Women And The Moon: Understanding The Female Cycle

A woman’s body and the female cycle are connected to the Moon and the Earth. During her menstrual cycle, a woman experiences the different energies of the moon (new moon, first quarter, full moon, last quarter). These energies in turn are connected with the different seasons (spring, summer, autumn and winter).

In the past, this bond between women and nature was part of culture and customs. They performed rituals and told stories to explain this relationship. So girls had this understanding of themselves, their bodies, and menstruation. They understood that it was something “sacred” and not something dirty, annoying or embarrassing.

In western countries, women today often do not pay attention to the changes in their emotions and to the energy they experience during their cycle. Usually they try to live their lives as if they are not affected by these stages. But this means that they lose well-being and waste all the potential inherent in these periods.

The Moon and Its Influence

The phases of the moon coincide with the phases in the menstrual cycle. The mental and hormonal state are influenced by the Moon. Just as the Moon takes twenty-eight days to orbit the Earth, a woman’s menstrual cycle lasts about twenty-eight days. That’s how our cycles are connected. The same goes for the four moon phases: new moon, first quarter, full moon and last quarter.

Woman with blue hair and the moon

In ancient times, every woman’s natural rhythm was that she menstruated under a new moon and ovulated on a full moon. We know this thanks to our ancestors who could only determine time by observing the lunar phases.

Today there is so much artificial light, constant use of computers, street lighting… so it is almost impossible to live in natural light. Artificial light affects the natural feminine rhythm. It confuses their sensitivity and their biological rhythm. In other words, there are irregular cycles. Women bleed on a full moon or under other moon phases, rather than just a new moon.

The four phases of the female cycle, the moons and the seasons

Period. New Moon. Winter.

This is the reflective stage, the darkest stage of the female cycle.  It is a period of silence, introspection and seclusion. At this stage, a woman wants to be calm. That means that interaction with the outside world can even be annoying. Your body is much more sensitive. So you are now able to connect with your body and its messages in a special way. At this stage, a woman can rely more on her instincts and intuition.

It is also an auspicious time to be silent, calm and meditate. This means that you take the time to menstruate if possible. Here the female body reuses the energy in a natural way. For it seeks rest so that it can recover and start the next phase of the crescent moon with vitality.

Pre-ovulation. First Quarter. Spring.

The week after a woman has her period corresponds to spring, renewal and a rise in bodily energy. It is a transitional phase between menstruation (darkness, winter) and ovulation (light, summer). These are therefore ideal days to start projects that will be realized during the next phase (ovulation).

Now women have increased analytical abilities, concentration and planning skills. In this phase, mental strength predominates. The thoughts are also clearer. In addition, emotions are more stable and the life energy is at its peak. During the first fifteen minutes a woman needs less rest and she is more sure of herself. A woman is therefore more inclined to be social, to go out and have fun.

Ovulation. Full moon. Summer.

Ovulation is the expressive, social, empathetic and radiant phase. We are now more able to surrender to the things we love. It is a period when a woman is most fertile. That is also the reason that she has a lot of energy and vitality in this phase. It is actually a fruitful phase in all areas: work, personal life, family projects…

During this period, confidence and self-esteem rise along with libido.

Pre-menstruation. Last Quarter. Autumn.

In this phase, the physical energy begins to decrease. A woman feels the need to clean and let go of everything that does not benefit her. It’s very similar to the way trees lose their leaves in the fall. At this stage, many women experience the infamous premenstrual syndrome.

On these days, a woman turns herself inward again. Memory and ability to concentrate also diminish. It is an ideal time to look at our desires, needs, fears… It is also an ideal time to heal and take steps forward in the process of personal growth. During these days, the libido can also become more intense.

What Happens During Menopause?

During menopause, there are no more menstrual periods. Yet the cycles persist and exert their influence. It looks different as it is a different stage. But from the hormonal perspective, the female cycle persists.

A woman in the menopause is no longer subject to her reproductive cycle. She has passed this stage. When she stops bleeding, she retains more energy. All that energy was previously renewed month after month by flowing out. But now it triggers an internal movement that returns and supports the natural feminine rhythm.

Why do we need to learn about the Moon and the female cycle?

This path of knowledge and understanding of the female cycle improves self-knowledge, femininity and happiness in women of all ages. So part of every woman’s personal development process must be devoted to reconnecting with the menstrual cycle, its phases, energies and strength. When a woman becomes aware of her cycle, she can regulate her activity and live her life in harmony with her own natural processes.

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