Women’s Blood Mysteries
Because people have been so beaten down with Christian, Victorian and andocentric ideas that something so old and natural is now thought to be taboo. Any discussion and your seen as crude, flaky or just plain weird (or a feminist, so you get told in no uncertain terms to shut up). Whereas Christianity is supposed to be the be all and end all, and the “truth”. Since Wicca is, according to some sects, directly against Christianity, we are not allowed to talk about it without being seen as a devil worshipper, which is just insane. Without women, and their natural, biological cycles, there would be no life.
People are taught about God from the day they are born, but only taught about biology much later, and by then the damage is already done. Information is restricted and we are discouraged from thinking too deeply into it. That is, until the “always” ads came out, and they started putting cool facts on the packets.
So what I think I am trying to say is, society has been blind-sighted by the bible. No matter how freethinking people are supposed to be, the subject is still seen as cringe worthy, so less mentioned then it should be.
Punch “women’s blood mysteries” into your search engine and you can find several articles that describe the ritual and tradition of it. Books on Wicca and related beliefs have much to say on it. As for being open, there is a reason why it is a mystery. Even in societies considered primitive or “pagan” today, rites of passage or blood mysteries are not topics of open discussion, even though in some point in history, women were held in high regard because we held the spark of life within us.
At some point too, the ancients thought it was spirits that fashioned life within us.
The early Christian Church hated women, sex, and our sacred blood. They taught that, as women were responsible for the ‘original sin’, which was that Adam and Eve were thrown from the Garden of Eden. Eve tempted Adam with an apple from the Tree of Knowledge and well they discovered they were naked. In that time, nudity was frowned upon. They taught that we were responsible for the woes of mankind. Our very nature was ‘evil’. There are all these stories about succubus, that we tempted men with our blood. In some legends and customs, women were not even allowed to do certain things in the household during her cycle, and had to stay separate from the household, as she was considered ‘unclean’.
It was this kind of rigid thinking that allowed men to have dominion over women and thankfully times have changed, although in some cultures, our moon cycles are still considered taboo, we have evolved enough to take back our power. Our cycles should not be viewed as curse, but a gift, a blessing from the Mother Goddess.