By Sarah Akers
Howl. Scream. Be the Goddess and the Banshee! Manifest your warrior and your destiny! Rise and be the truth only you can speak!
These are the words of my soul. I have stood in the woods and I have screamed from my womb. I have yelled out for healing from lives and days past.
I have cried and torn out each piece of myself that hid behind the lies and trauma left on me by a patriarchal society — the product of our history.
I have put a salve on the wounds of my spirit that looked much like the scars childbirth left on my belly. These are the words of my soul.
But what about the words of my other sisters? In our community of wild women ,we are all writing and rising in a language that is so full of emotion and anger and love that it’s as heady as the oils and sage we use. What about the women we are not reaching because we are so busy speaking our soul’s language that we have forgotten to speak the human one?
There are so many women of all age groups that hear our words and never make it past ‘be the goddess’. They turn off immediately.
These woman may not be on their journey yet — or don’t yet know that they are — do not need these words thrown at them. So I ask this of you, my sisters. Is there room in our community for the teacher that says, “We are learning to listen to our own voice instead of the others that have helped mold us”?
We can cater to the women who are ready to have their Shakti in full bloom as well as the women who are just trying to learn how not to worry when her mom thinks she’s getting fat.
Magic is in all of us. It’s being truly who we are. Not all of us are people of heady words and Bardic poetry. Some are mathematicians or engineers and speak in different terms.
So howl with me sisters! Howl at the moon! But if you are not ready to howl and you just want to have a glass of wine, or chat around a campfire, I am there, too. I can as easily say, “Well, today was a bad day” as I can, “My wild can’t take the patriarchal system any longer!”
For more self-study, The Urban Howl recommends The Deepening Darkness: Patriarchy, Resistance, and Democracy’s Future.