Perhaps I am responsible for the bragging trend of having a menstrual cycle that lines up with the new moon. Maya Tiwari touts sadhanas in her book Path of Practice, how women can align their menstruation with the new moon and ovulation with the full moon. I lived by this book for several years, even teaching these practices in yoga teacher trainings. The ladies, who have studied in the prenatal, 200 and 300 hr trainings I led, know the moon and its effect on their bodies.
I was in the height of my mothering experience and I ovulated on the full moon and menstruated on the new moon. I have seen women feel isolated and conflicted that they menstruate on the full moon. One way paths scare me and never feel right. So I dug a little deeper.
I discovered that there are many types of bleeding cycles. White Moon which is bleeds on the New Moon and symbolizes motherhood. Red Moon bleeds on the Full Moon and is the medicine woman and midwife.
Miranda Gray, author or Red Moon says, “A woman with the White Moon cycle, bleeding with the dark (new) Moon, becomes linked to the deepest levels of her awareness, reminding her that there exists more than just the world she sees, because she is the carrier of the seed of life. A woman with a Red Moon cycle, bleeding with the full moon, brings the energies and mysteries of her inner darkness out into the world around her as a gift and an offering of the depths of her learning.”
The Moon’s biggest lesson is the empowerment to trust our inner guidance system- Intuition.
To follow a system of right and wrong times to menstruate set forth by another, is not lunar wisdom. It wasn’t until I started tracking and meditating with the moon that I experienced the particular energy each moon phase has. As I move away from rigid dogmatic philosophy, it feels aligned to say that there is no right or wrong moon phase with which to menstruate. It’s about knowing one’s body as a worthy guide, that has permission to fluctuate.
Simply look for the moon nightly and track the rhythms of your body. Your cycle will do what it needs to do in lining up with the direction your life has taken.
Would you like to join a group of women in tracking the moon and investigating the energy of each phase?