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What the Full Cold Moon in Cancer Means & What it Means for Each Zodiac Sign

Updated: Dec 26, 2023

December's Full Cold Moon is on Dec. 26, 2023, at 7:33 p.m. ET (4:33 p.m. PT). Expect it to Support Your Dreams in 2024.

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Full moons are action-forward lunations that prompt release. Think of them as a time of high energy, when emotions run high and pressure rises. This upcoming December 2023 full cold moon is no different.

On Dec. 26, 2023, the full cold moon in tenderhearted Cancer will prompt some emotional turbulence, while also creating feelings of déjà vu. Because the sensitive water sign rules our emotions, desires, and spirituality, this lunation is all about tapping into the supernatural and accessing your intuition.

Since the moon will be at home in its native sign during its next lunation, it also prompts clarity, emotional reflection, and full-circle moments. Plus, with Mercury retrograde shaking things up for a final time this year, we can expect to revisit some of our past lessons.

I suggests referring back to the corresponding new moon in Cancer, which happened on July 17. Be on the lookout for similar themes from the summer and a progression of the storyline into a new fullness.

Plus, this supercharged lunation happens to be the second full moon in Cancer this year. It's a beautiful, bookended moment to reflect on how we both began and are now finishing the year.

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Why Is It Called the Cold Moon?

Per The Old Farmer's Almanac, the December full cold moon has Native American origins and gets its name because of its arrival in the bitter winter season. For context, it's pretty common that a lot of lunations get their names from the seasons they're in. For example, December's full moon is called the cold moon because it's during the cold season of the year, just like September's full moon is called the harvest moon because it's during harvest season.

What Is the Spiritual Meaning of the Cold Moon?

Generally speaking, full moons symbolize vibrant emotions, action, and release. Think of the December 2023 full cold moon as being especially emotionally potent, as the moon is at home in its native sign, Cancer. The harmonious rendezvous prompts us to lean into our emotions. People will be especially sensitive during this time. That said, it's a perfect time to check in on our emotional health and practice self-compassion.

Plus, the December full cold moon arrives days after the introspective winter solstice, a time ripe for reflection, planning, and manifesting. That makes this lunation especially strong for feeling all the shades of your emotions. It's a cathartic moment for processing, especially with family.

Additionally, that expansive Jupiter sextiles the moon and creates a trine with the sun, which will help put things into perspective. Whatever unfolded this year, this lunation wants us to appreciate the big picture and feel the joy that is surrounding us in the present moment. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, this powerful lunation reminds us of our inner power.

Keep reading to find out what the December 2023 full cold moon has in store for your zodiac sign and how you can channel the spirit world.

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What the December Full Cold Moon in Cancer Means For Each Zodiac Sign

Aries (March 21–April 19)

Don't be afraid to ask for help, Aries — and showing gratitude couldn't hurt, either. This lunation encourages a reflection on the home front. Lean into your privacy, and prepare for catharsis. You'll be feeling quite nostalgic for the places that held you this year. Check in with yourself emotionally before you take any action.

Taurus (April 20–May 20)

The Cancer full moon is giving you permission to get a little sappy right now, Taurus. It's OK for you to wear your heart on your sleeve! This lunation may spark healing conversations. It's a moment to talk to your favorite people and share the stories that shaped 2023. Don't hold back what you're deeply feeling.

Gemini (May 21–June 20)

Choose your battles, Gemini. Being exclusive with where you pour your energy can be extra grounding right now. You will be acknowledging how your priorities have shifted throughout the year and expressing gratitude for what you've come to care about most. Filter out everything else.

Cancer (June 21–July 22)

You've come a long way, Cancer, and now's the time to reap your rewards. With this lunation sparkling in your home sign, it's a sweet time to reflect on just how far you've come this year. It's a powerful time to praise your progress and let go of the rest. While there were plenty of lessons, there was also a lot of individual growth.

Leo (July 23–Aug. 22)

There's no shame in trading a night out for quality "me" time, Leo. If you've been feeling bogged down especially, this emotional full moon is a powerful time to open your heart space. Taking some quiet time around the holidays to reflect solo will feel especially supportive. Meditation could be helpful in keeping you grounded.

Virgo (Aug. 23–Sept. 22)

Grab your dancing shoes, Virgo! This bubbly lunation is fully charging your social battery. Remember the groups that made you feel like part of a team in 2023. Don't skimp out on the affection, either! Planning an outing or girl dinner at your place could be the remedy for this emotional lunation.

Libra (Sept. 23–Oct. 22)

Feeling exposed, Libra? This full moon may see you in the limelight, whether you're ready or not. It could be the busiest time of year at the office for you, and this Cancer full moon will mark a beautiful culmination point. But don't forget about your support system. Career matters might've come full circle, and you'll be giving thanks for how far you've come.

Scorpio (Oct. 23–Nov. 21)

It's time for a getaway, Scorpio. Sunday says you just might squeeze in your last trip of the year. Ultimately, this is a time to keep an open mind — and an open heart — as you press forward into 2024. Your quest for something spiritual doesn't always require another stamp in your passport, either. Even if you're just escaping into a book, though, this lunation reminds you just how expansive the world really is.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22–Dec. 21)

A chapter is ending, Sagittarius, and it's time to let go of all that didn't make the cut for you this year. Remember the endings that this year held, and trust the growth that each of them promised in return. Lean into your heart, and hold a releasing ritual to finally make peace with what no longer serves you.

Capricorn (Dec. 22–Jan. 19)

This lunation will have you feeling the love, Capricorn. It's all about laying your heart out on the table and acknowledging your closest relationships. It's a promising time for partnerships of all kinds and a moment to acknowledge 2023's most supportive people. Don't be afraid to squeeze a little extra tight!

Aquarius (Jan. 20–Feb. 18)

Get your act together, Aquarius, but don't forget to lead with self-compassion. While many indulge this time of year, you might be patting yourself on the back for a successful digital detox. You might also feel a pull into your emotions — listen to it, whether that's through journaling or releasing tension through a sport. That's because this lunation focuses on your emotional health and overall well-being.

Pisces (Feb. 19–March 20)

Feeling supported yet, Pisces? Fellow water sign Cancer is probing your inner artist, so take this as a sign to hit send on all of your major projects! Honoring how your gifts have evolved throughout the year will ensure you continue to expand. As a moment of action, don't be afraid to indulge in all of your pleasures as a reward for all of your brave accomplishments this year!

When Is the Next Cold Moon?

The next December full cold moon arrives on Dec. 15, 2024, at 4:02 a.m. ET (1:02 a.m. PT).

Inner-G Message for all who are guided here:

Channel bold, fiery Sagittarian energy as you respond to questions, requests and opportunities. Look outside the box and push your boundaries to try something new! If you have big, wild ideas and dreams, now is the perfect time to go after them. Stop hiding in the shadows and let your truth be known. It will prepare you for the upcoming new moon in Capricorn(blog coming). You can also prepare for the upcoming full moon by doing your own Full Moon Ritual. At that time, consider booking an energy healing session focused on your wellness like my Remote Reiki Healing or schedule your Spiritual Bath session taking place in Virginia's Short Pump area all December, which includes reiki attunement and The Essence Experience.

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