Cold Moon 2018

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All Photos…Personal Collection

From Moon Giant:

The December full moon is commonly known in the Northern Hemisphere as the Full Long Nights Moon. It takes its name from the Winter Solstice which has the longest night in the year. The Full Long Nights Moon cuts a soaring trajectory through the wintry skies, in direct opposition to the low-hanging sun. The Algonquins called this full moon the Cold Moon in reference to the cold light it casts upon long winter nights. Strangely enough, in certain other cultures, December’s full moon can actually be associated with warmth.

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To the Deborean Clan, the Cold Moon is associated with staying in your cosy home beside a crackling fireplace, surrounded not just by physical warmth but, also the warmth of family and friends. Similarly, the Wishram tribe named December’s full moon the Winter Houses Moon. Given that it coincides with holidays like Yule, Pagans consider this the perfect time to open up your home and provide warmth to those you love, as well as to those who are most vulnerable to the cold of winter.

Cold Moon Image Three

For those who are more inclined towards solitude, the Full Long Nights Moon provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy your cosy home in peace and quiet. Consider taking lots of restful naps under warm, fluffy comforters or allowing yourself to lounge in bed in the mornings instead of rising immediately to work. Appropriately, the Native American Zuni tribe called December’s full moon the Moon Where the Sun Comes Home to Rest. This full moon is a great time for you to take a long overdue break and recharge, so that you may shine all the brighter when it comes time for you to rise again.

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This period of slow restfulness is also very conducive to introspection. When you look inwards and take stock of your life during this time, try to focus on loose ends and the little things that you’ve left hanging throughout the year. As the last full moon that rises before the year draws to a close, the Full Long Nights Moon is a time of endings. Take advantage of this full moon’s energy and bring an end to tasks you’ve been meaning to do, clearing your mind so you can move forward with a clean slate.

Cold Moon Image Five
The phone always has a light ‘echo’.

As much as the Full Long Nights Moon may be about endings, it is also about beginnings and rebirth. The Sioux Indians’ name for December’s full moon is the Moon When Deer Shed Their Horns, thus beginning the process of growing new ones. The Celts, on the other hand, call it the Elder Moon. Elder is fragile and easily damaged but, it’s also full of vitality and recovers very quickly. As the Elder Moon shines upon you, allow yourself to rest and heal from everything that has hurt you over the year and, focus instead on new beginnings and promising areas of growth. This is an excellent time to start planning your New Year’s resolutions and set exciting new goals for the upcoming year.

Cold Moon Image Six
I got some stars in this one.

From Moon Connection:

The full moon name often used by Christian settlers is the Moon Before Yule.

From Farmers Almanac:

16 thoughts on “Cold Moon 2018

    bereavedandbeingasingleparent said:
    December 23, 2018 at 11:50 AM

    Fascinating. Every day is a school day.

    Liked by 1 person

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      December 23, 2018 at 1:25 PM

      Hey. I’m glad I am bringing forth knowledge. Good reason to blog!

      Thanks, love…

      Liked by 1 person

    JT Twissel said:
    December 23, 2018 at 1:23 PM

    It might be cold but it is beautiful. Interesting history – the Native Americans had a much closer tie to the earth than the settlers.

    Liked by 1 person

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      December 23, 2018 at 1:42 PM

      Yes they did. And, modern life has nearly erased all memory of her.

      Liked by 1 person

    floatinggold said:
    December 23, 2018 at 2:48 PM

    An interesting read. And a reminder that what something is to you can be totally different than what it is to you.

    Liked by 1 person

    bottomlesscoffee007 said:
    December 23, 2018 at 4:52 PM

    Regardless of what anyone might believe or ascribe to, this time of year I believe that reflection and appreciation take place more now than any other time of year.


    Lwbut said:
    March 25, 2019 at 5:28 AM

    I like the ‘beams’ but that’s a curious mini-moon attached to the bigger one? Might be due to the camera not facing exactly perpendicular to the incoming light?
    Like the way you shot through the branches. 🙂


      The Hinoeuma responded:
      March 25, 2019 at 2:58 PM

      That light ball sometimes shows up. It makes me crazy. It’s like light-feedback or something. I try to tilt the phone to get rid of it. And, getting it lined up with the moon is nearly impossible.

      The beams are curious, too. Atmospheric conditions? Funky phone? A setting I can fix? IDK. 🤔😖

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        Lwbut said:
        March 26, 2019 at 4:15 AM

        If the moon is in the exact centre of the screen (and therefore centre of lens) there should not be a smaller ball image ( in theory!) 😉 But you don’t always want to have the moon in dead centre> 😦
        The beams are curious. I’ve seen six beams from sunlight/headlights etc, but not just 2 before. Not sure if it’s water droplets splitting the light a little like a rainbow or if it’s the camera and/or lens??
        Might have to look into that?


          The Hinoeuma responded:
          March 26, 2019 at 4:23 PM

          Samsung S7. It has multiple camera settings. The lens on the back has a clear cover on it. Perhaps, there is some kind of distortion going on. 🤔

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            Lwbut said:
            March 27, 2019 at 3:01 AM

            Very possible… if there is a small air gap betwen them there may be reflection going on in between. If you can remove the cover see if it makes a difference with the moon shots maybe?


              The Hinoeuma responded:
              March 27, 2019 at 3:57 AM

              Yeah…that’s a no go. It is sealed into the body of the phone. My S5, you could pop the back off and remove the battery. After that model or the S6, Samsung sealed them.

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                Lwbut said:
                March 27, 2019 at 7:56 AM

                Hmmmm… I think mine’s sealed too – I bout a protective cover and shield to stop damage but the lens is not covered – I still wouldn’t do astronomic shots with it though unless i had no alternative. 🙂


                  The Hinoeuma responded:
                  March 27, 2019 at 6:53 PM

                  Yeah. My S7 has mega-pixels, many size settings…all sorts of bells and whistles but, the Moon is either a bright blur or, a golf ball. *sigh*

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