Full Moon December 13th 2016 in Gemini

Gemini Constellation

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.

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Full Moon November 14th 2016 in Taurus

Taurus Constellation

Monday, November 14th 2016 is the Full Moon in Taurus, which the Moon entered on Saturday evening. The Moon technically leaves Taurus at 8:52 AM EST on the 14th, so you may choose to do your Full Moon charging on the evening of the 13th (Sunday) for that bullish energy. That’s that I’m doing! On Monday night the moon then enters Gemini at 8:23 PM having spent the day in a state called “void-of-course,” so if you charge on Monday night, you’re not getting Taurus, you’re getting Gemini.

Until you get below the surface of astrology, you won’t hear the term “void-of-course,” marked “v/c” on astrologically-minded calendars. When the Moon is “void-of-course,” that means it has exited the last major aspect of the previous sign, but is not yet in the first solid aspect of the next sign. Sometimes the process takes minutes, other times it takes hours; in the case of the Moon moving from Taurus to Gemini it’s a 12 hour gap.

To put it simply, this energy is a bit wonky, so I highly recommend observing the Full Moon on the evening of November 13th. If you wait until the evening of the 14th, the Moon isn’t even in Taurus anymore, it’s in Gemini, so keep that in mind. If you want to work with the Full Moon in Taurus at it’s peak, you will be working with it on the 14th at 8:52 AM EST. That’s also the exact moment it goes void, so get everything done before that time, if you’re the early-morning-moon-ritual type.

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