We are in for a treat tonight with the Full Cold Moon. With the winter solstice just ahead on the 21st, this is a quiet time of solitude, deep reflection, and acceptance—both of what is lost and what is to come. The abundance of the spring and summer months is countered by our cold—often barren—winters. The winter solstice is the longest night of the year. It has long represented rebirth and the triumph of life as it marks the end of our long nights and the beginning of lighter warmer days. Also called the Long Nights Moon, this moon comes during a time when food was scarce historically. The moon stays above the horizon for a long time due to its high trajectory, countering a low Sun, and tonight is no exception with the Full Cold Moon being our last Supermoon of the year.
The annual Geminid meteor shower will also grace our skies this night when the Earth passes through the material (Geminids) from an “extinct comet” that was long thought to be an asteroid. The extinct comet, 3200 Phaethon, according to NASA is “the rocky skeleton of a comet that lost its ice after too many close encounters with the sun.”
Use this magickal time in the cosmos for the good of all. With the Sun in fiery, independent Sagittarius and the moon in thoughtful and adaptable Gemini, this Full Cold Moon is a good time to gather understanding of what’s to come in the new year. Sagittarius and Gemini are naturally great partners which will lend to our intentions in the Full Cold Moon ceremony below. This is a time to reflect on what it is you need to release from your life. Perhaps you were successful in your New Years resolutions, and that has left you with mindsets or attachments you no longer need. The time is now to release those things back into the universe to allow room for things that serve your new needs and desires.
We all have some things we need to release this season. 2017 is around the corner, and we need to be at our best to take on the changes that are coming our way. You can use this ceremony with a partner or friends if you are releasing something together, such as the joint pain of a loss. Ideally, though, this Full Cold Moon Ceremony should be done in quiet solitude to better release, purge, and understand the vacant space that will need to be filled.
We all have some things we need to release this season. Furthermore, with the political and global climate the way it is, we need to be at our best to take on the changes that are coming our way in 2017. You can use this Full Cold Moon ceremony with a partner or friends if you are releasing something together, such as the joint pain of a loss. Ideally, though, this Full Cold Moon Ceremony should be done in quiet solitude. This sets you up to better release, purge, and understand the vacant space that will need to be filled.
Full Cold Moon Purging Preparation
1.) A Black, white, or silver 4” taper candle (you can use larger tapers if you wish, the ceremony will simply take longer).
Traditional white candles represent Spiritual Work, such as prayer, increasing your spiritual knowledge, meditation, etc. They can also be used as a “blank slate” while you’re learning or if a particular color isn’t calling to you. White is the color of purity, and as such, it is yours to infuse with your own meaning and intentions.
Silver candles are ideal for harnessing the power of the full moon. I use them often in meditation as well. Silver candles will help in the removal of negative energy. They help to repel chaos and increases psychic abilities.
Black candles are often used to reverse dominant negative energies and well as to bind them. This candle if used correctly can absorb the negativity, attitudes, or forces that surround and ail you.
2.) Have with you a piece of paper and pen as well. You will use these items to write down your intentions and things you wish to purge.
3.) A cauldron, fireproof bowl, or another vessel to burn the paper in
Full Cold Moon Negativity Purging (to be done under a full moon)
Perform this ritual on December 13th 2016 between 4:00-8:00pm PST
- Cleanse your sacred area with an opening prayer or by burning incense, sage, or any other cleansing herb. Use this time to invite your guides for support and clarity throughout the ceremony.
- Light one or up to three candles. Look into the sky and ground yourself. Be present in the moment as you spend time in reflection and meditation, creating a higher vibration. Take stock of where you are physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
- When you are ready, begin to write down your intentions for the ceremony. As you write down the things you want to purge during this Cold Moon, focus your attention and thoughts on why you need to rid yourself of this stuff. Use one slip of paper for each thing you are purging, and keep the focus on no more than three things.
- When the time feels right, and you are ready to let go, you may begin. Use the flame of the candle to burn the slips of paper one by one. Verbalize your intention by saying out loud what you are purging. You may say something like, “Tonight under the full moon I purge myself and my life of gossip and those who speak ill of me.” Light the paper and set it—on fire—into your fire safe bowl or cauldron.
- Once each item has been lit and configured to turn to ash, spend a bit more time in reflection. Imagine the negativity and attachments whose purpose has expired drifting away from you.
- When the candle is done burning, thank the spirits. If you’re using a larger taper don’t feel like you have to sit there the whole time the candle is burning. Only ensure it doesn’t extinguish prematurely.
- Make sure that the fire is out. Take the ash from your paper and the wax from the candle and dispose of it one of two ways.
- Set it all on fire again to turn the wax completely to ash and blow it all into the wind. This may be especially effective as the Gemini Cold Moon’s element is Air.
- Release the remains of the spellwork into a running body of water. This is a common practice for spellwork of purging and release.