The Wolf Moon is the first full moon of the year.
Wolves and the moon have a long association from werewolves changing at full moon to real wolves howling at the moon – for me the stand out literary association occurs (several times) in Jack London’s, White Fang. In this passage White Fang’s mother and father are hunting. I chose it because it could have represented last week’s them as well as this one:
“As they slid along, noiseless as shadows, in the moonlight, they came upon a run-way. Both noses went down to the footprints in the snow. These footprints were very fresh. One Eye ran ahead cautiously, his mate at his heels. The broad pads of their feet were spread wide and in contact with the snow were like velvet. One Eye caught sight of a dim movement of white in the midst of the white. His sliding gait had been deceptively swift, but it was as nothing to the speed at which he now ran. Before him was bounding the faint patch of white he had discovered.” https://www.gutenberg.org/files/910/910-h/910-h.htm
Whitefang starts his journey to domestication in a Native American camp and most of the names we have for moons derive from Native American ones that passed into general use in North America and then were brought to Europe. The Royal Observatory at Greenwich has quite a comprehensive selection in this article:
According to the Observatory the first January full moon is also known as the Old Moon and the Ice Moon, which feels about right considering the weather.
In February we have Snow Moon, aka Storm Moon and Hunger Moon, and in March we can look forward to the Worm Moon which has lot’s of alternatives including Crust Moon and Sap Moon, the latter because it is time to tap the sap of maple trees.
Prompts: I think this theme cries out for rhymed poetry with Old Moons of January following Cold Moons in December – but as always whatever you like, poetry or prose, fiction or memoir, will be more than welcome.