November’s Full Beaver Moon

Kè kontan Lalin plen!
(“Happy Full Moon” in Haitian Creole)

Welcome to Issue 11 of Volume III of the Earth, Moon and Stars blog!
(Formerly the Full Moon Lore newsletter.)

In this issue:

  • Moon Names (some nice artwork and photos to go with them)
  • Seasonal Calendar (dates and times)
  • Skywatch (the Leonids won’t be roaring this year)
  • Celestial Mechanics (another “nearby” asteroid)
  • Celebrations (Full Moon days in various cultures)
  • Astrology and Folklore (asking ourselves important questions) 


Native American Indians of the northern and eastern United States kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring Full Moon, appropriate for month in which it occurred. This month’s was traditionally dubbed the Full Beaver Moon, the reason being either because this was the time for setting beaver traps, or because the beavers themselves were busy building their winter dams at this time. Some Algonquins called this moon the Full Frost moon. European settlers followed the natives’ custom and even created some of their own.  [sources: National Geographic;]

The medieval English called this month’s full moon the Full Snow Moon, the Celts called it their Dark Moon, and the Chinese the White Moon.  [You can find lots more variations on these names here and here.]

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November Beaver Moon [Cyndi Lavin]


 The beautiful beaded embroidery you see here was created by Cyndi Lavin for her Bead Journal Project (a part of her Beading Arts Facebook page) where you can see all twelve of her Moon creations. Cyndi also has her own websites Mixed Media Artist, and Beading Arts, rich with examples of and information on beads, jewelry, and other art mediums.





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November’s full moon: Thursday Nov 10, 20:16 UT (3:16 pm EST, 12:16 pm PST)
November’s New Moon: Friday Nov 25 06:10 UT (1:10 am EST)
December’s full moon: Saturday Dec 10, 14:36 UT (9:36 am EST, 6:36 am PST)

Moon, Jupiter, Venus on Palermo

Moon, Jupiter, Venus on Palermo


Leonid Meteors

The November Leonid meteor shower has historically produced some of the greatest meteor storms in history. However, these storms tend to recur in cycles of 33/34 years, this year (early morning November 18) not being one of them. As an additional damper, Ms. Luna will be shining her silvery beams very near the radiant point of the shower in the constellation Leo, making meteor viewing even more challenging. If you’re hard core and still want more info, check out EarthSky’s meteor shower guide


Near-Earth Object 3753 Cruithne

Last month we revealed that a small asteroid TK7 was found sharing (yikes!) Earth’s orbit.  This month we tell of yet another, much larger (3.1 mi. diameter) rock that, while not in our orbit, does circle the Sun in “1:1 resonance” with us — that is, its own “year” is within a day or so of ours. Dubbed a near-Earth object because it is relatively nearby as astronomical distances go, 3753 Cruithne still never gets any closer to us than about 30 times the distance between us and the Moon, which perigee happens every November. (More details in Wikipedia’s article.)


Kartik Purnima (Hindu)
In the Hindu tradition, each full moon is celebrated as a holy day. This full moon is Kartik or Tripuri Purnima, a holy day celebrating the day the god Shiva slew the demon Tripurasura, representing the triumph of good over evil. (More info in the Kartik Poornima Wikipedia article.)

Guru Nanak Jayanti (Sikh)

Coinciding with Kartik Purnima is the Sikh celebration of Guru Nanak Jayanti, the birthday of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak, and one of the most sacred festivals in Sikhism. (More info in the Guru Nanak Jayanti Wikipedia article.)

Il Poya (Sri Lanka Buddhist)
Each full moon day in Sri Lanka is a public holiday called Poya Day when religious observances are held in temples throughout the country. Today is Il Poya, when Buddhists mark the day that the Buddha delivered his first sermon to the five hermits at the Isipathanarama in Banares. It was also on an Il Full Moon Poya day that the Buddha sent his disciples to spread the doctrine of the Buddha, thus beginning the missionary activities. (More can be found here.)


November Full Moon in Taurus
Dian Bustillo, Moon Maven
Here is a summary of what Dian writes this month in her simplyastrology post:

The Beaver Moon forecasts winter, so prepare both body and soul for the cold days ahead. Wear warmer physical and spiritual clothing. If you don’t have a spiritual practice, find a direction and a grounding element that will help you through the months ahead and direct your energies and resources to joy, as well as the warmth of friends and family.

You can read Dian’s complete article at her simplyastrology blog, with even more on her Cycles of Living website.

Taurus Full Moon Brings a Heart-and-Soul Check with our Motivations
Carola Eastwood
Here is a summary of  what Carola Eastwood writes about this Taurus Full Moon in her Planetary Cycles column this month in the Life Connection magazine:

Although with this mid-month full Moon we do have a challenging planetary aspect emerging from Mars opposing mystical Neptune and Chiron, we need not struggle with these energies. These challenges can also propel us forward with greater clarity; they become difficult only to the extent we refuse to learn what they offer to teach us. Make a “heart-and-soul check” about what is motivating the choices you are making. If there is course-correction needed in your life and you are willing to make it, this can be a very inspiring opportunity. The healing energy of Chiron, together with the spiritual vibration of Neptune inspires new insights and wisdom.

See Carola’s full Planetary Cycles article for lots more good stuff. 

Carola Eastwood provides in-depth personal astrology readings that open the doorway to fulfilling your life-purpose. Her office is in San Marcos. 858/259-1590.

Lynn Hayes — “Astrological Musings”
Here is a summary of Lynn’s Full Moon page this month:

Each Full Moon brings us to the peak of our manifesting power for the month. Questions to ask in this Full Moon include:

  • “Where am I sacrificing comfort for a deeper experience of life?”
  • ”Where are my security needs interfering with my desire for a life of real meaning?”
  • “In what ways am I allowing my emotional dramas to sabotage genuine relationships that last?”
  • “Where have I given my power over to others?”

This Full Moon helps us to find the larger perspective and embrace those around us as we find the internal balance it promises. Anything that occurs at this time will have a significant and lasting effect on us.

See Lynn’s full article “Full Moon in Taurus” for more insights.

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If you especially like (or dislike) something you see here, or would like to see something in particular covered in a future issue, or you have something interesting about the Earth, Moon, or Stars you would like to share, please leave a comment. I’m always interested in how folks who stop by here are moved/influenced/affected.

Until the full moon in December, here’s wishing you and yours a warm, heart-centered Thanksgiving.

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The Earth, Moon and Stars blog is published once each Full Moon with (hopefully interesting) facts and lore about our moon and other sky phenomena. My wish is that you will have fun learning a bit more about our one and only natural satellite and how all of us — people, animals, plants, water, even rocks — are affected and connected by her.


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Aquarian interested in anything to do with the Earth, our Moon, and anything flying around out there in space.
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2 Responses to November’s Full Beaver Moon

  1. Cyndi L says:

    I heard this moon called the Frosty Moon for the first time yesterday, so I looked to see if you had that one listed…Frost Moon, close enough! I like that name too.

    • aquarianman says:

      Frost and Frosty got about equal votes across the sites I checked – I probably should have mentioned both to be complete. (I’m trying to imagine the chap attempting to translate from the Algonquian…) Tnx for checking in, Cyndi.

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