The Souls Behind Cycles Journal
Cycles Journal is an indie-published & community-funded physical creation.
Cycles Journal has been independently published, originally created & community-funded since 2019. Owned & operated by a tiny yet passionate team of women & genderqueer folks, this publication is made with heart & soul.
Founded & created annually by nature-centric illustrator & designer Rachael Amber, this journal & tools exists to help empower us all to access deeper self-care, healing, and body literacy within our natural selves and cyclical experiences. We are building more than a healthy habit or trend; we are creating a ritual of self-devotion. Made with love, intention & quality care, Cycles Journal is more than just your usual book or planner; it truly is a special place to learn more about yourself.
Intentionally Indie-Published & Community-Funded
We are 100% community-funded & independently published. We are queer & non-binary woman-owned & run! That means that our creations are 100% heart-made & community driven to promise intentionality – made possible by all orders & our lovely sponsors in our Directory + Featured Collective each year.
Sustainable & High Quality Small Batch Printing
We choose to print our yearly editions in limited batches to maintain quality & ethics. Instead of mass-producing, we work with another reputable small business that prints in-country & prioritizes sustainable and recyclable materials. We only print on FSC certified paper.
Inclusive & Intersectional Empowerment
Healing for every body + all genders. Inclusivity is a priority from the bottom of our hearts. We celebrate & represent a full, intersectional spectrum of folx who feel called to our offerings + community through our intentional language, values, content & visual representation within our pages.
Founder, Artist & Creator
Rachael is an illustrator & designer who channels art & healing tools to raise awareness, hold space for healing, and foster connection between all living beings. Most of their artwork focuses on depicting the beauty of nature, cyclical living & the energetic interconnection between ourselves, one another & the natural world.
Inspired by a deep connection to nature & a desire to find peace & awareness within one's emotional & physical realms, they were intuitively guided to follow the moon & nature's wisdom to find more flow, stability & phasic awareness in both the inner & outer cycles of life. Now this passion to support others in their healing journeys of embodiment, empowerment, self-acceptance & (re-)connection is shared through the annual independent publication of Cycles Journal & other art + tools.
Organic Marketing, Connective Content + Social Media Curator
Community Care, Relations + Customer Support Administrator
Community Workshop Space Holder + Coordinator
Connective Content Creator + CoordinatorSocial Media Manager
C.J. (she/they) is an organic growth strategist, specializing in e-mail marketing and social media and her main focus is transforming the world of marketing and promotion in a healthy and authentic way.some of her passions include: promoting menstrual literacy and helping the world view periods differently, rollerskating, cultivating joy and laughter in her life and the lives of others. Follow C.J. @simplyhealthymarketing
Operations, Marketing + Relations Coordinator
Rachel (she/her) is guide teaching creatives, coaches & healers how to intentionally curate an unforgettable customer journey using Facebook Ads & marketing funnels to sell their products or services on autopilot.In my spare time you'll find my planning my next hike or adventure, cooking something healthy-ish for my partner & our 2 up to no good cats, or renovating our new home. Ditch stiff marketing rules & follow my recipes to make your own unique brand that'll attract your new favorite clients. Follow her @rachelkrampe
Community Care + Customer Support Administrator
Valencia (she/her) is a conscious communicator, creating meaningful content and helping others intentionally connect. Valencia is the founder of Flow in Sync, a women's wellness space that encourages cyclical beings to sync up with the lives they want, guided by the natural flow of their bodies. Some of her passions include: learning + sharing about our natural cycles, singing + enjoying music, and recognizing meaningful connections. Follow Valencia @flowinsync
Community Workshop Space Holder + Coordinator
Hara Aramaya (They/she/he) is a self love & sensual embodiment mentor who works with women & the gender expansive community to birth a life governed by love, alignment and pleasure.They walk hand in hand with clients as they step into the power of their bodies, senses and hearts.Formerly a burnt out registered nurse, dominatrix & sex worker they have embraced their gifts to live in radiant alignment.They hold spaces through offering self love, channeled guidance, pleasure, shadow work and sacred sexuality embodiment rituals to help clients fully reclaim their birthright to pleasure and abundance.Hara currently resides in Mexico and is continuously looking for ways to support and nurture the local community. Follow Hara @i.am.hara
The Story of How Cycles Journal Came to Be
"I once bled in alignment with the full moon for 12 consecutive months. I had always sensed a connection to the moon’s influence, but now it was confirmed.
I was going wild each cycle and needed solid ground to figure out what was influencing it all. I was in constant pain physically, was wildly unpredictable, and aggressive emotionally. I hated my own cycle — I was not at peace with myself, inside or out. There was a deep disconnect and war raging inside of me.
I sought to mend my lack of connection between myself and my womb. Slowly, I started to close the gaps and find understanding as I followed the lunar cycle and tracked my patterns alongside it. However, I did this mostly in my head or scattered between various apps that I would constantly forget to use or feel overwhelmed by more screen-time.
As I continued to sync up with the full moon, the intensity fueled me to know more. I felt called to dive deeper through a more organized approach. Creating a tool seemed like the only way I could figure out what influenced me and where it all linked — to uncover the magic that I was starting to feel beneath the surface.
I wanted something to track it all in one place. Something that would inspire and motivate me to actually feel dedicated to it. So I realized that if it didn't exist already, this was my sign to create it.
Originally, I was going to make a simple booklet for myself to use, but as I told others my revelation, I realized this was desired and needed by so many more. There was an underlying realization of lack of cyclical focus in our world. And so, like all of my ideas, I want to share it and expand it to help other people, too. Thus the guiding tool of Cycles Journal was born — for all of us." – Rachael Amber
A Message to You
The more intentional we can be leading up to things such as our bleeding time, the more we can work with our bodies rather than against. I like to say we are learning to flow with our tides rather than against them. Once we are aware, doors open everywhere for our expansion and transcendence from pain. We realize everything is intimately connected — and oftentimes — just needs our love and attention.
Individually, self-care allows us to feel supported so we can be a better part of the collective whole. It helps us realize that we are worthy of choosing to prioritize ourselves. Collectively, we are learning to diverge from a strictly work & logic mindset that the world is focused on. We’re learning to instead be perceptive, to listen, to feel, and to realize it's much more beautiful and intuitive to live this way. We are learning that we can use this knowledge to be even better versions of ourselves.
It's truly a ripple effect. It's beautiful how much pain we can shed & love we can share with ourselves and one another once we get beyond the idea that our periods are a burden and our bodies are not on our side. We are ending the deflected war against our human vessels & the natural, beautiful, magic processes they carry us through. That all of this is pure and to be cherished is the most important thing to remember. When we are intentional and caring, we can make anything happen.