Tracking the cycles of the moon within my own body has been a beautiful experience for me.
Over the past few years, I’ve been on a journey of getting more closely aligned with nature, la luna in the sky, and the wisdom of my own body. The results of which have brought me so much closer to the core of who I am and have helped me see and feel my connection to all living things—unleashing a depth of creative expression I’ve been yearning for for many years.
Last summer, I did a 6-part blog series delving into the often taboo topic of moon cycles (i.e. periods). The response to the series was really awesome. It turns out, a lot of you want to explore this topic alongside me.
Because I’m a dabblist, I wanted to take all the wisdom I had gained around this topic and channel it into a creative project.
And then I found out about feminine moon cycle tracking bracelets.
The concept is to wear a bracelet where each bead represents a day of your monthly moon cycle. The beads are separated out by color - representing a different phase in your cycle (I talk about the phases of your cycle in this post) and you use a charm to move along the beads to keep track of where you are in your cycle.
It’s practical and beautiful, my fave!
At my monthly full moon sister gathering, we made these bracelets and it was so much fun. Some of the women were worried because they didn’t know exactly how long their cycles were (or it’s different every month).
But what I told them was this—make an educated guess based on the length of your last few periods (to help you out, the first day of your period is Day 1) and go with it. The bracelet won’t be perfect 100% of the time, but it will connect your more deeply to your moon cycle than before. If you need to wait to move the charm a few days until your period comes, that’s totally okay.
You will need:
- Memory Wire (so it naturally wraps around your wrist)
- Heavy Duty Wire Cutters
- Jewelry Pliers
- Colored Beads for each day of your cycle (see breakdown below)
- Gold (or some other color) placeholder beads
- Charm (not too big - you don’t want it getting in the way when you’re wearing it)
- Lobster clasp
- Menstrual Phase (red beads like garnet) - typically 4-5 days
- Follicular Phase (green beads like green aventurine or jasper) - typically 7-10 days
- Ovulation Phase (pink beads like rose quartz) - typically 3-4 days
- Luteal Phase (darker beads like snowflake obsidian or onyx) - typically 10-14 days
Shape the wire to your wrist (giving it some slack) and cut. Then take one end of the wire and use pliers to make a little loop so the beads don't slip off.
Then start with day one of your cycle, which is the first day of your period or menstrual phase. Those beads are red and it's typically 4-5 days. Place one bead for every day of your menstrual cycle on the wire.
Then place a little gold (or whatever color) bead and begin the next phase of your cycle which is follicular with a green bead, which is typically 7-10 days.
Then another gold bead and begin your ovulation phase with rose colored beads which is usually 3-4 days.
Then another gold bead and then it's your luteal phase which is the longest phase of your cycle with a darker bead. Luteal can be as long as 14 days.
At the end of your cycle of beads, cut the wire and make another little loop to close off the bracelet.
Finish with a little charm (I’ve used goddess charms, little moon charms, and animal totem charms) that you'll attach to a lobster clasp. The idea is you move the charm each day to the next bead to help you keep track of where you are in your cycle.
For those of you worried about not knowing your exact cycle...
My bracelet is for a 28-day cycle and this past month, I went to 32 (I had an extended luteal phase, likely from a little stress). So I just kept my charm in luteal until the first day of my bleed, and then moved it to the red garnet.
It's ALL GOOD. What's important is cultivating a deeper connection to your inner moon.
I want to know how it goes for you! Leave a comment below and/or share a photo of your bracelet on Instagram and tag me @beccapiastrelli.
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Connecting to the rhythms of your own body is a powerful way to tune into what she (your body) needs to feel alive and safe and vibrant. So much of society tells us not to be cyclical, and that sends the message that we don't belong in our natural ways. That's not true. We belong just as we are, and making this bracelet is a way to connect more deeply to that.
Continue on your journey:
- Discover Your Unique Cycle with the Moon & Seasons
- Exploring the Menstrual Rituals of Our Ancestors
- Belonging Episode #16: Belonging to Your Body
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