Looking at the moon cycle can be very helpful if you are trying (or not trying) to conceive. All of you will be familiar with the normal female fertility cycle (also known as the biological cycle) where mid-cycle a woman ovulates and can conceive. This always occurs 14 days before the next period.
But then how does this explain that so many women conceive outside this cycle – at ‘ technically not possible’ times? There has to be more to it!
This was the question that plagued the Czech doctor Eugen Jonas in the 1950ies. He was a psychologist and listened to many stories of his female clients, who either suffered from unwanted pregnancies or lack of conceiving.
He therefore decided to look more closely into the subject matter of female fertility. He unearthed fragments from Ancient Greek and particular Babylonian texts, where doctors successfully calculated the optimum time for conception and birth control using a method that overlapped the time of menstruation together with the path of the moon. Combining these old texts with his own research data he realised that each woman has a time in their cycle where she was more easily aroused and ready to conceive. This cycle varied from woman to woman, as it was dependant on the time she was born. So for example a woman born on a full moon day would always find this time in the lunar cycle the easiest to conceive. He then named this second fertility cycle – the cosmobiological cycle.
Once both cycle overlap, they form a nearly perfect birth control system which has a success rate of over 98%, higher than even the pill and completely natural.
So how does this work in practise?
Firstly mark the start date of your last menstruation on your calendar and count 15 days on, this is the ovulation date. Mark this day with a cross. As sperm can last to up to 3 days and as ovulation does not happen always on day 15, I suggest you cross off 4 days before and 2 days after your calculated ovulation day.
So you should have crossed off day 10 to 17 after the first day of your menstruation, this is the biological cycle and this is where the normal ‘natural birth control’ ends with a success rate of around 55%, so just following this cycle is a bit of a gamble.
The next step is to find out your cosmobiologcial date (the date within the moon cycle you were born). I am sure you can research the day of your birth and add moon cycle to the search to find out the exact ‘moon date’ for example 3 days after New Moon, 6 days before Full Moon and so on.
Then check a current moon calendar and find which date in that cycle correlates with the moon phase date you are born. It may sound complicated, but once you know you are born on the 3rd day of the Waning Moon (so 3 days after Full Moon) you can just mark it on the LWTM life-style calendar for each month.
To make it easier here is an example:
Your first date of your last period was on the 1st January, so you would cross off 10th to 17th January. If you were born on a Full Moon (and that month it was on the 24th), then cross off the period between the 20th and the 25th Jan.
The crossed off days are the ones you can conceive, all other days should be safe.
Over time, these cycles slightly shift. This happens particularly if your own fertility cycle is either shorter or longer than the average moon cycle. There may even be times when both cycles overlap and this is an ideal opportunity for women to fall pregnant who previously found it hard to conceive.