Dark Moon Rituals

Rachael CrowMoon Lodge/Red Tent, Musings

Traditionally the dark moon is a time to retreat inwards and if our moontime co-insides with the dark moon we may feel its a little easier to pull away from everyday tasks, take some quiet time and create a beautiful ritual for yourself, or to share with others.

But why does this happen? What influence is the moon having on us?

We know that when the moon is dark the earths ions become negatively charged (same as after a storm or when you are near the sea) these negative ions help us feel calmer and give a sense of psychological and physical well being. They also create the perfect opportunity for physical release- whether it’s our moontime or by doing a detox, the days over the dark moon are the optimal time for cleansing.

So here are some suggestions for Dark and New Moon rituals-

* If you are bleeding, this is a powerful letting go time, you can start with a womb cleanse visualisation , intentionally let go with your blood of anything in your body you want to release, consciously pouring your moonblood on to the earth with reverence and asking our Earth Mother to transform it.

*Use your Moontime blood to offer your creations to the Earth….Visualising your creations from the month- whatever they are, going into the depths of the Earth to become even bigger and better versions than you could possibly imagine!

*Light a fire and let go of all that’s no longer serving you into the fire- throw in seeds, flower petals or amber powder for dramatic effect! This one works really well in a group or as a Red Tent activity.

*If you are not bleeding at this time, but want to connect with your womb to let go, try my pelvic fire bowl visualisation

* Set your intentions/goals/wishes for the next month- either though using a Moon Cheque or perhaps using a jar and writing them on bits of paper to keep in the jar. Burn on the next dark moon, and then write more! We do moon cheques each month in our Red Tent.

*Do a cleanse- 3 days is a perfect amount if time! Choose anything from a gentle cleanse, a full juice cleanse, a water fast…..you can include a womb and liver pack and enema- or not!

*Cleanse your home, this is the best time to have a clear out, clean your altar items with some smuge, and just generally tidy up! Done with intention it will bring in new energy to your home!

*Sing, Drum, Chant!

Born of Water

Born of Water,

Cleansing,

Powerful,

Healing,

Changing,

We are.

These are just a few ideas for you to play with….let me know which you like.

(c) Rachael Crow

To work deeper with me see my online courses, with Facebook Support Groups, or attend one of my workshops!

October is Menopause Month – Mini newsletter

Rachael CrowMenopause, Newsletters, online teachings

Dear Autumn Women

By the comments, likes and shares on my social media I’m seeing a lot of my audience is ‘of an age’ and enjoying the discussions around the Moon Pause Threshold!

So I’m offering an invitation to join me on a 2 month dive (starting 28th Oct, New Moon) into this threshold with a Facebook Support Group as well as my Broken Basket Woman Teachings– I will be on the group starting us off with an opening ceremony, then doing check ins, prompts, offering Q&As , “energy” tune ins- a bit of astrology/moon updates, card readings etc.

The first month I’ll be on there regularly (except for my Moontime days!) and in the second month I’ll be less active allowing the group to hold itself more.

We will all work though the online teachings and support one another with whatever comes up.

So if you’re needing support with your transition – whether its hot flushes, anxiety, irregular bleeds, flooding, mood swings (with rage and grief…), feeling like the crazy woman in the house, needing time alone…wanting to run away, throw in the towel and crawl into a cave…this is the place for you!

I look forward to being part of the circle of women to hold you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.moontimes.co.uk

P.S. If you find this newsletter useful, why not share it and forward it to a friend.
P.P.S. If you are on Facebook join our Ask Aunt Flo group, for peer support on all things cloth pads, cups and sponges as well as plenty of women’s wisdom, lady love and frank discussions – come over and join the conversation!

Interview – Rachael Crow with Saare Elizabeth

Rachael CrowMenstrual Health

podcast link https://open.spotify.com/show/5yYDHx2zUhs0JLxpDnOED7?replay=1#_=_

Saare “My hormonal imbalance led me down a path of deep healing and within that healing, I had to share the tools and techniques to help me piece together my healing and activate my inner womb wisdom.

I invited the author of Menarche a Journey into Womanhood & Why Does Mummy Bleed?, feminine product creator, Red Tent host and Womb healer Rachael Crow to this episode of Reclaiming your True Identity Podcast to teach us how to track and honor our moon cycle, aka our periods. She also shares her inspiring journey with Cervical Cancer giving us light and encouragement through her story.

Rachael was kind to offer us a free printable to track our moon cycle within the Reclaiming your True Identity Facebook group so be sure to join our group to share your journey and to also get your free printable.

To get to know your womb and period more be sure to check out Rachael’s online courses where she goes more in-depth of the power of your womb and period.

https://www.moontimes.co.uk

https://www.rachaelcrow.co.uk

http://www.jamsponge.co.uk

Rachael Crow is a mother of 4, she lives with her 2 youngest in the Wilds of West Wales, UK. Here she has been on a 7-year pilgrimage journey alongside her ancestors, the crows and the land into perimenopause and healing cancer. She is a healer, intuitive and energy worker and has found peace, stillness, and power through listening to her body and womb, following her cycle, the ebb, and flow of moon and the stars…

She began her ‘menstrual journey’ when she started making cloth pads when she had her first child -almost 30 years ago! This led her to explore her cyclical nature and find healthy ways to ease her PMT and work on her relationship with her body.

She is the guardian of the Red Tent Under the Sacred Bluestones- a permanent Red Tent for women of the local community to use as a retreat space. She currently runs dark moon Red Tents, Red Tent retreat days, Full Moon gatherings, supports many Mother and Daughter groups and offers many other courses and online teachings.

Her passion lies in empowering young women through celebrating their first blood “Menarche” and believes the continuity of encouraging menstrual health in our young women leads to easier monthly flow and brings empowered women to their birth altar! She has written 2 books- Why Does Mummy Bleed?- gentle cycle awareness for young children and Menarche- A Journey into Womanhood, a mums and girls guide to celebrating her first period!

She is a dedicated women’s menstrual health advocate, businesswoman and workshop facilitator. Her aim is to empower women in body appreciation, environmental awareness, and self-respect through the use of eco menstrual products and connection to their wombs and our Earth Mother.
LISTEN ON SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/show/5yYDHx2zUhs0JLxpDnOED7
LISTEN ON GOOGLE PLAY: https://www.google.com/podcasts…
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Blood, Stones and Full Moons……Newsletter

Rachael CrowNewsletters, online teachings, products, Workshops

Hey there,
Well we got therough the full moon…it was a bit of a powerful shift!! A few of us local women visted a sacred site and offered our waters and blood to the river with prayers and intention and sat with the stones, singing, making prayers for our Earth Mother, calling in the Full Moon energy for wisdom and healing. We all had quite interesting insights into what these stones may have been used for in times past. I do urge you to try something similar, make a full moon ceremony of your own, make it fit wih your life, connect to the moon and the earth in a way that feels authentic to you. Keep an eye on my blog as I’ll be posting some ideas in the coming weeks!

Products-
New in….Moon Charts…The Blue & Silver ones and the lovely Gwen Davies ones… (and I’ve still got Earth Pathways Diaries and Calendars!)

I’ve still been re-jigging the shop to make finding the perfect pad set easier for you… single pads here, lucky dip pads, starter sets and sets that include sponges and cups…!!

On My Blog

Why should I connect to my cycle? Our menstrual cycle is one of the vital signs of health in our bodies. Our menstrual cycle is the way our body speaks to us. Is the language of our female anatomy. Can you listen to it? What is it saying? Watch my video here.

Events

Last chance to book on our Mother and Daughter day, we have 1 place left, this is the last circle I’ll hold for a while as I’m refocussing on my health- Mid Girl and First blood workshop aimed at mothers with daughters 9 upwards, 19th Oct, suggested donation £30. Join us as we explore and honour our daughters rite of passage. Learn about embracing our moontime, share stories and celebrate together! Collectively we will discover what has affected our attitudes towards our moontime and our bodies and we will remember and recreate our own menarche celebration. The day will include a menarche bundle ceremony and holding the sacredness of becoming a woman and a woman unique cyclic nature.

Drum Making day, Nov 16th, book by Oct 20th, Spend a day at in the Red Tent Yurt creating and birthing a drum, tuning in with the natural materials, giving thanks and prayers as you use your hands, putting your love, energy and intent into this medicine tool to create a truly special drum for yourself!

Deepening Woman on line mentoring teachings, open 31st Oct, Eartha and I are releasing our Deepening Woman mentoring training, read more here. Combining womens rites of passages with deep shamanic practices. Deepening Woman Teachings will guide women though the Nine Passages /Life Spiral of womanhood, as well as including menstrual recapitulation, rites of passage ceremonies, shamanic journeys, meditation, Red Tent and Moon Lodge wisdom, journaling, circling, chanting, crafting, touching nature and connecting with our ancestors…On this journey you will deepen your connection with your authentic self, your cyclical nature and its relation to the seasons and the age old knowledge of our ancient mothers; remembering techniques that increase our natural women’s intuition and connect to our Medicine Woman Self. Starts 31st Oct, registration closes 7th Nov. These teachings are for ALL women, it will benefit mothers, menopausal women, and women holding circles and working with youth, as the purpose of the teachings are to bring you to your own authenticity so you can live from that place as a strong medicine woman! FFI see www.rachaelcrow.co.uk

My latest On Line Teaching- Love Your Period-Let’s dive into our womb space and work on what’s blocking us from loving our periods. doors are open! Our wombs are not our enemy, although if you suffer from pain, pms, migraines, back ache, cramps, flooding… it feels like it! Come and Join the circle! Join the movement of Empowered women, living the power of their cycles! Cost- sliding scale, pay what you can afford £25-55.

 

Don’t forget, I’m available to create bespoke 1-1 or group workshops for you, including Honouring the Womb Drum Making, Reiki, womb healing, closing the bones,massage, reiki….dream up your perfect Red Tent Healing day and let me help make it possible! Contact me on the email below.

To book any workshops or for more info email info@rachaelcrow.co.uk

www.moontimes.co.uk

P.S. If you find this newsletter useful, why not share it and forward it to a friend.
P.P.S. If you are on Facebook join our Ask Aunt Flo group, for peer support on all things cloth pads, cups and sponges as well as plenty of women’s wisdom, lady love and frank discussions – come over and join the conversation!

In Conversation with Kate and Rachael chat about all things cervical! Smears, Lletz, cancer…..

Rachael CrowGuest Writings, Menstrual Health

I connected with Kate when her book was shared on a Facebook group.
Kate learnt about the cervix the hard way, when a common medical procedure called LLETZ, which removes abnormal cells from the cervix, caused her to lose her sexual function. Sex became painful. She lost her libido, and her ability to orgasm. She was too scared to go back to the doctor.
Twelve years later, still traumatised by what had happened, Kate found out that she was not alone. In an article, a woman named Asha wrote about experiencing the same problems, and also more intangible side effects to her creativity, her thinking, and her very perception of being a human being existing in a sensual world. Kates book “A Cut In The Brain” is a memoir about discovering the truth about what lies behind gynaecology; that there has never been any full anatomy done of the female sexual organs, and every gynaecological procedure is a literal ‘stab in the dark’. (links below)

I’ve been on a journey of connecting deeply to my cervix though my journey healing cervical cancer naturally, here we talk about our feelings about the cervix, smears and the importantce of listening to your body.

Kate’s book- https://unbound.com/books/cut/ and her course (Facebook page link https://www.facebook.com/339146662829082/posts/2440645799345814?sfns=mo )
Rachael’s blog and a cervix meditation – https://hellocervix.me.uk/meditations/ and personal website https://www.rachaelcrow.co.uk/
Cervical Wellness with Denell Nawrocki http://www.cervicalwellness.com/
Self Cervix with Olivia and her team https://selfcervix.com/

 

(C) Rachael Crow 2019

From my Heart and Womb….Newsletter

Rachael CrowMusings

Hello Dearests,
It’s been a busy month here at Moon Times HQ! Finally I’m feeling in the swing of school routines, finding my “me time” between work and school runs, next thing we know it will be half term!

Coming up to the dark moon I experienced a powerful download of info about the importance of our heart-womb connection, which i channelled as automatic writing, I’ve recorded this channelling for you and the powerful healing meditation.

Over the weekend I welcomed women into the Love Your Period Facebook group, and launched the course on Monday- co-inciding with day 1 of my cycle- oh how my womb loves to join in! The doors are open, join any time. I’m also happy to offer dicounts to under 25’s who may benefit from these teachings.

Products-
I’ve been re-jigging my webshop, separating out some of the products- so here you can find the goddess sets, here’s single patterned pads (including red and black ones), organic and incontinence are here…

 

and Diva Cups are on Sale!!

Plus my new Heart Womb meditation, this is a download of an intuitive channelling I received in meditation when I was sitting with the despair of whats happening on our planet right now, the climate issues, the politics, it can all feel too much, but as light workers we are sensing a change, the energy of the earth is speeding up as we head towards the 5th dimension. This channelling is a healing, a preparation for the changing, a soul-ution to the disharmony on the planet.

On My Blog

Who Holds the Woman Who Holds the Women? “I’ve had a tough week. Premenstrual, which in perimenopause means a ramping up of all the ‘manifestations’ – migraines, insomnia, hot flushes, night sweats, and dark, dark moods. My body is calling me to stop, to rest, to have peace and quiet, to go within. How do I let go of it all? Who can hold me so I can let go?”

 

Events

Last chance to book on our Mother and Daughter days- Mid Girl and First blood, these are 2 workshops aimed at mothers with daughters 9-12, 12-16 respectively, 19th & 20th Oct, £30. Join Eartha and I with your girls for these celebration days at the Red Tent yurt. (Limited Places, book early!)
Mid Girl– Holding our Daughters as they step though this threshold is vital, their hormones are rising, their bodies changing, it can all feel overwhelming!
As mothers ourselves, we will guide you though a day of honouring your girls with drumming, singing, crafts and ritual. Mothers will have time to circle and hold their inner mid girls. We will gather as a ‘village’ and witness our girls stepping over the Threshold of Mid Girl.
First Blood- Join us as we explore and honour our daughters rite of passage. Learn about embracing our moontime, share stories and celebrate together! Collectively we will discover what has affected our attitudes towards our moontime and our bodies and we will remember and recreate our own menarche celebration. The day will include a menarche bundle ceremony and holding the sacredness of becoming a woman and a woman unique cyclic nature.

Book by Nov 11th, First Blood Catch up ceremony in Bristol with myself and Melanie Swan, November 24th, 10 am – 4:30 pm at the Bristol Goddess Temple. Reclaim Your Maiden, Recalibrate Your Menstrual Cycle. This powerful Rite of Passage will take you back to your first period to connect with and heal your maiden self, which in turn will recalibrate your menstrual cycle. Our first period sets the tone for our relationship with our cycle! Cost- £90, click though to book. I’m so excited Melanie is bringing her work to the UK and to be working together will be powerful!

My latest On Line Teaching- Love Your Period-Let’s dive into our womb space and work on what’s blocking us from loving our periods. doors are open! Our wombs are not our enemy, although if you suffer from pain, pms, migraines, back ache, cramps, flooding… it feels like it! Come and Join the circle! Join the movement of Empowered women, living the power of their cycles! Cost- sliding scale, pay what you can afford £25-55.

Deepening Woman on line mentoring teachings, open 31st Oct, Eartha and I are releasing our Deepening Woman mentoring training, read more here. Combining womens rites of passages with deep shamanic practices. Deepening Woman Teachings will guide women though the Nine Passages /Life Spiral of womanhood, as well as including menstrual recapitulation, rites of passage ceremonies, shamanic journeys, meditation, Red Tent and Moon Lodge wisdom, journaling, circling, chanting, crafting, touching nature and connecting with our ancestors…On this journey you will deepen your connection with your authentic self, your cyclical nature and its relation to the seasons and the age old knowledge of our ancient mothers; remembering techniques that increase our natural women’s intuition and connect to our Medicine Woman Self. Starts 31st Oct, registration closes 7th Nov. These teachings are for ALL women, it will benefit mothers, menopausal women, and women holding circles and working with youth, as the purpose of the teachings are to bring you to your own authenticity so you can live from that place as a strong medicine woman! FFI see www.rachaelcrow.co.uk

Don’t forget, I’m available to create bespoke 1-1 or group workshops for you, including Honouring the Womb Drum Making, Reiki, womb healing, closing the bones,massage, reiki….dream up your perfect Red Tent Healing day and let me help make it possible! Contact me on the email below.

 

To book any workshops or for more info email info@rachaelcrow.co.uk

www.moontimes.co.uk

P.S. If you find this newsletter useful, why not share it and forward it to a friend.
P.P.S. If you are on Facebook join our Ask Aunt Flo group, for peer support on all things cloth pads, cups and sponges as well as plenty of women’s wisdom, lady love and frank discussions – come over and join the conversation!

Who Holds the Woman Who Holds The Women?

Rachael CrowMenopause, Musings, online teachings

I’ve had a tough week. Premenstrual, which in perimenopause means a ramping up of all the ‘manifestations’ – migraines, insomnia, hot flushes, night sweats, and dark, dark moods.

My body is calling me to stop, to rest, to have peace and quiet, to go within. How do I let go of it all? Who can hold me so I can let go?

My cycle planner went out of the window when my cycle stretched to be longer this month…when the plan was meant to be I’d have finished my bleed by the time my kids dad went away for 6 days- except it hadn’t even come, and then it came in the middle, and I was at the end of my tether and I was on empty.
Nothing left to give….
Except as a mother of 2, I have to keep giving, keep making the packed lunches, keep the cupboards stocked, keep reading stories, playing card games, cooking dinners, providing healthy snacks (my goddess, they never stop eating!!)….keep going, keep going, keep going.

I don’t want to. I want to hand over responsibility. Who can I give it to?

Who holds the woman who holds the women?

The reality is we are all stretched to our limits, we are all doing too much, grandparents are having to work as our society gives them such little financial reward, all my friends are mothers who are exhausted mothering and working….the aunties are working, or mothering or in perimenopause…

I don’t have the answers, other than come back to the self, the self sufficiency us women are so good at.

Come back to our wombs, meditate, connect to Source, journal it out, have a foot bath, a bath with candles, give yourself a break from cooking and buy in some ready meals (I like All Plants!).

Really look at what nourishes us…in perimenopause we will no longer put up with the stuff that no longer feeds our souls. And while mothering is a very worthwhile cause…after 30 years of it I’m tired. It no longer nourishes me, at this point in my cycle, in my life, it drains me. In two weeks time, I may feel different- but who knows if i’ll even ovulate this month, I may just flatline the whole way. This darkness may linger a while.

My work nourishes me, being with women and hearing their healing stories nourishes me, being with women in perimenopause, who feel like me, feeds my soul- “yes, I feel like that too!”
Make more time for friends, for walks, for cups of nettle tea from a flask by the beach.

Back to acceptance, make some changes, slight adjustments, tomorrow is another day…

(C) Rachael Crow 2019

To work deeper with me, see my Broken Basket Woman Online Teachings

Earth Prayers……Newsletter

Rachael CrowMusings

Hello Sisters,
I am just landing after the most amazing trip to the isle fo Lewis, perhaps you saw my posts on Facebook and Instagram?

Women from the Celtic lands and women from the USA gathered in circle, to tune into the Stones and create a full moon prayer ceremony for the Earth. The time has come for us all to stand in these sacred places regularly, to use them as places of amplification for humanity and our planet. The stones are calling us to wake up.
Dance, drum, sing and pray with the stones, the trees and the Earth, pour your sacred moon blood with prayers of healing and peace. Be the women the earth needs. 🌎♥️🌎♥️🌎♥️ You can read my prayers here.

Products-
We can care for the earth by ditching disposables and switching to reusables in all forms…my life long passion has been to educate women in switching to cloth!! So perhaps the new designs of Panty Liners and Pads might call to you?

Are you planning for 2020? There’s the lovely Earth Pathways Dairies and Calendars in stock- designed by UK artists, full of lush photos, artworks and writings…

On My Blog
Why should I connect to my cycle? Our menstrual cycle is one of the vital signs of health in our bodies. Treating “problems” with synthetic hormones is now being proved to lead to mental illness, depression, cancer… Let’s empower ourselves to take care of our health. Watch my video and read more here.

Events

Mother and Daughter days- Mid Girl and First blood, these are 2 workshops aimed at mothers with daughters 9-12, 12-16 respectively, 19th & 20th Oct, £30. Join Eartha and I with your girls for these celebration days at the Red Tent yurt. (Limited Places, book early!)
Mid Girl– Holding our Daughters as they step though this threshold is vital, their hormones are rising, their bodies changing, it can all feel overwhelming!
As mothers ourselves, we will guide you though a day of honouring your girls with drumming, singing, crafts and ritual. Mothers will have time to circle and hold their inner mid girls. We will gather as a ‘village’ and witness our girls stepping over the Threshold of Mid Girl.
First Blood- Join us as we explore and honour our daughters rite of passage. Learn about embracing our moontime, share stories and celebrate together! Collectively we will discover what has affected our attitudes towards our moontime and our bodies and we will remember and recreate our own menarche celebration. The day will include a menarche bundle ceremony and holding the sacredness of becoming a woman and a woman unique cyclic nature.

 First Blood Catch up ceremony in Bristol with myself and Melanie Swan, November 24th, 10 am – 4:30 pm at the Bristol Goddess Temple. Reclaim Your Maiden, Recalibrate Your Menstrual Cycle. This powerful Rite of Passage will take you back to your first period to connect with and heal your maiden self, which in turn will recalibrate your menstrual cycle. Our first period sets the tone for our relationship with our cycle! Cost- £90, click though to book. I’m so excited Melanie is bringing her work to the UK and to be working together will be powerful!

My latest On Line Teaching- Love Your Period-Let’s dive into our womb space and work on what’s blocking us from loving our periods. Starts 30th Sept.
Our wombs are not our enemy, although if you suffer from pain, pms, migraines, back ache, cramps, flooding… it feels like it!  Come and Join the circle! Join the movement of Empowered women, living the power of their cycles! Cost- sliding scale, pay what you can afford £25-55.

 

Don’t forget, I’m available to create bespoke 1-1 or group workshops for you, including  Honouring the Womb Drum Making, Reiki,  womb healing, closing the bones,massage, reiki….dream up your perfect Red Tent Healing day and let me help make it possible! Contact me on the email below.

 

To book any workshops or for more info email info@rachaelcrow.co.uk

www.moontimes.co.uk

P.S. If you find this newsletter useful, why not share it and forward it to a friend.
P.P.S. If you are on Facebook join our Ask Aunt Flo group, for peer support on all things cloth pads, cups and sponges as well as plenty of women’s wisdom, lady love and frank discussions – come over and join the conversation!

Prayers for the Earth

Rachael CrowMusings

Prayers for the Earth 🌎 ♥️
Sacred Mother, Father Sky, Grandmother Moon, Mother Father God, hear my prayer. Show us the way, may we surrender to you. May we be your hands weaving love in the world sacred Mother, may we be your feet, treading gently in the world Holy Mother , may we be your eyes seeing goodness Dear Mother, may we be your voice singing peace. Dearest Mother, may we be your love bringing peace to the world, I pray to you, live through us.
May all beings hear your heartbeat Mother, may all beings offer you their love, may all beings listen closely to you Mother, may all beings feel your peace. May all beings open to your light, oh Sacred Mother fill us with your light that we may shine forth your love, your power and your beauty. Aho, blessed be, amen, namaste 🙏
Rachael Crow, Callanish Stones 14th Sept Harvest Moon 2019

Why should I connect to my cycle?

Rachael CrowMenstrual Health, online teachings, Workshops

Our menstrual cycle is one of the vital signs of health in our bodies. Treating “problems” with synthetic hormones is now being proved to lead to mental illness, depression, cancer… Let’s empower ourselves to take care of our health.

This article was released on 29th Aug 2019, stating “Oral contraceptive use in adolescence predicts lasting vulnerability to depression in adulthood”. Click the link to read more.

These “problems” that we treat with the pill, are your bodies way of saying something needs looking at. The Pill is just a sticking plaster, that covers up the issue. We need to get to the root cause of the imbalance happening in our bodies.

Our menstual cycle is the way our body speaks to us. Is the language of our female anatomy. Can you listen to it? Whats is it saying? Dive deeper into learning to listen to the language of your cycle and your body by joining my Love Your Period online teaching

(C) Rachael Crow 2019