Menstrual Blood Magic: 3 Spells For Your Period
How to make your menstruation magical.
In this installment of Practical Magic, Lisa Stardust explains menstrual magic, and how to use your periods to connect with yourself. Always remember that magic is for believers, but this column can also simply serve as a guide to getting in touch with yourself — magically or not.
Even though it’s completely natural, modern society has stigmatized menstruation. We’ve all seen how that stigma is spread, from tampon commercials showing women discreetly discussing their periods to the way we hide our own menstruation when it’s our “time of the month.” Rather than play into this patriarchal shame, witches and other masters of magic believe menstruation is a gift from nature.
In witchcraft, one’s menstrual cycle is considered to be an extremely powerful time. Particularly when it lines up with full moon (though it should be noted that, scientifically speaking, the moon does not influence when you get your period), our menstrual cycles can connect our bodies to the universe, which is the intent of magic. So in that way, it’s true—periods are magic.
Here are some ways to use menstrual blood to create your own personal magic:
Owning Our Power
Bri Luna, owner and creative director of The Hoodwitch, says menstruation is about empowerment. A lot of people have been taught to be ashamed of their bodies by society, and getting their periods is part of that. But, by “changing our perspective” we can create a new dialogue and learn to appreciate our monthly flow, Bri said. It marks a time perfect for “gently implementing self-care into rituals” and "symbolizes personal transformation and growth.”
Protection from Unwanted Negativity
Menstrual blood can be used in spells to ward off evil and protect us, if used properly. Blue June, Host of “Mystic Witch” Podcast, suggests creating a witch bottle to repel negative vibes from others. “Collect any pieces of broken glass, tacks, nails, screws or anything else you’ve collected from your journeys that could injure you” in a mason jar with your menstrual blood (or a used tampon), Blue advised. Seal it tight and bury it near your home for protection from others.
Cleaning up Our Lives
Tarot reader, color magic practitioner, and curator Sarah Potter recommends using the potency of menstrual blood to simplify our lives, when cutting the cord from someone or something just won’t fix a problem. This means using it to banish anyone who’s causing us pain.
“Collect your menstrual blood and add a few drops to a small cup of water to use as ink to write a list of people or situations you wish to release from your life. When your list is completed, set it on fire and picture all of that negativity leaving your energetic field," Potter said. "Afterwards, take a cleansing bath or shower and again picture the negative energy being whisked away from you and washing down the drain.”
Heal Chakras By Becoming One With Our Bodies
Liz Goldwyn, founder of “The Sex Ed” proposes dabbing menstrual blood on the sacral and solar plexus chakras to help alleviate tension. Liz also suggests “observing how you feel during each cycle, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Remember, “the more in touch with your body and blood flow, the more you can be empowered by your period instead of dreading “that time of the month.”
As we said before, the ultimate intent of magic is to be more in touch with our bodies and their connection to the world. So, whether or not you believe in magic, or want to use your menstrual blood for spells, simply freeing yourself from menstrual stigma can be a form of magic in itself.