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MENSTRUATION AND THE MOON


By: Cassandra Wilder N.D.
Owner of Goddess Ceremony

The moon and women are as intertwined as the night and the stars. As one waxes into full expansion, as does the other. When one pulls inward, as does the other. The cyclical balance has been around for thousands of years and at one point, all aspects of a woman: her mood, libido, energy, creativity etc. existed in alignment with the moon phases.


For many of us however, we have lost the connection to the moon and to our own bodies. We lost that magical connection that has guided us as women for thousands of years.


Remembering the wisdom of the moon and women is a powerful journey to reconnect to the power within.

Your menstrual cycle is a beautiful rhythm that you experience each month. If you grew up feeling like it was more of a curse than a blessing, I encourage you to keep reading!

In most cultures around the world, women of the tribes would menstruate with the new moon time. The new moon marks the time of darkness as the moon hides within the shadow. We know that women who spend a lot of time together sync together and menstruate at the same time and so during each new moon phase, the women of the tribes would gather together for a magical experience called the Red Tent.

Relieved of their duties, child care, chores and all obligations, the women would retreat into the Red Tent for a few days of each cycle and in this sacred space, rest, rejuvenate, share wisdom, sing, massage each other and weave baskets.

Women of all ages gathered together, some experiencing this for the first time after their first menstrual cycle and others in their sixties and honoring this time as their hundredth. Within this space, they celebrated all that it meant to be women.

Honoring the time of the new moon meant slowing down and returning to stillness. As women, we naturally feel introverted, less energetic and pulled within during the new moon. While during the full moon, we tend to feel the exact opposite.

Imagine what your life would be like had your menstrual cycle been celebrated and seen as the initiation of womanhood. Learning to honor this sacred time is perhaps the most key aspect of reconnecting to the feminine.

If you feel dread that you have to live with your menstrual cycle for the next 30 years, why not create a way to enjoy it? This is a natural and powerful cycle that your body will experience for a large portion of your life. What if you could feel empowered during your menstrual cycle every month? What if I told you that you could even look forward to your cycle?


Written By:
Cassandra Wilder N.D.
Owner of Goddess Ceremony

HERE ARE 3 SACRED WAYS TO CONNECT TO YOUR MENSTRUAL CYCLE AND TO THE SACRED MOON~

1. CHANGE THE WAY YOU MENSTRUATE

It’s hard to feel empowered in a menstrual cycle when we are using disempowering products. Commercial pads and tampons do not promote a sacred experience. There is nothing holy about removing a blood soaked piece of cotton that has odors and needs special care to be disposed of. On top of that, most pads and tampons are hazardous to our health as women. Did you know that most pads and tampons are made of genetically modified cotton? This cotton is sprayed with toxic pesticides and herbicides like Glyphosphate, known to promote rapid cell growth and cancer. The Huffington Post and The Guardian have written excellent articles about herbicides showing up in feminine care products. And, that’s not all. Pads and tampons are generally bleached with mercury (yes, that is indeed the most toxic substance known to humans) and they are often laced with cancer-causing xenoestrogens. Why will you never read this on a box of tampons? Because pads and tampons are considered medical devices and thus, they are not legally required to disclose ingredients or manufacturing processes.

Feeling upset? You are not alone. Knowing this information however allows you to do better for your body. Likely you were not taught this and so you have done the best you could with the information you had. Now that you know better, you can do better!

There are other feminine care products on the market that are far more empowering, much safer to use and free of harmful chemicals. My personal favorite is the menstrual cup. Most women experience a huge transformation just from simply making the switch from pads and tampons to a menstrual cup. Not only are menstrual cups free of chemicals, they also promote a beautiful connection to your menstrual cycle and sacred menstrual blood. 

2. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY

When you feel your cramps begin each month or if you find yourself especially exhausted or withdrawn, find a way to honor that sensation. I find in my work with clients that often ignoring our body's calls to rest leads to more painful and debilitating menstrual cramps. Is there a way to rest for 30 minutes each day during your period? Can you make space to sit down at work or take a few deep breaths. When you feel this process beginning, make space to honor it where it's at.

Unfortunately, so many of us have been taught to power through our cramps or worse, numb these sensations. Know that your body asks for what it needs. When you experience painful menstrual cramps, this is your body asking you to take some space to rest.

If you feel introverted and a bit on edge, take this as an opportunity to do something for yourself. Go for a walk in nature, meditate or journal.

3. HONOR YOUR MOON TIME

During the new moon, it's important to take time to rest and offer self care to ourselves. What could you commit to doing with each new moon to rejuvenate yourself? Some women like to get a massage with each new moon, or take an afternoon to go on a hike in nature or to perhaps just take an hour to relax on the couch. It truly doesn't matter - just think of what you could do for yourself with every new moon.

The more awareness you bring to your menstrual cycle, the more your cycle will shift to come into alignment with the new moon. There is something simply magical about menstruating during a new moon the way women have for thousands of years. There is nothing wrong with menstruating during a different time of the month, but some women choose to menstruate with the new moon. You can support your body in syncing with the new moon but this only works if you are not on birth control. I’m of course are not advocating to stop your birth control or any form of medication - that is a deeply personal decision for every woman and should be done alongside your physician.

The next time the moon wanes into the dark stage of newness, I encourage you to make space for quiet moments and to honor the incredible time of menstruation. Honor your body for flowing through this sacred time and offer gratitude to be a sacred woman. 

Menstruation and the Moon

By: Cassandra Wilder N.D.
Owner of Goddess Ceremony

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The moon and women are as intertwined as the night and the stars. As one waxes into full expansion, as does the other. When one pulls inward, as does the other. The cyclical balance has been around for thousands of years and at one point, all aspects of a woman: her mood, libido, energy, creativity etc. existed in alignment with the moon phases.


For many of us however, we have lost the connection to the moon and to our own bodies. We lost that magical connection that has guided us as women for thousands of years.


Remembering the wisdom of the moon and women is a powerful journey to reconnect to the power within.

Your menstrual cycle is a beautiful rhythm that you experience each month. If you grew up feeling like it was more of a curse than a blessing, I encourage you to keep reading!

In most cultures around the world, women of the tribes would menstruate with the new moon time. The new moon marks the time of darkness as the moon hides within the shadow. We know that women who spend a lot of time together sync together and menstruate at the same time and so during each new moon phase, the women of the tribes would gather together for a magical experience called the Red Tent. 

Relieved of their duties, child care, chores and all obligations, the women would retreat into the Red Tent for a few days of each cycle and in this sacred space, rest, rejuvenate, share wisdom, sing, massage each other and weave baskets.

Women of all ages gathered together, some experiencing this for the first time after their first menstrual cycle and others in their sixties and honoring this time as their hundredth. Within this space, they celebrated all that it meant to be women.

Honoring the time of the new moon meant slowing down and returning to stillness. As women, we naturally feel introverted, less energetic and pulled within during the new moon. While during the full moon, we tend to feel the exact opposite.

Imagine what your life would be like had your menstrual cycle been celebrated and seen as the initiation of womanhood. Learning to honor this sacred time is perhaps the most key aspect of reconnecting to the feminine.

If you feel dread that you have to live with your menstrual cycle for the next 30 years, why not create a way to enjoy it? This is a natural and powerful cycle that your body will experience for a large portion of your life. What if you could feel empowered during your menstrual cycle every month? What if I told you that you could even look forward to your cycle?

Written By:
Cassandra Wilder N.D.
Owner of Goddess Ceremony

Here are 3 sacred ways to connect to your menstrual cycle and to the sacred moon~


It’s hard to feel empowered in a menstrual cycle when we are using disempowering products. Commercial pads and tampons do not promote a sacred experience. There is nothing holy about removing a blood soaked piece of cotton that has odors and needs special care to be disposed of. On top of that, most pads and tampons are hazardous to our health as women. Did you know that most pads and tampons are made of genetically modified cotton? This cotton is sprayed with toxic pesticides and herbicides like Glyphosphate, known to promote rapid cell growth and cancer. The Huffington Post and The Guardian have written excellent articles about herbicides showing up in feminine care products. And, that’s not all. Pads and tampons are generally bleached with mercury (yes, that is indeed the most toxic substance known to humans) and they are often laced with cancer-causing xenoestrogens. Why will you never read this on a box of tampons? Because pads and tampons are considered medical devices and thus, they are not legally required to disclose ingredients or manufacturing processes.

Feeling upset? You are not alone. Knowing this information however allows you to do better for your body. Likely you were not taught this and so you have done the best you could with the information you had. Now that you know better, you can do better!

There are other feminine care products on the market that are far more empowering, much safer to use and free of harmful chemicals. My personal favorite is the menstrual cup. Most women experience a huge transformation just from simply making the switch from pads and tampons to a menstrual cup. Not only are menstrual cups free of chemicals, they also promote a beautiful connection to your menstrual cycle and sacred menstrual blood.

1. Change the way you menstruate

During the new moon, it's important to take time to rest and offer self care to ourselves. What could you commit to doing with each new moon to rejuvenate yourself? Some women like to get a massage with each new moon, or take an afternoon to go on a hike in nature or to perhaps just take an hour to relax on the couch. It truly doesn't matter - just think of what you could do for yourself with every new moon.

The more awareness you bring to your menstrual cycle, the more your cycle will shift to come into alignment with the new moon. There is something simply magical about menstruating during a new moon the way women have for thousands of years. There is nothing wrong with menstruating during a different time of the month, but some women choose to menstruate with the new moon. You can support your body in syncing with the new moon but this only works if you are not on birth control. I’m of course are not advocating to stop your birth control or any form of medication - that is a deeply personal decision for every woman and should be done alongside your physician.

The next time the moon wanes into the dark stage of newness, I encourage you to make space for quiet moments and to honor the incredible time of menstruation. Honor your body for flowing through this sacred time and offer gratitude to be a sacred woman.

3. Honor your moon time

When you feel your cramps begin each month or if you find yourself especially exhausted or withdrawn, find a way to honor that sensation. I find in my work with clients that often ignoring our body's calls to rest leads to more painful and debilitating menstrual cramps. Is there a way to rest for 30 minutes each day during your period? Can you make space to sit down at work or take a few deep breaths. When you feel this process beginning, make space to honor it where it's at.

Unfortunately, so many of us have been taught to power through our cramps or worse, numb these sensations. Know that your body asks for what it needs. When you experience painful menstrual cramps, this is your body asking you to take some space to rest.

If you feel introverted and a bit on edge, take this as an opportunity to do something for yourself. Go for a walk in nature, meditate or journal.

2. Listen to your body

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