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The eleven Moon Centers of a woman, according to yogic philosophy, are rooted in the lineage and ancient teachings of Kundalini Yoga. Energetically, women are ruled by the moon! The moon is a feminine symbol, universally representing the rhythm of time as it embodies the moon cycles. Women are all deeply affected emotionally by them. The cycles—or phases—of the moon repeat once a month (every 29.5 days) from New Moon, First Quarter, Full Moon, Last Quarter and back to New Moon when the cycle begins again. The secondary phases are Waxing Crescent, Waxing Gibbous, Waning Gibbous, and Waning Crescent (for more, see my article “Gazing at the Moon Phases”). While they mimic the cyclic nature of the moon’s phases, the Moon Centers are eleven physical locations in the female body that moon energy passes through. The timing is unique to each and every woman. The Moon Centers are also separate from and don’t have anything to do with where a woman might be on her “moon cycle” (a.k.a. her menstrual cycle). Only one Moon Center at a time is activated, with each having its own subtle, invisible feminine energy. Whether fertile, pregnant, menopausal or postmenopausal, any woman can implement this wisdom.
The female physical body, while sophisticated and elegant, holds many mysteries. Women have a unique ability to communicate through the five senses: Vision, hearing, smell, taste, and touch, followed by the subtle sixth sense. The ability of our sixth sense is a powerful awareness that gives us access to our intuition. By developing this sixth sense, we can greatly enhance our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing. This brings about wisdom that allows women to enhance communication and relationships. Lunar energies also influence our emotional equilibrium. What has helped me understand my own unique Moon Center cycle is observing how my emotional tendencies show up around the same time of the month. I have taken the time to track the flow of my own internal cycle. I call it “Mapping out my Moon Centers”. Through self-observation or witnessing (see exercise below), I ask myself: In which of these eleven places do I feel the most energy? My Moon Center will often just light up!
A man has one Moon Center which is in the chin. Men can also learn which Moon Center a woman is in with sensitive observation. The masculine is ruled by the Sun. He is constant and stationary. The woman or feminine is ruled by the Moon. She is moving and flowing. When the two polarities are together, Sun and Moon, masculine and feminine, they can understand each other's nature and their relationship is harmonious. It takes a woman 14 days to wax with her individual cycle and 14 days to wane. A man does it with 14 breaths, waxing and waning. Therefore men are like waves in the ocean, but women are like the tides. This means that a man goes through the process in two minutes, whereas it takes a woman 28 days.