Don't miss the opportunity to look up into the night sky on this winter solstice and revel in the Native American "Cold Moon" full moon and the Ursid meteor shower.
Photo of earth during winter by NASA
Winter solstice, falling on December 21, 2018, will mark the shortest day of the year as well as a full moon in the night sky. The upcoming full moon named the Cold Moon or the Long Night Moon will be visible during the longest night of the year.
The events will fall together one after another but not exactly at the same time! - The peak full Moon will occur on December 22 at 1 p.m. EST while the winter solstice falls a day earlier on December 21. However, to the typical person viewing the moon, it will appear full for several days...
What is Winter Solstice?
The winter solstice marks a transition period where days begin getting longer in the Northern Hemisphere and shorter in the Southern Hemisphere. The evening of the winter solstice will be the longest of the year for the Northern Hemisphere.Winter solstice occurs in December for the Northern Hemisphere and June for the Southern Hemisphere. For Wiccans, for example winter solstice is on The Wiccan Calendar: Yule (Winter Solstice) In most traditions, Yule is the Sabbat that begins the WiccanYear. This is the Winter Solstice—the shortest day and longest night we will experience in the Northern Hemisphere. Yule, a fire festival, is a time of celebrating the return of the light which during Solstice Eve ritual in which you meditate and then welcome the "light" Longer daylight hours as well as focus on removing the "dark negativity" from the past and move forward with "light" a time to be thankful ,reflect on the year and the positives ahead.
The Cold Full Moon
A Cold Moon rising over the mountains.
The 2018 winter solstice will be accompanied by what NASA notes as the Cold Moon or the Long Night Moon. The names originate from the Native Americans, who marked December's full Moon as the beginning of the coldest part of the year. Also, the "Long Night Moon" is named after the longest night of the year on the winter solstice and the Moon before Yule.
How often does this happen!?
The last time it occurred was in 2010 and the next event will not be until 2094. On December 21 you will also be able to see Mercury and Jupiter in conjunction in the long night sky. On top of all that, the Ursid meteor shower will peak on the nights of December 21 and 22, adding shooting starts to the mix.What a lovely way to begin the new year ahead!
This Full moon, on the longest night of the year! Landing Right spot on winter solstice with a meteor shower as the icing on the cake! This will be a Magical time of not only removing past negative energy for some, but a memorable time for everyone!
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