When's the next full moon? Get ready because it's an intense one in October

Have you asked, 'When's the next full moon?' October 2021's celestial event will force us to purge what's outdated

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

(Speaking of which, those calendars are great gifts astrology fans love!)

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

When's the next full moon?

Our next full moon is on Monday, October 20, 201. It is known as the hunter's moon, which represents a time when the Native Americans began to prepare for the winter ahead.

"One of the most important concepts to learn in astrology is that not all full moons are made equal," says Stephanie Powell, the California-based astrologer behind Leona Moon Astrology.

Let's see what in store for us this October.

What is the full moon schedule for 2021?

The full moon calendar 2021 is as follows: 

  • January 28: Wolf Moon
  • February 27: Snow Moon
  • March 28: Worm Moon
  • April 26: Pink Moon
  • May 26: Flower Moon
  • June 24: Strawberry Moon
  • July 23: Buck Moon 
  • August 22: Sturgeon Moon
  • September 20: Corn Moon
  • October 20: Hunter's Moon
  • November 19: Beaver Moon
  • December 18: Cold Moon

When is the full moon in October 2021? What to expect astrologically

"I'm not looking forward to it," Narayana Montufar, astrologer and author of  Moon Signs: Unlock Your Inner Luminary Power admits of the October 20 event.

"It's a pretty intense full moon. It's opposite Mars, squaring Pluto—a time in which we'll have to release a lot of baggage and abandon some of the things we no longer need in our lives," she adds. 

While it may seem like a difficult period of breakups and missed communication—perhaps due to Mercury in retrograde—Montufar recommends that we stay open and willing to transformation during this time. Keeping a positive mindset is the best way to overcome any planetary obstacles. 

Full moon tips for October 2021

Fall is the season in which daylight grows shorter, temperatures cool and unfortunately, things in nature die as winter swoops in. Use this transition as an opportunity to readjust rather than wallow. 

"In this case, when Pluto is active like this, I would say purging your home, purging your mind and everything in your life that seems outdated," Montufar says. "Pluto cleans up."

Although it is definitely a celestial event that Montufar would rather skip, she does note that it is not all negative. It can be used as a time to gain back the strength you might've been missing, thanks to Mars' influence.

"If you've been struggling with speaking up for yourself, not finding enough energy to do things, this full moon's intensity can be used to find your power, fight back, say no and really connect to your inner power. It could be a time to fight for your beliefs," she adds. 

The meaning behind a full moon

In astrological terms, a full moon is seen as a culmination, a climax. People often confuse the full moon as a time to manifest, whereas that practice is more appropriate during a new moon. (Our new moon calendar 2021 will help you with any questions you might have.)

"The moon is all about our comfort, security and rest," Powell adds. 

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

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 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 

According to the Farmers' Almanac, 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.