Throughout history, wisdom traditions have recognized the interconnection between women's menstrual cycles and the lunar phases. As the moon goes through its different phases over the course of 28 days, our bodies also have distinct phases as we move through our menstrual cycle.
It's worth paying attention to how your cycle aligns with the moon, as doing so can help you reconnect with your body's natural rhythm. In our fast-paced world, this connection is nourishing, grounding and supportive to the feminine essence. By paying attention to your cycle and the moon's phases, you become more attuned to your body's needs and moods, and you can begin to leverage the energies of the cycles to support you to show up as your best.
Menstruation // New Moon Phase
Ideally, the start of your period aligns with the new moon — the time of the month when the sky is dark and the moon is least visible to us. The New Moon is a time to be intentional about slowing down — find spaciousness where you can, rest more, and engage in gentle movement such as walking or restorative yoga. Take a moment to review the past 28 days in your mind and acknowledge anything you’ve overcome, achieved or released — personally or professionally. This is a time for introspection, rest, and setting intentions for the upcoming cycle.
Follicular Phase // Waxing Moon
Ovulation // Full Moon
Luteal Phase // Waning Moon
When you lean into the cycles in this way, you may notice that you feel more balanced in many ways. It's a way to honor the ebb and flow of emotions. And, utilizing the energies of your cycle's different phases for various tasks can support you to show up for the right things at the right time. For example, tackling big projects during the follicular phase when your energy is high results in more joyful generativity.
Here's how to get started:
Track Your Cycle: Start by tracking your menstrual cycle for a few months. Note the dates of your period, ovulation, and any mood changes or physical symptoms.
Learn About Lunar Phases: Familiarize yourself with the lunar phases. You can use moon phase calendars, apps, or simply observe the night sky.
Make the Connection: Begin to notice any correlations between your menstrual cycle and the moon. Do you tend to get your period around the new moon? Are you most energetic during the full moon?
Set Intentions: During your menstruation (new moon) phase, take some quiet time to set intentions for the upcoming cycle. What do you want to achieve? How do you want to feel?
Plan Activities: Tailor your activities to your cycle. If you know you'll be more energetic during ovulation, plan social events or important meetings then. Reserve the luteal phase for self-care and reflection.
Experiment and Adjust: This process is highly personal. Experiment with syncing your cycle to the moon and adjust as needed. Don't be too hard on yourself if it doesn't perfectly align every month. Listening to your body, paying attention to its cues, and being gentle with yourself is the most important.
Syncing your menstrual cycle to the moon can be a beautiful way to reconnect with your body's natural rhythms. It's about embracing the ebb and flow of life, just as the moon waxes and wanes. Give it a try, and who knows, you might find a deeper sense of balance, awareness, and empowerment in the process. Here's to syncing up with the cosmos and riding the waves of your own unique cycle!