The importance of "Moontime"
Moontime is a name given to the "menstrual period" of the female cycle. It feels to me a beautiful description and speaks of the natural cyclical rhythm of this sacred time. It is often referred to in this way in Native American and Druid circles. In such bygone cultures it has been honoured by male and female alike, acknowledging the fact that we are all influenced and effected by this profoundly beautiful act of nature. It seems society has lost perspective and true understanding of this natural cycle. You might be interested, therefore, in this personal sharing...
Shedding of blood during the sacred female cycle was once commonly considered a time of purification and rejuvenation. Sadly, as patriarchal energies began to overpower the world, feminine energy became increasingly disrespected, much to the detriment of the natural order of things. The divine male and female energies are meant to compliment one another, working together harmoniously in a sacred dance of divine unity. Embracing both in their authenticity is essential for spiritual evolution.
To rest during Moontime is the most natural thing in the world. The divine feminine is a receptive vessel, a holy grail that often selflessly transmutes the energy of those around her. Women are receptive by nature and particularly absorbent of external energies around this sacred time.
In cultures of days gone by, women would have been relieved of their work and afforded the time to spend either alone in peace and quiet (or with other women) in a safe, nurturing environment free of projectional or negative energies. This time would be used to reflect and invite universal life force energy to wash through their being, allowing the light of the Soul to shine ever brighter - as she acts selflessly as the loving centre of her family and daily life.
Shedding accumulated energy
The shedding of blood is highly symbolic of shedding any accumulated negative energy during the previous weeks. It is an opportunity to let go of that which no longer serves. It is a time to reflect on what we are ready to release, what we are ready to receive and what lessons we have learned.
In honouring our Moontime we often find re-balance and purification of our state of being. If we miss this time of re-centering, then we may spend the rest of the month out of sync to the sacred rhythm, never quite catching up with ourselves. Thankfully we are offered the opportunity once monthly!
Putting ourselves first
If we don't normally do it, then this is the time to think of ourselves first and foremost. If we have children, if at all possible, get someone else to watch them for a day or two. If they go to school make the most of that time. If we can't find someone to watch them, make the most of the evening. Basically start right now and make the most of what you are able to do... commit to the moment. The rest will follow.
If you have a partner or close friends tell them how you feel about this sacred Moontime and discuss with them how you might work together in helping to honour this.
Do whatever makes your heart sing: dance, play music, meditate, write poetry, tend your plants, read, take a bath, enjoy a gentle walk in the woodlands. It may be that you simply wish to rest and do nothing.
It can really help (if you don't already) to eat a healthy diet. Some women find taking a vitamin B supplement beneficial, as well as essential fats. From personal experience heightened emotional imbalance and depression can be eased by the Agnus Castus herb, which can be found in any good health food store in the form of tincture, capsules etc. It's well worth looking into different options that help to naturally rebalance hormones. Our entire world is out of balance, so it really isn't a wonder that we need a little extra help. I would say that one of the most important things is to take time to replenish and rest.
Honouring the sacred cycle
One last note worthy point... It can be helpful to rename your time of the month or "period" to something more beautiful (this helps to let go of negative associations with menstruation). Many women choose the word "Moontime" in honour of the cyclical nature of the monthly cycle and in respect of the introspective energies of the moon.
I wish you all the best in your unfolding journey as you honour the sacred cycle. If you'd like to share your feelings, thoughts or questions, we have a forum topic running at this link...Moontime