Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wolf Moon

Tonight, the first full moon of the year, the Wolf Moon has risen above our town.  It's shining on the water and lighting up even the darkest of streets, sending it's magical light down to enchant us and fill us with it's mystery.

The January full moon is known as the Wolf Moon, named so by the Indian tribes who, on cold winter nights, experienced the mournful and frightening sound of wolves howling through the night on nights when the full moon lit their dark paths.

Once I heard an old legend, one that I can't quite remember all the details too, about a pack of wolves, the protectors or spirit guides of one nation of Indians, who in order to better protect their people, merged with the sky wolf and the earth wolf, becoming the moon.  The yellow of the moon shown down into the eyes of the cubs on earth, forever leaving wolves eyes tinted yellow. 

This years wolf moon is so big and so beautiful that it makes me want to join those wolves in howling my pleasure for all to hear.  I hope your skies are clear enough that you can see it as well.  A truly incredible sight.

8 comments:

Adrienne said...

What a beautiful picture! It looks so peaceful over the water.

mtnchild said...

Love old Indian lore.

ancient one said...

Didn't know the story of the wolf moon... but did get a picture with my pitiful camera last night... The moon was beautiful here...

Bonnie said...

What a wonderful legend. I think you told it quite well. I would love to know more about it. I wonder if there is a children's book?

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lisa said...

I sure do agree that is when I can brave the cold weather to take a look!

Run Lori Run said...

Great photo. I didn't know this story either....

Stacey's Treasures said...

I had never heard this legand.
thanks for sharring the story of the wolf moon.

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

Great picture of that moon. I've heard of the wolf moon before, but I didn't know why they called it that.