Tuesday, December 13th 2016 is the Full Moon in Gemini, which the Moon enters at 7:06 PM EST that evening. The Moon leaves Gemini at 12:58 AM EST on Wednesday the 14th, so you should do your Full Moon charging on the evening of the 13th for that twinning energy. (That’s that I’m doing.) On Wednesday morning the Moon then enters Cancer at 7:09 AM, so if you charge on Wednesday night, you’re not getting Gemini energy, you’re getting Cancer energy.
To put it simply, do your Full Moon ritual after 7:06 PM EST the night of Tuesday the 13th, but before midnight. December’s Full Moon is the final of three supermoons in 2016, where the Moon appears to be both brighter and larger.
My guide, Witch’s Guide to Full Moon Magick, can be found on the site here; this post is a companion to that guide. If you’re new to Moon magick that’s a great place to begin.
About December’s Moon
There are many names for December’s Full Moon, but the two most common are the Long Nights Moon and the Cold Moon. Native Americans called it the Cold Moon for obvious reasons; the December Full Moon shines down on some frosty weather. Additionally, some Native American tribes called it the Long Nights Moon because it’s the time of the year when the night is the longest. Regardless of what you call it, the meaning of the December Moon is clear: winter is here, and we must endure it.
With winter in full force this is a time of rest for many people, staying indoors with family to escape the snow, being snowed in and missing school, I hear that snow tires are a thing … curious. In Florida, where I live, the skies get gray is murky, and occasionally it gets down to around 50 degrees F and we all turn on our heaters.
My partner, who is from New Jersey, recently asked me why no one in Florida seems to have any holiday spirit. I’d been contemplating this for years and I think it’s because it doesn’t get cold here. Not anymore anyway. Global warming deniers can suck it, because Florida used to have winter and now we have squat. In 1989 we had rolling blackouts and it snowed, in 1998 we had freezing weather all through 1999 … then it slowed … and now it’s gone. We just don’t have winter anymore. It gets down to 50 one night, but it’s back to 70 the next day, or two days at the most.
I think a lot of what fuels the holiday spirit is that it’s freaking freezing outside and you have to spend time with your family drinking cider in front of a fire. The freezing cold forces you to slow down – do you want to leave so badly you shovel snow off your sidewalk? No? Exactly. In Florida it’s just gray out and we have to hang out with in-laws that we know we could escape, the snow birds (old people who need to go back up North, damn them) are everywhere driving 25 miles and hour, and our energy-filled kids are home from school for some unknown reason. No one is hibernating and it bites.
Regardless of all of my complaining, you need to make your own winter, even if that means a beachwear-clad Santa is hanging out with a flamingo lawn ornament. It’s time to put lights on the palm tree and get over it, amirite?
Full Moon in Gemini
Gemini is a very chatty sign, an outgoing, intellectual, and curious Air sign. Gemini is associated with the Twins, and Gemini does have those dual aspects. For all their interest in intellectual pursuits, they can also be total flakes; they’re a ton of fun to date, but they can move on quickly; Geminis are very curious, but easily distracted; they rarely get bored, but when they do, they find it intolerable. Gemini is a mutable sign, able to go with the flow, and, at their best, be a truly curious intellectual. They are playful, fun, and excellent communicators. Not surprising because this sign is ruled by Mercury. Yes, the same Mercury that goes retrograde on December 19th. A Full Moon in Gemini gives us an opportunity to work on communication, flexibility, and intellectual pursuits.
For a Gemini Full Moon I suggest charging crystals associated with communication, intellect, and flexibility. Personal favorites include Lapis Lazuli, Fluorite, and Malachite. Any crystal associated with the Throat Chakra is great as well (Turquoise, Chrysocolla, or Aquamarine).
I hope you all found this guide helpful, I’ll be back at the next Full Moon and we can go on our journey together again. I would love to know how you commemorate the full moon and if you have any ideas for magickal workings. Have a beautiful lunar cycle my friends!
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