Saturday, January 26, 2013

Carpe Diem #106, Wolf Moon (the full moon of January)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

In January snow gathers deep in the woods and the howling of wolves in hunger can be heard outside the villages echoing in the cold still air. Some tribes called this moon the Snow Moon, but most often it was used for the next month. The Wolf Moon is also called Old Moon. In folklore they say:
" A bright first Moon promises rain and a beautiful harvest; a red-tinted Moon means a dry year."

Credits: Wolf Moon

Today we share haiku on 'Wolf Moon', the full moon of January. That Wolf Moon occurs today and I think it can inspire you all to write wonderful haiku. Let me look somewhat closer to the spiritual meaning of the Wolf.

The Wolf is regarded as one of the most powerful spirit guides of all, and it's presence is a message of guidance. If the Wolf spirit has appeared to you, seek wisdom from those you respect and pause to learn about the subject that faces you. Once the Wolf spirit equips you with knowledge you may take action with confidence.
The Wolf angel symbolizes your inner teacher. Trust in your many senses and intuition and you will connect to your meaning and blaze your own path on the journey of life.
In Asia, the Wolf guards the doors that allow entrance to heavenly, celestial realms.

I found a wonderful haiku on Wolf written by Issa:

a scary sight
worse than a wolf!
wonter rain leaking in

And this one by Ishii Rogetsu (1873-1928) a haiku poet and contemporary of Shiki:

the wolves
have thoroughly destroyed
the shikimi around the grave

Credits: Shikimi

Enough about wolves and their spiritual meaning. Let's go back to our prompt of today 'Wolf Moon'.

silent winter night
the full moon of January -
howling wolves

howling wolves
giving me the shivers -
praying for strength

praying for strength
as I see the bright Wolf Moon -
silent winter night

Have fun, be inspired, be creative and share your haiku with Carpe Diem.

This prompt will stay on 'til January 28th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will post our new episode, 'children', of Carpe Diem somewhere around 10.00 PM (CET) today


  1. Love the cycle back to "silent winter night"! Haunting haiku!

  2. Very inspiring prompt. I love the cascade you've written, and Issa's haiku is great fun. Have a wonderful Sunday.

  3. lovely composed haiku and love the wolf photo ~ thanks for hosting such an excellent site ~
    Carol of: (A Creative Harbor)

  4. A wonderful cascade Kristjaan. I feel your shivers! Thank you :)

  5. Here is my effort, as you know, linky does not like me .

  6. lovely set ...
    full moons are such a delight