According to the Farmer’s Almanac, December’s full moon, which occurs on Saturday December 18, is known as the Full Cold Moon. The name comes from Native American, Colonial American, or other traditional sources passed down through generations. It’s a Mohawk name that conveys the frigid conditions of this time of year, when cold weather truly begins to grip us.
With Christmas, Yule, the Winter Solstice and other festivals of light in front of us, we enter into what is actually one of my favorite times of the year. There is a stillness in the natural world around us whether we have snow or not. Our bodies tell us it’s time to “hibernate” which means we need to give ourselves permission to slow our pace a bit, including getting more sleep if our bodies tell us it’s needed.
I use this time in the Wheel of the Year to rest and to listen. I tap into my artistic side and work on fun projects that recharge my batteries. I also take time to discern what goals the Divine is calling me to accomplish in the New Year.
Perhaps, this Full Moon is calling us to cease the need to be productive tonight and just rest and recharge. Cook a meal that bring you delight or order take-out if that’s more appealing. Prepare your favorite beverage, light some candles, and don’t be in a hurry to finish your meal. Enjoy every bite. Savor every smell. Give gratitude that you have a warm home to live in and food on the table.
After dinner, if whether permits, bundle up and go outside. Ground yourself in the stillness of the winter season. Absorb the tranquil energy of the Cold Moon and try to let go of any anxiety and worry you may be carrying. There have been a lot of things in 2020 that have caused us to feel outraged and afraid. For one night, give yourself permission to simply be!
Blessings! David Taliesin
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