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What to Do on a Full Moon, According to an Astrologist

In our busy, modern lives, we have become so disconnected from nature. But who needs an Apple Watch when we have the moon? Sure, planning life around a lunar calendar might sound a bit woo woo. But for as long as there’s been civilization, people have been organizing not just spells and rituals, but agricultural seasons and even the best time to get a haircut around the moon’s phases. The easiest way to start working with this lunar schedule? Make plans! Here, we'll explain the questions below to get your ready for the next full moon.

  • What exactly are full moons?
  • What's the astrological significance of full moons?
  • When are the full moons in 2022 and 2023?
  • What should you do during a full moon?

What Exactly Are Full Moons?

Every 28 to 30 days (aka, about every month), we have a full moon—when the sun and moon are on opposite sides of the zodiac (and the Earth!). This means that Earth is located between the sun and the moon, so, from our perspective on Earth, the moon appears completely illuminated by the sun. When we look up at the sky on full moons—if there are clear skies—we see a glowing circular disk in the sky.

What’s the Astrological Significance of a Full Moon?

Full moons are times of culmination, manifestation and release. When we reach this part of the cycle, the moon rises just as the sun sets, keeping the sky illuminated throughout the night. That’s why so many report sleep disruptions during this lunar phase, it’s when we’re meant to be most active! 

Full Moon Calendar 2022

  • January 17, 2022
  • February 16, 2022
  • March 18, 2022
  • April 16, 2022
  • May 16, 2022*
  • June 14, 2022
  • July 13, 2022
  • August 11, 2022
  • September 12, 2022
  • October 9, 2022
  • November 8, 2022*
  • December 7, 2022

Full Moon Calendar 2023

  • January 6, 2023
  • February 5, 2023
  • March 7, 2023
  • April 6, 2023
  • May 5, 2023*
  • June 3, 2023
  • July 3, 2023
  • August 1, 2023
  • August 30, 2023
  • September 29, 2023
  • October 28, 2023*
  • November 27, 2023
  • December 26, 2023

*Note: These full moons are lunar eclipses. Things initiated under an eclipse can be unpredictable or tumultuous. Under this influence, it’s best not to plan any generative activities but rather use this energy for release.

6 Things to Do on a Full Moon

So how can you best take advantage of this full moon energy? Here’s some ideas, both magical and mundane.

1. Throw a Party

Think about it: Before there was electricity, full moons were the time of the month when you could stay out late into the night with no worries, trusting that there would be some light on the subject. Everyone’s energy is always high around a full moon, and it’s the best time of the month to be circulating and socializing. Plan your next party or event around this time and you’ll be guaranteed a good time and a great turnout.

Composition of the Alps mountains during sunset with full moon and couple on swing from a heart shape cave.
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2. Go on a Date

Full moons are a time of manifestation and release, so what better moment to shoot your shot? While a new or dark moon date might result in sluggishness or a raincheck, a full moon date is guaranteed to be an adventure! Grab tickets for a concert or a game, make plans to go dancing, or go on a hike!

3. Sweat It Out

Again, full moons are meant to be the most active time of the month. So if you’ve been meaning to hit the gym, go for a personal record on your 5K or join your friend for hot vinyasa—go for it! And you don’t have to hit the gym in the middle of the night for this to work either! Full moon energy isn’t only present for one night; it’s present for the few days leading up to and following the peak, so take advantage of all of it!

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4. Make a Big Announcement

When the moon is lit up, it’s time to put things out into the world! Use the full moon to hard launch your new boyfriend on Instagram, send a company-wide email announcing your impending freelance move, or let people know that you’re soon releasing a new artistic project! Because everyone’s energy is high, you can be sure that news will spread and you’ll get plenty of feedback and engagement. 

5. Charge Your Crystals or Make Moon Water

To get into the woo-woo, if you’ve discovered the healing power of crystals, the full moon is a great time to charge them. Just leave your rose quartz or lapis lazuli out overnight in a place where the full moon will hit them. If you want, you can take a moment to meditate or set intentions with the crystals, but the moonlight should do the work on its own! You can also use the full moon to make moon water!

A woman in a yellow top journals.
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6. Release Baggage

We’ve covered all the generative things one should do during a full moon, but this time of the month is also for release. Sometimes we get to the peak part of the cycle and realize that we’re actually dissatisfied with the efforts we’ve put out so far and want to change course or get on a different track. Grab your journal and get all your feelings out about your recent breakup, job loss or family drama. Then you can head to a party or dance floor to complete the catharsis!