When is the next full moon? Get the 2023 celestial schedule and insight about each transit from astrologers

Make the most out of each lunation and see what the year has in store for us!

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When is the next full moon? 

Before you look to the sky, allow the pros to fill you in on the lunar phase. Though they are all significant, a full moon quite literally hogs the spotlight and gets plenty of astrological attention. (Full moon party, anyone?) 

Known for culminations, this celestial phase is a point in time in which you make peace with something that no longer serves you. Then, in preparation for the next new moon, you start to think about how you will incorporate changes into your life. 

But, as those in tune with the stars are aware, no full moon is exactly the same. There's a little something to learn each month, and fortunately, astrologers are more than ready to help guide you through each and every transit. Consider it their astrology gift to you.

Without further ado, let's take a look at the cosmic calendar—and what comes along with each lunation. 

When is the next full moon this year? 

  • Friday, September 29

In August, we're treated to a Blue Moon on Wednesday, August 30, a.k.a. two full moons in one month, which is a rare and significant occurrence, according to astrologers. The first occurred on Tuesday, August 1. 

"This full moon sets the stage for what's ahead by offering an opportunity to reflect on the past month and gain insights into your current situation," says astrologer Solaris the Hii Priestess. "It can help you identify what needs to be released or adjusted in order to align with your goals and aspirations for the future."

Then on Friday, September 29 we'll experience a first and a last: the final supermoon of the year, and the first full moon of the fall, as the lunation arrives several days after the Autumnal Equinox (Friday, September 22). The Harvest Moon will take place in Aries. We know our beloved fire sign *might* cause things to feel more dire than they actually are, so take a step back. Above all else, astrologers warn us not to react during this lunar phase. 

"Around this time, it will be key to avoid impulsivity, as there will be an air of conflict within relationships," says our in-house astrologer, Narayana Montúfar. "Under this energy, the connections that no longer give room for freedom and authenticity might end."

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Solaris the Hii Priestess

Solaris the Hii Priestess is an Austin-based tarot reader, astrologer and newly published author—y.o.u. Your own universe, a children’s astrology book— is known for her contemporary method of divination using tarot. She has been featured at various festivals, such as: Mala Luna, SXSW, ACL and more. 

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What is the 2023 full moon calendar?

Have you marked your diaries yet? The 2023 full moon calendar is as follows:

  • January 6, 2023: the Wolf Moon
  • February 5, 2023: the Snow Moon
  • March 7, 2023: the Worm Moon
  • April 6, 2023: the Pink Moon
  • May 5, 2023: the Flower Moon
  • June 3, 2023: the Strawberry Moon
  • July 3, 2023: the Buck Moon
  • August 1, 2023: the Sturgeon Moon
  • August 30, 2023: the Blue Moon
  • September 29, 2023: the Harvest Moon
  • October 28, 2023: the Hunter's Moon
  • November 27, 2023: the Beaver Moon
  • December 26, 2023: the Cold Moon
Headshot of astrologer Narayana Montufar
Narayana Montúfar

Narayana Montúfar is an astrologer and an expert in the astrological studies of the Moon and the author of Moon Signs: Unlock Your Inner Luminary Power. She has been My Imperfect Life's resident astrologer for over a year, providing you with cosmic intel straight from the stars in our monthly and weekly horoscopes

What is the meaning behind a full moon?

Astrologically speaking, a full moon is considered a climax, a time in which to get back on the proper path. Those who are new to the study oftentimes believe that they should be manifesting during a full moon. However, a new moon presents the best opportunities for manifestation. 

In terms of astronomy, a full moon is opposite the sun in its orbit around Earth. Historically speaking, Native Americans and Europeans gave each monthly lunation a moniker to coincide with the time of year. 

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What are full moon effects?

"It's really important to know what part of your chart is being activated by the moon cycles and it’s really easy to locate transits," says astrologer and numerologist Kaitlyn Kaerhart.

Luckily for astro newbies, she's provided a brief explainer below to show us how each phase will personally resonate with us. Have a look below to see how you can make the most out of each lunation.

Kaitlyn Kaerhart

Kaitlyn is an intuitive numerologist, astrologer and the author of You Are Cosmic Code: Essential Numerology. She is also a singer-songwriter with a new track, "Wildfire," out now. 

Are there any full moon rituals?

Astrologer Renée Watt thinks full moons are an opportune time for banishing spells.

She suggests writing down what you'd like to move past, particularly in reference to your career, on a piece of paper. You'll also need a small black chime candle and a dish of saltwater.

"Once you've completed your list, take a bit of the saltwater and wipe down your chime candle from base to wick while saying 'I banish these professional obstacles from my life,'" Watt says. 

Renée Watt
Meet the expert: Renée Watt

Astrologer Renée Watt has offered her expertise for a variety of publications, including CosmoInStyle, Girlboss and more. She hosts a weekly podcast called "The Glitter Cast" and is a cohost of the occult livestream  “Betwixt The Shadows.”

She continues: "Tear the paper away from you several times, and scatter the papers around your candle in a counterclockwise motion while repeating your banishment phrase. Leave the dish of saltwater near your other materials, light the candle, and allow it to burn all the way down."

Even though this seems pretty final, there's still one last step to note.

"The next day, gather any melted wax that was leftover from the candle and your pieces of paper. Bury these items in your backyard, or in an area of your neighborhood that you don't often cross. Pour the remaining saltwater over your buried paper while saying, 'So mote it be.'"

While you're at it, be sure to check out what planet is in retrograde and what astrology season we're in to make the most of the cosmic energy.

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

Need a TV show recommendation? Maybe a few decor tips? Danielle, a digital news writer at Future, has you covered. Her work appears throughout the company’s lifestyle brands, including My Imperfect Life, Real Homes, and woman&home. Mainly, her time is spent at My Imperfect Life, where she’s attuned to the latest entertainment trends and dating advice for Gen Z.

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

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