What Is the Significance of the Wolf Moon?

An image of the Full Wolf Moon over a pale blue sky.

The January Full Moon

Every Full Moon has its own meaning, name, and purpose. When the moon is at its fullest, it challenges people in unique and personal ways, depending on where it falls in someone’s natal chart. The Full Moon brings both challenge and change with each month that passes. Luckily, it also brings unique opportunities and insights. As such, consciously working with the moon may lead you to your greatest manifestations.

The Wolf Moon is the first Full Moon of the year, and its qualities can be seen in all the moon’s phases throughout the month of January.

The Influence of the Moon Phases

The moon has four main phases as it moves from dark to full, then back again, during its 28-day cycle. Though there are actually eight specific phases, the foundational list is: the New Moon, the First Quarter Moon, the Full Moon, and the Last Quarter Moon.

The new and first quarter phases take place when the moon is “waxing” or getting brighter. These phases are usually associated with growth. The Full Moon is the phase during which the moon has gained its full brightness. This occurs when it is opposite the sun, allowing it to fully reflect the light. In personal terms, it marks the fullest achievement and manifestation of one’s goals. After this point, the moon “wanes” again, marking a time to let go and release. Eventually, it moves into its darkest phase, where it will again be conjunct (together) with the sun. This starts a brand-new 28-day cycle of manifestation.

During the month of January, you can expect the Wolf Moon’s influence to follow the same trajectory as these phases.

The Meaning of the Wolf Moon

The Wolf Moon is also known as the Hard Moon, the Severe Moon, and the Center Moon. These titles come from the fact that it takes place during the harshest and coldest time of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. The Wolf Moon encourages people to be courageous and persevere during its waxing phases, and to center themselves, look inward, and transform during its waning phases.

Likewise, the name “the Wolf Moon” has gained popularity because wolves have been observed to howl more loudly and more often during this sometimes-bleak part of the year. Their howling is a way to mark their territory, keep out intruders, and communicate with other members of their pack.

The Wolf Moon has great spiritual significance and power because it forces people to shelter and reflect, leading to transformation. It brings a challenge that encourages bravery and determination, just as harsh winter weather does.

The Spiritual Effects of the Wolf Moon

The Wolf Moon’s spiritual effects grow with the moon’s phases throughout the month of January. It invites you to think about your deepest desires, as shown to you in dreams — both sleeping and waking.

If used correctly, the Wolf Moon can help you plan what you want to build into your life throughout the year. As it moves toward full and then recedes again into its last quarter phase, it can reveal what you should celebrate and then release before you can start manifesting anew.

Also important is the fact that, throughout the year, Full Moons fall in each sign of the zodiac. Because all Full Moons are simply exact oppositions of the sun and moon in relation to each other, each Full Moon will take place in the sign that’s opposite the sun at that same time. Knowing the sign of a given Full Moon can provide valuable insight into its qualities and nature.

How To Use the January 2024 Wolf Moon

The 2024 Full Wolf Moon happens on January 25. It will be in the sign of Leo, with the sun having entered Aquarius just a few days before. During the Wolf Moon, just like with all other Full Moons, the task will be to harmonize and integrate the opposing energies expressed by these signs.

This year, the Full Wolf Moon will ask people to reconcile their need for recognition and leadership (Leo), with their need to fit within structures and systems that serve the common good (Aquarius). It will ask everyone to recognize when they want to push a personal agenda and when they want to give more space to an existing social structure that they value.

Learning How the Wolf Moon Affects Your Chart

A reading with an Astrology Psychic can help you locate where this Full Moon will fall in your personal natal chart each year. The house the Wolf Moon is in will determine which area of your life it rules, and speaking to an expert astrologer can help you understand how to make the most of this yearly event. With their insight, it will be easier to go with the flow and embrace the transformations that the Full Wolf Moon brings. Ultimately, these changes can support you as you manifest your goals for the year.


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