If you're on your period right now, with me, celebrate! You're synced up with the full moon (in Sagittarius. What does that mean? Hit the pic to hear what my personal favorite astrologer has to say on it) .
We've gotten pretty used to our periods, although it doesn't make them easier. We have all kinds of gadgets, pills, hot water bottles, even special underwear designed exactly for this time of the month. All designed so we can try to live like our periods aren't really happening.
I used to hear stories of ancient cultures, and contemporary ones ( as a long time Brooklyn resident, I've heard the endless speculation on what exactly goes on behind the closed doors of the Hasidic Jews of Williamsburg) where they "banished" women during their cycle, and they were "forced" to go hang out with other women who were menstruating at the same time. They weren't permitted to have sex, someone else would have to prepare the food, and they were "forced" to take ritual baths and immerse themselves in prayer.
Naturally my propensity for outrage and sense of separation from all people didn't allow me to see this for what it is. I saw a week of shame and ostracizing, women walking off to the shame cave, heads hanging low.
yeah right! These women may not have shown it, but they're probably cackling like hyenas! No sex, cleaning, or hanging out with anyone who cannot directly empathize with your period cramps, angst, and cravings? Bring it on. Also what's more shameful, the whole world knowing you're on your period at the period house with the other hens, or forcing yourself to show up in the world a week out of the month as if nothing is happening?
The company of women is profoundly healing and not to be missed. It's no longer cute to "I just prefer hanging out with guys" . A woman without women friends is a woman who has a lot of work to do.
According to Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, during your period the wall between the conscious and the subconscious is made very very thin. This is why you're so sensitive. Your intuition is at its strongest. The doors of perception are cracked for you, begging you to push them wide open. Your menses bring fertility, of the mind and the body. It's the perfect time to workshop a new idea. Logic is the enemy, logic bullies intuition. Be with people who support you, who understand you, and who can hold a dream for you without shitting all over it, with a "don't quit your day job, get back to work." .
A full moon, like a menstrual cycle, is a time of manifesting and release. It brings fertility of mind and body. What have you learned since your last cycle? What are you having a hard time ignoring? What is it that you desire?
Instead of trying to operate independently of your cycle, and hide it, how can you celebrate it? How can you treat it as D-Day for that self-care week you've been wanting to tackle? How can you lasso this fertility and use it to bring one of your more intuitive projects to light? How can you spend more time with women? How can you release what doesn't serve? How can you be generous with yourself? How can you love on yourself even when you're scrubbing a diva cup emergency out of your jeans? How can you celebrate your Divine Femininity during this time?
Generosity. Forgiveness. Letting go.
This full moon is about your strength. If you're bleeding at this time, acknowledge it! Be proud of it. You are woman, guts and glory. With positive reinforcement and a whole lot of honor, you can accomplish anything. It's easy for you to find what's meaningful to you on a deeper level at this time, so go deep, but bring something back to the surface with you.