Make the Most of January’s ‘Wolf Moon’

Make the Most of January’s ‘Wolf Moon’

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Make the Most of January’s ‘Wolf Moon’

The first full moon of 2021 is a very special one.

The first full moon of 2021 is a very special one.

Text: Luana Harumi

As the month comes to an end, a new moon phase begins, and this week it’s extra special: known as the “Wolf Moon,” it’s the first full moon of the year and it will peak on Jan. 28, providing not only a spectacular view in the sky but also renewed energy and intense emotions. Take a look at V’s guide on how to understand and make the most of this event:

What is the Wolf Moon?

The name comes from Native American history – it was traditionally thought that wolves howled more often during winter due to hunger. It can also be referred to as Cold Moon and Frost Exploding Moon, among terms. 

Following the spectacle of December’s Great Conjunction, the Wolf Moon should also be a real treat to skywatchers. It will appear in orange hues and fade to yellow as it rises. The best time to see it will be at moonrise, as it will become too bright to look at when it peaks. 

In New York City, moonrise will occur at around 5:01 p.m. ET, while sunset is expected to be at around 5:08 p.m. ET. In Los Angeles, the moonrise should be at around 5:24 p.m. PT, and the sunset at 5:20 p.m. PT. 

What astrologers are saying

According to astrology, all moon phases impact our emotions in some way and it couldn’t be different with this one. The Wolf Moon will occur in the fire sign of Leo, bringing all of the intensity of the majestic, attention-seeking lion – expect amplified confidence and determination. 

“The Leo full moon invites us to celebrate everything that makes us one-of-a-kind. It’s a time to show our stuff and share our talents, as only we can,” Rachel Celeste Hansen wrote for “But since it can also bring out our attention-seeking side, we’ll want to be gracious about sharing the spotlight. Each of us is encouraged to let our light shine, and not worry too much about outshining (or being outshone by) anyone else.”

On Jan. 28, the Sun and Jupiter will also form a conjunction in Aquarius, an event that is believed to bring good luck, thus being called the “Day of Miracles.” The Full Moon also marks the end of cycles, meaning change is ahead – and not necessarily in a negative way. 

The Leo full moon can bring some drama, too. Emotions can be heightened to the extreme and some friction may arise. But while it’s important to sincerely embrace your feelings, the Aquarius sun also suggests that we should be mindful of others. “We’re feeling generous about sharing our sentiments and boldly expressing ourselves, but we should be wary of spilling our guts to the wrong people,” Nina Kahn wrote for

What does this mean for you?

All signs should be impacted by this Wolf Moon, but especially Aquarius and Leo. This is the time to focus on starting a new project and getting out of your comfort zone. Take your chance on new activities and goals you feel passionate about. You can also apply this energy to relationships, both by nurturing special bonds or distancing yourself from toxic connections. 

Leo’s assertiveness should be handled carefully: although you may feel more inclined to express your emotions in a very intense way, pay attention to how you will convey those feelings to others as not to hurt them.

Certain stones and crystals can help you navigate this event. The moonstone is the primary moon crystal and is associated with the idea of new beginnings, strength, and inner growth. The selenite is connected to hope and harmony and is named after the Greek goddess Selene – the goddess of the Moon and ever-changing like the moon itself. Finally, the clear quartz, which is believed to help memory and concentration and is known as the “master healer.” Check out V’s selection of healing crystals for more.

Credits: Cover photo via Getty.


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