Is it astrologically better to have your period at the New Moon? Or the Full Moon? Who makes these rules up anyway? So i have received a spate of emails about – basically – what is the “correct” calendar or moon cycle to be menstrually aligned with. That is, should women ideally, cosmically, menstruate with the New Moon, Full Moon, Dark Moon, whatever?
The short answer is that I don’t know, but there IS a rich body of work around the Moon, Menses and innate female rhythms being in sync with Luna. The ultimate authority on this subject is Barbara Walker’s incredible The Woman’s Encyclopedia Of Myths & Secrets
Her sections on menstrual beliefs, calendars, and customs across different cultures and ancient religions are fascinating and a massive revelation. It was through her work that I became aware that there was an older calendar based on the lunar months of 28 days – aka a menstrual cycle – that had 13 months. Divide 365 (the days in a year) by 13, and you get 28. No need to make months have differing lengths.
The Olden Day Months Were The Moon Cycles
Unless, of course, you don’t like anything to do with female deities, the Moon, or women being relevant.
The old Moon Calendar got replaced by the Christians with a dodgy 12 month one to get away from the whole icky-to-them Goddess/Lunar/Magic/Female vibe. They demonized the number “13” to drive home their point. At one point, menstruating women were refused communion in churches. There are still some ghastly customs in certain cultures. When I first heard of them, I thought “menses huts” sounded like a great idea. I imagined them as a luxurious haven where menstruating women and girls could eat chocolate and relax. But they’re not a treat. They are a place to send females at a time of the month when they are considered ‘unclean.’
Anyway, I was told by a Scorpio midwife whom I respect that it was more “in tune with the lunar cycle” to have a surge of creativity/ovulation/arousal with the Full Moon mid-cycle. And to have the last days of your cycle – the bleed – in the Dark Moon. So you emerge with the New Moon and start all over again. As the Dark Moon is a time of letting go, it seems optimal for menstruation. But to be clear, it is not astrologically “better” to have your period at the New Moon or any Moon in particular. What matters is that you’re in tune with your cycle and
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