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The first Full Moon of the year is named after howling wolves. In some cultures, it was known as Old Moon, Ice Moon, Snow Moon, and the Moon after Yule.
Wolves howl a lot in January. The Wolf Moon on the night between 1 and 2 January 2018 is a Supermoon.
The following Full Moon is also in January, on the 31. It has no given name, which makes it a Blue Moon. However, this particular Blue Moon will likely look red in some areas, because it will cause a total lunar eclipse, also known as a Blood Moon.
Howling Wolves in January
The January Full Moon is often called the Wolf Moon. Other names include Old Moon, Ice Moon, and Snow Moon, although this name is usually attributed to the February Full Moon.
While the almanac states that Wolf Moon is a Native American name, other sources claim that it has Anglo-Saxon origins.
In Anglo-Saxon culture, the January Full Moon was also called the Moon after Yule, which is the time of the ancient festival celebrating the Winter Solstice around December 22.
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Why Do Wolves Howl?
Regardless of where the name Wolf Moon comes from; wolves howl to communicate over long distances both in North America and in Europe. It is a way of saying “here I am” to the rest of the pack or “stay away” to intruders.
During the denning season in spring and early summer, wolves only howl to pack mates. As the late summer moves towards fall, wolves call more and more to neighbors and enemies.
While an average howl from a single wolf lasts from 3 to 7 seconds, a chorus by a pack can last from 30 to 120 seconds and longer during the breeding season in February.
So wolves are particularly loud and vocal in the first months of the year, which is probably why people associated the month of January with howling wolves.
Moon – past, Intuition, unconscious, emotions, nurturing, feelings
Sun – now, Identity, consciousness, self-esteem, expression
Cancer (water) – nurturing, family, sensitive, emotional, moody, psychic
Capricorn (Earth) – Practical, realist, reliable, hard worker, cautious
During the CANCER Full Moon, the moon is reflecting the light of the Sun in CAPRICORN.
As the forces of the Sun & Moon oppose each other (Ego vs Emotions, I vs We) … our FULL MOON will have a super-charged effect as it is the third of trilogy of Supermoons over the months of November, December & now finally January 2018.
Our first FULL MOON of 2018 is quite significant as it involves many aspects all contributing to the theme of 2018.
The impact of 11:11 this Full Moon…
As I discussed in my Numerology of 2018 post, this year we enter a Universal 11 Year in Numerology – a Master Number – a year of of aetherial, magical & transcendental learning & growth.
PLUS on the 1 January 2018… an 11:11 Gateway opens to us (1st day, of the 1st Month of an 11 Year) – a wakeup key embedded within our DNA reminding us that the Light of Creation resides within.
PLUS on our FULL Moon SUPERMOON the Moon is positioned at 11038 (11:11) Cancer and the SUN is positioned at 11038 (11:11) Capricorn. WOW of WOW… YES the energy of 11 is certainly the theme of 2018 and it become amplified to the MAX over our first FULL MOON of the year.
Emotions running high this Full Moon…
The FULL MOON in watery CANCER will mean that emotions will be running very high this FULL MOON… but if channeled wisely, will be a brilliant opportunity to gain deep intuitive insight into your own personal themes for 2018.
What do you envision / feel / imagine for yourself this 2018 and what must you let go of in order to birth this awakened vision of you ? Let the Sun in the practical sign of CAPRICORN bring to light what is felt deep within your Heart-n-Soul.
When the Moon is in Cancer, the focus is on your family and home environment. You may feel a sudden urge to de-clutter, finish those odd-jobs & make your abode more homely.
The focus on family & relationships will also be heightened with the Moon close to the asteroid VESTA.
Your heart will be guided to nurture and provide a homely sanctuary for your loved ones… or maybe spicing up the bedroom & spending time with your lover. There will be a calling to nest down and find solace in the comfort and security of your home.