‘Cold Moon’ in December: How to Set Your Intentions While Enjoying the Final Full Moon of 2019

Dancing Moon Ritual

The final full moon of the year will arrive just after midnight EST on December 12 and as reported by Space, when the astronomical body will rise in the sky accompanied by the planets Venus and Saturn. Called the Full Cold Moon after the cold temperatures of winter, the supermoon will illuminate the sky for a long period of time giving us the opportunity to enjoy all its splendor. “This full moon is distinctive for its high trajectory across the sky, causing it to sit above the horizon for a longer period of time,” experts explained to Fox 8

The moon will rise around sunset and will shine brilliantly all night. As reported by Travel & Leisure, in New York City, the moon will rise at 4:18 p.m. EST on Wednesday and in Los Angeles, the moon will rise on Wednesday at 4:38 p.m. PST just a few minutes before sunset at 4:44 p.m. PST. However, the Cold Moon will be 100% illuminated by the sun several hours later at 12:12 a.m. EST on December 12 for those on the east coast and 9:12 p.m. PST on December 11 for those on the west coast according to the Farmers’ Almanac

Natural phenomena like this attract the attention of thousands of people every year, including selenophiles, the merely curious, and astronomers, but especially to those spiritual beings that believe in the moon as a powerful source of energy and use the occasion as a way to manifest limitless abundance — like me. 

I believe that the moon can enchant us with her phases and can motivate us to become the best version of ourselves. In Native American beliefs, the moon is a protector, and just looking at her automatically gives you serenity and invites you to meditate on the goals you want to achieve. 

Hundreds of rituals exist for every lunar cycle, and according to Jennifer Racioppi, an expert in astrology, women’s health, and success coaching, “There is tremendous power in harnessing the energy and rhythmicity of the moon.” Racioppi thinks that working with natural forces is a fantastic way to refine what you want to call into your life. “Think about it: the moon, symbolic of the feminine, receives the light of the sun, shining it back to us with illumination. When the moon is full, its strong gravitational pull on the Earth makes for a time of peak creative energy and incredibly powerful intuitive breakthroughs. It’s about embodiment,” she wrote. “The full moon accentuates everything that you’ve been working on during the waxing phase. Take time to reflect on what the full moon brings up for you. Get outside at night and let the light of the moon shine upon you. Let her light nourish your soul,” she suggests.

For the expert, the full moon ritual is a “time to get quiet, reflect, and celebrate,” and in contrast to the new moon, the full moon is a representation of “fruitfulness and completeness” packed with energy. According to the connoisseur, there are five steps we all can follow as a way to approach a full moon ritual. 

5Be calm.

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“Since there is likely quite a bit of energy present, it’s best to find a way to bring calmness into your space, so that you can harness the energy to your benefit,” wrote Racioppi. “Take a few cleansing breaths, sage your space, and chill.”