2023 Moon Phases & Magical Dates

2023 Moon Phases & Magical Dates

As 2022 winds to a close the wheel of the year spins a new tune. Before a new year begins, one thing I do that makes me feel I have my sh** together is to add all the major moons and witchy holidays in my planner for the coming year. I believe (as a mystic and magic maker) it's beneficial to have a lunar calendar some place you'll see it everyday. Adding it to your planner, schedule book, calendar, or even your book of shadows, brings it too the forefront of your mind and can help you go through your days and work in ways that align with the moon phases. 

PLEASE NOTE: If you live in the northern hemisphere, below are all the proper dates of the sabbats, while the italicized snippets align with the southern hemispheres. 

The Moon's phase are the same for everyone in the world. People north and south of the equator do see the Moon’s current phase from different angles, though. If you traveled to the other hemisphere, the Moon would be in the same phase as it is at home, but it would appear upside down compared to what you're used to! For example, if the Moon was in a waning crescent phase. Seen from the Northern Hemisphere, the waning crescent appeared on the left side of the Moon. Seen from the Southern Hemisphere, the crescent appeared on the right.

 

January 

Named after Janus, the god of doors, gates, and transitions; January is the perfect time for door-opening rituals, setting intentions and new beginnings.

Jan. 6: Full Moon in Cancer – Wolf Moon

Jan. 14: Thorrablot – Norse/Heathen celebration honoring Thor

Jan. 21: Celtic Tree Month of Rowan begins

Jan. 21: New Moon in Capricorn

Jan. 24: Sementivae – a grain-oriented Roman festival

Jan. 30 – Feb 2: Roman celebration of Februalia

Jan. 31: Up Helly Aa – Scottish celebration in the Shetland Islands

Jan. 31: Disablot – Norse celebration of new beginnings

February 

Februalia was the ancient spring festival of washing and purification. The land had to be prepared for the planting of seeds in the coming season, so all sorts of cleansing rituals were encouraged.

Feb. 1: Imbolc – Celebration of the Goddess Brighid.

(Southern Hemisphere: Lammas or Lughnasadh – The grain harvest at the end of summer.)

Feb. 5: Full Moon in Leo – Snow Moon

Feb. 1st-28th: Black History Month

In the 1970s, second-wave feminism and modern paganism surged forth simultaneously. Today, exploration and acceptance of queer and transgender figures expands in the Craft.

Feb. 13-21: Roman Festival of Parentalia – honor the ancestors

Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day celebration

Feb. 15: Lupercalia – Fertility celebration

Feb. 18: Celtic Tree Month of Ash begins

Feb. 20: New Moon in Pisces

March

As the spring equinox brings balance to the planet, this month is also a time to bring balance into our lives. Celebrate the spring!

Mar. 1: Matronalia – ancient festival of Juno, the birth goddess

Mar. 7: Full Moon in Virgo – Worm Moon

Mar. 21: Ostara – Spring Equinox and celebration of Goddess Eostre

(Southern Hemisphere: Mabon – The Autumn Equinox)

Mar. 17: St Patrick’s Day – a time to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland.

Mar. 18: Celtic Tree Month of Alder begins

Mar. 21: New Moon in Pisces

April

Rebirth abounds in April as the Earth is ready to sprout forth new life from the dormant winter. Get outside and feel the crisp air as it begins to take on a new warmth. Enjoy the change of the season by planting seeds either figurative or literal!

Apr. 6: Full Moon in Libra – Pink Moon

Apr. 15: Sigrblot/Sumarsdag – Norse celebration of the first day of summer in Scandinavian countries

Apr. 15: Celtic Tree Month of Willow begins

Apr. 20: New Moon in Taurus - Solar Eclipse

Apr. 22: Earth Day – Honoring Gaia

Apr. 28 – May 3: Floralia – Honors the goddess of spring flowers & vegetation. See Persephone

Apr. 30: May Eve or Rhiannon’s Day

May

This month is an excellent time to expand your horizons. If you have been wanting to try something new, now is the time to jump in full force.

May 1: Beltane – Celebration of fire and fertility

(Southern Hemisphere: Samhain – the Witches’ New Year)

May 1: Roman Festival of Bona Dea – Fertility goddess

May 5: Full Moon in Scorpio – Flower Moon Lunar Eclipse.

May 13: Celtic Tree Month of Hawthorn begins

May 19: New Moon in Taurus

June

The light has returned, and summer is officially here. Use this month to soak up the rays of light from the sun. Honor the solar deities as its heat and light shine down upon you. Allow the nourishing rays to enhance a project or idea that you have been growing since spring.

June 1st- June30th: LGBTQ month.

Jun. 4: Full Moon in Sagittarius – Strawberry Moon

Jun. 7-15: Roman Festival of Vestalia – honors the priestesses of Vesta, goddess of the hearth.

Jun. 10: Celtic Tree Month of Oak begins

Jun. 18: New Moon in Cancer

Jun. 19: Father’s day celebration

Jun. 21: Litha – The Summer Solstice

(Southern Hemisphere: Yule – The Winter Solstice)

July

During the peak of the sun, it is a great time to get into the water. Let the cool refreshing water wash away any old baggage that is hanging around. Welcome the revitalization of water by bringing in the beauty of all the colorful flowers around you.

Jul. 3: Full Moon in Capricorn – Buck Moon.

Jul. 8: Celtic Tree Month of Holly begins

Jul. 17: New Moon in Cancer

August

The harvest time is a time to reap the benefits of what has been sown. This month collect what you have grown either spiritually, physically, emotionally, or creatively. Don’t forget to save some of the bounties up for the coming cold of winter.

August 1: Lammas or Lughnasdah – The grain harvest

(Southern Hemisphere: Imbolc – honoring the goddess Brighid and return of the light after the long winter)

Aug. 1: Full Moon in Aquarius – Sturgeon Moon

Aug. 5: Celtic Tree Month of Hazel begins

Aug. 13: Roman Festival of Pomona, goddess of apples and orchards

Aug. 16: New Moon in Leo

Aug. 23: Vulcanalia – Roman Festival

Aug. 31: Full Moon in Pisces – Blue Moon

September

As the leaves shift their colors to store food for the coming winter, we too must store our own energy for the darkness ahead. Take time to enjoy the changing of the season by spending time in nature

Sep. 2: Celtic Tree Month of Vine begins

Sep. 15: New Moon Virgo

Sep. 21: International Day of Peace

Sep. 22: Mabon – Autumn Equinox

(Southern Hemisphere: Ostara – the Spring Equinox)

Sep. 29: Full Moon in Aries – Harvest Moon.

Sep. 30: Celtic Tree Month of Ivy begins

October

The light is fading, and the dark is setting in. This month is a great time to reflect on your own roots and where you came from. Take time to honor your ancestor as the veil between the worlds thins. Be open to receiving psychic messages, meditation and journaling.

Oct. 3: Roman Festival of Bacchus – God of vegetation and wine

Oct. 14: New Moon in Libra – Solar Eclipse

Oct. 28: Celtic Tree Month of Reed beings

Oct. 28: Full Moon in Taurus – Hunter’s Moon – Lunar Eclipse

Oct. 31: Samhain – The Witches’ New Year

(Southern Hemisphere: Beltane – a feast of fire and fertility)

Oct. 31: Winter Nights/Vetrablot – Norse celebration of the arrival of winter

November

The end of the harvest brings with it the cold of winter. As the chill sets in the air, begin to strengthen your relationship with the divine during the coming darkness. Reach out to friends and family and reconnect. Focus on gratitude and let go of the things in your life that no longer serve you.

Nov. 13: New Moon in Scorpio

Nov. 16: Hecate’s Night

Nov. 25: Celtic Tree Month of Elder begins

Nov. 27: Full Moon in Gemini – Beaver Moon

Nov 30: Festival of Hecate Trivia – to honor the Triple Goddess

December

The perfect month for gathering with friends and family to feel their warmth during the cold of winter. Take this month to spend time reflecting on the previous year. But don’t forget to look ahead as the new year can be full of changes. Focus your energy on the upcoming spring and how you want to prepare for the start of new projects or adventures.

Dec. 12: New Moon in Sagittarius

Dec. 17: Saturnalia, a Roman celebration of the god Saturn, begins

Dec 21: Yule – the Winter Solstice

(Southern Hemisphere: Litha – The Summer Solstice)

Dec. 23: Celtic Tree Month of Birch begins

Dec. 25: Feast of Frau Holle, the Germanic goddess

Dec. 27: Full Moon in Cancer – Cold Moon

Dec. 31: Festival of Hogmanay – Scottish holiday that celebrates the new year

 Old energy is clearing.
New energy is entering.
Great things are coming.
and don't forget......

2 comments

Amber

Amber

Thank you so much for this because now, I have something I can refer back to for the moon phases and special dates throughout the year. I am still looking for an app that shows the moon phases in real time, so if you have any suggestions, please let me know!

Thank you so much for this because now, I have something I can refer back to for the moon phases and special dates throughout the year. I am still looking for an app that shows the moon phases in real time, so if you have any suggestions, please let me know!

Nicole Salgado

Nicole Salgado

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I absolutely loveeee luna lifted and everything it stands for. Not only am I in love with the jewelry but I am in love with all of the information they provide in the emails. I honestly don’t remember how I stumbled upon their jewelry line but I’m so glad I did. Thanks to them I was able to fully indulge in my beautiful unique Magick, meet empowering women and learn so much more about astrology because of that I am forever thankful. Not to be that person but Luna Lifted has seriously changed my life 🥹🫶🏼

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