Whether you’re a facts and science gal, or a crystals and candles one, there is no denying the connection between ourselves and the moon – our energy, emotions and menstruation can all be influenced by that beautiful energetic ball in the sky. Women’s bodies are synchronized with the lunar cycle. Most of us experience cycles that coincide with the 28-day cycle of the moon, and just like it goes through various phases during that time, so do we! Not only does the moon govern the ocean tides, but indeed the ‘tides’ of our wombs and emotions too.
The methodologies and traditions that link fertility and the moon run deep and long throughout history. Over the years, the connection between the two has often been ignored and sacred practices forgotten, however in more recent times we are seeing an increase in women reconnecting with their bodies, and realizing that there may be a kinder, more productive way of dealing with the ebbs and flows we experience throughout our cycle. We all have different cycles, with many factors that can affect them, from nutrition and stress, to underlying medical conditions such as PCOS and endometriosis. As long as yours is ‘regular’ to YOU, that is all that matters – if yours is in sync with the moon as per info below, you can take that as a really cool magical bonus!
With the waxing and waning periods come the new moon and full moon – all harnessing very strong, but different energies. Without the effects of disrupted hormones and extenuating external factors, our bodies often naturally sync with the moon, typically with a bleed at new moon, and ovulation at full moon. This is referred to as a white moon cycle. Read more about these phases and associated energies/moods below.
This is the natural period of menstruation. During this typical low energy time, listen to, and honor, your body. Rest, be still and enjoy some general down time. Reflect within, journal and spend some time meditating. This is a great time to think about what you truly want and begin manifesting that. A new moon is the perfect time to perform rituals for blessing and healing. Women’s circles, or red tents, are often held at the new moon as a safe and comforting place for women to rest and be supported when they need it most, whilst empowering women by gaining a more in depth and connected sense of their body and femininity.
Between the new moon and full moon, while it is getting brighter and gaining size and energy, is what is known as the waxing moon. This is also referred to as the follicular phase, or first half, of your menstruation cycle, between bleed and ovulation – if/when you are in sync with the moon. The energy from the waxing moon is beautiful for intention and manifestation, as well as new ideas and projects. Whether we are trying to conceive or not, our bodies are preparing for fertilization! We are typically ‘symptom free’ in regards to our emotions during this time, as we are feeling calm, inspired and happier as the days go on.
This is the natural time of ovulation. During this phase we, as women, are often feeling, well, quite sexy really! The moon is harnessing an extremely powerful lunar energy which is very re-energizing – not just to us, but to anything that holds energy. This is why people often cleanse their crystals and precious stones under the light and energy of the full moon. Two days before and up to three days after, is when this energy is at its most powerful. The full moon is a great time to focus on gratitude, express and receive, and open our hearts to connection. It is also an ideal time to release any negative energy accumulated from new moon time, and affirm any intentions set then. This is a common time to perform protection rituals.
As the moon starts to decrease in size (or wane), we normally enter the luteal phase of our cycle if/when you are in sync with the moon. General energy starts to shift to that of restoration. As women, we often notice a dip in our moods at this time. Our progesterone peaks after ovulation in anticipation of a possible pregnancy, and if that does not occur, it then drops off again. As our next impending period looms, we may start to experience PMS. Thankfully things like diet, rest, movement and meditation can greatly help during this time. The waning moon is a great reminder to relax and recharge.
As noted above, your cycle may not fall in line with the moon phases, and that in itself should not be alarming at all. If you experience any menstrual symptoms that are concerning or out of the ordinary for YOU, please see your doctor. On the flipside, if your cycle is in sync with the moon but in the opposite format (bleed on full moon, ovulate on new moon), this is known as a red moon cycle. History touts that this was traditionally experienced by healers, wise women or medicine women, who could then in turn care for other menstruating women while they were ovulating – fascinating!
I personally love to combine historic rituals and practices with modern knowledge and sensibilities. Having an understanding of how our bodies work with nature and really tuning in to how that manifests for us individually is very empowering. As is gathering with other women to share and bond on a new or full moon, while tapping into the energies they provide. It is another great way to stay connected with the sacred and divine feminine power within all of us. Have you ever taken notice of your cycle and emotions throughout the different moon phases? We would love to hear about your experiences below!