The moon creates the tides on the Earth as well as ours, it interacts with the electromagnetic fields of our body’s and effects our internal physiological processes. Many women who understand the relationship between the moon and their menstrual cycle seek to align their cycle with the moon.
Prior to electricity, in the late 1800’s, all women ovulated according to their physiological and hormonal response to the amount of light in the night sky. Our biological blueprint is to ovulate when there is the most light in the night sky – the full moon. This then leads to the bleeding time corresponding with the dark moon. We have a physiological feedback loop in our bodies that regulates our melatonin production, which influences many things including the hormones that ripen and release an egg from our ovary, according to the amount of light we are exposed to at night. With electricity and the resulting and increasing light pollution, as well as the physical stresses of travel, modern life and the chemical pollutants in the environment that we ingest and breathe, women now bleed and ovulate not only at different times to each other (unless they live together), also at different times to the moon’s signals
According to the work of Miranda Gray & Luisa Francia-
White Moon – when women ovulate at the full moon and bleed at the dark, new moon; the best conditions for her to express her creative energies in conception, White Moon cycle became the cycle of the ‘good mother’, the only aspect of womanhood acceptable to the patriarchal society.’ New moon menstruation is more inward, self nourishing, into the cauldron. During this time anxieties, memories and experiences may rise up, eager to be dealt with, it is a strong time for healing.
Red Moon- happens when a woman ovulates at the dark moon and bleeds at the full moon; ‘shows an orientation away from the energies of procreation and the material world and towards inner development and its expression.’ ‘this cycle was seen by men as more powerful and less controllable, and it became the cycle of the ‘evil’ woman, the seductress, the wise woman or the ugly witch, who’s sexuality was applied to something other than the formation of the next generation.’ Full moon menstruation: outward, world nourishing, time to learn how to transform energy, to turn rage into creative action, belly cramps into sensuousness. ‘You have to be a real bundle of energy to be happy and satisfied with your work under this charged condition.’
Waxing moon menstruation: inward, self nourishing. Time to think, to learn, to read, time to make new discoveries and to receiving information from other women.
Waning moon menstruation: outward, world nourishing, time to create in the world what you have already created in your imagination. Time to substantiate your discoveries, verify knowledge, develop plans and projects and stabilise existing conditions.
All Cycles are expressions of the feminine energies and neither is more powerful or more correct than the other, And we know from the experiences of women who chart their cycles that, shifting from the White Moon cycle to the Red Moon cycle and back again, is what happens.
I Personally Shift depending on if I’m inward focussed our outward focused, if I'm focusing on my own healing I bleed on the Newmoon, allowing a time of deep rest and inwardness while I bleed. My cycle aligned to ovulate on my Natal Moon phase, which is diseminating (Waning moon) when i conceived my daughter.
Since starting my own healing business my womb has favoured to bleed on the Fullmoon, which allows my energy to be connected and focused on the collective, my ovulation with the Newmoon and bleeding on the fullmoon allows my energy to be less shifty and more evenly focused on my expression and service to community.
What moon phase does your womb favour to bleed on? i would love to hear from you!
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