Full Moon: The Wolf Moon Or The Quiet Moon: 28 January 2021

Each one of us love the changing moon – some like the new moon which cannot be seen on the dark’s night sky (and then a small sliver, a small crescent can be seen just a night or two later). For some it could be the  first and last quarter, or the waxing or waning that changes with the moon, but for me, I love the full moon. 

The full moon, for me, shows its moon-shadow, or it’s smiling of the moon’s face, or it as a huge orb of white that can show us of its splendour, and also, then, it shows it as a time as a special ‘full’ event, and can be used in ritual or liturgy. I love it.

And, yes, the next full moon takes place on 28 January, on evening or night in the UK (or other a northern countries) in the constellation of Gemini, the twins! This time the moon appears below the star Pollux. And then Pollux is followed by Castor. The three follow are in a line, and each appears equidistant to each other, that day.

A wolf:

Day surprises me and night scares me 

haunts me and winter follows me 

An animal walking on the snow has placed 

Its paws in the sand or in the mud 

Its paws have traveled 

From further afar than my own steps…

(Paul Eluard)

This full moon is known in various times as: the Wolf moon (or sometimes as the snow wolf) for those of Medieval English times or some of those in the Northern America, today, after the howling of hungry wolves. But what ever you call it no one can but be of wonder of the packs of wolves who work through these lean and snowy times. Chinese people call this moon as the Holiday moon.

And some by the Celtic or Druid tribes call it the Quiet moon. Whatever you call it, do make it an important event for this full moon. For me, as a Druid-Christian (or Christic-Druid) I prefer it as the Quiet moon.

As a poem or as part of liturgy for the full moon, here is something that I penned a few years ago.

Arianrhod in all her splendour, moves by an invisible hand

and wanders companionless, like a silver wheel in the sky. She ascends.

This full moon’s lucid beam dominates the now darkened canopy, and

there, in her smiling face, we find sweet, unbridled understanding.

She befriends.

Her ‘lesser light’ moves across the sky above the city, grey.

Oh, robed in splendour, her surge of silver-light fills every window pane

and skips across rooftops, trees, streams, fairy fires, and silent railway,

and falls unbeknown on those who sleep now, and refreshment regain.

A blessing.

Arianrhod, spill your beauty on a thousand Earthly races,

on happy flowers that bloom in a myriad of hues,

on laughing, smiling, sad and all up-looked faces,

who, in wilding spaces, drink your wine of sweet, bless’d fallen dew.

A gracious infilling.

And paled now is her light,

as onward she moves lower in the sky. For the sun, opportune.

But, for now, dear Arianrhod reigns with love. She is mistress of the night.

A timely witness sent by the Truth who is beyond the Moon.

A glorious remembrance.

(Tadhg)

Whatever you call this full moon do something special that evening. You might want to use a poem or liturgy/ritual as you view the full moon, you might want a small glass of wine. You might use a candle to celebrate the evening. Whatever you do, do something simple to make make it a special evening.

[Apologies if some of my wording of this article is a bit erratic. My speech is getting better, but there is still some time needed.]

8 thoughts on “Full Moon: The Wolf Moon Or The Quiet Moon: 28 January 2021

  1. I like the “Quiet Moon” too. How interesting that you’re a druidic Christian (or Christic Druid)! Does your path include Celtic Christianity? I found a lot of peace there when I used to be a Christian.

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    • Hello. Many thanks for replying. I would say that I’m probably eclectic, and also use the idea that religion/spiritual/philosophy perennial is the original path before all others.

      Early in my life I became a Christian and that for me was formative to me then (and now), but the life of ancient Celts monks and their viewpoints interest me, and then Druids and their use of the changing of the seasons and the moon etc fascinates me, and so I use that in various ritual/liturgies, and so meld two/three/fourth etc together.

      It means for a varied lifestyle, as I have so many Christians, Druids, Pagans, Muslim, Hindu etc, and I think it enriches us all the more. Thanks for reply. Bless you. Tadhg.

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