There was snow that swept through the country last night. Here, it was followed by rain and what did fall anew is gone. There are still piles from that last snowstorm, but that is the most unappealing snow.
It is quite lovely to see a Full Moon on a clear winter night when the ground is covered with fresh, glistening snow.
From November through February the Moon is high at midnight. From May through July the Moon is very low in the sky. In March, April, August, September and October the Moon is somewhere between. So, tonight’s Full Moon will be high in the sky at midnight.
Looking through a very long list of Moon names used by American Indian tribes, I found great variety for this January Moon. The Algonquin call it the Moon When the Sun Has Not the Strength to Thaw. That would be true in the North. The Chippewa and Ojibwe use the name Great Spirit Moon. The Apache, being in a warmer climate, call this the Time of Flying Ants. But colder January times figure into most names, such as Northern Arapaho’s When the Snow Blows Like Spirits in the Wind and the Cheyenne Moon of the Strong Cold. I like the Muscogee (Creek) name for this Full Moon – Winter’s Younger Brother.
For those who follow such things, this first Full Moon of 2022 falls in the intuitive, sensitive sign of Cancer, a sign that is supposed to remind us of feeling at home within ourselves. As with New Moons, this Moon of the new year could be a signal for a fresh start and letting go of what we don’t want to carry into the new year.
A friend who does follow astrology told me in an email that tonight I should “cleanse my aura.” I had to research that suggestion.
First of all, what is my aura? “Your aura is the energy field that surrounds your body. It acts as a magnetic field of energy that picks up on emotions, health, psychic debris and circumstances around you. Your aura can experience stress as you exchange energies with those around you, which is exactly why you need to clean your auric field from time to time.”
It turns out there are many ways to do this and some of them are things I do fairly regularly, such as getting into nature, soaking baths, or meditation. There are cleansing tools, such as crystals, herb sticks, bells, sage smudging. Using a New or Full Moon as a time for self-reflection is certainly not a bad twice a–month reminder