From my friend, Marney Bruce again:
Happy New Year and first new moon of 2010! The full moon this month is on January 30th and it will be hanging out with Mars – the bright planet we’ve been noticing this month. Rachel Kriger, who is on this list, also sends a monthly email and I would like to quote from hers. If you want me to forward the whole message, let me know. It was so lovely! Thanks, Rachel.
On the full moon of Shvat [this month], we will celebrate the Jewish new year of the Trees, called Tu b’Shvat (meaning, the fifteenth of Shvat). This holiday marks the time when the sap starts rising in the trees as they begin their dance from roots to fruits. The first sign of growth is when the buds on the trees begin to open. Interestingly, many of these buds have been on the trees since the fall. Trees know themselves so well, that they can prepare to grow in the fall and lie patiently dormant until the weather is just right to start growth.
January’s full moon is called the Wolf Moon. Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January’s full Moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to the next Moon.
“Full Snow Moon” might be more appropriate for us this winter! Get out and enjoy the beauty of the season.