and more beautiful communities?

This year’s seasons are outlined with rich and juicy offerings for spring and the Wild Child is followed by summer’s deep commitment to Radical Community and Roots. Autumn takes up the question of what our world is harvesting right now—and there is both grief and anger and courage to change that with humor and strength. Winter is approached with recognizing the wildness of our relationship with the land, and plants, and animal neighbors around us. The choices the publishers made reflect a pattern of understanding about our collective mood as we journey throughout a year cycle. Poems and tidbits speak to the archetypal journeys in our lives. These cues in turn can reflect the wisdom of our humanity.

Emma Watson’s speech to the United Nations on feminism was striking, because I am one of the women she referenced who used to be outspoken on so many issues including feminism. Carolyn Baker’s work with transition and the demise of the mainstream culture (see especially Sacred Demise and Navigating the Coming Chaos: A Handbook for Inner Transition) calls for each of us to do the hero’s work of turning the unknown, the known unpleasant, and the things for which we are grateful into creative works of honoring, accepting, and celebrating.

When, after six years, I left the domestic violence field, I was burnt out, tired of trying to solve intensely personal problems on scales that felt too large and impersonal. I began to leave We’Moon and naming and claiming my support of feminism behind as well. My focus and attention turned in different directions—toward homesteading and permaculture design education as two examples.

In a window of time where the devastation of the planet and the devastation of women are brought into parallel tracks by war and by greed and sometimes by the complete lack of understanding that there is another way; we daily need the wild and beautiful and challenging art of We’Moon and a good many other similar publications. Women’s voices need to be seen and celebrated and included. For the commitment to continue publishing We’Moon, I am very grateful to Mother Tongue Ink. This prodigal daughter is returning!

Highlights: 
We’Moon 2015: Wild Card

by Bethroot Gwynn — Special Editor, Mother Tongue Ink

 

Each year We’Moon features art and writing submitted by women from around the world in response to the theme announced in the Call for Contributions, and rooted in the archetypes of the Tarot's Major Arcana. For We’Moon 2015, we daredevil a provocative and complex theme—Wild Card. Whoever would have thought that the next Tarot card in sequence--#XV, The Devil—could be so entertaining? We rolled the dice with the Wild Card metaphor, inviting the Negative to show its hand in the presence of our joy, gambling with Trouble and its hard-edged healing lessons.

Wild Card artists and writers explore woman's free and feral spirit, devotion to endangered planetary life, the possibility of Change in every moment. They share reflections on hilarity as spiritual insight, on tragicomic dramas playing out on the world stage, on the prayers offered and burdens released at the altar of Transformation. Our 2015 theme gives us the Goddess as Trickster, breaking rules and inventing crafty solutions. Shapeshifters play with Shadow, meld into and embrace the Other. Clowns, as healers and prophets, bedevil the complacent and shake up the status quo.


We’Moon 2015 gathers the creative offerings of over 140 gifted contributors from nine different countries. The datebook includes writing by Ann Filemyr, Carolyn Myers, Karen Ethelsdattar, Mia Howell, Rose Flint, Sherri Rose-Walker, and art by Anna Oneglia, Carolyn Hillyer, Dorrie Joy, Denise Kester, Sophia Rosenberg, and Toni Truesdale—to name only a few of the women who shared their inspirations for this 34th edition of We'Moon.
Autumn Skye Morrison is the 2015 front cover artist, giving us Pura Vida, an image teeming with life: brilliant and untamed. Over 60 Costa Rican creatures play in this reverent fantasy-scape of the Wild. Cathy McClelland's Raven Medicine Wheel on the back cover offers sacred symbology honoring cycles of Nature and of Change.
Carolyn Myers, funnywoman and theatermaker, is our Holy Day writer for 2015. She greets each of the eight seasonal Holy Day writings with the sacrament of a joke: making holy with laughter, inviting Gaia rhythms to crack us up/crack us open to new insight, new possibility.
As always, We'Moon accompanies us through solar, lunar and astrological cycles, keeping us mindful of the celestial rhythms of earth and sky that pulse through our lives. The datebook provides a comprehensive introduction to astrological terms and systems, and a day-to-day guide to lunar and planetary movements. Our astrologers offer their research and intuitive wisdoms. Gretchen Lawlor, long-time astrologer for We'Moon, reads the sky maps for 2015 and writes carefully designed guidance for each sun sign. Look for her sign-specific Year-at-a-Glance articles as she creatively tracks the play of planet and stars with personal life-trajectories. Sandra Pastorius studies the roles that outer planets play in the Mythic Theater of Life, suggesting illuminations and inspirations from these heavenly “characters.” Heather Roan Robbins gives basic explanations about sun and moon signs, and crafts an “Astro-Overview” for 2015, a year full of “malleable potential-filled wild card energy” (page 21). You can keep up with daily astrological unfoldings through Heather's starcodes page on our website.
Susan Levitt shares her wisdoms for 2015 from Chinese astrology, and writes about the Year of the Sheep, a time when intimacy, kindness, creativity are especially important. We include an abbreviated rendition of Beate Metz's writing about the four goddess planets/asteroids, and an article by Mooncat! describing each planet's astrological connection to the Self.

We'Moon 2015 is luscious with surprise. Wild Woman/Wild Child/Wild Creature thrives on those unbridled moments of Possibility when Change deals a brand new hand. Pick a card, any card. They are all Wild.

Review: 
We’Moon 2015: Wild Card

by Claire Blotter
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Though We'Moon has always explored the untamed edges of women's culture, the new We'Moon 2015 datebook goes totally wild! The exuberant energy and sheer beauty of this carefully crafted almanac breathes power and vision into women's everyday lives. Peppered by a “wild card” theme, it is an essential guidebook, a lush potpourri of women's literature, innovative art, feminist astrology—and yes, a useful datebook to organize your life. 

And what untapped wildness hides inside the “good girl” in each of us? In the face of increasingly conservative movements suppressing women's long fought-for rights, We’Moon spins its magic and defies taboos. It unflinchingly unmasks the devil/shadow archetype while dancing with playful coyote/trickster lurking inside each woman. This timely blueprint for living provides medicine: symbols and metaphors that spark us to intuitively solve daunting global challenges.

Last year's cover for the Radical Balance theme brilliantly captured the raw power of hip feminism grounded in a maze of intergalactic technology, so I eagerly anticipated how We'Moon would introduce 21st century wildness. What dazzling insight for the 2015 cover! Universal compassionate woman viscerally connected to vibrant wild plant, reptile, bird and animal life embodies a bold vision, an unabashed emotional call to save ourselves, the earth and its creatures. 

The range of sensual artwork in this comprehensive calendar is stunning. Autumn Sky Morrison's lush cover followed by Margriet Sienen's mandala of wildly spinning colors visually submerges the reader in uncharted feral territory. Fresh images of mythic trickster, raven and wild healing woman re-envision the metaphoric Devil Tarot Card XV with both a humorous and an intense woman's hand. Artists extraordinaire, Jules Stept and Suzanne Grace Mitchell, powerfully affirm the multiplicity of wild women with their original depictions of shockingly strong sacred archetypes.

We'Moon 2015 also offers provocative prose re-viewing women's ancient traditions, sacred seasonal days and edgy trends. It stretches the parameters of wildness with unique commentaries on useful herbs and limpias—and through keen insights on the recent feminist protest by Russian punk band Pussy Riot against corruption in the Eastern Orthodox church.

The formative poems and stories weave a quilt of diverse perspectives that turn upside down and inside out the traditional Devil archetype which grew from Christianity's condemnation of women-centered traditions of nature worship. Strong poems split apart ingrained fears that silence women; Katharine Saunders and Heidi Hewett stare straight into darkness and face it head on.

Finally, We'Moon 2015 presents a rare compilation of astrological knowledge and profound analysis with in-depth visuals and charts, including Susan Baylies's useful 2015 calendar of lunar cycles. Expert astrologists Gretchen Lawlor and Heather Roan Robbins, among others, interpret complex signs and symbols providing daily guidance for staying tuned to the cycles of an evolving universe. (I always immediately search out my Aries sun sign interpretation, which has proven over the years to be spot on!)

This We'Moon datebook is no sterile intellectual treatise but offers juicy tidbits of vital wisdom to recharge even the most weary spirit. Rosemary Wahtoola Trommer's contagious joy spills onto the page while Sarah LaRosa bravely plunges into the depths of what it means to be broken. In true We'Moon spirit, this guidebook of cutting edge images and words awakens us to the possibilities of who we are, of who we might become—and more, to a dynamic re-visioning of worlds we create day by day. 

Claire Blotter (Sausalito, CA) a Marin performance poet, teaches poetry writing for children of all ages. Her chapbook, Moment in the Moment House, is available from Finishing Line Press. Her video documentary, WAKE-UP CALL: Saving the Songbirds, is distributed by Video Project.The diverse writers, artists, and change-and-magic makers in this edition of We'Moon provide us with insight and inspiration for creating and riding the rising tides in our own lives and communities. The powerful images included in this issue are as vibrant, sacred, and beautiful as ever. We revel in art and photography of dancing women, powerful goddesses, respected and cherished connections to nature and animals, and of course, many empowering images of our healing and growth. These images and more join the page with words woven by women committed to each other, embracing our commonalities and honoring our differences. We'Moon is a blessing and I honor the gift that it is. Pick up a copy and join the circle.

—Nayiree Roubinian • Rain and Thunder Issue # 49 Winter 2010

 A gorgeous guide to lunar rhythms, astrological cycles, and goddess inspired pagan traditions...the datebook is rich in material that sings the praises of earth and sky, and of women's power to heal and initiate vital change in the world.

—Maize Magazine # 94 Summer 2010

 I am thrilled to be a part of We’Moon 2008. I have been using your calendar for years and years!!! Thank you for the incredible work We’Moon is doing. The much-needed shift in consciousness towards a more female-centered and woman-honoring world is inspiring in so many of us. It is a blessing to be part of the We’Moon community.

—Alice Walker

 Glancing at my pile of We'Moons (1st in 1990), Where would I be without We'Moon? It is indeed a lifeline--connecting, inspiring, grounding us in the cyclic seasons and movements of the moon and sun, affirming our we'moon selves. Mazel Tov to all We'Moon creatrixes and contributors, especially Musawa, gentle founder, inspirer, and editor. What a gift! How you sustain us!

—Wendy Judith Cutler, Salt Spring Island, BC

 Each edition is a delight, a must-have, a source of inspiration.

—Sara, Eugene, OR