Every full moon has a name, and January’s full moon is traditionally called the Wolf Moon. The Wolf Moon is the first moon of winter; it occurs at a time when the days are the shortest and the nights are the longest. This moon gets its name from the howling of hungry wolves that could be heard at this time of year. But the Wolf Moon also has a spiritual meaning that goes much deeper than its name.
The Spiritual Significance of the Wolf Moon
The Wolf Moon is a time to howl and embrace your inner wolf. It is a time to howl for what you want and release what no longer serves you. The Wolf Moon is a powerful time to connect with your pack (family, friends, community) and run with them under the light of the moon. It is a time for new beginnings and new cycles. It is a time for personal reflection and looking inward. Let go of grudges, resentments, and old hurts. Forgive those who have wronged you in the past, and move on with your life. This is also a good time to start new projects or relationships.
This full moon reminds us that we are all connected and need to work together to thrive. Reach out to your community and see how you can help make a difference. We are all in this together, and we all have a responsibility to take care of each other.
The Old Moon
Sometimes referred to as the old moon, the wolf moon marks the end of the old and the beginning of a new. The Wolf Moon is also a time to honour ancestors, elders, and those who have passed on. A time to reflect on their wisdom, strength, and courage. It is a time to remember their stories and learn from their mistakes. It is a time to carry their torch and keep their memory alive.
How to Work With the Energy of the Wolf Moon
There are many ways to work with the energy of the Wolf Moon. Here are a few suggestions:
- Take some time for personal reflection. Sit in silence and meditate on what you need to let go of in your life. Write down these things in a journal, and then release them by burning the paper in a safe place outdoors.
- Howl at the moon! This may seem silly, but it’s actually very therapeutic. Let out a primal scream and release all your pent-up emotions. You’ll feel better afterwards, I promise.
- Spend time in nature. Connect with the earth and connect with yourself. Listen to the silence and breathe in the fresh air. Allow yourself to feel small in comparison to the vastness of nature.
- Work on building stronger relationships with those around you. Whether it’s your family, friends, or co-workers, take some time to nurture these connections. Show them how much you care, and see how much they care about you too. You’ll be surprised by how much they care about you.
The Wolf Moon is a powerful time for personal reflection and setting intentions for the future and an incredible reminder that change is always possible. No matter how stuck you might feel, there is always room for growth and evolution. Use this opportunity to let go of what no longer serves you and make room for new beginnings!