This 2023 brings us thirteen full moons and two will occur during the month of August 2023. Each Full Moon is a time of transformation, wholeness, clarity and culmination of all that has been learned. These are small moments of enlightenment that can be very energetic and productive.
Since ancient times, each Full Moon of the year is given a specific name according to North American tribes. Here are the upcoming Full Moons of 2023 and the details and implications of each one:
January 6th, 2023 - Wolf Moon in Cancer
The Wolf Moon is the name given to the January Full Moon in the northern hemisphere. It is named after North American tribes because wolves took advantage of the light and brightness of the January Full Moon to hunt. Also, it is said that the howling of wolves used to be heard during these nights.
The January 2023 Wolf Moon will be in the sign of Cancer. Being in this water sign, it can awaken your most sensitive and nostalgic side. You will be overcome with a heightened awareness of your feelings and emotions. You may feel a strong connection to your family and home, and a desire to spend more time with your loved ones.
This Full Moon in Cancer also brings with it a time of intense introspection, as you may reflect on your past and your relationships with others. It is a good time to process unresolved emotions or to heal old wounds.
February 5th, 2023 - Snow Moon in Leo
The February Full Moon is also known as the Snow Moon by the North American tribes. This is because it was the time of year when snow was plentiful.
In 2023, the Snow Moon will be in the sign of Leo and closes a 6-month period that began on July 28 with the New Moon in Leo. It will be a time of culmination of aspects having to do with self-identity and the “I”. This Snow Moon will bring with it a climate of creativity, warmth and generosity.
March 7th, 2023 - Worm Moon in Virgo
This moon was christened the Worm Moon by the American tribes as it coincided with the northern hemisphere’s thaw, the beginning of spring. Therefore, this was the time of year when the earth began to soften and worms and maggots appeared.
This Full Moon in Virgo brings order, structure and planning. It invites you to be practical and bring order to your life in order to get things done. The guiding principle of this sign is “I take it literally, I examine”. Therefore, it asks you to spend time analyzing what you really want and how you want it.
April 6th, 2023 - Pink Moon in Libra
This Full Moon on April 6, 2023 is called the Pink Moon because it coincides with the blooming of a pink-colored flower, called phlox, which grows in the United States and Canada.
This Full Moon in Libra is heralding a new beginning, something being born and inviting us to become aware of the individual and collective moment. The guiding principle of this sign is “weighing, balancing”. Therefore, this Full Moon brings with it the need for balance and harmony. It invites you to heal patterns and redefine our desires and expectations. It also asks you to bring out respect, consideration for others, and a pacifistic and diplomatic nature.
May 5th, 2023 - Flower Moon in Scorpio
This Full Moon is called the Flower Moon because it occurs in the month when flowers bloom in North America.
Being a Full Moon in Scorpio, this Moon is synonymous with depth, extremes, and rebirth. The guiding principle of this sign is “probing, desire”. This moon invites you to venture into the deep and analytical part of your being to break through wounds and be reborn. It is ruled by a water sign, so it is not about thinking but about feeling. This Full Moon is a time when you may feel naturally drawn to let go and free yourself from things that no longer serve your path.
With this Full Moon in Scorpio, bring out your deepest emotions, that hidden part of you that you have trouble letting be seen. The time has come to shed light on deep-seated issues and illuminate secrets within our relationships.
At the same time, this Full Moon also brings us a lunar eclipse.
June 4th, 2023 - Strawberry Moon in Sagittarius
The Strawberry Moon is so named because it indicated to some Native American tribes that it was the time of year to pick ripe strawberries and other fruits that are harvested at that time.
This Strawberry Moon will be in Sagittarius. The guiding principle of this sign is “I believe. It is clear to me.” Sagittarius is a zodiac sign that seeks the truth and will go to the ends of the earth to attain its knowledge. This will force you to be realistic with yourself and others. This Full Moon will encourage you not to run away from problems and to face situations that we have been letting go. It may also bring you an adventure or two.
July 3rd, 2023 - Deer Moon in Capricorn
This July Full Moon is so named because it was during this time of the year that the antlers of the male deer were in full growth.
The Deer Moon will be in the sign of Capricorn. It is an Earth sign noted for its responsibility, efficiency and discipline. The guiding principle of this sign is “complete, I am responsible”. Therefore, this Supermoon in Capricorn invites you to accept responsibility for your actions. This is not the time to make hasty decisions. Weigh the situation, analyze and be prudent. This moon asks you to activate your practical sense and patience in any situation.
August 1st, 2023 - Sturgeon Moon in Aquarius
The August Full Moon is called the Sturgeon Moon because this is when sturgeon and salmon spawning occurred in the Great Lakes basin.
The Sturgeon Moon will be in Aquarius this 2023. The guiding principle of this sign is “I know (that I know nothing).” Aquarius is an Air sign, synonymous with intellect, revolution and originality. It is the sign of new ideas and trends so it is related to technology and big changes.
This Moon in Aquarius invites you to awaken your enthusiasm for change, for the new things that life brings you. It asks you to seek a detached point of view. Try to see things from a wider angle and with a new perspective in order to be more objective. Also, it’s time to unleash your originality and vision for the future!
August 31th, 2023 - Full Moon in Pisces
August will bring us the opportunity to experience another Full Moon. This Full Moon is in Pisces, a very emotional water sign. The guiding principle of this sign is “I feel, I love”. Pisces is noted for its romanticism, creativity and sentimentality. This Full Moon invites you to act on the following fronts:
- Awaken your imagination and creativity! – Connect with this moon by giving free rein to your imagination or doing activities that stimulate your creativity. To achieve a goal you must first dream big and then carry it out.
- Connect with your intuition – Let yourself be carried away by the small palpitations or intuitions that you have during this period. It will be good for you to do activities that allow you to awaken and stimulate your intuition, for example, meditate).
- Express your feelings – In a moment of culmination such as the Full Moon we invite you to thank and express to your environment how you feel about them. It doesn’t have to be through words, it can be through small actions or however you like to communicate – it’s never a bad day to say “I love you” to the people you care about, so go for it with this moon!
September 29th, 2023 - Harvest Moon in Aries
The September Moon is so named because it indicated the beginning of some crops to the Native Americans.
This October Full Moon occurs in such an impulsive, vital and passionate sign as Aries. The guiding principle of this sign is “I want!”. As the first sign of the zodiac, Aries invites you to take the initiative and the reins in your life. This moon tells you that if you want something, go for it. Bring out all your enthusiasm and leadership to achieve your goals. Tap into your creative energy to solve problems and create new situations and realities that excite you.
October 28th, 2023 - Hunter's Moon in Taurus
This October Moon is so named because it marked the time when North American tribes began to go out hunting to prepare for the cold winter.
This Hunter’s Moon will be in the sign of Taurus. The fact that the moon is exalted in Taurus means that the lunar qualities fit perfectly with the Taurine archetype and affects all signs of the zodiac (like every Full Moon). The guiding principle of this sign is “I own, I have, I hold”. Therefore, it is very important on this moon to thank the Universe (or whomever you want) for all that you have and have achieved. This moon invites us to learn from our self-worth and self-esteem to flourish. Gratitude towards all that we are and what we have achieved becomes a key element to realize under the energies of this moon.
It also connects us to the attraction and enjoyment of life’s pleasures. It asks us to reflect and rephrase questions about what gives us pleasure and how we connect with pleasure. Commitment, persistence, loyalty and patience for things to mature in their own time are very necessary for this period.
November 27th - Beaver Moon in Gemini
The Beaver Moon or Frost Moon is so named because it used to be at that time that beavers prepared food and the burrow to take shelter from the winter cold.
This Beaver Moon will be in the sign of Gemini. The guiding principle of this sign is “I think, I doubt”. Therefore, this Moon will cause us to question and doubt everything we have assumed to be true so far. It does not mean that we are going to change our minds but to question our beliefs and mandates. As an Air sign, Gemini also stands out for its intellectuality, curiosity, versatility and freedom.
This Full Moon will bring us the opportunity or ability to appreciate diversity. To be able to see multiple possibilities and appreciate the richness of different perspectives. The Full Moon in Gemini asks you to let go of rigidity and open your mind to the diversity in the world. Also, this Moon may make it easier for you to communicate or feel the need to express your thoughts. Take advantage of this moment to know how to communicate with transparency and clarity.
December 27th - Cold Moon in Cancer
The last Full Moon of the year is called the Cold Moon because it is close to the winter solstice and its name clearly denotes the harsh weather conditions of December, when the temperature drops noticeably.
We begin and end 2023 with a Full Moon in Cancer. This Cold Moon in Cancer will invite us to revisit and pay attention to our emotional needs. This Moon is ideal for focusing on building strong and supportive relationships with the people you care about.