What does the moon have to do with my period?
Ummmmmm, well before I answer that question, I have to ask another one.....
"What's a fractal pattern - and what on earth does it have to do with my period.....?"
I'm SO glad you asked.......
I might butcher this - because I took Maths only as far as far as "School Cert" - which doesn't even exist now - Millennials, and anyone who's not from New Zealand doesn't know what I'm talking about. Anyway, I passed it, it was a big deal at the time (for me at least), and I told myself I'd never do Maths again, because I would absolutely not need it in my life.........I dropped it and picked up Art, History, Outdoor Ed, and all the fun stuff in life that wasn't Maths!
Moving on. Turns out Maths is important in life - I haven't used it that much if I'm honest, but it comes up in fractal patterns, because fractals are made by calculating a simple equation over, and over, and over, and over, and over, until the end of time. It's a repeating pattern, that just keeps repeating itself. (Don't worry - you don't need to know what that equation is - just that this is how it works).
So you might be thinking that fractals probably have nothing to do with real life - but actually you're already familiar with way more fractals than you probably realise.....Nature is full of them - and so are we as humans.
Psssssst - just a quick reminder, humans ARE nature - we're not separate.
For example......Rivers, mountains, seashells, trees, lightening, coast-lines, hurricanes, moss, lungs, brains, eyes, vegetables - they all carry fractal patterns within them.
They are all Fractal patterns.
Like, have you ever noticed the way fork lightening looks in the sky? Does it remind you of the way the brain lights up with electrical activity when you think or move? What about the fact that they're both electrical currents? How about the way rivers look like the veins in your arms, both of them carrying life sustaining fluids......? What about the way our lungs are structured on the inside, bronchial trees in our lungs look just like trees, - they're even called trees!! And both of them are involved in respiration.
It's not a coincidence!
So what does this have to do with your cycle?
....Women's cycles are fractal patterns too. Lets begin with The Moon.
The moon "starts" with a New Moon (the type of moon that's not visible in the sky) and it slowly builds up to a Full Moon, before once again dwindling down to a New Moon......and it goes on, and on, and on, and on, like this forever. A complete cycle is about 29.5 days in length - from the beginning to "end". Hint - the End is also the beginning.
They say the energy of a full moon and the energy of a new moon can be felt not only on the day of those actual events, but also about 3 days before and 3 days afterwards.
How does this relate to a woman's cycle?
The New Moon / dark moon phase, can be thought of as the time of menstruation or bleeding. This marks the end of one cycle, but also the beginning of the next. Slowly we move towards ovulation (think the Full Moon)......and then after we've ovulated, our bodies start to unwind, our hormones start to dwindle and decline, moving us back towards menstruation - like the darkness of the night sky. It often takes about 28 days (though everyone is different - and not everyone has a 28 day cycle - for all different reasons).
So why is the Moon important?
I'm not trying to say that you *should* have a 28 day cycle. Or that you *should* have your period on the new moon and ovulate on the full moon (some of us do and some of us don't).
What I'm saying is - our bodies move just as the moon does - from a time of nothingness, into full-bloom, and then back towards nothingness.
Its also interesting to note that the moon controls the tides......and as humans our bodies are fractals of the earth, made mostly from water - its not surprising that the thing in nature that guides the tides, also is connected to the tides of women's bodies.
The secret to navigating life can be found in your menstrual cycle.
What do I mean?
If you want to understand death, emptiness, letting go, stillness, remembering, surrender, nourishment, intuition, receiving, restoration, presence - these are gifted to you every time you bleed.
If you want to know the rhythm of creation, how to find your passion, remember what it is to be playful, connect to your imagination and rediscover your innocence, motivation and enthusiasm - you can experience that every month too, during the time you start to move out of the bleeding phase and towards ovulation.
If you want to learn how to really get results and be in the zone, how to deepen your connection to your intuition as a woman, how to use your magnetic energy and really be visible in the world, if you're ready to experience the power of your sexual and sensual energy..... you'll want to dive deep into the power of ovulation.
And of course your cycle is the master of showing you what's really important. (PMS anyone?). The final phase, before you start to ovulate is often considered the most difficult by many of the women I work with - and our culture in general, but really this is the time we can begin to experience our power in a whole new way.....This phase of our cycle teaches us how to tell the truth, How to channel our emotions in a healthy way, how get shit done and let shit go. This phase shows us where we can grow and what needs to shift.
When you know your cycle, you know how to live
Each phase, each day our body chemistry is shifting we're either moving, and growing towards Ovulation, or moving and waning towards Menstruation.
So how do you get to expereince your cycle with more intimacy and connection?
Here's something simple you can do......
Every day, just ask yourself, What are 3-4 words I'd use to describe how I'm feeling today? What's the tone? What's the mood? How would I describe my energy today? Start to keep a little book with the date, and what day your on in your cycle - and just a few words.
The simple act of awareness is the first, and actually most powerful step.