In the still calmness of a cold winter night, the howling of wolves can be heard from great distance. First one lone voice breaks the silence, then another joins in. Soon there is the excited chorus of many wolves declaring their presence.
The first full moon of 2017 is known as the Full Wolf Moon. Officially occurring at 11:34 a.m. UTC on January 12, the moon will be brightest on both the 11th and 12th of January. The name Wolf Moon refers to Native American experiences; January was a time when hunting wolves were apparent. Their prey was in survival mode, trying to make it through the winter. Deer, elk or moose weakened by the harsh weather became feasts for hungry wolves. It is a month to honor survival.
The energy of Wolf will play a big role for humanity during this lunar month. Wolves are perceived as dangerous and dominant. There will be grandiose positioning on many scales; from the home front and personal relationships through to intercontinental relations. The allegories of sheep and wolves will become more apparent and we are all in for a bit of a ride.
At the same time, it is important to remember that the actual behavior of wolves is quite different from mythical connotations. Wolves are highly intelligent creatures, both friendly and social. They travel and live in packs, form bonds with mate and offspring, and share their resources. Even the Alpha Male knows that his strength comes from cooperative effort of the pack. In the month of the Wolf you will greatly benefit by working together to create common solutions rather than alienating and oppressing any other individual or pack.
The January moon is also called the Old Moon and the Moon after Yule.
While the Northern Hemisphere experiences a time of survival using whatever was stored or remains available, there is always contrast. In the Southern Hemisphere the Hay Moon, Buck Moon, or Mead Moon represents the coming of abundance.
In China this full moon is called the Holiday Moon, representing the time when celebrations of the New Year bring renewed hope for growth, happiness and good health.
This Month’s Guidance
Wolves do not fight unnecessarily. Remain aware of high energies and recognize when your emotions are being played. Wolves do not scatter when they are startled, instead they band together and observe. Remain calm and share that strength with others. Wolves are strong because of their tendency to think as a group. Work towards survival of all, not just self.
This month during full moon, step outside and declare your presence with a howl. Know that you are powerful within yourself and walk with the confidence of a wolf.
You can determine the times of moonrise and moonset for your location using this Moon Calculator
Full Wolf Moon: January 12, 2017 (Full Old Moon, Moon After Yule)
Full Snow Moon: February 10-11, 2017 (Full Hunger Moon, Bone Moon, Little Famine Moon)
Full Crow Moon: March 12, 2017 (Full Worm Moon, Crust Moon, Sap Moon, Maple Sugar Moon)
Full Cherry Moon: April 11, 2017 (Pink Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon, Fish Moon)
Full Flower Moon: May 10, 2017 (Full Corn Planting Moon, Milk Moon)
Full Strawberry Moon: June 9, 2017 (Rose Moon, Mead Moon)
Full Buck Moon: July 8-9, 2017 (Thunder Moon, Hay Moon)
Full Sturgeon Moon: August 7, 2017 (Full Red Moon, Green Corn Moon, Grain Moon)
Full Corn Moon: September 6, 2017 (Green Corn Moon, Barley Moon)
Full Hunter’s Moon: October 5, 2017 (Dying Moon, Travel Moon, Blood Moon)
Full Beaver Moon: November 4, 2017 (Frost Moon, White Moon)
Full Cold Moon: December 3, 2017 (Long Night’s Moon, Winter Moon)
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