There is no doubt in mind that the Earth has only one moon. However, for thousands of years, people across the world used that moon to track the seasons, rather than the sun as we do today. Many civilizations gave names to the full moon of every month, based upon the feature of the particular month. Most full moon names are based on nature, animals, crops, and on the weather. Although there were many different traditional full moon names, there are some that we still used to this day that have become a standard part of our calendar.


1. January - The Wolf Moon

January's full moon is known as the Wolf Moon. It was named such because wolves tended to be heard during this time of year. Although commonly thought to be derived from Native Americans, the name can actually be traced back to the Anglo-Saxons. The Anglo-Saxons inhabited medieval Great Britain and practiced paganism. Paganism also has its roots in nature, not unlike Native American beliefs, which could explain the mistaken etymology. Other names for this moon include the Cold Moon and the Ice Moon.

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