Updated: May 18, 2021
It was summer.
I was wearing shorts and my skin was tan from the long days playing in the pool.
I was sleeping over a friend’s house, when in the evening I started to get these terrible cramps.
I barely slept all night, which now after giving birth (twice) really makes me see the similarities. Of course obviously two different experiences in many ways.
But in some way I was being birthed into a new Woman and the pain was the initiation. I barely slept, I stayed half awake with my hands over my womb (intuitively knowing that I needed warmth there).
I must have eaten something bad today, I pondered.
Yet these cramps were like nothing I had ever experienced before.
The next morning I woke up to find my panties full of blood.
I was shocked.
She was here.
I was reborn.
I was initiated into my menarche at 13 years old.
When I returned home, my mother awaited me with her own initiation.
She sat me down in the living room. I remember it like it was yesterday.
She looked serious, and spoke firmly yet gently about the sudden arrival of my first period.
I sat there with no words still not able to process what was going on with me internally and physically. It felt all so sudden. I was just a kid yesterday. Now I am a woman?
One thing she said that I will never forget that stayed with me till today.
"Inés, your body is a temple. And like a temple you should honor it, always."
She told me what sex is and ok - I must admit that was awkard because I wasn’t even thinking about that at all. But I know my mother made a major leap to what she probably received as an initiation in her time. My mother and her Aries energy is always blazing new trails.
I look back at that memory fondly.
As I write these words I weep. Some part of me misses that young girl who entered her menarche so innocently, unknowingly, and I will always hold her close to my heart.
How purifying it is to share with you my story.
Not everyone of us received a proper initiation into their menarche. Something our modern day society is serverly lacking.
Transitions are sacred, bumpy, messy, scary, exciting - and should be honored for the rite of passage they are.
Through - understanding the moon and menstrual phases, honoring the current menstrual phase you are in, and the current moon phase hovering over us, sitting in ceremony with each other, non-linear movement, and shamanic inner journeying to connect and heal further - will give you a chance to re-initiate yourself into your menarche and step into your full expression and power as a Moon Woman.
It is one thing to mentally know and understand the various moon/menstrual phases and another to live, breathe and feel it. Making it an unique expression into your individiuality as a Woman.