I've been tracking my monthly cycles for a long time now, and I've noticed that it is exactly like the lunar cycle in many ways, even matching the average number of days in the cycle.
The first two weeks of the cycle are the "waxing" phase, with increasing energy, motivation, confidence, and a strong sense of well-being. It's a time of increase and attraction, just like the waxing phase of the moon. Ovulation would be the "full moon", and then during the waning phase the energy fades and we need to retreat, rest, and discard things that no longer serve us. The days just prior to menstruation are the dark moon, a time that can give us little choice but to stop and focus on rest and self care, and with menstruation we begin the cycle again.
Isn't it interesting how they line up?
The reason I bring this up is that I was considering joining the PMM course, which is designed with the attracting/releasing energies of the lunar cycle in mind. Unfortunately this month my personal cycle is the opposite of the moon, so I'm currently in the waning phase as the moon is waxing. I feel the need to rest and release, not attract and increase.
I've never really paid attention to what kind of effects the lunar cycle might have or what happens when the two cycles are either synchronized or conflicting.
So how does this work when it comes to magic? The way I feel this week directly conflicts with the type of magical work that should be done at this time, according to the lunar cycle.
For those of us who menstruate and have this distinct pattern, wouldn't we be more effective by following our "personal lunar cycle" rather than the moon phases? I'm very interested to hear about how others experience this and how you make it work when the cycles are so far out of sync.
Would you avoid doing any significant magical work at a time like this and wait until they are more aligned again? That could mean putting things off for months, but it might also mean the work is much more effective.
I'm very interested to hear everyone's thoughts on this, whether or not you menstruate or have a predictable cycle like this :)