Full Moon and New Moon for January 2021

Last Quarter - Jan 2021Last Quarter
January 6 - 09:37 UTCnextDate
New Moon - Jan 2021New Moon
January 13 - 05:00 UTCnextDate
First Quarter - Jan 2021First Quarter
January 20 - 21:01 UTCnextDate
Full Moon - Jan 2021Full Moon
January 28 - 19:16 UTCnextDate
Last Quarter - Jan 2021
Last Quarter
January 6
09:37 UTC
New Moon - Jan 2021
New Moon
January 13
05:00 UTC
First Quarter - Jan 2021
First Quarter
January 20
21:01 UTC
Full Moon - Jan 2021
Full Moon
January 28
19:16 UTC

January 2021 Moon Details

The Full Moon for this month will occur later in the month on Thursday, January 28th. The New Moon is earlier in the month on Wednesday, January 13th.

wolf Full Moon

January Full Moon Name

The very first full moon of the year is known in many cultures as the Full Wolf Moon, which is appropriate given the deep, ancient ties between wolves and January’s full moon. For instance, the Gaelic word for January, Faoilleach, comes from the term for wolves, faol-chù, even though wolves haven’t existed in Scotland for centuries. The Saxon word for January is Wulf-monath, or Wolf Month. Meanwhile, the festival of the Japanese wolf god, Ooguchi Magami, is held in January. The Seneca tribe links the wolf so strongly to the moon, they believe that a wolf gave birth to the moon by singing it into the sky. Just why are wolves so strongly associated with January's full moon?

The most obvious answer is because wolves are much louder and more noticeable in January, which is when breeding season begins. Wolves begin to howl more frequently and aggressively to establish their territory, threatening neighbors and enemies alike to stay far away from their breeding grounds. A small pack of wolves may even try to make themselves seem like a larger pack by howling together. While a lone wolf can sustain a howl for the duration of a single breath, an entire pack may howl in unison for longer than two minutes during breeding season.

While it makes sense for the haunting howls of wolves to be more memorable during January, how did wolves come to be associated with the full moon itself? Everyone is familiar with the iconic image of a wolf raising its head and howling at the full moon - but do wolves actually sing to the moon? While that might be a romantic idea, there’s no scientific evidence that links wolves to the lunar cycle. Humans may have begun to associate wolves with the moon simpy because they are nocturnal animals that are very active at night. In addition, wolves do raise their heads in the direction of the sky so their howls can travel over far distances to reach their pack mates as they roam. Instead of singing to the moon, they’re actually singing to their friends.

In fact, wolves are so well-known for their tight-knit communities that the Sioux tribe called January’s full moon the Moon Where Wolves Run Together. The wolf is often seen as a symbol of loyalty and protection in many cultures. The Wolf Moon is the perfect time for you to reach out to loved ones and reaffirm your connections, in preparation for deepening your bonds and taking on new challenges together over the upcoming year.

That said, lone wolves are also entirely capable of overcoming hostile conditions on their own with their resourcefulness. According to Celtic mythology, the wolf is infused with lunar power, which refers to its ability to sniff out hidden insights or knowledge, and to detect unexpected sources of danger. In some legends, the wolf even swallows the sun so the wolf can bask in the moon’s overflowing lunar power! The Full Wolf Moon is a great time for you to plan out clever ways to achieve your goals for the upcoming year. Trust your wolfish instincts when it comes to decisions, but also be tenacious in searching for useful knowledge that will help you realize your masterplan.

Local Date and Time for January 2021 Full Moon in major cities around the world:

Los Angeles,
San Francisco,

January 28, 2021
11:16am PST

Salt Lake City,

January 28, 2021
12:16pm MST

San Antonio

January 28, 2021
1:16pm CST

New York,

January 28, 2021
2:16pm EST


January 28, 2021
7:16pm GMT


January 28, 2021
8:16pm CET


January 28, 2021
9:16pm EET

Abu Dhabi,

January 28, 2021
11:16pm +04

New Delhi

January 29, 2021
12:46am IST

Kuala Lumpur

January 29, 2021
3:16am +08

Hong Kong,

January 29, 2021
3:16am AWST


January 29, 2021
6:16am AEDT