Full Moon in December 2022, Cold Moon

Written by Apple Updated Dec. 3, 2022

The full moon in December occurs on Thursday, December 8, 2022. It is called “Cold Moon”. Wishes made at the preceding new moon are supposed to come true at this December’s full moon, which is associated with growth, dependability, responsibility, and harmony in astrology.

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Full Moon December 2022

When to See the Full Moon in December 2022

December’s full moon occurs on Thursday, December 8, 2022. It is approximately 400,070 km (248,592 miles) from Earth in Gemini.

December’s full moon will rise after dusk. It will peak when reaches its highest point in the sky at Taurus around midnight and set around sunrise the next morning, being visible for a duration of about 9 hours.

The best time to see the full moon in China is at about 11:00 p.m., at 11:36 p.m. EDT, in the US, and at 04:36 a.m. in the UK.

Why Is It Called the Cold Moon?

Traditionally, the full moon's name derives from Native American colonial and European cultures.

The Cold Moon is the last full moon of the year. The full moon is called the cold moon because of the cold temperature in the Northern Hemisphere. The full moon in December occurs near the winter solstice. At this time of the year, The night is the longest of the year.

December's full moon is also called "Long Nights Moon", or "the Moon before Yule", all related to the coldness and darkness of December.

Astrological Meanings of the Full Moon in Gemini December 2022

December 2022’s full moon is in the sign of Gemini. Represented by the celestial twins of Castor and Pollux, Gemini is an air sign that has astrological meanings of harmony, growth, and dependability.

Taurus is the third astrological sign in the zodiac, spanning from 60° to 90° of zodiac. It lies in the Northern Hemisphere between Taurus to the west and Cancer to the east.

When the full moon in December occurs, the sun and the moon meet at 16°01 ′ in Gemini, which is the opposite position to the Sun in Sagittarius. This is a position representing hopes, dreams, and aspirations for the future.

The Effects of the December's Full Moon on the Astrological Signs

This December’s full moon occurs in Gemini. Gemini is an air sign along with Libra and Aquarius and is compatible with the earth signs, such as Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn as well as the fire signs including Aries, Leo, Scorpio, and Sagittarius, so December's full moon in Gemini should favor those signs. 

Cultural and Religious Representation

The Moon has influenced human culture for thousands of years, and the full moon and new moon phases in particular. Festivals in many countries are related to the full moon phase, including Mid-Autumn Festival and Lantern Festival in China, Easter in the United States, and Navaratri in India.

In the past, it was believed that the moon caused many forms of mental illness and even could cause disasters. Many people believe that the moon is related to life phenomena. Many plausible claims are found in folklore, religion, astrology, literature and art, and modern film and television media.

When Is the Next Full Moon Day

The next full moon will occur on January 6, 2023. It will be the first full moon of the year. It is also called the Wolf Moon because the full moon occurs when the Native Americans often heard wolves howling during the winter nights at this time of year.

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