April 24, 2024

Your 2023 Full Moon Calendar

It’s been used over and over in various fairytales and movies in the modern world, and ancient myths and legends for even longer, but what exactly does the full moon do?

Past werewolf stories and other magical lore, we wanted to cut to the truth and studies around it, from its effects to what the different phases of the moon mean for us.

There’s much more to know than you might think. For example, the moon is very rarely completely full, even if it might look like it. It’s only 100% full when the moon, Earth and the sun are perfectly aligned, producing a lunar eclipse. We also always see the same side of the moon, not both sides, due to the way that the moon rotates.

Here’s everything you need to know about the full moon, according to astrologist Noura Bourni.

What does a full moon mean?

“The full moon is when it emerges in the night sky fully illuminated and appears as a full circle from the earth’s perspective,” Noura explains.

When is the next full moon?

The next full moon is in the middle of the first full week of February – the 5th.

2023 full moon calendar

These are all the full moons that will grace our skies this year, plus the elusive Blue Moon. Most were named by the Native Americans after cues made by nature.

  • 6 January 2023: the Wolf Moon
    Named because the native Americans would hear wolves howl at night during the cold January nights.
  • 5 February 2023: the Snow Moon
    A simple moon to name, due to the rate of snowfall this time of year.
  • 7 March 2023: the Worm Moon
    It indicates the approach of spring, because the amount of earthworms spotted rising out of the soil begin to increase.
  • 6 April 2023: the Pink Moon
    No, the full moon isn’t pink in April – this moon was named due to the beautiful pink flowers that bloom this time of year as spring arrives, including phlox and blossom.
  • 5 May 2023: the Flower Moon
    Named due to the mass blooming of wildflowers during the month of May – a magical time.
  • 4 June 2023: the Strawberry Moon
    As the berries began to ripen in North America and Canada, communities were inspired to name June’s full moon after them.
  • 3 July 2023: the Buck (or Thunder or Hay) Moon
    Male deer (known as bucks or stags) shed their antlers, and they begin to regrow them in July, inspiring the naming of the Buck Moon. Others call July’s full moon a thunder moon due to the amount of summer storms during that month, or the hay moon after the July hay harvest.
  • 1 August 2023: the Sturgeon Moon
    A simple one: there’s an increased amount of sturgeon (a species of fish) in lakes in northeastern America in August, prompting the full moon that month to be named after this occurrence.
  • 31 August 2023: Blue Moon
    A Blue Moon only comes around once every two or three years, hence the saying “once in a Blue Moon”, and it occurs when there are two full moons in the space of one month. In 2018 there were two Blue Moons in one year, a phenomenon that won’t happen again until 2037.
  • 29 September 2023: the Harvest Moon
    Named due to its proximity to the autumn equinox, and because the light from the full moon aiding farmers harvesting their crops.
  • 28 October 2023: the Hunter’s Moon
    October’s full moon indicated the time to begin hunting in preparation for winter.
  • 27 November 2023: the Frost Moon or Beaver Moon
    Falling around the time of the season’s first hard frost, and the time of year during which beavers build their winter dams by moonlight. N’aw.
  • 27 December 2023: the Cold Moon
    “It’s called the cold moon because in the northern hemisphere we’re either a few weeks away from winter or have just entered it, thus it introduces the coldest months of the year,” Noura says.

2024 full moon calendar

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