“The moon has always been the primary symbol for female energy; its cycle around the earth takes approximately twenty-nine days, the same amount of time as the average woman’s menstrual cycle. It is often felt that as the pull of the moon affects the waters of the world, so does its motion affect the body of woman.” —Women’s Medicine Ways’ Cross-Cultural Rites of Passage by Marcia Starck
Her full moon arose today,
sprinkling liquid stardust
onto her bathroom floor,
decorating her mattress
with vibrant hues of deep red,
staining her pajama pants
with artistic, circular symmetry.
For days, she had waited
for the completion of her moon,
while the sun shun
its luminous rays upon her,
the fall equinox bringing that
massive star into greater centrality.
And on a night, her moon had not set,
she sang to the four directions,
shattering myths of tainted womanhood,
tales of storks placing fragile care packages,
under willow trees.
Sang to Grandmother Moon,
Honoring the feminine Divine,
Celebrating her Sacred Waters,
Occupying her sanctified space
for the rejuvenation of Mother Earth,
honoring our Mothers,
honoring our selves.
Safa N. Plenty is currently pursing her Ph.D at Claremont Lincoln School of Theology in the area of Practical Theology, Spiritual Formation and Education. She holds a Masters of Social Work from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary studies with a minor in Africana Studies. For the past three years, she has worked as a K-12 education contractor and assistant counselor at a community college. Her research interests include Sufism, Attachment to God, indigenous cosmology, particularly Native American and Australian spirituality and somatic psychology. She is also interested in religious mysticism, mindfulness practice in Buddhism and the role of feminism and religion in cultivating a peacemaking capacity among young Muslim women. She is currently working to develop a faith based healthy relationships program for Mothers and Daughters. She enjoys writing poetry, research, and contemplative practice and tuning in with nature.
6 thoughts on “Honoring Our Mothers, Honoring Our Selves by Safa Plenty”
It is a very common experience we share as women to wake in the morning and find that same menstrual bleeding in ourselves and the stains on the bed, etc. Just because it is a bleeding, which subconsciously we associate with suffering, the experience can sometimes have a deep psychological impact. And yet how rarely we write about it. I love where you say the blood “decorates” the mattress instead of staining it. Thank you, Safa.
I always had blood on the bed, blood on my pants, blood on my clothes, blood everywhere. Thanks for celebrating what has always seemed embarrassing!
Do you know Ntozake Shange’s poem, “We Need a God Who Bleeds Now”?
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Beautiful, tender thoughts for this weeks moon, which I honor as The Soul’s New Year. Thank you!
Enhance your connection to your “moon time” by reading Flowing, A Guide to CM: conscious menses. Magic awaits you. When you consciously seek The Feminine Divine during menses – you will find HER. Go to my website to learn how to CM. Consider helping more sisters learn about the physiological opportunity offered every woman monthly, to commune with HER. Try it.