Wisdom from Seanmháthair Gealach (Grandmother Moon)
New Moon in Virgo (Earth Element, Mutable)
Tuesday, September 19th @ 10:29 PM PT /
Wednesday, September 20th @ 5:30 UTC
Theme for this lunar journey: Balance
THE POWER OF OUR MOON TIME
The Dark/New Moon is — for some women — the time when they experience their flow, their Moon Time. In our Wise Woman Bean Gealach Circle, we recently introduced these blood mysteries into our Soul Work.
In earlier times, women cycled naturally with the Moon just as Lady Ocean does, the tides higher/lower corresponding to the phases of the Moon. Many women started their cycle at the New Moon and ovulated at the Full Moon, while for others it was/is the opposite and, for others, there was/is no consistency at all.
That “original” cycle is still embodied and honoured in the Medicine Wheel energies of our lunar cycle. The Dark/New Moon is our beginning, a time of deep reflection and shedding. Our energies rise throughout the first half of the cycle, peaking at ovulation the Full Moon, when we are most fertile — however that expresses itself, such as through ovulation or creativity.
In the second half of the lunar cycle, our feminine Yin energies rise in preparation for the return of a new cycle. But even though our energy may not flow with LaLuna’s, it doesn’t mean we are out of sync with Nature… just that our creative energies are expressed in a different way.
Flow at the Full Moon is considered, by some, to be a Red Moon Cycle, while flow at the Dark Moon is considered a White Moon Cycle.
Apparently many believed that the Red Moon cycle “belonged to the medicine women, to the midwives, the magic-makers and the wisdom keepers of the community.” (Per the Yoga Goddess blog).
In her book “Red Moon” Miranda Gray says,
“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.” (quoted in the Yoga Goddess blog)
MOON TIME AS SACRED RITUAL
This weekend, I had a powerful reminder of how sacred our Moon Time is. I participated in a workshop led by The Medicine Collective, a group of First Nations elders and wisdom-keepers here in Vancouver, Canada. We were preparing blends of sacred herbs and tobacco, which will be shared with the local community for ceremonial use throughout the year (and a pouch to take home for our own rituals).
Before we began the opening ritual, a woman in the workshop said it was her Moon Time, and that in her people’s traditions, women did not participate in ritual at that time.
This opened us all up to a beautiful discussion on women’s blood mysteries and how the Moon Time was/is respected in First Nations’ traditions. And by the way, this particular workshop was led by the male Elders of the Collective, who spoke so powerfully and lovingly about their wives, daughters, sisters, aunties, and grandmothers… and their powerful role within their Nation.
You are likely familiar with the First Nations’ concept of the Moon Lodge, and/or the Grandmother Lodge. Starting with a woman’s first flow, she would join the Moon Lodge every month… sitting with other women and with the elders in ritual, reflection, renewal, guidance from Creator, and ceremony.
The women did not participate in other rituals at their Moon Time because their flow was the ritual… a sacred ceremony, recognizing the spirituality of creating life, of the blood mystery itself, of the purification it represents. WOW! And elder woman also joined Grandmother Lodges, recognizing that even though their flow had ended, energetically that flow was still there… ebbing and flowing within their body, expanding and contracting, maintaining their connection to Grandmother Moon.
So, each month, women sat together… empowering each other, sharing, inspiring, learning, mentoring… supporting each other in the transition from Flowering Maidens (this was also part of the Celtic culture) to the Fruit of Motherhood/Woman to the nurturing Seed of the Wise Woman.
Can you imagine what it was like to welcome your menarche in this way… and all the blood mysteries, including childbirth and menopause? And to have the support of women in Circle 13 times a year…. every year?
For the women reading this post… In your Soul Work this month, consider reflecting on the Blood Mysteries in your life… your relationship to them, how you honour them, how you felt about your own menarche or your own menopause… reflect deeply on the relationship… and how your cycle may have an effect on your intimate relationships. Most importantly, are you content with your current relationship to your womb, your Inner Cauldron, or would you like to manifest a new relationship with it?
And for the men reading this post… perhaps consider what you know or believe women’s cycles… the blood mysteries… and perhaps this can be an opportunity to talk with your partner about their relationship with their cycle, your relationship with her cycle, and how it may (or may not) affect the dynamics of the relationship.
And let’s not assume that this is a simple or easy reflection, especially for women. Many of us have very complex and challenging relationships with our body, and with the Inner Cauldron of our womb. For instance, some experience an inability to conceive, or have experienced miscarriages and terminations. They may have painful periods due to endometriosis or cysts, or hormonal imbalances. The uterus may be absent… gone or never there. This may create a spiritual crisis for some — manifesting in anger, despair, depression and other emotions — while others may channel their energies and heal in a different way.
Whatever path your journey has taken you, know that when we discuss this in our Wise a Woman Circle, it is a safe place and that I — and all in this Circle — hold loving space for you on that journey.
Le grá (with love),
Delve into your Soul Work for this New Moon even more with info on rituals, best practices for celebrating and honouring the New Moon, the Goddess energies and more in Soul Work for the New Moon in Virgo… Balance, Balance, Balance