Nourish Mama by Sherry Rothwell
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Why women should pay attention to the moon’s phases

Is paying attention to the moon’s phases just new age mumbo jumbo, or are we tapping into a purposeful force of creation that has served traditional peoples in a deep and meaningful way from the beginning of time -to keep us in sync with the healing and life supporting rhythms of nature?

There are so many elements in the world today that throw us out of sync with natural rhythms- constant lighting, access to any kind of fruits and vegetables year round, and a work pace that doesn’t acknowledge the natural ebb and flow of our natural energies.

So, never has it seemed MORE important for women to be consciously aware of the moon’s phases.

Given all that we have on our plate, we can benefit greatly from consciously tapping into the effect of the moon’s phases on our energy throughout the month.

In the days before electricity, we didn’t have to use our conscious awareness to be in harmony with the moon’s phases. The increasing and decreasing radiance of the moon would naturally call us into sync with the rising and falling energies of the month.

Art by Leah Dorion

For example, the new moon is a time of greater darkness- and we would naturally have done less because not only would we have been bleeding, but the dark would also have called us to sleep earlier.

During the full moon, our energies naturally rise, we are fertile, social and celebratory under the light of the moon in her brilliance.

At least that is how it could be.

Unfortunately the very structure of modern life creates an artificial homogenization of our night and day- so that we act as if each day is simply the same as the one before- as if it is up to us to simply manage our time better when we feel out of sync.

Nature though, provides a perfect rhythm to manage our energy in a way that both calls us to slow down -and to rise up in perfect harmony with the fluctuating energy we feel throughout the weeks of each month.

Each of the moon’s phases has a specific energy level and quality. As the light builds, so does our energy. As it recedes, our energy decreases. When we plan our monthly tasks in sync with that, not only are we more productive, but our lives naturally feel more harmonious because visioning and rest are built into our feminine template (or patterning).

In fact the more we resist the way we feel (when our body says no and our soul is uninspired) – and push forward through tasks that are not in sync with where we are at in the lunar cycle, the more unproductive we can find ourselves – even if we never stop working on the task at hand!

When we “push the river” we struggle against the very nature of our femininity and the beautiful blueprint we have for a harmonious and healthy life.

Our bleeding time is a gift and our inspiration is the signpost that tells us ‘yes’, in fact we are taking the right path. Our intuition speaks through the language of the body and through our feelings about what is occurring in the moment.

If we follow our natural rhythms- even if that means stopping work that seems really pressing- we are more productive overall (and healthier because we attend to both the body and soul’s need for rest and recuperation each month).

Our clear visioning ensures that we act in alignment with our values and our purpose. By taking the time to slow down and evaluate what serves and what doesn’t, we make space for that which is yet to be manifested.

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