Okay, so it’s 2017 and I’m dropping the ball already. My first Full Moon Magick post of the year is late! I already got up on my soapbox to talk about this, but here goes again: A lot of people are posting that this Full Moon on the night of the 12th is in Cancer and it’s not, it’s in Leo … but it’s also not in Leo. What’s happening? Allow me to explain.
On January 11th 2017 the Moon was in Cancer, and it stayed in Cancer until January 12th at 6:34 AM EST when it went void-of-course. That means it’s not in any sign. That was also the precise moment that the Moon became Full. The Moon stayed v/c until 7:08 PM when it entered Leo, which it will stay in until 10:17 AM EST on Saturday the 14th. Anyone saying the Moon is in Cancer on the evening of the 12th is mistaken because, if you do your ritual on the night of the 12th, the Moon is in Leo. Unless you did your Moon ritual a day early (before it’s even full) or very early in the morning on the 12th (the astrologically best option), you’re on the wrong side of the cycle. The New Moon in Cancer on July 4, 2016 was the beginning of the Moon cycle that ended at this Full Moon. You cannot have a Moon cycle start in one sign and end in another, ever. So yes, the Full Moon was technically in Cancer on the morning of the 12th … but if you waited until the evening (which everyone does) it’s in Leo.
Arg! What a fun way to start the new year, right?
About January’s Moon
There are many names for January’s Full Moon, but the two most common are the Wolf Moon and the Cold Moon. The Native Americans called it the Wolf Moon because January is the end of winter and the wolves would be heard howling. The January Full Moon is also called the Cold Moon or After Yule Moon in the pagan tradition, as it is the Moon after Yule, which used to be a multi-Moon-month celebration. Regardless of what you call it, the meaning of the January Full Moon is clear: it’s cold, baby.
Yes, a super short post today just to clear up the Cancer/Leo confusion. I’m moving and starting a new semester with a full teaching load, so I’m slightly overwhelmed, but hopefully I’ll be able to post about the New Moon in Aquarius before it happens on the 27th.
“Full Moon Names” on The Farmer’s Almanac