What I find most beautiful about the very nature of being a woman is that our female cycle is reflected in the cycles of Mother Nature herself. Like the moon we have four distinct phases, waxing and waning from light to darkness, from the fullness and fertility of the follicular phase to the withdrawn interiority of the luteal phase.
Like the earth, we transition from the restful fallow hibernation of the fall and winter to the abundance and flourishing of spring and summer. Respecting and flowing with the natural movements of our own menstrual-moon cycles aligns us with this natural wisdom. Let me show you how…
The energy of pre-ovulation is the energy of the Maiden. This is your crescent moon phase. The time right after you bleed is all about rebirth, new enthusiasm, mental clarity and physical vigour. It’s a get-up-and-go energy, readying you to take on new ventures, outline goals, develop new ideas.
For a woman trying to conceive, pre-ovulation is a fresh month and a fresh start. It’s an ideal time to repeat positive affirmations and plan for the future you desire.
Ovulation ushers in the nurturing and supportive energy of the Mother, bright and fertile as the full moon. The hormones that peak in your body at ovulation create the perfect environment not only for the support of a fertilized egg but for the nourishment of your dreams, ideas and creative goals, your “creative children.” It's a time of full creative expression, when you're most capable of nurturing yourself, loved ones, and your deepest desires.
Your energy shifts from a mental focus to a strong emotional focus. This is the best time to reach out, to bond, to discuss relationship problems, because now is when you can bring the most empathy to communication. Especially if infertility has created stress and disconnection between you and your partner, ovulation is the optimum time to nurture your relationship and to reconnect on the deepest emotional levels.
The pre-menstrual phase brings the energy of the Enchantress: emotional, wild, unpredictable, and powerful. This is the energy many of us struggle with, the energy that is misunderstood and dismissed by the world at large (“oh, she’s just PMS-ing”). Frustration and anger arise because such a powerful energy is overwhelming when you have no idea how to work in harmony with it.
As hormones shift in the body with the completion of ovulation and preparation for menstruation, a woman’s energy turns inward. Like the moon waning toward darkness, she becomes more introspective, reflective, with a strong desire to retreat, be alone, go deeper.
This is the ideal time for evaluation, journaling, meditation, seeking answers and asking for healing. Channel negativity into a yoga practice. Allow yourself to feel, without judgment, the pain that stays buried the rest of the month.
Phase 4: Menstruation
The final phase of the cycle brings us the Wise Woman: the quiet and intuitive energy of menstruation. The arrival of your period can be crushing if you're a woman who yearns to conceive.
The moon is dark, and so are you. If it’s honoured, though, the energy of menstruation can open up an ideal space for the rebirth and intuitive understanding you need on the fertility journey. Plus the stress of pre-menstruation is released as you begin to bleed.
When you are menstruating, practice extreme graciousness with your body and your heart, carving out time to be still, to listen, to assess your path, realign your perspective, and receive guidance for the month ahead. It can be challenging to make space for this kind of stillness—most of us are overrun with obligations and responsibilities that don’t have a pause button—but even half an hour of conscious connection with your inner self during this phase can help open you to deep emotional release and spiritual renewal.
This is your new moon time. Drop into a space of reception that transcends rational thought. Open to the Divine, and let it speak.
This Friday is a special new moon. Not only does Friday March 20th mark the first day of spring (yay!), we'll also see a rare collision of three unusual celestial events: a solar eclipse, a supermoon plus the spring equinox.
If you're feeling the lingering effects of a long winter or you want to lighten the disappointment of getting your period, open yourself to the new moon to release the old and emerge reborn.
Use this beautiful Yoga Goddess meditation right before or after the new moon Friday or during your menstrual flow. Click to watch it now.
Like the energy of the spring, the Maiden brings out your get-up-and-go energy. Right after the new moon (and after your period) it's the perfect time to harness the feel-good vibes of the Maiden and start your next cycle refreshed with renewed energy and optimism.
The crescent moon phase begins this Sunday March 22nd. Celebrate the start of spring and your inner Maiden. Watch my guided meditation to find out how.