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:
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.”