On January 25, 2024, look towards the sky to admire the first full moon of the year: the so-called Wolf Moon! The Full Moon in January was called this by the Native American tribes, because it was during this cold month that the season of the wolves who howled at night began.
Like all the other names assigned to the full moon — Strawberry Moon, Hunter’s Moon, etc. — there is no scientific correlation between the denomination and the event. It depends more on the customs and traditions of whoever renamed it. For example, in addition to being called the “Wolf Moon”, some also know it as the Ice Moon (in reference to the winter cold).
What does the full moon represent?
The full moon occurs when the Moon, illuminated by the Sun, is entirely visible from the Earth. This occurs when the satellite is in the opposite position to that of the Sun, again with respect to the Earth.
In the cultures and religions of various peoples, the Full Moon has always had an important meaning. From a spiritual point of view, it represents fullness and power. In fact, it is thought that it may have an influence on earthly energies. This is why according to the spiritual tradition the Moon represents enlightenment; although its meaning varies depending on religion.
It is no coincidence that the Buddha’s enlightenment occurs on the night of the full moon of the month of Vaiśākha (between April and May), which is celebrated by Buddhists all over the world. And always for this religion the days of the full moon are sacred.
When to see the Wolf Moon
The Wolf Moon can be admired in all its splendor around 12:54 PM EST on January 25, 2024. The satellite will be at a distance of approximately 400,700 km. What does it mean? The Moon will appear slightly smaller than usual. Eyes to the sky, then!