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Full Wolf Moon Rituals

The Full Wolf Moon, occurring on January 25th, derives its name from Native American traditions, specifically the notion that during the winter months, hungry wolves could be heard howling in hunger outside villages. Also known as the Old Moon, Ice Moon, or Cold Moon, it's a time when the winter is at its peak and the nights are long and cold.


Essential Tools:

Meaning: Symbolically, the Wolf Moon embodies a period of introspection, self-reflection, and finding inner strength amidst the darkness. It's a time for setting intentions, seeking clarity, and harnessing the energy to plan for the future.


History: In various cultures, this moon has historical significance. Native American tribes used this time to honor the wolves, recognizing their resilience and hunting prowess. Other cultures associate the January moon with renewal and starting afresh, coinciding with the beginning of a new year in the Gregorian calendar.


Good Things to Plant: Although the winter season may not seem ideal for planting, some hardy crops can withstand the cold. Depending on the climate zone, you might consider planting spinach, kale, garlic, onions, and winter lettuce during this time. These plants can develop roots during the dormant winter months and provide an early spring harvest.


Rituals to Do:

  1. Setting Intentions: Use this potent energy to set intentions for the year ahead. Write down your goals, aspirations, and desires, and place them in a sacred space, or perform a small ritual to focus your intentions.

  2. Moon Gazing or Meditation: Spend time outdoors under the Full Wolf Moon. Absorb its energy, meditate, or simply take a moment to gaze at the moon. Use this time for introspection and deep reflection.

  3. Cleansing and Release: Consider performing a ritual bath with essential oils or herbs to cleanse your body and spirit. Use this as an opportunity to let go of anything that no longer serves you, making space for new beginnings.

  4. Gratitude Practice: Express gratitude for the lessons learned in the past year. Create a gratitude jar or journal to write down things you're thankful for.


The Full Wolf Moon provides a space for reconnecting with yourself, setting intentions, and embracing the transformative power of the winter season. It invites you to look within, embrace the darkness, and prepare for the eventual light of spring.

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