Menstrual cycles and moon cycles are profoundly tied in spiritual texts, folklore and ancient tales. It seems like an old way of being and more so a myth than truth. Can the modern woman really cycle up with the moon?
Yes... the answer is yes.
It is possible to sync up with the moon and once you start bleeding in sync with la luna you will feel a connection like no other. A connection to nature and life itself. You will be flowing with the cosmic energy that flows through our earth and harnesses the energy of our planet’s waters. You will be connected the rhythm of sky and the heartbeat of our fertile ground. You will be entangled in the web of mysticism and a part of the strand of our ancestors’ life. The life where we bleed with the moon.
Nature’s energy and tradition tell us
New moon is when we bleed
Full moon is when we ovulate
Each “regular” cycle is around 28 days. I include quotes because no cycle is regular. Every cycle is different and there are so many different variables. The first day you menstruate is the first day of your cycle. When you ovulate determines how long your next cycle is as you menstruate 2 weeks after ovulation.
We use the moon as our guide. I am definitely not in sync all the time. I look up to the sky as a mark for where I’d like to be – in harmony with nature. Sometimes I am off by a couple days and that is fine. If I’m off by a lot I use this knowledge to check in and see what’s going on. Either I’m stressed, sick, or just not taking care of myself. When I’m in bleeding with the moon, I’m deep in the flow of life. This is when I feel most aligned about the work I’m doing and the life I’m leading. I notice I spend more time in nature when I’m in tune and my spirituality feels nourished.
How Do You Cycle Up With The Moon?
In Ayurveda, a women’s Shakti (creative energy) sits in her womb and is directly tied to her menses. During the new moon, the lunar energy is at its lowest point. is a time for introspection and self-awareness. Not a time to socialize or gather but to be still, and spend time alone. The full moon is when the lunar energy is at its highest, it’s a time to come together, make moves- Our creativity is blossoming.
If you want to sync up with the moon, you need to let yourself soak up the moon light so your body would adjust to the waxing and waning. Make the effort to be outside when the moon is out. Your internal rhythms will naturally fall into place. Try to receive only lunar light at night- avoid artificial lighting especially bright screens and tv. Notice what phase the moon is every day!
Honor the energy of each moon phase by reacting to each one. Make intentions and plant your seeds on the new moon. Start new projects then. As the moon grows, your creative energy with grow too. Continue working on something you’d like to see manifest. When the full moon arrives- celebrate! Make sure to socialize with other or plan a party. This is the earth’s most fertile time- a time to reap the harvest. After the moon has reaches its’ peak, notice your energy will begin to decrease. Use this time to finalize plans and wrap up the projects you had started during the waxing moon phase.
When I first began syncing my cycle with the moon, I noticed I was bleeding on the waxing gibbous. About 50% full. After spending years of my bleeding life not knowing when my period was going to come- the simple acting of looking to the sky and knowing where I was in my cycle was profound. I was deeply in tune with myself and the life around me. Little old me, completely connected to the universe.
After noticing when I was bleeding and ovulating, my cycle started to shift. One night in the winter, I started bleeding with the full moon. This cycle awoke me to the truth of menstrual magic. As I began to uncover the blood mysteries, I was being initiated into the power of the divine feminine. I began speaking about the blood mysteries more and more. Eventually I adjusted to bleeding on the new moon. It happened quite suddenly! Now my cycle following a new moon cycle, starting on the darkest night of the month, and ovulating with the full moon.
Every cycle can reveal deep meanings and truth.
As I fall into this alignment of bleeding with the moon I try to be gentle with myself, and remember I’ll always be in the process of healing. There is absolutely no right way to bleed. This practice is about you and your divine relationship with nature.
See what works for you. Honor what is happening in the moment. The moon is a nurturing light and slow flowing energy. The moon shows us how to accept ourselves, as is. It really doesn’t matter where we are- we are imperfectly perfect in every phase.