monthly moon

Full Oak Moon

One of the more interesting names for December's full moon is the Oak Moon. In Europe durning and before medieval times this moon was considered a time of mystery, magic and rituals. The ancient druid priests of the British Isles held the oak tree very sacred and would preform rituals in the December full moon using acorns and candles to renew there commitment to the gods.

The December full moon is the closest to the winter solstice. For this reason some cultures call it the Long Night Moon. The Chinese call it the Bitter moon while the Cherokee Indians referred to it as the Snow moon.


Moon Phase Explanation

New Moon

New Moon - The Moon's unilluminated side is facing the Earth.

waxing Crescent

Waxing Crescent - The Moon appears to be partly but less than one-half illuminated by direct sunlight.

first quarter

First Quarter - One-half of the Moon appears to be illuminated by direct sunlight.

Waxing Gibbous - The Moon appears to be more than one-half but not fully illuminated by direct sunlight.

Full Moon - The Moon's illuminated side is facing the Earth.

Waning Gibbous - The Moon appears to be more than one-half but not fully illuminated by direct sunlight.

Last Quarter - One-half of the Moon appears to be illuminated by direct sunlight.

Waning Crescent - The Moon appears to be partly but less than one-half illuminated by direct sunlight.


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