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I agreed to read and review Your Moontime Magic, by Maureen Theresa Smith, in hopes my eldest daughter would read it too. She’s 11 and will very soon be dealing with periods and all that that entails. Frankly, she has no interest in reading this book right now, but my younger daughter has asked if she can read it when she’s older.
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The book started off with the author sharing her own journey into womanhood and introducing some of the launguage she uses. I’ll admit it all sounded a little hokey and almost pagan.
It’s very “love yourself, embrace your Moontime (her word for period) and connect with your goddess self.” Not quite the way I feel about having my period.
With phrases like “Moontime Munchies” and “Moontime Herstory” I was ready to roll my eyes at every chapter.
It turned out to be not-so-bad.
Having read through the whole book, I do see the overall picture she’s painting here, and it comes from a really good place. She shares the importance of self-care and self reflection in our lives. Positive self-talk features heavily, and she explores meditation as a tool to connect with your body.
Each chapter is laid out similarly, and the Introduction familializes you with the headings used throughout the book, and how they fit inside her overall theme. The utilization of each heading, which differs throughout the chapters and is based on the subject being discussed, works really well.
The best connection happens when the author includes other girls’ real-life thoughts and stories. Hearing from other young ladies about how they felt, what they experienced, and how they are doing now really supports the themes of this book.
I read the book straight through, cover to cover. It’s designed in such a way as to be used as a resource as well. Each chapter covers a specific idea, and how it fits into the overall theme of growing up and dealing with all the changes happening in the female body.
If Emma had read this book, she would have loved that recipes are featured in it. There are recipes for what the author calls Moontime Mist (a body spray with essential oils), and facial masks and toners, as well as food items such as Mystical Muffins, and Cramp Relief Tea.
I enjoyed the inclusion of guided meditations. Obviously while reading them I did not meditate, but the imagery and techniques shared in these chapters would be easy for any young girl to master.
Last thoughts on Your Moontime Magic
Overall, this book was worth the time I took to read it. I would love to somehow encourage Emma to read it as well. While a little “floufy” for my tastes, it does get across all the important and salient points about the female body and the changes it goes through on the journey to womanhood.
If you’re looking for a book with spirituality and mythology, as well as practical advice for your growing daughters, this may be the book for you.
About the author:
Maureen Theresa Smith is the author of Your Moontime Magic and First Moon. She offers visionary coaching to girls and women in times of transition, as well as facilitating regular “Girls Circles” for tweens. She lives in Fairfax, California with her daughter Chloe. Find out more about her work at www.YourMoontimeMagic.com.
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