Learn about the Full Moon for January 2016—plus, Moon phases, best days by the Moon, folklore, and more.
Full Moon Names
In Native American and early Colonial times, the Full Moon for January was called the Full Wolf Moon. It appeared when wolves howled in hunger outside the villages.
Traditionally, the January Moon is also known as the Old Moon. To some Native American tribes, this was the Snow Moon, but most applied that name to the next full Moon, in February.
See all Full Moon names and their meaning.
Moon Phase Dates January 2016
All dates and times are ET. See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city/state.
|Last Quarter: January 2, 12:30 A.M.|
|New Moon: January 9, 8:30 P.M.|
||First Quarter: January 16, 6:26 P.M.|
|Full Moon: January 23, 8:46 P.M.|
|Last Quarter: January 31, 10:28 P.M.|
For your next full Moon, see our Full Moon Dates chart.
Full Moon Video
Each month, we will explain the traditional names of the full Moon along with some fascinating Moon facts. In this video, learn about January’s Full Wolf Moon. Click below to watch video.
Best Days in January 2016
Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in January.
Aboveground crops: 13, 14, 21, 22
Belowground crops: 4, 5, 31
For Setting Eggs
1, 2, 19, 20, 28, 29
A bright first Moon promises rain and a bountiful harvest; a red-tinted Moon means a dry year.
A growing Moon and a flowing tide are lucky times to marry.
A halo around the Moon predicts wet or stormy weather.