Full Moon Calendar 2019

With moon names from around the world, here’s the calendar for 2019

Swimmers are the latest in a long line of tribes to use full moons as a touchstone for seasonal change. Full moon swims can be a touchstone: making certain that once a month, you feel the shift of the seasons. Here’s your calendar for 2019.

January: Wolf Moon

Monday 21st January 2019:  12.48am EST, 21,10 UTC, 5.16am BST

February: Shoulder to Shoulder Under the Cold Moon

Tuesday 19th February 2019: 10.53am EST, 15:53 UTC

February being the coldest month in the US, Native American cultures also referred to it as the Full Snow Moon. Ancient tribes had to sit ‘shoulder to shoulder’ around the fire for warmth.

March: Storm Moon

Thursday 21st March 2019: 01:42 UTC

The arrival of spring with the March full moon has generated different names across the world: among them the Sap Moon, Worm Moon, Chaste Moon (symbolising the purity of early spring), Crow Moon, Warming Moon and Moon When the Leaves Break Forth.

April: Full Pink Moon

Friday 19th April, 2019. 11:12 UTC, 7.12 EDT

Also called the Budding Moon, Full Melting Moon, Moon Where Ice Breaks In The River (Arapaho tribe) and Fish Moon (as fish begin to swim upstream).

May: Big Leaf Moon

Saturday 18th May, 2019. 21:11 UTC,

Also called the Blossom Moon, and Full Flower Moon.

June: Hay Moon

Monday 17th June, 2019. 08:30 UTC, 4.30am EDT

Also known as the Hot Moon, Honey Moon, Mead Moon and Full Strawberry Moon.

July: Thunder Moon

Tuesday 16th July, 2019. 21:38 UTC, 5.38 EDT

August: Hungry Ghosts Moon

Thursday 15th August, 2019. 12:29 UTC, 8.29 EDT

Under the full moon, people light lotus-shaped water lanterns and float them on lakes, rivers, and pools, in order to provide light for lost souls to find their way safely back into the afterlife.

September: Big Moon

Saturday 14th September, 2019. 04:33 UTC, 12.33 EDT

September’s full moon has a tendency to look brighter and bigger than others in the year, its luminosity and brilliance earning it the name Big Moon by Native American tribes, more commonly called Harvest Moon in the UK.

October: Moon When Rivers Start to Freeze

Sunday 13th October, 2019. 12.45  EDT, 16.45 UTC

The Blood Moon or Hunter Moon rises early in the evening, which means that you are more likely to see it near the horizon – like September’s moon, this creates the illusion of it being bigger. It also scatters more blue light, letting more red light reach your eyes.

November: Reed Moon

Saturday 23rd November, 7.05am EST, 12.05 UTC

Though not the origin of the name, silhouetted reeds are likely to accompany November river swims. Also called the Mourning Moon by pagans:  “For the Pagans, on the other hand, the final stage of their winter preparations involve the very important process of “mourning” – which is why they call the last moon before the winter solstice the Mourning Moon. After a full year of accumulating possessions, both physically and otherwise, the Mourning Moon is the perfect time to let go of old, unnecessary things, while giving yourself permission to mourn their passing. Practicing Pagans may perform a moonlit ritual where they write down the things they want to rid themselves of, and ask their Goddess for help in removing unwanted burdens.” Moongiant.

December: Cold Moon

Thursday 12th December 2019, o5:12 UTC, 12.48am EST

Also called the Full Long Nights Moon.

For information on the practical elements of night swimming, see Lynne Roper’s classic piece on Moon Gazey Madness.

Kate Rew