There is so much more to the menstrual cycle than the biology lesson given to explain it, in the same way that there is so much more to sex and childbirth than the mechanics. The menstrual cycle is a cycle to base your life around, in fact your life is based around your menstrual cycle whether you realise it or not, whether you pay attention to it or not. And everyone who lives under the same roof is under the influence of the menstrual cycles of the women who live there.
So, why not pay attention?
So much more will make sense and you will make more sense to yourself!

With the introduction of drugs to suppress menstruation completely – “Feel the same every day”, is their catch cry, with the wide spread, almost epidemic use of The Pill by our young women, with the Earth, the feminine, in crisis, now more than ever we must seize our birth-rite and know our bodies and reclaim the ‘women’s blood mysteries’.

There is magic inherent in the menstrual cycle. Each cycle provides a woman with the opportunity to understand and read the messages her body gives her for any specific healing she needs. Each cycle creates the opportunity for as much spiritual growth and personal development that she could want. All a woman has to do to connect with that potential is simply to be with what is, her cycle, happening over and over.

The distressing symptoms that so commonly surround a woman’s menstrual cycle in our day are often due to women simply not being connected with their cycle and ignoring their body’s messages or symptoms, messages there to indicate specific emotional, or physical needs or imbalances. Our menstrual symptoms are usually ‘wake up calls’ about the amount of toxins in our lives, whether that be in the food we eat, the company we keep or the stress levels we create from our lifestyle.

Some basic and stunning facts

Women’s cycles are effected by the moon.
A women’s cycle and the lunation cycle (moon phases) are the same cycle.
Before electricity, women ovulated when the moon was full, and bled when the moon was dark. The pineal gland in our brain sends messages to our ovary, by hormones, to release an egg based on the amount of light our brain senses in the night when we are asleep. At the point of most light in the night, the full moon, we are programmed to ovulate.
Women who live in the country are more likely to be in synch’ with the moon, as are women living in primitive cultures.
Ovulating at the full moon means we bleed at the dark of the moon, the time when the energy is more inwardly focussed anyway. The average menstrual cycle is the same as the lunation cycle 28 days.

Modern life with the artificial light and constantly bright nights has disrupted our natural inclination to be in synchrony with the moon. The biological blueprint for our fertility cycle is very different to how it happens now. Imagine the disruption this creates. Not only are we meant to be synchronised with the moon phases, we are also meant to be synchronised with each other.
Like we are sometimes.

Many women have no connection with the moon and no idea what particular phase it is in. When they begin the practice of regularly observing the moon, tracking its path across the sky, noticing its waxing and waning, most often their cycle begins to synchronise with the moon phases. They ovulate with the full moon and bleed at the dark of the moon or the opposite, depending on their phase in life. And sometimes they change again, depending on external influences.

You can ovulate twice a month.
Each woman has the potential to ovulate a second time in her cycle when the phase of the moon is the same as it was when she was born.
This is called the Lunar Ovulation and explains all those pregnancies that happen when women think they are not fertile.
This second ovulation happens unless the birth lunar phase occurs at the same time as your normal cycle’s ovulation, or you are fully breast feeding (although that’s not the case for everyone), pregnant or on The Pill. Its easy to find out your birth lunar phase and so when you ovulate the second time each month. You just need to find out the phase of the moon on the day you where born.
Many books have that info, such as an ephemeris and you can find out on

The World’s first Shamans were women.
Shamans are medicine men and women. In ancient cultures they were the healers who used their special talents to access the hidden realms to receive information to facilitate the healing process.
They used trance and drumming to communicate and connect with nature to receive information. It has been supposed that the Shaman was a man’s role but in fact anthropologists and archeologists have discovered that the first shamans were women.
This is obvious when the tendencies of women at different times of their cycles for prophetic dreams and other worldly communications are considered.

The sanskrit word for menstruation and season are the same – ritu.

The word root for menstruation mens, is the same for moon, month and measurement.
The first measurement of time, the first calendar was based on the menstrual cycle.

So, the cycle:-
The menstrual cycle is a cycle within a cycle. The bigger cycle is the woman’s life cycle, her life seasons, which are just like the Earth’s seasons.
Spring – Maiden, Summer – Mother, Autumn – Maga, Winter – Crone.

Every cycle is the same as very other cycle, just different lengths.
The cycle goes – birth, growth, full bloom, harvest, decay, death, rebirth.
The menstrual cycle is the same cycle.
And it is also divided into four quarters like the Earth’s seasons.
Weeks 1, 2, 3 and 4.
If you have a cycle that is consistently longer or shorter than 28/29 days it’s the first half of the cycle that is shortened or lengthened.
Provided that you are ovulating, the second half of the cycle is fixed and is always the same either 13, 14 or 15 days.
Each week of the fertility cycle is as different to the other weeks as the Earth’s seasons are different to each other.
It’s the characteristics of each of these weeks that are the opportunities for the spiritual practice that I speak of.
Week one resembles spring energy.
Week two summer.
Week three autumn and week 4 winter.
Each week our inclinations, energy levels etc and the messages from our body are different. They speak of the physical situation of that point in the menstrual cycle and the related emotional situation.

So if you know where you are in your cycle you can much more easily ‘go with the flow’ so to speak. You could even manage your life around it. Start new projects in the first and second week of your cycle. Express you creative urges when you have them.
Have parties when you’re ovulating, finish off things in your third week. Stay home, and be on retreat when you’re bleeding.
You’ll have a lot less strife in your third and fourth week if you know you will be retreating when your blood comes, you’ll actually be looking forward to your blood coming, and be ready ‘to let go’.
Here’s an outline of the emotional and psychological energies of the cycle, week by week that you are dealing with, or if you aren’t consciously, give it a go. If you are aware of the specifics of the lunation cycle you will see the direct connection.

Week One (day 1 – first day of bleeding – day 7): Death Rebirth Phase Inwardly focussed, quiet. On retreat or wishing you were or creating situations in your life so people will leave you alone (for example fights).
Life review.
Visions of how it might be this new cycle.

Letting go of ways or beliefs and attitudes that no longer serve – both metaphorically with your prayers and intentions and literally with your blood.

Spring energy, building as your blood stops flowing.
A time for metaphorically planting seeds for the new cycle.

During bleeding: “I feel quiet, inward”, “I don’t want to be disturbed”.
After bleeding: “I feel soft, a bit vulnerable”, “I feel as if I’m peeking back out at the world ” “Here I come again”.

Week Two (day 8-14): High Energy Creative Phase.
Summer energy
Increasing physical, sexual and creative energy building to a peak at ovulation.
Urgent creative feelings.
Heightened awareness of self and others.
More interested in physical appearance.
“I feel happy, excited, full of energy”, “I can do anything!”

Week Three (day 15-21): Coming Down and Harvest Phase.
Autumn energy.
Post ovulatory descent – can be positive or negative, a sense of pride or failure.
May experience feelings of failure or elation depending on what you achieved from your creative peak in the few days after your egg has died unfertilised.
“I lost my chance”, “I feel useless”.
“I am so awesome, look what I did!”
May feel relief or regret (at not being pregnant, literally and metaphorically).
Feelings of wanting to get rid of unnecessary things around you or in your life.
Wanting change.
Things or ways of being that are no longer working for you show up.
This may be confronting or a relief or both.
Depending on how long you’ve been ignoring these promptings will depend on how you react to them showing up again.
This happens to get your attention so you can let go of them in this and the next phase.
“Everything seems to be hard”, “Nothing feels like its working”.
“I’ve been so busy, I’m so glad I can rest now”.

Week Four (day 22-28):Distillation and Clarity Phase.
Winter energy.
Lessons from this cycle are available to be seen and felt.
Either glad of the where you’re at with your life or fed up (again).
Feeling ready to let go and surrender or feeling frustrated and annoyed.
Less interested in everyone else, less available emotionally to others.
Inwardly focussed.
“Don’t ask me to do anything, leave me alone”
“I get it now, I’m letting go of this and not taking into my next cycle.”

And of course this all goes for the corresponding moon phases and the seasons as well.
Understanding the way of cycles brings with it an awareness of the flow of energy, the wisdom in that flow and the opportunity to be in synchrony with that flow.

I believe, honouring her fertility cycle is a woman’s responsibility.
It is in fact one way she can participate, in helping to correct the imbalances that have been created through not honouring the feminine. An issue that we must address so that we can live harmoniously on our planet. Through honouring your menstrual cycle, you help heal the “wounded feminine” the symptoms of which ravage the Earth and most of her people. By honouring her cycle a woman honours the feminine, the dark, the juicy, the mysterious, the feminine power of creativity, sexuality and our Mother Earth.

Symptoms of the Menstrual Cycle or rather messages from your body.
I was talking to a young woman about her cycle, starting to lead into the flow of the energy in our cycles and how she could be with that to best suit her life and I asked her ‘Are you on the pill?’ ‘Yes’, she was 21 and had been on it for seven years because she had bad period pain at 14. I suggested the concept that her body was giving her a message that she wasn’t heeding, that maybe she needed to rest in bed with a hot water bottle. She said nothing had worked, her mother even needed to take the day off work to look after her. I didn’t feel I had the license, so to speak, to take the conversation deeper, but if I did I would have asked her about what she needed to do at 14 to get her mother’s attention, to get her needs met? And I would suspect that her whole story would unravel and she would ‘see’ that what had been going on in her life regarding her needs being met or not, was manifesting through her cycle, her period pain. Instead of taking the opportunity to ‘hear’ her body speak to her of her needs – physical, emotional and spiritual needs, and any imbalances, she was subjected to the enforced regulation of The Pill. The fake version of a cycle, in fact when you’re on The Pill, you’re body ‘thinks’ its pregnant. I’ve heard also that when you’re on The Pill your inbuilt pheromone radar system that checks out likely mates for their suitability ceases to work.

The different physical and associated emotion symptoms that you experience through your cycle, are your body, your Self alerting you to a particular need you have that requires meeting. If you chart your cycle you will see that the symptoms happen at different times that have different needs.

The crankiness, impatience or annoyance so infamously called Premenstrual Syndrome, that we may experience in the last two weeks of our cycle, is really more about the feelings you have because you are not flowing with what you body really wants you to do – that is slow down, withdraw from the busyness of the outside world and look after yourself, not everybody else.
In your premenstrual week you feel less interested in the outside world and desire quiet time to yourself. If this doesn’t happen or isn’t possible because of your living arrangements, you may become very edgy, easily upset and in a ‘bad mood’, this serves its purpose and usually drives others away from you anyway.
There’s one sure way to get some space to yourself and that’s have fights, so no one wants to be around you!
Often times, the bad moods, so to speak, associated with the end of the cycle are due to the woman knowing that even though she’ll be bleeding next week, and would really rather be having sometime to herself to do that, she will have to carry on regardless, looking after everybody else and not herself. If she knew at this time, that next week she was going to have 3 days to herself, to rest, read, write, draw, whatever, her moonlodge, red tent time she wouldn’t be cranky, she’d be looking forward to it.

The other thing that happens in the third and fourth week of the cycle is that everything that’s not working in your life shows up.
Like, ways you’ve been behaving in relationships, ways you’ve been meeting your needs, or not, old patterns, anything, everything. Its Nature’s design that at this time, you notice outmoded ways of being so you can let them go with your blood and replace them with their evolution next cycle.
Each month when you bleed you can consciously let go of old ways, patterns and beliefs that no longer serve you. You can do this for yourself and also “for all your relations”, the collective feminine.
It’s the contemplative and reflective energy of this phase of the cycle that facilitates this great opportunity, your inner autumn pruning, as it were.

Cramps at bleeding time are to get you to apply some heat to your belly or back, and to get you to withdraw, from the outside world, so you notice what you’re feeling and thinking. You will hear your inner wisdom and have new ideas about how to do things differently for those outmoded ways you let it go of with your blood.
When we bleed we are more tired and when we sleep, when we bleed we may dream more than usual and it is common to have prophetic dreams at that time. So that’s why your body sends you messages of tiredness, so you will sleep more, and have those dreams.

When you emerge from your raw bleeding state, hopefully you will bring with you what you have learned from listening to her inner wisdom.In the tradition of the Native American’s Moonlodge, the community waited for the wisdom that the women returned with from their moontime retreat. They would come back with information about when and where to move camp, about where the buffalo were etc.The community valued this highly and made their plans around it, they honoured the wisdom of the feminine.

Watch the cyclical nature of your libido, your sexual desire and your body awareness.
Women usually experience increased libido around ovulation for the obvious reason that there’s a chance they will conceive, and that’s the case even if that’s not their plan.
They pay more attention to the clothes they wear and how they look, leading up to and during ovulation.
Sometimes women feel more sexual just before they bleed too.
This is because their vulva and vagina is more filled with blood in that fullness we feel around our pelvic area, just before our blood flows. And because relative to the lower levels of oestrogen and progesterone at this time of the cycle, our testosterone level, responsible for many things including libido, is high.

The severity of symptoms you experience throughout your cycle will be a direct result of all the things that influence your state of health. What you eat, what you think and what you do with your body. Eating a good diet, and a regular yoga and meditation practise are the best things you can do to regulate your system and ensure it functions from a harmonious space rather than out of balance.

Ways to honour the menstrual cycle
The flow of the energy through the cycle gives us the clues for how to honour it. It’s a good idea to let the people you live with know if you are going to change the way you do things at your bleeding time. Their support will be important to the success of you implementing these life changes.
Week one
Retreat from the busyness of the world, even just for an evening.
Have a relaxing bath by candle light with essential oils. Try geranium and rose.
Create your moonlodge or red tent, this is as much a state of mind as a physical space.
Wear particular clothes or jewellery when bleeding, red stones or appropriate crystals. This can also serve the purpose of notifying the people you live with that you’re bleeding.
Suggestions from Cassarne, my crystal advisor:
Two crystals resonate with the bleeding time and the choice can be made depending on which the wearer is more drawn to.
Carnelian: this relates specific to the sacral chakra and our creative centre, it brings balance to the female sacred organs and empowers the feminine in its process.
Moonstone: provides a balancing healing energy, especially of the emotions which may be in a vulnerable and fragile space. It assists in the balance and awareness of our hormones in their “dance” through our cycle. It is also a lovely stone to wear when its one’s bloodtime as it reminds us of our connection with the moon and all her & our rhythms. Moonstone reassures us when we are in retreat at this time.
Garnet could also be worn purely because of its deep blood red hue and its resonance to our physical experience at this time. Plus it keeps one grounded and strengthens the healing energy of the Earth with our heart.
Experiment with dreaming by asking particular questions of your dreams.
Invoke a particular Goddess archetype to be with you during your bloodtime, perhaps Maeve or Kali.
Draw or paint.
Meditate – with or without questions and perhaps focussed on what it is you will let go of with your blood this cycle.
Do gentle exercise such as walking in nature and consciously connecting with it.
Feed yourself well.
Use special linen at bloodtime, like red coloured!
Use red towels.
Be kind to yourself – go with your flow!
The bleeding phase of the cycle is as if a monthly enactment of a vision quest. On day 3 of your cycle, just like in a vision quest, do a meditation and ask for a vision. You will be gifted with a vision to inspire and fuel you for your next cycle, write about it, draw it and refer back to it.
Make Blood Prayers – collect your blood by soaking your pads, and return the blood to the Earth, in a ritual with your prayers and intentions for your next cycle and beyond. With your blood that you give, return to the earth, metaphorically attach the unwanted ways you want to let go of. The Earth transmutes everything that returns to her, your prayers for your new cycle are made new from that. Pour the blood on the garden, many women have a special blood rose to pour their blood around, and they grow so beautifully!

The red dot that the Hindu women put between their eyes, on their third eye, used to be menstrual blood and was done so to invoke the potential visionary aspect inherent in the bloodtime. Your blood carries with it all your genetic information and your ancestors genetic information, so this practice could open your third eye to specific personal information and ancient knowledge. The third eye area is also the place of the pineal gland, referred to in ancient knowledge as the “seat of the soul”, so this practice could well increase connection and communication with one’s ‘higher self’. This practice could be done at bed time with a special invocation to remember your dreams in the morning.

Once you’ve stopped bleeding, when you are ready, gently reintroduce yourself back into the world.

Week Two
Use your creative energy, make something (make your own pads).
Express your sexuality, beautify yourself, be indulgent.
Celebrate the energy of your ovulation (just like you would the full moon).
Dedicate your egg to something you wish to give the creative life force to.

Week Three
Celebrate what you have achieved, created, succeeded in this cycle and let go of what you haven’t. Don’t be hard on yourself.
Start to notice the things that aren’t working in your life in readiness to let them go with your blood.
Don’t start any new projects, rather finish things off.

Week Four
Be ready for your approaching bloodtime, adjust your plans around it.
Cook in preparation for your retreat time.
Make a pot of hearty soup that you can easily feed yourself and everyone else from during your bleeding time.
Slow down.
Start to imagine how you want your next cycle to go.

“The whole menstrual cycle is an alchemical process in itself, during which every woman who bleeds goes through a transformation inside herself. To menstruate means to live through a cyclical transmutation in which the past is shed and the new in embraced. Experiencing this transformation through conscious ritual awakens us to our connection with the cycles taking place all around us and to our relationship with all life.” Lara Owen – “Her Blood is Gold”

Honour the Rites of Passage
Welcome your daughters to womanhood with an honouring ceremony, as little or as much as she will allow you! What happens around a rite of passage teaches you about what’s expected of you in your new role.
Think about what happened around your menarche – What did it teach you about being a woman? Maybe you want to re enact your menarche.
Honour and understand peri-menopause and menopause – it is a time of transformation, a labour of sorts with a birth of a new you.

Create a Women’s circle and share together your experience of your cycle.

So, there you have it – the menstrual cycle is such a gift if you bring your awareness to it. It’s that extra special thing about being a woman, not only can we create new life but we can re create ourselves anew each cycle. And its so important to get this, because this happens whatever the energy is, whatever thoughts and feelings you start your cycle with will be what sees you through that cycle, it will be the theme (just like at a new moon).
So if that’s negative, like yuk, here I am bleeding again, I’m so tired, what about me, I’m in pain etc etc, then those thoughts are the metaphoric seeds you’ve planted at the start of the cycle that will grow, full bloom, harvest, decay, die and then be reborn again. So make sure you spend time at the start of your cycle, and on the new moon, setting your intentions for the new cycle, planting the metaphoric seeds that will nurture and feed you as they grow to their fullness during your current menstrual cycle or as the lunation cycle takes its course.
So in closing I shall say again, there is so much transformational magic available to women through their cycles. Such opportunity.
And I’ll leave you with a thought..
You know, if we, all the women, got it together with our prayers and intentions maybe even resynchronise our cycles with the moon and with each other – we could use this energy to heal the planet.

There are many references on the effects of the moon on our cycles.
For further information read “The Wise Wound” by Penelope Shuttle and Peter Redgrove, particularly chapter 4 and “Lunaception” by Louise Lacey chapter 6.

“The Wise Wound” by Penelope Shuttle and Peter Redgrove and “The Woman in the Shaman’s Body” by Barbara Tedlock


65 Responses to The Spiritual Practice of Menstruation

  1. Pagan

    It’s too bad you’re repeating the myth that the menstrual cycle is related to the moon. Menstruation is absolutely something to be celebrated, but the moon has nothing to do with it.

    • emmanuel Anizoba

      You seem to be uninformed about the Nature that stares you in your very eyes. The Moon is back of all life on Earth. Those who know this truth practice Lunar Magic, with palpable positive results. Finally, you may note that a Myth is a symbolic narrative that needs a key for its interpretation. But the above write-up is in plain English and based on observable facts. Cheers!

    • Anna

      Beautiful article!!!! This is the confirmation of the truth I have been seeking today. Blessed are those who understand the infuence of nature and the signs our bodies procuce to function optimally. Thank you so much for sharing!!!!

    • sigyn

      that’s not a myth. there is a reason I bleed on new moons and ovulate on full moons, everything is connected. 28 day cycles don’t just happen by chance.

    • Saraswati

      It would if we are more in touch with the moon (ie, seing her light or lack thereof in certain phases) as it regulates water in the body. It has been shown that contact with this light will regulate the cycle to the moon’s (ie ovulate on full moon and bleed on dark moon). Also a women’s cycle is naturally 28 days which is the same as the moon cycle, at least this is how it was said to be in times past when women were more in touch with nature (being outside most of the time, and living by sun and moon cycles).

    • Emma

      Many contradictory truths occur @ one time, in seemingly impossible ways, on this sphere. Let go of needing to know what is right; embrace that many ways are right; maybe things are possible – even when they do not make sense to you.

    • Wendy

      If you read the whole article, you would know that in modern times, with the invention of electricity, the moon doesn’t affect our cycles the way it would if we lived in a primitive society. Rather than criticizing, I plan to do some research in to tribal communities to see if this is the case. I can tell you that the moon absolutely affects people’s emotions. I used to date a man who who become completely unreasonable, making arguments that had no basis. Every time this happened, I would look out the window, and there was ALWAYS a full moon. Do not dismiss anything out of hand. Just do more research.

  2. Karly

    This is absolutely beautiful, enlightening, powerful, and familiar. Thank you so much for sharing. I have shared this link on every social media site and texted it to a number of women! I was lucky enough to google menstrual cycle spirituality on my first day of bleeding (week 1, day 1) and I cannot wait to bring mindfulness to this cycle. I bow to you in gratitude and love! Xoxo Karly

    • Vibha_v

      Same here. I read it on the first day of my cycle. So humbled by this knowledge and the power of menstruation. I feel so blessed to be a woman who can connect with the mother earth so easily. I want to share it with every woman I know too! hope you have a fulfilling cycle!

  3. Traci

    Wow! That was amazingly empowering and I loved every word of it! Thank you so much for writing this and for helping to shine a light on the topic. This article completely changed my views and instilled a sense of pride in me that I did not have prior to reading. I have been becoming more aware of my cyyle after being Pill free for almost a year and a half. It makes so much sense to be aware of our body’s “seasons.” With your help, I will be able to start doing this. Thank you again, this article made me cry out of happiness and thankfulness.

  4. Ashmita

    This was a very beautiful write up and so accurate and enlightening too. Thanks for sharing 🙂 I couldn’t agree more to ignore ignorance as the moon is very much related to our cycles. It is the source of our divine and feminine energy.

  5. I always bleed with every dark moon and thought that I “should” be bleeding on the full moon as our culture leads us to believe that this is what synchronisation looks like. This myth always left me feeling wrong and apparently out of touch with nature. Thank You Jane. This reading has set me straight. Love your work.

  6. Kimberly

    So How do I honor my cycle if I am just going into menopause and no longer have a regular cycle? How do I honor night sweats and hot flashes?? Thanks in advance and a great read.

  7. Aww..thank you so much for this! I am having a very painful menstruation just now and I was led to this blog. Luckily I prevented myself from taking painkillers. I have a very long sleep, and just woke up at noon, and I had lots of dreams that are very confusing. I will be reading this again and again for the practice of using my feminine power. 🙂

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  9. Hi I love what you’ve written here. Can you make a suggestion regarding the 3 day migraine I get just before my menstruation starts. It’s quite painful and tiring and I don’t take the pill or any painkillers which make me throw up. Thank you, Peace.

  10. Love this read and it all resonates so very well with me! I’m excited to share this insight with many other women so we can synchronise and yes why not, Let’s heal the world!!

  11. sana

    Thank you. Was feeling down as usual with PMS. Had a busy week at work n started feeling edgy n unhappy. This really helped. Much gratitude for sharing wisdom!

  12. Spring

    Love your writing Jane. I’m also curious to know what a long bleeding cycle could mean. For some strange reason I started bleeding a week early and it is now day 13. It came with a powerful dream just as I was to participate in a dream group workshop. Tia

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  15. Minu Mehta

    Came across your writing as i am grappling with a fundamental issue in my life. I am 47 and have been having extremely problematic cycles since the last four years. Was on allopathy for around two years and then switched over to ayurveda for one and half years. However I am back on allopathy since last two months. I know for sure that my condition is not only physical but is connected to deeper spiritual issues.
    One basic issue of conflict I had with my mother was related to menstrual impurity which i refused to accept. I have always done all religious rituals even during menstruation and not paid heed to what others felt or thought.
    Has all this fighting caused the stress that is responsible for my current state? I seek peace, harmony and healing. looking forward to your advice.

  16. Mi

    Today is my first day of the cycle and I happen to go through your blog because of all the pain I was going through. Not only did I get such amazing awareness but I’ve also healed my own suffering and have decided to plan my cycle ahead. Thankyou so much for helping me own my feminity with such sense of Pride.

  17. Caroline

    Thank you so much for this beautiful, well-written easy to read article. It makes sooooo much sense to me. I recently intuitively started to withdraw into my shell during my last week and early 1st week and had no idea why but as I started to recently follow what my body wants, this now makes perfect sense. I am going to bookmark this page and regularly follow this process to really understand my cycles. Sending you divine love and light for enriching my soul today.

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  21. Starlet Nite

    Just started bleeding last night around midnight. I just started tracking my cycle after having my copper iud removed a few months ago. I’m bleeding with the full moon. I am looking forward to bleeding every month now & I am very aware of my body now. This is a wonderful & enlightenin topic & something”

  22. bhumika

    I will just say, thank you for your words, the divine feminine speaks through you. I have intuitively observed much of this, but to have the wisdom passed on from a woman to a woman, just the way it has always been meant to be, is a gift I am grateful for. I will continue the tradition and pass the gift of awareness. More power be to the divine feminine, its her time!

  23. Ellen

    Thank you for this beautiful article. This has given me so many new insights! My luteal phase (between ovulation and bleeding) is 12 days (used to be 9-10 but I have used natural progesterone cream to lengthen it and now it is 12). You mention it will always be 13-16 days. Mine isn’t, do you think this might be why I am struggling to conceive? Thank you

  24. Marina

    I went to an ayurvedic practitioner and he has advised me to follow my cycle and harness the feminine energy. I had no idea what he meant and this is the first article I’ve read in my research. Very inspiring. Thank you for sharing, I can’t believe I’ve never paid any attention to this. Better late than never!

  25. Loona

    Until recently, I didn’t pay much attention to the phases of the Moon – apart from the Full Moon, because in that phase, like most people, my sleep is worse, more agitated etc. However I didn’t connect my periods to Moon Phases. Last year I started to pay more attention to the different phases of the moon, especially the Dark Moon, in relation to sleep quality – not in relation to menstruations. But after reading articles (including this one) about menstruations and moon phases this morning, I realized that indeed, I’m in synch with the Moon: I do ovulate on the Full Moon, and bleed on the Dark Moon (my periods started yesterday, and sure enough, Dark Moon is tomorrow night). I find it quite fascinating.

  26. Thank you so much for this! I feel so empowered after reading this and taking notes for literally hours that I want to go out and teach this to my fellow sisters!!! Everything you said is so true, thank you for the deep remembering your article provided me with!

  27. Mama Ayo

    Hi! Great article. Ive recently been menstruating for over a month. I did much prayer and meditation, did some ritual offerings to my ancestors on the last new moon and my menstrual stopped. It came back a week later. I had a reading after i was instructed to do one in my dreams. Card that came out was Medusa or moon blood godess of transformation. Im wondering if i am going through a massive ascension process and i need to harness godess energies to get over this phase and have a normal cycle.

  28. Bre

    I have a question. I currently on contraceptives, I absolutely hate them and what they do to my body. But also like to have sex and getting pregnant and this time of my life is not ideal. Can you please email me with your suggestion

  29. I swing back and forth between bleeding at the full and new moon, which has been so beautiful to witness. Lately it’s been mostly full moon time. Your writing makes me think it’s because life wants me to be secluded away from the crazy emotions of the full moon; I’m an empath and highly sensitive person so that’s pretty important. Thanks for this important wisdom!

  30. Thank you for writing this enlightening and useful article. I agree with all the aspects you speak about. The bottom line is we need to embrace who we naturally are as women and take the time to listen to our bodies and honour it’s wisdom. Your practical suggestions of how we can manage the 4 weeks of our cycle is very sensible. This article will help me support my daughter in getting to know her body once she starts her menstruation. It’s taken me years (I’m 44) to understand just a little of my cycle so my hope it I can inject her consciousness with my own learning so she has a head start and can embody her feminine potential to the fullest. Thank You.

  31. Malena

    Hi – Thank you for your wonderful article, it ressonated with me on a level that made me feel vulnerable and powerful at the same time, my body feels grateful in a sense…

    I’ve noticed over the past few months that I bleed with the full moon, and I would love to dive deeper into the aspects of this, how I can be guided by my cycle in this “reverse” cycle… I read somewhere it has to do with being in a phase of life, where self development is key, and another place that this kind of cycle is one for shamans and healers, but I don’t really feel like either, eventhough I want to help heal the earth through my working life as an architect, creating architecture and landscapes through sacred geometry etc..

    So I was wondering if you could recommend a book that goes more into details about the menstrual cycle, and how I can connect to it even deeper, because I feel like I am just scratching the surface.

    Thank you

  32. Louise

    One more thing to add to your wonderful post is the meaning of bleeding at the full moon.
    My cycle has changed to a full moon bleed this means you are in the winter of your cycle (Crone) everything is becoming full cycle.
    This alsi means you are becoming a Shaman is spiritual terms. You are a mother to the community now.

  33. You have rocked my world today. I continue to grow spiritually on an ongoing basis, but other than the chapter in Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now, I didn’t really know what to DO to understand and respect my cycle. I bought Taking Charge of Your Fertility a couple of years ago and will revisit with my new view gained today. Seriously, thank you so much!! I am four days in to Week 4 and now it all makes so much sense! I am excited to go forth in life with this new knowledge:-) so much gratitude to you!!!!

  34. Naadia

    This is a beautiful artical. And I am grateful. I show gratitude for your time and energy spent sharing this information. I know all these things ti be true because it is familiar and It is things that I have been told by my inner self. As I was reading this it felt like I read it before. Without being told any of this or ever discussing this I knew all of this same stuff. This makes this u undeniably true. Peace!

  35. This is a very well written and informative article. I learned a few things and was validated in many other realizations 🙂 Thank you for sharing your energy with the world and for educating those who are stuck in energies not serving them. I will have to share this with so many people that I know would enjoy reading it.

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  39. Erin

    Wow! I am so incredibly grateful for this article that has brought so much clarity and understanding and awareness on Day one of my cycle believe it or not! A true gift. Thank you so much for sharing xxxxxxxxxx

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