Full Moon occurs at 11:53 p.m. EST, but it looks completely illuminated all night. It surprises many people to learn that Earth comes closest to the Sun in the dead of winter, but the cold weather in the Northern Hemisphere at this time of year arises because the Sun lies low in the sky.
The Quadrantid meteor shower reaches its peak on Saturday, January 3. Unfortunately, the nearly Full Moon will drown out fainter meteors and leave only the bright ones to shine through. The Quadrantids do generate a high percentage of bright meteors, however, so the shower should deliver a smattering of “shooting stars” to observers who brave the cold. The meteors appear to radiate from a spot in the northern part of the constellation Boötes, which climbs high in the northeast as dawn approaches.
Amid the zero cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Native American villages. The wolves are out in this bright light this time of year, anxious and hot on a trail for a feast to shake their hunger in the lean winter month. The normally elusive wolves were once found all over Europe and the Native Americans living close to the land held them in high esteem, along with other animals they encountered. It was also known as the Old Moon or the Moon after Yule. In some tribes this was the Full Snow Moon; most applied that name to the next moon.
Full moon always brings closures to bring to us a better tomorrow. The hills of the new, and new beginnings, will bring with them fundamental changes which have been dreaded for so long. These worries stem in the form of mysteries and it is these mysteries that have also held us back for so long. This full moon will emphasize how fluent we are to the emotions that are attached to our communication, how much we share, and how much we relate to others. Full moon can be a luminous time; however, it all depends upon our reasonableness of the energy.
Significance of this moon is not just about emotions but it is about closeness. It’s a karmic connection, a sacrifice, dedication to safeguard family. The need to protect may be so strong that there may be predispositions to bring out the indulgences such as eating, drinking and spending too much. It is a heap to release feelings and at the same time trying to understand. Your birth mother may play an important role in ones life while trying to appreciate deep meaning of love with discipline. Memories of positive childhood experiences will create imaginative responses, thus triggering the psychic energy which will be directly connected to the birth mother. The feelings may be very clingy and obstinate but the need to follow it is more gratifying.
January tends to bring families close together with indoor activities. Some say it is a good time to work on relationships, partnerships and matters of the heart. Or, it is a good time to work on new ventures or projects that require some study time.
January’s moon can be bold and bright or covered in silky clouds. Like the wolf it can appear to be cunning. A symbolic lesson could be that progress is sometimes subtle and happens behind the scenes. Because wolves are also incredibly resourceful they can also symbolize our own hidden potential.
“A New Moon rises with the Sun,
Its Waxing half at midday shows,
The Full Moon climbs at Sunset hour,
And Waning half the midnight knows.”
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Full Moon Blessings,