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White Moon vs. Red Moon Cycle

Updated: Sep 16, 2023

Anciently, the lighting we had was only natural. The moonlight guided our path at nights. It was mythically known that while we only had access to natural lighting, women's menstrual cycles would align with the one of nature, in particular, the moon.


white moon cycle vs. red moon cycle


The moon has accompanied humans for centuries in various ways. It was a way to keep track of time and conception to plan a pregnancy for example. It was means to tell the future and understand the rhythm of nature to learn how to best live on the land. The moon was of grand significance for our matriarchal ancestors who lived harmoniously with the nature's attunement. It was not feared, but celebrated. Just like the menstrual cycle.


In this article, I share with you what I have come to learn about the bleeding with the New Moon and Full Moon. Over the course of time, I have observed and honored each moon phase I have bleed with. Learning that there is no right or wrong time to bleed. So, no is the answer to your question: if there is something wrong with your or cycle if you do not bleed with either the New Moon or Full Moon.




Symbolism of the New Moon and Full Moon


The New Moon represents menstruation. It is a time of seclusion and introspection. We look within, reflect and ask ourselves what we desire to manifest in the month (or lunar cycle) ahead?


Whereas the Full Moon represents ovulation. A time to celebrate and connect with others. We are inclined to be more outgoing and social, just like in our fertile days we naturally tend to be.



The White Moon


The White Moon Cycle is connected to the New Moon phase. Women who bleed on the New Moon and ovulate on the Full Moon. This cycle is in direct co-relation to the natural rhythms of Earth.


The woman on the White Moon Cycle waxes and wanes as the moon does. It was known that women who cycle on the white moon are the born nurturers. Nurturers of others and newness.


They are highly fertile women, even if it means having idea-babies, a new project or maybe they are known as the mother of the group. It could point out to a time in your life that you are enjoying your home, family life and are inclined to create space and room for a new chapter to begin.




The Red Moon


The Red Moon Cycle is when women bleed on the Full Moon and ovulate on the New Moon. The opposite of the natural rhythm of the Moon, yet this combination enhances intuition.


It was known that women who bleed on the Full Moon are purpose-driven and empowered. Known as the medicine woman and healer archetype, here to empower others.


Connect with your sensuality and your inner mystic self, if you are bleeding with the Full Moon.




What about the other Moon phases?


Of course let's not forget the cycles in between known as the Purple and Pink Moon Cycles. Every cycle holds an underlying meaning and deeper symbolism.


As we shift through phases in life, and undergo transformation, our menstrual cycle reflects back to us more than we fathom. Under which Moon phase we bleed can hold a symbolic meaning to where you are currently at in life and what energy you are embodying.



Honor your cycle, no matter when you bleed and ovulate.


Blessed bleeding,


Inés Kelly





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About the Writer


Lover of all things cycles: moon, menstrual, astrology, ritual.


Anything cyclical that allows ourselves to flow at our own pace and time is medicine to me.


In ceremony or through 1:1 sessions, I guide you to reconnect with yourself.


Ritual is a powerful tool to have. Let ritual empower you and become the focus you would like to ignite change from.



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