December Moon is Full Cold Moon
The name for this month's moon is pretty easy to determine. The weather is now getting colder and in the Northeast the snow has already started. There also is going to be solar eclipse on 12/26/19.
Is there any numeric significance to the full moon on 12/12/19? Astrological influences are: it is time to finalize, complete and consolidate, and get ready to draw a line under the last six months. This means serious challenges involving love and/or money are reaching a crisis point. The December 12 full moon in forces you to make adjustments in these areas of your life in order to restore balance.
Moon graphic from: The Farmer's Almanac
What is Yule?
The Norse peoples, who called it Jul, viewed it as a time for much feasting and merrymaking. Traditional customs such as the Yule Log, the decorate tree and wassailing can all be traced back to Norse origins.
Most celebrations of the winter solstice in Europe involved merriment and feasting. To make ends meet cattle were slaughtered so they wouldn't have to be fed during the winter. Just in time for the holiday celebration.
When a new religion called Christianity popped up, the new hierarchy had trouble converting the Pagans, and as such, folks didn't want to give up their old holidays. Christian churches were built on old Pagan worship sites, and Pagan symbols were incorporated into the symbolism of Christianity. Within a few centuries, the Christians had everyone worshiping a new holiday celebrated on December 25, although scholars believe it is more likely that Jesus was born around April rather than in the winter.
In some traditions of Wicca and Paganism, the Yule celebration comes from the Celtic legend of the battle between the young Oak King and the Holly King. The Oak King, representing the light of the new year, tries each year to usurp the old Holly King, who is the symbol of darkness. Re-enactment of the battle is popular in some Wiccan rituals.
For all it's inputs and influences, Yule is still an important time of the year to pagans around the world. In the most direct terms it is still a festival that honors the cycle of nature and the Wheel of the Year. It is not just about the rebirth of the God figure in pagan lore.
Yule is a 12 day holiday, it begins on "Mothers Night" (December 21st) and ends 12 days later on "Yule Night" (January 1st). It's the origin for the Christian "12 Days of Christmas".
The festivals are observed from sunset to sunset -
Dec. 20 to Dec. 23. During the 1st 3 days -
The virgin Maiden Goddess is honored as your guide for moving forward into the new year, to set you on the right and positive path.
Dec. 23 to Dec. 26. The 2nd set of 3 days -
The Mother Goddess is honored for fertility and all your coming endeavors.
Dec. 26 to Dec 29. The 3rd set of 3 days -
These 3 days are set aside for the rebirth of the God, and honoring his guidance through the physical world.
Dec. 29 to Jan. 1. -
The last 3 days are set aside for the Old Crone Goddess who is honored for wisdom and as your teacher into the cosmic lessons of life and spirit. In modern times, under the solar calendar, she might also be honored as the waning year giving way to the new year.
How ever you celebrate, may you be surrounded by joy in this holiday season!