December’s long dark nights and cold frigid days bring the Moon’s annual cycle full circle. The Cold Moon spiritual meaning indicates now is an ideal time to start visualizing what you want to bring into your life. We’ve completed an entire trip around the sun, and now is a beautiful moment to focus on all the good things headed your way!
You’ve been working so hard and have some serious gumption, trust that the universe will help bring your intentions and dreams to fruition. The celestial Cold Moon encourages you to focus on following your greatest passions and spiritual joys.
Every full Moon has its own name based on the month or the season in which it appears. Creating a name for each full Moon allowed people to reflect on each season and to contemplate how it affects us AND the natural world around us. There can be some variation on the full Moon names due to the origins from whence they came. You can find them rooted in European (Anglo-Saxon and Germanic) and Native American history. I created a guide to each Full Moon, complete with their meanings and how you can celebrate.
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When is the Full moon in December 2021?
In 2021, December’s Full Moon is called the Cold Moon and occurs on December 18th and reaches its peak at 11:36 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Also, keep an eye out for Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter because they are very prominent in the sky right now.
What is December’s Cold Moon Spiritual Meaning?
December brings the Cold Moon and the Winter Solstice. While Nature appears to be dead and lifeless, looks can be deceiving. Deep beneath the surface are themes of rest, renewal, and hope.
December’s Cold Moon spiritual meaning corresponds with Nature’s dormant energy. It’s a time for introspection and soul-searching, a chance to recharge and reconnect. This is a magical season full of transformation and deep internal work.
It may seem counterproductive to pause, rest, and reflect. However, remember that your worth isn’t defined by what you’ve accomplished. Use the Cold Moon 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. Before you know it, Spring will be here, so enjoy these quiet moments of rest and solitude.
December’s Full Moon is also known as the Moon Before Yule, and ancient pagans gathered and feasted to celebrate the sun’s return.
- Long Night Moon
- Winter Moon
- Little Spirit Moon
- Evergreen Moon
- Oak Moon
- When the Deer Shed their Antlers
- Sun has Traveled Home to Rest Moon
For a list of even more Native American Moon names, check out American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association’s article here or Western Washington University’s article here.
Cold Moon Spiritual Correspondences
The spiritual meaning of December’s Cold Full Moon is a powerful time for reflection and magic, as well as a lovely time for meditation. To get you started, here are some spiritual correspondences and intentions!
Cold Moon Spiritual Meaning and Intentions
- Shadow work
December Cold Moon Spiritual Meaning 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?
- How do you avoid shallow consumerism this time of year and connect instead to the magic of nature and spirit?
- What obstacles in your life can you start viewing as opportunities?
- The main spiritual focus during Winter Solstice is honoring the afterlife, celebrating the slow return of the sun, and banishing negative energy. How can you incorporate this into your life right now?
- Write about a moment this last year that made you feel stronger and what actions you wanted to take after
How To Celebrate and Ritual Ideas
Here are a few Cold moon rituals, intentions, and magical ideas to help you celebrate December’s full Moon.
Part of releasing any lingering negative energy from this year is practicing forgiveness. This can be difficult to do if you’ve not been given an apology. However, it’s essential to your emotional well-being to find a way to move on from this pain. This anger can weigh you down and fill you with resentment. Life is too short to spend your days filled with that bitterness.
You may need to forgive yourself as well. Do you cringe at how you acted or something you said in the past? This can be a small act or one so large you find yourself unable to move forward. Remember the words of Maya Angelou, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
Do not leave space for shame, anxiety, doubt, or unproductive thoughts. Practicing this forgiveness ritual under December’s Full Cold Moon is a beautiful way to close out the year and start fresh for the next.
Spend some time sitting quietly, focusing on the pain you’re feeling with your eyes closed. Once you feel ready, imagine a butterfly floating towards you. You reach out towards it and lift your hand so it can land on your fingertip. Sense the butterfly taking your frustrations from you and notice it leaving your body. As the butterfly flies away, feel your resentment and pain going with it. Spend a few more moments enjoying the lightness and joy that now fills your heart.
Gather seasonal items from outside or at your local grocery store to create an outdoor altar. You can make it as simple or elaborate as you like. Add bits that are symbolic or meaningful to you or a treat for the birds. The choice is up to you and an excellent practice beneath the light of December’s Full Cold Moon! Don’t forget to create some Moon Water while you’re at it! Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Create a Winter Solstice spiral
- Evergreen branch
- Dried citrus
- Cinnamon sticks
- Dried flowers
- Candles (please use safely)
Read or Listen To A Book On Your Must Read List
With so many obligations during December, find time to slow down and read a book you enjoy. With the longer nights and colder days, it’s a perfect time to snuggle up and relax. Pick something purely for pleasure or a non-fiction book that can help you learn something new or change your perspective.
So many days inside combined with the holiday season awaken bits of nostalgia and breed creativity. Go through photos and find creative ways to use them. This could be in an album, photo collage, or framed for gifts.
Think about your favorite seasonal activities, songs, or treats you enjoyed as a child. Sometimes as adults, we feel silly doing childlike activities like building a snowman or having snowball fights. However, these simple but joyful activities help us embrace the season and let go of stress and to-do lists. Have fun and be silly!
If you’re looking for DIY Winter Solstice decorating ideas, check out these posts:
- Yule Log History, Traditions, and How To Make Your Own
- Beautiful and Unique Pagan Winter Solstice and Yule Decorations
- Yule Tree Decorations For Your Winter Solstice Holiday
This is the season of giving! Do you have any particular charities or activities you enjoy participating in? Any local charities you are passionate about contributing to? Open your heart to friends, family, and strangers. Connect with those facing difficulties either emotionally, physically, or spiritually.
The month of December reminds us of the many things we can be grateful for. Spend some time sitting quietly and focusing on five things in your life that truly fill you with joy. Ruminate on each one and truly feel the emotion of gratitude within you.
Finish this ritual by focusing on a manifestation you’d like to bring to fruition next year. When we practice gratitude, we let go of our ego, which creates skepticism and uncertainty. It also raises our vibrational frequency to another level and helps us to manifest our desires.
Take a long, deep cleansing breath through your nose and exhale deeply through your mouth. Welcome the energy of the Cold Full Moon and let it help you embrace your beautiful peculiarities and encourage you to find moments of gratitude each day.
You can check out more of the Full Moon series here:
- How To Make Moon Water
- 50 Creative Ways to Use Moon Water
- Dark Moon Spiritual Meaning and Ritual Intentions
- New Moon Rituals, Intentions, Spiritual Meaning, and Correspondences
- Blue Moon Spiritual Meaning, Definition, and How To Celebrate
- Black Moon Spiritual Meaning and Ritual Intentions
- January Full Wolf Moon -Spiritual Meaning, Definition, and How To Celebrate
- February Full Snow Moon | Spiritual Meaning, Definition, and How To Celebrate
- February Snow Moon Guided Mediation
- March Full Worm Moon | Spiritual Meaning, Definition, and How To Celebrate
- April Full Pink Moon | Spiritual Meaning, Symbolism, and How To Celebrate
- May Full Flower Moon | Spiritual Meaning, Symbolism, and Rituals
- June Full Strawberry Moon | Spiritual Meaning, Symbolism, and How To Celebrate
- July Full Buck Moon | Spiritual Meaning, Symbolism, and How To Celebrate
- August Full Sturgeon Moon Spiritual Meaning, Symbolism, and Rituals
- September’s Harvest or Corn Full Moon Meaning
- October’s Blood or Harvest Full Moon Meaning and How To Celebrate
- November Full Hunter or Beaver Moon Spiritual Meaning, Correspondences, and Rituals
Enjoy December’s Cold Moon spiritual meaning, lots of love to you, and remember as always…