Moon Journey: The Cold Moon Arrives Today

Today is the full moon. Where I live, it is at its fullest at 7:48 pm. Last night when I had finished feeding the animals, I stood in the path and stared up at the moon. Its light glowed upon the snow and provided illumination to easily navigate without a flashlight. The skies were clear, and the stars were bright, but the moon dominated the landscape.

Often, the coldest days of the month surround the full moon. This month is no different. Where I live, we’ve hit -19 degrees Celsius with wind chills in the low -30s.

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Moon Journey: The Long Winter Moon Arrives Today

Today is the full moon. Where I live, it is at its fullest at 12:35 am. On a clear night, the full moon easily lights our way and we’ve no need for flashlights. If snow is on the ground, it is almost like day and makes for easy travelling through the forest.

Throughout history, there have been many names for the December full moon. They include Cold Moon, Frost Moon, Winter Moon, Moon before Yule, Oak Moon and the Long Night Moon.

It is easy to determine where most of these names originated from. The Long Night Moon obviously indicates the longest night of the year, giving a nod to Winter Solstice. It is believed Oak Moon comes from druids as they are the ones with the closest relationship to the oak.

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Moon Journey: The Dark Moon

In my desire to deepen my connected with nature, I’m expanding my knowledge of the moon. While I’ve watched the moon pass through its phases and thought about planting by them, I haven’t given the ever-changing orbiting satellite my full attention or acted on those thoughts.

As I explore the moon further, I’ll share my journey here. Today, I am marking the dark moon. It’s also known as the new moon and black moon.

In garden lore, this is a day to rest, rejuvenate, think about what has transpired since the last dark moon and to meditate. If this was a season for gardening, I’d do no planting, no pruning, no digging. I would observe the garden to see how it has changed, how it grew and how it didn’t grow. I’d not put into action any plans, only observe and make plans.

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