The Threshold to Wise Woman

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Gateway to Menopause….Standing at the Threshold to Wise Woman- Rachael Crow As a woman who has been working with my cycle for most of my adult years, with a particular passion for celebrating women- young and old…I was noticing a fear arising in me about menopause….I wasn’t really sure what it would bring, not many women where speaking about it, …

Make yourself your menstrual staff of wisdom!

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In her book, 4 Seasons in 4 Weeks, Suzanne Mathis McQueen talks about tribal wise women holding staffs decorated with their menstrual rags – showing the power in all the years they have cycled and the wisdom of their blood. This inspired me to begin making my own Staff of rags- I decided each month on my Moontime retreat I …

Coping with Menstrual Migraines

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Pre-menstrual migraines are mainly caused by hormones (of course!), often the pre-menstrual drop in oestrogen or progesterone deficiency which means there isn’t enough relaxation for blood vessels and low adrenal function because the adrenals need progesterone to produce cortisol.   If menstrual migraine is plaguing you then perhaps some of the suggestions on this list might help. For end of …

Full Moon Ritual

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Full Moon Ritual In 2012 I was co-running a Full Moon Ritual and Moon Lodge, the ritual has been handed down a line of women from Seneca Elder Grandmother Twyla right down to women in the UK  including my friend Hoppi Wimbush here in West Wales. The ritual itself is simple but the wisdom and healing women bring to each …

Natural Contraception

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Unedited version of the article published in issue 30 of Juno Magazine I feel let down by medical contraception, doctors ‘sell’ it to you as a simple and convenient way to enjoy sex without getting pregnant, well that certainly hasn’t been my experience. If I asked my doctor about ‘Natural Contraception’ her response would be that the dose of hormones …

My Menarche Ceremony at Sacred Arts Camp by Ro Ocean 2006

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This article is published in ‘Menarche a Journey into Womanhood’ by Rachael Crow (Hertogs). My Menarche Ceremony at Sacred Arts Camp by Ro Ocean 2006 My Menarche Ceremony this year was truly beautiful. I just wish every girl could experience what I did. The sweat lodge the night before the ceremony was just as important as the actual thing, as …

cycle charting concerns

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I am really interested in charting my cycle, but i’m a bit wary as a friend of mine was using it for natural birth control and became pregnant- twice! One time was while she was bleeding! (the first time she had an abortion, and the second time- quite soon after, she decided to keep the baby- and she was very …

A young woman’s description of her menarche

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This article is published in ‘Menarche a Journey into Womanhood’ by Rachael Crow (Hertogs). My Menarche Ceremony at Sacred Arts Camp by Ro Ocean 2006 My Menarche Ceremony this year was truly beautiful. I just wish every girl could experience what I did. The sweat lodge the night before the ceremony was just as important as the actual thing, as …

Going Within

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How do We “Go Within?” Most of us live over-committed, complicated lives, with guilt and/or income-generation as our primary motivator. Though we have precious little time in our current incarnation, it is still hard to say no to work, family or group activities that we don’t find personally meaningful. There are so many “shoulds” planning our daily schedule. So be …