Last week I participated in a women’s circle in Rio de Janeiro for the first time. I don’t believe in coincidences because after reading about it in Rachel Jayne Groover’s book ‘Powerful and Feminine‘ it didn’t take long before my invite arrived
What is a Women’s Circle?
We live in a patriarch which means that masculine energy is celebrated at the expense of the divine feminine. Might sound surprising to many but before this we used to live in a matriarch where women were not only celebrated but also in charge of society and admired & respected by men. When you’re in charge and respected there’s no need for competition, jealousy or battling one another because back then women would unite, collaborate and share wisdom and compassion with one another.
The women’s circle is one of those traditions that enables us, women to do just that. Come together and celebrate our feminine power and share our wisdom and love with one another while connecting to mother earth. A circle by its geometric form already encompasses many meanings such as the circle of life but combined with the tradition of women’s circles we engage in an act of ritual or ceremony that has been shared throughout time. By participating we also benefit from all the goodness that has come from it.
What Happens Next?
In the middle of the circle our host for the night set up a small altar containing the 4 elements: water, earth, air and fire. She shortly introduced herself and invited us to share any wisdom we might feel like sharing but not to engage in a discussion as that was not the point of the women’s circle.
Our menstrual cycle, the moon and more…
Our greatest power as women is to give life and our menstrual cycle reminds us of this fact. Even though most of us hate that time of the month and in most cultures it’s considered as ‘filthy’ it’s something we need to embrace, learn to respect, love and listen to.
Our menstrual cycle is connected to the moon cycle and listening to the flow of our body and nature is the most natural thing we can do. Before there was a calendar there were 28 days of our menstrual cycle that we as women would listen to. There’s a time of acting and resting but the current society (and calendar) has no room for it. Before when women would have their menstruation they weren’t allowed to do anything and not because it was considered dirty but simply because their bodies was indicating they needed to rest.
Another remarkable fact that was shared (twice) was that women before would not throw away their menstrual blood like we do now but would burry it in the earth to feed mother earth or ‘water’ their plants with their diluted blood. I had all kinds of reactions when I heard this but then again this is based on the ideas and limited beliefs I have regarding menstruation. I’m not judging, finding it disgusting or whatever, I’m keeping an open mind and am willing to take it in. For more you can also check out these results
One of the ladies in the circle said she uses a moon cup instead of tampons or sanitary napkins and then feeds her plants with it. Her plants are strong and beautiful according to her and she also feels stronger and better because of it. Doing so, helps you connect to mother earth more and also helps improve world peace. This might be so out of your idea of normal of what to do with your menstrual blood but keep an open mind and try to consider it because there’s so much we don’t know.
The women’s circle was a beautiful gathering filled with loving exercises, wisdom, meditation, oracle cards and setting our intentions. One of the final things we did was set our intentions by pressing a ground clove (represents the masculine) into an apple (which represents the feminine). Something we can all easily do with the new or full moon as this are the most powerful moments to express your wishes and desires
In an upcoming posts I will write about the 4 elements mentioned in the beginning of the post and how we can use them to find more harmony in our daily lives.
Hope you enjoyed this and thank you for reading! X