Howl at the full Wolf Moon next Monday, January 17th

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The first full moon of 2022 comes out on Monday, January 17th, and it has a special name…

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The first full moon of 2022 comes out on Monday, January 17th, and it has a special name.

The first full moon of the year is called the Wolf Moon, according to the Farmers Almanac, a name that has been used in First Nations, colonial American and European traditions.

The full moon got its name due to the fact that wolves were likely to be heard howling at the moon in the dead of winter.

Previously, people thought wolves howled because they were hungry during the lean winter months, but it has been proven that wolves howl and vocalize for a number of reasons.

Wolves howl to stake out their territory, locate other pack members, create and strengthen social bonds and coordinate hunting strategies.

The Wolf Moon goes by some other traditional names, most highlighting the harsh temperatures of the winter months. In Cree, Cold Moon and Frost Exploding Moon have been used for the first full moon of the year.

To the Assiniboine, the idea of the moon marking the middle of the cold season is why it was called the Center Moon.

Freeze Up Moon, Severe Moon and Hard Moon have been used by the Algonquin and Dakota. Other names include the Canada Goose Moon, Great Moon, Greetings Moon and Spirit Moon.

According to folklore, a bright first moon suggests rain and a bountiful harvest, where a red-tinted moon hints at a dry year. A halo around the moon suggests wet or stormy weather.

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