Powerful full moon to take over the skies on December 18

There’s nothing more humbling than looking up at night and spotting the moon, grinning back at you like a Cheshire Cat smile.

Now, you can see it in all its glory, as the last full moon of the year will take over the heavens on Saturday.

Coined the ‘Cold Moon’, it will have a distinctively high trajectory across the sky, meaning it is visible over the horizon for a longer period of time.

The spectacle is also known as the ‘Long Night Moon’, as it occurs on one of the longest nights of the year just before winter solstice.

[Credit: Kim Mackinnon]

Other quirky titles for the phenomenon include ‘Snow Moon’, ‘Winter Maker Moon’ and ‘Wolf Moon’ – the reason being that their names are generally passed down from Native American tribes who gave each month’s full moon its unique moniker based on the season.

So, be sure to look outside your window on December 18, when the moon will shine at its brightest one last time before 2021 ends.

A full moon occurs when Earth is located between the sun and the moon at exactly opposite ends, and the side of the moon facing Earth becomes fully illuminated by the sun’s light.

That’s six times brighter than when it’s a half moon! Thus, making it the second brightest object in the sky except for the sun itself.

[Credit: Benjamin Child]

There is a theory, known as the lunar effect, that full moons can influence us and that there is some correlation between moon cycles and human behaviour, such as mood, insomnia, and wellbeing.

Similarly, there is a belief that the moon cycle affects a woman’s menstrual cycle, as an average moon cycle lasts around 29 days – the same amount of time as the average period cycle.

It is also thought that the full moon can correlate to your energy as it is so powerful, and healers say we can use this energy to see what is no longer serving our intentions.

Therefore, it is common to feel highly emotional and disconnected at the peak of this phase.

Whether you believe in its richer meaning or simply want to see it light up the sky, be sure to venture outside on Saturday to marvel at Mother Nature shining bright.

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