What is a Wolf Moon? The January Full Moon’s Spiritual Meaning

What is a Wolf Moon? The January Full Moon’s Spiritual Meaning

People haven’t always relied on the 365-day calendar to keep track of time.

Centuries ago, early Native American tribes christened each full moon of the month based on the activities of the tribe and/or the flora or fauna active during the season the full moon takes place.

The Wolf Moon is also sometimes referred to as the Old Moon or Spirit Moon.

Wolf in the snow in winter
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When Is the Wolf Moon?

The Wolf Moon falls in January and is welcomed as the first full moon of the new year. It comes after the Cold Moon, which falls near the winter solstice, and the Snow Moon, which occurs in the harshest period of the season.

This year, the Wolf Moon will reach its peak on January 17, 2022 at 6:48 p.m. EST.

Why Is It Called a Wolf Moon?

The Wolf Moon’s name isn’t a mystery; during this time of year when food is scarce and the weather is bitter cold, the howls of the wolf packs would carry far across the bare, frozen landscape.

Although it was widely believed that wolves howled due to hunger, howling is actually a way for the pack to communicate across long distances and may convey warnings of other predators in the vicinity, positions of potential prey, or the location of a lone wolf that’s been separated from the pack.

But the chilling calls of the wild wolves on a cold, clear January night were memorable enough to warrant naming the full moon after the eerie symphony.

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How to Honor the Wolf Moon

As the first moon of the new year, the Wolf Moon is generally seen as a positive symbol of hope and renewal despite arriving in the dead of winter.

Whether you’re setting New Year resolutions or simply starting to focus on the intentions and goals you wish to achieve this year, now is a good time to start looking forward. Success doesn’t come haphazardly; it takes planning and commitment.

Even though the plant and animal life is still in hibernation all around us, we’re starting to stir with ambition. Now is your time to start planning the garden and deciding which seeds you want to plant and nurture to have a successful year and fruitful harvest in the months to come.

Focus on your goals and start pondering how you intend to reach them. 

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For more information on full moons, see the 2022 full moon calendar with names, dates, and meanings here.

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