I have been meaning to bring this topic up as a blog article and radio show topic for some time now. I had a nice chat with my Mom about this topic not to long ago. It was interesting to hear her point of view and belief that women should be less active, participating, in many religious and secular activities during the time of their menses. Now, this comes from a cultural, religious and generational basis.
There is a point of view is that a woman, during her menses, is “dirty”. A rather religious point of view. Here is where the debate begins. How can this a time during a woman’s daily life be “dirty” when it is that part of her that brings new life into the world as well?
From a cultural point of view, my Native American culture, holds many layers of dogma around this topic. Many Native Americans believe that a woman should not touch any ceremonial item or attend ceremony during her menses, or Moon-time. Some of this belief stems from being unclean but for many it is a time of great spiritual strength and their attendance will “bend” the energy toward her rather than the male leader. Again….debate is strong here.
There is another belief that it is not safe for the woman on her Moon-time to around males of any species as her unseen energies can put her into sexual danger (pheromones).
I have been asked many times about this subject. I grew up in a rather “traditional” Native American home and began my first year of Moon-time taking my meals separate from my brothers and parents. I was no longer included in childhood activities such as swimming and football. It wasn’t until I was much older that I began hearing from people outside my family that menses was being unclean and being a part of original sin (Eve’s part in the eating of the apple). This is what I know for myself; our Moon-time and that part of life from ages 12/13 to early 50’s is a very powerful time for a woman. A powerful time as we are able to bring life into the world, be very creative and be very sensitive to energies. This is the time of our lives when we have a Moon-time to be introspective and in meditation to tap into the energies that could provide us with answers to our deepest questions.
I believe that it should be out of respect for our leaders to be mindful of our own spiritual power during sacred ceremony and ritual regardless if we are male or female. But as females, we can be respectful of ourselves during this time and use our Medicine for good or from the heart.
Now this perspective leads up to a very controversial idea….that a woman on her Moon-time can be a great force for good. So depending on the ritual or ceremony, a Woman on her Moon-time may be the strongest and best leader at that time. So as a space clearer, from my point of view, who is on her Moon-time, can tap into the greater force for good and use her Medicine for the highest good.
This week on Sacred Hoop radio show, I will be sharing about the long-held debate over if a woman who is on her Moon-time, be involved with sacred ritual and ceremony. This topic has many perspectives, facets, to it and many long-held beliefs from different cultural belief systems. I will share with you my’s experience from a Native American woman perspective from my first Moon-time to my last.
We invite you to join us in this lively discussion on Wednesday, August 8, at 9 p.m. EST, on Souls Journey Radio.