When is the next full moon? Expect things to get 'fiery' and 'vivacious' in February

Have you asked, 'When is the next full moon?' Get our guide and astrologers' tips for 2022!

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When is the next full moon? Keeping track of astrological happenings can seem overwhelming, but we'll help you make sense of it all—starting with the celestial calendar. 

(Speaking of which, those calendars make great gifts astrology fans will love.)

From meanings and rituals to folklore and science, each lunation offers something significant. Ready to dive in and learn more? 

When is the next full moon?

Our next full moon is on Wednesday, February 16, 2022.

This comes at a significant time, as Venus retrograde and Mercury retrograde come to a close during Aquarius season. 

What is the full moon schedule for 2022?

  • January 17, 2022: the Wolf Moon
  • February 16, 2022: the Snow Moon
  • March 18, 2022: the Worm Moon
  • April 16, 2022: the Pink Moon
  • May 16, 2022: the Flower Moon
  • June 14, 2022: the Strawberry Moon
  • July 13, 2022: the Buck Moon
  • August 11, 2022: the Sturgeon Moon
  • September 10, 2022: the Harvest Moon
  • October 9, 2022: the Blood Moon
  • November 8, 2022: the Frost Moon
  • December 7, 2022: the Cold Moon

The meaning behind a full moon

In astrological terms, a full moon is seen as a culmination, a climax. People often mistake the full moon for a time to manifest, whereas that practice is more appropriate during a new moon. (Our new moon calendar 2022 will help you with any questions you might have.)

"The moon is all about our comfort, security and rest," astrologer Stephanie Campos-Powell says. 

Each month, as the moon enters different phases, the energy will shift. 

"Full moons are known for stirring up big feelings," astrologer Nina Kahn adds. 

What is a snow moon in astrology?

According to astrologer Liz Simmons, you'll want to get excited about this particular happening in February, as the snow moon is a hopeful event that will gear us up for spring, and we certainly welcome any feel-good happening, celestial or otherwise. 

"Whenever we have a fire moon in the middle of winter, it’s usually this really warm energy that’s introduced to a bunch of Saturnian rules—it’s kind of different," Simmons says. "It’s like a breath of fresh air."

This "vivacious" and "fiery" time will be a perfect opportunity to be creative and get back to basics—run wild with the simple pleasures in life. 

Snow moon meaning: what to know

According to the Farmers' Almanac, the February full moon is appropriately named, given the most snow of the winter season is likely to fall during this month. Though it's going to be physically cold, it's just the opposite astrologically. 

Full moon rituals to perform

"In terms of rituals, full moons tend to offer us release, so it's a good time to let go of any people, habits or situations that you feel are holding you back," says astrologer Renée Watt. "To do this, I recommend a simple banishing spell."

In the spell, Watt 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. 

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."

"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.'"

Full moon folklore 

Farmers' Almanac states that the names for each full moon can be credited to Native Americans. In order to keep track of the seasons, tribes gave recurring full moons unique monikers. 

Full moon astronomy 

For those who might not feel as savvy with the solar system, our friends at Space.com say that a full moon occurs when it is on the opposite side of the earth from the sun. This allows the moon to be illuminated fully by the light of the sun. In essence, you'll see a full, round moon!

Danielle Valente
Danielle Valente

Danielle is a writer for My Imperfect Life, where she particularly enjoys covering lifestyle and entertainment news. She was previously the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. When she's not working, you can find her reading a good book and enjoying a cup of coffee. Follow her @dvwrites.