Full Moon Guidance
YOUR PHYSICAL BODY
During your Full Moon or Ovulatory phase, your body releases eggs, preparing for fertilization. It is during this Full Moon phase (of your inner cycle and the Moon's cycle) that we let go of the old, to make room for the new. Like the moon’s brightness, our energy is at its peak. This is the season of Summer.
Vaginal mucous increases at this time and becomes clear and stretchy, like egg whites. The cervix starts to become high and soft, indicating fertility. If you want to prevent pregnancy, avoid intercourse during this time or use protection. Estrogen levels are still rising as testosterone drops; this is why you feel most attractive during this phase, and why others are most attracted to you at this time. During this phase, your vital energy is at its height and communication with others feels very clear so take part in high intensity exercises done in a group or a class. This is a great time to do some power yoga, take a barre class or go jogging!
Your Hormones: at this ripe phase of your cycle, your follicle-stimulating hormone rises, causing an egg to release into one of your fallopian tubes.
That egg travels to the uterus; remember from the last phase, that the uterine lining is very thick at this point, in case that egg gets fertilized and needs to live in your uterus and grow... into a tiny human!
Testosterone drops right after ovulation; this causes us to feel like we had a mini-period; feeling bloated, tired, and moody. You may even find yourself having cravings and headaches at this time.
YOUR EMOTIONAL BODY
Your emotions are stable during this time and your ability to communicate clearly is at its height. This is the perfect time to schedule important meetings or conversations. It is also an optimal time to get the bulk of your work done, if you can plan your work schedule around your cycle. Productivity is heightened and you can really be efficient during this phase. After this, you will start to experience your luteal phase (most women know this as "PMS") so try to prepare meals for the next week during this productive phase. Check things off your list!
YOUR SOUL BODY
There are many goddess archetypes representing this phase of our Mother selves; Isis, Demeter, Toci, Gaia, and so much more. They all have certain attributes in common, the main ones being fertility, love, nurturing, support, and sensuality. Most women notice this phase of their cycle as feeling like everything is “flowing”; life feels pretty solid and our focus is less on ourselves and more on others. Try and nurture yourself during this phase just as much as you nurture your loved ones. You will be thanking yourself for it as you move into the next phase!
During this ovulatory phase, your body is releasing pheromones in the hopes of attracting a male for pro-creation (this is our primal body). So you might notice that you feel more attractive during this time and others are attracted to you. This is no coincidence! Embrace it by wearing things that make you feel good and taking care of your body like getting a massage or taking a salt and oil bath.
"We can generally trust our gut feeling about someone or something to be accurate information. This is because the solar plexus, the place in the body where we generally feel the gut reaction, is in fact a primitive brain. It is also a major intuitive center, the part of our body that lets us know whether we are safe and whether we are being lied to. Columbia researcher Michael Gershon, M.D., is a pioneer in the field of neurogastroenterology. In his book The Second Brain, he details the discovery and gradual scientific acceptance of the enteric nervous system, which actually operates independently from the brain in the head. Dr. Gershon also points out that 95 percent of the body's serotonin is made in the gut.
Each of us must develop ways to tune in to our body's needs. We can start with simple things. When you're tired, rest. When you have to go to the bathroom, go....
We have to give our bodies credit for their innate wisdom. We also don't need to know exactly why something is happening in our bodies in order to respond to it. You don't need to know why your heart is racing or why you feel like crying. Understanding comes after you have allowed yourself to experience what you're feeling. Healing is an organic process that happens in the body as well as in the intellect.
-Dr. Christiane Northrup, M.D. (author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom)