Full Moon in March 2023

Written by Apple Updated Sep. 26, 2022

The full moon in March occurs on Tuesday, March 7, 2023. It is called “Worm Moon”. The full moon will rise at 02:18 a.m. (Eastern Time) on March 7. It will be visible for a duration of about 4 hours.

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Full Moon March 2023

When to See the Full Moon in March 2023

March’s full moon occurs on Tuesday, March 7, 2023. It is approximately 383,195 km (238,106 miles) from Earth at 02:18 a.m. (Eastern Time) Virgo.

March’s full moon will arise at 07:39 p.m. (Eastern Time), peak when reaches its highest point in the sky at Virgo around midnight, and set around sunrise the next morning, being visible for a duration of about 4 hours.

Why Is It Called the Worm Moon?

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

The Worm Moon is the third full moon of the year. It gets the name from the earthworms that come out as soil temperature increases at the time of the year. 

Another legend is that March's full moon is known as the worm moon because of another worm - beetle larvae. This kind of worm starts to appear near the time of the spring equinox.

Astrological Meanings of the Full Moon in Virgo March 2023

March 2023’s full moon in the constellation of Virgo has the astrological meaning of intelligence, practicalness, dedication, and kindness.

Virgo is the sixth astrological sign in the zodiac, spanning the 150 - 180 degrees of the zodiac. It is a spring constellation in the Northern Hemisphere between Leo and Libra.

The March full moon in Virgo is going to give you an opportunity to reflect. Expounding on how your current habits and past plans affect your current state of life, will help you achieve more balance in your life. This astrological event will encourage you to be more efficient and free from the things that make you stressed.

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

This March’s full moon is happening in Virgo (150 - 180° celestial longitude). Virgo is one of the three earth signs, along with Capricorn and Taurus, and is compatible with the other earth signs - Taurus and Virgo as well as the water signs - Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces, so the July full moon in Capricorn should favor those signs, especially Cancer, as it is a cardinal sign, like Capricorn.

Cultural and Religious Representation

The Moon has influenced human culture for thousands of years, and the full moon and new moon phases in particular. 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, April 5, 2023. It begins with the spring equinox. It is called the Pink Moon because the full moon occurs in the springtime when lots of flowers are blooming. April's full moon is also called Paschal Moon, an important Moon to those who celebrate Easter.

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