i have been kept away from this
my own blood
the power to create worlds.

cuando lo guardo, lo siento. lo amo. lo agradesco. lo respiro. es la sangre de mi vida. la poder de dos
mis universos, suspienderlos como luces brillantes en la cara de una mujer. la mujer, la sola mujer,
una, ella es una y todo, yo y ella, la fuerza innocente y destructiva, que te hace florar y brincar ne el
mismo tiempo.

now i come back, crying.
i found god here.
the power of the ocean in a drop,
my life in a day dissolving
to rise again no longer disillusioned.
now clear. now bold and bloody,
now a wild womb warrior.

this is my blood i’ve been missing.
years that this fertile fluid
has been thrown in the landfill.
hidden. rolled up. disposed of quickly.

today i collect it
put it on the altar
revere it. pray with it.
today i listened to her.
who she is. what she wants.
her power. her prowl.

this blood grows gardens
i cherish it
this blood clears pathways.

this blood senses beyond senses
i own it
this blood triumphs.

this blood howls in the darkness
i hear it
this blood runs free.

this blood builds empires
i feed it
this blood runs me.

this blood is life force
from a cave of constant creativity
whoever comes in
will stay long enough
to be burned away.

until the soul remains
until there is only blood
soul and blood
tell me what is in your blood
what lurks, what lingers, what lusts
for life
do you know your blood
do you feel your blood
do you hear your blood
let it speak
let it move, rise, let it
break things
let it roam, cluster, weep
enter the earth, take root
speak with the mother
she will come back to you
she will come back to you
she will be there for you
receive each other.

take this blood
water the new earth
be fierce with it
be fiery
be you, like this
and free.


:bloody brilliant by ioana gheorghiu


Ioana Gheorghiu is a poet with an eye for the mystical. She believes poetry is the edge of consciousness, an edge where we can meet our deepest self and start to live from it — fully, with honesty, vulnerability, and creative fire. All of her passions in life are related to connection: connecting with self, others, and the grander picture of nature and the cosmos.

Ioana’s first poetry collection called “between soul & bone” is available on Amazon. She has been a featured poet in the Sand Hill Review and Hawai’i Magazine.


Art by Isabel Bryna 

Published by Astara Solae

I created 13MOONS Magazine to resurrect the sacred feminine in Stories and Art. As a Seeress who'd worked directly with Oshun, Yemaya, Oya, and other earlier Goddesses, I noticed a stark difference in these energies and those of later iterations, such as Venus and Aphrodite. It is like parts of these beings were stripped away. Whether to fit the fashion of culture or men, I'll leave for you to decide, but this just didn't sit right with my spirit. And so I dreamed of a platform which would amplify the real voice of the feminine - Stories and Art created by actual women from our perspective, without apology. And here we are.I am called Astara, a name I received during meditation, meaning Little Sirius. I am here to draw down the energy of Ast, also known as Auset, Isis, and the latest: Mother Mary, truly just a hint of the Original anymore. I am here to Remember and to help Remind us of who we are as women, who we are beneath patriarchal whitewashing and power politics as religion. I am here to Remind us of the wisdom we hold within each of our cells which we have mistakenly (and blasphemously) called our meat suit. I am a Sensual Fluency Educator and Tranceworker, offering tools I've channeled from my own body to help you connect with yours. Reach out anytime if you'd like to hear more.

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