Full moon calendar 2021: Never miss the lunar spectacle again

Searching for a full moon calendar? 2021's celestial activity— and the meaning behind it all—is right here!

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Eclipses, retrogrades, and conjunctions, oh my! Our astrology intrigue is in overdrive, largely thanks to the full moon calendar 2021. From meanings and rituals to folklore and science, the celestial phenomenon has certainly piqued our interest. If you have a few pressing Qs about each month's lunation, allow us to fill you in.

When is the next full moon, you ask? June 24th. As opposed to something like the blood moon, this next full moon is known as the strawberry moon, a nod to our favorite summertime fruit. But with each month comes something new. 

"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 start with the basics: the dates you need to mark in your calendar.

Full Moon Calendar 2021: The dates to know

According to our sister site, Space.com, 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: Harvest Moon
  • November 19: Beaver Moon
  • December 18: Cold Moon

The meaning behind a full moon

In astrological terms, a full moon is seen as a culmination, a climax. People oftentimes confuse a full moon as a time to manifest, whereas that practice is more appropriate during a new moon. 

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

Each month, as the moon enters different phases, the energy will shift. For the strawberry moon, which will be in Capricorn, you can expect to approach tasks with a productive attitude.

"Capricorn's influence has work, routine, and planning on the mind," Powell says. "It's easier for self-care to be overlooked when the moon is focusing on its to-do list. The flavor of this full moon in Capricorn will bring a slightly different energy, thanks to a supportive connection from Jupiter, one of the positive planets in the sky."

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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 astrologist and psychic Renée Watt of Rainbow Glitter Star. "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 names—hence, strawberry moon!

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!