Celebrating the Full Moon – Long Nights Moon – Dec 2014

Ancient people’s considered the Moon to be a deity. For the Romans, she was the goddess Luna, while for the Norse and Anglo Saxons, he was the god Mani or Mona. Today is the Full Moon. I call it Long Nights Moon because we are close to Yule now and the nights are their longest. It is also known as the Oak Moon or Cold Moon but I prefer that name for January’s moon. There are eight phases in the lunar cycle – from the new moon to the full moon and back again. The moon is very important for life on earth – especially for controlling the tides (natures recycling plan).

In ancient times, many cultures planned their calendars by the moon and there are still farming communities today who plant according to it. The metonic cycle of 19 years is the time it takes for the lunar and solar calendars to come together in sync and that might be why 19 years is mentioned in Druidry.

I think the best times to celebrate the lunar cycle are at the full moon and the new moon. The full moon is a time of thanksgiving. It is a good time to get together with family or friends, have a big feast with lots of moon shaped foods e.g. fajitas or pizza, create a full moon altar or go to a local water source to watch the tides. It is also considered a time for peace, so it is a good day to spend focusing on helping the community and working for peace locally or globally. Other possibilities include researching and learning more about the moon or indulging your creative side (often the moon is seen as feminine and creativity is often seen as a feminine attribute) e.g. by writing poetry.

There are many ways to celebrate the Full Moon as Naturalistic Pantheists. Do you celebrate it in your practice? What do you do?

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3 thoughts on “Celebrating the Full Moon – Long Nights Moon – Dec 2014

  1. We went to a memorial service/celebration, of a friend and it was amazing that it coincided with the full moon. He touched an amazing number of lives and everyone was thankful for having known him. Then we went out and got a tree for Yule and lit sparklers. It was an unplanned, meaningful day. Thanks for your article.

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