Following on from a discussion that was held during this week’s Full Moon Meditation and Healing Circle about how the moon affects us, in particular women and our menstrual cycle, I thought I would share the following which has been adapted from Moon Cycles and Women by Nadia MacLeod.
The moon, our earth’s only satellite, affects life on our planet is so many ways, from the tides of the ocean and the weather to the movement of fluids and moods. As such, the moon has a lot to teach us. For women, the moon affects our menstrual by:
- regulating the menstrual cycle,
- triggering ovulation and fertile times,
- affecting emotions and
- affecting the way we behave and how we view the world.
On a whole, women are connected to the moon by our blood, our hormones and our souls. Therefore, the first step in claiming the “gifts” of our menstrual cycle is to reacquaint ourselves with the Grandmother Moon.
In myth the moon often perceived as a primary female archetype travelling the great round of birth, maturation, death, and then rebirth each month. This is a primal fundamental cycle of the universe of which every single living thing participates.
Humans do it, animals do it, plants do it and even love affairs, business ventures and economies do it. It is only our modern culture with its focus on youth and never ending productivity that attempts to deny this basic cycle of life. Living in this culture it is easy to forget that we are fundamentally cyclic creatures.
Most of us have been taught to believe that being a cyclical creature is a primitive or inferior affair. We believe that we will be less productive, less useful or just plain stupid if we allow ourselves to follow the rhythm of our cycles. However, there is much grace, flow and harmony to be achieved through living in a cyclic manner.
Being able to recognise and use the most appropriate energy that is available to you at any given moment is in fact a far more efficient use of time and energy. Just like the Moon’s journey through the phases, a woman’s menstrual cycle can also be divided up into easily understood and clearly experienced phases. These phases take on archetypal (or universally recognised) feminine energies as set out in the following image.
Each month a woman will experience changes in the way she perceives herself and her world in accordance to where she is in her menstrual cycle. The moon’s cycle also adds another subtle tone to her monthly experience, increasing or decreasing the intensity of the energies depending upon where the two cycles overlap. For example if a woman is ovulating with the Full Moon, this mode of cycling gives a woman the best chance of physical fertility, great for trying to conceive children, as the full moon accentuates the time of Ovulation.
When a woman bleeds with the full moon, this mode of cycling enhances inner expression, intuition and the development of the inner, spiritual life.
As women become more aware of the different phases and how they experience them, they find it much easier to recognise and use the phase they are at and will also experience a far greater acceptance of their bodies, their menstrual cycle and their feminine nature.
For more information, go to the Female Energy Cycle, also written by Nadia MacLeod.
In closing, I would like to share this from Shona Keeli Jones – Divine Flow
“The bleeding time, is strongly tied to the moon. The fluids in a human body, like all water on the earth, move along with the moon. They are conducted by it, like a big orchestra. The moon and blood wax and wane in unison. In the past, when people lived in accordance with the world around them, they were aware of this connection. There was no artificial light, the moon was the only giver of light at night, and as a result women’s cycles were coordinated by the moon. The natural time for a healthy woman to bleed is during the dark phase of the moon (New Moon). Today it is not so defined as there are many factors that distract the natural cycle. The artificial light, the food with hormones, and various pills interfere with the balance. As a result sometimes a woman bleeds even during the full moon, which can be, if used properly, a very powerful time, too. During the full moon the female energy is directed outwards, as oppose to the dark phase, when a woman is focused inwards. The menstruation during a full moon gives an opportunity to express oneself externally and some great art can be produced during those days.
If only women were able to tune into their cycles and listen to them they could accomplish some extraordinary things.”