She was a woman who was intimately connected to the mysteries of the moon and in the mist, in the middle of the night, she would awaken, called once more to howl in her graceful prowess. In many ancient cultures women used to be synchronised with the moon. The moon’s electromagnetic frequencies sync with a woman’s Pineal gland, which in-turn release hormones to signal your moon or red cycle. With EMF emitting technologies running rapid, synthetic birth control and lack of connection to Great Mother Gaia and The Moon, our electromagnetic centers may be a bit haywire. Do not fret for I will tell you ways later to get back “in-sync”.
In ancient times the world was not of the patriarchal hierarchy we see today. Anthropologist and Archaeologist alike have found this to be true, Woman were the first Shaman or Medicine givers within a tribe. Woman first understood the movements of the earth and circle of life, because they were intimately connected to those cycles through their body. Woman had a unique bond in tribe because all of the woman in the tribe would “sync” menstrual cycles and since all the women would bleed together. This was an intimate time to gather in the “red tent” and pass on wisdom.
So come, I welcome you, join me in the red tent! You have earned it. 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. The Sanskit word for ritual and menstruation is the same – r’ku. This shows you how profound that a woman’s intuition is with the cycles within the universe and our planet. These energies move with nature: Birth, Growth, Bloom, Harvest, Decay, Death and Rebirth. Moving intimately with the seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Compare that to the woman’s life and you will see the Maiden, the Mother, the Mage, and the Crone.
Each of these energies reside in each week of a month for a woman and if you are aware of these energy fluctuations within yourself, you will have a more intertwined connection of the energy flow within the universe. Understand the flow within your body is understanding how to not only capitalize on when you are the most fertile but also you will have deeper understanding of the manifestation process. This is why both men and women can benefit from this knowledge because the way the woman’s body flows is a mirror of all that is. With the exception of looking for bodily ques, men can use these energy flows within their lives to also maintain a sustainable flow of energy.
Keep in mind that this is the way that our bodies used to be synced before artificial light was introduced. Miranda Grey who wrote the book Red Moon talks about this stating,”, A woman with the White Moon cycle, bleeding with the dark (new) Moon, becomes linked to the deepest levels of her awareness, reminding her that there exists more than just the world she sees, because she is the carrier of the seed of life. A woman with a Red Moon cycle, bleeding with the full moon, brings the energies and mysteries of her inner darkness out into the world around her as a gift and an offering of the depths of her learning.”
Week One- New Moon (day 1 – first day of bleeding – day 7): Death – Rebirth Phase. Winter energy.
This is a time a feel many women are not given the space to fully indulge in the what their body is calling them to do but I will offer recommendations to help as much as possible in a world that has disconnected from the Earth’s cycles of regeneration and sustainability. Find a way to retreat from the business or busy-ness of the world, even if it is just in the evening or for one day. One thing that I always do is wear my moonstone on the day I start to bleed as a silent communication to my partner. Explain to your partner that you need space to decompress and assimilate the elimination and regeneration going on in your body.
Make sure to create your red tent or safe space, have your heating blanket ready, fluffy pillows, a moon journal, your favorite tea. This is the time to really go within and sync with the inner shaman and medicine woman.Wear clothing red clothing as ceremonial garb each time your red cycle is present or wear certain crystals that hold the blood or sacral chakra energy like carnelian, moonstone, and garnet. You can also have red linens on your bed! The ancients say day 3 of your bleeding time is extra potent, ask for a vision during this time. Work with amethyst during this time to activate your dream space and keep a dream journal. This is a great time for meditation.
Your hypothalamus and pineal gland are secreting different hormones this will allow you to reach into the spirit world and ancients have been passing this wisdom about this time for thousands of years. They would say since the woman bleeds for so many days and does not pass into the spirit world, her spirit can see past the veil of physical reality during this time. This is also why woman are “extra-sensitive” during this time in my opinion because they are stepping into being able to feel the etheric realm as well as the physical. Make sure to be gentle with yourself during this time as well as when you “re-emerge” after your bleeding has ceased.
Be mindful you can also collect your blood if you are using a Diva Cup and offer it to the Earth once more, since this is one of the greatest offerings we have to give.
Week Two – Waxing Moon (day 8-14): High Energy Creative Phase. Spring energy.
This is a time of great physical, sexual and creative energy. Your body will be revving up the hormones to ovulate, when the egg drops and you will be feeling magnetic. This is a more outward, prowess, goddess like feeling, there may be more of a tendency to preen yourself during this time and it is a great time to make plans as your mind will be the most clear during this time. Paint during this time, draw, be completely wildly creative! Fully indulge here, beautify and express yourself! Dedicate your egg to creating something new you want create in your life!
Week Three – Full Moon (day 15-21): Harvest and Celebration Phase. Summer energy.
This is the time to celebrate what you have achieved, created, succeeded in this cycle and let go of what you haven’t. This can be a very sexual time for some woman depending on when you specifically ovulate or some woman will be starting to feel a come-down from the egg making it’s descent. Revelle in all you have created and make sure to notice what didn’t work in the creation phase to make a new plan. This is a great time to have a Full Moon circle with friends and or go out dancing; a time to gather, share and be grateful! This is a time to finish all the projects you have started, making sure to take notice of loose ends to tie up before the next phase.
Week Four – Waning Moon (day 22-28): Release and Clarity Phase. Autumn energy.
This is when your egg has start to definitely descend into the uterus, almost completely. There will be two different ways of experiencing this spiritually. You many feel you have accomplished what your mind set-out to do with the egg in the “spring-time” energy or you may feel a sense of loss because you did not. This is all subconscious and many women will be able to relate to this unexplainable sadness that arrives during this time of approaching your red cycle.
Many women will start to feel they want change or to subconsciously secure a safe space during this time in preparation for their bleeding time. This is a time to start moving inward, to evaluate what has worked this “season” and what has not. Really feel into that feeling of frustration if you have it and access what you are upset that didn’t happen during that time and make it a new “seed” for the next month and season approaching.
Take a long, indulgent bath with candle light and essential oils. Prepare and anoint your body for the coming shedding ceremony, rose and geranium as well as lavender as beautiful relaxing and feminine energy oils. Honor yourself and the energy cycle you have experienced. Make sure you have plans for when your red cycle arrives that you will have more time to relax, make less social obligations at this time since you will be less emotionally available and make prepared meals in advance, soup is a wonderful option. Prepare for the seeds you will plant for the next season in a New Moon Manifestation.
It is so important to be in touch with each part of this cycle of life. Lara Owen puts it so perfect in her book ” Her Blood is Gold”
“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.” We are one with the Earth and the Earth is in us <3