The Menstrual Cycle is an alchemical process within itself during which every woman who bleeds goes through a transformation, herself. To menstruate means to live through a cyclical transmutation in which the past is shed and the new 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 of life. - Lara Owens “Her Blood is Gold”
The Goddess calls us: "Keep the days of your bleeding sacred. Remember that your blood is the blood of life, the blood of peace. Feed me your blood, your moon-time blood, oh my daughter, my lover. Feed me, for I hunger and I thirst for you. "Return to me. Return to yourself. Remember yourself. Remember me. I am the Great Mother. I am the Goddess. I am the Wise Woman. Listen to my words. Listen to my song. I am in you, thus I can never be lost. My story is your story. Susun Weed -
Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year
I originally purchased this book when I trained to become a doula, and have been using it as a reference guide since then. You don't need to have morning sickness to be nauseas, or be pregnant to need vitamins and nutrients! I think this book is essential for any woman interested in her health in a natural way.
In traditional Apache culture, the most important Ceremonial event for women is the 'coming of age' Ceremony, or Isanaklesh Gotal. This four-day ceremony endows young women with the power of Isanaklesh, the female Apache deity. The Ritual transforms the girl to a Woman and teaches her the responsibilities she must meet as a good Apache woman. This is also know as the 'Menarche Ritual'