Hey everyone, I hope you're enjoying the season and whatever it is you may or may not be celebrating. The Winter Solstice was on December 21st, and then on December 26th is the Cold Moon, the last full moon of the year. It is also the Full Moon in Cancer which makes it ideal for resolving emotions, releasing grudges, and letting go of the grief or difficulty of this year. The Full Moons are for releasing energy, and the first Full Moon of the winter season also has the power of the last Full Moon of the year making it ideal for all forms of conclusion. Your emotions might be all over the place because the Full Moon is in Cancer, so keep that in mind, as well.
Winter is the restorative season, so if you release the central energy of the emotional work you have done in the year prior to the last Full Moon, it sets you up for a season of restoring your energy that is free of that energy.
It's always best to clean at the Full Moon, but remember this is largely symbolic, so do something to release the older energies almost as an energy primer. Don't forget to do a Full Moon release ceremony or ritual according to your own tradition. If you don't have one, Melanie Santos has an excellent Full Moon ritual posted.
And then lastly, since this is the time that Persephone is in the underworld, according to mythology, because she has a soul contract with Hades to be his wife this is also a Full Moon that would benefit from an ancestor offering. The alchemy of energy teaches us that Death will always yield new life and when Persephone returns in the Spring, and she is the goddess of growth, fertility, and love as well as of grain, making her one of the goddesses of abundance. So, the reason to do an ancestor offering at the Cold Moon is that it is said to increase your tie to ancestral power and magic. Magic tends to be strengthened by group petition, which is why some practitioners are part of covens.
If you've cleaned for the holidays that counts and it helps to make an ancestor offering that reflects your ancestral holiday traditions. I personally made a small English trifle for the offering.
Have a wonderful festive season, abundance to you and everyone you're with,