Today I'm going to demystify moon cycles + why it can be SO beneficial for women to track theirs. Society has created this big issue around women and their periods and “moodiness.” We need to REFRAME this thinking though and kindly acknowledge our emotions instead of attribute them to PMS-driven crankiness.
Instead of “I’m moody,” we need to think “I’m feeling sensitive, and that’s okay.” And we need to really celebrate our highs—think “I’m feeling a surge of creativity,” “I’m feeling strong,” “I’m feeling inspired!” By being aware of our cycles and how they’re connected to the moon, we can step into our power.
Tracking the moon is essentially building an awareness of your energy levels, moods, and emotions and journaling how you feel on a day-to-day, month-to-month basis so you can begin to recognize your own natural rhythms and patterns.
Once you have that knowledge, you become self aware of the ebbs and flows of YOUR feelings and energy cycles. You’ll be able to tap into your needs and know when to say yes and when to say no when planning out the days ahead.
Distinguishing my lower energy days (when I just want to work from my laptop in bed) from my higher energy days (when I’m excited to go to social events), has helped remove the guilt of feeling like I need to meet everything energetically.
It’s also helped me prepare better for days when I know I’ll be more likely to hit my low energy points. I’ll schedule time for journaling and gentle yoga and carry my quartz crystals from these Magic Moon Satchels to absorb any old or negative energy I may be carrying.
From following my cycles, I’m also able to actually answer questions about the feelings and needs that seem to arise out nowhere. Before I’d ask, Why do I need chocolate right now? Now I know that every month, two days before my period, I’ll get hit by a chocolate craving. And there’s nothing wrong with that—I’m being authentic to myself.
How to Track Your Moon Cycles
1. Print out your moon guide and place it on your bedside table and journal out your energy levels, moods, and emotions at the close of each day. Try to do this at the same time every day for 3-4 months. If you miss a day, don’t beat yourself up! It’s totally okay—remember that this is supposed to be a fun activity that helps you connect to yourself + build routines rooted in self-care.
2. Once you have an average of 3-5 days tracked per week, you’ll be able to see your rhythms and patterns.
3. This is where the MAGIC happens! Use your guide to map out your low energy days and high energy days in your calendar or planner so that you’ll be better able to predict what you should be doing energetically or creatively in the future! This is such an incredible way to adjust expectations for yourself and EMBRACE your fluctuations + cycles.
I'd LOVE to hear about your moon tracking experience! Let me know how it goes for you and if you have any questions on Facebook with #myphilosophie!