Monday, January 17, 2011

FULL WOLF MOON January 19, 2011

Look skyward.  January’s moon, known as the Full Wolf Moon is filling fast and will reach fullness on January 19, 2011. The Full Wolf Moon got its name from the deep snows of winter with wolf packs howling hungrily outside Indian villages.
Native Americans, of what is now the northern and eastern United States kept track of the seasons. They studied the moon and gave each full moon a distinctive name. The name they gave the moon was used throughout the entire month. There was some variation in the moon names, but  basically they are the same names used throughout the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior. European settlers followed that custom and created some of their own names.
In year 2011, with deep snows and the harsh winter of both the southeast and northeast, it is easy to understand and to celebrate how Full Wolf Moon got its name.


Joan Ellen Gage said...

I will howl at the moon, tonight. It is to be a lovely evening.

Nancy Simpson said...

O I just saw it. It is amazing.