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The Lunar Cycle

The Lunar or Lunation cycle refers to the journey that the Moon makes each month as it travels through its phases - from new moon to full moon and back to new moon again.

This cycle exerts a major influence upon women and their menstrual cycles. It affects a woman physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Physically, the Moon influences cycle length. The average length of a menstrual cycle is 29 days, which is exactly the time it takes for the Moon to travel through her phases.

The Moon can also trigger ovulation at any time during the menstrual cycle, regardless of when biological ovulation takes place. This means that a woman can be fertile or ovulate twice in a menstrual cycle. This is sometimes referred to as double ovulation or the Natal Lunar Phase Fertile Time.

Emotionally, the moon affects our moods.

For example, feelings and emotions are heightened during a Full moon. Recognising the Moon and its phases can help at those times when you are feeling overwhelmed and emotionally 'over the top '. It can help to anchor you and help you realise that this mood will pass.

If the emotion is overwhelming, and it is being made worse by the moon, then you can take action to minimise the damage caused in your life by taking time out and realising that it is not all your fault.

Symbolically the Moon is linked to nurturing, mothering, feeling safe, emotions, and intuition.

All these attributes are often linked to women or exemplified as feminine attributes. By using the Moon's cycle as feminine blueprint you can discover more about yourself. In this way you can use the Lunation cycle spiritually as a model for growth and spiritual development. See Female Energy Cycle.

Written by Nadia MacLeod