Periods still seem to be such a topic of taboo and with this mega super moon we’re moving into over the next couple of days (and the amazing woman of the month we have ready for you this coming month) we thought this would be a perfect time to explore how our ancestors used the moon to not only track their cycles but how they used to celebrate and nurture their beautiful feminine selves during menstruation!
The stigma around periods being inconvenient and embarrassing is something we’ve all at no point experienced…maybe in high school when we would hide our pads and tampons discretely in our bras or up our sleeves so that no one would see…or maybe it was at work when you realised you forgot that you were due and had to make an emergency pad out of toilet paper and you prayed that you’d make it through to lunch without any leaks…or maybe you just simply don’t like how it fluctuates your energy and can make you irritable or moody because we’re not necessarily taught how to harness our cycles to minimise stresses, aches, pains and mood changes (if this is you stay tuned for our woman of the month).
The practice of charting our menstrual cycle with the moon has been dated back to over 3,000 years ago to ancient Chinese communities, where it is said they divided the celestial sphere into 28 stellar ‘mansions’ through which the moon passed. The Maya women of central America were another community this art was discovered and it was believed that the great Maya calendar had first been based on the cycles of menstruation. 
An average female menstrual cycle is roughly 28 days and surprise, surprise that is exactly the same number of phases between waxing and waning of the moon. You’ve know doubt seen how she controls the tides so considering we are 70% water it would make sense that she influences our bodies on many levels.
Women are considered ‘lunar’ by nature and water is the element associated with the beautiful feminine part of our physical selves (which is of course equally relevant for men). It’s not known ‘exactly’ how the moons movements influence our bodies in ‘scientific’ ‘measurable’ terms but much can be learned when we chart according to the different stages and you will often find ancient medicinal practices suggesting we expose ourselves to moonlight to encourage our cycles to rebalance and harmonise.
Ancient cultures not only used the moon as a means to chart their cycles, some suggest they also allowed it to be a time of ritual and celebration of their feminine divinity and that they would gather in a tent or hut of sorts during the days that they bled, sharing tales of wisdom past down from generation to generation…some also say that this would be a time where they would nurture each other with rest and even massage..either scenario seems to emphasise the importance of women gathering together and taking the time to pause and reflect on the gift that gives life..
These teachings whether ‘true’ or not do serve as a beautiful reminder as to what it actually means to be able to menstruate, to be able to experience the cycles of change in our physical body and the innate intelligence and power of nature…
So with this powerful full-blood-blue moon on the 31st of January we’d encourage you take some time to pause and reflect on the beautiful feminine goddess that dwells within- swim in a body of water, wear airy, comfortable clothing and spend time barefoot in nature.
We can’t wait for you to read more about this fascinating topic in our upcoming woman of the month so make sure you’ve signed up to our newsletter via the #mysisterhood pop up on our page and as always leave us a comment we LOVE hearing what you think!
S & M.xThe Woman’s Encyclopaedia of Myths and Secrets by Barbara G Walker.