About Dark Moon Lilith
Dark Moon Lilith made its first appearance as a Winter 2001 print issue. Two more print issues followed in Spring and Summer of 2002, the latter of which was a contest. Dark Moon Lilith returned for two digital issues in 2009.
After a long hiatus, Johnnie Mazzocco, founder and editor, is bringing the publication back—during a Mercury Retrograde (of course!)—with its original intention: to provide space for stories and ideas about that which goes unseen, unheard, and unbelieved. Dark Moon Lilith is a space for radical thinkers, marginalized voices, and those in touch with the otherworldly.
Dark Moon Lilith is about the dark feminine, which is not about evil, as some would have us believe. The dark feminine is the creativity that inhabits our subconscious, the place where our deepest, most profound knowledge, wisdom, and creative impulses live. It’s the place where our Shadow hides for fear of judgment, dismissal, and rejection.
Dark Moon Lilith was initially, and will continue to be, created with special souls in mind. The artistic, imaginative, inventive souls who don’t “fit in.” Because they choose to dance to their own music or because the culture they’re from has pushed them and/or their ideas to the fringe, deemed them “too much” or “not enough.” Those who work and create without the luxury of monetary compensation. Those who are labeled with a “disorder” or “deficiency.” The wounded. The healers. The deviants. Those who hear voices, see images, are sensitive to the energies and profound knowledge of the Universe, and who know that there is great wisdom and potential for growth in the darkness. Those who are called to buck the systems in which we live because they keep believing human evolution and change is possible.
Dark Moon Lilith is about the unusual. It’s about truthfulness, about lifting veils of illusion disguised as reality. It’s about the darkness, not as an evil force but, rather, as a creative force.
Dark Moon Lilith was and will continue to be created with the heartfelt belief that one day, there will be a more accepting and loving place—a more evolved and aware place—in which we all may sing our souls’ songs.
Who We Are
We are a witchy bunch. By that, we mean we embrace the power of the feminine. We embrace feminism for the good of all, and our individual spiritual practices and belief systems run counter to mainstream status quo ideologies. We worship nature, not idols. We believe in and embrace the Universal kaleidoscope of energies available to us all as a way to realize our greatest potential. We resist the “new age” label because our practices reach back to a time long before the new age movement of the 1970s and 1980s existed.
We stand with #BlackLivesMatter and the LGBTQ+ community.
We believe in the power of that which cannot be seen, that which challenges systems and ideologies created to benefit a select few, that which is viewed as different, weird, and not suitable for polite, uptight, exclusive, moralistic, oppressive company.
We believe in the power of sharing unspeakable and unbelievable stories and ideas.
Because we know they heal. . . especially the ones people don’t want to hear.
What We Love
We love work that deals with the spiritual, supernatural, occult, metaphysical, divinatory, healing arts, para-scientific, para-psychological, para-normal, social justice / injustice, gender / gender identity, the body, intersectional feminism (that addresses misogyny/sexism, racism, classism, ableism, and ageism), and left-leaning and radical political ideologies.
We love short fiction and novel excerpts (up to 10K words) and flash fiction (up to 1K words).
We love it all: Blank and free verse, rhyme, narrative, haiku, ode, lyric… Sorry to say that we can’t accommodate epics.
We love everything from personal essay to well-documented scholarly argument about anything that fits our focus.
We love painting, photography, drawings, sculpture, printmaking, installation, collage… anything that fits our focus and can be delivered in a 2-D format for print or digital.
Photo by Donald Giannatti on Unsplash
What We Do
Enlighten. Dismantle. Inflame. Encourage. Reveal. Disturb. Entertain. Agitate. Educate. Inspire. Confound. Affect. Excite. Hearten. Inform. Soothe. Invigorate. Elate. Transform. Shift. Reform. Edify. Preach. Uplift. Cultivate. Nurture. Acquaint. Touch. Foretell. Upset. Validate. Annoy. Dissolve. Scare. Calm. Surprise. Astound. Rattle. Perturb. Advocate. . .
Heal the world.
Photo by Jesse Gardner on Unsplash