Full Moon December Illuminating the Cold Moon's Spiritual Meaning

Full Moon December 2024: Illuminating the Cold Moon’s Spiritual Meaning

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The full moon of December 2024, known as the Cold Moon, will illuminate the dark winter nights. Aligned with astrology, December’s long, dark nights and cold, frigid days will bring the moon’s annual cycle full circle.

The Cold Moon encourages us to understand its deeper spiritual meaning through rituals and contemplation. December’s Full Moon whispers of rest, renewal, and fresh starts. It also brings our annual trip around the sun to a close.

Every full moon has its own name based on the month or season in which it appears. Creating a name for each full Moon allows people to reflect on each season and how it affects them AND the natural world. There can be some variation on the Full Moon names due to their origins.

Most Full Moon names are English translations of Native American names; others are rooted in Celtic, European (Anglo-Saxon and Germanic), and more recent Neo-Pagan origins. I created a guide to each Full Moon, complete with their meanings and how you can celebrate

Please note that I make every effort to ensure this information is correct and accurate through my own experiences and referencing sources throughout OR at the bottom of this article.

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When is the December Full Moon of 2024?

In 2024, December’s Full Moon is called the Cold Moon. It takes place on December 15th and peaks at 4:02 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

It’s also the last day of Mercury Retrograde! (November 25th through December 15th)

The Cold Moon marks a special moment in the lunar calendar. Its timing aligns with the Yuletide season and adds a bit of magic to the cold winter nights.

Cold Moon Spiritual Meaning

The Cold Moon’s spiritual meaning aligns with Winter’s dormant energy. Nature may appear to be dead and lifeless, but looks can be deceiving. Deep beneath the surface, it is brimming with life and endless potential- just like you!!

It may seem counterproductive to pause, rest, and reflect. However, remember your worth isn’t defined by your productivity. Use the Cold Moon spiritual meaning as a symbolic guide to “freeze and hibernate” as well. Slow down and be fully present in activities that truly bring you joy and pleasure.

This is a magical season full of transformation and deep internal work. It’s a chance to recharge and reconnect with yourself and your loved ones. Now is a beautiful moment to focus on all the good things headed your way!

December Cold Moon Spiritual Meaning

December Cold Moon Alternative Names

Different cultures may have various names for December’s Full Moon, and I did my best to include the ones I could find sources on. These names reflect traditions passed down through generations and connections between people, Nature, folklore, and history.

Remember, most of these names applied to the entire month, not just during the full moon!

  • Long Night Moon (Mahican Native American origins)
  • Yule month (Ýlir) Norse origins (source: Nordic Culture – Skjalden)
  • Little Spirit Moon (Manidoo-Giizisoons) (source: Ojibwe.net)
  • Oak Moon (Celtic origins) (source: Time and Date)
  • Dead of Winter Moon (Ukiugraq) Inupiat Language, North Slope, Alaska
  • Springbok Moon (Antelope) South African origins (source: Centre for Astronomical Heritage)
  • Sun Has Traveled Home to Rest (ik’ohbu yachunne) Zuni Native American origins
  • Bitter Moon (Chinese Origins)
  • Winter Moon (Tahch’asap’ara) Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana
  • Evergreen Moon (Comanche Native American origins)

For a list of even more Native American moon names, see American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association’s article or Western Washington University’s article.

The Long Night Moon gets its name because the full moon in December occurs near the solstice, which has the longest night of the year. 

NASA – A Shadow on the Moon

December Cold Moon Spiritual Correspondences

The spiritual meaning of December’s Cold Full Moon is a powerful time for reflection and magic and a lovely time for meditation. To get you started, here are some spiritual correspondences and intentions!

The spiritual correspondences connected with December’s Cold Moon reflect the quiet aspects of Winter. These themes help us embrace personal development while understanding ourselves more deeply.

Cold Moon Spiritual Intentions

  • Reflection
  • Development
  • Change
  • Peace
  • Growth
  • Reawakening
  • Shadow work

Full Moon December Colors

  • White
  • Black
  • Silver
  • Evergreen

How I celebrate December’s Full Moon

YouTube video
Check out how I celebrate the Cold Moon

Cold Moon Ritual Ideas

Celebrate the Full Moon of December 2024 by incorporating rituals focused on shadow work, reflection, rest, and growth. These ideas will help you align with the moon’s energy during Winter.

Check out Full Moon Rituals to Manifest Insane Energy for even more ritual ideas!

Night of Silence Ritual

This is one of my favorite rituals during December that is truly so simple. The world can be chaotic, and finding quiet moments for ourselves can be hard. A Night of Silence is a chance to embrace the dark and stillness.

Begin in a dark and quiet space; set aside any distractions. I recommend wearing headphones and playing any music that resonates with you. Light candles and incense or use ambient lighting (basically, don’t turn on the big light 😊) to create a serene atmosphere.

Use this time to sit and connect with yourself, feel your feelings, and reflect on the year gone by. I love to journal (see prompt ideas below), meditate, or practice some divination. Here are some divination ideas to help get you started.

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Outdoor Altar Ritual For The Birds

This outdoor altar is a serene space for personal reflection that shows your appreciation for Nature and the birds! This ritual centers around creating a lovely outdoor sanctuary where birds can find food during these cold winter days.

Not only does it help me connect and honor the current season, but it’s also fun! Feel free to make this as simple or elaborate as you like. If it’s not too cold, you could even set this up bathed in December’s moonlight. Don’t forget to create some Moon Water while you’re at it!

Gather Your Supplies

  • Pinecones
  • Peanut butter or bird-safe suet (DIY your own with this recipe from Audubon)
  • Birdseed (this is the kind I use)
  • Twine or string
  • Candles or LED lights (for safety)
  • Seasonal items of your choice
    • (optional ideas)
    • evergreen branches
    • dried citrus slices
    • pinecones
    • dried flowers or leaves
    • cinnamon sticks
    • ice lanterns
    • crystals

Begin The Ritual

Find a quiet outdoor space, small table, or clear area as your altar. Decorate and arrange seasonal items and candles/LED lights to create a serene atmosphere.

Tie a piece of twine or string around the top of each pinecone to create a loop. Spread peanut butter on the pinecones and then roll them in birdseed. Make sure the seeds stick to the surface.

Position the bird-friendly treats on the altar or hang them from nearby branches or a bird feeder in your outdoor space. I’ve seen some people include pet hair in this ritual because birds love adding it to their nests.

Take a Moment for Reflection

Light your candles/LED lights and take a moment to immerse yourself in your outdoor space. Take a moment to set any intentions you have. This could be for self-reflection, growth, a deep connection with nature, or anything else that resonates with you.

Sit quietly near your altar, focusing on your breath. Reflect on the aspects of yourself you’d like to develop during December’s Cold Moon. When finished, I like to give thanks to the birds and Nature for their presence in my life.

December Full Moon Outdoor Altar Ritual For The Birds

Cold Moon Journal Prompts

Create a to-do list for this Winter holiday that captures your inner child. What would you like to do to bring more holiday magic to the season?

What intentions do you want to set for spiritual growth during the Yuletide season? How can you align them with the energy of the Cold Moon?

How does the darkness of Winter, within Nature and within yourself, influence your spiritual journey during this season?

When and how can you integrate sacred self-care practices into your daily routine to nurture your spiritual well-being during the dark winter days?

How do your dreams change or evolve during winter, and what spiritual insights might they offer?

Does the Yuletide season and the Cold Moon inspire your creativity? Can you channel this creative energy into your celebrations or spiritual practices?

Reflect on the symbolism of moths, creatures drawn to light in the darkness. How does their affinity for light guide your spiritual journey during the dark winter nights?

How can you infuse deeper spiritual meaning into your Yuletide traditions to foster a stronger connection with the season’s energies?

Cold Moon Release Ritual for Personal Evolution

A cord-cutting ritual is a powerful spell or ceremony symbolically severs negative energetic connections binding us to relationships or attachments. This can be with a toxic relationship, family members, an unhealthy work environment, a physical location, etc.

This Cold Moon Release Ritual is a powerful way to release any negative energy you encountered this past year. It will help you set intentions for prosperity and personal growth in the upcoming year. Feel free to adapt this candle magic ritual to your spiritual practice and personal intentions.

I highly recommend watching my YouTube video if you’d like a detailed step-by-step cord-cutting ritual tutorial.

Gather Your Supplies

  • Cord of your choice (string, twine, hemp, etc.) to represent the past year
  • Two Candles (color of your choice) (the type is up to you, but taper or chime candles are popular choices)
  • Cleansing method of your choice (the article linked is specifically for crystals, but the methods used still apply)
  • Piece of Paper (aka petition paper)
  • Lighters or matches (I like to have two on hand so I can light my wicks at the same time)
  • Fire-safe dish or bowl
  • Pen
  • Journal, notebook, or grimoire (optional)

Prepare and Reflect

Begin by cleansing the area to create a tranquil and positive atmosphere. Remember to open at least one window so any negative energy you remove has a place to leave. Play any music you feel drawn to (I typically like to wear headphones and listen to binaural tones or any music that I feel embodies my intention).

Once the space feels peaceful, sit quietly and reflect on any significant moments, emotions, or events you had this past year. Acknowledge the positive moments, then write down the negative ones you’d like to release on your petition paper.

Begin the Cold Moon Ritual

Grab the cord representing this past year and hold it in your hands. Visually infuse your emotions and memories into the cord.

Place the two chime candles in your fire-safe dish or bowl next to each other. Wrap the cord around both candles. Carefully light the candles at the same time. Once they start burning, place your petition paper in the candle flame and allow it to burn out in your fire-safe dish.

Reflect and Accept

Watch the candle flames and visualize it symbolically severing any negative ties to the past year. Observe any emotions, sensations, or insights that come up during the ritual. Accept them with kindness; remember, this release is a step toward growth and renewal.

Close with Gratitude

Once the cord ritual is complete, it’s important to dispose of it in a trashcan outside your home once everything has cooled down. You want to remove any remnants from your home since you’re trying to remove its energy from your life.

Take a moment to express gratitude for what you currently have in your life. Welcome the new year with an open heart and renewed spirit.

After I finish a cord-cutting, I typically run a ritual bath, but you can also prioritize self-care, deep reflection, an egg cleanse, or other mindfulness practices.

December Cold Moon Release Ritual for Personal Evolution

Christmas Moon Ritual

It doesn’t matter if you celebrate Yuletide, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Saturnalia, or ANY other winter holiday; this is a time to spend with loved ones. Under the glow of December’s Full Moon, we come together to honor our different traditions while celebrating our shared joy, peace, and unity.

This is a ritual to help connect us all while also including symbols and decorations from various winter holidays. Here, we create a special space to embrace the season of winter and the warmth of togetherness.

Collect Your Supplies

  • Yuletide decorations that resonate with you
  • Blankets or cushions for seating
  • Instruments or bells for joyful sounds
  • Seasonal treats or beverages

Gather Loved Ones

Invite friends, family, and loved ones to join you in celebrating the Christmas Moon and Yuletide season. Encourage everyone to bring decorations or symbolic items representing their winter celebrations.

Begin adding your collected Yuletide decorations and seasonal foliage to the space of your choice (indoors or outdoors). As you all decorate this space, share stories and traditions with each other to honor the diversity of the winter holidays. (I highly recommend sharing the story of Krampus)

Set Intentions and Blessings

Once the decorations are in place, gather everyone together in a circle. Invite everyone to speak a blessing or intention for the Yuletide season and Cold Moon spiritual meanings.

Alternatively, you can ask everyone to bring an instrument or sing your favorite holiday songs together. When you’re done, share the seasonal treats and beverages among the group to symbolize the abundance and joy during the winter holidays.

Closing Gratitude and Wishes

Take a moment of silence to reflect under the moonlit sky. Encourage everyone to reflect on this past year, what they’ve learned, and how they’ve grown.

Finish by expressing gratitude for every person there. Thank them for the shared experience, and offer wishes of joy, peace, and love for the Yuletide season and the coming year.

Feel free to adapt this ritual to honor the specific winter festivities that resonate with you and your loved ones.

Full Moon Schedule 2024

  • The Full Wolf Moon occurs on January 25th, 2024, reaching its peak at 12:54 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Snow Moon occurs on February 24th, 2024, reaching its peak at 7:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Worm Moon occurs on March 25th, 2024, reaching its peak at 3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Pink Moon occurs on April 23rd, 2024, reaching its peak at 7:49 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Flower Moon occurs on May 23rd, 2024, reaching its peak at 9:53 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Strawberry Moon occurs on June 21st, 2024, and peaks at 9:08 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Buck Moon takes place on July 21st, 2024, and peaks at 6:17 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Sturgeon Moon occurs on August 19th, 2024, and peaks at 2:26 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Harvest Moon takes place on September 17th, 2024, reaching its peak at 10:34 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Hunter Moon takes place on October 17th, 2024, and peaks at 7:26 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Beaver Moon occurs on November 15th, 2024, and peaks at 4:28 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Cold Moon takes place on December 15th, 2024, and peaks at 4:02 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Is the Full Moon of December 2024 a Supermoon?

No, the Full Moon of December will NOT be a supermoon.

However, there were TWO Supermoons in September and October this year!

The astronomical term for this [supermoon] phenomenon is perigee-syzygy Moon. The alignment of the Sun, the Moon, and Earth that occurs at both new and full moon is known as syzygy.

Britannica – Supermoon

Will December’s Cold Moon Have A Lunar Eclipse in 2024?

No, December’s Cold Moon will not have a Lunar Eclipse this year.

However, there will be two Lunar Eclipses AND two Solar Eclipses in 2024! (see chart below)

Lunar and Solar Eclipses in 2024

Lunar Eclipse (Penubral)

March 24th – 25th

Visible in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and partially Africa

Solar Eclipse (Total)

April 8th

(when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the Sun)

Visible in North America, Western Europe, and the Northern part of South America

Lunar Eclipse (Partial)

September 17th – 18th

Visible in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and Africa

Solar Eclipse (Annular)

October 2nd

(when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, creating a ring of fire)

Visible in the southern part of North America and South America.

penumbra, (from Latin paene, “almost”; umbra, “shadow”), in astronomy, the outer part of a conical shadow, cast by a celestial body, where the light from the Sun [or other light source like the moon] is partially blocked—as compared to the umbra (q.v.), the shadow’s darkest, central part, where the light is totally excluded.

Britannica – Penumbra Eclipse

Is There a Black Moon in December 2024?

No, December doesn’t have a seasonal Black Moon in 2024.

However, there was a calendrical Black Moon on November 30th, 2024.

A Black Moon is a modern phrase that is very similar to the definition of a Blue Moon. However, it involves two NEW MOONS inside a specified time period rather than two FULL MOONS. Since two New Moons take place in the month of November, it makes this a calendrical Black Moon.

A Black Moon brings success and good luck. While it is not an astronomical phrase, it’s honored and celebrated by Pagans, witches, and other spiritual practitioners.

Enjoy the Full Moon in December 2024! Lots of love to you, and remember, as always…

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