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'Cold' Moon in Dec and How it Can Guide us to Deep Rest

As the year winds down and December arrives, the 'Cold Moon’ greets us. The 'Cold Moon' has a distinctive influence on the behavior of various animals, and this influence extends to the lives of all who connect with nature. As temperatures drop and daylight hours shorten, many animals enter a state of dormancy or hibernation, preserving their energy to endure the challenging winter conditions.

The 'Cold Moon' can be a time of introspection and preparation. It's an opportunity to create a cozy and nurturing environment within our homes, ensuring they have everything we need to stay warm, comfortable, and self-sufficient during the colder months. Whether it's organizing winter wardrobes, stocking up on essential supplies, or planning for indoor activities.

Moreover, the 'Cold Moon' carries cultural and spiritual importance. It inspires various traditions and rituals, such as celebrating the winter solstice which I will share about soon. These occasions allow us to come together, express gratitude for the year's blessings, and find solace and spiritual growth during the winter season. 

Consider the symbolism of the Cold Moon and its role in nature. How can it inspire you to embrace change, find beauty during the cold, and appreciate the cyclical nature of life?

Circadian Rhythm

Transitioning into winter is more than just adjusting to colder weather; that is if you are in the northern hemisphere. Maybe you live in the southern hemisphere but your body was born and raised in the North. Therefore, honouring your inner seasonal preference would be very beneficial. 

Winter is a time when our body's internal clock syncs with changing light patterns. The delicate dance of our circadian rhythm hinges on the type and timing of light exposure we encounter daily. That first morning light, with its unique blend of blue and yellow hues, acts as a powerful wake-up cue, setting the tone for our day.

It’s easy to disrupt this rhythm with exposure to artificial light, especially the blue glow from screens, these things affect melatonin levels and temperature regulation. Here are some things to consider and include:

  • Observe Sunrise and Sunset

  • Reduce Artificial Light Exposure

  • Soft Evening Lighting

  • Blue Light Blocking Glasses

  • Tech-Free Wind-Down (1 Hour Before Bed)

Rest and Nest

Moving into winter, now is the time to begin preparing a cozy nest, much like the energy of a dark moon or the time before menstruation. It's a season that whispers for us to slow down, clear out the clutter, and make space for the fresh start that awaits in the coming year.

Nature shows us the way, with leaves gracefully falling to nourish the earth and animals preparing for hibernation by filling their bellies. Similarly, this season encourages us to release what no longer serves us. By letting go, we create a haven for something new, unexplored, and invigorating.

Identifying Cluttered Areas: Consider which aspects of your life feel congested or overwhelming. Is it your physical space, relationships, work, or personal habits? Where do you sense heaviness or chaos?

Visualizing Space: Envision what it would feel like to experience more spaciousness in these areas. How would it feel to have room to breathe, think clearly, and move without constraints? What emotions would arise in a clutter-free environment?

Taking the First Step: What small action can you take to begin decluttering or creating space in this area of your life? 

Hope you have a good rest, if you want some ideas for celebrating the winter solstice, check out this blog.

Love, Danielle

PS Did you know my new book is out 'Reclaiming Circle'? AND we have lots of upcoming events!!

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