Sunday, January 4, 2015

The Wolf Moon


For most people, we often marvel at the beauty of a sunrise or the magnificence of a full moon, but it is impossible to fathom the magnitude of the universe that surrounds us.

Richard H. Baker


This week is the week of the firsts in the year 2015.  The first day, the first weekend and the first full moon.

Today we are welcoming the full Wolf Moon. The moon got its name after the wolves which howled loudly in hunger outside the villages.  In January as the snow built up deep in the woods, the howling of the wolves could be heard for miles in the freezing, still air.

The first full moon of January was also sometimes called an Old Moon.

The Wolf Moon will rise today at 4:58 pm ET and will reach 100% illumination at 11:54 pm ET.  It will set again at 7:45 am the next day.

Unfortunately for a lot of us here in Eastern Canada, the moon will be well hidden behind thick, dense clouds.  We have a storm moving through that will keep our skies busy for the next several days.  Yesterday I was hoping to take a photograph of the moon for the blog post today but it was not possible; the rain has already moved in. It supposed to stay with us today and change into snow tonight. Unless some weather miracle happens, there will be no moon picture taking to be had.

No matter how dense the clouds are in the sky, some of us can feel the magick of the full moon right through them. The legends say people and animals are affected by the full moon and behave differently.

I've always wondered about that.

So far a lot of studies were performed on the possible lunar effect but with no conclusive results. There are some studies though that have shown that humans possess a circalunar clock which ticks away during lunar cycle and affects our sleep on full moon nights.

Wherever you are, enjoy the Wolf Moon tonight and take a listen.  Maybe, just maybe you will hear those wolves howling.



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