We’Moon Holy Days: Seasonal Blessings

In each edition of the We’Moon datebook, we feature one Holy Day writer who shares with us her unique perspectives of each of the eight holy days. This year, we have the pleasure of sharing the work of Oak Chezar. Oak is a radical Dyke, performance artist, Women's Studies professor, psychotherapist, writer, & semi-retired barbarian. She lives in a straw bale, womyn-built house. She just published "Trespassing", a memoir about Greenham Common Womyn's Peace Camp. Whilst working & playing towards the decimation of patriarchy & industrial civilization, she carries water. oakchezar@gmail.com

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We celebrate Death in October and Crone in November—two distinct life passages—honoring each in their own time.
     At Samhain, we recognize death as an inherent part of life. We create cathartic rituals for our losses—including physical deaths and the loss of parts of ourselves: relationships, plans, resources, health. We invite the wisdom of Death Priestesses, and speak into sacredness plans for our own death—what we want for our own dying processes, our burial and death ritual choices.

Honoring non-human loss is an important part of these rituals. I have seen women cry more over the loss of a pet than for family members, perhaps because those losses are not often valued, and we don't make space to grieve them. We grieve the deaths we pass along the road—innumerable cats, squirrels and armadillos. We grieve losses of the Earth—tree beings, landscapes and waterways, entire species—expanding the notion of Death Priestessing to encompass our care for the Earth and all Her creatures.
      Facing death is hard work, but holding sacred conversation about mortality is an extraordinarily empowering and healing process for ourselves and for the larger universe of souls.
     Crone. Old Woman . . . In November, we take time to gather in recognition of
She Who Gains Wisdom Through Experience. It’s a good time of year to perform Croning Rituals for our community members who are stepping into this sacred role. It's also a time to get real about what aging means for each of us, personally, no matter our physical age. What am I learning from my life experiences? What are my fears about aging? Am I taking care of my mental and physical self so as to live well into my future? How do I maintain balance with my limitations while continuing to live life fully? Who are my Crone role models, and how do I honor them? We call on our Goddess-honoring lineage as we celebrate the Crone life phase in November.


Kim Duckett © Mother Tongue Ink 2016


Kim Duckett Ph.d. (Asheville, NC) Priestess/Ritualist/Teacher of Women's Studios for 30 years; Founder and Elder Priestess of WHISPER: Land of the Sky, "A Year and a Day Sacred Mystery School for Women," and WOTY: The Wheel of Year as an Earth-Based Spiritual Psychology for Women training. From more information about the Wheel as psychology book, contact Kim at followheartkd@gmail.com

Sheri Howe (Ashville, NC) My work reflects a moment of contemplation, and offering. . . a prayer. It is the visual language of my experience of all that is ancient, mysterious, powerful, sustaining,  nurturing and beautiful—and all of our interconnectnss.


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We'Moon: Gaia Rhythms for Womyn, the iconic astrological datebook, is a best-selling moon calendar, earth-spirited handbook in natural rhythms, and visionary collection of women's creative work, now in its 38th year of publication. www.wemoon.ws
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