Wolf Moon. The Full Moon in Leo.
“He'll be coming and going" he had said. "One day you'll see him and another you won't. He doesn't like being tied down--and of course he has other countries to attend to. It's quite all right. He'll often drop in. Only you mustn't press him. He's wild, you know. Not like a tame lion.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
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. 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.
We may well find ourselves howling at the moon this month as the Silver Lady is surrounded by Mars, Uranus and Jupiter.
Any rebelliousness or desire for change will be accentuated and heartfelt which could compel even the most Sloth like into some kind of action. However, the Moon in this configuration most certainly denotes a new chapter which will bring adventures and fresh experiences, whether they be sweet or challenging remains to be seen! Yet, it is vital that we steer a clear path ahead and not leave anything to chance. Think Emperor (Mars), Tower (Mars and Uranus), Fool (Uranus), Wheel of Fortune (Jupiter). It might be useful to pull some cards to look at your current relationship to these Majors.
This Moon may bring your ego to the fore.
Are you a wallflower or a warrior? Do you dominate or decline? Are you vain or vibrant? The ego requires a firm but loving hand sometimes and your act of self-love under this Leo Moon is to find a balance so the ego and the spirit can walk hand in hand. Power and weakness are necessary survival strategies, humility is not always eating humble pie but knowing your own worth.
This Full Moon is about a conclusion, reaping the fruits of previous months and embracing a new phase which could be full of fun, love, creativity and communication. Perhaps ponder on what it is you would like to do and say, think about how you can achieve that.
What is your relationship like with others, is it one of reciprocity?
It is a time to be bright and vibrant, to give yourself what you need most and shine your light.
The Full Moon asks us to look at what has manifested since the last one. What would you like to process in readiness for the setting of new intentions in the next New Moon?
Here is a mini spread to help with your contemplation.
Where is my personal power at the moment?
What do I need to bring to a close and release?
What am I being inspired to create?
How can I strike a balance in my relationships?
Am I showing myself enough self-love?
Where am I being shown to share my gifts with the world?
Guidance for walking my talk.
“I thank you for your time. I can’t say that I wish you success—as we all have our turns with it, after all. However, I will wish you peace, happiness, and enlightenment—things that not everyone, even the most powerful, is successful at having.” ― Cate East, Success Astrology: Your Celestial Map of Success