January: Wolf Moon
The year’s first Full Moon, Wolf Moon, is named after howling wolves, but it's also often called the Moon After Yule in the Anglo-Saxon tradition.
Wolf Moon 2024
Jan 25, 2024 at 12:54 pm
Wolf Moon 2025
Jan 13, 2025 at 5:26 pm
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Howling Wolves in January
January’s Full Moon is known as the Wolf Moon, after active wolves during the early parts of the year.
The name is thought to have a Celtic and Old English origin, brought over to North America by European settlers. Other Celtic names for the Full Moon include Stay Home Moon and Quiet Moon, while in some Native American cultures, it is called Severe Moon or Center Moon.
12 Full Moon Names
Today, we use many of these ancient month names as Full Moon names, and many of them come from Colonial Americans adopting Native American names into their calendars.
Although the most commonly used Full Moon names are English interpretations of Native American names, some are also Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, medieval English, and Neo-Pagan.
Do Wolves Howl at the Moon?
Wolves howl to communicate over long distances. It is a way of saying “here I am” to the rest of the pack or “stay away” to intruders.
There is no indication that the Moon phase plays any particular part in the wolf’s calls, but wolves are nocturnal animals, so they are generally more active at night. Wolves do howl in the direction of the sky because projecting their howl upward carries the sound farther.