I recommend doing your Full Moon ritual on the evening of January 1st, after 9:24 PM is ideal, but any time during the day is fine. You can do your ritual any time on January 2nd before 5:46 PM as well. Regardless, to charge items, they should sit out on the night of the 1st. January’s Full Moon is also a Supermoon, which will provide an extra dose of energy to your magick.
My guide, Witch’s Guide to Full Moon Magick, can be found on the site here; this post is a companion to that guide. If you’re new to Moon magick that’s a great place to begin.
About January’s Full Moon
The two most common names for January’s Full Moon are the Cold Moon and the Wolf Moon. The name Cold Moon comes from January being one of the coldest times of the year; the name Wolf Moon is related since this is the time of winter when food is running low and wolves are growing hungry. Another name for the January Full Moon is the Moon After Yule, since the January Full Moon always occurs after the pagan holiday Yule, but before Imbolc, the next Sabbat on the pagan calendar. This Moon is occasionally called the Snow Moon, but that title usually refers to the February Full Moon. The message of this Moon is that we are in the heart of winter and must survive. This indicates a time of patience and hibernation.
For all the cosmic witches out there, or just witches and pagans who are interested in what’s going on in the cosmos, here is a list of July 2017’s important astrological events. All times listed are in EST (Eastern Standard) and should be adjusted for your own time zone. Please note that this list is not even close to being exhaustive, but compiled by me to list events that would be of magickal importance. This information is great to copy into your Book of Shadows if you maintain one; if you are looking for something more extensive my guide to lunar trackers is on the site here. I hope that you find it helpful.
Planetary Movement, July
4th: Venus enters Gemini 8:11 PM
5th: Mercury enters Leo 8:20 PM
20th: Mars enters Leo 8:19 AM
22nd: Sun enters Leo 11:15 AM
25th: Mercury enters Virgo 7:41 PM
31st: Venus enters Cancer 10:54 AM
Moon Cycle, July
7th: Moon void-of-course 10:12 AM, enters Capricorn 1:45 PM
9th: Full Moon in Capricorn 12:07 AM; void-of-course 10:12 PM
23rd: Moon void-of-course 2:05 AM, enters Leo 4:34 AM, New Moon in Leo 5:46 AM
25th: Moon void-of-course 5:22 AM, enters Virgo 6:32 AM
June’s New Moon in Cancer occurs at 10:31 PM EST on Friday the 23rd, and you can do your New Moon ritual on either the night of Thursday the 22nd, Friday the 23rd, or Saturday the 24th at any time. Compared to other New Moons this year, we have a ton of time this go round. On Sunday the 25th the Moon goes void-of-course at 2:44 PM then enters Leo at 6:06 PM, but your New Moon ritual should be performed before then, ideally. A lot of other planets are in Cancer for this Moon as well, so expect a big wave a Cancer energy coming. All of this information is available in list form in my June 2017 Cosmic Concerns post. The manifestation point for this New Moon is on January 2nd 2018.
My guide, Witch’s Guide to New Moon Magick, can be found on the site here; this post is a companion to that guide. If you’re new to Moon magick that’s a great place to begin.
New Moon in Cancer
Cancer is the fourth sign of the zodiac, a cardinal sign, a Water sign, and ruled by the Moon. Cancer is very centered in the home and on family. Being ruled by the Moon it’s not surprising that Cancer is a very emotional sign and they are very open emotionally; they can also hold on to slights because of this or retreat into themselves. As a cardinal sign, Cancer is good at getting stuff moving. A Cancer can be moody, and would often rather go around than through, but they are also affectionate and loving. They tend to be homebodies, but are attracted to big personalities.
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.