I decided to smear the blood all over my face, and taste it to reclaim that part of myself. I could truly embody all that I was. Through the ritual of painting it on my face, it deepened my bond with my body.
Through her younger years Red hair didn’t enjoy or care for her monthly bleeding, You could say she had an unhealthy relationship with her monthly bleed and didn’t really enjoy getting it at all… She had a complete disconnect from her womb and how she felt towards bleeding.
It was a subject matter that most Panther girls avoided, a taboo and a female shame.
Red hair too would only ever tell her trusted band members if she bled. Though as she grew up and became ever more spiritual she began to see bleeding as a sacred ritual time, for women to go inward, to use in a powerful manifestation to honor our womb power to our Goddess.
To reclaim the power of bleeding, Red hair does a monthly ritual and uses a wooden cup so she can see her own blood. She then uses the fluid and applies it to her face as a war paint of her womanhood.
We have shamed ourselves as women for bleeding, males have placed this taboo on us for bleeding. It’s a time to reclaim our power through reclaiming that which comes naturally for us.
It’s a blessing.