Luna Living: Reclaim Your Cycle
What is Cyclical Living or Luna Living as I like to call it? Luna Living is a way of aligning your body, intentions, routines, rituals, thoughts, and actions in a way that is harmonious with the cycles of natural world, the Moon (Luna), and your body.
This way of living is not something new, our ancestors followed the Cosmos for guidance about when to plant their crops, when to harvest, and even what professions would best suit members of their tribe depending on the astrological placement at the time of both conception and birth.
The cycles of the Moon also synchronizes with women's menstruation cycle, especially when women follow the natural rhythms of day and night. Women's Moon time used to be acknowledged, respected and held sacred. Indigenous women would go with other women in their tribe to a Moon Lodge, a sacred space away from the rest of their tribe. It was there that they were, free of taking care of others and responsibility for, their children, cooking, harvesting, and other tasks. Other members of the tribe would prepare them food. Allowing the women to have space to reflect, meditate, rest and fully the process this sacred experience.
During this time it was believed that women received great wisdom and understanding. These messages were received during meditation and dreaming time. Their blood was viewed as a sacred material and could be used as an offering to Mother Earth for all that she supplies. The women would then come back to their tribes rested and would then counsel their tribe members offering them the messages they received from Mother Earth.
This act of retreating during this time, slowing down, going within has been lost for many women. This has brought a deep disorder into families, communities, and societies as a whole. Giving an opportunity to other members of the community besides the women to be develop their divine feminine essence could swing a balance back into many of these incongruent interrelated dynamics.
Unfortunately our modern societies have completely twisted this sacred rite into something dirty, and impure. We use tampons and pads that are full of synthetic chemicals which we take in internally through one of the most absorbent parts of our bodies. Periods were made into something of shame and disempowerment, the opposite if what our menstrual cycle is! We have been programmed this way to take our power as women away. There has been a resurgence of women connecting back to their cycle, especially with books like, The Red Tent