Wonder Woman and Deepening Woman….newsletter

Rachael CrowMenstrual Health, Newsletters, online teachings, Workshops

Blessings Sistars!

I’m so excited to be finally sharing the “Deepening Woman” online mentoring that Eartha and I have created. After years of working together in our Daughters of the Earth Lodge, and sharing teachings in the Red Tent and our Deepening Woman circles, we have finally worked on the best way of sharing these teachings with you on line! Here’s a little video of us explaining what it’s all about…and here’s more info for you Deepening Woman Mentoring Teachings. Please share with any other women who you think may be interested or benefit. Thank you!

In The Shop

Wonder Woman is back! (LIMITED NUMBERS!!) We have some new limited edition 4 pad sets for you…

And new designs have been added to the lucky dip pad sets…so if you like surprises…grab a lucky dip!

On the Blog

Vaginal/Yoni/Womb steams…what exactly are they? What are they for and how do you do them? I explain it all!

 

Events/On Line Teachings

 Red Girl teachings close on Oct 31st….  recover childhood wounds, gently release them with ceremony, ritual, spiritual bundles, menstrual recapitulation…. Create a first blood ceremony, craft medicine tools, go deep into cycle awareness and the power of your moon blood. Connect with the circle of women in our Facebook group. Still time to sign up…. 

Deepening Woman Online Mentoring– a 9 month Journey, 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.

Still time to book!! Only a couple of places left! Clare is bringing her Fertility Massage training to Cardigan, I’m helping her organise this and theres a *few* places left!! 26th – 29th January 2019. FFI on this course see Fertility Massage

To book any workshops (except the Fertility Massage) email info@rachaelcrow.co.uk

Warm wishes, Rachael xxx

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!

Deepening Woman Mentoring Teachings

Rachael CrowMenarche, Menopause, Menstrual Health, Moon Lodge/Red Tent, online teachings, Workshops

Deepening Woman Mentoring Teachings from Rachael Crow and Eartha Love Varda

£495 for the 9 month journey, or 2 payments of £250  or £60 a month for 9 months.

(Reduction for Broken Basket Women and Red Girls!)

Starts 31st Oct, registration closes 7th Nov. Registration now open, see payment info below.

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.

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!

 

We advise taking at least 9 moons/months working through this journey – but you are free to work through it at your own pace- it will be open for 1 year for you to access the teachings. There will be daily journalling questions in a PDF (just a few minutes each day), meditations and visualisations to connect to your inner Wise/Medicine Woman, healing practices and beautiful crafts to be made!

There will be monthly emails that include each passage over the 9 months, so ideally you will work though a passage a month.

A Facebook group will be created for support.

Skype sessions can be booked with Eartha or Rachael at £30 an hour, conference calls with both of us are £50 2 hrs max.

To Book-
go to this page- Deepening Woman Mentoring Teachings

or email info@rachaelcrow.co.uk

What’s included:

Foundation videos

Earth Connection

Setting up and holding Sacred Space

Connection to your inner Wise Woman, Inner Maiden, Inner Teen

Rituals and Rites

Medicine Bundle Teachings

Stories & Songs

PDFs of self enquiry work and craft activities making sacred medicine tools

Meditations & Journeys

Deep cycle teachings

Menstrual Recapitulation

Creating ceremony

Suggested further reading

 

Each Passage has journalling, self enquiry work, moon connection, a craft activity, meditation/journey, some hold ceremony, stories, songs! These are deep rich teachings.

 

Feedback from women who have worked with us-

Rachael goes above and beyond what you might expect, she gives and gives so much…. information, holding and awareness of the process. She is truly someone who walks her talk and guides women to rebirth themselves anew. These initiations are so needed, so powerful and so transforming. Thank you Rachael for the work you give to the world.

I had connected with Rachael & Eartha previously on one of the Mother and Daughter camps. I experienced the care given to celebrating my daughter’s own rise towards womanhood and when the opportunity arose to receive similar nourishment from them myself through a catch up ceremony, I jumped at the chance to do so, knowing I could rely on her capable leadership. On the day, after working on the preparation materials provided, I was ready to receive exactly what I asked for and they gave and gave. It was definitely emotional and has been subsequently energising. Today I know I have shifted my family’s balance towards a thriving womanhood for future generations. I would recommend an honouring the menarche ceremony for girls or catchup for women to anyone who desires to honour who they are in a safe space, held with sensitive expertise and dedicated vision.

This is a wonderful journey for women, I was so empowered when I first did this amazing work I did it a second time to go deeper. Rachael gives such caring guidance and is such a wealth of knowledge of all women’s wisdom. I can’t recommend it enough.

Recommended full heartedly … amazing and full of information and love and joy xxxxxx

‘Such a deeply heartfelt and magical ceremony. I was fearful that it would be painful, but discovered it to be a beautiful, tender experience that re-connected me to my maiden self in an unexpectedly joyful and empowering way. Rachael held this ceremony with such love, witnessing every woman in the circle with deep caring. And it was so moving to honour and be honoured by all the other women. For the first time in my life I am feeling the power and wisdom of my menstrual cycle!’

‘Life changing’

‘I’ve grown and changed in such positive ways this year, I feel more empowered and on my path’

‘Rachael holds the circle in such a special way….it’s been a transformational year!’

‘There was such emotional support, Rachael is sensitive and compassionate to our personal journeys’

‘It was great to have the space to share our experiences and developments – rather like a healing group!’

What is Vaginal Steaming, Yoni Steaming or Womb Steaming?

Rachael CrowMenstrual Health

Dr. Rosita Arvigo, a naturopathic physician, herbalist, international lecturer, author and teacher of Maya medicine has brought back this ancient practice to modern women. She lived and studied with traditional Mayan healers in Belize for nearly 25 years, and shares that vaginal steaming is very common among women because it works.
Yoni steaming has been known by women throughout history to:
Significantly reduce discomfort, bloating and exhaustion associated with your Moontime
Ease menstrual cramps
Decrease menstrual flow as well as reduce dark purple or brown blood at the onset or end of menses
Regulate irregular or absent menstrual cycles
Increase fertility, especially when combined with Mayan abdominal massage
Speed healing and tone the reproductive system after birth
Treat uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, uterine weakness and uterine prolapse
Assist with the healing of haemorrhoids
Treat chronic vaginal/yeast infections, and maintain healthy odour
Relieve symptoms of menopause

It’s super easy for you to do a vaginal steam at home. Steep approximately 1 heaping cup of steaming herbs in a basin of hot water, find a quiet place to relax, undress from the waist down, and the steam your yoni for 20 minutes or so. Many women pop the basin over the toilet, and sit on the toilet seat, you could cut a hole in an old camping chair- be sure the bowl is on some books or something to make them high enough so you feel the steam, be creative and see how you could be comfy hovering over the bowl! I used to use a large bowl, roll up a towel to make a ‘seat’ on the edge of the bowl and sit for 10 mins or so.
Now I have made a “Steam Throne” from a broken toilet seat, screwed onto some legs and I make a comfy seat from a rolled towel!

Be sure the water isn’t too hot, so as to avoid burns!! Stay wrapped in warm blankets as you sit. This is a great time to write in a journal, meditate or set some intentions!

Once the time has passed, remain wrapped in blankets and lie down in a warm bed for the night. The herbs will continue to work on your reproductive system as you sleep, and you’ll wake up feeling healed and nurtured.

The tissues of the vagina are exceptionally porous and absorbent, and the warmth of the steam works to soften and open them. When the herbs are placed in the hot water, their medicinal properties, including volatile oils, are released and carried to the surface of your skin, and to the inside of the vagina, where they are absorbed into the bloodstream and, ultimately, into to the uterus.
The medicinal herbal steam increases circulation, thins mucus, and cleanses the entire reproductive system, allowing it to shed unnecessary membranes and buildup. In doing so, we support the uterus to function at its best, thus reducing the amount of work it has to do, and therefore your discomfort.

Vaginal steaming is an age-old remedy that has been tested and approved by generations before us, and its time has come in our modern culture.

I recommend blends from Womansoul, or make your own, add crystals too if you like!

Herbs that can be used

Oregano: Used to bring on menses. Increases scanty flow. This herb is used for its antiseptic, stimulating and strengthening qualities. Oregano is a wonderful herb for aiding in prevention of infection.
Marigold: Tagetes erecta is used to induce perspiration, cleansing of the vaginal tissues. It is also healing to wounds. Calendula officinalis aids in the healing of tight scarred tissues of the labia and perenium due to episiotomy, or vaginal tear. Note: Do not steam an open wound, this could cause pain and swelling.
Basil: May reduce painful menstruation. Helps to bring on menstruation.
Mugwort: In addition to fighting infection through its antibiotic and anti-fungal properties, mugwort balances female hormones and stimulates the production of hormones that help to maintain uterine health as well as protect the uterus from things such as ulcers and tumors. Mugwort steam opens the pores, allowing the beneficial herbs to penetrate into the blood stream. In addition, mugwort helps to stimulate menstrual discharge and ease cramping.
Rosemary: An aromatic and antimicrobial herb, rosemary treats bacterial infection, speeds wound healing, inhibits yeast growth, and stimulates menstruation.
Lavender: One of the most relaxing herbs we have, lavender supports healing, and it also promotes menstrual flow.
Yarrow: Astringent, tonifying and cleansing, yarrow is great for regulating menstrual flow, treating ovarian cysts and supporting overall uterine health.
Partridge berry: Revered as a wonderful herb for the female reproductive system, partridge berry treats infertility, regulates menstrual cycles and helps decrease severe menstrual pain.
Motherwort: Astringent, tonifying and cleansing, motherwort strengthens and relaxes uterine muscles, eases uterine cramping, and may help treat uterine fibroids. Motherwort stimulates uterine tone and blood flow.
Calendula: Aids in healing of scar tissue, vaginal tears, or hemorrhoids.

Women are being Called! …Newsletter

Rachael CrowMenopause, Menstrual Health, Musings, Newsletters, products, Workshops

Hello dear Sistars!

How are you all on the other side of the Equinox?

I’ve been sitting in circles of women and I keep hearing over and over the testing times we are being put through, (including myself) and I just want to hold out my arms and hold you in strength and love. Know that it’s part of the process we women have to go to in order to heal, heal our family patterns, heal our ancestral lines…by goddess it’s hard, but I completely trust that its all for the greater good of humankind and for the Earth Mother.

This weekend I was invited to host a drum making for a women’s group at my yurt and the themes arising were all about getting aligned with our truth and healing ourselves so we can do that! The women were thrilled to birth their drums as part of their journey towards stepping in to healing and truth!

(oh and don’t get me started on the “black out women” on Facebook…No, its time to step up, not black out!!)

If you’d like to hire me for your group, do get in touch!

In The Shop

Yeh, Womanrunes are back in stock!!

Plus we have a range of beautiful calendars and the Earth Pathways Diary is still available.

On the Blog

My musings this week about The journey of peri-menopause being the CALLING to THE SELF…

I’ve been sitting in circles with women sharing about their rage, their insomnia, hot flushes, more rage, and they are asking how can I get though this? For me, the initiation of wise woman, is an acceptance of my souls calling, my soul path….. read the full post here.
And as part of my peri-menoapuse journey, I have ramped up my self care and self kindness 100%…I invite you to join in….

Events

 Red Girl teachings are open for just a few more weeks-  recover childhood wounds, gently release them with ceremony, ritual, spiritual bundles, menstrual recapitulation…. Create a first blood ceremony, craft medicine tools, go deep into cycle awareness and the power of your moon blood. Connect with the circle of women in our Facebook group. Still time to sign up…. 

Coming up November 17th in Bristol…Scar Sister Day – still 2 places left!!! Join Suzi and I at the Goddess Temple for a day of sacred tattooing. places are limited so do contact to book asap. info@rachaelcrow.co.uk

Still time to book!! Only a couple of places left! Clare is bringing her Fertility Massage training to Cardigan, I’m helping her organise this and theres a *few* places left!! 26th – 29th January 2019. FFI on this course see Fertility Massage

To book any workshops (except the Fertility Massage) email info@rachaelcrow.co.uk

Warm wishes, Rachael xxx

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!

Peri-menopause is the Calling to Yourself

Rachael CrowMenopause, Menstrual Health, Musings

Have you heard? The journey of peri-menopause is a CALLING to THE SELF…

I’ve been sitting in circles with women sharing about their rage, their insomnia, hot flushes, more rage, and they are asking how can I get though this?

Well for now, my rage has subsided. I’ve released deep grief for the things ‘I thought’ I would/should/could have been doing/done by now- by goddess women- drop the would/should/could’s!! (excerpt from The Cancer Whisperer on Grief)

I’m sitting in the ‘void’ and instead of wondering where life is taking me, I’ve stepped fully on to a path of deep healing.

For me, the initiation of wise woman, is an acceptance of my souls calling, my soul path.
When I surrendered, the Universal Assignment of my souls calling became VERY CLEAR!

I’ve had to step clear away from fear and put myself into the hand of the Great Mother, I am working with Her and she is working with me.

It’s becoming clearer to me that my rage was coming from a place of impatience, a desire to be alone, to drop all the mundane shit I no longer wanted to do, to be free-er to spend more time doing what I really wanted. And slowly (because my body started shouting at me!!) I got the message, I started to drop the stuff I no longer wanted in my life and I opened up to healing.
I’ve become clearer in my communication- asking for support, putting myself first -no, it’s not selfish- it’s ESSENTIAL in menopause that we listen to our body, our needs and goddess isn’t it time we put ourselves first for once? Things have to be on my terms.

In one circle we talked about insomnia, how do we cope- so some strategies might be to have your own room, so if your awake you can read, listen to a podcast/meditation, journal? Maybe incorporate naps in to your day, or at least more rest times. Let go of whats not important. For those of you with full time jobs- is it possible to take time off, go part time- even if just for a while? Have a holiday on your own? A weekend retreat?

If you don’t get the quiet time/alone time- how can you hear your souls calling?

Well believe me- it will start shouting in someway to get your attention- and its much easier if it doesn’t have to shout! (by the way- shouting is the rage and pain that comes).

The last few years of my life have been incredibly hard, the Universe (God, Goddess, Higher Power…insert what fits for you!) has asked me to “STEP UP” on so many levels.
The problem is, when you work in line with your soul calling, you’re required to walk your talk and heal deeper than you every thought possible!
And by Goddess, have I been worked these past few years!
My passion lies in empowering women, bringing them to the power of their wombs, its connection to the earths seasons and though that connection, I’m bringing women into love with the Mother- our Earth.
This work has included nature connection, earth connection, land protection, creating a sacred womens temple, deep womb wisdom, womb healing, ancestral healing, mother wound healing, childhood healing…and every step of the way I have healed too!
This time I’m getting it, and its deep, deeper than I ever thought possible! Healing ancestral pain, trauma, historical sickness that’s trapped in our cells, passed on – unknowingly , well I’m the “lucky” chosen one that gets to say “No more, it stops here.”

And now the universe has asked me to ramp it up…for so long I have stated my belief in plant power, food, nutrition, herbal medicine and homeopathy over vaccinations and antibiotics! So it’s time to walk my talk, step up…healer heal thyself.
And what do I need to do this-
1. A fabulous support team
2. Trust in the Universe (this includes meditating to align myself, prayers like none I’ve prayed before, surrender over and over, and staying in the vibration of love)
3. Acceptance of my ‘assignment’
4. To make it enjoyable
So, gracefully I accept my assignment, I’m doing the work, healing on more levels than I every knew, I have complete trust in the Universe and in my bodies ability to heal and the benefits have been amazing so far!

Yes, I’m stubborn (luckily) and I think that’s what will get me though this journey!

In healing myself I’m learning so many more healing techniques I will be able to share with others, I’m allowing myself to receive healing from so many different people and in so many ways, my capacity for self care and self kindness has increased 100%, my body wisdom and body listening is getting an amazing fine tuning!

(c) Rachael Crow 2018

Give Your Womb Some LOVE! …… Newsletter

Rachael CrowMusings

Autumn Blessings!

Gosh it’s been a busy couple of weeks here at MT HQ! The best thing has been having our luscious Red Tent back up and our first gathering in it was jam packed with gorgeous wombyness!

I’ve also been busy creating some organic womb packs…made to make doing a castor oil pack on your womb a LOT LESS MESSY!! check out my video all about it here 🙂

 

 

In The Shop

We are expecting an order of Womarunes this week…the second edition of the book, which I believe has a few different layout ideas! We’ve got 2019 Moon Charts now in stock…and the womb packs I mentioned above 🙂

On The Blog-

More about womb packs…give your womb some love! 

Events-

Coming up November 17th in Bristol…Scar Sister Day 2 places left!!! Join Suzi and I at the Goddess Temple for a day of sacred tattooing. places are limited so do contact to book asap. info@rachaelcrow.co.uk

 

Drum Making,  Red Moon Drum making day Oct 28th 2018 (book by Sept 30th, LIMITED PLACES!), And due to popular demand I’m now offering 1-1 drum making sessions, and of course custom drums can be made to order. This full moon I will be making some indigo drums!

Still time to book!! Only a couple of places left! Clare is bringing her Fertility Massage training to Cardigan, I’m helping her organise this and theres a *few* places left!! 26th – 29th January 2019. FFI on this course see Fertility Massage

To book any workshops (except the Fertility Massage) email info@rachaelcrow.co.uk

Warm wishes, Rachael xxx

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!

Womb Packs…why they are so good!

Rachael CrowMenstrual Health, products

Ever since reading Alexandra Popes Wild Genie book, i’ve been doing castor oil packs on my womb…they are so soothing, they ease cramps and generally help you relax…but, they are so messy…oil gets everywhere, wrapping myself in cling film just feels wrong and the stains…oh no! and this is what puts women off!

So, I have created a way to make doing a womb pack much more manageable! see my video here and read on for the benefits.

 

Womb packs are recommended for period pains, cramps, bloating, fibroids, endometriosis, tumours, cysts, scar tissue and more! Buy yours here!

Castor oil has been shown to increase circulation and promote elimination and healing of tissues and organs underneath the skin. It is particularly effective in being absorbed into the lymph circulation which can improve digestion, immune function and reduce swelling in injured joints and extremities.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU DO A CASTOR OIL PACK?

It’s a relaxing and supportive technique to do premenstrually and up to the first day of bleeding. It can be done up to 3 time a week.

Important- if you’re trying to conceive DON’T do packs after ovulation…stick to the first 10 days of your cycle.

Why do a Womb Pack?

Increased Circulation Castor oil works by stimulating the circulatory system, bringing fresh oxygenated blood to the reproductive organs.

Boosting your Immune system. Doing a womb pack stimulates the lymphatic system around the reproductive area which support the body to remove waste products, cleanse and heal whole area.

Detoxification & Reduced Inflammation If the castor oil pack is placed over the liver as well as the womb, this can be a great way to cleanse the liver, by increasing the blood circulation to the liver this improves liver function. A functioning liver is important to eliminate waste from the body. A sluggish lymphatic system can result in ‘dis-ease and inflammation’ in the body. Fpor the womb and reproductive organs this might be ovarian cysts, fibroids, and blocked Fallopian tubes. Womb packs reduce inflammation, cysts, fibroids, tumours, period pains and generally relax you.

Stress reduction Taking time out of your day to actually lie down and do the castor oil pack can help reduce stress.  Relax and focus on yourself and your womb, take the time to meditate, connect to your womb, read a great womby book!

Lie back and relax for about 20-60 minutes!

Storage

Store your used packs in a food bag, in the fridge- DO NOT WASH! Just top up with castor oil each time you use it and replace it in the fridge afterwards. When your pack starts to smell rancid its time to replace it.

We’re back…!! With a *time sensitive* offer and Zero Waste Week! Newsletter

Rachael CrowNewsletters, online teachings, products, Workshops

Hello and gosh it’s been a while eh?

What a summer I’ve had! And I must admit I’m glad my kiddies are back at school and routines can start once more.

So what do you think of the new webshop? It’s been a complete nightmare with every problem possible going wrong, starting with my internet being cut off for 3 weeks instead of my neighbour!! Then products disappearing, payments messing up, photos vanishing (still working on that one!) , blog posts going astray!

But overall I like that you can see each product- I’ve taken photos of every single variation of pad and sponge so its all easier to navigate and of course we have new branding! I’m still uploading photos and products so let me know if you’re waiting for something! Oh and Womanrunes should be back in stock in a week or so!

As a little promo I’m offering a FREE PLACE on my new Red Girl online teaching…. this is TIME SENSITIVE! Email me by 7pm on the 7th (tomorrow!) to grab the free spot, telling me why you would benefit. hello@moontimes.co.uk  

I will announce the winner by 8pm on the 8th! There are also 10 half price places for those who enter but don’t win, so it’s worth dropping me a line!

 

These Red Girl teachings will support you in recovering old childhood wounds, take you deeper with cycle charting, give you tools to create a beautiful Menarche ceremony for yourself or others. It’s an ideal foundation for those wanting to hold womens circles, daughter groups or just wanting to go deeper with their own womb wisdom journey.

In The Shop

Well since it’s Zero Waste week and pads are such a wonderful way to have a #zerowaste #plasticfree period, and I’m enjoying being able to add all sorts of pad variations, I’m going to share the links for the array of single pads, the limited edition pad sets and the lucky dip pads! If you’re already enjoying using Moon Times products, let your friends know and promote #zerowasteweek.

On The Blog-

I’ve picked an old post as this was a question I was asked a lot by some of the women I sat in circle with at camp… How do I come off the pill, and what will happen? So here’s a reply from good old Aunt Flo

Events-

Coming up November 17th in Bristol…Scar Sister Day VERY limited places!!! Join Suzi and I at the Goddess Temple for a day of sacred tattooing. places are limited so do contact to book asap. info@rachaelcrow.co.uk 

Drum Making, Keep an eye out for an upcoming Red Moon Drum making day, November time…date TBC. And due to popular demand I’m now offering 1-1 drum making sessions, and of course custom drums can be made to order. This is my latest full moon drum.

 

Still time to book!! Clare is bringing her Fertility Massage training to Cardigan, I’m helping her organise this and theres a *few* places left!! 26th – 29th January 2019. FFI on this course see Fertility Massage

To book any workshops (except the Fertility Massage) email info@rachaelcrow.co.uk

Warm wishes, Rachael xxx

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!

Hello Cervix

Rachael CrowMenstrual Health, Musings

Last week I was introduced to two amazing women bringing awareness to our Cervix! So let me introduce YOU to Denell at Cervical Wellness and Olivia who is part of a team at Self Cervix.

Why did I find these women… well as with all womb things- if you have any issues, your GP will invariably ask you when your last smear was…and I am a women who doesn’t smear! I was there to get some perimenopause symptoms checked out- cos yes, when your body is telling you something isn’t quite right- get it checked and then you can make an informed choice about your next steps!! (and if you have something that needs treating- I wholeheartedly recommend ALL of Susun Weeds books- she has books for Breast Health, Menopause, “Down There”- yes thats what its called!! )

 

So I can tell you, my GP wasn’t happy that I choose not to smear- but you know, I just don’t see myself as high risk- BUT what it did make me realise is that I don’t often think about my cervix! Who does?

So my good friend Melaine nudges me towards Self:Cervix– which is an amazing resouce about getting to really know your cervix- connecting with it- in all ways! She even talks about cervical orgasms…so if you want to know more…head over to her site!

From Oliva I found Denell at Cervical Wellness– she healed herself of HPV and cervical dysplasia…wow! I downloaded her book and read loads of interesting facts about the history of gynaecology, the cervix as a sacred portal, the different cells of the cervix and the biggest of all light bulb moment for me was finding out our cervix moves higher when we are ‘turned on’ so it’s not getting rammed during intercourse! What a clever cervix…so that pain during sex…that’s your poor cervix saying it’s not ready yet! She also has some lovely free meditations and she’s running an online workshop this week should you be interested!

From those insights I picked up my trusty Women’s Bodies Women’s Wisdom and looked up her chapter on the cervix… so you are all informed to make your own choices about smears, here’s some interesting facts- women prone to issues with their vulva, vagina, cervix are deemed as people pleasers, women who feel violated in certain relationships (personal or business), women with anxiety and irritations over being controlled by a partner or situation, women with sexual ambivalence, lower incidence of orgasm during intercourse, dislike of intercourse amounting to sexual aversion, marital conflict. Statistics showed cervical cancer was high in women whose partners where unfaithful, drinking heavily/alcoholic, and over all women who were helpless and pessimistic and lack courage to make changes- often women who had boundary issues in childhood.

Plus all of these factors make you high risk of cervical cancer- participating in unsafe sex, multiple sex partners, being overweight, use of oral contraceptives, genetics, smoking, poor immunity, psychosocial stress, multiple pregnancies and first pregnancy at a young age.

So, back to connecting with your cervix….do you know what it looks like? Perhaps you’ve imagined it opening for birth, or checked it for fertility signs? It feels a bit like the end of your nose, and has a small opening- the eye, which is more like a smile if you have give birth vaginally!

Get to know your cervix….

Images from https://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/a19977125/cervix-pictures/
and
https://www.top10homeremedies.com/news-facts/10-warning-signs-of-cervical-cancer-you-should-not-ignore.html

 

I had no idea these signs are warnings to heed…did you? So like I said, it’s always worth getting things checked by a doctor, but don’t get fearful, get empowered with knowledge…check out the websites i’ve mentioned and get to know your cervix: say hello, ask her if there’s anything she needs, before penetration- even of your own fingers or a yoni egg and definitely before a speculum or penis enters- ask her if she’s ready!

If you’re having a smear- talk to your cervix and let her know what’s coming, ask your doctor to wait until you are ready- ask her to warm up the speculum and the lube! You are in charge, it’s your body and you need to be ready.

Start tuning in to your cervix regularly, find your own way to do that- it might be though visualisation, touch, perhaps you might want to buy a speculum and have a look at it yourself. Get familiar with this hidden but incredibly important part of your anatomy!! Say HELLO CERVIX!!

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Website maintenance, holiday closing dates, Jam Sponges and last chance to sign up for Broken Basket Woman!…. Newsletter

Rachael CrowNewsletters

Hello! Warm wishes to you all!

Well my children have broken up and I’ll soon be off to Dance Camp Wales for 2 weeks of camping, dancing, lots of Moon Lodge circles (since I’m facilitating!) and generally relaxing in the sun (I hope!).

My web team and I have been building a new shop on my blog site and we will be completely closing the old site today or tomorrow…so if there’s anything you’re desperate for drop me an email hello@moontimes.co.uk  Here’s a sneak peak at the new look! Please be patient while we continue to work on all the photos of the products and attributes…it’s a fab new shop with lots more scope for showing you pictures of everything…but it’s a lot of uploading and getting it all right! (and BT mistakenly stopped all my services last week- instead of my neighbours- so thats slowed things down a bit!!)

PLEASE NOTE MOONTIMES WILL BE COMPLETELY CLOSED FOR OUR SUMMER HOLIDAYS JULY 27TH- AUG 12TH 

 

In The Shop

Because the shops down for maintenance, I thought I’d share our sister site- for all your sponge needs! Jam Sponge 

And my personal site, with my online courses and woman crafted drums.

 

On The Blog-

I’ve heard a few women recently mentioning taking a pill from the doctor to suppress their cycle incase it comes whilst on holiday! I was so surprised…I’ve never considered stopping my natural cycle for a holiday- in fact if its due, it’s more likely to come while your enjoying a rest- it’s the prefect time for your moon time! But yeh, if your camping or at a festival, I can see it might be a nuisance….not that i’ve ever let that bother me…my camping buddies are used to seeing my pads on my guy ropes! So, here’s a blog from the archives….Managing your Moon Time on the Move! “So you’ve bagged some tickets for your favourite festival, your tent is sorted, you’ve got a lift and the weather forecast is looking good and then you realise that your going to have your period while you’re there.  You’re not going to want to miss the festival but dealing with disposable pads and tampons at a festival can be a real pain….” read on

Events-

Broken Basket Woman online teaching- STILL TIME TO JOIN!!! Registration open until July 26th. To help ground you in your transformation, give you reassurance and support you in emerging as the Wise Woman you are created to be! #perimenopause #menopause #brokenbasketwoman #naturalmenopause

 

Fertility Massage in Wales!! Clare is bringing her Fertility Massage training to Cardigan, I’m helping her organise this and theres a *few* places left!! 26th – 29th January 2019. FFI on this course see Fertility Massage 

To book any workshops  or to contact me email info@rachaelcrow.co.uk

HAVE A GREAT SUMMER! Rachael xxx

www.moontimes.co.uk

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