Wolf Moon

wolf moon

Tonight is the night of the 2009 Wolf Moon.

Full Moon names started with Native Americans as tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon. The names actually applied to the entire month in which each occurred.

There was some variation in the names based on tribes. European settlers followed that custom and created some of their own names. Since the lunar month is only 29 days long on the average, the full Moon dates shift from year to year.

The January full Moon name comes from the wolf packs that would howl outside the villages of Native Americans during the hungry, lean, snow-covered winter nights.

Depending on location, some tribes call January the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to the next full moon.

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Ken Ronkowitz

Random by design. Predictably irrational. It's turtles all the way down. Dolce far niente. A lifelong educator.

9 thoughts on “Wolf Moon”

  1. Does anyone know the native american name of the December 2009 full moon. It’s a blue moon, an extra moon for the month and occurs on the eve of January. Since the moon will be full in the sky on the late hours of December AND early hours of January 1st, would it be considered a Wolf Moon?



  2. In truth I am amazed with astrology..but far more intreged with the moon. Continueously findmyself gazing at the moon and wonder what it is about it that interests me so? Well the truth is the moon is a beauty but doesn’t shine as briliant or upfront..no she is gracous and downgraing to herself. Thisis why I’m study the moon cycles…so will you answer a question for me?(outside of that one)..What day/ night is the “true” Wolf’s moon???
    Thank You!


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