Why They Call Women Creatures of the Moon
After getting my yoga teacher certification and awakening my chakra pathways a year ago in February, I realized my sacral chakra was wounded. Not only did this awareness come to realization but shortly after I realized to completely heal this, I needed to get off of my birth control. May of this year 2013 right before my birthday I decided to get my Mirena and IUD out before going to visit my mother.
She lives at the beach so I knew there would be tremendous healing within this trip. I didn't realize that it was the first super moon of the year. That weekend was magical and everything came in divine timing. At my birthday dinner I was eating overlooking the bay where a pod of dolphins played underneath the light of the full moon. I received my first red time in five years in June on the New Moon and as I felt this rebirth I found some information that I feel I must share with everyone, including men who are open to hearing about it.
I realized that woman had always been presented as the moon or yin energy and in this I realized the synchronicity of my first returning cycle. Women are supposed to be synchronized with the moon cycle. The moon's electromagnetic frequencies sync with our Pineal gland, which release proper hormones to signal your proper cycle. With technologies running rapid, synthetic birth control and lack of connection to Great Mother-The Moon, our electromagnetic frequencies may be off. Do not fret for I will tell you ways later to get back “in-sync”. Through this connection with the moon woman became the first Shaman or Medicine givers within a tribe, Anthropologist and Archaeologist alike have found this to be true.
Woman first understood the movements of the earth and circle of life. The Sanskit word for ritual and menstruation is the same - r'ku. The word root for menstruation mens, is the same for moon, month and measurement. The first measurement of time, the first calendar was based on the menstrual cycle. These energies present as so: birth, growth, full bloom, harvest, decay, death, rebirth. Or just like the Earth's seasons or personal life cycles: Spring - Maiden, Summer - Mother, Autumn - Maga, Winter - Crone.
It's the characteristics of each of these weeks are the opportunities for the spiritual practice: Week one resembles Spring energy. Week two Summer. Week three Autumn and Week four Winter. This is how all life cycles and how to understand the manifestation process within the universe. Whether you a female or male. I will be narrating this for women mostly but men feel free to get creative and change the energetic "assignments" to your liking with the frequency of each week. In replacement of the blood time for men you can use this time to deeply connect with your root chakra. I may even consider writing a male equivalent to this article later on.
Week One- New Moon (day 1 - first day of bleeding - day 7): Death Rebirth Phase. Winter energy.
Inwardly focused quiet. On retreat or wishing you were or creating situations in your life so people will leave you alone (for example fights). Life review. Visions of how it might be this new cycle. Letting go of ways or beliefs and attitudes that no longer serve - both metaphorically with your prayers and intentions and literally with your blood. Spring energy, building as your blood stops flowing. A time for metaphorically planting seeds for the new cycle. During bleeding: "I feel quiet, inward", "I don't want to be disturbed". After bleeding: "I feel soft, a bit vulnerable", "I feel as if I'm peeking back out at the world " "Here I come again".
Week Two (day 8-14): High Energy Creative Phase. Summer energy.
Increasing physical, sexual and creative energy building to a peak at ovulation.
Urgent creative feelings. Heightened awareness of self and others. More interested in physical appearance. "I feel happy, excited, full of energy", "I can do anything!"
Week Three (day 15-21): Coming Down and Harvest Phase. Autumn energy.
Post ovulatory descent - can be positive or negative, a sense of pride or failure.
May experience feelings of failure or elation depending on what you achieved from your creative peak in the few days after your egg has died unfertilized. "I lost my chance", "I feel useless".
"I am so awesome, look what I did!" May feel relief or regret (at not being pregnant, literally and metaphorically). Feelings of wanting to get rid of unnecessary things around you or in your life.
Wanting change. Things or ways of being that are no longer working for you show up. This may be confronting or a relief or both. Depending on how long you've been ignoring these promptings will depend on how you react to them showing up again. This happens to get your attention so you can let go of them in this and the next phase. "Everything seems to be hard", "Nothing feels like its working". "I've been so busy, I'm so glad I can rest now".
Week Four Full Moon (day 22-28):Distillation and Clarity Phase. Winter energy.
Lessons from this cycle are available to be seen and felt.
Either glad of the where you're at with your life or fed up (again).
Feeling ready to let go and surrender or feeling frustrated and annoyed.
Less interested in everyone else, less available emotionally to others.
Inwardly focused. "Don't ask me to do anything, leave me alone"
"I get it now, I'm letting go of this and not taking into my next cycle."
Ways to honor the menstrual cycle
The flow of the energy through the cycle gives us the clues for how to honor it. It's a good idea to let the people you live with know if you are going to change the way you do things at your bleeding time. Their support will be important to the success of you implementing these life changes.
Retreat from the busyness of the world, even just for an evening.
Before approaching new moon manifestation have a relaxing bath by candle light with essential oils. Try geranium and rose.
Create your moonlodge or red tent, this is as much a state of mind as a physical space:
Wear particular clothes or jewelry when bleeding, red stones or appropriate crystals. This can also serve the purpose of notifying the people you live with that you're bleeding.
Suggestions from Cassarne, my crystal advisor:
Two crystals resonate with the bleeding time and the choice can be made depending on which the wearer is more drawn to.
Carnelian: this relates specific to the sacral chakra and our creative centre, it brings balance to the female sacred organs and empowers the feminine in its process.
Moonstone: provides a balancing healing energy, especially of the emotions which may be in a vulnerable and fragile space. It assists in the balance and awareness of our hormones in their "dance" through our cycle. It is also a lovely stone to wear when its one's bloodtime as it reminds us of our connection with the moon and all her & our rhythms. Moonstone reassures us when we are in retreat at this time.
Garnet could also be worn purely because of its deep blood red hue and its resonance to our physical experience at this time. Plus it keeps one grounded and strengthens the healing energy of the Earth with our heart.
Experiment with dreaming by asking particular questions of your dreams.
Invoke a particular Goddess archetype to be with you during your bloodtime, perhaps Maeve or Kali.
Draw or paint.
Meditate - with or without questions and perhaps focused on what it is you will let go of with your blood this cycle.
Do gentle exercise such as walking in nature and consciously connecting with it.
Feed yourself well.
Use special linen at bloodtime, like red colored!
Be kind to yourself - go with your flow!
The bleeding phase of the cycle is as if a monthly enactment of a vision quest. On day 3 of your cycle, just like in a vision quest, do a meditation and ask for a vision. You will be gifted with a vision to inspire and fuel you for your next cycle, write about it, draw it and refer back to it.
Once you've stopped bleeding, when you are ready, gently reintroduce yourself back into the world.
Use your creative energy, make something.
Express your sexuality, beautify yourself, be indulgent.
Celebrate the energy of your ovulation (just like you would the full moon).
Dedicate your egg to something you wish to give the creative life force to.
Celebrate what you have achieved, created, succeeded in this cycle and let go of what you haven't. Don't be hard on yourself.
Start to notice the things that aren't working in your life in readiness to let them go with your blood.
Don't start any new projects, rather finish things off.
Be ready for your approaching bloodtime, adjust your plans around it.
Cook in preparation for your retreat time.
Make a pot of hearty soup that you can easily feed yourself and everyone else from during your bleeding time.
Start to imagine how you want your next cycle to go.
"The whole menstrual cycle is an alchemical process in itself, during which every woman who bleeds goes through a transformation inside herself. To menstruate means to live through a cyclical transmutation in which the past is shed and the new in embraced. Experiencing this transformation through conscious ritual awakens us to our connection with the cycles taking place all around us and to our relationship with all life." Lara Owen - "Her Blood is Gold"
I will be writing a continuation on this article about how to remove the toxins from your environment that cause you to go out of sync as well as what is to expect with a healthy redtime, more about get off of birth control with the least amount of side effects and natural birth control alternatives. Hope you have enjoyed the article. Thank you for your time and energy, we are one.
Hi everyone, my name is Jocelyn Daher and I am a team member and writer for Spirit Science. I have been a herbal healing alchemist ever since I was old enough to pretend I was the Dr. Quinn Medicine woman equivalent. I am into studying astrological charts as well as how astrology relates to current events. I was a chiropractic assistant for two years, within that time I received my yoga teacher certification, which now I use as a bookmark but I acquired some neat information on how to direct and play with energy in my body. I see every person as an extension of my family. My passion is reminding humanity how to love, in hopes to ignite the memory that you are in fact a walking embodiment of universal perfection!