Moon Cycles of Motherhood

Dear Mamas,

I am delighted to have two copies of the fabulous new book Moon Mysteries to give away.   Please comment below for your chance to win.  Increase your chances by liking the Mama Renew facebook page and sharing the link on facebook!  Contest closes at midnight, Sunday December 11th.

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Way back in my twenties as I entered birth work, I experienced a sort of mini-personal revolution learning about the power of women’s bodies – and with it, a discovery of my period as a source of connection rather than dread. And so began years of exploration – trying out cloth pads and sea sponges, charting my cycles, discovering fertility awareness…  It was a wondrous time of discovery and integration, and certainly a core part of who I was growing into as a woman.

Fast forward 20 years, and I am the mother of two growing boys.  I’m aware that I bled sometime in the past few weeks (?) but that’s about as far as my charting goes these days. While I’m still a devoted user of Lunapads and the Diva Cup (a vast improvement on the sea sponge of my early 20s), I’m certainly not feeling the sense of celebration or connection that I did in my 20′s.  While I know this in part due to my crazy full magical life, I do wonder if perhaps being beyond my fertile years also plays into it.

I have been delighted to review a copy of Moon Mysteries:  Reclaiming Women’s Menstrual Wisdom, by Nao Sims and Nikiah Seeds.  From the stunning front cover image, to the wondrous paintings contained within, the book feels more like a treasure than a text, and I have found myself savouring the words and stories within.  Inside you will find the history, traditions and mythology of menstruation captured within 13 moon cycles, each month exploring a different realm of women’s psyche as it relates to the menstrual cycle.  Also included are heartfelt personal stories from the authors own journey, and an absolutely lovely circular chart to use for your own moon cycle documentation.

I truly love their chart.  Along with the moon phases, it has room for us to document our emotions, creativity, sexuality, and energy.  For the first time in years I find myself inspired to begin charting again.  Given that I only have another 10 years or so left of my moon cycle, it would be nice to experience a reconnection as I move toward my next life stage.

I’d love to hear from all of you as well.   I’m giving away two copies of this inspiring book.  Please comment below on one of these two questions  and like the Mama Renew facebook page (let us know in a comment below) for your chances to win – each thing you do counts as a separate entry.  Share this link on your facebook page and get yet another entry!  Contest will close this Sunday, December 11th at midnight.

How has your journey into motherhood affected your relationship to your moon cycle?

Why would you love to have a copy of Moon Mysteries?



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9 Responses to “Moon Cycles of Motherhood”

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  2. A year and a half ago I was looking for information to empower my daughter who I knew was about to start her mensus. My seeking led me to be very brave and email Nikiah, whom I had (and still do), been following with great interest and respect via face book. She emailed me back almost instantly and said I could phone her. We had a wonderful conversation and it was at that time she told me she was just in the process of creating such a book. And now here it is! I can hardly wait to get one and more because I think it should be in everyone’s library. I want to promote the magic of it and the magic of our blood. blessings

    going to love it.

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  3. kristin says:

    like you i learned in my 20s to celebrate my body, her cycles, and connection to Grandmother Moon…i can remember when my moontime began at 6 weeks postpartum despite demand breastfeeding my baba feeling cheated by my body…i too feel i have lost some of the ritual connection i used to feel but have enjoyed sharing with my children moon wisdom and teaching them to honour their bodies and Mother Earth’s body by showing myself respect during my moon time. I would love a copy of your book to share with my 10 year old who is on the cusp of her own moon flow. Blessings kristin

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  4. Dear Mama Renew,
    so grateful for this opportunity to share.
    I’ve consciously wanted to be a mom since I was 6 years old or younger, but my relationship to my moontime and my fertility really developed as a result of a spiritual and natural awakening at age 18 when I began to eat large amounts of fresh fruits, veggies and leafy greens (instead of junk food). I began to connect deeply with my inner child and have my actions be guided by my future children. My menstruation and its monthly cycle became a reflection of my emotional state and how healthy I’d eaten the 2 weeks from ovulation until menses. I would observe with great curiosity my flow and its changes, taken mental notes and sometimes researching what caused the changes in colour, texture, amount, cramping and emotions. Since this “awakening” to my womb and my womb health as the portal through which my children will eventually come, I became passionate about birth, aspiring to be a midwife, I hosted ‘Red Tent Women’s Healing Circles’, took doula courses, a breast feeding counselor course and worked as a postpartum doula. Using luna pads and the diva cup, I have grown in my appreciation for the healing/medicinal usages of moonblood. Now I am heading to Asheville to talk a holistic midwifery program. I really hope to study this book and use it and the cycle charts as a resource for sharing and personal womb awareness while doing my degree – majoring in ‘Regenerative Preparations for Birthing Future Generations’ – with Gaia University. I really hope to win!

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  5. Amanda O'Farrell says:

    Wow. Aloha. I am mother of two and My journey into motherhood has deeply changed my relationship with my moon cycle. When I gave birth to my son and bled for 6 six weeks it hit me for the first time. Why do I chose to use disposables for myself yet cloth for my son? I care deeply about the Earth and my son’s bum, why not care for myself as well? So I purchased a set of Lunapads, and used them for every very consistent new moon cycle I had thereafter until pregnant with my daughter.
    While using cloth pads my attitudes and feelings toward my cycle changed immediately. Before my period was a stinky, nasty, dreaded thing. Now it is empowering and sacred, reconnecting me to the Earth. My blood, powerful and sacred, flows back to the `aina with prayer.
    I realize as mother that this blood is food for children in my womb. I cannot discard or disregard these thoughts or feelings any longer. I would love to have the opportunity to learn more and share more from and with others. Mahalo.

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  6. lauren says:

    i used to feel a grate amount of hate for my body and its cycles; and tho i do not feel like it is the most wonderful thing all the world, i did find having my son and experiencing my body at work has made me fascinated by it.

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  7. cynthia says:

    How wonderful to hear another woman praise her period as a “magical mystery.” I choose not birth childern and instead birthed an herb business……but have honored, collected and used my blood in my mystery work for years!!! Hurrah to women who honor this. I hope, in the years to come, to teach young women to honor this blood also……..my school is yet to be realized but is held in my vision for the future.

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  8. Morgana says:

    As I am getting older (I am alos in my 40s) my relation with my monthly blood is changing. In my earlier years, it was always a problem, now, I am learning to respect it and honor it. I am a mother of one child, birth was not an easy thing. I had a long way to go but now on the right track. I believe that this book could help me in the rest of my journey. xxx

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  9. Elizabeth K says:

    I chose not to be a mother, in the physical sense, birthing children. Instead, I chose to create in many other ways. This is not the path for many women, but has been the best choice for me.
    Women’s blood mysteries have always been a part of my spiritual and magickal work. Blood, that in my arteries and veins, or that rich, nourishment that I shed each month until last year, has always been a magickal elixir – the soil that holds the seed. All of this has given me a respect and honor for that blood, my body and this most magickal of cycles.

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