Flower Moon: May Full Moon Phases

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Find out the Full Moon dates for May 2016, traditionally called the Full Flower Moon.

Full Moon Names

May's Full Flower Moon, also called Mother's Moon, Milk Moon, and Corn Planting Moon, marks a time of increasing fertility with temperatures warm enough for safely bearing young, a near end to late frosts, and plants in bloom.

See all Full Moon names and their meanings.

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Moon Phase Dates 2016

All dates and times are ET. See the Moon Phase Calender for your city/state.

 
New Moon: May 6, 3:29 P.M.
 
First Quarter: May 13, 1:02 P.M.
 
Full Moon: May 21, 5:14 P.M.
 
Last Quarter: May 29, 8:12 A.M.

For your next full Moon, see our Full Moon Dates chart.

Full Moon Video

Each month, we will explain the traditional names of the full Moon along with some Moon facts.  Click below to watch the video and learn about May's Full Flower Moon.

 

Best Days in May 2015

Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon's sign and phase in May.

For Planting:

  • Aboveground crops: 19–21
  • Belowground crops: 1–3, 29, 30

For Setting Eggs:

  • 16, 17, 25–27

For Fishing:

  • 16–21

See Best Days for more activities.

Full Moon Folklore

  • Clothes washed for the first time in the full Moon will not last long.
  • The full Moon is an ideal time to accept a proposal of marriage.
     

Share your thoughts about this month's Moon below!

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I've always loved the moon

I've always loved the moon and stars. God created this beautiful magnificent world and I thank him for it.

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Please, please, please-- moon finder app for Droid???

At your service! We now offer

At your service! We now offer the Full Moon Finder app for android. Scroll to the bottom of this page: http://www.almanac.com/apps

I've always heard that it's

I've always heard that it's best to have surgery during the "light of the moon." Never really understood exactly what that means.

The light of the Moon if from

The light of the Moon if from the date of the new Moon to the date of the full Moon; the dark of the Moon if from the day after it is full to the day before it is new again.

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well i love almanac cause it keep me update wit the best days for fishing

i love almanac but have you

i love almanac but have you planted when its not ok to see any difference?

I've always planted by the

I've always planted by the almanac and it really does work.

Does it make much difference

Does it make much difference if you plant above ground, the day BEFORE the new moon?

The May full moon, which is

The May full moon, which is in the sign of Scorpio, is the best time to harvest any medicinal herbs/plants because they are at their fullest potency. I usually go out to the woods to harvest my nettles for the year, then (wearing gloves & long sleeves) I strip the leaves and set them in baskets to dry.

I thought scorpio was in

I thought scorpio was in November?

Oh I get it, scorpio is just

Oh I get it, scorpio is just showing in the sky tonight, right? Whoops.

The SUN is in Scorpio in

The SUN is in Scorpio in November. Therefore, the new moon in November is in Scorpio, and the FULL Scorpio moon is at the opposite end of the calendar, in May.

The constellation Scorpio is visible now because when the sun in it (in November) it will of course be invisible.

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