The Wolf Moon

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Wolf Moon

Wolf Moon is the first step towards my new beginning – the blog post not the actual moon. This year I have decided to be truer to my faith and create my own path - I am not going to follow paths just because others think I should; I am going to determine my own journey and if necessary, I will get the scythe out to clear my way. Part of this is learning and another part is teaching. I am a teacher at heart and I guess that fits with the Druidry path too. I am going to celebrate the sun and the moon and the seasons with all my might this year. I am going to say screw the neighbours and have rituals in the garden – with fires and robes and dancing, although I will be staying fully clothed!

fire ritual

 

Tomorrow is the first Full Moon of the year - The Wolf Moon or The Old Moon, whichever you choose - you may even have another name for it. Now is a great time to load up your window ledges with crystals and herbs and water and anything you can think of really. I really do recommend that you pop a glass (or a jug) of water out to drink in the morning. You will be amazed at how good you feel after drinking it - especially if you add a small rose quartz to the container. Try to avoid plastic though guys as it does not seem to have the same effect if the water is in plastic.

So why is the January moon known as the Wolf Moon?

Well as with all old tales, myths and legends it is debatable. Some say it comes from American Indian Tribes of old, others say it comes from the Celts and others claim it's from Eastern European tribes. So, as wolves were frequently seen in all of these places in time gone by, we can probably assume that the term Wolf Moon would have come from all of them originated from all of the above, as they are all Northern Hemisphere countries and therefore would have had winter at about the same time. It's a bit like inventions, one person invents something and then, just as they are about to publish, someone else 100s or even 1000s of miles away publishes the same exact same discovery without any knowledge of the first.

 

wolf moon

 

The basic gist of the story behind the Wolf Moon is that wolf packs would have been hungry in the winter months and this would have led to bravery beyond the norm. Groups of wolves would have frequently gathered outside of villages in the hope that a vulnerable member of the encampment would wonder far enough away from safety for them to be able to feed. This would probably have been more noticeable during the full moon for obvious reasons. If the wolves were lucky enough to come across a child looking for an adventure or a warrior heading back injured, then they would howl to tell their pack members and, as we know they raise their heads to allow the sound to travel faster and this was and often still is seen as baying at the moon. So, the January moon became known as The Wolf Moon. January was traditionally the hardest month for wolves to find food.

 

There are of course many other stories on this subject and I have chosen only one I hope you have enjoyed reading it enough to come back and read another next full moon.

 

Once published the Snow Moon post will be found here.

You can purchase raw rose quartz for your moon water here.

All images sourced from Pixabay

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