Original artwork, hand drawn and designed by Cat Stone
I love this menstrual chart. When you really look at it, study it, it says so much about the amazing female moon cycle and the female body. Truly, we woman have amazing energy going on!
If I could step back to about 12 years of age (maybe sooner, as really, should we not be bringing girls up, from day one of their sacred lives, to understand the mysteries, the secrets of feminine divinity?) I wonder what my life would be like, how it would be different, if I had been conscious of these things at a younger age, perhaps all my life?
Nature runs on cycles. Everything and everyone follows the same cycles: the cycle of the moon, the seasons, the sun each day... everything has cycles.
I am going to compare the female moon cycle to the seasonal cycle. Use this energy and wisdom to plan your days each month. It is very empowering to tap into this energy and know why your body, mind, and spirit feels the way it does when it does.
Spring is a time of growth and renewed energy; a time for getting things done.
Summer is bountiful, ripe and juicy.
Fall is a time for gathering together, settling in.
Winter is a time for rest and renewal; looking forward to the spring ahead.
Use this energetic wisdom and apply it to your menstrual cycle.
Spring starts after moving out of bleeding. Your body, deep in the endometrial layers of the uterine wall, is preparing for the next menstrual cycle. Once you get past your bleeding days, use this spring time energy in your cycle to get things done. It is when things are building up in your life, so use this energy wisely.
Summer is coming closer into the 2nd week of the cycle. By ovulation, you are at the ripest and juiciest phase of the moon cycle. Use this powerful energy to your advantage.
After ovulation, we are moving into the Fall, the Autumn, of our cycles. Time to turn back into home (self) and take care of things there.
Winter iscoming when we are moving towards the next bleed and start bleeding. As you get closer to the day you start bleeding, take care of you. Rest, as winter is a good time for rest.
Women tend to be at the height of their intuitive creativity just before the moon bleed starts and into the first day or so. We open up to the universal wisdom; a good time for self insight and learning. Women moved into the moon lodges, at this time, to get and share visions of wisdom to support life in their communities. Women truly were the Wise Women!