The transition into menopause can be a powerful awakening for a woman.
In this image, I try to capture the energy of this transition.
During her reproductive years, a woman can be immersed in her fertility- either trying to prevent pregnancy or on the other end of the spectrum, trying to become pregnant.
I pictured this stage as a woman partially buried in the ground, with the ground representing fertility.
She is planted in this ground as she can not escape this aspect, as her relation to her fertility is part of her Being.
This is not meant to be negative, but rather speaks to the ever present immersion a woman experiences in regards to her fertility.
The image shows roots arising from the woman, as she extends portions of herself into the fertile mass, feeling her way and Being through this land.
Into this ever present connection with her sense of fertility, a woman is rooted in the world.
Although she grips this soil with her extended self, whether she conceives or not remains to be seen.
But this is but one stage of a woman’s life.
I picture the movement from reproductive stage through peri-menopause to menopause as the pulling up of these roots from the fertile soil, in a sense, freeing a woman from this part of her identity.
Free from entanglement with fertility, the woman’s roots will become branches, reaching up towards the sky, gracing the world with her gifts in another form.