Have you ever heard of the song by Katy Perry called the Dark Horse? The lyrics go like this:
This song plays with a lot of stereotypes about magic: that it's forbidden, that it means putting a sexual spell on men and that it's all powerful. There is a reason why magic has a bad name and it has to do with female power.
In BC, people worshiped both both gods and goddesses. Then 2,000 years ago goddess worship dropped out of sight as Christianity began to grow. Coincidence? I think not.
Do you remember the commercials that advertised you can do anything during your period, even wear a white bikini?
Like who decided this was a good idea? In fact, Pearce says that during the "bleeding time" we should be taking it easy. This is not the week to be doing high energy work or making big decisions. The week of our periods is the time to regroup. And what does society tell us? You can do anything during your period. Don't let it stop you. But this is not necessarily what is best for women. And there certainly is no understanding of how cycles work and affect women.
Did you know that a woman's cycle used to be tied to the moon? Pearce says that "the most common menstrual pattern is to bleed on the dark moon and to ovulate on the full moon...the 28 day menstrual cycle correlates with the moon's cycle." How many women out there have a cycle like this? With the advent of birth control and artificial light (which changes our natural hormonal response to the moonlight) our cycles are all out of wack!
Why is this important and what does this have to do with magic? The source of feminine power is within the womb. This is the ultimate source of our creativity, where we grow our babies. Does this sound like magic to you? Well it is!
Other ways that feminine power manifests is in our ability to nurture and use our right-brown power i.e. yes, psychic abilities such as intuition, feeling, thoughts that convey messages for ourselves and others.
So Katy Perry sings "So you wanna play with magic? Boy you should know who you're falling for". Go ahead play with magic. It's not a bad thing and for women, it only comes natural. No one is going to burn us at the stake for this. It's safe now. Embrace your magical female power.