The Full Wolf Moon & The Great Spirit Moon...
The sunset embers smolder low,
The Moon climbs o’er the hill,
The peaks have caught the alpenglow,
The robin’s song is still.
–John L. Stoddard (1850–1931)
It’s thought that January’s full Moon came to be known as the Wolf Moon because rural people more often heard wolves howling during this time. Early people traditionally believed that wolves howled due to hunger during winter, but we know today that wolves howl for other reasons. Howling and other wolf vocalizations are generally used to define territory, locate pack members, reinforce social bonds, and coordinate hunting.
Many Indigenous Nations around North America call the January full moon by names that emphasize the harsh weather January brings. My personal favorite is The Great Spirit moon. This first full moon of the year also marks the middle of the winter season. There is no turning back. Spring is straight ahead.
In my personal life, the full moon is a time to recharge our energy, go out and join the wolves and coyotes howling at the moon. Gaze into the heavens and receive messages from nature. A halo around the Moon predicts wet or stormy weather.
Tonight dance in the light of The Full Wolf Moon and The Great Spirit Moon, and tomorrow, share your thoughts, traditions, and superstitions with me.