There are hundreds of inspiring books that I have read and dipped into around the subject of the blood mysteries, but it would be over-whelming if I were to catalogue all of them, so I have decided to list only my personal favourites. I would love to hear recommendations from you about books you like, including those which explore the (currently under-represented) topics of infertility and choosing to be child-free. Expect this list to grow and change!

 Some of the libraryMenarche

Becoming a Woman – Jane Hardwicke Collings

A Diva’s Guide to Getting her Period – DeAnna L’am

Menarche – a Journey into Womanhood – Rachael Hertogs


Her Blood is Gold – Lara Owen

The Women’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets – Barbara Walker

The Wise Wound – Penelope Shuttle and Peter Redgrove

Blood, Bread and Roses – how menstruation created the world – Judy Grahn (free to read on-line)

Red Moon – Miranda Grey

Cycle to the Moon – Veronika Robinson

Pregnancy, Birth and Breastfeeding

Ina May Gaskin – Guide to Childbirth

Ina May Gaskin – Spiritual Midwifery

Birthing from Within – Pam England

Bump – Kate Evans

AIMS – Am I allowed?

Blessing the Way – Jaine Rose

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding – La Leche League


The Crone, Woman of Age, Wisdom and Power– Barbara Walker

The New Menopausal Years – The Wise Woman Way – Susun Weed

The Journey of Womanhood

The Red Tent – Anita Diamant

Sex for One, the Joy of Self-loving – Betty Dodson

Herstory – Jane Hardwicke Collings (free download)

Cunt, a Declaration of Independence – Inga Muscio

Kissing the Hag – Emma Restall Orr

Sacred House – Carolyn Hillyer

Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom – Dr Christianne Northrup

Eating in the Light of the Moon – Anita Johnston

The Women’s Wheel of Life – Elizabeth Davis and Carol Leonard

The Heroine’s Journey – Maureen Murdock

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