I am so very pleased to be sharing the life and work of artist, beekeeper, writer, drum creator, priestess and mama, Nikiah Seeds. Somehow, we two busy moon women found the time to have a bi-coastal conversation about sacred living, the divine feminine and life - which left me inspired and in awe of the amazing work Nikiah brings forth into the world. I will be posting our conversation over the next several days and I hope you are inspired by her words as much as I was. Get yourself a cup of herbal tea, relax and enjoy!
Aja: You walk a number of paths; as a ceremonialist, writer, priestess, jewelry artist and bee keeper - is there a common thread or passion underlying all that you do?
Nikiah: Yes there is both a passion and a thread that pulls through everything I do and this is my dedication to the divine feminine. What that looks like is whether I am outside working with the bees or writing for my blog or books, making jewelry or writing a ceremony I carry the essence of this commitment deep in my bones and it spills out into my work, which in turn is also my passion!
The other thing I will add that is more of a practical answer to your question is that each year I donate my time, money and my work to fundraising for a group called Shanti Uganda. This is a non-profit group that works with HIV women in Uganda as well as women who are giving birth. They have created an incredible income generating group with the women who have HIV and have built a birth house equipped with midwives and life saving equipment for women who otherwise would be giving birth with nothing, no help or support and certainly nothing sanitary to safely birth their babies in. The maternal mortality rate is simply unbelievable in this part of the world, but Shanti is doing their small part to help and it is part of my passion and dedication to helping and supporting women. It is my hope to get there with my family in the next few years as this is also where my husband's father's family is from.
Aja: That sounds like an important and worthy cause!
Nikiah: Thank you Aja, I feel the same way, and because there are so many causes out there to choose from, it can be overwhelming! I found though that once I dedicated my time and energy to Shanti, the overwhelm seemed to dissipate a little. The saying "Do what you can with what you have" really works!
Aja: When you say "divine feminine", can you tell me what that means to you?
Nikiah: What the Divine Feminine means to me is such a deeply personal and tender question. The divine feminine, I believe can be found in all humans, male or female, and not all of us are in touch with it as much as we could/should be. To me, being in touch with the divine female part of ourselves is to allow an honoring of every aspect that the feminine has to offer, from being tender and sensitive to strong and powerful. it is to and have an inner knowing of oneself, and this includes our shadows. The divine feminine to me is also mysterious and intuitive, and she is sexy and honors herself in whatever form she is in that moment. She is fluid and changing, and she is also strong and full of life.
Aja: It is a tender thing isn't it? Sometimes I want to hold it close, like a conversation in a whisper. But then I have moments when I get brave and want to share it with others, which can be hard when it is as you say, ever changing and fluid. This is why I think the work you are doing in the world is so important! It makes that conversation louder than a whisper. You co-wrote one of my now favorite books "Moon Mysteries: Reclaiming Women's Menstrual Wisdom" with fellow moon woman Nao Sims. In what ways, both spiritually and pragmatically speaking, does your book offer support for women?
Nikiah: I am so glad you asked this question, because it was our intent to have the book be a balanced combination of both. We wanted women to make the connect between their bodies and emotions, to have a deeper understanding of the spiritual aspect of menstruation while learning that there is a science and physiology behind it as well. A body-mind connection if you will. The practical aspect is that bringing the two together need not be a huge production, but rather honoring your moon time can be as simple as taking the time to prepare yourself a cup of herbal tea that nourishes you, or drawing a bath with the intent of creating ritual. The practical and spiritual can come together quite well for us modern women, it's true!