In a previous post I discussed the book Four Seasons in Four Weeks by Suzanne Mathis McQueen. In her book McQueen offers some valuable insights into the female cycle and provides tips for working with your cycle, rather than against it.
In that post, I promised to explore her ideas more in depth and so will begin with her discussion of what she considers the first week of your monthly cycle “fall.” It is during this week that menstruation occurs.
According to McQueen, this week, symbolically is like fall. In the fall the trees shed their leaves and shed what is no longer needed. Likewise, during this week, women shed the uterine lining that has not been used to facilitate a pregnancy. If you are not pregnant, that lining is no longer needed and it is time for your body to let go of it.
How else is this week like the fall season? It may be the time you find yourself retreating in-doors to take time for yourself. McQueen emphasizes that it is very important to rest at this time. She also states that it is a time of “meditative, visionary and artistic energy” so you might find it beneficial to work on projects that express your creativity, or intuition…or both.
A great activity is one I learned from the Artist Way series by Julia Cameron. You grab yourself a poster board and some magazines, and a glue-stick and prepare to make a collage. This is a different process than creating a vision board, which is one in which you are very deliberate about the pictures you choose. In this instance you may want to light some incense and put on some meditative music. Before you begin you ask the universe or a higher power a question. Perhaps it is a specific question about how you might make more money or what is going on in your relationship. You can also ask more generally, “what do I need to know about my life right now?” and then set to work.
As you pour through magazines and tear out pictures, don’t think very much about what you are attracted to. The idea is not to pick the perfect images, but to let yourself tear and glue uncensored. When you are are done, you will know it, and can step back to see what you’ve created. Chances are, it is something that will surprise you, and give you some insight into your life, or your area of inquiry, that you hadn’t thought of before. It’s a wonderful exercise, and when I do it I find that during a certain time of month I’m more intuitive and perhaps more inclined to shut off the phone, pull the shades and just, generally take time for myself.
In thinking about the week of your period in this way, as a magical time to connect with your artistic ability and psychic intuition you may find that you actually look forward to this incredible visionary time. It can be an empowering time for women to connect with their feminine powers. What, after all is more feminine than a menstrual cycle?
If you have any other rituals or advice for this time of the month, please do share below.
Have a magical day!