When is the next full moon? Here's a look at what's happening in 2023

Plus, astrologers provide tips for making the most out of each lunation

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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? Pack the crystals.) 

Known for culminations, the celestial point is a 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 jump into the cosmic calendar! 

When is the next full moon? 

  • When: April 6, 2023

The full moon in April, also known as the Pink Moon, will bring a six-month cycle to a close, and since it's taking place in Libra, the focus will be on commitments, partnerships, justice and so forth, according to astrologer Liz Simmons. 

"As the full moon in Libra rises, this will represent the time to decide to restore peace in our lives," she notes. "It might be time to settle the dust with a relationship, especially if we need to set the tone for boundaries and expectations moving forward." 

Though this could possibly mean the end of certain things, be it work relationships or romantic ones, expect to have a weight taken off your shoulders. 

"Something may finally come to light in your personal life or for the collective since the full moon in Libra can have a just vibe," Simmons adds. "Just keep in mind that the truth will set you free and restore balance to your life during this lunation." 

Things will get a little more hectic during the next new moon, as we are going to be welcoming an eclipse season, too. 

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Meet thet expert: Liz Simmons

Liz Simmons is a freelance writer, astrologer, and tarot reader based in Salem, MA. She views astrology and tarot as another tool in our arsenal to understand the cosmic interplay in our lives. Currently, Liz contributes astrological articles and horoscopes to StyleCaster, POPSUGAR and Astrology.com. She is also the resident astrologer at ASCEND Get Lifted. Check out Liz’s Instagram @the__crone and her website, the-crone.com. 

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

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 (opens in new tab).

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.

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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 (opens in new tab) 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

Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment. 

The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos, new TV shows and relationship trends.  

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets. 

When Danielle is not working, you can usually find her reading a book, coffee at hand, or attempting a new recipe. (Recommendations always welcome!)