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Keeping up to date with the Moon Calendar 2023 is an absolute must for astrology buffs and even if looking to the stars isn't your thing - the lunar cycle is a brilliant way to take pause and reflect.
Compared to scarier dates in the astrological calendar - Mercury retrograde 2023 we're looking at you - there's something very grounding about the Moon calendar 2023. Afrter all, your Moon sign is an indicator, in your astrology birth chart, of your deepest desires and needs.
Since ancient times, many cultures have looked to the Moon for spiritual guidance - seeing it almost as a deity in the sky. Many still believe that the lunar cycle can affect moods and how people behave - often with a more negative connotation.
In this guide, you'll see when each New Moon and Full Moon falls and under which sign. You'll learn the difference between a New Moon and a Full Moon so you can ready yourself for your Full Moon rituals and get those supercharged manifestations prepared for New Moons too.
When is the next Full Moon?
- Full Moon: Friday, January 6, 2023 in Cancer.
- New Moon: Saturday, January 21, 2023 in Aquarius.
Kicking the year off with some hectic energy the Full Moon January 2023 comes alongside Mercury retrograde 2023 no less, which means that our inner thoughts pull us into the past while our outer drive is trying to propel us into the future.
The New Moon January 2023 hits us with all that Aquarius season 2023 energy and the added bonus of troublesome planets going direct. It tells us that the cosmos is currently conspiring with us to make our manifestations real but only if we are willing to commit our thoughts, beliefs, and actions in alignment with what we are verbalizing that we want.
As well as that, this New Moon heralds Chinese New Year, one of the most widely enjoyed celebrations on the planet.
- Full Moon: Sunday, February 5, 2023 in Leo.
- New Moon: Monday, February 20, 2023 in Pisces.
- Full Moon: Tuesday, March 7, 2023 in Virgo.
- New Moon: Tuesday, March 21, 2023 in Aries.
- Full Moon: Thursday, April 6, 2023 in Libra.
- New Moon: Thursday, April 20, 2023 in Aries.
- Solar Eclipse: Thursday, April 20, 2023 in Aries.
- Full Moon: Friday, May 5, 2023 in Scorpio.
- Lunar Eclipse: Friday, May 5, 2023 in Scorpio.
- New Moon: Friday, May 19, 2023 in Taurus.
- Full Moon: Sunday, June 4, 2023 in Sagittarius.
- New Moon: Sunday, June 18, 2023 in Gemini.
- Full Moon: Monday, July 3, 2023 in Capricorn.
- New Moon: Monday, July 21, 2023 in Cancer.
- Full Moon: Tuesday, August 1, 2023 in Aquarius.
- New Moon: Wednesday,16, 2023 in Leo.
- Full Moon: Thursday 31, 2023, in Pisces.
- New Moon: Friday, September 15, 2023 in Virgo.
- Full Moon: Friday, September 29, 2023 in Aries.
- New Moon: Saturday, October 14 in Libra.
- Solar Eclipse: Saturday, October 14 in Libra.
- Full Moon: Saturday, October 28 in Taurus.
- Lunar Eclipse: Saturday, October 28 in Taurus.
- New Moon: Monday, November 13, 2023 in Scorpio.
- Full Moon: Monday, November 27, 2023 in Gemini.
- New Moon: Tuesday, December 12, 2023 in Sagittarius.
- Full Moon: Wednesday, December 27, 2023 in Cancer.
What's the difference between a Full Moon and a New Moon?
From a scientific perspective, it's all about the position of the Moon, according to Royal Museums Greenwich (opens in new tab). In the case of a New Moon, this is when it's between the Earth and the Sun in its orbit, then the back side of the Moon is being lit up and the side facing the Earth is in darkness. Conversely, the Full Moon occurs when the Moon is on the other side of the Earth compared to the Sun, with the near side of the Moon fully lit up - giving the Moon its bright, glowing appearance.
Interestingly, many ancient cultures planted crops under the New Moon and harvested under the Full Moon and when it comes to astrology - that's a pretty good analogy.
From an astrological perspective, New Moons mark beginnings and are chances to focus on manifestations. They're an ideal time to make the practical steps you need like kicking off any new project, idea, or good habit. It's a time to get serious about writing lists and doing the work in order to help the Universe give you all the abundance you seek
Full Moons are all about harvesting the seeds planted in the New Moon. They are about completion, moving forward, taking stock, and letting go of anything hampering you in your path.
A fortnight may not seem like enough time to plant something in the Universe and then feast on the abundance that blooms. By looking at the Moon calendar 2023 on a grander scale, however, it makes sense. Each New Moon falls in a specific zodiac sign, then, six months later, a Full Moon occurs in that same zodiac sign.
As you'll see in your astrology birth chart, each sign carries different energies and themes - you can utilize that information to deepen your connection with the cosmos. Add in eclipses in astrology and those unique energies can be heightened even further.
So on a micro-scale, every two weeks you can stop and look at the small, manageable goals you're setting to help you along in your journey. Then, on a macro scale - you can check out how far you've come in six months.
Whatever your destination is, remember that journeys sometimes get struck by logistical challenges that cannot be avoided. Know that some things only make sense in hindsight and it's okay to reflect on misadventures - but don't let them be your focus. There's no such thing as mistakes, only lessons. Take these lessons and use them, looking forward, so they can light the way and guide you on your path.
Aoife is Junior News Editor at woman&home.
She's an Irish journalist and writer with a background in creative writing, comedy, and TV production.
Formerly Aoife was a contributing writer at Bustle and her words can be found in the Metro, Huffpost, Delicious, Imperica, EVOKE and her poetry features in the Queer Life, Queer Love anthology.
Outside of work you might bump into her at a garden center, charity shop, yoga studio, lifting heavy weights, or (most likely) supping/eating some sort of delicious drink/meal.
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