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Full Moons for 2021

It's true. Every full moon has a named for something related to the season it is in.

At least once a month, the full moon shines from the heavens but did you know each full moon has a name? According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, these names originated from Native Americans and the Colonials adopted many of the names.

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Here’s when each full moon of 2021 happens…

  • January 28 – Full Wolf Moon – Attributed to the howling of wolves that tend to happen most in January.
  • February 27 – Full Snow Moon – Based on the fact that the heaviest snows fall this month.
  • March 28 – Full Worm Moon – Farmers noticed that worms in the ground become active signaling the robins to appear and it was time to start planting.
  • April 26 – Full Pink Moon – Some of the first flowers bloom during April.
  • May 26 – Full Flower Moon – When many flowers come into season.
  • June 24 – Full Strawberry Moon – Farmers used this moon to start picking strawberries.
  • July 23 – Full Buck Moon – Hunters knew that this moon meant that a deer’s antlers were in full growth.
  • August 22- Full Sturgeon Moon – Fishermen around the Great Lakes began to catch scores of sturgeons around this time every year.
  • September 20 – Full Corn Moon – Time to start harvesting the corn!
  • October 20 – Full Hunter Moon – As Fall is in full swing, it is time to start hunting for food to last through the winter.
  • November 19 – Full Beaver Moon – Trappers and hunters set out to procure furs to keep everyone warm in the winter.
  • December 18 – Full Cold Moon – The nights are long and dark and temperatures drop.

full moon names

A few other full moon names exist which can be combined with the main names. In 2019, we experienced a trifecta of full moon names.

  • Super Moon – Happens when the moon is at its closest point to the earth. Four(!) super moons happen in a row during 2021 on March 28, April 27, May 26 and June 24.
  • Red Moon – See the red moon whenever there is a lunar eclipse. A total lunar eclipse is scheduled for May 26 and will take place over the Pacific Ocean. The western part of the United States will see some effects.
  • Harvest Moon – The full moon closest to the Autumn Equinox (September 21, 2021) will take place on September 20.
  • Blue Moon – When there are two full moons occurring in the same month. 2021 will have a ‘seasonal’ blue moon which is known as a third of four full moons appearing in the same season.