The Full Moon of November 2023 brings the Beaver Moon with it. These diligent animals have begun their annual ritual of preparing for Winter. Their spiritual meaning reminds us it’s time to say goodbye to Autumn and welcome the coming of Winter. It’s okay to let go of the past and move forward toward new dreams.
In the hustle and bustle of modern life, great knowledge and strength can be found in the beaver’s art of patience and tenacious creation. For Pagans, witches, and spiritual practitioners, November is sometimes regarded as the beginning of a new year because it follows the final harvest season of Samhain.
Every full moon has its own name based on the month or the season in which it appears. Creating a name for each full Moon allowed people to reflect on each season and how it affects them AND the natural world. There can be some variation on the Full Moon names due to the origins from whence they came.
Most Full Moon names are English translations of Native American names; others are rooted in Celtic, European (Anglo-Saxon and Germanic), and more recent Neo-Pagan origins. I created a guide to each Full Moon, complete with their meanings and how you can celebrate
Please note that I make every effort to ensure this information is correct and accurate through my own experiences and referencing sources throughout OR at the bottom of this article.
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When is the Full Moon in November 2023?
The Full Moon in November 2023, is called the Beaver Moon and occurs on November 27th, reaching its peak at 4:16 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
The Full Moon names of September, October, and November can vary every year. Most Full Moon names coincide with the month they land in. However, in September and October, the Full Moon landing closest to the Autumn Equinox is considered the Harvest Moon, and the following month is the Hunter’s Moon.
In 2023, the Harvest Moon landed in September, which made October the Hunter’s Moon. This makes the Full Moon in November the Beaver Moon!
Beaver Moon Spiritual Meaning
As November arrives, beavers are eagerly completing their lodges and food stores for the cold Winter season ahead. The Beaver Moon is associated with the element water in astrology, symbolizing our feelings, intuitions, and inner work. Let it help you uncover hidden truths and embrace your true emotions.
November’s Beaver Moon spiritual meaning symbolizes the beaver’s ability to be the architects and creators of their own life. This is something we can all learn lessons from! Use the Beaver Moon as a final motivating push before Winter to create action and transformation in your life.
Figure out what dams you need to create to stop negative energy from draining your spiritual success. Identify and mend the cracks in your spiritual foundation to create stability and contentment. Remember, beavers stay active all Winter long, even when ice covers the water’s surface.
Will the Full Moon of November 2023 Have a Blood Moon Eclipse?
No, the next TOTAL eclipse will take place on March 14th, 2025. During a total lunar eclipse, the Moon will look red. Due to this phenomenon, lunar eclipses are sometimes referred to as Blood Moons.
November Beaver Moon Alternative Names
Many cultures around the world have their own beautiful names for November’s Full Moon, and I did my best to include the ones I could find sources on.
These names beautifully reflect the connection between humans, Nature, folklore, communities, and historical influences throughout time. Remember, most of these names applied to the entire month, not just during the full moon!
- Freezing Over Moon – Ojibwe (Gashkadino-Giizis (western dialect)) or (Baashkaakodin-Giizis (eastern dialect)) (Source: Ojibwe.net)
- Mourning Moon – if November’s Moon is the last Full Moon before the Winter Solstice, it’s known as the Mourning Moon.
- Milk Moon – pre-colonial South Africa (source: Centre for Astronomical Heritage)
- Leaf Fall Moon (Yapa Huktugere Nuti) Catawba – Native American origins
- Slaughter or Butcher month – Norse origins (Gormánuður) (source: Nordic Culture – Skjalden)
- Darkest Depths Moon – Celtic origins (Source: Time and Date)
- Little Winter Moon (Tahch’asap’aratohku) Tunica – Native American origins
For a list of even more Native American Moon names, check out American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association’s article here.
Beaver Moon Spiritual Correspondences
Understanding the Beaver Moon’s correspondences is important when creating a ritual or decorating a sacred space for November.
Use these correspondences as a guide, but remember every practitioner is different. Anything you read in a book or blog post will pale in comparison to your intuition!
Beaver Moon Spiritual Intentions
- Midnight blue
- Dark purple
- Sage green
Beaver Moon 2023 Ritual and Celebration Ideas
The Beaver Moon symbolizes a time of release, protection, and cleansing. To help get you started, here are a few Beaver Moon rituals, intentions, and magical ideas to help you celebrate the Full Moon of November.
Check out Full Moon Rituals Manifest Insane Energy for even more ritual ideas!
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Full Moon of November Journal Prompts
Journaling is a powerful tool for self-reflection, personal growth, and connecting with November’s Full Moon. Here are some thought-provoking journal prompts designed to help you connect with the spiritual energy of the Beaver Moon.
- What’s a recent situation or emotion that feels like a dam blocking your progress? How can you work to release or navigate this blockage?
- Write down any emotions, thoughts, or physical things you’re ready to release during this Beaver Moon (maybe you can use them in a Beaver Moon Release Ritual. hint, hint).
- Explore the idea of spiritual protection. What practices or rituals make you feel spiritually strong and resilient?
- Who are you if everything was taken away from you (items, home, career, titles, etc.)?
- How is your spiritual path inspired by Nature? How can you incorporate it more often into your daily life or rituals?
Beaver Moon Magic: A Ritual for Release
This ritual will help you align with the Beaver Moon’s spiritual intentions of release and transformation using Candle Magic. Alternatively, you could try doing a cord-cutting ritual instead. May it bring you the release and transformation you seek!
Gather Your Supplies
- Fallen Autumn Leaves (they should be a bit dry, but not so dry they crumble when you write on them)
- Black Candle (scented or unscented; if you’d like help choosing a type of candle, watch my video)
- A fireproof dish or holder (I use a 6.5″ cast iron)
- Pen (I found a Sharpie works best)
- Anointing Oil and Herbs (optional)
- Symbol Carving Tool (optional)
Prepare Your Release Ritual
Find a quiet space where you won’t be disturbed. Make sure to open a window so whatever you’re releasing has a place to go! Take deep breaths to center yourself. Cleanse your candle and yourself in the cleansing method of your choice. Some spiritual practitioners may also choose to do an egg cleansing.
If you’d like to anoint your candle with oil, symbols, or herbs, do so now. Check out my video How to Dress a Spell Candle for a step-by-step tutorial. This is the fun and creative part; feel free to use whatever items you’d like! I’d recommend Frankincense because, according to Scott Cunningham, it “releases powerful vibrations which not only uplift those of the area but also drive out all evil and negativity.”
I’d also recommend grapeseed oil due to grapes’ association with the moon, water, and intellectual abilities. Finally, I’d suggest the Norse Rune Kenanz because it represents the banishing of darkness and illuminates the energy of creativity.
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I recommend using a black candle because it helps banish and unblock energy, but again, feel free to use the candle color of your choice!
Using your collected autumn leaves, write down whatever emotions, situations, or thoughts you truly wish to release. Be specific about what you want to let go of and visualize your burdens being intertwined within the leaves. Set the leaves aside.
Now that you’ve determined what you’ll be releasing, it’s time to set the intention for the ritual. Hold the candle in your hands and focus on what you’ll be releasing. Picture it clearly in your mind.
Light The Candle
Place the black candle on a flat, fire-safe surface and light it. Focus on the candle flame and feel its powerful energy radiating from it.
Carefully hold the leaves over the candle flame until they catch fire (this is why I recommend having the cast iron or fire-safe dish on hand). As they burn, feel the weight of your burdens suddenly lighten.
They’re turning to ash and are dissolving into the Universe. When you’re ready, place the ashes in the trash or somewhere away from you so they cannot return.
Allow the candle to burn completely so its transformative energy can fill your sacred space. Thank the Beaver Moon for its energy during this ritual. Close with a few moments of meditation or reflection.
When you’re done, try grounding yourself by connecting with the earth beneath your feet. Many witches and spiritual practitioners enjoy taking a ritual bath as well!
Full Moon Schedule 2023
Below is a schedule for 2023 Full Moons, including dates, times, and links if you’d like to read more in-depth.
- January Full Wolf Moon January 6th, 2023, reaching its peak at 6:08 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
- February Full Snow Moon – February 5th, 2023, reaching its peak illumination at 1:29 pm EST.
- March Full Worm Moon March 7th, 2023, reaching its peak illumination at 7:40 am EST.
- April Pink Moon April 6th, 2023, reaching its peak illumination at 12:34 a.m. EST
- May Full Flower Moon May 5th, 2023, reaching its peak illumination at 1:34 p.m. EST
- June Full Strawberry Moon June 3rd, 2023, reaching its peak illumination at 11:42 p.m. EST
- July Full Buck Moon July 3rd, 2023, reaching its peak illumination at 7:39 a.m. EST
- August Full Sturgeon Moon August 1st, 2023, reaching its peak illumination at 2:31 p.m. EST
- What is a Blue Moon and How To Celebrate August 30th, 2023, reaching its peak illumination at 9:36 p.m. EST
- September Harvest September 29th, 2023, reaching its peak illumination at 5:57 a.m. EST
- October Full Hunter Moon October 28th, 2023, reaching its peak illumination at 4:24 p.m. EST
- November Beaver Moon November 27th, 2023, reaching its peak illumination at 4:16 a.m. EST
- December Full Cold Moon December 26th, 2023, reaching its peak illumination at 7:33 p.m. EST
Future November Full Moon Dates
- November 15th, 2024, reaching its peak at 4:28 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)
- November 5th, 2025, reaching its peak at 8:19 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time)
I hope this post about the Full Moon in November 2023 is helpful! Lots of love to you, and remember, as always…
Cunningham, Scott. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. Llewellyn Publications. 1 October 1985.