Out of all the phases of the lunar cycle, full moons are the energetic high point of the moon's monthly journey through the zodiac, taking place right smack in the middle of the lunar cycle. These lunations are known to have a profound effect on the way we feel, act, and even sleep.
So when is the next full moon? The October 2020 full moon — which is this year's Harvest Moon — will rise on October 1 in the fiery sign of Aries. This is an ideal time to embrace your inner leader, bring your friendly competitiveness to a climax, and make some bold power moves when it comes to anything you've been working toward. And take note: This is actually the first of two full moons in the month of October, which is a rare and special cosmic treat. The second full moon (known as a blue moon) will take place on Halloween.
Because full moons take place when the moon forms an opposition aspect to the Sun, they almost always occur in the sign opposite on the zodiac wheel to whatever sign the Sun in currently in. For instance, the full moon of Leo season will be in Aquarius, while the full moon of Virgo season will be in Pisces. The tension between these two opposing planets is what shakes things up and amplifies our feelings during this time.
Full Moons Can Keep You Up At Night
The lunar energy is believed to be at a high point during a full moon, which can subsequently cause us to feel more energized. Research has shown that people may take longer to fall asleep, sleep fewer hours, and sleep less deeply during a full moon — and once you do fall asleep, you may be more likely to have intense dreams or nightmares.
You'll Be More Emotional
The moon in astrology is the planet that rules over our emotions, feelings, and vulnerabilities — so when it's at its energetic peak (and forming a tension-filled opposition aspect to the Sun), we're more likely to feel our emotions in an intense or tumultuous way. Be wary of falling victim to a tsunami of full moon feelings.
Full Moons Can Make You More Social
While new moons tend to make us feel more introspective and solitary, full moons have the opposite effect. During these periods, we're more likely to focus our energy on relationships and interpersonal issues. It's hard-wired in humans to take advantage of the extra light during the night of a full moon, and that can make some people feel more social.
Prepare To Feel Illuminated
Full moons illuminate the sky with their bright, bold appearance — but astrologically, they're believed to illuminate our minds, too. Prepare for information, ideas, and feelings to come bubbling up to the surface under the light of the full moon, and use it as a chance to put faith in your intuition.
Full Moons Can Help You Break Bad Habits
After the moon reaches peak fullness, it begins the process of waning, or getting smaller each day until the end of the lunar cycle when the moon is new again. We can harness this release of energy by using the full moon as a chance to let go of things — commit to breaking a bad habit, leaving a toxic friendship, or otherwise releasing what's no longer serving you.
Get Ready For The Upcoming Full Moons
Now that you know what kind of energy full moons bring, check out the dates of the upcoming full moons that will blossom through the rest of 2020:
- There are two full moons in October 2020: The first will be on October 1, followed by a second (known as a blue moon) on October 31.
- The November 2020 full moon is a lunar eclipse and will be on November 30.
- The December 2020 full moon will be on December 29.