Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives 2021 – #Potluck – #LunarDiary – January – The Wolf Moon by Joan Hall

Since this series began in January 2018 there have been over 1100 Posts from Your Archives where bloggers have taken the opportunity to share posts to a new audience… mine.

The topics have ranged from travel, childhood, recipes, history, family and the most recent series was #PotLuck where I shared a random selection of different topics. This series is along the same lines… but is a ‘Lucky Dip’

In this series I will be sharing posts from the first six months of 2021 and on occasion I might dip into months either side to share gems. Submissions are now closed but there will be another series in January 2022.

This is the first post from Joan Hall and she shares facts and superstitions about this first full moon of the year…you will find Joan’s monthly posts on this fixture in our night sky in her archives.

January – The Wolf Moon

Hey, everyone. Hope the first part of this new year have been good for you. It’s no secret that I have a fascination with full moons. I think it runs in the family. My brother once hiked through Grand Canyon by the light of a full August moon.

Also, the original concept for my upcoming Legends of Madeira series was inspired by, you guessed it, the moon. I thought it would be fun to feature a monthly post with some facts, myths, or maybe even a legend or two.

For years, I’d heard the term Harvest Moon, but did you know Native Americans had names for each of the full moons? These varied from tribe to tribe and were often relative to the area in which they lived. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, these names traditionally applied to the entire lunar month, beginning with either the new or full moon.

January is known as the Wolf Moon. This has nothing to do with mythical werewolves. It came about because on cold January nights, packs of wolves are often heard. It was once thought wolves howled because they were hungry. However, wolves use howls to define their territory, locate members of their pack, and gather for hunting.

January Wolf Moon

A January Full Moon. One of my own photos.

Interesting Facts

  • Like their canine ancestors, domestic dogs are known to bark and howl more during the full moon. They might also be more aggressive. A study carried out by a teaching hospital in the United Kingdom found dog bites are often twice as common during a full moon than on other nights.
  • Many people claim to see images on the lunar surfaces, such as animals or human faces. (Ever heard of “The man in the Moon?”) These images are composed of the dark areas of the lunar plains and the lighter highlands of the lunar surface.
  • The full moon occurs this month on Thursday, January 28.

Menominee Legend

According to the Menominee The Sun, and his sister The Moon, lived together in the East. One day Sun left to go hunting and was gone for a long time. As the days passed Moon became worried and went into the sky to search for him. After twenty days of searching, she died but returned to life after four days to resume her search for another twenty days.

The four days of death are thought to coincide with the dark phase of the new moon, while the twenty days before and after are a reference to the waxing and waning phases.

I hope you’ll enjoy this monthly series. Next month is the shortest of the year, but moon-wise February has a unique distinction from all other months.

Interested in learning more? Check Joan’s monthly archives

©Joan Hall 2021

My thanks to Joan for permitting me to share posts from her archives and I hope you will head over to check more.

About Joan Hall

Joan Hall has always enjoyed reading or listening to stories about inexplicable events, so it’s not surprising she writes mystery and romantic suspense. A lover of classic rock music, songs often serve as the inspiration for her books.

When she’s not writing, Joan likes to observe the night skies, explore old cemeteries, and learn about legends and folklore. She and her husband live in Texas with their two cats.

Books by Joan Hall

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59 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives 2021 – #Potluck – #LunarDiary – January – The Wolf Moon by Joan Hall

  1. This is my first time seeing Joan’s post. Much like her, I find astronomy (particularly the moon) to be fascinating. I’d love to do what her brother did and hike the Grand Canyon by night.

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  2. I’m a fan of the moon and love these posts from Joan. So interesting about an increase in dog bites. When I was in college, all the students would go outside and howl at the full moons, it was mesmerizing! But we didn’t bite anyone. 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Sally. Great choice.

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  3. I’ve always felt a connection to the moon. My fantasy series has two moons: one that is ever present on the horizon and one that rotates around the planet. My body also knows when there is a full moon (and sometimes, new moon) because I tend to have difficulty sleeping. I enjoyed Joan’s post. Thanks for sharing it, Sally. 🙂

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