Where does come from?
The full moon emoji was approved under Unicode 6.0 in 2010 along with other phases of the moon emoji, including waning crescent moon emoji 🌘 and last quarter moon emoji 🌗.
On most platforms, the full moon emoji glows gold in all its majesty, except for Twitter, which features a soft gray. Samsung includes stars around its orb, as shown in the screenshot from Emojipedia below.
In June 2018, the full moon emoji was notably used to form the backdrop of the Moon Emoji Creep meme, a bizarre-looking character made out of various moon emoji and used for humorous social-media posts.
ᶜᵒᵘⁿᵗʳʸ ᵇᵒᴼᴼᵒᵒʸ ᶦ ˡᵒᴼᵒᵛᵉ ʸᵒᵘ ᵃʰʰᶦᵍˡʰʰ
— Krikri say you love me (@ChristianYu143) July 16, 2018
Who uses ?
True to its name, the full moon emoji is used to signify plenty of moons on social media, including lunar eclipses, the wonders of space and the night sky, and, well, actual full moons.
Is it a full moon 🌕 tonight I feel wired to the moon 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/nEYVjkBXQ0
— Áine Ní Giolla Chomhaill 🍀🍀🍀 (@ainefromderry) July 16, 2018
Good night my dear friends.🌕💫✈️🌎🌏❤️🌹 pic.twitter.com/O1i7JTvsQC
— I Love the World Is Amazing (@nature_lol_usa) July 15, 2018
The moon is romantic, and so the full moon emoji can also be for lovers embracing in the night.
— vee 🌱🌙 (@95duet) July 8, 2018
But the moon is also mysterious, with magical beings and scary creatures lurking in the night, like werewolves and their full-moon transformations. The full moon emoji gleams on a range of content dealing with spooky stuff, especially Halloween.
— M. Gray (@MadderGray) July 10, 2018
Certain female groups, or sisterhoods, find mystical meaning in the moon, long associated with goddesses and divine wisdom and energy. The full moon emoji illuminates much of their social content.
— Terrapin Station (@m0vemebrightly) January 13, 2017
Less transcendental is a full moon, slang for exposing one’s butt in public. Watch out for moonings with the full moon emoji online! This use echoes the peach emoji 🍑, often used for a butt online though more sexually.
In celebration of his fourth birthday, my nephew mooned me today via FaceTime. Ahh, technology. 🌕
— Michele Rhee (@michelerhee) April 18, 2018