“Ritual” isn’t a word that’s used very often today, and it may in fact be unfamiliar to many. It’s a solemn ceremony, usually accompanied by a long series of prescribed actions passed down through the ages that are most often associated with religious beliefs or the traditions of a community, such as a wedding or a Bat (or Bat) Mitzvah.
To me, a ritual is something simpler and more personal: It’s a set of actions that we make sacred in our lives.
Common activities in our daily lives such as cooking, lovemaking, bathing or cleaning for example, can become sacred rituals if done in a mindful and conscious way.
What makes something a ritual is the intention and symbolic value behind the activity, not the activity itself.
Menstruation is no exception.
A woman’s womb symbolizes her power to create, to regenerate, and to renew, and that it’s the source of her feminine power.
This important symbolic value is like a hidden treasure, waiting to be discovered and cherished by each woman on her own, or together as a community.
Menstruation can either be a mundane, unpleasant and inconvenient event, or a sacred ritual that we use to honor, celebrate, and connect with our deepest source of feminine power. I’ve chosen the latter, and it’s changed how I feel about menstruation, and helped me tap into my gifts and blessings as a woman.
Here are ten benefits I’ve found in creating my own menstrual moon ritual:
1. It helps us to stay in tune with our bodily rhythms and the earth’s cycles of birth, death and regeneration.
2. It creates a safe place for us to acknowledge, share, or express our feelings whether it’s pain, anger, fear or joy, peace and bliss.
3. It allows us to evaluate, and validate, the physical crossroads and emotional transitions of our lives.
4. It marks life passages and celebrates important events in our lives. And it’s never too late to give ourselves a ritual for a past event, such as our first menstruation. Past events can still be healed, honored, and celebrated.
5. It helps us to reconnect and reconcile past events and clarify our purpose and intentions for the present and the future.
6. It helps us to connect with, honor and heal the deepest parts of ourselves, and bring our inner strength and wisdom to conscious awareness.
7. It helps us to connect with and draw on the infinite creativity, symbolized by our wombs.
8. It helps us to discover our inner truth, apart from the roles and responsibilities we play in our families and societies.
9. It helps us to perceive the depth of our innate feminine power, and nurture and cultivate our beauty, sensuality and power as a female. It allows us to experience our body as sacred, natural, beautiful and whole, and allows us to access all the resources within.
10. It helps us to empower and support one another on our path of healing and growth, when we perform a group menstrual moon ritual together.
I hope you’ll create a sacred space for your next menstruation, a deep, intimate place to connect with the radiant goddess within you. In my next post I’ll share some simple ideas to create your own menstrual moon ritual.
I’m also thinking of creating a group menstrual moon ritual here in Los Angeles. I’d love to hear your thoughts.