Women have a direct access to creation, to the very pulse of Nature, by the processes of our bodies.
The moon takes about 28 days to complete her cycle.
So does the average woman.
The moon knows to grow, to be fully visible, to quieten down, to hide, and to be reborn.
In contrast, we have denied this cycle and force ourselves to be ‘on’, all the time. To give all the time. To achieve and complete and do and shine always.
Just following the moon’s ways, the ways of our bodies, we find inner calm, and expansion.
When the moon disappears from our view, known as the dark or new moon, it is akin to our bleeding time.
It’s a time for inward going, introspection, quiet, reflection, solitude, slowing right down, taking stock, recharging, relaxation, sleep, deep awareness.
Once upon a time, women gathered together, away from the men, away from their usual chores, to do just that.
Nowadays, we make our menses as convenient and unobtrusive as possible. We may even halt it completely. So that we can continue to party, go to work, do our chores, tend to the children, go to the beach…
We no longer live in the supportive female-orientated communities of some cultures. In our societies, it’s no longer possible to shut down completely and push the world away. But following the moon’s ways is about inner intention first.
Any action, or intentional non-action, that supports it, all adds power to our connection.
Some things I include:
Turn off the computer, TV, don’t initiate text messages.
Nurture my body – foot massage, yoga session…
Go to bed early.
Speak intentionally (less chatter for chatters sake).
I also consider the specific energy (astrological) of the current moon.
When I used to work, I would speak as little as possible. Obviously speak to co-workers and customers, but not engage in idle chit-chat. A simple, ‘I’m in a quiet mood today’, and a smile is enough.
This is something that is more difficult for Extroverts to achieve, but it’s possible. Go about your day as if in a comforting, cosy, safe, bubble. I have managed the sense of inwardness even in crowds and at parties.
A woman that follows this rhythm will discover new areas of herself, as well as new possibilities towards others and towards the world. She will discover new levels of equilibrium.
It is a journey. We don’t find all the answers, we don’t stop getting angry or feeling hurt, we don’t stop making mistakes.
But we find an anchor.