As Santa Claus makes his annual toy-distribution trip around the world, he will be guided Christmas Eve by Rudolph’s nose — of course — and the light of a brilliant moon. It is the first Christmas full moon we’ve had since 1977, and just the ninth in the course of history.
The pudgy Christmas moon rises 99 percent illuminated on Dec. 24, serving as all-night lunar lantern for Santa and his reindeer team. On Dec. 25, the moon officially becomes full at 6:11 a.m., just one hour before it sets. The full moon then rises again at 5:32 p.m. on Christmas evening.
2015 has been an interesting year cosmically speaking. There was a blue moon, a blood moon, a super moon, a few lunar eclipses.
December's full moon is traditionally known as the Cold Moon, marking the time of the year when the nights are long, dark. and, you know, cold. Astrologically-speaking, this full moon falls under the sign of Cancer, with Uranus turning direct on the same day.
You may feel an intense urge to connect with friends and family (which is great, because there's a good chance you'll all be stuffed under one roof), and address things in your personal life that you've been neglecting (which is great preparation for the new year). Uranus turning direct also marks a growing sense of rebellion, of freedom, of self-expression, and the desire to enact changes.