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Letters from Luna: Meaning as Quintessence

Scroll down for an audio version of thisinstallment of Letters from Luna. by Rohini Walker What does meaning mean to you? As I write this, I observe the various objects on my desk and environs. Things that I have chosen and placed around me for more than their externality; things  that, when touched or looked at, evoke a certain feeling or memory, called forth from within the object I am wordlessly communing with. Here’s an incomplete inventory: a small jade…

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Letters from Luna: The Migration of Memory, Part I

Scroll down for an audio version of thisinstallment of Letters from Luna. by Rohini Walker There is a vision that lives in me from childhood, a tiny island amongst the larger land masses of time and memory. It persists, vivid and fleeting, mysteriously relevant. I know it wasn’t a dream, in the conventional sense of the word at any rate. My formative years were spent in India, before my family and I immigrated to the UK, just as I reached…

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Letters from Luna: A Discourse on Toni Morrison’s “The Slavebody and the Blackbody”

by Rohini Walker Click here for an audio version of this installment of Letters from Luna. Times of momentous uprising and archetypal shifts in the fabric of reality, as the year 2020 is turning out to be, necessitate looking to the wisdom of certain minds; ones who bring the lightning bolt of timeless, illuminating insight to the unseen nuances of the zeitgeist. For me, Toni Morrison is one of those – especially and fundamentally now. The essay-transcript of her speech,…

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letters from luna: dissolution

by Rohini Walker/ Photo ‘Ripple/Emergence’ by Angela de la Agua “Our histories never unfold in isolation. We cannot truly tell what we consider to be our own histories without knowing the other stories. And often we discover that those other stories are actually our own stories.”  Angela Davis ‘Freedom is a Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement’ Just over a month ago, the Pain returned. I could feel its clarion calls in my body, announcing its arrival…

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Letters from Luna: Of Imagination, Dreams + Reality

by Rohini Walker / Illustration by Martín Mancha I’ve been playing a game with myself for the last couple of months. It revealed itself to me seemingly spontaneously, while out on a hike in the desert one morning with my beloved familiar, the black pitbull, Bodhi. A voice, the one I have come to call Lila, murmured: “I wonder what it would be like to imagine if I was awake in this strange dream of life?” And with that, my curiosity was…

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Letters from Luna: The Mythic Desert + An Initial Excursion into Anima Mundi

“If you speak on the mythological level, you may speak of what the Divine is like because myth is not a falsehood as one uses the word in a sophisticated way. A myth is an image, a concrete image in terms of which man makes sense of the world.”– Alan Watts Click here for an audio version of this installment of Letters from Luna. Doc and I have been living in the southern Californian region of the Mojave Desert for almost…

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LETTERS FROM LUNA: Eros through the lens of Jouissance & Audre Lorde’s ‘Uses of the Erotic’

by Rohini Walker “I write woman: woman must write woman. And man, man. So only an oblique consideration will be found here of man; it’s upto him to say where his masculinity and femininity are at: this will concern us once men have opened their eyes and seen themselves clearly.” So wrote the Algerian-born French feminist writer, poet and luminary, Hélène Cixous in her provocatively subversive essay, The Laugh of the Medusa – a work so rich and layered and…

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Letters from Luna: Mary Oliver’s Third Self + James Hillman & the Daimon

by Rohini Walker In Of Power and Time, the first essay in the incandescent anthology Blue Pastures, Mary Oliver describes herself as a vessel of, at a minimum, three selves: “I am, myself, three selves at least. To begin with, there is the child I was. Certainly I am not that child anymore! Yet, distantly, or sometimes not so distantly, I can hear that child’s voice – I can feel its hope, or its distress. It has not vanished. Powerful,…

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The Syuxtun Collective: Restoring Reciprocity with Health & Nature

Photo: Members of Syuxtun Collective inspecting plants at the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden. | Still from Tending Nature by Rohini Walker What does it mean to participate? In Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass, a beautiful, indispensable meditation on the gifts of reciprocity and participation with nature, she writes: S2 E2: Holistic Healing with the Syuxtun Collective “In the Western tradition there is a recognized hierarchy of beings, with, of course, the human being on top – the pinnacle of evolution,…

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