The first full moon after the winter solstice is at our end of the year.
Shining near the end of December, the Cold Moon brings a nostalgic energy to the holiday season.
Celebrity astrologer Kyle Thomas, who is known for his cosmic guidance to celebrities, businesses and online influencers, spoke to “Good Morning America” about the best way to make the most of this lively full moon.
But first, let’s break down the meaning of the Cold Moon and what to know about it.
When is the Cold Moon in 2023?
The Cold Moon will arrive on December 26, 2023.
The moon will set on the morning of Dec. 26 at 7:18 a.m. ET and rise that evening at about 4 p.m. ET., according to the US Naval Observatory Astronomical Applications Department.
The moon reaches maximum brightness at 7:33 pm ET.
According to NASA, “The Moon will appear full for 3 days during this period, from Monday night to Thursday morning.”
Why is it called the Cold Moon?
The Cold Moon gets its name because December is the month when the cold starts, according to NASA.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac notes that some Native Americans also named the Cold Moon the Long Night Moon.
The second name probably comes from the fact that December’s full moon occurs near the winter solstice, which has the longest night of the year, according to NASA.
“The full moon takes a long path across the sky because it is opposite the low sun, so the moon is higher on the horizon than at other times of the year,” says NASA.
What zodiac sign is the Cold Moon in December?
The zodiac sign for each full moon is determined by where the moon is located in the night sky in relation to various astrological signs.
This year’s Cold Moon falls in the sky as the full moon in Cancer, a water sign that will bring energy to our lives, according to Thomas.
Cancer is the fourth zodiac sign on the wheel and corresponds to home, emotional security, our ancestors and family.
The energy allows us to reflect on the past and to better understand our foundations so that we can build towards our greatest plans and endeavors.
“This is a time when we feel nostalgic and sensitive, so expect to be in touch with your emotions,” Thomas said.
Rituals and revelations to try during the Cold Moon
From Chinese traditions to Hebrew holidays, many ancient cultures celebrated the celestial cycles and always respected the power of the moon.
For example, Thomas says that since Cancer is a water sign, incorporating emotions into your intentions will be especially powerful today. He also suggests doing deep inner work on your feelings, past and roots.
The sign is closely connected to family and tradition, so any rituals or intentions around these themes are strong. Routines that can be very powerful during this time include taking a meditative bath, collecting rainwater, or going to a lake, pond or ocean, according to Thomas.
Potential meditation, mantras or journal prompts:
- I respect and honor my ancestors.
- My roots and heritage built greatness within me.
- I release traumas or pain from my past.
- I am building a new foundation for myself and my life.
- My chosen family came to me today.
Astrology horoscope for the Cold Moon for your zodiac sign
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
It’s time to improve your life, Aries! “If you have a sudden urge to move or redecorate your space, you can suddenly change the feeling of happiness you experience in your home,” says Thomas.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
A change is happening but patience is key, Taurus. A big commitment may be presented to you at this time and you may feel compelled to do so. However, Thomas said, “If you can delay, do it, but it seems like it will push you, feeling like you’re walking on eggshells.”
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Money may be on the horizon for you, Gemini. “[While] You can now look at your budget and finances, and know that you need to make a serious change, this same Full Moon can also bring news of a new job, increase or we’re a client, too, so look for it,” said Thomas.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
A decisive moment has arrived, Cancer. This particular lunation can bring out some truth between you and your partner. “If you need help at this time, think outside the box and help others who can step in and provide what you need,” Thomas said.
Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22)
Sit back and recharge, Leo. This full moon will make you feel anxious, encouraging you to make some decisions for your own happiness. But, Thomas said, “The best way to manage this energy is to chill, clear your plans and focus on a mini stay.”
Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)
You can be fully booked on your calendar around this time, Virgo. However, there may be some tension developing between you, a friend and someone you are dating. “The best thing to do is to avoid the dramatic vibes, breathe through it and remind everyone that it’s better to bring love into the world and not hate,” said Thomas.
Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)
It’s time for you to level up, professionally, Libra. Thomas said to be prepared for some difficulties at home as you reach new professional heights. “Luckily, a promotion, new job or recognition may arise today depending on how hard you have worked in recent months,” he added.
Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)
Pushing in new directions is at the top of your priority list, Scorpio. However, Thomas says, “You may feel the stress that limits the plans for success or travel you once hoped for.”
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)
Intimacy and sexual energy are in your dictionary near this full moon, Sagittarius, especially with your partner. However, Thomas said “if there’s distance or a disconnect, you can change the details or even decide it’s time to file for divorce and proceed with a settlement.”
Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)
It’s time to reassess where you stand in your relationship, Capricorn. “You can feel more intense around this time, because it can be a make or break time for your relationships,” says Thomas.
Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)
The full moon boosts your productivity, Aquarius. “If you’re looking for a new job or taking on more responsibility, you can now,” Thomas said. “Some Aquarians may decide to adopt around this time, too.”
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
Love and passion may be in the air at this time, Pisces. “When you open your heart, you can cut through the drama and focus more on your true desires,” says Thomas. You may find someone new through your network around this time as well.
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