This posts takes a look at the traditional indigenous teachings around the moon time [menstruation]. I used to share moon time teachings with women’s groups, but I’ve decided that men need this information, too.
For my women readers, this is information that has been lost in our society, but it can help us in achieving the life balance we all seek.
To my male readers, please read this in the spirit of gaining a better understanding of female mysteries! Learn to appreciate the women in your life as energetic beings in tune with the cycles of nature.
When I started attending Native American ceremony 30+ years ago, there was one guideline that caused me considerable confusion:
Women were not permitted to participate in most Native American ceremonies if they were on their moon time [that is, menstruating].
No other explanation was given other than that women were “sacred” at this time.
This taboo was a great mystery to me. My first reaction was the same as that of most women: anger, suspicion and indignation. — it was hard for us to see this prohibition as anything other than one more example of men excluding women from the cool stuff.
But wait! What if there were more to it than that?I’m a researcher at heart and I like to know the why, what and how of things. I’m like a cat that way – always curious.
So I undertook the task of learning everything I could about moon time teachings and what I found surprised, enlightened and transformed me.
It was life-changing, really – a glimpse into the world beyond the mundane. A look into the magical realms of the energy of the natural world.
“Part of aligning with Divine Order is aligning with the natural cycles of the earth and the cosmos.” Christiane Northrup, M.D. in Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality, and Well-Being