Phases of the Moon.
Luisa Francia:There is hardly a (modern white) woman who can say, “When I bleed on the new moon, full moon, or waxing quarter, then I feel so and so. ” So few of us are aware of the phases of the moon or how it effects our menses. When we do notice, it’s when the full moon and menstruation happen at the same time. This is experienced as especially dramatic, or wonderful, or painful, or special in some other way.
The natural cycle of women who live and sleep out in the open away from artificial light is to ovulate on the full moon and menstruate on the new moon. The Taureg women I visit in Africa concur with this. For women of the neon civilization, though, it’s almost impossible to follow this moon/menstrual cycle (although it would probably bring about the easiest menstruations, for, as already said, full moon and menstruation at the same time can be an overwhelming experience).
In 1979, an excellently researched special issue of Courage dealt specifically with menstrual blood. In it Louise Lacey, author of Lunaceptions tells how she regulated her ovulation by sleeping three nights out of twenty-nine in light and the others in pitch black.
My observations of the effect of moon phases on menstruation are compiled from the experiences of women I’ve lived with, worked with, lone workshops with, met over the course of years, or just talked to casually about their bleeding.
When moon phase energies are noticed, and these energies magnified by menstruation, what specific powers can be freed up and made available for use? Can be. I do not say that it must be so, or should be so, or that you will experience it so. Only that it is possible, if you want to work with it.
Comment from Leslie –
Beautiful description of the menstrual cycle and moon phases.