As I mentioned in my post Ayur What? Ayurveda cultivates an intimate understanding of and relationship with nature, both our own individual nature and all living things. Its wisdom is expressed as a way of life that flows with the changes of the seasons, weather, time, and place. It studies the tastes, smells, textures and qualities of nature, and endeavours to reconnect us with our own nature and the natural rhythms of the cosmos.
One such natural rhythm is the monthly Lunar Cycle. I mentioned in my post La Luna, that I have been working with the lunar cycle over the last number of months and becoming more aware of it and its influence on me and others as it waxes and wanes through the various lunar phases every month. My studies in Ayurveda have been a key factor in wanting to explore the Lunar Cycle in greater depth and become more in tune with its natural Rhythms. I have also been trying for a baby and so have naturally become much more aware and in tune with my own natural Rhythms. I have found that the more I delve into, explore and observe the Lunar cycles and honour this wisdom, the more I feel I am re-connecting to an innate knowledge. A knowledge with which we as a society have lost touch due to the demands of modern life , which care not for the natural rhythms of the universe. The knowledge that we and nature are one, reflected in each other, we are a microcosm of nature. I am finding that with each Lunar Cycle the connection between my natural rhythm and that of the moon gets stronger and stronger. I am beginning to feel her energy flow through me.
The moon is of course the ultimate feminine energy, the Shakti, the Yin. The Sun the ultimate male energy, the Shiva, the Yang. Whether male or female we all have both masculine and feminine energies within us, yin and yang, one cannot exist without the other. Balance. However, whilst we all have both male and female energies, women are generally more in tune with and sensitive to the waxing and waning energies of the monthly lunar cycle, being reflected as they are in a woman’s own monthly cycle.
This is something to which I have been paying particular attention and trying to align my cycle with that of the moon. It is said, that to be in sync with the Moon’s cycle, a woman should bleed on the New Moon, the dark moon, when energy is low, contemplative, introspective and withdrawn, and ovulate on the Full Moon when energy is high, confident and giving. This is what is known as The White Moon Cycle, and traditionally before the dawn of computers and electric lighting when we all lived closer to and in sync with nature, women were considered to have followed this rhythm. This is the cycle of the mother archetype and considered the most conducive to conceiving as you are ovulating when the earth is at its most fertile, at the Full Moon. There are ways to try to align with this cycle and if you are interested in this I recommend the book Moon Time by Lucy H Pearce.
I however bleed on the Full Moon and ovulate on the New Moon. Not much is written about this but I know many women who follow the same cycle, and for me, when my body is following this pattern, my periods are less difficult. I suffer less with cramping and PMS, it does indeed seem to be MY natural Rhythm. So I started to research this phenomenon and came across reference to what is known as the Red Moon Cycle. This is, I discovered, the healer woman archetype. According to Miranda Gray in her book Red Moon, this cycle was linked to the archetype of the temptress, the siren and the woman who knew how to wield healing power and magic. This was the kind of woman whose sexuality was applied to something ‘other than’ the formation of the next generation. Considered by our patriarchal ancestors to be the ‘evil woman’, the reality is that the Red Moon cycle belonged to the medicine women, to the midwives, the magic-makers and the wisdom keepers of the community. Their energy was used to empower other women and their communities. I found this really interesting given my current studies into the healing system of Ayurveda and my sincere wish to spread this knowledge to others and empower them with this wisdom to heal themselves.
Miranda Gray says, “A woman with the White Moon cycle, bleeding with the dark (new) Moon, becomes linked to the deepest levels of her awareness, reminding her that there exists more than just the world she sees, because she is the carrier of the seed of life. A woman with a Red Moon cycle, bleeding with the full moon, brings the energies and mysteries of her inner darkness out into the world around her as a gift and an offering of the depths of her learning.”
Whilst not impossible, it is considered more difficult to conceive if you follow the Red Moon Cycle and they say, if you do fall pregnant that the likelihood is that you will conceive a girl. Perhaps that is why I have been blessed with my daughter. Who knows! If you are having difficulties conceiving, you might like to consider aligning your cycle to the White Moon Cycle to harness the fertile energy of the full moon when you ovulate.
Whether you are on the White Moon Cycle, The Red Moon Cycle, something in between or no cycle at all because you are pre-menstrual, menopausal or male, we are all largely comprised of water and like the great bodies of water on our planet, we are moved, and influenced by the Moon’s phases whether we are aware of it or not. I believe we can all benefit from a deeper understanding and connection to Luna. For myself I can certainly say that paying attention to her, has naturally led to a greater understanding of myself and my own natural rhythms. She is a great and wise teacher!
It is such an auspicious time today, with the Full Sagittarius Moon (the second in a row) coinciding with the Summer Solstice, something not seen for many years and not expected to be seen for many years to come, I felt compelled to write again about La Luna.
I will leave it there for today however because now, I am off to sit cross legged on my balcony and drink her in, in her full glory.
You may also like to harness her energy and honour her with this wonderful Chandra Namaskar (Moon Salutation) from Shiva Rea.
Until next time beautiful souls……..
LET THE LIGHT OF LA LUNA SHINE ON YOU