Tonight is the first Full Moon of 2021.
This one was named because packs of wolves could be heard howling in the bright moonlight at this time of year, hunting and hungry in the lean winter months. Wolves were once found all over Europe and the United States. Wolves howl to define territory, locate pack members, reinforce social bonds, and coordinate hunting. There are some great clips online like this one -
When I played that just now, the cats were freaked.....
Other traditional names for the January Moon emphasize the harshness of the weather: Cold Moon, Frost Exploding Moon, Freeze Up Moon, Severe Moon, Hard Moon, Old Moon, Ice Moon, Snow Moon and the Moon after Yule. Another fitting name for this full moon is the Centre Moon referring to the idea that this Moon roughly marks the middle of the winter season.
Last year, January's full moon, dubbed the ‘super blood wolf moon’, was a spectacular sight - the product of three different phenomena: it was a supermoon, a Wolf Moon and a blood moon. This year I can't see a thing through the rain clouds so I'm hoping somebody will send me a few good photos.
It is tonight, rather than January 1st, when you should think about your intentions for 2021 and set them in your mind by the light of this moon of energy and abundance, starting with an empty clean slate.
This moon is also about emotional closeness. Januaries traditionally bring families closer with people spending more time indoors: however this lockdown has everyone sick of the sight of each other lol. Nonetheless this is the time to work on relationships, partnerships and matters of the heart. Good luck lol.
I will be posting separately about this lunar month's associated tree but if you use aromatherapy oils at home, this is the month to inhale the scents of pine, juniper, ginger and musk, and choose white and violet flowers.
Happy New Moon everyone.