Tuesday 1 December 2009

Full moon for a long, dark, cold night

There is a full moon tomorrow morning, December 2, at 7.30am London time. But those who like to call each month's moon by an individual name might well be a bit confused.

According to my Llewellyn's 2009 Witches' Calendar and The Farmer's Almanac this is called Long Night's Moon, because it is the moon before Yule.

However, it isn't actually the full moon closest to Yule or closest the Midwinter Solstice, neither is it the last full moon of the year, which is the definition of Long Night's Moon on About.com.

This December is a rare month because it has two full moons - one tomorrow and another on December 31.

Other names for December's full moon are Dark Moon, Cold Moon and Snow Moon. With the BBC weather report forecasting frost and ice with snow on high ground this week, that sounds appropriate. Winter is truly here.

The picture above shows a photographic print of Norwegian Street in Snow from Mary Evans that is available from Amazon

Llewellyn's 2010 Witches' Calendar
Photographic Print of NORWEGIAN ST IN SNOW from Mary Evans

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