December Full Cold Moon


According to the Farmer’s Almanac, December 3rd’s Full Moon will appear brighter and larger than any Moon this year. It is 2017’s one and only “Supermoon.” This means that the rising of the Full Moon happens at its closest distance to Earth, causing the Moon to appear up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual. So definitely make time to see this one and plan to do some ritual activity along with it.

Early Native Americans called this Full Moon the Cold Moon (or Long Nights Moon) since December is the month when the winter cold makes its presence known as the nights become long and dark. However, here in the North Carolina I still have calendula and roses blooming in my yard, so I haven’t really experienced any super cold days…yet. That being said, I do notice the increasing darkness and it definitely calls us to observe a different rhythm than we do in the summer.

The weird thing about December is that it’s super busy for most people which is counter-intuitive to what nature is telling us to do. Practically everyone celebrates some festival of light during this season: Yule, Christmas, Winter Solstice, Diwali, Hannukah, etc. Our calendars become filled with extra activities and lots of busy preparation. All of this tends to stress us out and leave us feeling depleted and exhausted when
January rolls around.

Instead of picking up the pace, why not consider setting aside time for “hibernation” during the month of December? The long nights call us to get some extra sleep, to read a book and drink a glass of wine in front of a roaring fire, to pamper ourselves a bit, and use the time to do some soul-searching. December is a good month to ask ourselves “What seeds do I need to be planting in my life that will blossom in the spring? What work do I need to do in the soil of my life so that it can nurture new opportunities when they make their presence known?”

I’m not saying we can’t have a good time in December. I know I’m planning several opportunities for family and friends to gather together and celebrate. However, we all need to intentionally plan some “down days” during this busy month and not feel guilty about it. If you don’t know it already, you’re worth it! No one can go like the Energizer Bunny 24 hours a day 7 days a week and not experience burnout. So, be good to yourself and, whatever you do, go out on December 3rd and see that beautiful full moon!

Copyright ©2017 by David Taliesin,

About David Taliesin

My name is David Taliesin. I'm an writer, teacher and retreat leader who explores the connections between Christian and Pagan Spirituality. E-mail me with any personal comments you'd like to share and I will do my best to answer them. You can also contact me through my Facebook page
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