What Is a Beaver Moon? The November Full Moon’s Spiritual Meaning

What Is a Beaver Moon? The November Full Moon’s Spiritual Meaning

Every month has at least one full moon, and each moon has a name. Early Native American tribes named the moons based on the seasons. This could include flora in bloom at that time of the year, animals that are active, or the tribe’s activities such as hunting or harvesting.

The Beaver Moon is also sometimes known as the Frost Moon.

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When Is the Beaver Moon?


The Beaver Moon falls in late November. It comes after the Hunter’s Moon when the game is fattened for winter and easier to hunt in the cleared fields and before the Cold Moon when winter has settled across the land.

This year, the Beaver Moon will reach its peak on November 8, 2022 at 6:02 a.m. EST.


Why Is the November Full Moon Called the Beaver Moon?


With winter quickly approaching, Native American tribes and European trappers set their beaver traps to collect the warm pelts before the swamps and ponds froze over. The beavers would soon retreat into their lodges, which are their small, dome-shaped “houses” made by weaving together sticks, grasses, and mosses, all held together with mud.



How to Honor the Spiritual Meaning of the Beaver Moon


When the full moon arrives in November, the seasons are in transition. We are in the dark half of the year now. The trees have dropped most (if not all) of their leaves, the mornings are crisp with frost, and the smell of the first snow is in the air.

We are slipping deeper into the restful transition phase of the year. Like the beavers and other animals, we prepare to hunker down for winter.

The Beaver Moon is a time of reflection and gratefulness. The end of the year is a good time to look back on your journey and consider the goals you had set at the beginning of the year. Did you reach them? Even if you haven’t yet, did you progress in the right direction? Why or why not? What can you learn from your achievements and failures when you’re ready to set new intentions?

For this moon, find a quiet place to meditate and focus on your breathing. Think about the importance of rest so you feel recharged and ready to set new intentions soon with the new year. Take a little “me time” and do whatever helps you relax.

This is also a good time to clean your home. Your lodge should be comfortable as you prepare to settle in for winter. Decorate with things that make you happy. Burn candles to remember the power of warmth and light even when the days are short and cold.


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For more information on full moons, see the 2022 full moon calendar with names, dates, and meanings here.

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6 thoughts on “What Is a Beaver Moon? The November Full Moon’s Spiritual Meaning

  1. I had so much fun doing a ritual with this moon! I’ve been slacking really badly lately, but here’s to manifesting your dreams 🖤

    1. I can relate! It’s hard to consistently make time to unplug and meditate, but so worthwhile for your mental and spiritual wellbeing. Full moon blessings 🖤

  2. I always love learning the lore and history behind stuff like this! I always thought it was so silly to give the moon so many different names until I started learning things like this.

    1. Agreed! I never used to understand the names either, but the more research I did, the more I became intrigued by what the moons represented for each season.

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