At this time of year the Full Wolf Moon urges us to reconnect with our primal perceptions and understandings. This is the dead of winter – at time where instincts and understanding meant life or death to our ancestors. This is a time to honor our instincts and our primal selves. The chill of winter does not yet ease, so you must remain vigilant.
The full moon in December is the Long-Nights moon, which makes sense seeing as it falls around the winter solstice. This year, the full Long-Nights moon falls on the solstice. But that’s not all – this year, there is also a full eclipse – however we’re in the middle of a snow storm here. It is at this time that we truly notice how long the nights have become. This is a time for introspection; a time to face the darkness that surrounds us. This is the time to go into the darkness to learn from our shadow-selves. Rest, recuperate, take care of yourself – this is the time of the Dark Mother.
I call the full moon in November the full Frosty moon, because where I live the cold of winter is really setting in right about now. This is a time for reflection on past choices. This is a time for thankfulness too, in a sense – being thankful for being able to be comfortable about the onset of winter. Where I live, winter is generally cold, long, and ruthless. On this moon, I take the time to realize that winter is now here; it’s no longer something I can plan for or pretend isn’t creeping up on me – it’s here.