Elsa Asher

Take your time to gather energy, materials and support. Allow your potency to build so that when it is time to take action you move from a place of authenticity and presence.

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Waxing Moon

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Primal Sequence: Conception, Implantation, Embryological Development, Growing Your Body in Utero

This is the time when you grew your body from the meeting of the egg and sperm cells into your whole body. Take your time to gather energy, materials and support. Allow your potency to build so that when it is time to take action you move from a place of authenticity and presence. Exercise: What do you know about the time when you were conceived, when you implanted in your gestational parent’s womb? What do you know about your early embryological development (in the first 9 weeks) and your prenatal time (in the second and third trimesters) that may be clues for your process?

 

 

Creative Process: Gathering Materials

 

Develop a plan for your project. Gather the materials you will need. Spread the word. If you are collaborating with other people, what do you need to do to tend to these relationship(s)? Stay connected to your potency by reminding yourself of your intention. Exercise: What do you need to create your project? Create your plan and timeline.

 

Body Experience

 

This is the time of growth and potential, of new work and creative thinking. Everyone's body is different, every body has unique hormone levels. If you have ovaries and menstruate, the preparation phase is associated with the follicular phase, when the ovaries prepare to release an egg. Many egg follicles swell, and estrogen increases to thicken the uterine lining in preparation for implantation. If you have ovaries and take herbs and/or synthetic hormones to increase progesterone and testosterone, your estrogen levels will be lower, but you may still experience this cycle in a more subtle energetic way. If you have testes and you take estrogen, notice any subtle shifts you feel throughout the cycle of each estrogen dose.

 

Lunar Cycle: Waxing Half Moon

 

As the moon grows it is prime time for preparation to begin. In this time you are taking care of all the details to make your thing happen! You’re making your lists and checking them off. You’re doing sketches and building models, writing a song and practicing it, choreographing, writing the zine. No matter the phase the moon is in during this work time, it is the time for new neural connections, new work and creative explosion.

 

Moon Angel Deck: Divination

 

Draw a card. Write down the name and number of the card and any notes on what it means for you in your preparation phase.

 

Resources

What do you need to support you in fully experiencing the preparation phase with ease? Write a list of internal and external resources to support you in this part of the process.

 

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You have all the power and wisdom you need. You are ready now to make your move. Remember you can pause during action to rest, connect, and remember your intention.

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Full Moon

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Primal Sequence: Birth Process

This is the time when you were born, when you and your birthing parent collaborated to bring you from inside their body into the world. You’ve worked to come to this time and place. Trust your preparation. You have all the power and wisdom you need. You are ready. Make your move. Remember you can pause during action to rest, connect, and remember your intention. Exercise: What do you know about your birth? What do you know about the beginning of your birth, the middle, the end when you came out into the world?

 

 

Creative Process: Making and Doing

Make your move, do the thing, share your creation with community. Exercise: What kind of support do you need to act? How do you want to feel in the action phase? What will support you to feel this way?

 

Body Experience

This is the time of action, energy and connection. Everyone's body is different, every body has unique hormone levels. If you have ovaries and menstruate, the action phase is associated with the ovulation phase, when one follicle swells and bursts, releasing an egg from the ovary. Luteinizing Hormone peaks. Estrogen continues to increase to thicken the uterine lining, and immune cells grow in the uterus. Testosterone also increases, and then decreases right before ovulation. If you have ovaries and take herbs and/or synthetic hormones to increase progesterone and testosterone, your estrogen levels will be lower, but you may still experience this cycle in a more subtle energetic way, as well as the surge in testosterone. If you have testes and you take estrogen, notice any subtle shifts you feel, related to your testosterone levels and where you are in the cycle of your estrogen dose.

 

Lunar Cycle: Full Moon

When the moon is full, it’s the time for action! Time to show off your beauty and offerings, put it out there in the world. No matter the phase of the moon, this time of offering is a time to share with the world some phase of your vision.

 

Moon Angel Deck: Divination

Draw a card. Write down the name and number of the card and any notes on what it means for you in your intention phase.

 

Resources

What do you need to support you in fully experiencing the action phase with ease? Write a list of internal and external resources to support you in this part of the process.

 

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You did it! Look around. Listen to everything around you whispering: “Welcome, welcome, we’re so glad you’re here.”

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Waning Moon

Primal Sequence: Coming into the World

This is the time right after your birth, when you are meeting the world directly for the first time. You did it! Look around. Listen to everything around you whispering: “Welcome, welcome, we’re so glad you’re here.” Allow yourself to take in what just happened. To feel your arrival, to experience the affect of your action. This is a time to debrief and reflect on the action, and take any immediate necessary steps after the action, e.g. follow up communication with any collaborators, participants, or audience.

 

 

Exercise: What do you know about your experience right after birth?

 

 

Creative Process: Debriefing and Following Up

 

Debrief with your collaborators. Receive feedback from your audience and community. Stay connected to yourself and those you shared this experience with.

 

Exercise: What kind of support do you need after the action phase? What helps you really feel what you made or did and supports you to take in what you are receiving in response to what you made?

 

 

Body Experience

 

This is the time of debriefing, completing any necessary follow up action steps and tending to yourself and your collaborators. Everyone's body is different, every body hasunique hormone levels. If you have ovaries and menstruate, the follow through phase is associated with the luteal phase, when progesterone increases, maintaining the uterine lining. Towards the end of this phase, if the egg has not been fertilized, testosterone increases and progesterone production halts, initiating menstruation.

 

Lunar Cycle: Waning Half Moon

 

As the moon wanes we finish up the last details of our offering. We now follow through. Maybe we met someone important at our show we need to email. The video needs to be uploaded to Vimeo, the syllabus needs to be shared, the money deposited in the bank or maybe we need to clean up our studio. No matter the phase of the moon, this time is about tying up loose ends.

 

Moon Angel Deck: Divination

 

Draw a card. Write down the name and number of the card and any notes on what it means for you in your intention phase.

 

Resources

What do you need to support you in fully experiencing the follow through phase with ease? Write a list of internal and external resources to support you in this part of the process.

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Take the time to feel what you just experienced. Offer thanksgiving to all that supported you. Take the time to rest. Trust the rest. Keep resting until you organically feel the arising of your next intention.

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New Moon

Primal Sequence: Being a Newborn

This is the time when you are resting and integrating your birth, playing, bonding with your parents, taking it all in, and resting again. Take the time to feel what you just experienced. Offer thanksgiving to all that supported you. Take the time to rest. Trust the rest. Keep resting until you organically feel the arising of your next intention.

 

 

Exercise: What do you know about your experience of being a newborn?

 

Creative Process: Reflecting and Resting

Reflect on what you made or did. Offer gratitude to everyone and anything that supported you in this creative process. Rest. Take it all in. Celebrate! You did it!

 

Exercise: How do you love to celebrate? What supports you to rest deeply? Do you like to spend time with others, or alone?

What does it feel like in your body when you reflect on what you made or did?

 

Body Experience

This is the time of reflecting on what you experienced, offering gratitude to all that supported you, and resting. Everyone’s body is different, every body has unique hormone levels. If you have ovaries and menstruate, the integration phase is associated with the return to menstruation, as progesterone decreases and the uterine lining sheds, estrogen peaks and drops, and your body prepares for ovulation. If you have ovaries and take herbs and/or synthetic hormones to increase progesterone and testosterone, you may still experience this cycle in a more subtle energetic way. If you have testes and you take estrogen, notice any subtle shifts you feel throughout the cycle of each estrogen dose.

 

Lunar Cycle: New Moon

With the completion of the moon cycle we come back again to the mysterious dark moon. It’s time to take a load off, relish in completion. Let things percolate. Let the feelings surface, of joy, regret, celebration, exhaustion, pride, anticipation. No matter the phase of the moon, in this integration time we have the opportunity to let it all come together in our body, spirit and psyche. In this resting time we allow our next creative impulse to arise and we begin again.

 

Moon Angel Deck: Divination

Draw a card. Write down the name and number of the card and any notes on what it means for you in your intention phase.

 

Resources

What do you need to support you in fully experiencing the integration phase with ease? Write a list of internal and external resources to support you in this part of the process.

 

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Integration

🌑 New Moon
🍐 Postpartum
🌱 Winter

Intention

🌑 New moon
🥚 Preconception & Conception
❄️ Late Winter

 
 

Action

🌕 Full Moon
🍐 Birth
🌱 Summer

 

Preparation

🌓 Waxing Moon
🍐 Embryological & Fetal development
🌱 Spring

 
 

Follow Through

🌗 WAning Moon
🍐 The Golden Hour, Bonding & Attachment
🌱 fall

 
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Everyone's body is different, every body has unique hormone levels.

Hormone cycle for people with ovaries who menstruate

Intention

Menstrual Phase

Progesterone decreases and the uterine lining sheds, estrogen peaks and drops, and your body prepares for ovulation.

 

Preparation

Follicular Phase

 

Action

Ovulation

 

Follow Through

Luteal Phase

 

Integration

Menstrual phase

 

If you have ovaries and take herbs and/or synthetic hormones to increase progesterone and testosterone, you may still experience this cycle in a more subtle energetic way, and the intention phase may be aligned with the time midway between testosterone or progesterone doses. 

If you have testes and you take estrogen, notice any subtle shifts you feel throughout the cycle of each estrogen dose.

This workshop is for all genders of people, our explorations of our bodies and hormones includes information on cis women, transgender people on or off estrogen and/or testosterone and cis men.

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Myrna Martin: myrnamartin.net

Joshua Muscat: sfbmc.org

Chantia Smith: embodiedbeginnings.com

Woman Code by Alisa Vitti