November’s Falling Leaves Beaver Moon

Mutlu Dolunay!
(“Happy Full Moon” in Turkish)

Welcome to Issue 12 of Volume IV of Earth, Moon and Stars!
(Note that this is the 12th of 13 full moons this year.)

Ms. Luna appeared full on both Tuesday and Wednesday (see dates/times below). There was a penumbral eclipse, visible primarily in Alaska, Hawaii, Australia, and east Asia.  

In this issue:

    • Moon Names and Art (traditional names, plus some artwork)
    • Seasonal Calendar (full/new moon dates and times; December solstice)
    • Astrology (Inquiry| Soothed nerves | Clarity)

MOON NAMES

   People have been giving names to full moons since antiquity. Native Americans of the northern and eastern United States kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon, usually related to the weather or the behavior of plants and animals at the time. The association for the month would last until the next full moon. European settlers followed the custom and even created some of their own. 

   This month’s was traditionally dubbed the Full Beaver Moon, 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.  The Cherokee called it the Trading Moon, the Choctaw: Sassafrass, and the Dakotah Sioux: Moon When Horns Are Broken Off and Falling Leaves Moon.

   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.
[refs: Everything Under the Moon, Keith’s Moon Page]

Falling Leaves Moon

Falling Leaves Moon

[I found the above artwork at “Things We Love 2” on Blogspot ]

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MOON ART

November Beaver Moon [Cyndi Lavin]

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 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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SEASONAL CALENDAR

November’s full moon:     Wednesday Nov 28 14:46 UT (9:46 AM ET, 6:46 AM PT)
December Solstice:           Friday Dec 21  11:12 UT (6:12 AM ET, 3:12 AM ET)
December’s new moon:   Thursday Dec 13 08:42 UT (3:42 AM ET, 12:42 AM PT)
December’s full moon:    Friday Dec 28 10:22 UT (5:22 AM ET, 2:22 AM PT)

[Ref: Moon Phases]

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MOON MECHANICS
Penumbral lunar eclipse

   A penumbral lunar eclipse on November 28, 2012 will be the last eclipse of the year. If you want to catch the entire event, you will have to be in Alaska, Hawaii, Australia, or east Asia. Observers in western Canada and the USA can see part of the eclipse, with moonset occurring sometime after mid-eclipse. Eastern Canada and the USA will miss the eclipse entirely since it will begin after moonset in those longitudes.

Lunar Eclipse diagram

Lunar Eclipse diagram



Here are the key times for the lunar eclipse:
Penumbral eclipse starts – 12:14:58 UT
Greatest eclipse – 14:33:00 UT
Penumbral eclipse ends – 16:51:02 UT
(Subtract 5 hours from UT to get ET; 8 hours to get PT, 10 hours to get HAST.)

   This eclipse will have a magnitude of 0.9155. The start of the eclipse will not be visible to the naked eye. For about 30 minutes before and after the eclipse’s maximum, a light grey shading will be seen along the moon’s northern limb. [Ref: timeanddate]

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ASTROLOGY

Carola Eastwood ~ New Cycle of Inquiry

  Here is a condensed summary of what Carola Eastwood writes about this Full Moon in Taurus, in her Planetary Cycles column this month in The Life Connection magazine:

This full moon in Gemini Lunar Eclipse starts a new cycle of inquiry into our purpose, destiny, and the meaning we attribute to our lives. To navigate these powerful eclipses, allow yourself to go within and follow the promptings of your soul’s wisdom. Gradually but surely, universal energies nudge us toward greater and greater spiritual awareness.

  Read Carola’s full article, which includes astrology and horoscopes for each sign, at her Planetary Cycles column.

Carola Eastwood provides in-depth personal astrology readings that open the doorway to fulfilling your life-purpose. Her office is in San Marcos. 760/298-7828. www.HumanDesignForUsAll.com.

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Molly Hall ~ Firing synapses

Here’s a brief excerpt from Molly Hall’s Full Moon article this month at About.com:

   This Full Moon illuminates the paradoxes in your nature; all viewpoints of a discussion; the changeable nature of reality; how truth is revealed in humor; the value of collecting ideas; stream-of-consciousness thinking; quick speech that can dance on the surface of an issue.

It’s time to prepare for deep winter; for some cultures that has meant gathering beaver pelts to stay warm. In another interpretation the busy beaver is preparing for winter itself. The November Full Moon is also known as the Frosty Moon.
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It’s a Good Time to:

  • Soothe your nerves, since anxiety spikes at this Full Moon.
  • Absorb lots of tidbits of information, and distill the essence.
  • Talk to brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.
  • Keep the social vibe light and merry.
  • Watch comedies, especially ones with word play.
  • Play Scrabble or charades.
  • Go to the library or bookstore just to browse.

(Molly has a lot more to say on this. For the complete read, including the astrology behind these insights, see Molly’s full articles Full Moon in Gemini and “Gemini Full Moon & Lunar Eclipse)

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Dian Bustillo ~ Clarity.
Here is what Dian has to say about this Full Moon and Eclipse in Gemini:

   Whether you want to or not, your thinking is quite clear. In fact, you’ve been having moments of clarity all day. Trust your instincts. The eclipse enhances your senses and your focus. This is the time to set up protection for yourself and pay attention to your spiritual needs. Set up a program for spiritual growth, to possibly include stronger attention to traditional religious practices and/or more focus on alternatives such as yoga, Reiki, meditation. The winter solstice arrives in a few weeks. Prepare a warm place to house your spirit during the cold winter season ahead.

Full Moon in Gemini

The above text is from Dian’s Moon Updates email, which you can subscribe to at her Cycles of Living website, and where you can also read more about The Moon and You, and Learning and Living. The Full Moon in Gemini design is from DailyHoroscope.

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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 month of warm family and friends, and clarity.

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INTENTION FOR THIS EARTH, MOON AND STARS BLOG

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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