What Matters

Guadalupe has an arm around quotidian Mary
they have begun to howl not worrying
that the moon is not in the right phase

it’ll come says the second Mary

when we reach BE
elemental quintessential
that is what matters

–Susan Hawthorne, “wolf pack” in Lupa and Lamb (Spinifex Press, 2014)

30 January 2017 BE (Biophilic Era, time of the life-lovers)

It’s been nearly a year since my last posting, and in that time I’ve gone from bordering-on-blindness to being far-sighted for the first time in my life. In the meantime, the earth’s frequency/vibration increased, and on the December 2016 solstice we crossed over the threshold into a new cosmic cycle.

Earlier this month, when I had begun reading again, I snooped around in Susan Hawthorne’s Lupa and Lamb because I was in the mood for a trans-temporal party and that’s what this book of hers is. In the lines quoted above, “quotidian Mary” and “second Mary” refer to Mary Daly, whose books I was also pulling out from the shelves. Mary Daly was a phone friend of mine for a few years after Amazon Grace came out, and, like most of the friends I’ve made this lifetime, she is not in her body at this time. If you want the particular form of mental stimulation she provides, you’ve got to invoke her or reread the books she left behind.

It was Mary Daly’s idea to stick “BE” after the day’s date, “BE” being short for “Biophilic Era,” a name she invented. It was my idea to lengthen the name to “Biophilic Era, time of the life-lovers” because I like the lush sound of it.

On 21 January 2017 BE, over 600 women’s marches for justice took place on seven continents. Together, they constituted the largest popular protest in human history, and they proved a natural umbrella for anyone choosing to resist 21st-century fascism.

The following morning, Prensa Libre, Guatemala’s foremost newspaper, featured the women’s resistance on its front page. In the foreground of their photo of the DC march, many signs are large enough to read, including:

I’m With Her (with arrows pointing in every direction)
Feminism Is The Radical Idea That Women Are Human Beings
and, my favourite, I Can’t Fucking Believe This Shit.


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Harriet Ann Ellenberger

writer, editor, translator; co-founded the journal "Sinister Wisdom"

6 thoughts on “What Matters”

  1. Oh Harriet, what a joy to find this writing – and as you recently told me about something. It is ‘timely’ – yes it is! A stunning picture of the river…the river of what’s to come.

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    1. I don’t know much yet. Have been following feminist mystic Lucia Rene’s newsletters and website, and it “feels” to me that her timing of a new cosmic cycle is accurate, but I got to study up on how she’s using language, am a baby beginner. But I do understand that a new cosmic cycle has to do with more than human beings and more than the earth — it’s as if the cosmic orchestra is moving into a new higher, more complex key signature. (I just invented that last bit about the cosmic orchestra playing in a new key signature, sorry.)
      Anyway, 2017 and 2018 should be difficult to navigate as the structures of the old fall apart into their constituent elements, and maybe it’s good to imagine you’re swimming in a river during this time, relaxing as much as you can.


      1. You know, I don’t think I understand what is meant by a new cosmic cycle. The universe is just too big – beyond my comprehension – The cosmos is full of galaxies… how can we know what is what?


        1. Archaic calendars took into account very long cosmic cycles … Hye Sook Hwang is working on reconstructing a Magoist (pre-patriarchal East Asian) calendar; the Mayans had a calendar with very long cycles; so do the Hindus.
          I get confused with all this, but the basic idea, I think, is that the earth is a space ship and you can calculate the passage of time, not only by where the moon is in relationship to the moving earth and where the earth is in relationship to the moving sun but also by where the sun and its earth are in relationship to distant stars. In other words, the moon orbits the earth, the earth orbits the sun, the sun orbits the Milky Way galaxy, and so on and so forth. Clearly, ancient human civilizations had advanced astronomical knowledge that was lost and that we’re regaining now with the help of telescopes on satellites orbiting the earth.
          Oh, the cosmic energies showering down on earth’s inhabitants change as the earth moves to different positions in its dance through the sky. So all this calendar stuff, including the long-calendar stuff of cosmic cycles, may be mostly about understanding invisible energy-shifts on earth. (Well, maybe …)
          It is also possible that I have no idea what I’m talking about here.


          1. It is not possible that you don’t know what you are talking about when you explain cosmic cycles so eloquently. And of course you are right – most cultures do see cycles of time as part of a much bigger picture. Westerners are shrinkers of time. Just now I am reading about Katchinas who seem to have a wealth of knowledge that is rarely shared ( and never entirely -too sacred) about these cycles… Thank you for taking the time to explain these cosmic cycles… when I think about time in the bigger picture I can feel hope for the Earth, something I need access to now…

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