The full moon occurs approximately every 29.53 days on about the 14th -17th lunar day when the entire moon is visible from Earth because it is on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun. If the moon passes through the Earth's shadow during this time, a lunar eclipse occurs. This happens about every six months.

Full Moon Folklore

  • A child born on the day of the full moon will have a long, healthy, prosperous life.
  • If you fall ill on the day of the full moon, you may be sick for a long time
  • Starting a business on the day of the full moon will bring you luck.
  • Sleeping outdoors under a full moon was once believed to put you in danger of becoming either blind or insane.
  • Look at the full moon and jingle the coins in your pocket to increase your wealth.

Full Moon Magick

The full moon is considered an appropriate time for all magick related to divination, scrying, protection, releasing, banishing, and overcoming obstacles. It is also the most appropriate time to honor, petition, evoke or invoke lunar deities and Mother Goddesses.

The night of the full moon is the esbat of many witchcraft traditions.

The night of the full moon is an excellent time for divination and scrying.

Now is the time to make moon water

Full Moon Names and Dates

(Calculated from Universal Time UT/Greenwich Mean Time GMT)

Date Moon Sign Folk Names
January 24, 2016 Leo Wolf Moon, Old Moon, Moon After Yule
February 22, 2016 Virgo Snow Moon, Hunger Moon
March 23, 2016 Libra Worm Moon, Sugaring Moon, Sap Moon, Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Lenten Moon
April 22, 201+ Scorpio Pink Moon, Frog Moon, Planter's Moon, Grass Moon, Red Grass Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon, Fish Moon
May 21, 2016 Sagittarius Flower Moon, Budding Moon, Milk Moon, Corn Planting Moon
June 2, 2015 Sagittarius Strawberry Moon, Rose Moon
July 2, 2015 Capricorn Buck Moon, Thunder Moon, Hay Moon, Blood Moon
July 31, 2015 Aquarius Blue Moon
August 29, 2015 Pisces Sturgeon Moon, Green Corn Moon, Corn Moon, Red Moon
September 28, 2015 Aries Harvest Moon, Fruit Moon, Corn Moon
October 27, 2015 Taurus Hunter's Moon, Blood Moon, Moon of Falling Leaves
November 25, 2015 Gemini Beaver Moon, Frost Moon, Blood Moon
December 25, 2015 Cancer Cold Moon, Long Night Moon, Moon Before Yule

The full moon always falls in the opposite sign the sun is currently in.


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