Full Moon for December 2016

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December Full Cold Moon

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Learn about the Full Moon for December 2016 plus Moon phases, best days by the Moon, folklore, and more.

December Full Moon Name

In Native American cultures which tracked the calendar by the Moons, December’s Full Moon was known as the Full Cold Moon. It is fittingly associated with the month when winter cold fastens its grip and the nights become long and dark.

This Full Moon is also called the Long Nights Moon by some Native American tribes because it occurs near the winter solstice—the night with the least amount of daylight. In December, 2016, the winter solstice occurs on Wednesday, December 21 at 5:44 A.M. (ET).

See a full calendar year of Full Moon names and their meanings.

Moon Phases for December 2016

All dates and times are ET. See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city/state.

First Quarter: December 7, 4:03 A.M.
Full Moon: December 13, 7:05 P.M.
 
Last Quarter: December 20, 8:56 P.M.
New Moon: December 29, 1:53 A.M.

For your next full Moon, see our Full Moon Dates chart.

Full Cold Moon Video

Each month, we will explain the traditional names of the Full Moon along with some fascinating Moon facts. In this video, learn about the Full Cold Moon and the ancient rituals of the winter solstice.

Please note: In addition to folklore and history, this video also highlights an exceptional event in 2010—when the full Moon, a lunar eclipse, and the winter solstice all occured on December 21. To see the Full Cold Moon date for this year, please visit our Moon Phase calendar.

Best Days in December 2016

Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in December.

For Harvesting:

  • Aboveground crops: 10, 11
  • Belowground crops: 19, 20

For Setting Eggs:

  • 12, 13, 20-22

For Fishing:

  • 1-13, 29-31

See Best Days for more activities.

Moon Folklore

  • If a snowstorm begins when the Moon is young, it will cease at moonrise.

Share your thoughts about this month’s Moon below!

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I like this.

December 31

In which year will the moon next be full on December 31st?

Next Full Moon

Hi Denise, I don’t know where you live, but if we use GMT, the next Full Moon on December 31 will happen in 2028 ,then 2066, then 2085. The last full Moon on December 31 was in 2009.

Full moon

What is a cold full moon & what does it mean??

cutting hair.

For thousands of years, people have known the best time to initiate any project is when the moon is waxing from dark to full. I always believed cutting hair fits into this category. I believe the Almanac states this too, but also gives confusing dates?? Also what is the emphasis all the sudden on Lunar haircutting, I think it stems from the Lunar hair cutting craze put out by that henna company M.M. People, their calendars are wrong and I don't know where they are getting their information. I think they are making it up as a lot of their products are supposed to be based on Traditional Alternative Medicine methods, but they are not, not even close. Please don't go for the baloney - it is just marketing to try to get you to buy their product line at ridiculously HIGH PRICES...They are not experts as their serums and elixirs are B.S. You could ez make them yourself for 99% less of the price they charge for one.

For Harvesting above ground

what does that mean??? what can I plant on those days if anything,.

Hi Linda,

Hi Linda,

You can plant below-ground crops like radishes, carrots, potatoes in the waning of the Moon (between a full Moon and new). The Moon will be new on Dec. 11. After Dec. 11 plant above-ground crops (tomatoes, peas, pepper etc.).

I love my almanac. It all

I love my almanac. It all started with my Grandmother, Mother and most of our family.

Can someone help me... I'm

Can someone help me... I'm looking for dates to cut my hair to make it grow in the months of April and May

Hair cutting to have it grow

I think your hair will grow if you cut it at anytime... And even if you don't cut it

Why are the comments saying

Why are the comments saying the best time to cut hair is at full and new moon. But the almanac picks days not on a full or new moon?

Hi Scuffy, The Almanac

Hi Scuffy,
The Almanac believes that cutting the hair during a waxing Moon (between new and full) encourages growth. Cutting the hair during a waning Moon (between full and new) discourages growth. The very best days to cut hair to encourage growth in Dec. are 3, 4, 30,31. Very best days to cut hair to discourage growth are Dec. 15 and 16.
See our best days chart at
http://www.almanac.com/bestdays/timetable
 

Can someone ease tell me if

Can someone ease tell me if there's a certain time of the day to get her cut with new moon?

See our Best Days timetable

See our Best Days timetable for best times to get your hair cut: http://www.almanac.com/bestday...

Hair should be cut while the

Hair should be cut while the Moon is increasing. For beauty it should be in Taurus or Libra, and if applying to a harmonious aspect of Venus, so much the better. For luxuriant growth it should be in Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces. Treatments to increase growth should be started while the Moon is increasing in Scorpio, subsequent treatments while increasing in Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces.
that is from The Brotherhood of Light Lessons by C.C.Zain published by www light [dot] org

My mother looked at my face

My mother looked at my face when she would look at the moon on the day of the first moon for good luck.

I knew the Solstice was on

I knew the Solstice was on its way, (beginning of summer, not winter, if you think about it... all the days start getting longer from this point out-- how's that for a cheery thought?) but I had forgotten the lore about 'hair cuts!' Yesterday I had scheduled, weeks ago, the major trimming for our huge trees, esp. the apples, which you can't trim until after several hard freezes. Well my trees should grow full and fill out this next year, they say, and the wood peckers sure are excited today. The moon last night was spectacular, the night creatures all bathed in blue.

In many traditions things are

In many traditions things are cut on the full moon because living things sre at their fullest. For example native tribes in Mexico harvest roots for medicine on full moon b/c the plant is full, the moon pulls on it the same as the tides, the same as a woman's cycle etc. it would make sense that hair and nails are the same.

My mother used to clip the

My mother used to clip the ends of my hair during a full moon. It always grew back richer and fuller.

Full Moon for fullness , new

Full Moon for fullness , new moon for growth.

thank you for this it saved

thank you for this it saved me time because im not getting up @ 4 am to look @ it who am i kidding i am

On average everyone's hair

On average everyone's hair grows 6" a year -1/2" a month. I trim/cut my hair on the new moon. It is to my knees. Here is what I know- Hair won't grow if you are not eating enough protein -or use too much heat from chemicals or blow drying. Remember - also can't trim or cut hair faster than it grows. so keep it in good condition so you need to trim only a few inches a year.

When is the best time to get

When is the best time to get your hair cut Is it during the period from the full moon to the last quarter of moon

Is it true to have your hair

Is it true to have your hair cut on the full moon cycle and when are those days thanks

Astrologists believe that

Astrologists believe that there are best days by the Moon for certain activities. See the dates for this month for cutting hair: http://www.almanac.com/bestday...

My grandmother trimmed my

My grandmother trimmed my sister & my hair on the new & full moon from the time we were very little girls. We had very long & very thick braids. I still trim mine on the moon phase. It truly works.

so what happens,is it good

so what happens,is it good luck or what?

I was a hairdresser for

I was a hairdresser for twenty plus years and I had many of my clients on the full moon cycle if they wanted thick hair and new moon if they wanted new growth. I was booked all the time with clients who swore it was working getting their hair cut with the moon cycles.

But is it d day time or

But is it d day time or evening or nite time. Bcoz i had my hair cut a year bak but no growth. Can u please specify if i just hav to chek the full mon calendar days or i hav to c dat d moon cycle is completed in the evening b4 i tke my hair cut. Thnx

Very interesting facts from

Very interesting facts from the Farmer's Almanac which according to old timers is more accurate in its weather preditions than the U.S. Weather Service!

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