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The ritualistic importance of menstruation and menstrual blood

From: (nagasiva)
Newsgroups: alt.magick.tantra
Subject: Re: The ritualistic importance of menstruation and menstrual blood
Date: 29 Dec 1998 20:05:12 -0800
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49981229 IIIom Hail Red Venus!

"Yvonne Jonsson" :

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if you could avoid posting in this MIME format I'd appreciate it.

# I am currently writing a paper on menstruation as a physical 
# connection to spirituality and its prominent role in ritual 
# and worship! 

can the spiritual have physical support?  aren't the "two"
realms ontologically presupposed to be separate? if they
can relate in some way, how do they relate?

# My tutor is far from supportive of my research and he claims 
# that I am just "hopelessly caught up in some obscure 
# feminist pseudo babble"....

have faith, your tutor is hopelessly caught up in some obscure
western cosmology which doesn't admit of the integral
connection between what we call 'spirituality' and 'physicality'.

# ...women's wisdom and spirituality have been neglected or 
# dismissed for too long!

too long, and by too many people.  the feminist book publishers
are making some headway of course.

# ...sharing their knowledge and experience! I have these questions:
# The physical substance of menstrual blood, what significance 
# does it have for you and what role, if any, does it play in 
# your rituals and/or spell casting?

significance: life (womb), sex (vulva), secrets (taboo),
	      power (shakti/fire/passion), caution (redness)

role in rites/spells: blessing temporal (onset of period),
		      blessing fluid (consecration of tools,
		      anointing of person), the Red Pole in
		      an alchemical pairing (Red Lion,
		      Red Dragon, Red Venus, Red Tara, Red
		      Yoni), the Door of Infinity, the Gate
		      of my Abyss.

# Are there any rituals, not necessarily involving the 
# physical blood, connected with the menstrual state?

those involving heightened passion, sensuality, sexuality,
and intensity of attraction.

# During the time of your menstruation, how are you 
# affected spiritually and how, if this applies to you, 
# would you describe its role as a tool of communication 
# with the spiritual and/or the Deities?

n/a, I am male.  ask shaktidevi catyananda.

nagasiva with a nostril in the air
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