January is an important month for self reflection. With resolutions recently manifested for the New Year, a Jan. 1 full moon is a great follow-up opportunity to solidify your intentions. But with 31 days in the month, and such an early full moon, you're probably wondering — will there be two full moons in January? Luckily for us, according to an article on Space.com, there will be a second full moon starting on Jan. 30, making January one very special, cosmically enriched month, filled with second and third chances for renewed resolutions and extra encouragement. Not a bad way to start off the new year, amirite?
The first full moon of the year and month will rise at 4:34 p.m. EST, sharing the sky with the sun for a a few moments, offering a very special New Year's Day treat. In essence, make sure you've got access to an open sky view, because you're going to want to Instagram that. Later, the moon will hit its peak in the Gemini sky at 9:24 p.m. EST. January's first full moon is also known as the Wolf Moon, a nickname created by the Native American tribes who would hear hungry wolves howling in the early January night, in search of scarce food. Another fun fact about winter wolves that's stated on Timeanddate.com — during the breeding season in the beginning of the year, wolves are particularly vocal, as they are howling longer and farther to reach other packs and to ward off potential intruders. These combined tales of winter wolves have given the first full moon of January a very Canis vibe.
January's second full moon, aka, the Blue Moon, will occur on Jan. 30, reaching its peak in the sky on Jan. 31. Any month that hosts two full moons gives the second full moon the title of the Blue Moon. While there are a lot of conflicting stories about how the second full moon of the month got its nickname, one things is for sure: it's not blue. And, it's also not that rare. A second full moon in one month occurs approximately every two and a half years, so you might want to think about that before using the expression "one in a blue moon" to signify a rarity, as it's actually quite cyclical and common! But before you get bummed out over the regular colored moon and its lack of specialness, get this: the second full moon in January will be a Super Moon and a lunar eclipse!
At 6:48 a.m., the Super Moon will graze the umbra — the darker part of the moon's shadow that gives the eclipse a reddish hue. So not only will the moon look larger and closer, but it will also look slightly rusty and shadowy, giving you yet another opportunity to take an epic Instagram.
But also, more importantly, it will give you another opportunity to revisit all of the resolutions you made for yourself in the beginning of the month, and make sure you're still on the path you want to be on. A full moon is a great time to meditate, check in with yourself, and do personal little rituals that help you connect to your goals. So with two full moons and a New Year, you've got yourself a very powerful first month to kick off the new year on the right foot. Not to mention, once the holidays pass us by, it's easy to feel the absence of excitement and like there isn't much to look forward to — but with two full moons, a super moon and a lunar eclipse on the queue for January, there's plenty of reasons to keep the holiday spirit alive throughout the month.