Wowza! Can you feel that intensity in air? It’s the last full moon of the year and it’s a doozy. The days are short and the day of the darkness is upon us. It’s time for reflection and an invitation to step fully and authentically into our light.
The December Full moon is called the Cold Moon, cause baby, it’s cold outside. Get your hot chocolate and your sweetie and cuddle together to warm up these dark nights. Additionally, I recommend including cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and vanilla into your breakfast smoothie or as a daily tea to help increase the internal heat. I also love to sweat it out as much as possible. I regularly include weekly infra-red sauna sessions throughout the winter to help detoxify my body and keep the core internal furnace firing. I also maintain a diligent fitness routine throughout the cold months. It’s the best way to keep those pesky winter woes away.
Every year (usually around the winter solstice), I do ceremony to celebrate the culmination of my efforts of the year and take a real stock of who I am, where I am going and what needs to be done to make it happen. No easy feat; good thing we have months of long pensive nights to figure it out. I invite you to create a ceremony of your own. Last year at this time, I was in Brazil and celebrating the summer solstice. I did so by doing a water ceremony and giving flowers to the Goddess of the water, Yemenja. It was amazing. I invite you to create a ceremony of your own.
Cold weather ceremonies can include:
A winter fire, either indoor or outdoor
Write out lists of wins and losses for the previous year, and wishes and hopes for the upcoming year.
Release those lists into the fire or bury them if the ground isn’t yet frozen
Calling in the directions, including mother earth and father sky
Clean your house of unwanted things. It’s essential to start a new year without the energetic residue from a previous year. Clean with the intention of creating new possibilities for the upcoming year.
Use a shaker or maraca as you would a smudge stick to clear out the corners of stuck energy in your house.
Eat cake. Celebrate the end of the period of darkness and sweetly welcome in the coming of light.