Winter solstice wheel

As we enter 2017, multimedia artist Maralie offers her profound meditations on loss, transitions, and moving from darkness into light. Her father passed away recently, with the service honoring his life falling on winter solstice, December 21st, 2016.

Maralie created the below video and text work 'Winter Solstice Wheel' as a part of her ritual of honoring ancestors and letting go. 'Winter Solstice Wheel' is a powerful reminder of how after the darkest and coldest, the wheel continues spinning. 


The Sun moved so slowly
moved so slowly, so slowly,
so slow
as if standing still
succumbing to the longest night

Yule
the wheel continues spinning
we are returned
one Eternal round
the Sun is reborn after Winter Solstice

Evergreens
Pine, Rosemary, Bay, Juniper, and Cedar
ever - green
like the season waxing nearer should we survive
the darkest and coldest
we are returned
one Eternal round
the Sun is reborn

Ceased breathing
in the labor of dying
silver cord is loosed
and the spirit returns
the body labored living it’s dying well

Let go and say good bye
into the bowels of the earth
into the evergreens
into the legacy of ancestry

Where we’ve been all along

The wheel continues spinning
a bell is struck
we are returned
one Eternal round




My father passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family. As profoundly sad as I am not to have him physically near, his presence in my life is inextricable. He imbued a love of music in me and taught me that through singing I could bare my spirit’s inner landscape. 

Due to weather and travel conditions his burial fell on the winter solstice. What an unexpected gift it was to celebrate his transformation on this symbolic day. Gathered with family and friends, I performed ‘Any Longer’ in the little chapel built by ancestors whom had homesteaded the land 200 years ago. Though my body may never be buried in this family cemetery, on this day I let the architecture and the fleeting darkness absorb me. A bell is struck and the wheel continues spinning…

 

Maralie’s multi-mediated works emphasize the evolution of spiritual and emotional expression via technology and seduces poetics from human-machine interaction. Their/her research probes the multifaceted interrelationships of gender and spirituality as well as appropriated uses of technologies throughout time. Seer sees the unseen and sings Hosanna! Maralie’s work includes performance, sculpture, photography, video, and sound.  As a performer/vocalist/dancer, Maralie has toured more than a dozen countries with the projectsValise (solo), Humanbeast, Assembly of Light, Tem Eyos Ki, Bloodhuff, and Soophie Nun Squad. Their/her collaborations in choreography and dance have been seen in a Nick Cave Soundsuit performance, Bonedust’s Fruit of the Ash, and in Hana van der Kolk’s The Third Thing. Maralie’s work has also been featured in Vice Magazine, The Fader, and RISD Museum’s Manual online, among other publications. They/she has taught in RISD’s Experimental and Foundation Studies program and Brown University’s Modern Culture and Media Department.

Maralie’s multi-mediated works emphasize the evolution of spiritual and emotional expression via technology and seduces poetics from human-machine interaction. Their/her research probes the multifaceted interrelationships of gender and spirituality as well as appropriated uses of technologies throughout time. Seer sees the unseen and sings Hosanna! Maralie’s work includes performance, sculpture, photography, video, and sound.  As a performer/vocalist/dancer, Maralie has toured more than a dozen countries with the projectsValise (solo), Humanbeast, Assembly of LightTem Eyos KiBloodhuff, and Soophie Nun Squad. Their/her collaborations in choreography and dance have been seen in a Nick Cave Soundsuit performance, Bonedust’s Fruit of the Ash, and in Hana van der Kolk’s The Third Thing. Maralie’s work has also been featured in Vice Magazine, The Fader, and RISD Museum’s Manual online, among other publications. They/she has taught in RISD’s Experimental and Foundation Studies program and Brown University’s Modern Culture and Media Department.

Tarot for 2017

As 2016 comes to a close, we at Moon Woman Rising turn to tarot to add to the guidance of the moon for the coming year. 

Determine your tarot card for 2017 through a simple process. Pull a favorite tarot deck. Shuffle holding intentions for the new year, then set aside. 

Now, add the number of the month and day of your birth with the year you wish to examine. 

So, if you were born October 2nd you would add 2 + 10 + 2017= 2029

Then, add those digits: 2 + 0 + 2 + 9 = 13

If that sum is greater than 22, add the digits together once more. 

Correlate your final number to the major arcana. So, for this example, the 13th card is the Death card.

Remember, there are no 'bad' cards. Each card holds different guidance and opens us to different challenges and possibility.

Find your card for 2017 in your deck. Take time to contemplate your cards meaning. Your intentions and actions will shape how your card manifests in your life in 2017. 

Deck shown from Slow Holler. 

Deck shown from Slow Holler. 

Determining your tarot card for 2017 is an auspicious activity for New Years Eve or New Years Day. And, it is an activity best shared with loved ones and friends. 

Altar Honoring Ancestors

This time of complexity calls for honoring the spirits who have come before us-- those ancestors and ancient ones who created space for the sacred feminine as we are able to manifest it now. We honor the past so that we may move forward in the present with fierce compassion and devotion to attending carrying forth light for ourselves, for our communities, for our world. 

Guest blogger, Danielle Vogel is a writer, practicing witch, and ceremonialist. She offers up images of her altar and shares powerful words that express her relationship to honoring those who have laid the foundation for our contemporary being. 

 

Excerpt from A Library of Light

Some of which can be read here.

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To get through the door of me. Through the door of my mother’s body and her mother’s body before her and so on, straight into the mouth of the very first light emitted.

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Language allows for connective resonance. I come to language because I want to heal something inside of me. Something hemmed into the cells, passed across generations, between mouths and mothers. To reattune myself through articulated frequencies. I yield to the hidden voice. Of bone and light at once. Having access to the unlit through what is illuminated.

I make myself fragile for you.

Because we hold vigil for one another in language.

Because we need to ingest light and release it.

Vogel—Altar—Mother's Handwriting.jpg

About Danielle: 

Danielle Vogel is a writer and ceremonialist who grew up on the south shore of Long Island. She is the author of Between Grammars, the artist book Narrative & Nest, and the chapbooks In Resonance and lit. Her installations and “public ceremonies for language,” which pay homage to the archives of memory stored within language, have been exhibited most recently at RISD Museum, The Nordic House in Reykjavík, Iceland, Temple University, Pace University, and The University of Washington at Bothell. She teaches at Wesleyan University and makes her home in New England with the prose writer, Renee Gladman. She has been a practicing witch since she was nine-years-old. 

 

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HARVEST MOON: SEPTEMBER 2016

FULL MOON & LUNAR ECLIPSE in Pisces | September 16, 2016


“In the end
I want my heart
to be covered
in stretch marks”

-Andrea Gibson

Peaks and swells of emotion and insight abound with the Full Moon (and Lunar Eclipse) energy today. It may have a stop and go sort of feeling, as opposed to just a full rush. Which means you will get breaks to integrate and process over the next day or two (Full Moon energy typically spills into the days on either side of the technical Full Moon) This is also the Harvest Moon and wonderful energy for us to literally harvest the insights we receive. Trust in possibility. Try not to worry what comes next, as worry and anxiety contract our hearts and close us off. Just be open to that initial possibility, that first spark. And then trust.