January Full Moon – Cold Moon
January 30, 2010, Saturday, 1:18am
Many Native American tribes name the months or “Moons” based on important local natural events. To the Cherokee, January is the Cold Moon. Fierce northern air howls down to strip the heat from the world. To the Choctaw, this is the Cooking Moon. Dried fruits, vegetables, and meat from storage help the tribe survive the cold winter, but they take a long time to cook. To the Dakota Sioux, this is the Moon of the Terrible. Not only can winters on the plains be devastating, but many legends relate dire events–and this is a time of year for telling stories.
January is the peak of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. The nights are long and dark. The weather is harsh and cold. Honor this time by working with its quiet, introspective energy. Now is a good time to make warm winter clothes if you knit, crochet or sew. Cook foods that take a long time to prepare, such as soups, stews, and slow-cooker recipes, or bake winter root vegetables, such as potatoes and turnips.
For ritual themes, consider the home and hearth. Tell stories to create the framework of a ritual or to socialize afterwards.
by Elizabeth Barrette
Taken from Llewellyn’s Witches Datebook 2010, Llewellyn Worldwide