If you think it’s weird to loosely plan your life around moon phases, think again, my friend. In astrology, the moon is said to influence our emotions pretty heavily – and some people say your birth chart’s moon phase can even offer a clue into who you are compatible with. The bottom line: having a general awareness of the 2023 lunar calendar could help you navigate your life with a little more ease.
Lunar events like new moons, full moons, and eclipses are believed to carry deeper emotional meanings that can help you decode and navigate life events like new beginnings, chapters closing, and tricky periods of self-reflection. Keep reading to learn what each major moon type signifies, plus a new moon and full moon calendar for 2023.
Your 2023 Lunar Calendar and Dates For New Moons, Full Moons, and Eclipses
Depending on which time zone you’re in, the new or full moon might hit on a different date. So be aware that the dates listed in this 2023 moon phase calendar all reflect the Eastern time zone.
January 2023 Moon Calendar
February 2023 Moon Calendar
March 2023 Moon Calendar
April 2023 Moon Calendar
May 2023 Moon Calendar
June 2023 Moon Calendar
- June 3: full moon in Sagittarius (also referred to as the strawberry moon)
- June 18: new moon in Gemini
July 2023 Moon Calendar
August 2023 Moon Calendar
- Aug. 1: full moon in Aquarius (also referred to as the sturgeon moon)
- Aug. 16: new moon in Leo
- Aug. 30: full moon in Pisces (also referred to as the blue moon)
September 2023 Moon Calendar
October 2023 Moon Calendar
- Oct. 14: solar eclipse in Libra
- Oct. 28: lunar eclipse in Taurus (also referred to as the blood moon)
November 2023 Moon Calendar
December 2023 Moon Calendar
What Do New Moons Mean in Astrology?
Just like a new moon signals the start of a fresh moon phase, new moons are often associated with new beginnings in astrology. According to astrologers, these periods of lunar darkness are a surprisingly good time to manifest and set new intentions for themes you’d like to see materialize over the following few weeks. Depending on the zodiac sign in which the new moon falls, you may feel the characteristics and energies associated with that zodiac sign influence your emotions and intentions, too.
What Do Full Moons Mean in Astrology?
If new moons are the start of new chapters, full moons are their ends in astrology. Thinking in terms of the moon’s light, a moon at full brightness illuminates the full picture, giving you the clarity – and sometimes the closure – you need as a cycle either comes to fruition or ends. Because full moons are generally intense, they offer a good time to pause on significant new beginnings and, instead, sit back, reflect on what you’ve learned and accomplished since the new moon, and reap what has come to you as a result.
What Do Eclipses Mean in Astrology?
Beautiful events to marvel at in the sky, eclipses can be a bit tricky to navigate in astrology. Each typically occurring a couple times a year, solar and lunar eclipses can be a little chaotic, heightening the energies of new moons and full moons, respectively, and introducing some major shakeups you might not have seen coming. Solar eclipses fall on new moons, and while you might flirt with a new beginning during a new moon, it “tends to spur stunning shifts and major course changes that can promote growth,” writes astrologer Maressa Brown in a previous POPSUGAR article.
On the flip side, lunar eclipses occur during full moons, potentially bringing chapters that weren’t benefitting you to an abrupt end, and such chaos can easily drudge up difficult emotions or complicated feelings to deal with. Rather than charging ahead with reckless abandon during eclipses, it may be best to take a step back and let the universe steer you where you need to go. Afterward, when the moon returns to its normal cycles, you’ll gain a clearer picture of what to do with the events, themes, and feelings an eclipse uncovered.