Maya del Mar
Invocation One, the first feminist astrological symposium, records a sacred circle cast in
November 1996. Members of the circle invoked greater attention to the relationship between
astrology and the entire feminist tradition of scholarship, spirituality and political
First distributed as Jupiter conjoined Uranus in February 1997, Herstar
Invocation One takes its place in the long line of feminist works classified in library
collections as ephemera [Greek: lasting for a day, e.g. ephemeris]. Humbly packaged, given
away or modestly priced, often passed from hand to hand, feminist ephemera honor free
speech for females. As printed "recordings" of women's largely oral culture,
ephemera allow our juicy, grass-roots thoughts to hit the page.
Ephemera do not benefit
from the comparatively stable economic structure of organized publishing. These works are
cheaply produced, thus physically fragile. If they do survive, they come to be treasured
by scholars as the primary source documents of feminist history. Ephemera raise big
questions, pose big solutions, and in retrospect, appear prophetic. Congratulations to all
those who made the time to raise their voices.