Lunar menstrual calendar – today I’ll encourage you to go back to this good, old tradition of self-observation and nature observation. Have you known that the oldest discovered calendars are lunar calendars, used by women to observe and document their menstrual cycle? These calendars and the fact of counting the passing of time are said to be the beginning of mathematics! Thanks to which we’ve built big buildings, planes, and computers. All of this starting with just normal women just observing their bodies!
But let’s go back on Earth for a minute and to today’s times. In my first article about femininity, Why Do Women Wish for a Slower, Simpler Life? Feminine Traits for Beginners, I suggest that you start a diary with daily observations of your cycle.
I’m keeping such a diary for the third cycle now and I like it.
If you’ll like this kind of self-observation too, and if you’ll start getting passionate about all these feminine and coming-back-to-nature things like me, you can go a step further and start using a lunar calendar. We can use the lunar calendar to document our menstruation cycle and a few chosen aspects of ourselves. But we can also get crazy and replace the normal kitchen solar chart calendar with the circle lunar one. This would be an interesting experiment!
Prepare your lunar menstrual calendar
Draw or print a circle lunar calendar like this (and follow me on Pinterest 😉 ).
You can prepare one page with the circle lunar calendar for the current month (meaning your menstrual cycle). For the whole year, we need 13-15 pages.
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How to use the lunar menstrual calendar?
Go with your body.
Wait for the first day of your next menstruation. It’ll be the moment to start the new circle (cycle), the new calendar page. Keep the calendar page in your journal, on your desk or next to the bed.
Mark the first day of your cycle with number 1 or with a color or symbol which you associate with menstruation.
Remember, we’re going counter-clockwise!
The use of the lunar menstrual calendar depends on you. The only rule is that every part of the circle represents one day.
You can write numbers of your cycle’s days or not.
You can use words, symbols or colors to describe the days.
Think of what you want to observe, document and compare in the following months and make your legend (colors, symbols etc.) for your lunar calendar.
What can we observe and note during the cycle?
Here are a few examples:
– What did you eat today?
– What colors did you wear?
– Was it skirt or pants day?
– Long or short skirt?
– Your face skin condition today.
– Your intimate health today.
– Your general mood.
– Activities that gave you joy today.
– What seemed hard or impossible to do today.
And where is the moon?
I recommend you mark on your lunar menstrual calendar days of the new moon and the full moon.
(To do it, I don’t recommend you looking for the info in the Internet and in apps.)
Just go in the evening to your window or on your balcony and make friends with the Luna!
The myth of moon phases and menstrual cycle correlation?
A few words to the skeptics:
Are you tired with the stupid talk about the relation of the moon and the woman? Such things aren’t legends.
1. Think about why a big number of births happen during the full moon.
2. Research the subject of moon wood.
3. The moon affects the water (tides). And our planet, including living creatures (people, animals, plants), is made mostly of water.
4. Ask farmers who cultivate the ground in natural ways (such as permaculture) whether there are better and worse days to do certain tasks on the land, days better or worse – depending on the moon’s distance from the Earth.
5. Then, think of why in the past almost all women of one tribe/village met in Red Tents during menstruation. How was it possible if not thanks to the fact that most women had menstruation in the similar time – probably around the full moon?
6. There were even scientific experiments, proving that the light (even artificial) affects ovulation. The results suggest that women who have problems with their cycles can come back to regular cycles by sleeping with a lamp turned on near the bed during three days around ovulation and covering windows as much as possible on all the other nights. It helps to regulate the cycle and even to get pregnant. (I personally don’t have big problems with my cycle and I prefer to see the moon through my windows every evening, I don’t use curtains).
6. Managers of an app which helps women to track their periods said that the correlation between women’s cycle and moon phases is a myth. Based on their data. Based on data from women having smartphones, using them to track everything. Women living in an artificial, probably urban world, full of stress, artificial lights and too much harmful waves, chemicals, contraception… Saying that these women (with all respect to them and their choices!) are a picture of a healthy, normal, natural, default women’s cycle is… far from truth. It’s like saying that people can live normally during nights and do everything but not sleeping because there are people who do it (for example shift workers).
My feminine cycle observation – results so far
For me, the period when I started and continued moon observation is magical. I’ve seen the bloody moon for the first time in my life although the red moon happens a few times every year! We are this far from nature. No contact. Let’s change it 🙂
I’m changing it in my life. I even prolonged my cycle from irregular 24-27 days to the proper 28 days. In just 1-2 months. Just by observing the moon for a minute or more every evening. (Of course, you can call it a nice coincidence).
Now, I’m working (by not-working, so feminine, by just being and observing) on harmonizing my period with the moon cycle not only in the length but also in the way that my new moon (menstruation) is on the moon’s new moon and my ovulation is on the day of the Luna’s ovulation (full moon). It’s the most natural order.
I’ve also observed that my mood and abilities change depending on the day of the cycle. I know when I’ll probably be full of energy, optimistic and productive and when I’ll probably be moody and not good at doing things.
And I plan my month (work, housewifing, relax) according to the cycle. I also let myself to go with the cycle, to have unproductive, lazy days.
Do you have experiences with your cycle’s observation? Let’s share our wisdom, knowledge, experiences in the comments below 🙂