Lunar language is symbolic, psychic, and cyclical. Solar language is logical, linear, and linguistic. This duality symbolizes the first split from source, the yin and yang of the universe. This duality is found in these orbs: the sun is seen as yang while the moon is seen as yin. Yet within each lies the whole. This is important to wrap the mind around since these two terms can be quite abstract. In solar terms yang energy increases from the winter solstice and up until the summer solstice. It then declines from the summer solstice until the winter solstice. This increasing yang followed by decreasing yang can also be seen as yang (increasing yang) or yin (decreasing yang). In solar terms this is easy to understand for this reasoning is linear.
Yet the feminine is governed by moon speak. In terms of the moon, yin energy increases from the new moon up until the full moon, where its’ full yin is prevalent, impregnated, and bursting. Yin energy then declines from the full moon until the new moon, remember the moon is solely yin. But to truly understand this energy, the wild woman must perceive the duality. The yang portion of the moon’s yin energy is prevalent until the full moon, at which point the yin energy of the moon’s yin pervades from the full moon to the new moon. At the new moon its’ yin energy is at its weakest for Earth energy is at its strongest. This understanding is not intellectual for it defies the linear, thus it is hard to write about, the wise woman must integrate it through her practices. She takes great care to understand this, realizing that the moon’s yang is far different than the sun’s yang, as these terms are simply a polarization of whatever aspect she is piercing the knowledge of. Yin and Yang are simply terms to explain a contraction or an expansion, respectively.
Tuning in and then integrating this alchemy makes the wild woman a wisely wild woman. She looks to her orb in the sky to glean insights into her self and nature so she may use these cosmic energies to her advantage in her home and community. She sees that when Great Goddess Moon is full it is an expansive time for the planet. Seeds are sprouting animals are mating and the dark energies of the night are enlightened. When Great Goddess Moon is dark the whole world is sleeping, just like in winter, for it is in this darkness that a recalibration takes place so the conditions of birthing can be created. When the moon is growing, the energy is yang (of yin), externally focused, and has a pop similar to the masculine surfacing. When the moon is waning there is a slowness and stillness settling akin to autumn, and the receptivity of the feminine, the yin of yin. This is when roots substantiate, sperm and egg implant, and earth energy begins to take over.
Knowing where the wild goddess is in relationship to her personal moon and Great Goddess Moon creates the container for her circumstances and everything occurring within is a dance she flows through. She knows her cycle so that she may be in control of her sexual energies while also letting flow her creative energies. This gives her choice and power of her body and mind. Whether she is participating in conscious conception or lunar contraception, she has the inner wisdom to pull the magic out of the rhythm of her cycle.
Knowledge of the most appropriate times to make love to another is one such way she potentiates sexual (or reproductive) timings by keeping the whisperings of her womb in mind. The biome of the vagina reveals when she is best prepared to join in union with another. Just as a young girl has a neutral vaginal pH so too does the yoni become less acidic while menstruating. Thus the womb within cannot defend itself as readily against the external. The pH is highest while ovulating, as her nectar is rushing out from within, creating the perfect polarity to the alkaline suitors that come in from without. This duality creates the tension that sparks life on our earthly sphere. Then as hormones wane so too does sexual interest, her moisture remaining is being reabsorbed back into the wild woman’s womb so she may use it for her spiritual faculties. The male alchemists knew the power of her nectar, so too does the wise and wild woman. Thus too much overindulgence in this phase will agitate the womb and deplete precious resources within. The days prior to menstruation are a momentary menopause, a time to recalibrate and descend for the moon is at its weakest, yin energy at its most absent, thus it is the void of the feminine yet also the absence of the masculine. The wise women realizes this is a very important moment (and time) to enter the eternal through as it is the absence of duality.
Wherever she is in her cycle, the wild goddess knows that her moon is referencing her circumstances in relationship to Great Goddess Moon and wherever she is there are certain things she can do to support the health and well-being of her womb within her personal cycle. Knowledge of these stirrings can enable her to more easily fall pregnant, or more readily avoid it, and it can also allow her to move through her moons, and life cycle transitions with ease and comfort.
An Imbalanced Cycle
The wild goddess first seeks to understand what her cycle is revealing to her. A cycle that does not have a consistent rhythm, or it deviates greatly in length from Great Goddess Moon’s cycle is irregular. Cycles can be longer or shorter than 29 days or vary considerably from one moon to the next. A long cycle simply means the goddess is ovulating less, therefore she is in a sense not as fertile as there are fewer chances for a pregnancy. This can happen in the reproductive years (as a signal from the womb) or more naturally during the first years of menstruation and the final years of menstruation, during this gateway recalibration. In the reproductive years, an egg that remains longer in the ovary in a lengthened cycle has less of a chance of making it, as it ages awhile too long waiting for ovulation (this moment is always two weeks before the menstrual cycle). Thus a longer waxing phase means an egg aging, and more time spent in a yang, doing, or masculine phase. A goddess that is ovulating more, having shorter cycle, has more chances to fall pregnant, thus she is considered more fertile. She spends more time in the yin phase accompanied by receptive feminine energy, the space of being.
Neither of these circumstances are “right” or “wrong” it is simply information being revealed to the goddess through the womb. So she first works with the cycle she has and detoxifies the hormones of the body so that the womb may move to a more natural rhythm. The breasts are great detoxifiers of hormones and they are also sponges to toxins and estrogen mimickers. These are found in great quantities on the planet from plastics and chemicals. This wreaks havoc on the hormones. This then impacts the womb so the first approach is to work with the tissues of the breasts as they are the hormonal portal to the womb.
Recipe for Hormonal Detox & Cyclical Feminine Upkeep
Massage the Breasts
A breast massage with Lavish is brimming with the perfect botanicals to facilitate detoxification of the breasts for the goddess. When paired with yin or yang pits, the lymph nodes in the armpit also are supported to aid in this detoxification. They also rebalance the goddesses sex scent so that the pheromones she releases are in conversation with the pheromones around her. This allows her to trust her intuition and associate with the people that fit her best. Her nose will know. This breast massage starts with the base of each breast and works upwards both on the inside and outside always moving towards the armpit. Breathe deep and focus special attention on any sore spots or lumps. Gently encourage circulation with your tender touch. This self-care ritual is best done during the yang part of the cycle, the waxing phase, as the whole upper body is more active during this time in participating with the community.
Alter the Subconscious
At ovulation coercion perfume is a botanical pleasure to spray on the body and in the hair. As a botanical perfume, it encourages sensual and spiritual states, without the hormonal detriment that synthetic and artificial perfumes deliver. The florals entwined within it have a tremendous capacity to unwind the mind and are well known aphrodisiacs. This state slows down time, allowing the goddess to linger in the raw beauty of herself and the earth. Of course, this potent potion will pull in unknowing noses of an other, coupled with ovulation, the goddess could potentially become irresistible.
Treat the Yoni
Throughout the whole moon cycle, except menstruation, nectar is a beautiful accompaniment to the goddesses inner womb nectar. It soothes, excites, circulates, and hydrates the whole inner and outer canal of the yoni. The goddess can use this serum for play, with a lover, or simply as a potion for her feminine health, at all phases of her life. It helps to combat inflammation, dryness, unhealthy bacteria, while promoting healthy hormones. Botanicals and lipids have the perfect symmetry with the yoni, harmonizing the inner intuitive self.
Mist the Portal
On the more vulnerable days of the goddesses cycle, such as the days leading up to, and during menstruation, emanate is used for its soothing and acidic properties. It can also be used as a form of alkaline protection before and after making love and during menopause when the yoni is more vulnerable to bacterial invasion. Aromatic waters are so gentle and easy to incorporate into yoni health that all the goddess needs to do is spritz and go about her sacred play or mystical day.
Massage the womb
The womb balm is ideal to use in the week prior to menstruation. It encourages the blood to flow and helps mitigate symptoms such as cramps, stagnation, and painful menstruation. Engaging in vaginal steaming (steaming the vagina over a pot of herbs*) in the few days before the cycle will also help the goddess to descend into her menstrual depths with ease and grace. The womb balm will also regulate blood flow, encouraging a heavier flow if amenorrhea occurs or encouraging a lighter flow if menstruation is too heavy. Simply apply to the area of the womb (above the pubic bone) and massage either by rubbing up from pubic bone to naval, in circles around the womb, or outwards from womb to hip points. Breathe and again linger on any tender places.
After a rhythm is found within the personal cycle, these feminine lunar potions work as preventative health care for all the goddesses womanly whisperings and in all phases of her life. They create a constant connection to her womb so she does not become distanced from this sacred source of spiritual creativity. Ignoring these aspects of her feminine self creates the groundwork for dis-ease and suffering. The wise and wild woman acknowledges this and cultivates this eternal relationship with the gift of her body and its tremendous capacity to create.
Noticing the Moon
The next piece after the goddesses cycle is in a rhythm is to notice where Great Goddess Moon is. Since the moon governs the night, it is generally the more hidden aspects of the self that the moon alights. If not observed, this can make the goddess seem like a lunatic, but with awareness, the goddess can start to use this Moon wisdom to her advantage.
The goddess now sees that ovulation is her full moon and menstruation is her dark moon no matter what phase Great Goddess Moon is in. Thus, she can start to notice if her cycle is longer or shorter than the Moon and where she ovulates in relationship to Great Goddess Moon. She can then glean her own insights into her fertile peaks, her yang phase, her yin phase, and the navigation of her phases in relationship to her circumstances which pulsate out towards Great Goddess Moon.
Altering the Personal moon
If the goddess would like to alter her moon to play with certain energies then she first decides what she wants. If she would like to fall pregnant then it is best to align with a white moon cycle. By gently encouraging the body to play in this cycle she uses the potions in accordance with Great Goddess Moon, as if she were already aligned to Her cycle.
She then allows the Dark Goddess Moon into her home by keeping lights dim or off on the nights when nature is dark. She rests. When Great Goddess Moon is full she practices a moon meditation, simply standing and staring at the full moon as it arises for a day or two before and after the full moon. This will be before, at, and after sunset. This activates the pineal gland to excite the endocrine system and ignites her wild hormones. She can play out in her community during this time, igniting ovulation, titillating talks, and engaging esoterically with the cosmos.
When her cycle is aligned to the white moon cycle, the goddess would then make love before, during, and after the full moon when the energies are in her favor and she is ovulating. She can also pay attention to her lunar ovulation (the moon she was born under) and also make love then. This is her second potential chance to ovulate in the month. Adding another cosmic layer, she can pay attention to what sign Great Goddess Moon is in, knowing that Earth and Water are feminine signs, and Fire and Air are masculine signs (the moon moves through a sign every few days). She can then use these cosmic energies to her advantage as well, as she sees fit.
Then she would let nature take its course during the waning phase of her cycle, forgoing the potions, the steaming, and any external work by simply allowing the opportunity for implantation to occur. She treats herself at this time as though she were already pregnant. If she becomes pregnant she takes the first trimester to rest from any doing, as much as possible, and forgoes the plant botanicals unless she knows what she is doing with them. However, light misting with emanate is a gentle way she can bring in botanicals during this phase because they will help calm and soothe her.
On the other hand, if she wishes to avoid pregnancy then a red moon cycle would support this energy. She would simply use the potions in reverse of Great Goddess Moon, so that she may ovulate under the Dark Moon and bleed under the Full Moon. This requires her to darken her surroundings during Full Goddess Moon and use lighting during the Dark Moon. Or she could simply remain working in the world, giving it her all, being there in community, for the body will also notice this and align to the red moon cycle. She would then know when she ovulates and would avoid making love at this time or of course avoid actively trying to create a baby. She would also know her lunar ovulation and treat this time as though she were ovulating as well.
The womb is revealing great secrets, the wise woman uses these whisperings to know where she is in relationship to the Great Goddess Moon for these are her circumstances. Mastery of the moon is an obedience to the Moon, a revering of the changing phases of the lunar month within, the Great Lunar cycle without, that she may be the enigmatic woman to those she finds herself entangled with. The health that flows forth is the energy that moves freely through her body and out into her world.
*My favorite easy-to-use resource for vaginal steaming is found online at steamy chick.