This month The MOON celebrates birth—that messy process of labor and delivery that brings forth new life, or a new creation. For humans, this process can be long, arduous, risky, and even fatal. Yet it remains one of life’s most gratifying experiences.
Of course December is the month in which many people celebrate a history-changing birth: that of an infant called Jesus, whom Christians call the Christ. Could Mary have had any way of knowing how momentous her birth might be?
Today, humanity is in the throes of a global transition, with breakdown and crisis all around us. Midwives remind birthing mothers that transition is the most difficult part of labor; the time when you’re ready to call for drugs; when you just can’t take the pain any more. Next thing you know, the baby’s head is crowning and it’s time to push, push, push. This is hard work, but you can feel the progress. Soon, a new baby is in your arms. Do any of us know how momentous our births may turn out to be?
Artists, writers, composers, and inventors also give birth, as do philosophers, visionaries, and social change agents who give birth to ideas, possibilities, and even movements.
Our interview this month is with one such visionary change-agent, Barbara Marx Hubbard, who believes humanity is currently giving birth to a new species of human. She is joined in this issue by women who write of their own birthing experiences—real or imagined—in memoirs, poems, and short fiction. Men, too, have contributed to these pages—empathizing with a partner’s birthing or failure to birth something dear and important to them.
In this season of reviewing the year past, giving thanks for our blessings, and making plans for the year to come, The MOON would like to thank all its writers, interview subjects, and contributors for sharing their work. You are the ones giving birth to the new world.
The MOON would also like to thank its readers. You are the ones who give us reason for being.
Finally, The MOON would like to thank its supporters–those generous souls who saw fit to keep us shining by sharing the currency of the realm: cash. A special thanks to those who supported the paper publication of last month’s issue on Death: The Final Frontier. With that kind of monthly support, The MOON could one day become a print magazine, as well as an online journal. If you’d like to see that happen, please visit our Donate page and make a one-time (or recurring!) donation towards that end. Together, we’ll birth a new MOON!
Wishing you joy and many blessings during this season of light in the midst of darkness and life born of love and perseverance.