During our moon cycles – both our own personal cycles, and the cosmic, lunar cycle overhead – four distinct and powerful female Energy Archetypes are dancing in turn on our paths. The same thing happens throughout the sun year, with each season epitomizing one the four energies.
I would like to talk to you today about the Energy of the Enchantress. So, I am a student of Miranda Gray who discovered, invented, conceptualized, organized, choose the word that suits you, the female menstrual cycle or the female lunar cycle. The idea is that during our menstrual cycle we have four distinct powerful feminine Energy Archetypes that take their turn to emerge. And this dance of the four Archetypes is found both in our personal menstrual cycle, in our own lunar cycle, but also in that of the actual Moon.
And, of course, on a larger scale throughout the solar year, with each season embodying one of the four energies. These four energies, these four Archetypes they are the Energy of the Maiden, linked with the pre-ovulation phase, the waxing moon and the spring, the Energy of the Mother which is linked with the ovulation phase, the full moon and the summer, the Energy of the Enchantress, related with the post-ovulation phase, the fall and the waning moon. And finally, the Energy of the Crone, of the wise old woman which is linked with the bleeding phase, the dark moon and with winter, of course.
So today, I am going to talk a little more about the Enchantress Archetype. She is sometimes referred to as the Witch, the Medicine Woman, the Queen or the Wild Woman … And she is all of that! The Enchantress Archetype coincides in our cycles with the time just after ovulation, the pre-menstrual part, with the 3rd quarter of the Moon, the waning Moon, the ebb tide and autumn. She is also very present during the peri-menopausal phase of our lives.
The Enchantress is becoming less energetic and more reflective and self-focused, honoring and nurturing her own needs. She is wanting to connect deeper inside of herself. To her own inner magic.
The Enchantress phase is the time when most women desire some solitude and often experience recurrent dissatisfaction about particular aspects of their lives. This phase prepares us for the release and letting go of the (Crone) bleeding phase.
Towards the end of this phase, pre-menstrual syndrome is common. Headaches, mood swings, irritability, dread, shame, and emotions run high. The reason we might experience these dark and destructive behaviors is only because we’ve learned to repress and bury these natural emotions and energies. We’re battling against our inner Enchantress, and that is what causes us so much pain. She’s desperate to be seen and heard.
She has her own unique gifts that she longs to bring us. The Enchantress asks us to feel our pain, and address the root of where it comes from, below the surface. Because this is the only way we can begin to truly heal. She asks us to stand still, reflect, accept, and alchemise our experiences. Because this is how we learn the lessons, grow, and move forward.
It will often bring out the darker, destructive sides of our psyches, but when we embrace the Energy of the Enchantress, we become, like her, empowered in our feminine magic and sensuality. She may be temperamental at times and wild, but she is also very creative and dynamic. Her descent into the darkness of the labyrinth is not an even and constant one... It’s made of peaks of dynamic Energy and valleys of need for retreat and rest. She is untamed .. and untamable ! That’s how the "tumultuous", unpredictable nature of the Enchantress challenges the status quo.
When we take the first happy and confident steps on the path down into the dark heart of the labyrinth, these steps are taken in daylight where we can see the world around us and the direction ahead. But the last few steps will be taken in complete darkness, with us feeling our way as we try to safely navigate each step. No wonder we want to stay in the light for as long as possible.
The path of the Enchantress asks a lot from us. She asks us to trust, to accept the "not knowing", to follow our feelings and to let go of the expectations and the safety blanket of society. She also takes us deep into our subconscious mind, offering us wonderful gifts of intuition and inspiration, and of transformational healing.
In the same way that in folklore, the Witch was often dreaded, many women fear their inner Enchantress Archetype – because this can be a painful phase of our menstrual cycle and a darker side of ourselves may emerge. That could a result from us unconsciously stifling the Energy of our Enchantress Archetype at this time. Our inner Enchantress needs us to spend time alone and she may also show her dark side by pushing people away unkindly without realizing it.
The Enchantress is a healer. She’s the Medicine woman inside us that knows that we can’t keep forging forwards if we don’t step back every now and again to reflect and accept and integrate everything we’ve learnt along the way. She knows that healing isn’t about applying a plaster, putting our heads down and just carrying on, but that it needs time to drill down to the root of the problem. The key to embracing the Enchantress is to listen intently to what your body is telling you, and act accordingly with self-love and care
On her path our inhibitions break and the comfortable barriers that surround our fears and beliefs collapse. She releases our innermost fears of survival, our feelings of lack of self-acceptance and self-love. The Enchantress offers us a challenge: to love and accept ourselves.
As we reclaim our knowledge of the Enchantress, we reclaim our right to rest, to reflection and to healthy sustenance (on all levels, body, mind, emotional and spiritual) all of which equip us to engage in life with a fullness and wisdom not available to us in the rush and demand of non-stop giving and doing. But the Enchantress is here for us, to assist us in awakening all of our sacred magic. To teach us to trust our intuition (which from the outside can see like witchcraft).
The Archetype of the Enchantress has been widely forgotten, stigmatized and misunderstood. Historically, she is the one who can have sexual relationships without conceiving, thus proving her "magic power. Her fertility and creativity is expressed outside of her womb. And her magic is unlike any other. Women during this phase often have a high libido and therefore have sex for pleasure.
One issue for this Archetype is for women who are no longer in their childbearing years who have not had children. Although the woman may be mentally, emotionally and spiritually happy with her decision to not have children, her body sometimes grieves the fact that she will never be a biological mother.
The Enchantress knows what she wants and how to ask for that. She doesn’t give a damn and doesn’t tolerate BS. The Enchantress does not tolerate what doesn’t work. And she demands and creates change. She challenges the status quo within ourselves and in society.
Can you see why existing power structures both personal and public do NOT want this Archetype to come out! She challenges authority, and unsettles power structures. And it is challenging for women to experience Her more too. Because maybe when we spoke up or spoke out previously, we may have been silenced or persecuted or punished (either in this life or past lives)
So it may be painful for women to see the Enchantress coming through in other women because we have been brainwashed to be nice, and accommodating and giving. So when we see the fierce, confident and creative Enchantress in full abundance in other women we may feel threatened by how powerful she is. That’s only because we have rejected or suppressed that part of ourselves.
When this Archetype is out of balance (dominant or dormant!), women often experience PMS, heavy periods and mood swings before their periods. They can also go through grueling hormonal fluctuations during peri-menopause, when hormones can be a roller coaster akin to a reverse puberty.
Unfortunately, society doesn’t know how to deal with these issues and instead casts them as “crazy” or “bitchy” while the conventional medical system offers them antidepressants or the birth control pill as band-aids for their deeper unmet spiritual and emotional needs.
The transition between Mother and Enchantress, fullness and release has not been honored in our recent times. The Autumn part of life’s creative cycles have so much to teach us. The peri-menopause part of a woman’s life can help us to our own Sovereignty and our own knowledge and love of Self. It is from our Sovereignty that we get to know our own rhythms and desires, these change in our Enchantress phase of life. It is this knowledge that enables us to relax, to surrender to the deeper flow within us and within life.
It’s time to reclaim this woman back into our lives so we can step more fully into our power, and make some changes in this world not just for yourself but for this planet!
So much for today …
I would be so happy to hear from you about all that. Thank you in advance for your comment.
See you soon, for my next online adventures!
Until then I send you love, light and gratitude.
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