Astrology, Glossary of Magical Terms

Full Moon: Folklore, Magick, Names & More


By Morningbird

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 every few months, though it is visible in any given location much less frequently.

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, petitionevoke 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


The Moon After Yule (if that didn’t happen in December), The Wolf Moon, The Old Moon, The Ice Moon, the Snow Moon, The Spirit Moon


The Snow Moon, The Hunger Moon, The Storm Moon, The Chaste Moon


The Worm Moon, The Crow Moon, The Crust Moon, The Sugar Moon, The Sap Moon, The Chaste Moon, The Lenten Moon

The Hare Moon (Closest to the Equinox) The Paschal Moon (If it is the first full moon after the spring equinox)


The Pink Moon, The Sprouting Grass Moon, The Seed Moon, The Fish Moon, The Egg Moon, The


The Flower Moon, The Corn Planting Moon, The Milk Moon


The Berry Moon, The Strawberry Moon, The Rose Moon, The Mead Moon, The Honey Moon, The Rose Moon, The Hot Moon


The Buck Moon, The Thunder Moon, The Wort Moon, The Hay Moon


The Sturgeon Moon, The Green Corn Moon, The Barley Moon, The Fruit Moon, The Grain Moon


The Full Corn Moon, The Barley Moon,

The Harvest Moon (If it is the closest to the autumn equinox).


Hunter’s Moon, Dying Grass Moon, Blood Moon, Sanguine Moon, The Dying Moon, The Traveler’s Moon


Beaver Moon, Frost Moon, The Oak Moon

The Mourning Moon or the Moon Before Yule (the last before the Solstice)


The Cold Moon, The Long Nights Moon

Upcoming Full Moon Dates


January 18 (Cancer), February 17 (Leo), March 18(Virgo), April 17 (Libra), May 16(Scorpio) (Eclipse), June 14(Sagittarius), July 14(Capricorn), August 12 (Aquarius), September 10(Pisces), October 10(Aries), November 8(Gemini) (Eclipse), December 8(Gemini).

Previous Years Full Moons


January 10(Penumbral Lunar Eclipse)((Visit to get details)), February 9, March 9, April 8(supermoon)((This is the closest full moon to the Earth this year.)), May 7, June 5(Penumbral Lunar Eclipse), July 5(Penumbral Lunar Eclipse), August 3, September 2, October 1, October 31, November 30(Penumbral Lunar Eclipse), December 30


January 28, February 27, March 28, April 27, May 26(supermoon)(Total Lunar Eclipse), June 24, July 24, August 22, September 21, October 20, November 19(Partial Lunar Eclipse), December 19

Written by Morningbird & Witchipedia Team

I have been practicing magick alone and with family and friends for over 30 years. As a founder and lead writer on Witchipedia, I’ve been publishing articles since 2006.

It is our mission to provide the most accurate Pagan, occult and magical information.

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