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Full Moon Calendar 2021: When is the Next Full Moon? | Dates and Times

When is the next full Moon? We have dates, times, names, and folklore for the year!

When is the Next Full Moon?

The next full Moon will occur on Saturday, December 18, 2021, at 11:35 PM ET, and is known as the Cold Moon.

Learn more about this month’s full Moon by watching our short video below:

Need more full Moon dates and times? Our calendar with full Moon dates, times, folklore, and names from the Farmers’ Almanac can be found below for the 2021 calendar year.

(Times listed are Eastern Standard or Eastern Daylight where appropriate.)

Full Moon Calendar 2021
Full Moon Date Native American Name Time of Full Moon
January 28th Wolf Moon 2:16 PM
February 27th Snow Moon 3:17 AM
March 28th Worm Moon 2:48 PM
April 26th Pink Moon 11:32 PM
May 26th Flower Moon 7:14 AM
June 24th Strawberry Moon 2:40 PM
July 23rd Buck Moon 10:37 PM
August 22nd Sturgeon Moon 8:02 AM
September 20th Harvest Moon 7:55 PM
October 20th Hunter’s Moon 10:57 AM
November 19th Beaver Moon 3:57 AM
December 18th Cold Moon 11:35 PM

Full Moon Calendar 2022
Full Moon Date Native American Name Time of Full Moon
January 17th Wolf Moon 6:48 PM
February 16th Snow Moon 11:56 AM
March 18th Worm Moon 3:18 AM
April 16th Pink Moon 2:55 PM
May 16th Flower Moon 12:14 AM
June 14th Strawberry Moon 7:52 AM
July 13th Buck Moon 2:38 PM
August 11th Sturgeon Moon 9:36 PM
September 10th Harvest Moon 5:59 AM
October 9th Hunter’s Moon 4:55 PM
November 8th Beaver Moon 6:02 AM
December 7th Cold Moon 11:08 PM

Full Moon Names and Their Meanings

Full Moon names date back to Native Americans of North America. Tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon. Full Moon names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred.

There was some variation in the full Moon names, but in general, the same ones were consistent among regional tribes. European settlers followed that custom and created some of their own names.

Here is Farmers Almanac’s list of the full Moon names.

Full Wolf Moon – January

Silhouette of a wolf howling in front of a full moon.

Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January’s full Moon.

Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to the next Moon.

Full Snow Moon – February

Full moon appearing over a forest covered in snow during winter.

Since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month, native tribes of the north and east most often called February’s full Moon the Full Snow Moon. Some tribes also referred to this Moon as the Full Hunger Moon, since harsh weather conditions in their areas made hunting very difficult.

Full Worm Moon – March

Full moon shown to the right against a starry sky.

As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. The more northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night.

The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.

Full Pink Moon – April

Large pink full moon rising over a mountainous island.

This name came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names for this month’s celestial body include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.

Full Flower Moon – May

Full moon appearing behind flowers in tree.

In most areas, flowers are abundant everywhere during this time. Thus, the name of this Moon. Other names include the Full Corn Planting Moon, or the Milk Moon.

Full Strawberry Moon – June

Hazy full moon appearing near a pine tree against a pink sky.

This name was universal to every Algonquin tribe. However, in Europe they called it the Rose Moon. Also because the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year during the month of June . . . so the full Moon that occurs during that month was christened for the strawberry!

The Full Buck Moon – July

A North American male deer (buck) walks away on a field during twilight time.

July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, for the reason that thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. Another name for this month’s Moon was the Full Hay Moon.

Full Sturgeon Moon – August

Front of rowboat with a bright full moon sitting on horizon in the distance.

The fishing tribes are given credit for the naming of this Moon, since sturgeon, a large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water, were most readily caught during this month. A few tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon because, as the Moon rises, it appears reddish through any sultry haze. It was also called the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon.

Full Corn Moon or Full Harvest Moon – September

Full moon appearing over a corn field during dusk.

This full Moon name is attributed to Native Americans because it marked when corn was supposed to be harvested. Most often, the September full Moon is actually the Harvest Moon, which is the full Moon that occurs closest to the fall equinox.

In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September, but in some years it occurs in October. At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this Moon.

Usually the full Moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the Moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night: just 25 to 30 minutes later across the U.S., and only 10 to 20 minutes later for much of Canada and Europe.

Corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice the chief Indian staples are now ready for gathering.

Full Hunter’s Moon or Full Harvest Moon – October

A silhouette of a deer walks past a full moon appearing over the horizon.

This full Moon is often referred to as the Full Hunter’s Moon, Blood Moon, or Sanguine Moon. Many moons ago, Native Americans named this bright Moon for obvious reasons. The leaves are falling from trees, the deer are fattened, and it’s time to begin storing up meat for the long winter ahead.

Because the fields were traditionally reaped in late September or early October, hunters could easily see fox and other animals that come out to glean from the fallen grains. Probably because of the threat of winter looming close, the Hunter’s Moon is generally accorded with special honor, historically serving as an important feast day in both Western Europe and among many Native American tribes.

Full Beaver Moon – November

A full moon appears behind clouds over a mountain and lake at night.

This was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter. It is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon.

The Full Cold Moon; or the Full Long Night’s Moon – December

A full moon appears over a winter wonderland at night.

During this month the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest. It is also sometimes called the Moon before Yule.

The term Long Night’s Moon is a doubly appropriate name because the midwinter night is indeed long, and because the Moon is above the horizon for a long time. The midwinter full Moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite a low Sun.

Want to Learn More About the Moon & Astronomy?

Remember, the Farmers’ Almanac in print also has more information on upcoming best times to view Solar and Lunar eclipses, the planets, meteor showers, and more. Order your copy today!

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Kate

Full moons are just mesmerizing to me. Where can I learn about moon astrology in particular?

Georgina

Not sure if links are allowed… but there’s a very good personalized moon reading at: MoonReading.info

Noelle Eaton

I wish their was more detail on which tribes used these moon names. I think its harmful lumping the large amount of tribes in a huge country into one “Native American” category.

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Jenna Baker

Yet another

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Terry

What are the 3 lights in the sky?

Giorgio

Because Aliens. The answer is always because Aliens.

Christie

theres Jupiter, Venus and Saturn right now. The brightest is Venus

Jenna Baker

Always have loved full moons, sunsets, sunrises! Just gorgeous!

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Nicole

October 20, 2021 is not even a Monday…?

Gilly

It is in the UK

Ashton Sheyder Ramsay

affect me affect me

Ashton Sheyder Ramsay

turn me into a harvest old farmer’s almanac please just please

Z.W.

Full Harvest Moon🌝

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Jenna Baker

Here is another fine one!

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Chaku nala dog lover

Today is the harvest moon

City Pluma, Ozcura

Thank you for this

Moonflower

A new day is coming ……moon giving off that light, peace, harmony, 💕

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I love moon astrology

Ash

It’s fascinating isn’t it. My family think I’m weird for it but it’s something that’s always captured my interest! If you have an open mind you can get a personalized moon reading at: MoonReading.info

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