lunar readings

Dear U,

We certainly have been doing well lately, haven’t we? While I know we have our moments, I am sensing that U are warming up to the idea of us working together, rather than at odds with one another.

I’ve been doing some research and I think I’ve figured U out! Well… I’ve figured U out a bit.

I’ve noticed that when the nausea kicks in there is oftentimes a full moon. A few years back I noticed this same trend as I was tracking your activity on mymonthlycycles.com. Now I am not one to believe much in astrology, but I have read a bit on lunar phase fertility and am convinced U share a relationship to the outer galaxies.

However, since both U and the moon are not easily accessible to me I am at a bit of a standstill. Of course, given the good grad student that I am, I turned to the internet and books to see if I could find some answers.

Here is what I discovered:

  1. Each month the moon goes through phases over a period of 28 days. 28 days… interesting.
  2. U are most fertile when the moon is in the same phase as when I was born. I guess I will have to go back and try to find a calendar from the year I was born. I find this discovery to be incredibly interesting, especially given all the problems many women have with getting pregnant. If lunar phase fertility works, it could change the way conception is viewed.
  3. You can also determine the sex of your baby by identifying the moon phase of the day you conceived with the astrology sign associated with that phase.
  4. Lastly, there is a chance that U can be fertile more than once a month especially because U don’t follow a ‘normal’ 28 day cycle.

Within my research I also found that like U, the moon has gotten much flack from the medical world. This I find surprising because before doctors and the calendar year, women had just U and the moon as their fertility guide. It is kind of sad how far we have strayed from what U desire of us. I bet a return to the moon and natural menstrual care would do a whole lot of good not only to U but all the other U’s out there who have been mistreated. While I am not so sure of the guarantee of tracking U alongside of moon phases, I am tempted to map out a few ideas over the next few months to see if I can find any patterns. Although I don’t consider myself to be included in the category of ‘wanting to get pregnant’, I do want our monthly experience to be healthy, and somehow I think that means a return to a time when life and U were a whole lot simpler.

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5 comments on “lunar readings

  1. Jill says:

    I didn’t know about #2, and I agree – super interesting! As for #3, is this for real? I’m skeptical, because the sex of a baby depends on which chromosome the sperm which fertilizes the egg is carrying, no? So what does that have to do with the moon cycle?

    I also find the fact that women living together will often sync their cycles very interesting…

    How neat!

  2. Rachel Erb says:

    What I’ve heard about sex of baby is that the closer you are to the actual moment of conception when you have sex, the more likely you are to have a boy. If you have sex a few days before you actually ovulate, it’s more likely to be a girl. This is because male sperm swim faster, but have a shorter life span. Just to note, though, this did not hold true for us. When August’s life began, we had sex 5 days before ovulation and that little male sperm was still alive and strong!

    I’ve also done some reading about the connection between our fertility cycles and the lunar cycles. It’s my understanding that in this day and age it is very difficult to establish a connection because of artificial lighting. But I’ve read of women who have gone to great lengths to block out every source of light from their room at night except for during the full moon and their cycles and the moon’s have synced up.

  3. Rachel Erb says:

    Oops, that first sentence should read “…the closer you are the the actual moment of *OVULATION*…” (not *conception*).

  4. Great insight ladies. I agree it is a bit skeptical to ‘believe’ some of the above, and as Rachel said, it is so hard these days to actually use the moon as our fertility guide.

    Jill, I also find the synced cycle theory to be something neat about a woman’s biology.

    If you are interested in reading more about theories like lunar fertility, Chris Bobel (2010) wrote a book called New Blood, that dedicates a chapter to feminist spiritualist menstrual activists. These women often draw from moon theory and such to situate their theories and practices. Within the chapter there are great references to other sources and even a personal account of her attendance at a Belly and Womb Conference. You need an open mind to attend, or even read over the website, but it has some really valid points.

    Here is the link to ALisa Starkweather’s website, the creator and organizer of the conference:
    http://alisastarkweather.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogsection&id=5&Itemid=34

  5. Steph says:

    This is really interesting. I first heard about the idea of womens’ cycles synchronizing to each other and to the moon when I read the book “The Red Tent”. Since then I’ve been wishing mine would be in synch with the moon because it just seems to make sense since the moon cycle is 28 days. I haven’t really taken any active steps to try to encourage it to synch up but may at some point.

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