This cycle begins on November 18th with the Sun and new Moon at 26° Scorpio 19′ and comes to fruition on December 3rd with the full Moon at 11° Gemini 40′.
The title of this post, The Cold Moon, refers to the December full moon as identified by the Algonquin tribes. The MoonConnection (link below) says about this Moon:
Winter takes a firm hold and temperatures plummet at this time. Sometimes this moon is also called the Long Night Moon as the winter nights lengthen and the moon spends more time above the horizon opposite a low sun. The full moon name often used by Christian settlers is the "Moon before Yule".
For background on the Moon names and for other information on the Moon, take a look at MoonConnection. Keep in mind this is the name of the full moon, which occurs in December.
Two U.S natal charts are again being considered--one with Scorpio rising and one with Sagittarius rising (new Moon and full Moon are linked here). In the natal chart with Scorpio rising the Sun is positioned in the 9th house, ruled by Jupiter; Sagittarius rising places the Sun in the 7th house, ruled by Venus. Both placements include the Moon as ruler because the Sun is in Cancer. In the Sagittarian chart the Moon's placement is in the 3rd house, conjunct the cusp; in the chart with Scorpio rising the Moon is in the 4th house, her home.
Currently, Uranus, Neptune, Pallas, and Chiron are retrograde. Neptune will turn direct in Pisces on November 23rd and Chiron will turn direct in Pisces on December 6th. Mercury with turn retrograde in Sagittarius on December 3rd (at the full Moon) and return to direct on the 23rd.
At the new Moon there is a large stellium in Scorpio, containing Vesta, Jupiter, Venus, Moon, and Sun. At the full there is another stellium, this time in Sagittarius; it contains Venus, Sun, Saturn, and retrograde Mercury. Common to both stelliums are the Sun and Venus.