Harvest Moon (& the Feminine Connection to the Moon)
I have a thing for the moon. I love her.
Maybe it's because of my divine feminine, moon goddess connection that all women have with the moon, or because because she's just so damn beautiful. But regardless, I love her.
Tonight, Oct. 5th 2017, is the Harvest Moon. Named as such because this is the time of year when Native Americans would gather up their harvest for the coming winter. The bright light of the moon extended the hours that they could work to collect their crops. It's also the full moon that it closest to the autumnal equinox.
Female Moon Connection
Like many other women, almost every month I get my period on the full moon. Traditionally, there are two cycles. The White Moon cycle (those who bleed on the new moon), and the Red Moon cycle (those who bleed on the full moon). Women can get their periods at just about any time though. It's believed that because of electricity and modern day advancements in technology, we are now, more than ever, out of sync with our bodies and cycles.
"You won’t find a lot of literature about women who cycle with the Red Moon. My guess is that’s because of what menstruating with the full moon represented in the past. According to Miranda Gray, this cycle was linked to the archetype of the seductress, the enchantress and the woman who knew how to wield healing power and magic. This was the kind of woman whose sexuality was applied to something ‘other than’ the formation of the next generation. She was considered by our patriarchal ancestors to be the ‘evil woman.’
In truth, the Red Moon cycle belonged to the medicine women, to the midwives, the magic-makers and the wisdom keepers of the community. These women were not focusing their feminine energies to give birth to children. Rather their energy was used to empower other women and their communities." This is an excerpt from a blog post from the Yoga Goddess website.
Fascinating stuff. Empower women and their communities? Sounds like me! No wonder I bleed with the full moon!
It's important to note that your cycles can change as well. Just because you may be a full moon bleeder does not mean you always will be one. As you journey through life, and your goals change, your cycle will reflect that. Perhaps if you're trying to conceive, or are feeling very nurturing & motherly, you will begin to cycle with the new moon.
'Miranda Gray says, “A woman with the White Moon cycle, bleeding with the dark (new) Moon, becomes linked to the deepest levels of her awareness, reminding her that there exists more than just the world she sees, because she is the carrier of the seed of life. A woman with a Red Moon cycle, bleeding with the full moon, brings the energies and mysteries of her inner darkness out into the world around her as a gift and an offering of the depths of her learning.”'
I came across this story online. It's a Native American telling of how women came to have their periods.
"A long time ago, women did as they do now—they held the family, they held the power (life-force) for the family, they held the happiness and joy, they held the sorrow and disappointments. After time, the negative emotions and heartache that the women took upon themselves on behalf of their families would begin to weigh them down. The women would become sick and finally, could no longer take on the burdens of the family. Yet the nature to do so had been imbued into them by Creator.
One day, a woman was out in the forest, crying because the burden had become so great, when Raven heard her and asked, "Mother, why do you cry?"
The woman responded, "I love my family so very much. I hold my family in my heart and soul, but the pains of life have filled me up. I can no longer help my family. I can no longer take their burdens from them. I just don't know what to do."
Raven responded, "I understand the pain you feel, as I feel it also. I will go and ask Grandmother Ocean if she knows what to do." So Raven flew to the ocean and shared with Grandmother the plight of the women.
Grandmother Ocean responded, "If the women will come to me, I will wash their pain from them, but this won't help the ones who are far away. Let me ask my sister, Grandmother Moon, if she can help."
So Grandmother Ocean spoke to her sister of the women's plight. Grandmother Moon responded, "I am the power of the feminine. I will send into the women, my sisters, your waters carrying my power. Once every moon cycle, you shall come into the women through me and purify them." And, she did this. So ever since then, every woman has a time each moon cycle when she embodies the power of the moon and flows the cleansing of the ocean. We call this the woman's time of the moon, or moon-time."
I have a book that I ordered a few months back called "Moon Time". You can find a lot of knowledge about this incredibly interesting topic in it's pages, as well as info about charting your cycle, living in flow with your female body, healing PMS naturally and so much more! I just love it.
And as a super fun little extra for you, here is one of my favourite songs by the legendary Neil Young, singing Harvest Moon. This song reminds me of my grandparents, and them dancing to it. This harvest moon feels extra special because my grandfather passed away in the summer time. I'll be thinking of him as I watch the moon tonight.
So now, I want to know about you! Do you notice that your moon time syncs up with the moon in any way? Do you have any rituals during that time, or during the full moon? Let me know in the comments!