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Letters from luna: The Great Gaslighting

Hello friends, I’m excited to have a brilliant guest contributor for this installment of Letters from Luna. These essays are usually written by me, Rohini, Luna Arcana’s Editor and Co-Creative Director – and you can catch up one previous ones here.  This time however, you have a deep and special treat in store, in the form of an epic essay by the genuinely brilliant Michael Smith. I’m acquainted with Michael through an alchemical academy – an online Hogwarts, if you will…

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Letters from Luna – The Migration of Memory, Part II

by Rohini Walker Click here The Migration of Memory, Part I It’s the in-between time here in the Mojave high desert, as winter shapeshifts into spring. Calm, sunny days are peppered with winds so wild, it’s a wonder the house doesn’t end up in some other, other-worldly faraway. On days like this from my remote spot, the wide vistas swirl with haboob-like dust devils, and eyes smart and sting if you have to venture outdoors for some outlandish reason.   Today is one of…

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Letters from Luna – The Daemon’s Vision: Continued Excursions into Soul-Making

by Rohini Walker In a previous installment of Letters from Luna, we began some initial explorations into the nature of the soul – what Mary Oliver described as the ‘Third Self’, and James Hillman, borrowing from the ancient Greeks, called the ‘daimon’ or ‘daemon.’ This is – for me and for countless others who place inestimable worth on a commitment of intimacy with what is mysterious, ever-changing, and vastly precious within us – a tireless topic. It is to live within a state of gossamer…

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Letters from luna: A word on the wyrd

by Rohini Walker A gentle summation of the year 2020, and – in here the U.S. – these first weeks of 2021, would be highly, deeply weird. We’re living in strange times. Yet, for those of us who have been paying attention for preceding years, decades even, and who recognize the cyclical, ever-in-flux nature of the universe, this weird, troubling moment in humanity’s story is unavoidably necessary. Radical change needs powerful pattern interrupts. It needs the seething underbelly of a…

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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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