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Water Sign Full Moon Walk at Coldwater Springs – Tuesday, December 29, 2020.

Water Sign Full Moon Walk at Coldwater Springs – Tuesday, December 29, 2020


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Water Sign Full Moon Walk at Sacred Coldwater Springs

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Gather at the park entrance, 7pm

Park at pay meters on the Hwy 55 access road via credit card/quarters


This moon is in her own sign, Cancer. It is a time of instinct and intuition. Let us scry the Coldwater pond, the moon in the water, steam coming off the earth temperature water into the cold air. Good-bye 2020. Hello to the new world we are making.


On the November full moon we conducted a Citizen Science Salt Water Watch test sponsored by the Izaak Walton League and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. (Note that the MPCA recently granted permission to the Canadian Enbridge Corporation to complete its tar sands oil pipeline across northern Minnesota including the headwaters of the Mississippi River, Hudson Bay and the Great Lakes/Laurentian Divide. The proposed pipeline also cuts through the most pristine wetlands in our state and Anishinabe wild rice lands. Some people call the MPCA the “pollution permission” agency.)


Since Coldwater is just downhill of the expanded Highway 55 reroute and road salt, chloride, has been measured in the flow, we decided to follow the testing regime this winter.


Friends of Coldwater seek to honor our 10,000-year-old landscape ancestor. Full moon walks have been celebrated at Coldwater Springs monthly since 2000. We return to remember the spirits that feed this Spring. Please bring a rattle.


Give a blessing, get a blessing. Blessings travel in circles.


Sunset 4:40 pm   (7 minutes later than the previous full moon including the 1- hour time change)

Moonrise 4:16 pm   (17 minutes earlier than the last month full moon)

Exact minute of full moon 9:28 pm Central Standard Time


The year in daylight on full moon days:

December 11th   8 hours, 52 minutes, 28 minute daylight loss

January 10, 2020   9 hours, 1 minute, 9 minute daylight gain

February 9th  10 hours, 9 minute daylight gain

March 9th   11 hours, 33 minute, 1 hour, 24 minute daylight gain

April 7th   13 hours, 7 minute, 53 minute daylight gain

May 7th   14 hours, 31 minute daylight gain

June 5th  15 hours, 27 minute; 56 minute daylight gain

July 4th   15 hours, 30 minute; 4 minute daylight gain

August 3rd   14 hours, 34 minute; 56 minute daylight loss

September 2nd   13 hours, 11 minute; 49 minute daylight loss

October 1st   11 hours, 41 minute;  1 hour, 30  minute daylight loss

October 31st  10 hours, 11 minutes; 1 hour, 30 minute daylight loss

November 30th  9 hours, 4 minutes; 53 minute daylight loss

December 29th  8 hours, 48 minutes; 16 minute daylight loss


DIRECTIONS: Coldwater Springs is between Minnehaha Park & Fort Snelling, in Minneapolis, just North of the Hwy 55/62 interchange. From Hwy 55/Hiawatha, turn East (toward the Mississippi) at 54th Street, take an immediate right, & drive all the way down on the frontage road where you can park at the pay meters.

Gather at the cul-de-sac, which is the Coldwater Park entrance.


All welcome. We observe all covid-19 safety mandates. Dress for the weather, especially sturdy footwear. We celebrate the full moon in all-weather however the length of the walk depends on conditions. If it’s really cold or wet it’s a quick 10-minutes to the spring outflow gurgling from under the limestone bedrock Spring House built in the 1880s to supply potable water to Fort Snelling.

This gathering is free and open to the public.

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