Learn about the Cold Moon, December’s Full Moon. Learn about the history, alternative names, correspondences, and how to utilize its energy in your magickal workings.
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What is the Cold Moon?
The name Cold Moon is Celtic in origin and a reference to the drastic drop in temperatures during this dark period of time. Being in the month of December, the Cold Moon always occurs in close proximity to Yule or the Winter Solstice, which is the longest night of the year.
Alternate Names for the Cold Moon
- Little Spirit Moon – Ojibwe
- Big Winter Moon – Ojibwe
- Storytelling Moon – Catawba
- Snow Moon – Cherokee
- Peach Moon – Choctaw
- Twelfth Moon – Dakotah Sioux
- Dead of Winter Moon – Inupiat
- Long Night Moon – Mahican
- It’s a Long Night Moon – Oneida
- Winter Moon – Tunica, Seneca
- Bitter Moon – Chinese
- Oak Moon – Old English
Cold Moon Magickal Workings
Since this Full Moon takes place during the same month as the Winter Solstice, we see much of the same symbolism here when working with the Cold Moon. This is a time of rest, peace, and quiet, but also a time of celebration of warmer days ahead.
- Shadow Work
Cold Moon Correspondences
Colors: Black, Green, Silver, Red, White
Crystals: Clear Quartz, Garnet, Moss Agate, Obsidian Ruby, Serpetine
Deities: Athena, Hades, Minerva, Osiris, Persephone
Herbs: Cinnamon, Holly, Peppermint
Trees: Cedar, Fir, Oak, Pine
Shadow Work Prompts for this Moon
- What is your relationship with rest? Are you giving your body the care it needs to recover or grow?
- What are your feelings towards Winter, and cold? Why do you feel this way?
- What are some ways to connect with nature, even when you aren’t able to get outside?
More on Moons
Want to learn more about working with the energies of the Moon?
Read all of our moon posts here!
- Hunter’s Moon – October’s Full Moon
- Harvest Moon – September’s Full Moon
- Sturgeon Moon – August’s Full Moon
- Thunder Moon – July’s Full Moon