September : Adelina
“When you feel you are being moved by the creative spirit, you are in fact being moved by the divine feminine,” writes Teri Degler in The Divine Feminine Fire. This is what the sacred feminine embodies: a creative energy. A cosmic, feminine force. The feminine is, after all, the root of all creation. When we want to create, all we have to do is call upon Her.
That is the beauty of language.
The creative spirit.
When I am at a loss for words, my mind thinks back to women past, specifically a character called Scheherazade. In The Arabian Nights, Scheherazade uses her storytelling to weave magic so strong, she enchants the King and becomes a Queen—a wild woman of Story.
The realm of story feels familiar to our eyes, ears, tongues. Of course it does. That is where we were birthed. We are all natural storytellers. We are a force of this divine feminine energy. The inspiration to create is just the beginning. Inspiration by definition means ‘the drawing in of the divine unto the soul.’ When you feel inspired to write, you are essentially breathing in the sacred feminine into yourself.
As bell hooks writes in remembered rapture: the writer at work, “No black woman writer in this culture can write ‘too much.’ Indeed, no woman writer can write ‘too much’ . . . No woman has ever written enough.”
That is Herstory. Yourstory.
Let your intuition guide you. If at times you feel the melancholia hovering, remember that as we are creating, we also destroying. There is a reason why the term ‘The Sylvia Plath Effect’ was coined. We as women, as creatives, move in cycles. The lightness of being. The darkness of being. As women, we must continue living in the in-between. We must continue creating. We cannot stop.
In “Poetry is Not a Luxury,” Audre Lorde writes, “For each of us as women, there is a dark place within where hidden and growing our true spirit rises . . . Within these deep places, each one of us holds an incredible reserve of creativity and power, of unexamined and unrecorded emotion and feeling. The woman's place of power within each of us is neither white nor surface; it is dark, it is ancient, and it is deep.”
At the seat of our souls, we all have stories. We are all She who decided her story was sacred. Scheherazade, Plath, Oliver, Kahlo, Sexton, Woolf, Bronte, Teasdale, Nin, O'Keefe―drops in the sea of the feminine womb: a place where women circle together to dream and create and ruminate. We are no different. It’s time to let our stories do their work in the world. So speak more, write more, create more, share more.
It is through our stories that we unravel.
It is through our stories that we transform.
Poetry is the light, quiet fire of the soul, writes Adelina Sarkisyan—poet, writer, editor and creative on a mission to re-sacralize the creative feminine. A journey it has been, to come home to the seat of her soul and hear its soft whisper: welcome.
Beneath this form, her story is of many women in one—the unfinished woman—drawn deeply to knowledge: reading, learning and studying; magic: poetry, solitude and sacredness; world: nature, culture and wildness; and otherworld: light, shadow and energy. Rooted in degrees in Anthropology, Women’s Studies, Criminology and Social Work, her work as healer and poet is brimmed with realms of self-creation, womanhood, spirituality, melancholia, nature, culture, language, mysticism and the wild feminine.
Her journey to poetry began as a child, where she wrote short, metaphysical stories and immersed herself in fairy tales and books. Only when I am within myself, can I feel the creative spirit, she cries, and I write, write, write. In a way, words are small pieces of magic. I find them tucked away everywhere: in trees and oceans and candles and books and people.
Adelina Sarkisyan currently dwells in Los Angeles, California, between the ocean and the willow trees, where she works as Editor for Over the Moon Magazine and writes and speaks on the beautiful simplicity of being. Her work continues to be a place for women to circle—to breathe, to dream, to unravel, to love—in the underground gardens of the soul.
She now continues her craft with the upcoming release of a mentoring program, where she will use poetry and spirituality to guide women to reach within and hear the whispers of their own divinity.