Full Moon in July 2023

Written by Apple Updated Jan. 28, 2023

The full moon in July occurs on Monday, July 3, 2023. It is also called the “Buck Moon” or "Thunder Moon. The full moon will occur at 07:39 (Eastern Time), or 12:38 (GMT) on July 3. It will be visible for a duration of about 8 hours.

Full Moon July 2023
Full Moon July 2023

When to See the Full Moon in July 2023

July’s full moon occurs on Monday, July 3, 2023. It will be approximately 357,418 km (222,089 miles) from Earth at 02:38 (Eastern Time) in Capricorn. 

July’s full moon will peak when reaches its highest point in the sky at Capricorn around midnight, and set around sunrise the next morning, being visible for about 8 hours.

Why Is It Called the Buck Moon or Thunder Moon?

Traditionally, the full moon's name derives from Native American colonial and European cultures. 

Why is July's full moon called the "Buck Moon"? It is because the full occurs at the time when the new antlers emerge on a deer buck’s forehead.

Another name for July's full moon is Thunder Moon. This is because July’s hot weather in the Northern Hemisphere is most prone to thunderstorms. 

Astrological Meanings of the Full Moon in Capricorn July 2023

July 2023’s full moon in the constellation of Capricorn has the astrological meaning of loyalty, generosity, and being ready for new starts.

Capricorn is the tenth astrological sign in the zodiac, spanning 270 - 300 degrees of the zodiac. Capricorn is a cardinal sign (marking the start of a season) ruled by the planet Saturn.

From an astrological point of view, Scorpio contains strong emotional energy. In addition, this full moon occurs with eclipse and it also forms phases with exoplanets such as Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, which remind us to pay more attention to issues such as economy, security, and future development. 

Under the influence of the full moon eclipse, we should pay special attention to our emotions and feelings about ourselves and the people around us. It is easy to cause more negative problems under the intensification of the full moon and eclipse phase.

The Effects of the July's Full Moon on the Astrological Signs

This July’s full moon is happening in Capricorn (270 - 300° celestial longitude). Capricorn is one of the three water signs, and is compatible with the other water signs - Cancer and Pisces, as well as the earth signs - Taurus and Virgo, so the July full moon in Scorpio should favor those signs.

Cultural and Religious Representation

The Moon has influenced human culture for thousands of years, particularly the full moon and new moon phases. Festivals in many countries are related to the full moon phase, including Mid-Autumn Festival and Lantern Festival in China, Easter in the United States, and Navaratri in India.

In the past, it was believed that the moon caused many forms of mental illness and even could cause disasters. Many people believe that the moon is related to life phenomena. Many plausible claims are found in folklore, religion, astrology, literature and art, and modern film and television media.

When Is the Next Full Moon Day

The next full moon will occur on Saturday, August 30, 2023. It is the first of summer. This full moon is called the Strawberry Moon because the full moon occurs in the strawberry harvesting season. 

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