Let's make like rabbits...

The Lunar New Year is a special occasion celebrated in many countries around the world. This is a 15-day festival celebrated annually based on the sighting of the new moon. In some cultures it is also known as the Spring Festival.

This year marks the beginning of the Year of the Rabbit, an animal that symbolises luck and fortune. Rabbits also represent rebirth (hence their presence at Easter as well). From traditional customs to modern festivities, let us embrace this time to celebrate with family and friends while wishing each other good health, wealth, and success.

The Year of the Rabbit is an opportunity to welcome peace and prosperity into our lives as we design a better future for us all.

New moon, new spring, rejuvenation, rebirth, renaissance…

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Lunar New Year is celebrated January 22, 2023 to February 9, 2024

Rabbits... or Wolves?

Have you heard the one where they think we become werewolves if there’s a full moon when we menstruate? Perhaps you’ve come across it in medieval literature? While we’re certain those were just misogynistic metaphors disguised as entertaining stories, imagine if it were true. It’s ok, if a smile just spread across your face. OWN that superpower.

The full Moon names used by The Old Farmer’s Almanac come from a number of places, including Native American, Colonial American, and European sources. It’s thought that January’s full Moon came to be known as the Wolf Moon because wolves were more likely to be heard howling at this time.

#lunarcycle #menstruationcycle

Charlotte Helfrich-Förster, a professor of neurobiology and genetics at the University of Würzburg in Germany led a study connecting lunar cycles with menstruation cycles. Initially, Helfrich-Förster was skeptical of the idea linking menstrual cycles to the full moon.

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However, as she kept receiving information and records from women concerning the onset of their period over many years, her doubts started to dissipate. Helfrich-Förster observed that in certain time frames the menstrual cycles of women actually became synced with the full moon. This discovery was more than what she had expected.
The researchers found that most women's menstrual cycles aligned with the synodic month (the time it takes for the moon to cycle through all its phases) at certain intervals, with the periods of women age 35 or younger synchronizing with the full or new moon for 23.6% of the recorded time, on average.

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Women over 35 only showed this synchrony about 9.5% of the time.
RESOURCE: Moon Cycles Exert an Influence on Menstruation and Sleep Patterns, by Shannon Kelleher in American Asoociation for the Advancement of Science
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