Women's Wellbeing > The Woman's Moon
The name menstruation comes from the Latin word menses which means "menstrual
flow", it is also the plural of mensis meaning month and is
related to the Greek word "mene" meaning moon. This
indicates a historical relationship between the lunar and menstrual
The moon is a symbol for primal female
energy as associated with the goddesses of pagan times like Diana the queen of
witches, huntress and protector of the wild and free who was worshipped in ancient Rome and is respected and admired today as a
symbol of woman's prowess and capacity to love and protect.
The cycle of the
moon takes 29.5 days, close to the menstrual cycle and it is
believed that the full moon may increase estrogen supply leading to
ovulation and fertility, so is it a co-incidence that the moon can trigger ovulation and bring
on fertility at any time during the menstrual cycle?
Before electricity, women spent more time outdoors in the evenings
and their bodies were influenced by moonlight and all women cycled
together. Today, with artificial light, menstrual cycles no longer
correspond to the moon and this imbalance maybe a cause of heavy
periods and other health problems. To counter this phenomenon,
women with irregular menstrual cycles may regain regular cycles by
sleeping with a soft light in their rooms or taking time in the
light of the moon during mid cycle and the cycles regulate in
Exploring menses: fact and fiction, then and now.
As a mirror to the moon and where a woman’s menstrual cycle is
attuned to the moon, her cycle goes through phases.
days after the full moon, the estrogen level drops rapidly and
progesterone begins to take over. The combined effects of estrogen
and progesterone produce even greater growth of the blood-rich
uterine lining, which provides nourishment for a fertilized egg. At
this phase in the cycle, a woman wants to settle in and experience
Continuing to move toward the dark moon, if conception has
occurred, the egg implants itself into the uterine lining and
pregnancy is initiated. Otherwise, the levels of both progesterone
and estrogen abruptly decline, causing the uterine lining to shrink
and decompose. Corresponding to this, the woman may feel an
emotional letdown. The classic premenstrual symptoms of depression,
anxiety, and irritability often occur at this time.
The dark phase of the moon is associated with the lowest levels
of estrogen and progesterone. The body sheds the excess uterine
lining, resulting in menstruation. What was built up is now broken
down and released. During this phase, a woman turns inward,
emotionally and physically. She has less interest in outside matters
and craves sleep. Yet, her psychic abilities are at their peak, and
menstruation is a time for her to focus on her own development and
to spiritually renew herself.
Mood wise, the phase between the end of
bleeding and ovulation is believed to be an outgoing and active,
with the time between ovulation and bleeding having quiet,
introspective, meditative, sensitive and intuitive characteristics.
In North American Indian culture It is said that a woman is very
powerful during her moon and she is not to touch anything belonging
to a man.
The Goddess Diana
The goddess Diana was very highly worshipped in ancient Rome. Her
Greek counterpart, fell under the name Artemis. Diana in Roman
worship, was known as well as a maiden huntress, protector of all
that is wild and free. This is virtually the same context that the
Greek Artemis fell under. However, as centuries past and ancient
Rome grew, so did the followings of the goddess Diana.
Diana no longer was classed simply as a maiden
huntress, but grew to the status of motherhood. By the birth of her
daughter Ariadia. Then her path grew as well, to become known as the
Queen of Witches.
This during the famous witch hunts, falling between the 15th and
17th centuries. Diana became the mistress of magic. The teacher
of spells, healing, and at the same time still holding her status as
the protectress of all things wild.
For more information of the goddess Diana;
Women and Worship at
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