January’s Quiet Wolf Full Moon 2017

Welcome January Full Moon!

Welcome to Issue 1 of Volume IX of Earth, Moon and Stars!

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   If you’re new here and would like to learn first more about what we’re up to, click on Me to You to jump to my Intro section. (There’s a link there that will take you back to the above table of contents when you are ready.)


 The moon will become technically full Thursday January 12 at 11:34 UTC
, correspondingly earlier in time zones west of the Prime Meridian, later in time zones to the east. (See my December 2014 issue for some clarification about UTC and 24-hour time.)

   Because exact fullness will occur this time close to noon at the Prime Meridian (PM), Ms. Luna will appear fullest on Wednesday night west of the PM to the International Date Line, Thursday night east of the PM to the Date Line. Check Seasonal Calendar below for exact times in some representative time zones.

   The Lunar New Year is coming up at the new moon at the end of the month. See the Celebrations section for pics and details.

   Wolf Moon is the most popular name for this moon. In the references that say “Quite” Moon I think it’s a dyslexic typo.  Check out Moon Names for my take and some cool pics.

The Wood Pile (Erin Vaganos – Fine Art America)

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ECLIPSES OF 2017 | The “Big One” in August
   The fewest possible number of lunar/solar eclipses this year — BUT — one of them will be a blockbuster! Not too early to begin planning. Click Skywatch for details.

   I love it when I trip across moon poetry that resonates with my take on Ms. Luna’s energy. Take a trip to the Moon Poetry section for some delight.

   In this next installment of my personal opinion section Just Sayin’, I continue the theme of All of Us with another song that just about everyone knows. If you tilt your head just right, it can fit in with this month’s Quiet Wolf theme, too.

  Astrologer Æterna offers us insight at this full moon in Cancer in Astrology. 

  In continuation of our Humor section, a Calvin and Hobbes prequel.

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Moon Dates and Times

January’s full moon       Thursday Jan 12 11:34 UTC; 1:34 pm IST; 7:34 pm AWST/PHT; 10:34 pm AEDT
.                                            Thursday Jan 12 7:34 am AST; 6:34 am EST; 3:34 am PST; 1:34 am HAST

January’s new moon      Saturday Jan 28 00:07 UTC; 2:07 am IST; 8:07 am AWST/PHT; 11:07 am AEDT
.                                            Friday Jan 27 8:07 pm AST; 7:07 pm EST; 4:07 pm PST; 2:07 pm HAST

February’s full moon       Saturday Feb 11 00:33 UTC; 2:33 am IST; 8:33 am AWST/PHT; 11:33 am AEDT
.                                             Friday Feb 10 8:33 pm AST; 7:33 pm EST; 4:33 pm PST; 2:33 pm HAST

February’s new moon    Sunday Feb 26 14:58 UTC; 4:58 pm IST; 10:58 pm AWST/PHT
.                                            Sunday Feb 26 10:58 am AST; 9:58 am EST; 6:58 am PST; 4:58 am HAST
.                                            Monday Feb 27 1:58 am AEDT

.                                  Check out Moon Giant to find Full Moon and New Moon times for your local time zone.

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Lunar New Year

   The Chinese (or Lunar) New Year, officially known as the ‘Spring Festival‘, is the most important (and at 15 days, the longest) of the traditional Chinese holidays. It is observed by Chinese communities worldwide.

Chinese New Year Dragons (Reuters)

Chinese New Year Dragons (Reuters)

   The Spring Festival, marking the end of the winter season (analogous to the Western Carnival), begins on the first day of the first month in the traditional Chinese lunar calendar. This is always on a new moon – usually the second new moon after the Winter Solstice (as it is this year). Sometimes it is on the third new moon after the Winter Solstice. Noting that the Winter Solstice (a solar event, not a lunar event) plays a role here, you can see why the modern Chinese calendar is not a pure lunar calendar, but a lunisolar calendar, having adjustments inserted as needed in order to not get too far out of sync with the seasons.

   This year the Chinese New Year (year 4714 according to the Huángdì era) will begin on the new moon Saturday, January 28 on the (Western) Gregorian calendar, and will end with the Lantern Festival on the full moon (Saturday, February 11). The Lantern Festival has been commercialized in Hong Kong as Chinese Valentine’s Day.

   According to the Chinese Zodiac, this year will be the Year of the (Yin) Red Fire Rooster — or Chicken, since it is a yin, or female stem-branch.

   Note that the astrological reckoning for determining the animal year uses a traditional counting system that is not determined by the lunar calendar. Thus the Chinese astrological new year, considered by Chinese astrologers as the Start of Spring, begins on February 4 in China, when it will still be February 3 most places east of the International Date Line.  (Someday I hope to understand these details of the Chinese calendars. Perhaps by next year at this time. . .)


The two-week Spring Festival ends with the Lantern Festival, which occurs on the night of the first full moon of the lunisolar New Year, the 15th day of the lunar month.

   The Lantern Festival will be celebrated in many countries this year on Saturday, February 11. (Refs: Wikipedia~Chinese New Year, Wikipedia~Chinese zodiac, Chinese Fortune Calendar)

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Quiet Wolf Moon

   As you know, many cultures around the world kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon. Most of these were appropriate for the season in which they occurred and keyed to the goings-on in their natural environment.

   I think uplifting traditions are good for us, as they link us to thought lineages that, having marinated over time, have refined their wisdom to essentials. That’s one reason I like these various moon names — and not just the popular ones.

   Wolf Moon has caught on and wins the popularity vote. Its origins appear to be Medieval English and the Algonquin Nation, tho it’s not clear who was first. Maybe it’s not that important — the picture of a pack of hungry wolves standing in January snow and howling at the full moon is enough for me.

wolves-howling-at-moon   We’ve mentioned the Wolf Moon in a number of previous issues:

The January Full Wolf Moon is Howling for You! (January 2011)
January’s Full Winter Holiday Ice Wolf Moon (January 2012)
January’s Rowan Ice Wolf Moon  (January 2013)
January’s Joyful Wolf Holiday Full Moon (January 2014)

   Quiet Moon is quite a different story. While I did find “quiet” in one reference, most sites I visited listed “quite moon”, which looked to me like a dyslexic typo. It didn’t make any sense to me and since I couldn’t find an explanation, I’m going with quiet, whose origin is apparently Celtic. I like the idea of a quiet moon because — as I’ve mused here in the past — her silence is like a deep meditation that calls to the stillness in the center of our being, like the calm eye of a storm while the wild winds swirl around us.

   In a search for a graphic for “Celtic quiet moon”, I found this beautiful (copyrighted) piece by one Sabine Gessner.

Celtic Moon (© Sabine Gessner)

   The only place it appears to live on the Web is on a 2-hour YouTube video called “Celtic Moon, Celtic Music“. Click the artist’s name above to go to her Facebook page.

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Especially the “Big One” in August 

  As this Sky & Telescope post points out, in any given year the number of lunar and solar eclipses combined can vary from four (minimum) to seven (maximum).  In terms of count, 2017 will be ho-hum because we will have only four. Further, the two lunar eclipses (1 or 2 cucumbers🥒) won’t be worth losing any sleep over. The annular solar eclipse in February will be okay (1 red pepper🌶) if you happen to be in southern Africa or Argentina at the time. But the big news is the total solar eclipse in August (🌶🌶🌶🌶). Whoa Momma!

February 10-11   Lunar    Penumbral (barely noticeable) 🥒
.                                              Most of the Earth (except Australia, South Pacific and Northeast Asia

February 26        Solar      Annular 🌶
.                                              Parts of the Southern Hemisphere

August 7-8        Lunar     Partial (but less than a quarter) 🥒🥒
.                                              Eastern hemisphere

August 21         Solar        TOTAL  🌶🌶🌶🌶
.                                            Path cuts a swath across the belt line of North America!

   The August solar eclipse is a rather big deal, because it will be total, unlike many other solar eclipses. AND it will cut right across the midsection of the United States. (Now admittedly there will be another sorta similar total eclipse in 2024, but it won’t cover the same area at all, and besides so much can happen between now and then.)

   I’m alerting you now so you can start making plans if you want to observe it. Be aware you won’t be alone — people from all around the globe will descend on favored spots along the Moon’s shadow path to observe this event. Here is a screenshot of NASA’s Google map of the path:

Path of Solar Eclipse (Aug 2017)

Path of Solar Eclipse (Aug 2017)

    Click on the map to open a new window where you can interact with the actual live map.

    More details? See Time and DateSky & Telescope, Eclipse 2017, Bustle, New Atlas.

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There was a reason
that she was so
romantic about the moon.

It never asked her questions
or begged for answers,
nor did she ever have to prove
herself to it.

It was always just there –
breathing, shining,
and in ways most
humans can’t understand:

-Christopher Poindexter


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Continuing the “All of Us” Theme

   I introduced this section in last July’s issue to offer a more unifying perspective on the troubles and pain we humans continue to inflict on each other. Many poets have expressed how calming the moon can be, due ~ among other things ~ to her perspective from above, her constant blessing of us while we deal with chaos below, and also to her silence. (See Just Sayin’ in July’s issue for my expansion on this point of view.)

   This perspective sees all of us as equal passengers on this bright blue marble. My July, August, September, October, November and December posts offered songs I’d found expressing this idea in a variety of styles.

   This month I picked some more low-hanging fruit with a song that just about everyone knows. Still, it can bear listening to again. It links with last month’s Respect theme and, if you tilt your head just right, it can sync with this month’s Quiet Wolf theme. Extrapolate from the literal “black and white” message and you find yourself in universal inclusivity land. So take another listen to Ebony and Ivory, written by Paul McCartney and recorded as a duet with Stevie Wonder in 1982. Click the photo to open the YouTube page where you can watch and listen to this pair work their magic with this song.

"Ebony and Ivory" by Paul McCartney, recorded with Stevie Wonder (1982)

“Ebony and Ivory” with Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney (1982)


We all know
that people are the same
wherever you go

   Click this MetroLyrics link for the full lyrics.

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Moon Travels Through the Zodiac

  Unlike the Earth – which takes 365+ days to make a complete circuit through the zodiac – the Moon takes just a month to complete an entire round. This means she spends on average only two and a half days in each zodiac sign.

Moon in Signs and Void of Course

   Technical astrologers call the times while Ms. Luna is in transition from one sign to the next “void of course”. This is considered to be a sort of neither-here-nor-there state, which many people feel as being unsettled or ungrounded. Each astrologer chooses their own method for calculating times of beginning and ending VoC. You can find interesting (though differing) VoC info and tables at Dr. Standley and at Moontracks.

   Referencing the Moontracks table, we find that Ms. Luna entered the sign of Cancer the Crab on Tuesday (10th) at 22:48; she will remain there until she becomes full on Thursday (12th) at 11:34, at which time she will begin exiting Cancer and become VoC. Then on Friday (13th) just after midnight at the Prime Meridian, she will enter the next sign, Leo, at 00:07. (Times here are UT~Universal Time.)

Full Moon in Cancer the Crab

Æterna ~  

Cancer Full Moon
“Marching to the Heartbeats”

   Æterna is a professional astrologer based in Italy, who also runs her own website Aeternalight Astrology “The Cosmic Path to a Conscious Life”, where she claims introspection and compassionate understanding as two of the major assets she brings to her astrology practice.

   For this full moon, Æterna tells us that this is a time for us to take a  . . .

. . . journey back home to ourselves [that] might unfold in ways that are more uproarious, turbulent and spasmodic than expected. Cancer is the roots, the womb, the safe haven, the warm embrace, the raw nerve, the sore spot, the vulnerable core. 

   Hopefully that’s enough to pique your interest in taking a look at Æterna’s full article: Full Moon in Cancer – Marching to the Heartbeats. Because her style is both sensitive and pithy, you will want to set aside some quiet time to reflect on her offerings. 

Full Moon in Cancer

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Calvin and Hobbes: A kinda time warp

   Even tho the Calvin and Hobbes series we began in July concluded last month, in the grand prequel tradition of Star Wars and others we present our daring dyad contemplating the stars

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    Thank you, dear reader, for visiting EM&S this “moonth”. I hope you liked it.

   Here’s a little bit about me and what this blog is about. I’ve been fascinated with astronomy ever since I learned to read. I’m also interested in how objects in the heavens influence people. In this blog I collect facts and folklore about our moon and other sky phenomena.

   If you especially liked something you saw here, or would like to see something in particular covered in a future issue, or you have something interesting about the Earth, Moon, or Stars you would like to share, please feel free to leave a comment. I’m always interested in how folks who stop by here are moved/influenced/affected by what they encounter here. And please don’t be shy about sharing this post with friends if you like it!

   Note that I have a separate post called ARCHIVES which contains a list of all the titles I’ve posted since the inception of this blog. The titles are clickable of course. Easier and more informative than just the dates that appear in the right-side Archives column. (I’m slowly learning more things I can make WordPress do. There’s a lot there!)

   Until the full moon in February,
here’s wishing all of us a month of satisfying journey.

~ Moonlight to all,

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My Personal Take on Astrology

   Some folks have wondered why I have an astrology section in a blog that purports to be “science” oriented. I suppose I could cite ancient cultures in which astronomy and astrology were the domain of the same person. And that a broader way of understanding the aim of science is to expand knowledge (the word science being derived from the Latin word  scīre “to know”). My own sense is that while we humans live in a material world that runs by certain rules of physics, we each experience our lives in this world subjectively. It’s what makes us similar and at the same time unique.
   How much do celestial bodies influence our lives? Certainly the Sun and the Moon have noticeable gravitational effects on water and even rocks. Electromagnetic and particle radiation from the Sun has both obvious and subtle effects on just about everything on this planet. Even moonlight affects plants and animals.  I do not claim to know if or how much these and other celestial bodies affect us directly, but I like the wisdom, warmth and humanness that the astrologers I feature express in their writing, and believe that including them not only expands my potential audience, but also exposes folks to ways of thinking about their own lives that they might not have otherwise considered. Let me know your take on this. I won’t make your comment public if you ask me not to.

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A Note on Writing Style

   A few detail-oriented folks have inquired about my use (or mis-use) of Initial Caps in words like earth, moon, and sun. In the long run, it doesn’t affect understanding; whether I write ”the President” or “the president”, you still know who I’m referring to. I write “the Northern Hemisphere”, just as you would (correctly) write “the West Coast”; it’s a proper name, and in English we capitalize proper names.
  When it comes to suns and moons it can get confusing. There are billions of suns out there; we have given names to more than 40 million of them, ranging from names given in other languages (e.g., Aldebaran), to less fanciful but more utilitarian names, such as HD 140913. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has decreed that our sun is the only one without such a proper name, although historically and in poesy it’s been called by quite a few.
  Similarly for our moon. We’ve christened all of the other 182 moons in our solar system with names – ours is the only one we call the Moon. Since we capitalize the names of all the other heavenly bodies (even asteroids and comets, for pity’s sake), I feel we ought to show at least as much respect for the ones most important to us. The IAU agrees.
  So does Wikipedia. Their Manual of Style says: “The words sun, earth, moon and solar system are capitalized (as proper names) when used in an astronomical context to refer to a specific celestial body (our Sun, Earth, Moon and Solar System): The Sun is the star at the center of the Solar System; The Moon orbits the Earth. They are not capitalized when used outside an astronomical context (The sky was clear and the sun felt warm), or when used in a general sense (Io is a moon of Jupiter).”
  Sometimes it’s a fine line. If I write “by the light of the silvery moon”, I won’t capitalize it, because I’m referring to an image of the celestial body, not the body itself. By contrast, if I write, “the light from the Sun reflects off the surface of the Moon,” I capitalize both, because I’m referring directly to the celestial bodies.
  If you inspect the archives of this blog, you will likely see many instances where I departed from this rule. We’ll call these oversights, and eventually I will correct them. Meanwhile, it’s an interesting challenge just to follow it in new writings. Are we having fun, yet?

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   The Earth, Moon and Stars blog is published once each Full Moon with (hopefully interesting) facts and lore about our moon and other sky phenomena. My wish is that you will have fun learning a bit more about our one and only natural satellite and how all of us — people, animals, plants, water, even rocks — are affected and connected by her.

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About aquarianman

Aquarian interested in anything to do with the Earth, our Moon, and anything flying around out there in space.
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2 Responses to January’s Quiet Wolf Full Moon 2017

  1. Nina S says:

    how can it be cancer When December/January is Capricorn

    • aquarianman says:

      Thanks for the question, Nina, which I imagine puzzles many folks. Rather than answering it here in comments, I went ahead and included a fuller explanation in the Astrology section of Feb ’17 (Hungry Heart). Take a look and LMK if it answers. ~Marty

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