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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
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January’s Full Wolf Moon

Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the howling of wolves could be heard in the cold winter nights outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January’s full moon, the Full Wolf Moon.

Because wolves often hunt at night, their howling has become associated with nightfall and particularly, the moon. However the centuries-old notion of wolves howling at the full moon is known to be more folklore than fact.

Because January’s full moon was usually the first full moon after Christmas, some cultures referred to it as the Moon After Yule. Others have sometimes referred to January’s full moon as the Full Snow Moon, but most Native American tribes applied that name to the next full moon.

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3 comments

1 DonnaDunham { 01.15.14 at 7:46 pm }

Love the full moon this one will also be the furthest from earth
Love info about the magical properties of the moon’s.

2 Margaret Gee { 01.14.14 at 7:07 pm }

love all the information

3 Lorrie Beck Mundell { 01.14.14 at 4:35 pm }

Love reading The Farmers Almanac..so interesting. I plant my garden with the moon phases..

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