Welcome in the new year with our January Full Moon Guide! Find January Moon phases, best days to do things by the Moon, and lunar calendar facts and folklore!
January Full Moons
January 2018 is a very special month:
- The month’s first full Moon, the Full Wolf Moon, rises on January 1. What a great way to start the year!
- A second full Moon (a Blue Moon) rises on the 31st, and brings the year’s only eclipse for North America just before dawn. Its total phase can be seen from west of the Mississippi and in western Canada.
- Both of January’s full Moons are Supermoons!
Moon Phases for January 2018
All dates and times are ET. See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city/state.
||Full Moon: January 1, 9:24 P.M.|
|Last Quarter: January 8, 5:25 P.M.|
|New Moon: January 16, 9:17 P.M.|
|First Quarter: January 24, 5:20 P.M.|
|Full Moon: January 31, 8:27 A.M.|
When is the next full Moon? See our Full Moon Dates chart.
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.
January Blue Moon
When two full Moons occur within one calendar month, the second is called a Blue Moon. In January 2018, a Blue Moon will occur on the 31st. Learn more about Blue Moons!
January Full Wolf 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 the video.
Best Days in January 2018
Aboveground crops: 20, 21, 29, 30
Belowground crops: 10, 11
For Setting Eggs:
8, 9, 26, 27
See al our Best Days for various activities.
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.
Share your thoughts about this month’s full Moons below! Learn about the rest of the year’s full Moons!