Menstruation & The Lunar Cycle
It all starts with Menarche (“MEN-ar-kee”), which is the first menstrual cycle, which marks a young adolescent girl’s advancement into womanhood. It can happen as early as about age 9 or up to age 15. Every woman has her own story of when and where this marker event occurred.
Although menstruation is a healthy process experienced by half the human race for three or four decades of their lives, it remains a taboo subject, rarely spoken about among women and never in mixed company. We might ask: what is so potent and unmentionable about this normal female bleeding?
“The menstrual cycle is the most basic, earthy cycle we have. Our blood is our connection to the archetypal feminine. The macrocosmic cycles of nature, the waxing and waning, the ebb and flow of the tides and the changes of the seasons, are reflected on a smaller scale in the menstrual cycle of the individual female body. The monthly ripening of an egg and subsequent pregnancy or release of menstrual blood mirror the process of creation as it occurs not only in nature, unconsciously, but in human endeavor. In many cultures, the menstrual cycle has been viewed as sacred.”
Source: Christiane Northrup, M.D.
It is by no coincidence that the length of our menstrual cycles is synced up with the waxing and waning of the moon, occurring around every 28 days. The moon cycle changes from the waxing new moon of increasing light, to the full moon of total illumination, to the dark waning moon of decreasing light, and back to the waxing new moon of increasing light again.
Similar to the moon cycle, a woman’s menstrual cycle changes from the menstruation of new growth, to the ovulation of full power and blossom, to the pre-menstrual phase of harvest and degeneration, and back to menstruation of renewal again. Scientific research has documented that the moon rules the flow of fluids (ocean tides as well as individual body fluids) and affects the unconscious mind and dreams. Recent research has found that the immune system of the reproductive tract is cyclic as well, reaching its peak at ovulation, and then beginning to wane.
The menstrual cycle governs the flow not only of fluids but of information and creativity. We receive and process information differently at different times in our cycles. The woman’s menstrual cycle can be divided into phases, which take on archetypal, or universally recognised, feminine energies, they also mirror the seasonal weather changes. A woman will experience changes in accordance to where she in her menstrual cycle.