January Full Moon: Buck Moon in Southern Hemisphere

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The first full moon of 2021 in the southern hemisphere is called the Buck Moon. The January full moon that we know as the buck moon will occur on Thursday, January 28, 2021, at 7:18 P.M. UTC.

Not to mention, in the Earth’s Southern areas, the full moon of this month is also known as Hay Moon, Wort Moon, Thunder Moon, Mead Moon, etc. On the contrary, for the people living in the northern hemisphere; they call the full moon in the month of January the Wolf Moon.

Wanna know why different full moon names in the different hemispheres and many more interesting facts about the Full Moon in January 2021? I would suggest you to keep reading! Let’s dive right in!

Buck Moon Facts

This article is especially related to the January full moon name in accordance with the full moon calendar of the southern hemisphere.

However, if you wanna know about the full moon name with respect to the northern hemisphere, You can check this article.


Why Different Full Moon Names in Different Hemisphere?

Well, without wasting any more time, let me give you the exact reason behind it. Just because there is an approx 6 months of seasonal difference, the people living above and below the equator use different full moon names.

When there is the summer solstice in the southern hemisphere, there is the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere. Pic credit: Wikimedia Commons

Obviously, now you would be thinking that what could be the reason behind the seasonal difference between the two hemispheres?

Highly recommended: Full Moon Calendar 2021 (Dates, Names & Moon Sign – Northern Hemisphere)

Just because the earth has an axial tilt of 23.4 degrees, there is a seasonal mismatch between the southern and the northern hemisphere. See the above image for proper understanding.

However, If you want to know more about the earth’s tilt and how it affects the seasons on the earth, you can check this article. I can bet you will love this piece of article.

Different Full Moon Names for Southern Hemisphere

For millennia, ancient humans have used different seasons as a guide to track the different full moon phases. Or, you can say for millennia, humans have used the full moon phases to track the changing season.

Highly recommended: Full Moon Calendar 2021 (Dates, Names & Moon Sign – Southern Hemisphere)

Just to clarify, seasons are not the only possible way to define different full moon names. I mean the names given to the various full moon phases are based upon a couple of different sources. In other words, different people have given different full moon names depending upon their native place or their cultural lifestyle.

On the contrary, you would be baffled to know that the full moon names used in the southern hemisphere are the same as the northern hemisphere, just the seasonal difference. Wanna know why???

Well, because the people living in the southern hemisphere (let’s say Australia, South Africa, or South America) are none other than the European settlers.

In other words, you can say that European settlers, at first, integrated the native American full moon names into their modern Georgian calendar. And, later, many of these full moon names went with them to new places around the world.

Did You Know

Generally, there are 12 full moons in one year corresponding to each month. But, sometimes there are 13 full moons in a calendar year (like in the year 2020). In that case, the additional full moon is known as the blue moon.


January Full Moon: Buck Moon in Southern Hemisphere

In the Earth’s southern hemisphere, the full moon in January 2021 is known as the Full Buck Moon or Buck Moon. Not to mention, even the name buck moon emerged from Buck’s Forehead.

WHY? Because according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, during this time of the year, Buck (Male Deer shed their old antlers and grows new ones every year.

Buck Moon Facts

Did You Know?

The antlers of Buck or Male Deer basically signifies their strength and influence their female mate selection. In fact, during male to male competition, bucks use antlers to justify their dominance.

Not to mention, the Bucks’ antlers display their fertility competitiveness. In other words, the larger the size of antlers of Male Deer, the larger will be their chance of sexual display during mating season.


Other cultural Full Moon names for January 2021

Well, if you go somewhere away from your native place, you will see that local indigenous people have their own indigenous full moon names. Sadly, that is not the case with the people living in the southern hemisphere.

Check out: Hindu Full Moon Calendar 2021 (Purnima Dates, Names & Moon Sign)

Not to mention, for several days, I have been trying to get some detail regarding the full moon naming criteria for the Earth’s southern areas. But, I did not find any single piece of work related to that.

However, I do find one resource where it has been mentioned that the native people of the southern hemisphere (Māori People of New Zealand) didn’t assign a name to only the Full Moon phase of each month. Every night of the Moon had a name.

Therefore, as a result of these elaborated naming conditions, many in the Southern Hemisphere rely on the European inspired Full Moon Names.

Check Out: February Full Moon: Sturgeon Moon in Southern Hemisphere

When is the Next Full Moon in Earth’s Southern Hemisphere?

The next full moon will occur on Thursday, January 28, 2021, at 7:18 P.M. UTC. It will be known as the full buck moon. Okay, for the southerners, it will be Buck Moon. And, for the northerners, it will be a Wolf Moon.

Not to mention, on this day, the moon will be in Leo. At last, I wish you good luck with this epic moon gazing. And, do let me know about your amazing experience in the comment section.

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