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    Woman are intimately connected to the moon’s cycles…

    Ever wonder where the wisdom of aligning our menstrual cycles with the new moon come from?

    http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-image-waning-moon-image927346Much of women’s wisdom is oral, not recorded.

    In the world we live in today it is pretty hard to simulate ‘natural’ to verify ancient woman’s wisdom from a scientific perspective. since we live under such different conditions than our grandmothers once did.

    Yet, even with all the lights and concrete, it is interesting to note that a larger percentage of women still continue to bleed with the new moon compared to other times during the month.

    So while we can’t really prove that it is more natural (or healthier) for women to bleed with the new moon and ovulate with the full moon – it is often self evident once we become attuned to noticing.

    The best way to test the theory is simply by exploring it for your self!

    As you pay closer attention and observe our own cycle, you might start to notice certain themes or patterns as you observe how it feels to bleed at different times in the lunar cycle.

    If your cycle starts near (or on) the full moon, you might notice that the high-intensity of the crazy full moon energy feels more depleting -compared to how you feel when your cycle is in sync with the still, calm energy of the new, or dark, moon.

    You might also notice that you feel ‘in the mood’ for sex when you bleed with the full moon – and less so when you ovulate closer to the new moon (neither of which is really conducive to unhindered sex or for making babies!).

    Wanna turn that around?

    If bleeding with the full moon feels out of sync for you, you might be interested in exploring more about how and why to sync your cycle with the new moon?

    To help you do that I have compiled a ton of resources (see below)- and of course please let me know about other great links that I might have missed!

    There is a lot of traditional wisdom and good logic that suggests that there is plenty of purpose and benefit in syncing your moontime (menstruation) with the new moon. Explore the links below to find out more!

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    Videos

    Red Moon Medicine Movement 

    Moon Inside You

    The Red Tent Trailor

    Operation Red Tent

    Articles:

    Sex Strike and Menstrual Solidarity
    http://jdeanicite.typepad.com/i_cite/2007/03/sex_strike_and_.html

    Woman, Orangutans and the Moon
    http://www.metaformia.org/articles/women-orangutans-moon/

    Moonwatching: Reclaiming Your Feminine Power
    http://www.susunweed.com/herbal_ezine/September05/childbearing.htm

    Red is for Life: An Enquiry into the Taboos Surrounding Woman’s Cycle
    http://www.asphodel-long.com/html/menstrual_taboos.html

    By  the Light of the Silvery Moon: Cycles of Living
    http://www.yogachicago.com/jul08/paulakout.shtml

    Jewish Women Reclaim Rituals of the Moon
    http://www.moonsurfing.com/lodge-jewishnew.html

    Female Mystique: The Three Phases of the Moon
    http://www.mum.org/mystique.htm

    Ayurveda

    Ahimsa: A Woman’s Power to Heal
    http://www.mypeacevow.org/womenpower.php

    Preserving a Woman’s Power to Heal
    http://mayatiwari.org/womenpower.php

    A Woman and the Moon
    http://mailerindia.com/hindu/veda/index.php?mwoman

    By the Light of the Moon: Ayurveda, Yoga and Menstruation
    http://thewomenwarriors.net/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?p=1513&sid=1488560675399c99c0d07504a1992092

    Native American

    Becoming a Herbalist by Susun S. Weed
    http://www.susunweed.com/An_herbalist_10.htm

    Moon Lodge Articles
    http://www.susunweed.com/moonlodge.htm

    moon lodges (mōōnˑ lˑ·jez),
    n.pl in Native American culture, isolated locations for women to use
    as sites for meditation and retreat during menstruation. This
    tradition was instituted to enhance the mental, spiritual, and
    physical health of women and the community or in some cases to isolate
    women during what was considered a sacred or contaminated period.
    Jonas: Mosby’s Dictionary of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
    (c) 2005, Elsevier.
    http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/moon+lodges

    Pagan

    Pagan Sacred Time
    http://www.patheos.com/Library/Pagan/Ritual-Worship-Devotion-Symbolism/Sacred-Time.html

    “telo (loje) mun menses Nightlighting and the moon See also: Culture and menstruation.The word “menstruation” is etymologiacally related to “moon”. The terms “menstruation” and “menses” are derived from the Latin mensis (month), which in turn relates to the Greek mene (moon) and to the roots of the English words month and moon—reflecting the fact that the moon also takes close to 28 days to revolve around the Earth (actually 27.32 days). Some authors believe women in traditional societies without nightlighting ovulated with the full moon and menstruated with the new moon.[49]”  http://en.tokipona.org/wiki/Talk:mun

    Google Books

    Blood Relations
    http://books.google.ca/books?id=TECGMrey5UEC&pg=PA352&lpg=PA352&dq=menstruation+with+the+new+moon&source=bl&ots=qgFWVdfsq0&sig=YTdrTFuEiMGzWyOv-T86U0sSug8&hl=en&sa=X&ei=o-9aT4zzFoSNgwfk94GiCw&ved=0CGMQ6AEwCTgo#v=onepage&q=menstruation%20with%20the%20new%20moon&f=false

    A World that Was
    http://books.google.ca/books?id=gYhQnj6cWh8C&pg=PA156&lpg=PA156&dq=menstruation+with+the+new+moon&source=bl&ots=lL5jDZzrJO&sig=o-YMLIVK2fqbQNV1XPGs39k3_b0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=I_haT-35F8LEgQfazq2hCw&ved=0CDQQ6AEwAzhG#v=onepage&q=menstruation%20with%20the%20new%20moon&f=false 

    Encyclopedia of Wicca and Witchcraft
    http://books.google.ca/books?id=kzp63ep-MlQC&pg=PA287&lpg=PA287&dq=menstruation+with+the+new+moon&source=bl&ots=uIP66vGH96&sig=LWgEJ-iInd0xcd1GXmC2rde0PpE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=zfVaT6yzJIW-gAfq7-WhCw&ved=0CFoQ6AEwBzg8#v=onepage&q=menstruation%20with%20the%20new%20moon&f=false

    Journals and such:

    Cohen, Sari (February–March 2005). “Melatonin, menstruation, and the
    moon”. Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients. Retrieved 21
    September 2008.
    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0ISW/is_259-260/ai_n10299307/

    The regulation of the menstrual cycle and it’s relationship to the moon
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3716780

    Distribution of Menstrual Periods in 826 volunteers
    http://scientopia.org/blogs/scicurious/files/2010/11/period-moon1.jpg

    Knight, Chris; Camilla Power & Ian Watts (1995). “The Human Symbolic
    Revolution: A Darwinian Account” (PDF). Cambridge Archaeological
    Journal 5 (1): 75–114. doi:10.1017/S0959774300001190. Retrieved 13
    December 2006.
    http://www.radicalanthropologygroup.org/pub_knight_power_watts_big.pdf

    Doctors writing about the moons connection to menstruation

    Wisdom of the Menstrual Cycle by Dr. Christiane Northrup, MD
    http://www.drnorthrup.com/womenshealth/healthcenter/topic_details.php?topic_id=138

    Menstruation- The Menstrual Cycle by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP
    http://www.womentowomen.com/menstruation/menstrualcycle.aspx

    A Woman’s Moon by Jessica Edge, ND
    http://hbmag.com/a-woman%E2%80%99s-moon/

    Somewhere Between Heaven and Earth Jolene Albrecht DTCM R.Ac
    http://tcm.health-info.org/Acupunture/treatment/endometriosis.htm

    Melatonin, Menstruation and the Moon by Sari Cohen, ND
    http://www.encognitive.com/files/%22Melatonin,%20Menstruation,%20and%20the%20Moon%22.pdf

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    Riding the Tide with the Full Moon

    If you have been following the natural flow of this month’s energy (informed by the moon’s cycles), then you are now ready to participate fully in the unfolding of the intentions that you set during the new moon.

    You will now be able to ride the tide of the full moon because of the seeds you planted for your dreams and intentions to be nurtured during the waxing moon. If you did, in fact, put the wheels in motion to make the intangible, tangible, then you might have noticed that the timing and the energies were fertile ground for the seeds you carefully sowed.

    While during the waxing moon you tended to and nurtured your dreams by tending to your little seedlings we are now moving into the full moon and it is time for your vision to flower!

    http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-image-beautiful-young-woman-full-moon-image23510056Your power is at its peak, so roll with it! The energies are ripe for a time of celebration, so start wrapping up those big projects so you can have fun. Finish up the tasks that require high levels of your energy now. Let your creative energies and juices flow now.

    But don’t forget to play as hard as you work!

    This is the perfect time of the month to pre-schedule your social time and events- you’ll be in the mood AND have the energy for it! Don’t worry that you won’t have enough time to finish your work- the careful attention, planning and caretaking that you completed during the prior moon cycles makes for smooth sailing straight to completion!

    Now get on out there and shine your light!

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