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The Blood Mysteries

Bleeding, is our Rite. "The word ‘ritual’ comes from ‘rtu,’ sanskrit for menses. The earliest rituals were connected to the woman’s monthly bleeding. The blood from the womb that nourished the unborn child was believed to have mana, magical power. Women’s periodic bleeding was a cosmic event, like the cycles of the moon and the waxing and waning of the tides. We have forgotten that women were the conduit to the sacred mystery of life and death." — Elinor Gadon    Women undergo an initiation in their first blood rites. Whether embraced, celebrated in ritual or not; it is a rite of passage. However she was received by herself, her family and by her community was the initiation. The imprint...

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