Happy Full Moon or Sturgeon Moon this August . Did you know that the moon phases have historically been associated with menstruation, and a period during this time is known as a Red Moon Cycle. Women have been looking to the sky for cues about their fertility for ages, and it’s even believed that the first calendars were created as a result of charting ovulation and menstruation. Since the lunar cycle lasts 29.8 days, it made sense that it would align almost perfectly with women’s menstrual cycles.
According to Miranda Grey, author of Red Moon- Understanding and Using the Creative Sexual and Spiritual Gifts of the Menstrual Cycle, there are two traditional menstruation patterns;
*“White Moon” bleeding, or menstruating with the new moon and ovulating with the full moon,
*“Red Moon” menstruation, which is bleeding with the full moon and becoming fertile with the new moon.
Over the course of your life your period can attune to both cycles.
"In ancient times, the Red Moon cycle was associated with shamanism, high priestesses, and healers. Women who tend to menstruate with the full moon are said to focus their “darker” and more creative menstrual energies outward, rather than inward, in order to nourish and teach others from their own experience. Many times, women with this cycle will be more focused on self-growth, development, mentorship, and creativity." Check out this article for more syncing with the moon tips. (https://www.nylon.com/articles/sacred-menstruation-reclaim-your-period)
It is pretty cool when your cycle is synced up with nature! But if its not, don’t worry! As long as you’re having a healthy cycle that is consistent for you, that is what matters the most.
Monitoring your period and cycle is really important, we want to find out if you are having a regular, predictable cycle, there are easy period apps that can track this for you.
If you find that they are irregular acupuncture and herbal medicine are very effective ways to help get your cycle healthy (and pain FREE!) I have been really consistent with getting acupuncture and taking my herbs, eating healthy, and exercising. My past few cycles I did not get a single cramp or have any PMS, and I am in sync with the Red Moon Cycle!
Dr. Kara MoraMarco- Kendrick DAOM, L.Ac
Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine in Beverly Hlls, Los Angeles CA