“Something inside her was made of moonflowers.”
Women are amazing creatures (all people are but this is for my ladies).
Our bodies can bring life into being—that’s beyond profound.
Our lips cast spells of honey, healing words and hexes when you threaten what is ours; our hips are built to birth babies; our breasts are meant to feed our young and a comforting landing zone for their tired, sad heads when the world tries to tear them down; we are everything nature is.
Creative. Destructive. Powerful. Weak. Compassionate. Cruel. Beautiful. Ugly. Forgiving. Merciless.
We are a mix of wonderful paradoxes and Divine chaos.
For me, Witches epitomize what it means to be a Woman; in our society being a Woman automatically makes you inferior in many people’s eyes but when you are a Witch, you take back a lot of your power without even knowing it.
You see, the world hates strong Women.
So, yeah, we are more likely to be targeted by the weak and ignorant minded on a smaller scale but in the grand scheme we are generally left alone because there is no force as strong as a Woman who has stepped into her power. Many will choose to avoid us altogether rather than face us head on.
Of course, I am not suggesting that the *only* strong Women to exist are Witches, but I am saying that Women who are Witches are the strongest I know.
Women and the Moon have been connected since the beginning of time; it was the Moon who helped the first Women map their menses, and their Magick.
We are created to be cyclical; just like the ocean has an ebb and flow, so do we and just like the ocean, it is the Moon who rules ours.
When I first started on the path I kind of just jumped right in and for me the Feminine aspect of myself, my Magick, and my Craft was not of huge importance; I just wanted knowledge.
When I began to evolve on my path I reached a point where I had to open the door to my Femininity, my Womanly essence; I had to find the root of my pain, and the root of my power so that I could tap into both; use one to heal the other.
So, I went searching.
If you have ever looked-for articles, books, or blogs written about Witches, the Moon and Menses, you will see that the search results are endless; literally, it’s an endless list of search results.
Sounds great, right?
Well, not really.
All these articles talked about us connecting to our Wombs, how important our menstrual blood is, and how we should map our PMS with our Magick, and emotions, which is all true.
But, what about those of us Women who are Witches that don’t have a womb?
The ones who don’t bleed?
Where are we represented, not even that but where are we to look for answers about our bodies and how they relate to and reflect Mother back upon us when everything we read is telling us we are not fully a Woman because we have a womb space, instead of an actual womb?
I had a full hysterectomy as many of you know—I write about it all the time because I want people to understand my story.
There are Sisters who are Transgender, and thus biologically they cannot bleed. I believe that Transgender Women have a womb space that is like a collective consciousness; I have a womb space that is a void of sorts, a place where my womb once stood, residual power that can still be tapped into; then there are Women fully in-tact with their womb in place.
Womb or not, we are all powerful creatures.
We are all deserving of our Magick.
We are all beautiful definitions of the Divine Feminine.
There are Women who are post-menopausal, which usually happens in our Crone years but can in a lot of cases happen sooner—known as Early Onset, or Premature Menopause.
Drawing from Crone power and wisdom, along with feeling a disconnect from my womb were huge hurdles for me to overcome.
I eventually accepted that my Magick took a turn towards the Crone’s wisdom and grayness once I hit menopause because that is what I needed at that time, which helps validate my “we are cyclical” theory.
It also led me to the lesson that I believe we can tap into Maiden, Mother and Crone energy throughout our entire lives; for me they are not just age ranges, they are feelings, thoughts, emotions, learning experiences, etc.
What life requires from us is what energy we will and should draw from.
Menstruation has long been thought of as gross, taboo and something that shouldn’t be discussed; as a Women’s Rights Activist, Feminist and someone who promotes Wild Woman Spirituality, it makes my heart sing that we are beginning to break down the barriers of misunderstanding and blood that have divided us for too long.
Our bleeding is necessary for life.
That is the furthest from “gross” I can think of.
But, while we are breaking down barriers and progressively moving forward it’s important to understand that our community is not one size fits all; we do not all fit into one box and there should be representations, and voices that everyone can relate to.
I know what it means to bleed, have it taken away, not bleed, and then be thrust into menopause, at 27 mind you.
The entire experience has made me a stronger person, a better Witch and a more compassionate Woman.
We are amazing, cyclical creatures that are guided by the Moon; our menses and madness follow it’s phases.
Blessed Are the Witches.