The Four Archetypes of a Woman
Written & Illustrated by elinap
Sadly we have learnt to be quite superwomen, always trying to do our best and sometimes we manage… But sometimes we wonder if there’s someting wrong with us. And oh, those PMS’s that come every month and the amount of chocolate we consume to keep us calm.
The knowledge about the four archetypes and how they are tied to our menstrual cycle was a relief for me.
I don’t need to be super achieving all the time.
I don’t need to yell and rage for a week to my loved ones.
Oh, and I don’t even need to buy chocolate unless I really love to have it once in a while. It’s not a survival method anymore.
With observing myself, my moods and my cycle together for some time did the trick.
Maiden is the phase that begins one week after menstruation and that’s when you can begin many new things, that’s when you are an achiever and all you do flows really easily.
Then comes the mother and if you use this week to nurture yourself and the things you planted in the previous week, it’s going to be beautiful!
Wild woman dances the next week. She sweeps the floor clear, it’s easy to let go of anything that doesn’t serve your higher purpose at this point. And this is also the week of PMS if you refuse to listen to your powers. If something inside of us wants to get things out of the way and we just eat more chocolate, what purpose does that serve? We end up facing the same situation eventually again.
Wise woman gives a sigh of relief if you have really taken advantage of your powers before. She sits still and observes, she enjoys the fruits of your dream and lets you go deeper than ever before into the wisest parts of your self from where you can then again plant seeds with new wisdom the next month.
How to put this knowledge into action
I love how easy it is now to accept how differently I feel during the different weeks of my cycle. And also curiosity toward my moods allows me to observe how sometimes I really feel like above and sometimes I can do things totally different than on that list. When you observe your moods it becomes like a fun game to see what happens… Because each day we have a choice to go with what is the easiest (that is to follow our natural path) or listen to what others say…
And one healing story here too!
When I had a migraine coming, I realized it was the moment when I needed to sit still. My head ached because I didn’t follow my own calling. (All migraines may not necessarily work like this) And I took a long walk in the forest. Calming myself. Just letting go of anything that didn’t serve me (thoughts, beliefs.. Anything that surfaced I just acknowledged it and thanked it and said good byes to it) and finally I ended up under a tree. I laid down on the heather blanket and breathed in the forest, the sky. My migraine was gone.