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Moon Day 28

A happy day. Good for beginning an important pursuit, for getting to know influential people, and for meeting friends. It favours holidays, amusements and pleasures, and it improves health.

Next Full Moon Date: Monday, January 5, 2015

Names Given to the Moon by Other Cultures:

  • Colonial American: Winter Moon
  • Chinese: Holiday Moon
  • American Indian (Cherokee): Cold Moon
  • American Indian (Choctaw): Cooking Moon
  • American Indian (Dakotah Sioux): Moon of the Terrible
  • Celtic: Quite Moon
  • English Medieval: Wolf Moon
  • Neo Pagan: Ice Moon

Full Wolf Moon (January)

This full Moon appeared when wolves howled in hunger outside the villages. It is also known as the Old Moon. To some Native American tribes, this was the Snow Moon, but most applied that name to the next full Moon, in February.

Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January's full Moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to the next Moon.