‘Moon’ related web sites

RachadminMenstrual Health, Moon Lodge/Red Tent

websites for reconnecting with your body and your cycle- and for pleasure!

Moon Times Moon Lodge- Facebook Moon Lodge forum
A space to chat and share Moon Lodge stories

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Moon-Lodge/119489838085304

The Red Web Foundation is a member-run, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting a positive societal view of girls’ and women’s bodies and menstrual cycles from first menstruation (called menarche) through menopause. Members of The Red Web Foundation form a network of women committed to promoting menstrual health in their personal and professional lives. These “menstrual health advocates” offer a diverse range of products, workshops, and educational materials and include artists, mental health professionals, businesswomen, moms, students, teachers, and health care providers. The Foundation is committed to including a diversity of cultural views and experiences of the menstrual life-cycle. We honour individual and cultural practices of the present day and the past which promote a healthy outlook for women and society.

www.redwebfoundation.org

Crimson Wisdom invites you to reclaim your sacred heritage as woman who bleeds in time with the moon or as a wise woman who guides her community with strength and integrity. We invite you to rediscover menstrual community and reconnect with your embodied blood wisdom through circles, red tent gatherings and personalized ceremonies. The re-building of menstrual community is an essential journey in our work to transform the isolation, shame and secrecy that have surrounded women’s bodies. As we come together to share our stories, we discover the truths that empower us to become healthy, strong, and full wise women.
www.crimsonwisdom.com/

Brooke Medicine Eagle is a Native American metis – an Earth wisdom teacher and catalyst for wholeness, visionary, sacred ecologist, Feng Shui practitioner, harmonist and recording artist. Her beauty way awakens physical and spiritual health, offers Native American music and chants, promotes ritual honouring of Earth cycles, provides women’s mystery teachings, and creates a sustainable, holy path for two-leggeds to walk. Her dedication is to bringing forward the ancient truths concerning how to live a fully human life in harmony with All Our Relations as we approach the crossroads into a golden age. She is excited about the opportunity to put her teachings ‘on the ground’ as she helps develop her childhood home ranch, Sacred Ground, as a teaching model and a buffalo/horse ranch.
www.medicine-eagle.com/

Faces of Woman Spirit website is designed to honour the Goddess and Her many guises. It is dedicated to Her Face as She reveals It through the Moon, the Planets, Worlds, Time, and of course yourself. The discovery of The Faces of Woman Spirit was obtained through the Shamanic Journey’s performed by Katherine Torres as she gave honour to the request of the Goddess to know Her. The journey’s were performed by travels to the Celtic Realm of Healing, the Isle of Avalon.
www.facesofwomanspirit.com/

Alternative Approaches, Home Remedies, and Herbs for Women www.menopause-metamorphosis.com

yoni.com is a celebration of the feminine sacred gateway
www.yoni.com/

Herbal Medicine and Spirit Healing the Wise Woman Way
500+ Pages of Alternative Health Resources for Women
Susun Weed, herbalist and author of women’s health books, invites you to rediscover the Wise Woman Tradition, herbal medicine healing, and how to make home remedies
www.susunweed.com

Christiane Northrup, MD, obstetrician/gynaecologist, is internationally known for her visionary, empowering approach to women’s health and wellness. As a practicing physician for over 25 years, Dr. Northrup is a leading proponent of medicine and healing that acknowledges the unity of the mind and body, as well as the powerful role of the human spirit in creating health.
Her pioneering work has shown that conditions such as PMS, endometriosis, breast symptoms, and uterine conditions are the language through which women’s bodies speak of wounding they have experienced in a culture which has been unsupportive to women and to those values we call “womanly.” Her years of clinical experience have taught her that life-threatening, chronic, or acute illness is often a catalyst for significant inner growth and change. The lessons learned from the thousands of women with whom she has worked over the years have taught her that we needn’t wait for illness to make health-enhancing adjustments in our lives. Regardless of one’s starting point, vibrant improvements can occur on all levels of a woman’s life and health when she learns how to respect and care for herself.
www.drnorthrup.com/

The Goddess Conference, Glastonbury-with Ceremonies, Adorations and Praise Songs to the Goddess of Love, the Goddess as Lover, Lady of Sexuality and Sensuality, She who is Sovereignty, Queen of the Land. With talks, presentations, workshops, beautiful Womanspirit Exhibitions, performances, music, song, poetry, dance, healing, stalls. Participate in Circles of Thirteen, in Preparation Rituals and the Opening Ceremony. Help create and perform ceremonies on Chalice Hill in celebration of the many faces of the Goddess of Love. Listen to a wonderful Goddess Concert. Make Lammas Bread Yonis. Enter into the Mysteries of the Goddess of Love as Ecstatic Dancer, ancient Grandmother and loving Healer. Dance the night away at the Goddess Gala Buffet and Masque and join our Pilgrimage through the Landscape to Chalice Well and Glastonbury Tor with a Fruit Feast!
www.goddessconference.com/

This site is dedicated to the power of one. Every individual is the product of many individual lives. Likewise, every individual touches many individual lives. There is multiplicity in singularity. This site celebrates the ways in which individual lives overlap and influence one another. Originally conceived as a showcase for one woman’s work, this site has become a showplace for the individual, and in many ways interrelated, passions of two women. Please explore our site, and as you do, think about the ways in which your life has impacted others and others have impacted you. www.onewoman.com/

ponders on contraception…

RachadminBook Reviews, Menstrual Health, Musings

Having been reading the Selling of Contraception… (see article here https://www.moontimes.co.uk/blog/2011/06/03/ ) It’s left me wondering how it came to be that women began to hand their health over to men?

After a herstory (history) of women healers using their intuition, along come men and science who then take the power (remember the ‘witch’ burning?) and start feeding us drugs and telling us they are natural?? (or so my doctor tried to tell me about The Pill!!  …. well read Alexandra Pope’s PILL book to find out how natural it is!)

The whole contraception idea came about when politicians (men) decided the population needed curbing- and what better way to sell contraception to women than by telling them it would EMPOWER them, give them CHOICES about when to have a family, FREE them from the terrible emotional roller coater ride of their natural CYCLE!! And we fell for it!

When really there is no need for contraception- our natural CYCLE tells us very clearly when we are ovulating- and if we want to avoid pregnancy (or indeed get pregnant) we need to take THE TIME to LISTEN to our body!

I recently saw on TV that Boots have an inventor who has made a sensor that monitors a womans temperature to tell her when she is fertile- of course a thermometer can do thats just as easily! and its less expensive!

I really wish more women would take the time to use their NATURAL WOMENS WISDOM which is freely given to them, in built in their body to support them through life!

If you would like to learn about charting your cycle naturally see these books:

THE BILLINGS METHOD http://www.amazon.co.uk/Billings-Method-Controlling-Fertility-Without/dp/0919225179/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1307544393&sr=8-1

MOON TIMES CYCLE CHARTING BOOK  https://www.moontimes.co.uk/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=7

© 2011 Rachael Hertogs, All Rights Reserved

Blessings

RachadminMusings

I love this message….a bit of gratitude goes a long way!

If you woke up this morning

with more health than illness,

you are more blessed than the

million who won’t survive the week.

If you have never experienced

the danger of battle,

the loneliness of imprisonment,

the agony of torture or

the pangs of starvation,

you are ahead of 20 million people around the world.

If you attend a church meeting

without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death,

you are more blessed than almost

three billion people in the world.

If you have food in your refrigerator,

clothes on your back,

a roof over your head and a place to sleep,

you are richer than 75% of this world.

If you have money in the bank,

in your wallet, and spare change

in a dish someplace,

you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.

If your parents are still married and alive,

you are very rare,

If you hold up your head

with a smile on your face and are truly thankful,

you are blessed because the majority can,

but most do not.

If you can hold someone’s hand,

hug them or even touch them on the shoulder you are blessed

because you can offer God’s healing touch.

If you can read this message,

you are more blessed

than over two billion people in the world

that cannot read anything at all.

You are so blessed in ways you may never even know.

If you are a recipient of a blessing, keep the blessing working by being the source of blessing to other people.

[guest blog] Cycle Of Power

RachadminGuest Writings, Menstrual Health, Musings

I was amazed to get this from http://www.dailyom.com/
the author wasnt credited though!

Cycle Of Power
Honoring Menstruation
In the ancient past, as humanity began to move toward a patriarchal society, women were gradually deprived of the awareness of a wonderful gift. Previously, menstruation was considered a miraculous and cosmic event wherein women were strongly connected to all things spiritual. A menstruating woman was considered to be at the height of her power and was encouraged to spend time looking inward for feminine wisdom. Her menses held mana or the ‘breath of life’ and were a source of nourishment for the fertile soil. But as the goddesses were cast aside, women’s relationship with the lunar cycles and the tides was cast aside. Menstruating women were forced to remain apart lest they infect others with their uncleanliness and their wisdom was suppressed. Contradicting today’s attitudes of shame, however, is a strong movement seeking to reclaim the power of menstruation and to see it as a supreme blessing rather than a curse.

For many women, menstruation is a time of altered awareness, creativity, spirituality, and new heights of intuition. The need for solitude or rest is unjustly perceived as a weakness, when in reality it indicates a strong urge for introspection during the menstrual cycle. Perception and sensitivity are both amplified, encouraging women to challenge themselves and others. The Native American tradition states that a menstruating woman has the potential to be more spiritually powerful than any male or female at any time. Some may experience these changes during different spans of the cycle. It is not uncommon to experience a stillness and desire for quiet during the first part of the menses and extreme clarity during the latter part. In ignoring or denying such feelings, men and women alike lose touch with feminine power and the awareness of the value of menstruation.

It may be helpful to understand that menstruation is a natural time within the moon cycle to retreat from worldly concerns and to embrace transformation. Women may enter into the cycle in one way and find they emerge renewed on the other side. Harnessing the power inherent means listening to intuition, noticing unique synchronicities, and understanding the core of oneself. It is a gift from the body to the earth and from the body to the mind.

books- The Selling of Contraception & The Pill

RachadminBook Reviews

I’ve been re- reading The Selling Of Contraception by Nicole Grant.
In all honesty this book has again totally shocked me with information about contraceptives I knew nothing about!
It’s an incredibly informative book- if you have ever wanted to know more about the side effects of contaceptives (particulaly IUDs) then ths book is for you. I think what i found most surprising is the amount of suppression from doctors about the dangers…and doing further research finding out many that are banned in the US are available in the UK- the hormone IUS for example!
see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dalkon_Shield for pictures and info on the Dalkon IUD.

The Selling of Contraception
The Dalkon Shield Case, Sexuality, and Women’s Autonomy
Nicole J. Grant

“Nicole Grant does a good job of explaining how, during the second half of the nineteenth century and into the twentieth, the state and medical experts usurped the management of female fertility, and then transformed ‘birth control’ into a lucrative business and a remunerative political proposition. She reviews the sordid details of the development and marketing of the Dalkon Shield and goes on to provide a new dimension to the work that has been done on this issue. . . . Grant’s portrayal of the discussions of the IUD within and beyond the medical community is a tour de force.” —Women’s Review of Books

“Impressively researched: a worthy addition to the study of women’s need for increased control of their own lives” —Kirkus Reviews

“Grant makes a strong case for the right of women at all class levels to be able to choose freely, and on an informed basis, their reproductive options. She argues that the lack of scientific data on the Dalkon Shield, at first, and then corporate greed in withholding all negative reports and fighting them when they finally began to appear subverted that freedom. The Selling of Contraception contains a fine blend of material from the legal perspective and some excellent interview material with women users, injured and uninjured by this device” —Simon Dinitz, The Ohio State University

In this brutal indictment of the birth control industry, Nicole J. Grant documents the history of the Dalkon Shield case and places the controversy within a larger historical and social context, examining the ways in which social conditions affect women’s choices about contraception.

Drawing upon an analysis of thirty years’ worth of articles in medical journals and popular magazines, family planning literature, medical texts, government documents, and transcripts from interviews with women discussing procreative choices, Grant examines the IUD’s place in the history of contraception and the politics of bringing the Dalkon Shield to the market, including the commercial bias of the device’s inventor and chief medical consultant. She discusses the dissemination of false and misleading advertising about the device, the manufacturer’s disregard of evidence suggesting that it was unsafe, and the stake of various family planning agencies in promoting its use. She goes on to examine the social conditions under which women chose to use the Dalkon Shield and considers the fact that many women, wishing to exercise control over procreation, freely selected it over alternative forms of contraception, even though they knew there were association risks.

According to Grant, the Dalkon Shield case is not a historical anomaly. Today, advances in technology are making new methods of contraception available to women, but these methods carry risks as serious as those associated with the Dalkon Shield. Moreover, the social context in which women are making decisions about contraception is much the same as it was during the time when the Dalkon Shield was widely used. Grant concludes her study by proposing ways in which women can enhance their informed risk/benefit analysis of all options while maintaining their autonomy.

Nicole J. Grant is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Ball State University. She is the author of several articles on sexuality and birth control.

another book worth a read is The Pill – are you sure its for you? by Jane Bennett and Alexandra Pope
Again I was really shocked reading this book and relieved I have never had any length of time on The Pill- totally recommended to any young women thinking of taking it.

This book explores the physical and psychological repercussions of taking the pill – from side effects, like weight gain and depression to cancer, to effective alternative methods of contraception.

Description

While the Pill is taken by most women and girls at some stage in their lives, few realise it is not without side-effects. Clear links have been made to depression, nausea, headaches and migraines, as well as a loss of libido. (my emphasis- Rachael)
Contrary to what most of us believe, it is not a failsafe contraception. Around 2 in 10 women do conceive while taking the Pill. Others experience difficulties conceiving after coming off this drug. There are also nutritional concerns, which can affect the health of subsequent children long after you have stopped taking it.

So what is the Pill, how does it work and what does it do to your body? If not the Pill, then how else can you control your fertility in casual or long-term relationships? Are hormonal implants and injections any better? If you’re about to come off the Pill, what are the best ways to reclaim your health and wellbeing? And what can you look forward to when your body returns to its natural rhythm?

Accessible, informed, inspired, The Pill. Are you sure it’s for you? provides you with a wealth of case studies and information that will help you make the choice you want for your body.

Menstrual Activism

RachadminGuest Writings, Menstrual Health, Musings

How do we change attitudes towards Menstruation and ‘Sanitary Products’?

Even if you dont fancy cloth pads- switch to organic Natracare ones- and if your local store does not supply them, demand that they do! (Chlorine-free disposables without applicators are available at most health food stores. These products shouldn’t contain deodorants, perfumes and known irritants which interfere with the natural chemistry of a woman’s body and which we do not need.)

Women are 80% of this country’s consumers (- and 100% of menstrual product consumers!)…so use your consumer clout and demand safer, chemical free products! (products that are safe for the cotton workers as well as the product buyer!)

Tell the major producers how you feel. Use the 1-800 number on the box of your product, or visit the Tampax web site
Demand chlorine-free products.

Request reduced packaging of all  products- not just menstrual products!

Write letters to your government or MP asking for stricter control over menstrual products. Currently, they fall into a loophole where there is little regulation. Any company can put out their product without proper testing.

Tell your friends what you know and how you feel. Menstruation is an amazing part of some woman’s life. Don’t hide it. Talk about it.

A better alternative is to buy your own set of five to ten washable pads. They are easy to use, cute to look at, and comfortable. Just use them, soak them in cold water, and cold water wash them with your regular laundry.

Moon Times moves

RachadminMusings

So we are still building our temporary premises in Pembrokeshire!! The wind and rain have made things a bit of a struggle but we hope that today it will be all ready to move in!
Life feels so much more ‘spacious’ here…. pace is slower, there is more time to ponder, wander and just ‘be’.

I’m relieved we’ll be all settled in by the time my Moon arrives this month 🙂

 

[guest blog] mooncup poem

RachadminGuest Writings, Musings

Thank goodness for wonderful friends on facebook finding new friends for me who write on my kind of topics!

Todays fabulous offering is from Tracey Smiths Blog- a poem about her Mooncup! 🙂 brilliant!…

A New, Green Time of the Month – by Tracey Smith

traceysmith.info

The time of the month was approaching,

And the time had arrived to say ‘NO’,

I’d been using disposable wotsits,

Internal and pad style….you know.

~

I added the cost up one morning

Of a couple of boxes a month,

Plus the liners with wings, all ends up in the bin,

20 quid mopping up me own blood.

~

But it wasn’t just that that inspired me,

I’ve been thinking about it for years,

Those tiny bleached-white little wotsits,

In my deepest dark creases, I’ve fears.

~
That they’re not really meant to be up there,

We’re designed to just let it all flow,

It’s like blocking a dam, with a fleecy fat ram,

With no bloody exit to go.

~

And I reckon that’s why we get cramp there,

The body’s a clever ole thing,

With that mouse in the way, it’s the body’s own way,

Of squeezing it out AND the string!

~

And one day I sat down at the pooter,

I spent time researching and by chance I,

Found a great stack of links, between these little white things,

That I’d trusted for years, linked to cancers.

~

So I made up my mind there and then, it was time,

For alternative period attire,

In me lunch-break, I nipped into Bootses,

Disposable Only on those shelves; how dire.

~

So I went to a Natural Health shop,

Expecting hippies with roll ups and dreads,

But the lady inside was quite ‘normal’ (a Brummie),

Not a Rizzla in sight and she said.

~

‘I’ve taken a consignment of Mooncups,

And I’ve organic and plain cotton pads,

There’s a press stud on the edge of the wing bits,

Grips yer knicker gusset right tight, they’re just mad!’

~

I’m a gal of the world in me 40’s,

But this language was alien to me,

What in the name of sweet Jesus is Mooncup?

And why are pads 15 quid for 3?

~

She explained their reusable status,

Mooncups sit very comfortably inside,

But the thing was the width of an egg cup,

Then I thought about willies, and said ‘That sounds fine’!

~

She said, ‘Best you go home and practice,

Get to grips with it before the time comes’,

I got shot of my lot for the evening,

Said it was me, Patrick Swayze and mum!

~

The pads were dead easy to put on,

Super thin, easy fix, no turmoil,

She assured me I wouldn’t have leakage,

And they wash at mid-temps, not a boil.

~

But the Mooncup sat there on the table,

Stared at me and I stared back at it,

How on earth was it going to go up there?

And come out, with blood inside, from me bits.

~

I had visions of the Texas chainsaw massacre,

Claret all over the loo walls and floor,

Then there was the job of rinsing the thing,

And sliding it back in and waiting for more!

~

I girded me loins, ripped me drawers off and opened the box,

You could just cut the tension,

It was like waiting for the nurse to go in with a speculum for a smear,

I could have sucked dry 20 Benson.

~

I checked curtains were drawn, put one leg on the chair and looked round,

Was just me and the cat,

I read, ‘Pinch the top for easy insertion’ then limply giggled,

Why was I being a twat?

~

With a mirror poised under the table,

And a pile of clean towels on the chair,

I thought this just isn’t going to happen,

I can’t get this thingie up there.

~

‘Oh just do it’, I yelled, right out loud to myself,

And I pressed together the silicone lips,

I took it down to where the sun don’t shine,

Lost me grip, twanged me nadge and yelled ‘Shit’!

~

I gave up, put the kettle on and reached for the custard cremes,

It was time for a break,

As the feeling returned to my inner and outer labia,

T’was soon time to try again.

~

With dry fingers I did as the instructions explained,

And it slid right on in with no hitch,

Twist it around to fit comfortably snug in your bits,

And I did; clever chick!

~

But getting it in’s only half of the game,

I’ll walk about, and whip it out, in a mo,

Then the phone went, was me mum, ‘Was I supposed to come around’ she said,

And I laughed and said, ‘No’.

~

‘Look I’ll pop over’ I said,

Grabbed the keys and the pads and receipt, I know, I’ll liberate her!

But my mums better switched onto the eco than I thought,

She’d just found a recycling scheme for vibrators!

~

So we giggled about the new pads and the cup,

And I realised I’d forgotten it was in there,

I went up to the loo, grabbed the tail, popped it out,

Easy stuff; no more wotsits for me now.

~

(C) Tracey Smith 2011

Incidentally, if you’d like more information on the wonderful Mooncup, please visit Moon Times (and for washable sanitary wear)

GO FOR IT GIRL!

I use both and wish I’d known about them years ago…

Ask Aunt Flo….heavy periods

RachadminAunt Flo Answers, Menstrual Health

Dear Aunt Flo,

My daughter is 12 and has had her period for about a year.  She is suffering from very heavy periods and our GP wants to try her on the Pill which I am totally against ….do you have any suggestions?
Ruth, Merseyside

Hi Ruth,
My daughter suffered from heavy periods too! A herbalist suggested a liver cleanse drink- which I did with her, It normalised her periods and we both felt really healthy- our skin glowed and we had more energy too! It tastes a bit like salad dressing though! I added more apple juice than the recipe below to make it taste better!
Good Luck, Aunt Flo xxx

Liver cleanse:

Supporting the liver has amazing results with menstrual problems!

Below is a Liver Tonic drink:

1 tablespoon Olive Oil

Juice of ½ lemon

1 clove of garlic

1 glass of Apple juice

1/8th inch of Ginger

Blend and drink each morning for 3 days, then reduce to 1 morning a week until menstruation. Avoid dairy products pre-menstrually.

The health and vitality of every organ, gland, and cell are dependent upon the liver. Even our intelligence, attitudes, emotions and vitality are largely related to the liver. Our ability to repel disease or recover from disease is very much associated with this incredible organ. The liver, along with the heart and brain, are the most important organs in our bodies. However, even the heart and the brain are dependent on the liver. No one can be healthy without a strong, clean liver.

(added in 2018, I would recommend reading Anthony Williams Liver Rescue book, also Lara Bridens Period Repair Manual )

© 2008 Rachael Crow, all Rights Reserved

Disclaimer: Any health advice that I give is my opinion based on my general professional experience but not your specific case. As such, you should always seek the advice of your own health professionals, I would recommend a naturopath, nutritionist, herbalist, auvedic practitioner or acupuncturist …but go with what resonates for you.
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