In the most basic terms, a full moon occurs when the sun illuminates the moon completely, making it perfectly visible and round for all to see. But in a more spiritual, emotional sense, it represents the end of a cycle—the lunar cycle, that is.
Because there’s a full moon every 29.5 days, each year typically has 12 total. But in 2023, there will be a whopping 13 full moons, thanks to a bonus Blue Moon in Pisces this August. Along with that, this year will see lunar eclipses in May and October. Curious as to when you’ll next experience some full moon magic? Read on for a run-down of all the full moons in 2023, including their names and the zodiac signs they’ll fall under.
Wolf Moon in Cancer 2023: January 6 at 6:08 p.m. EST
The first full moon of the year is named after the wolves that loudly, hungrily howl at the moon in midwinter, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Snow Moon in Leo 2023: February 5 at 1:29 p.m. EST
Worm Moon in Virgo 2023: March 7 at 7:40 a.m. EST
The Full Worm Moon, which happens in March, gets its name from the earthworms that crawl out from hiding as the icy ground thaws and spring begins.
Pink Moon in Libra 2023: April 6 at 12:34 a.m. EST
This moon name comes from the pink wildflowers that bloom in early spring, like the wild ground phlox, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. Because this full moon is in Libra, prepare to focus on restoring balance in your life, astrologer Naranyana Montúfar previously told WH.
Flower Moon in Scorpio 2023: May 5 at 1:34 p.m. EST
Flowers are abundant in spring, hence the name of May’s full moon. This year’s Flower Full Moon will be extra powerful, too, since it lines up with a lunar eclipse.
Strawberry Moon in Sagittarius 2023: June 3 at 11:42 p.m. EST
Also known in some parts as the Rose Moon, the Strawberry Moon is named for the short-lived strawberry season in June. Montúfar previously warned that this will be a time to learn some “tough lessons,” especially if you’ve been bending the rules.
Buck Moon in Capricorn 2023: July 3 at 7:39 a.m. EST
July is the month when bucks typically grow antlers, which explains why this moon is called The Buck Moon. (It’s also known as the Thunder Moon, thanks to all those summer storms.)
Sturgeon Moon in Aquarius 2023: August 1 at 2:32 p.m. EST
Fishing tribes named this moon after the large fish located in the Great Lakes, per the Old Farmer’s Almanac. Other names include the Red Moon and Grain Moon. On the astrological front, prepare for D-R-A-M-A, said Montúfar.
Blue Moon in Pisces 2023: August 30 at 9:36 p.m. EST
Ever heard the expression “once in a blue moon”? A quick astronomy lesson: Just once every two or three years, there are two full moons in one month. The second is called a Blue Moon (hence the expression!). In 2023, there will be one in Pisces in late August, so get ready to feel all kinds of magic.
Harvest Moon in Aries 2023: September 29 at 5:58 a.m. EST
The Harvest Moon always falls in September or October, and its name is pretty self-explanatory: It marks the start of harvest season. Emotions will be high around this time, Montúfar said, so try to avoid making any rash decisions.
Hunter’s Moon in Taurus 2023: October 28 at 4:24 p.m. EST
Because mid-fall is often prime hunting season, this full moon is aptly titled the Hunter’s Moon. Some also call this one the Ice Moon or Freezing Moon. It also coincides with another lunar eclipse, so expect the end of a cycle that began back in Spring 2023.
Beaver Moon in Gemini 2023: November 27 at 4:16 a.m. EST
The Old Farmer’s Almanac cites several reasons for the Beaver Moon name: Around this time, beavers are actively preparing for the chilly winter, but it also marks the ideal time to set beaver traps before the swamps freeze over.
Cold Moon in Cancer 2023: December 26 at 7:33 p.m. EST
The last full moon of the year is named after the cold winter air. It’s also called the Long Night Moon, since it’s seen above the horizon for an abnormally long time.
Lydia Wang is the love & life editor at Women’s Health, where she writes and edits articles about sex, relationships, identity, and pop culture. She lives in New York and spends way too much of her free time reading romance novels in coffee shops and tweeting about her favorite dating shows.