For the 2014 Winter Issue, we chose the theme of Underworld Journeys. We explore ideas of the Life/Death/Life cycle, and issues that we as individuals and as a society tend to turn away from. They are not comfortable emotions and they tend to bring up big unanswerable questions.
The Winter is all about delving within and deepdiving into those parts of ourselves that do not see daylight much. Some call it the shadow self. The natural rhythm and energy of Winter is stillness and the theme, death. Life slows down. Animals migrate or hibernate. Plants wither or go dormant. We pull our own energy into the core.
As Clarissa Pinkola Estés says, we must let die what must die. Within the eternal lies impermanence. When we hang on, we suffer. When we hang on, we forget that abundance is our heritage. When we hang on, we forget to breathe. When we horde, we cannot create the space for anything new and we do not value what we have.
What we want to share in this issue is that darkness, along with destruction and death, has value. In our rejection of these energies, we deny parts of ourselves and of possiblity. In that fear, we start to judge more harshly and see the world through a black-and-white paradigm and a us-versus-them mentality. This blinkered worldview narrows our experiences and our ability to connect human-to-human and human-to-other. Demonizing not-us does not give us the security that many seek. Turning away from the not-beautiful locks us out of an expansive existence.
For this Winter, whether you are celebrating religiously/spiritually or not, whether you are alone or with family and friends, and whether you are home or travelling, take some time for yourself. Nourish yourself.
The Winter may feel desolate, especially as the cold descends. For some people, this festive season may be especially poignant. It could be the first or the 20th time spending it without a loved one. This is darkness. We hope that this issue will provide you with some solace and hope. Definitely hope.- Sandra Tonkinson, Editor + Writer
Issue 8 Contents
Stories | Winter
Stories | Let There Be Light
Stories | Ritual Food
Stories | Microbirth
Recipes | Berry-Ginger Cocktail
Reviews | Running with Clarissa
Stories | Forgotten Practices
Stories | Blood Magic
Stories | Who Hear Voices
Stories | The Death of a Relationship
Stories | A Walk Outside
Stories | Near Death
Stories | The Gift Death Brings
Interviews | Talking Sex with Kim Anami
Stories | The Not-Beautiful
Stories | Green Burial
Stories | Dark + Underworld Goddesses
Stories | Virginia Ball, Yvonne Rosenlund, Gerry Ebalaroza-Tunnell, Kim Anami, Sara Forte (Sprout Kitchen)
Photography + Art | Ruz Lui, Hugh Forte, Kerby Rosanes