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November: Beaver Moon

The Full Moon in November is named after beavers who build their winter dams at this time of year. It is also called Frost Moon and Mourning Moon, depending on the December solstice.

A big orange pink Full Moon rising behind snowy mountains and reflected on an icy lake.

The November Full Moon is also known as the Frost Moon.

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Busy Beavers in the Moonlight

According to some sources, the Full Moon for November is named after beavers because, at this time, they become particularly active in building their winter dams in preparation for the cold season. The beaver is mainly nocturnal, so they work under the light of the Full Moon.

Native American names for the November Full Moon are Frost Moon, Freezing Moon, Trading Moon, and Snow Moon, although the latter is more common for the February Full Moon. Oak Moon can be either the Full Moon in November or December, depending on which source you use.

Mourning Moon

In Celtic tradition, the last Full Moon before the December solstice has also been named the Mourning Moon or the Darkest Depths Moon.

The astronomical seasons do not match up with the lunar months. Therefore, the month of the Mourning Moon in the Northern Hemisphere varies. In some years, the Mourning Moon is in November, while in others, it is in December.

12 Full Moon Names

The Full Moon has been integral to tracking the change of months and seasons since ancient times.

Today, we use many of these ancient month names as Full Moon names, and many of them come from Colonial Americans adopting Native American names into their calendars.

Although the most commonly used Full Moon names are English interpretations of Native American names, some are also Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, medieval English, and Neo-Pagan.

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