The moon is a powerful symbol that has been used since ancient times for guidance and illumination
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How to Celebrate the Cold Moon on December 18th
Did you know that all full moons throughout the year have their own name relating to the time of year they’re in? The full moon that falls in the month of December is called the Cold Moon. This year, the Cold Moon will reach its pinnacle on December 18th, 2021, at around 11:37 pm, Eastern Standard Time. Right before sunset, the Cold Moon will begin to emerge above the horizon, and due to its high trajectory, the Cold Moon appears above the horizon for the longest time of the entire year.
Meaning of Cold Moon
The Cold Moon represents a time of healing and inspiration, a perfect occasion for spells of protection and balance. This is also a good time for setting intentions for what you want to manifest in your life. If you have been struggling with something or feeling stuck, now is a good time to fix that.
Each full moon of the year has a different name which typically represents the months or seasons during which they appear. These names often came from Native American tribes who used the moons to chart the changing of the seasons. The Cold Moon comes from the Mohawk tribe, and it describes not only the temperature of the time of year, but also the symbolic nature of the world’s dormancy during winter. Crops and fields lay bare and full of frost, ice, or snow. Just as we are ending the cycle of the year, soon to be reborn in the New Year, so, too, will the moon and nature itself soon be reborn.
Using the Cold Moon’s Spiritual Energy
As a full moon Ritual, concentrate your energy and attention on having your desires fulfilled. During full moons, witches traditionally perform divination rituals in order to get a sense of what is coming into their lives over the next month or so. These rituals are especially good to perform during the Cold Moon, as it’s viewed as a time of renewed energy and rebirth for the new year to come. You can also use it for spells for yourself or others – perhaps you have someone in mind who needs some assistance, or you need to meditate and reflect on the events of the past year and seek guidance for the coming year. In other words, get ready for big changes and focus on something you’d like to see manifest in your life over these next few weeks because it will manifest!
Cold Moon Ritual
The waxing moon cycle is regarded as a powerful time for magick. You can use it to turn your goals into reality. However, if you’re not familiar with magic and spells, you might find some how-to advice and general guidelines about spells and spellcasting very helpful. To increase your chances of success at working magick, here are a few basics: The best way for making things happen by means of spellcraft is via sympathetic magick. With sympathetic magick, one seeks or creates an object that represents their goal or desire (such as a piece of jewelry for increasing money). Once such an object has been made or acquired, it must be charged with your energy and intention.
Here is a simple ritual to perform during the Cold Moon that helps to promote self-reflection and introspection.
The spell works through intention.
Your ingredient list should look as follows: a piece of paper with a pencil or pen, one silver and one gold candle.
The Cold Moon ritual is all about opening yourself up to invite the Goddess’s protection and influence into yourself and your circle. The silver candle represents the moon itself, and symbolizes protection, positivity, and stability. The gold candle represents the sun and a giver of warmth and bringer of life. It symbolizes confidence, understanding, strength, and growth.
These candles are your guides during your ritual. They will help you to answer questions pertaining to the year gone by. Meditation is important for this part of the ritual, as it requires some serious self-reflection.
The following ritual for the Cold Moon can be cast on any of the three nights of full moon this December.
First and foremost, you must set your intentions for this spell, then cast your circle and do some meditation to help aid in your self-reflection.
Casting the Spell
Before you begin, take three deep breaths to calm yourself. This may seem silly, but is actually a very important part of spellcraft. Your intention can be misconstrued if you have not taken a moment to meditate and ensure that your inner self is calm and ready to perform the magick.
First, light the silver candle while visualizing the moon’s power entering your circle opening up your second sight.
Second, light the gold candle while visualizing the sun’s power filling you and your circle with warmth and renewing energy. At this time, you may call upon any other guides or guardians you honor and ask them to attend your ritual. A simple “I call upon the guardians of the watchtowers to attend my ritual, protect my circle, and guide my intention” will suffice. Meditative music may help you to get in touch with the energies you seek.
Once the above is complete, and when you feel ready, take out your paper and pen and write your answers to the following questions:
- What gave me energy this year?
- What drained my energy this year?
- What are three things I am proud to have done this year?
- What is an important lesson I learned this year?
Once you have written your answers, sit for a moment in meditative silence so you can reflect on the answers you have given. When you are done, thank the guides or guardians that you invited to your ritual, open your circle, and extinguish your candles.
20 Moon-Worthy Ways to Use Moon Water
Moon water has many wonderful and magical uses that can be incorporated into your daily rituals and practices. Moon water, also known as rose water, provides much more than just hydration and flavor to your food and drinks; it can be used in self-care practices and to cleanse sacred spaces as well as use in your beauty routine. In fact, many people make their own moon water because it’s said to be more powerful than store-bought varieties because it’s been blessed by the moon herself. These are 20 moon-worthy ways to use moon water!
Whether you’re practicing candle magic or just want a convenient way to light your home, floating candles are perfect for illuminating any space. To make moon water floating candles, fill a clear glass vase with moon water and place a white tealight in it. Position it somewhere in your house where it will reflect the moonlight. The best times of day for using moon water candles are from dawn until noon because they absorb sunlight energy during these hours and emit it during twilight. It’s important to be careful when lighting because most contain combustible materials that can cause fires or burns if not used correctly. Don’t burn candles directly under anything that can catch fire, including curtains and rugs.
Use In Watercolors
Moon water can be used in many ways during meditation. Some use it in their baths, while others use it in rituals or when making magic. And, of course, there are those who simply love how moon water feels on their skin when they’re relaxing. If you want to reap these benefits, you’ll need a small bottle of pure moon water with which to paint—or at least have on hand for easy access. Though it may seem difficult, creating your own moon water is actually quite simple! All you need to do is leave water out underneath the moon. That’s it!
Infuse with Fruits, Crystals, and Herbs
Infusing moon water with all sorts of ingredients is a great method for use in your daily rituals. You can infuse moon water with fruit crystals, herbs, leaves, peels, and flowers. The combinations are endless! Try these ideas for starters:
– Honeydew Melon and Raspberry with Aventurine, Rose Quartz, and Withania Somnifera for fertility, love, beauty, protection, abundance, and lunar magic.
– Strawberry, Lime, and Cucumber with Peridot, Topaz, and Rosemary for love, chastity, fertility, healing, fortune, peace, and protection.
– Raspberry, Rose Petal, and Vanilla with Jasper, Amethyst, and Basil for love, protection, divination, healing, psychic abilities. happiness, and lust.
Moon Water Scrying
To clear your mind, put a small amount of moon water in a bowl and light some candles around it. As you inhale the fragrant smoke, cup your hands around your eyes and look through them into the bowl. Be mindful not to focus on any one thing; instead, let all thoughts go as you simply gaze into it. You’ll be amazed at what arises—just make sure to jot it down later!
Cleaning yourself and your living space with moon water can help you prepare for your next ritual. A few drops of lemon essential oil and a couple of sprigs of rosemary-infused in a spray bottle are all you need. Add about 2 ounces of water and 1 teaspoon of kosher salt to mix it up, and feel free to adjust as needed and enjoy! If you’ve made an infusion with herbs or fruit crystals, keep it in a dark cabinet—like one used for storing food—for continued potency.
Diffuse Essential Oils
Not only do essential oils have aromatherapeutic properties, but adding them to your moon water allows you to select a scent that fits whatever mood you’re in. This is one of my favorite ways of using moon water—particularly on full moons, which are also good times for cleansing rituals. The relaxing properties of lavender, peppermint, and chamomile are great for unwinding after a long day.
Bless Sacred Space
Moon water is believed to cleanse, bless, and protect people, places, and things. If you’re looking for an effective way to bless sacred spaces—whether that be your home or garden—try making moon water. It has subtle energy that makes it perfect for cleansing space with intention. There are many different ways of using moon water.
Open Third Eye
The Full Moon (when it’s shining directly overhead, making its light stronger and more intense) is an ideal time for opening our third eye. If you’re not familiar with your third eye (also known as your inner eye or mind’s eye), it is simply your brain stem (the bottom part of your pineal gland). The full moon can be used as a tool to open that portion of our mind, helping us connect to our intuition.
Put In Flower Vase
Maybe you love your usual floral arrangements, but they don’t always stand out in a small space. So, what about using moon water in place of actual flowers? You can add moon water to any existing floral arrangement or create your own with just moon water and vases.
Cleanse Scrying Mirror
It’s said that a mirror becomes clearer and more reflective after it’s been cleaned with moon water, making it a powerful tool for scrying—the art of seeing your future by gazing into a still or running body of water. All you need is a glass mirror, two drops of moon water, and a bowl of still water. Place your face close to the bowl, dip a towel in moon water, then gently wipe away any dust or dirt from your mirror.
Make Ice Cubes
Make a big batch of moon water and put it in ice cube trays. Label and freeze them for the next time you need a drink or want to use moon water for a spell. If you do not have trays, no worries. You can place your moon water into individual Ziploc bags, label them, then place them into your freezer until ready to use.
As we’ve already discussed, essential oils and flower essences can be easily infused into water. It’s a great way to get more of these superpowers inside your body without having to take capsules or swallow pastilles. Another fun use for moon water is keeping it in an open vase on your kitchen table or living room floor, where you can glance at it throughout the day and get a subtle dose of your favorite plants and herbs with every glance. What better way is there than that to stay in tune with nature?
Apply to $$$ to Promote Prosperity
Whether you’re putting it in your tea, bathing with it, or making an offering, moon water is a traditional way of harnessing magical powers for prosperity. And luckily, there are a few ways to spend $$$ that bring more luck than giving it away! The next time you want some quick cash in your pocket (or maybe in your purse—who knows), try blessing yourself and someone else with moon water—it’s one of many fun ways to empower yourself through ritual.
Depending on what you’re doing with your moon water, you may want to charge your sigil beforehand. In an empty glass jar, dissolve a tablespoon of white sugar in 2 cups of water. Add one tablespoon of salt and stir well. Let it sit out overnight with a sigil or intention written on a piece of paper taped or tied around it under a light source, such as a candle or incandescent bulb. Keep it under light for at least 24 hours. This is a simple way to charge any sigil, whether it’s related to moon water or not!
Add to Smoothies
Smoothies are a great way to include fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet, especially if you don’t like to eat them on your own. They can be used as meal replacements or snacks. Combining ingredients with high water content (like melons) and some that release lots of water when cooked (like cucumbers) creates a beverage that is light and healthy, perfect for hot summer days. Throw in a little moon water charged with intention and not only is it a healthy snack but a blessed one!
Add to a Bath (my favorite)
Whether you believe in its restorative powers or not, most of us can agree that taking a bath is one of life’s most luxurious rituals. The soft lighting of candles, music playing—it’s easy to see why it’s an activity almost universally cherished by all humans. A bath is also a great place for reflection and inspiration. So when you combine these two activities together, what do you get? Something truly magical. You can immerse your whole body in the wondrous magic of moon water, by adding it to your bath!
Add Lavender for Toner
The scent of lavender can be relaxing, but it’s also cleansing and purifying. Add a few drops of lavender oil to your moon water (and any other water you use throughout your day) for a soothing aroma. Likewise, sage is considered beneficial for spirituality; boil some in your tea or use it as an essential oil diffuser scent. For glowing skin, try adding lemon juice to your water; it’s said that lemons are healing for both body and spirit.
Cleanse Crystals and Tools
Crystals are important tools for magick, but they also need regular cleansing. To cleanse them, first dissolve 1 tablespoon of sea salt into 4 cups of moon water. Soak your crystals in it for 2 hours before drying with a soft cloth. This will clear away negative energy and return your crystals to their original shine.
Make Tea (or coffee)
One of the best ways to get started with moon water is to make a cup of tea (herbal tea works too!). If you’re not sure what types of herbs you like (or where to start), don’t worry! Start out by mixing things together and see what flavors you like; there are thousands upon thousands of combinations that will give you different effects based on your magical practice.
Make Your Own Soap
Traditionally, moon water is made by soaking herbs in water under a full moon and letting it sit until it attains a pale color. It’s said that moon water should only be used during blue moons, but don’t worry—there are ways around that. The first way is to infuse your herbal mixture with natural dye made from fruit crystals or floral oil, which will give it pigment.
Charge Water-Loving Crystals
It’s a well-known fact that water is absolutely crucial for life on Earth. Thanks to its unique molecular structure, our planet’s abundant H2O makes it possible for life as we know it to exist because it creates an environment where cells can thrive. Our bodies are made up of up to 60% water; so, you might say there’s nothing quite like having some nearby! Luckily, crystals love H2O as well…especially these crystal essences! But not all crystals love water! Don’t get any of these wet: amber, turquoise, red coral, fire opal, moonstone, calcite, kyanite, kunzite, angelite, azurite, selenite. A good rule of thumb: Many stones that end in “ite” are not water-friendly.)
Do you use moon water for anything in your practice? Let us know in the comments!
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