Women have been using the moon as a tool to keep track of their cycles for literally ages. In fact it is thought that the first calendars sprung into being, as a result of women keeping track of the moon and their menstrual cycles.
“Chinese women established a lunar calendar 3000 years ago, dividing the celestial sphere into 28 stellar ‘mansions’ through which the moon passed. Among the Maya of central America every woman knew “the great Maya calendar had first been based on her menstrual cycles.”” From The Woman’s Encyclopaedia of Myths and Secrets by Barbara G Walker.
The year comprised of 13 lunar months (of 28 days) to make 364 days, plus one day to spare. When Christianity came into being, (diminishing old pagan ways and beliefs) the lunar calendar made way for the Roman Solar calendar which is what most western societies follow now. The months are changeable in length – 28, 29, 30 or 31 days depending on which month it is, and the moon and her phases no longer fit so neatly into the system.
Because of this, and the fact many of us live in cities, many women just don’t pay that much attention to the moon and her cycles any more. Some young girls and young women get by, bleeding each (lunar) month without making the connection to the moon which so greatly influences their bodies.
Your period is highly affected by the moons movement. How it does so, is as yet, not known – at least not on a quantifiable scientific basis – it could be do with light, ionisation, electromagnetic energy, gravity – no-one has come to definite conclusions. But as the moon ebbs and flows so do you. So charting your menstrual cycle using the moon is a natural thing to do.
The beauty of knowing which phase of the moon you bleed with is:
Ovulation almost always occurs 14 days before the next bleed – 14 days is half the lunar cycle, which really easy to pick out on a calendar that keeps track of the moon. Its a good idea to note down fertile times (phases) on your calendar – use a different coloured pen to make it really stand out.
There are many advantages of keeping by the moon, but don’t take my word for it. Give it a try – tune in, reconnect and see if it makes a difference to how you view your cycle and your body.