Awakening Our Female Mystique

transformationHoly Hormones Journal: My dear Goddess friend and sister, Isadora Gabrielle Leidenfrost, asked me to write an article for her blog, Thing’s We Don’t Talk About: Women’s Stories from the Red Tent. Isadora changed my life last year when she asked me to do a screening of her movie. She lifted the veil so that I could begin to use my intuitive voice to write and share what I believe to be the sacred foundation of women’s health – living within the rhythm of the sacred dance of this universe.

I have said many times that the world we will in know is not our reality.  But it would not be hard to reclaim our reality – by understanding, honoring,  and living with the principles that make us whole, healthy, healers, visionaries and intuits.

We need to change our thinking that we are ‘sick’ to that we are deficient and that we are no longer living with the cycles of life that guide us to health and prosperity. We are living in the Garden of Eden and because our sacred women roles have been banished, the garden has become hell.

Women are the tie that binds; the glue that holds. Women are the eminent sex; the Divine Goddess.  Too many women have died because we have forgotten the source of our being… our daughters will survive because we will have finally remembered.

Hormone blessings, Leslie

Female Mystique: The 3 Phases of Eve©

By Leslie Carol Botha
April 8, 2014

Maiden, Mother, Wise Woman ~ which one are you?
You are all three every month!

Most women are not aware of the sacred tri-phasic or triptych cycle they pass through each month. In fact, the importance of Triptych symbolism is lost on most people – yet it can be seen in ancient pyramids and temple architecture worldwide. Triptych wisdom is still visible in ancient ruins and has actually been garnered and perpetuated by western ‘secret’ societies.


Triptych symbolism was abundant in the ancient worlds and actually became the symbol of an advanced universal religion practiced globally in antiquity and shared by ancient cultures with the same spiritual beliefs. It was also thought that the tri-phasic practice descended from a root source instead of evolving independently.

This universal religion was banned over 2,000 years ago with the advent of the Catholic Church and the shift from matriarchal societies to the existing patriarchy.

Although much of the writing about the triptych symbolism is steeped in patriarchal thinking – the source of this ancient religion

Bone plaque from Abri Blanchard, Sergeac, France

Bone plaque from Abri Blanchard, Sergeac, France

lies within the womb of woman’s wisdom. It was our ancient foremothers who first noted the intrinsic significance between their menstrual cycles and the lunar cycle. This ‘ancient’ universal religion was a shared knowledge of living with the tri-phasic aspect of the lunar cycle – and since women menstruated together and their menstrual time was synchronically aligned with the lunar cycle – women became the fount head of this ancient religion; they were revered as Goddesses no less. Judy Grahn, in her 1993 book, Blood, Bread and Roses: How Menstruation Created the World, developed her hypothesis with a modern construct, when she stated,…”the menstruant, having the most direct connection with the lunar cycle, would have been the first to know; she had motive, method, and opportunity to be the originator of the lunar notion.”

Many moons ago, I intuited a concept called Female Mystique: The Three Phases of Eve©. This was before I understood the concept of the triptych symbolism. I noted that just as the moon passes through its three phases monthly, women pass through the three phases of their lives –maiden, mother, wise woman – just as they pass through the three phases of the menstrual cycle.

When these three phases line up the mythological lunar, psychological woman physical, mental and emotional characteristics also become aligned.


If women understood their sacred triphasic nature, their lives would make so much more sense. More importantly, women – and especially our adolescent daughters would learn how to trust their changing emotions and their behaviors – instead of all of us feeling like we have to control or be controlled because we do not trust or understand ourselves or each other.

This ancient symbolism is the sacred essence of our womanhood – and of the global universal religion that unified all cultures many moons ago. Herstorians and researchers have noted that the earliest rituals honored the menstrual cycle; that the blood of the womb nurtured new life.

Now we understand the significance of the menstrual cycle in relation to ancient symbolism. It is time to reclaim, to trust and to embrace that with which women have been graced – the eternal dance of the universe encompassed in our eternal cycling bodies and souls.


Written in Stone – Decoding the Secret Masonic Religion Hidden in Gothic Cathedrals and World Architecture, by Richard Cassaro

Understanding Your Mind, Mood, and Hormone Cycle, by Leslie Carol Botha and H. Sandra Chevalier- Batik


Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.