The Full Wolf Moon

full wolf moon

The Full Wolf Moon, the first full moon of 2013, will light up the night sky tonight (Jan. 26) at 11:38 p.m. EST.

According the the Farmers Almanac, full moon names date back to Native American tribes of a few hundred years ago who lived in what is now the northern and eastern United States. Those tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon.

The Farmers Almanac states that Indians named the first moon of the year the Full Wolf Moon because of the wolf packs that howled hungrily outside their villages in the heart of winter.  It is also called the Old Moon or the Moon after Yule.

Other sources disagree and allege that “Full Wolf Moon” comes from the ancient Scottish Gaelic word for January, Faoilleach, which means “wolf month”.

Whatever the derivation, few would disagree that Full Wolf Moon is a good name for the moon that illuminates the frosty white nights of midwinter.

9 thoughts on “The Full Wolf Moon

  1. Reblogged this on Weekends in Paradelle and commented:
    Another moon follower…
    I like that the Scottish Gaelic word for January, Faoilleach, means “wolf month”.

  2. Very interesting, thanks for posting this!

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  4. I love wolves, although recently watched ‘The Grey’ with Liam Neeson and now might think twice before wishing to meet wolves in the wild beneath a moonlit sky! Great post! 🙂

  5. Gosh how interesting, full moons are beautiful.

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