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Embracing the Wolf Moon: A Guide to Symbolic Plants for January

Updated: Jan 25


As we usher in the new year, the celestial calendar brings us a spectacle known as the Wolf Moon on the 25th of January.

This full moon, named after the wolves that howl in hunger during the cold winter nights, holds significance in various cultures.

In this blog post, we explore the mystical allure of the Wolf Moon and delve into the symbolism of plants associated with hope, protection, wealth, and happiness.

  • Snowdrop Flower

  • Thistle

  • Basil

  • Marjoram

  • Pinecones

The Wolf Moon:

On the 25th, gaze up at the night sky as the Wolf Moon graces us with its luminous presence. This full moon, also known as the Old Moon, Hard Moon, or the Ice Moon, has been revered by many cultures throughout history.

Its ethereal glow marks the midpoint of winter, a time when nature is in a deep slumber, yet the promise of renewal is on the horizon. It is generally linked with reincarnation, and new beginnings.

Snowdrop Flower

(Galanthus Nivalis) -

Hope, Purification, and Beauty:

In the midst of winter's chill, the delicate snowdrop flower emerges, pushing through the frozen ground.

Symbolizing hope, the snowdrop represents the resilience of life even in the harshest conditions.

Its pristine white petals are a metaphor for purity and purification, signifying a fresh start and the cleansing of the past.

Thistle (Cirsium)-

Protection and Purification:

As we navigate the challenges of a new year, the thistle stands as a symbol of devotion, bravery, determination and strength.

Despite its prickly exterior, the thistle has been historically associated with shielding against negative energies. In France it is hung on doors for protection.

It is believed to repel thieves, ward off evil and serve as a tool for purification.

Embrace the thistle's energy to create a protective barrier around your goals and aspirations.

Basil (Ocimum Basilicum)- Wealth, Success, Protection, and Health:

Known for its aromatic leaves and rich flavor, basil, "the godly herb", transcends its culinary uses to embody qualities of wealth, success, protection, and health.

Cultivate basil in your surroundings to attract prosperity and financial abundance.

Its protective properties are believed to ward off negative influences while promoting physical and mental well-being.

Marjoram (Origanum Majorana)- Happiness, Protection, Health, Wealth:

With its sweet and fragrant aroma, marjoram is a herb that symbolizes happiness, protection, health, and wealth.

Even the goddess of love herself, the great Aphrodite, was believed to have grown marjoram in her own gardens.

Incorporate marjoram into your daily life to invite joy and contentment. Its protective qualities are thought to guard against negative energies, promoting not only physical health but also financial prosperity.

Pinecones (Strobilus) - Fertility, Protection, Happiness, and Prosperity:

In the realm of symbolism, pinecones have long been associated with fertility, protection, happiness, and prosperity.

Throughout the span of human history, they have served as a symbolic representation for human enlightenment, the pineal gland and the third eye.

Their resilient structure and association with evergreen trees make them powerful symbols of growth and abundance.

Place pinecones in your living space to invite the energies of fertility, protection, and prosperity into your life.


As we bask in the enchanting glow of the Wolf Moon on the 25th, let us embrace the symbolism of nature's gifts.

The snowdrop, thistle, basil, marjoram, and pinecones serve as reminders of hope, protection, wealth, happiness, and prosperity.

Incorporating these symbolic plants into our lives can bring a sense of balance and positivity as we journey through the winter months and beyond.

May wonder be your constant companion,

~ Melody

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