Meaning, Myth and Magic in the High Mojave Desert
Writer and poet Rohini Walker moved to a remote rural corner of California’s high desert almost eight years ago. She and her husband moved here directly from London, England, in search of a whole new way of life, away from everything that was familiar to them.
During this period, Rohini co-created the independent print periodical, Luna Arcana, which has grown in popularity in the United States and abroad.
What was your inspiration behind Luna Arcana?
This desert, along with the deserts of the American Southwest, were Luna Arcaockedna’s guiding muses. Specifically, Luna Arcana is an exploration of the invisible occult forces that rule all life and that the desert landscape draws to those who gravitate here.
How has the desert environment affected your work and creativity as a writer?
It really blossoms here – ironically! Everything about this environment inspired me so much when I first moved here, and now, as my relationship with the landscape changes and deepens, my work and my creativity evolve and grow as well.
I am writing a book – and really whenever I feel stuck or stuck in a creative way, giving myself the time and space to connect with the earth and my surroundings allows me to dissolve and dissolve myself. move through the blocks.
Luna Arcana recently published the first volume of an art book with art publisher, The Artlands. Tell us a bit about that.
Yes, it was very exciting to be approached by The Artlands for this collaboration – they are wonderfully supportive and brilliant in the job they work with. The art book is called The Alchemy of Earth & Sky. It’s an anthology of prose, poetry, and art from previous issues of Luna Arcana, and it also features new work from me.
You are also a teacher and coach for other creatives – what are you doing in this area?
My work of teaching and mentoring others is fundamentally based on the principles and practices that inform my own work – which are the art of creating meaning and learning to delve into that practice through mythology.
I use mythology and history to help the person I work with weave and create their own personal mythology – which in turn supports them in their own creative process, whether it’s writing or writing. ‘Visual art.
And of course, I learn a lot by working this way with others, so it helps my own writing process and my creative flow, so it’s a mutually symbiotic situation.
You have written extensively for the popular broadcasting platform, kcet.org. What topics do you write for them?
I love writing for KCET. I usually cover environmental and conservation topics for them – both of which I’m passionate about. I have had the opportunity to meet some truly inspiring people and organizations who are doing incredible work in these areas. I also cover art and cultural topics based in California every now and then, which are always very interesting to delve into – especially because KCET is not prescriptive in what they ask for, and really encourages me to dive into my own. interpretation of things.
What’s next for you and Luna Arcana?
I am currently looking for a literary agent for my book, so this is an interesting step!
As for Luna Arcana, we’re changing things up a bit and are planning to evolve the print periodical, a version 2.0 if you will – so I’m currently working on these new developments with my creative partner, Martin Mancha.
And I hope the art book volume 2 with our publisher Artlands materializes within the next couple of years.
I also write essay style newsletters for Luna Arcana’s growing online subscribers – “Letters from Luna” – which always keeps the inspiration going!