The Wolf Moon or Cold Moon of January comes in on January 23, at 5:46 pm PST in the sign of Leo. As we are in the astrological sign of Aquarius, which is air, Leo’s fire will be fanned to bring brighter, higher flames to help us release whatever we wish. It will burn hot and quick, so to speak, and this speaks to me of knowing what we really want to release. Given the date of this moon, it happens at a divine time as we will have three weeks into the new year and a better idea (hopefully) of what we want to release. In thinking of this moon, I keep being drawn to “being the best you can be.” In order to help with that, we will use this moon energy to release whatever does not make us our best.
This moon is all about positive changes and finding balance. It might seem like I have talked about this a lot in the past months, but the time has come for us to really make sure we are in balance as much as possible. When we are balanced we are able to cope with whatever comes our way better.
Leo is the creative, generous sign – they like to shine. Both Leo and Aquarius find they are most happy when they are doing things for others. If you were to look at yourself, your life from the perspective of you being a friend, what would you see that holds you back from shining? From being the best, from having the best life you could? This takes great courage; which Leo the mighty lion has in spades! What is one simple piece of advice you would give yourself that would allow you to step into your own fullness? Take some time with this, and cast away the voice of judgement that limits and suppresses you from truly shining in your full light.
Like I said earlier – this is about positive changes to find balance. I think we could all work on releasing fear. That does seem to be the root of so many of our challenges. While fear is an innate part of us that keeps us safe, it can also hold us back from shining our brightest. I will use this moving forward, but please use whatever you wish to release.
On or before the 23rd, gather 3 smaller pieces of paper in different colors. As we have many symbols involved with this full moon, you may also wish to gather a wolf, feather (air), lion, something to represent your release. Take one of the pieces of paper and hold it between your hands, simple breath into it “blessings” by saying the word. Write the one word for what you are releasing upon that piece of paper, I would write “fear.” Continue with the other two pieces of paper, using the same word.
During the evening of the full moon, light a fire in your fireplace, or have a candle burning in a safe place. Prepare a cup of hot chocolate, or other warm beverage you enjoy. Quietly sit and enjoy the flames, and build up a sense of joy that will come to you from this releasing, see in the flames how brightly you will shine when this aspect is relinquished from your life. When you feel the time is right, take your first piece of paper, holding it on your heart, whisper “farewell my friend” and toss it into the flame (note if you are using a candle make sure that you have this in a safe place and slowly burn the piece of paper). Watch the smoke curl and rise up in the air, transmuted across time and space. Continue with the other two pieces of paper, doing the same, except with the second piece whisper “have a nice day” and for the third, whisper “goodbye.”
The energy of this moon is creative and generous, have some fun with it, let your imagination choose how you will work with it. You do not have to follow my ritual exactly; it is only for a guideline – modify it to suit your own needs. During the coming month and beyond if you notice what you have released shows up again, simply observe and whisper “goodbye.” Do not get disheartened that it is still present, instead celebrate that you are aware of it and can choose to release it again. Cheers to you being the best you can be in 2016!
JANUARY - WOLF or OLD MOON FEBRUARY - SNOW or HUNGER MOON MARCH - CROW, CRUST, SAP or WORM MOON APRIL - PINK, GRASS, EGG or FISH MOON MAY - FLOWER or MILK MOON JUNE - ROSE, STRAWBERRY of HOT MOON JULY - THUNDER or BUCK MOON AUGUST - STURGEON, GRAIN, or GREEN CORN MOON SEPTEMBER - HARVEST, BARLEY, CORN or FRUIT MOON OCTOBER - HUNTER'S, DYING or TRAVEL MOON NOVEMBER - FROST or BEAVER MOON DECEMBER - COLD or LONG NIGHTS MOON