Welcome to the latest in the series of Wild Sisters Rising!
The village raises the child. The circle honours the woman.
(Lissa Orr ~ Wild Sister Rising)
I am delighted to introduce Aphra Wilson ~ Mother, artist, home educator, tree-hugger and bare-foot enthusiast.
Which phase of life are you in?
I’m firmly in the Mother phase, my kids are 16, 14 and 10. It’s a wonderful time in my life, I am watching each one glowing with potential as they find their own special interests and passions through home education.
With the benefit of hindsight and learned wisdom, what do you wish you’d known at the start of your cycling journey?
Anything! Anything more than the basic biology and shame laden hygiene tips found in the wee booklet my mum gave me. I’d have liked to know the link to the moon at a younger age, the years I spent in the depths of confusion, frustration and occasional unexplained elation could have had some reason; I could have trusted my intuition!
What do you do for self care?
I go through phases, sometimes honouring myself with yoga, running, meditation, reading and art. Other times I don’t seem able, or willing, to devote more than sitting to finish a cup of tea. I’m in the latter phase just now, but taking the time to write this feels like the reminder I need to get back on track.
Do you have a morning routine? If so, what does that look like?
This is what I need to work on. All too frequently it’s coffee and Facebook, I want to get up early and write, and run… but ya know.
Which season in the year is your favourite and why?
It’s now, the transition from spring to summer; heavy blossoms, lush tufts of dewy grass, spiralling tendrils of climbing plants; everything so full of promise that you forget the dreich reality that’s just been and will come again.
What are you reading just now?
I’ve always got a few books on the go, I’m just finishing Oscar Wilde’s A Picture of Dorian Grey, (I love the language but he’s a misogynistic prick) I’ve got Reheated Cabbage by Irvine Welsh on my lap just now (absolutely disgusting, but comfortingly familiar) I’ve got a crappy crime thing called Two Nights (with too many plot holes and flat characters but I have to see it through now) and Mary Beards Women in Power (turns out the earliest literature of emerging western society features a woman being told to pipe down).
Which book has been most influential on your path? I think Caitlin Moran’s How to be a Woman pulled together the pieces that were floating around in my head and gave them context and gave me permission to feel them. Then, Sharon Blackie’s If Women Rose Rooted, that’s been huge for me. The Wellspring Women’s Project that I’m a part of has drawn some inspiration from this book, the ancient tales of our land and the deep feminine connection to nature.
What has been the most valuable piece of advice you have received?
I find it hard to think of specifics, but there are 3 women, Irene my driving instructor, Linda my Reiki teacher and Dhyanna my Shamanic mentor, who’s advice and influence has stayed with me and I’m full of gratitude for their impact.
How do you like to relax and unwind?
Although I spend all my working time essentially drawing, I still pick up a pencil and sketch book to relax. Ideally, I love forgetting everything else while spending time in the forest, walking along hedgerows or on beaches collecting stones, flowers, bones and feathers.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what would be your 3 must have items?
I’ve written and deleted a lot on this one, but I’ll settle for teabags, a really long book and tweezers (if there’s to be any chance of a rescue).
Do you have a mantra or affirmation that you live by? Nothing beautiful or eloquent, just a simple “fuck it, just do it”.
Describe your perfect day
An early start, some exercise, time to write, a walk somewhere green with my husband and kids, cooking something nice for dinner (which everyone will eat and enjoy since it’s my imaginary perfect day) some gardening, reading and drawing, and then… well, it’s got to be a full moon so… x
What does wild sister rising mean to you?
When I began following the page I was intrigued by the synchronicities of my personal path and the posts I was reading. I realised it’s happening all over, the feminine awaking, the spiritual rediscovery, the ignition of goddess energy is everywhere! Wild Sister Rising is a place to connect with likeminded souls and share the journey, it’s a great time to be a woman!
More about Aphra:
Mother, artist, home educator, tree-hugger and bare-foot enthusiast. Creating a nurturing, real-life, community for ourselves and our daughters.
I‘ve been studying my whole life, searching for something in literature, religions, art history, archaeology, vibrational healing, horticulture and politics, and it’s finally converged here. At the crossroads of academia and experience. Where story meets adventure, and our narratives are rooted in the land.