The final full moon of 2017 officially occurs at 3:47 p.m. UTC on December 3. The full moon will be bright in the sky both December 2 and 3. Unless of course you live where I do in Canada and snowstorms block any view of the moon.
Native Americans call the moon in December the Full Cold Moon to indicate that It occurs close to the winter solstice and the coming of snow and cold weather. This year the Solstice occurs Thursday, December 21 at 4:28 p.m. UTC. Since winter solstice is also the shortest day of the year, this moon is also called the Long Night’s Moon and of course the Winter Moon.
In the Southern Hemisphere balance is attained by opposites. Approaching the longest days and coming of summer, the December moon down under is called the Strawberry Moon, Honey Moon or Rose Moon.
In China, the December moon is called the Bitter Moon in reference to bitter cold weather.
This Month’s Guidance
As the year winds down, it is a time to review and evaluate your progress this year, to find gratitude for all that you have and all those you love, and to begin planning and visualizing what you would like to create in the year to come. It has been a difficult year for many people. Start preparing now to make next year more progressive.
The holiday season is also a time where many mourn the loss of loved ones. Many families will have an empty seat this year and feel the grief of loss. Know that the pain you feel also represents the amount of love that was present. Try to focus on the positive affect that someone had in your life rather than feeling bad about their absence. In my beliefs the spirits who have crossed are still aware of love being sent their way.
We have also seen a marked increase in depression, anxiety and thoughts of suicide. Lately we have all felt stronger emotions. We are also exposed to media reports of all the bad things going on in the world. Instead of losing hope, step back from all the things that make you sad and instead recognize what makes you happy. Change is the biggest constant so understand that your next year can be much better.
If you are feeling poorly this holiday season, reach out for help. If you notice someone looking sad, make a point of connecting. A comforting word can make a huge difference to someone at the right time.
We are nearing the end of a hectic ride through 2017. May the New Year bring you success, love and progress.
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