18 Oct New Moon Musings
Each month as the New Moon approaches many women feel called to let go, release and shed ways of being that no longer serve us. At this time when we consider what it means to us to be a woman there is no closer guide than our own menstrual cycles as how to shed and let go.
Many of us are connecting more deeply with our own womb wisdom, learning the truth of our seasonal nature and appreciating our bodies as the literal embodiment of a cyclical being just like the moon. Every woman reading this was once the potential for life, just an oocyte within the fetal body of our mothers as they were nestled deeply within the womb of our grandmothers. Three generations within one body.
In the olden days women would menstruate together on the New Moon and Ovulate together on the Full Moon. We now know that before artificial lighting it was the light of the moon that would activate our pineal gland to stimulate the secretion of melatonin and encourage ovulation. There is no right or wrong time to cycle and awareness of our cycles is what matters rather than menstruating in alignment with the moon. More relevant is how to honor our fertility cycles and the messages we receive. Often when describing letting go, release and shedding people turn to the image of the snake shedding her skin to symbolize the transformation process.
We have a closer image to symbolize shedding old ways of being and that is our menstruation. Each month we literally release and shed our womb lining. It can be emotional, sometimes painful, requiring more solitude and rest. It is a time of greater self care, the need for rest and an awareness that we are more sensitive and open to the messages around us. Each month we experience this. Each month we live through the process of shedding and letting go before we cycle again.