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Spring MaidenThe energies of the earth change during the year depending, on the tilt of the earth towards or away from the sun. At the winter solstice the earth starts to change her direction, and in the northern hemisphere the days start to lengthen – even if we are not aware of it. Traditionally, the time of the Winter Crone began at Halloween and ended around the 1st February when she turns into the Spring Maiden.

The Maiden emerges tentatively from the darkness of the underworld. She is born into a land of snow and ice, of grey skies, leafless trees and icy water. She is inquisitive in her new world, exploring her senses and delighting in everything the world shows her. Depending on local tradition, the Snow Maiden can ride an elk, a polar bear, an ermine, a white winter hare, a wolf or a magical animal. She embodies the openness of a young girl, the innocent joy of the heart, and the lack of deception. She is the curious intellect, the explorer, the path finder pushing through the snows.

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First Woman and First Dog

When one of the First Dog clan died, all the First Animals were sad. They held a little ceremony to remember their friend, and First Woman shared stories of how First Dog had travelled with her when she collected mushrooms, how they had played in the river, and how he had dug the earth when she was planting vegetables. Everyone was sad.

After a while, First Animals began to worry about First Woman. She did not weave her blankets or look after her garden. She didn’t make her bread, or visit the animals to help.

First Rabbit took First woman a carrot to cheer her up, but First Woman just sighed a quiet “thank you,” and said nothing more. (more…)

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Earth,Moon, WomanEvery month we experience amazing abilities and energies that are created from the weaving together of three energy cycles – our menstrual cycle, the lunar cycle and the Earth’s seasonal cycle. We women are not the product of just one of these cycles – each cycle has its own effect on our lives and on how we express our sense of self.

The womb energy centre is how we perceive the world – there is nothing in our lives that is not affected by womb, its energies and its cycle. It affects us physically and emotionally, and changes how we think. This means that the womb energy centre, and its cycle of four female archetypal energies (Maiden, Mother, Enchantress and Crone), is our first step in understanding the Divine Feminine within ourselves and within the Universe. All my books focus on the menstrual cycle first, because this everyday expression of the womb centre is how we perceive everything else. (more…)

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In my workshops I often use a term that in some languages can be a little difficult to translate.  I call my students ‘ladies’, and this word has a beautiful background in authentic femininity.

In the past, the term ‘lady’ was used as an aristocratic title for a woman who had wealth, came from a good family, and was polite and educated. However, the term ‘lady’ has also been used to suggest a woman who does not respond from her basic instincts – who is gentle, but empowered in her activities, and who is strong but elegant. We also have a term for women, not used in recent times, which is ‘gentlewoman’ – which means a similarly self-aware woman. (We still have the word ‘gentleman’, which is used to describe an empowered man who is polite, gentle and helpful.)

A ‘lady’ is a woman who is self-aware, who notices her ego and her fear patterns but who does not let them rule her interaction with the world. Her politeness comes from her empathy for others, which flows from her self-confidence and understanding of who she is. Her politeness doesn’t mean that she is vulnerable – instead it means that she is strong, in charge of her anger and negative emotions and able to express them in safe ways that do not impact adversely on others. She is not a woman who gives away her power, or who uses her power to dominate; instead she radiates her power in her life.

A lady is also body aware, moving with elegance and grace. She does not need to be ‘beautiful’ as defined by her culture, instead her beauty shines out from her body-acceptance and body-awareness as she moves and interacts with life.

When we look at modern culture we see very few role models of being lady-like, and yet in the past the concept of being a ‘lady’ was one that was associated with empowered femininity and with the Divine Feminine. Goddesses were often given the title of ‘the Lady’, so to be a Lady of the Moon is to walk an ancient path of expressing our inner goddesses and our cyclic pattern of authentic femininity into the world with self-awareness, self-control, empowerment, understanding and empathy. The world needs more ‘ladies’!

A lady-like mindfulness exercise:

Just for a day, whatever your phase, be aware of your body and how you move.

Be ‘lady-like’ by moving with considered grace. Sit or stand making a gentle, elegant or pleasing shape with your body. Remember that a woman can be elegant and graceful regardless of what she is wearing!

Being body-aware naturally links us with our female empowerment and our inherent elegance, and it moves our thoughts into the moment, offering peace and calm in a hectic world.in a hectic world.

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Women helping womenYou get:

  • A healed and balanced menstrual cycle.
  • A healed pre-menstrual phase.
  • A gentle journey to menopause.
  • Effortless achievement of your goals and dreams.
  • Love.
  • Self-love.
  • Happiness.

Unbalanced Maidens and Enchantresses

In the modern world, the dynamic female archetypes have dominated how we behave and the way we think. The Maiden (pre-ovulation phase archetype) energies are dynamic, ego-orientated, goal achieving, independent, risk-taking, unemphatic, structured and focused. She is the ‘achiever’ – and when out of balance she is the ‘achiever at any cost’. (more…)

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Puzzled man

Imagine quarto mulheres.

Uma é jovem, dinâmica e entusiástica. Uma é um pouco mais velha, prática e excelente com pessoas. Uma é madura, desinibida, criativa e extremamente selvagem. E a última mulher é mais velha, sossegada e muito intuitiva.

Cada mulher tem as suas próprias necessidades, a sua própria maneira de perceber o Mundo, as suas próprias energias criativas e as suas próprias preferências sexuais.

Agora imagine que essas quatro mulheres são iguais a si.

Não admira que os homens estejam confusos!

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Men and Cyclic Women

Puzzled manImagine four women.

One is young, dynamic and enthusiastic. One is a little older, practical and good with people. One is mature, uninhibited and wildly creative. And the final woman is older, quiet and insightful.

Each woman has her own needs, her own way of perceiving the world, her own creative energies and her own sexual preferences.

Now imagine that all four women look like you.

It is no wonder that men are confused!

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