The Cold Moon

This month’s full moon was on 8th December and is known as the Cold Moon a Mohawk name that conveys the frigid conditions of this time of year, when cold weather truly begins to grip us – definitely true this year when even our temperatures dipped to zero degrees.  It is also called Long Nights Moon, (also Mohican), as it rises during the “longest” nights of the year, which are near the December winter solstice. This name is doubly fitting because December’s full Moon shines above the horizon for a longer period of time than most full Moons.

In Europe, ancient pagans called the December full Moon the “Moon Before Yule,” in honour of the Yuletide festival celebrating the return of the sun heralded by winter solstice.

For once I managed to capture this moon without the light distortion. Taken at midnight 8th/9th December 2022



  1. margaret21 says:

    Oh, well done. I tried to get a good photo too, but failed. It’s one of the hardest things to capture well, isn’t it?

    1. Heyjude says:

      This was through a Velux window too! Most shots were deleted.

      1. margaret21 says:

        One shot is all you need to keep. And you have it!

  2. bushboy says:

    Very good names each and every one 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      I love to find out about the names, most by the native Americans. And somehow this one did look colder.

  3. Toonsarah says:

    I’m always intrigued by the different names given to full moons. Glad you managed to capture this one so well.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I agree, they are very interesting. January’s is the Wolf moon. I don’t think we’ve any of those here. Yet.

  4. beetleypete says:

    Nice capture, Jude. We didn’t see it very clearly here, not that unusual for Beetley.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

  5. Thanks for the info, I didn’t know those names. The moon has been beautifully visible well into the morning here lately.

  6. johnrieber says:

    Fascinating stuff as always and a cold col moon it appears indeed!

  7. pommepal says:

    You’ll need to keep wrapped up for a few months Jude. That moon does look cold.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Cold this morning, frost on the roofs. It’s rare we get frost this far southwest.

  8. I wonder what it’s called in the southern hemisphere.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I guess you should find out 🤔

      1. 😁 Strawberry Moon, Honey Moon or Rose Moon.

        1. Heyjude says:

          Oh, lovely. Sound very summery, 🍓

        2. That’s what I thought – makes sense.

  9. susurrus says:

    Great shot! I remember seeing it looking so fine and thinking ‘I wonder what the name is’ – now I know.

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