December’s Full “Cold” Moon
Thursday, December 11/ 12, 2019
9:12 pm PST on the 11th / 10:12 pm MST on the 11th / 12:12 am EST
The moon will be sitting in Gemini and influenced by a rare triple conjunction involving Saturn, Venus, and Pluto. The urge will be to express yourself but the key will be to exercise caution and tact. Emotions will be riding high as well in both romance and nurturing relationships. Communication, attitude, adventure, creative, intuitive are the keywords for this moon.
The final full moon of 2019 seems to have fewer names than other months. However, our ancestors called this moon the Cold Moon, The Bitter Moon, Long Nights Moon, and the Big Winter Moon. It is during this month that the nights are at their longest and winter blankets the land in its cold grip. This is probably where the name Long Nights Moon originated. Our Old English/Anglo-Saxon ancestors called it the Moon Before Yule. Both names are appropriate for this season. The time of midwinter is indeed long and the moon sits just above the horizon.
The Cold Moon honors deities like Minerva, Osiris, Athena, Persephone, and Hades. It is the perfect time to finish tying up loose ends and for working through any remaining darkness from the past year. Take time to acknowledge the hardships and struggles that you have gone through and embrace the cycles of life, death, and rebirth. It is through the experience of the dark times that we learn sun and warmth will always cycle around and we will survive and continue, changed in ways that aid our personal cycle of growth. The work we do during this full moon will help us to welcome the rebirth of the Sun with open hearts. To celebrate this full moon try wearing the triple goddess colors of white, red and black and adorning yourself with rubies, moonstone, serpentine or obsidian.
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