Women’s Mysteries

By: Julie (Sanatani) McCord In many cultures special taboos appear around menstruation and childbirth. Because a woman’s cycle is often about the same length as the lunar cycle, special ties are acknowledged between women and the Moon. Because women bleed each month without taking harm, they are believed to have special powers during the bleeding,…

Looking Positively at Menstruation

Empowering Women and Girls First published in Women’s Sahayog (1999), Calcutta, India By: Chandra Alexandre Around the globe, girls often experience some form of initiation into adulthood at menarche (the first coming of menstrual blood). Although such rites of passage can be as simple as a mother showing a daughter how to use a sanitary…

The Great Leap of Faith

An Initiation into Womanhood By: Delphyne Jodie Platner We Begin With a Story Naila perched on the edge of a sharp cliff overlooking the sea. On this momentous day the sun shone even brighter than usual, causing the water beneath her to sparkle a clear azure blue. During the last moon, Naila’s blood had come…

Saint Sara-la-Kali: A Sister to Kali Maa

It is May in the south of France. The weather is superb, and not only are more images of the Black Virgin located here than anywhere else, but the season of the Visitation of Mary as well as the feast day honoring Sara-la-Kali in Saintes Maries-de-la-Mer is upon the region. I can almost smell the…

The Eight-Pointed Rosette Star of Inanna

Some Numerological Significances By: Chandra Alexandre The cuneiform tablets of Sumer display eight-pointed impressions made thousands of years ago by a stylus pushed into wet clay, and we know today that these eight-pointed impressions signify Inanna, Goddess of Morning and Evening. It seems fitting that the impressions of this ancient written language bring to mind…

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