During October and Samhain or Halloween, we faced the reality of death and our own mortality. We honored and celebrated those we have loved and lost. November’s Full Moon means we say goodbye to the past year and start to turn our focus inward toward self-reflection. It’s a time to let go of the past and move forward toward new dreams and intentions.
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 for people to reflect on each season and to contemplate how it affects us AND the natural world around us. There can be some variation on the full Moon names due to the origins from whence they came. You can find them rooted in European (Anglo-Saxon and Germanic) and Native American history. I created a guide to each Full Moon complete with their meanings and how you can celebrate.
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When is the Full moon in November 2021?
In 2021, November’s Full Moon is called the Beaver Moon and occurs on November 19th and reaches its peak at 3:58 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
September, October, November’s Full Moons are a bit different than other months. November’s Full Moon is typically known as the Beaver Moon.
However, occasionally it’s referred to as the Hunter Moon if the Harvest Moon landed in October. Additionally, if November’s Moon is the last Full Moon before the Winter Solstice, it’s known as the Mourning Moon.
November Full Beaver Moon Spiritual Meaning
The most popular name for November’s Full Moon is the Beaver Moon. Named after the diligent beavers who are eagerly completing their lodges and food stores for the cold Winter season ahead. However, beavers stay active all Winter long even when ice covers the water’s surface.
November was also a time beavers were trapped by humans for their thick and beautiful fur pelts. Their fur is typically oily and waterproof which was valued during cold weather.
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 endeavor to be! Use the Beaver Moon as a final motivating push before Winter to create action and transformation in your life.
Now is a time to finish the goals and intentions that are most important to you before Winter is officially here. Figure out what dams you need to create to stop draining or negative energy from influencing your physical and spiritual wellbeing.
November is sometimes regarded as the beginning of the New Year because it follows the harvest season of Samhain and Halloween. Now can be a good time to start abandoning negative thoughts and bad habits you’d like to shed or be rid of. Embrace this new season while breaking free of these impediments holding you back.
Will November’s Full Beaver Moon 2021 Have A Lunar Eclipse?
Yes! November’s Full Beaver Moon will have a partial lunar eclipse that peaks at 4:02 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
According to Nasa, this will be the longest PARTIAL Lunar Eclipse of the CENTURY and will last 3 hours, 28 minutes, and 23 seconds.
This partial lunar eclipse will be visible from the US, Canada, and Mexico (basically all of North and South America), as well as Australia and areas of Europe and Asia.
November Full Moon Alternative Names
- Freezing Moon
- First Snow Moon
- Leaf Fall Moon
- Frost Moon
- Moon When Winter Begins
- Moon of the Turkey
- Mourning Moon
- Hunter Moon
For a list of even more Native American Moon names check out American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association’s article here or Western Washington University’s article here.
Beaver Moon Spiritual Correspondences
The spiritual meaning of November’s Beaver Full Moon is a powerful time for magic and celebrations, as well as a lovely time for meditation and reflection. To get you started, here are some correspondences and intentions!
Beaver Moon Spiritual Meaning and Intentions
- Midnight blue
- Dark purple
- Sage green
November Beaver Moon Spiritual Journal Prompts
- Take some time to consider what you may have that others do not. Was there a time when you wished for what you have now? What are you grateful for?
- What is your favorite way to distract yourself that makes you feel incredibly happy?
- Imagine you’ve suddenly become the dream version of yourself you’ve always wanted to become. Describe in detail what that looks like, feels like, and what that looks like on a daily basis. What are you prioritizing? What can you change now to become that dream version of yourself?
- If everything was taken away from you (items, career, titles, etc), who are you?
- A common misconception about spirituality is that you have to be positive, high vibrational, and happy all the time. However, it’s not wrong or un-spiritual to feel the full range of emotions at any given time. Write down your thoughts and opinions on this statement.
How To Celebrate and Ritual Ideas For The Full Beaver Moon
Here are a few Beaver moon rituals, intentions, and magical ideas to help you celebrate November’s full moon.
The bears, squirrels, and beavers are all preparing for Winter and we can embrace these plans and intentions as well. Contemplate what brings you joy and comfort. How can you surround yourself with people and items that will soothe you and lift your spirits during the dark and cold months ahead?
Work towards finishing the goals that are most important to you before Winter is officially here. The peaceful and quiet days of Winter are almost upon us and it’s time to complete your to-do list so you can fully embrace this beautiful season.
Spend some time outside even if it’s a short walk. Use your senses to observe all the messages Nature is giving you to start slowing down for Winter.
Release fears, baggage, and worries that are keeping you from moving forward. What bad habits have you been continuing that are affecting your physical or mental health?
Make a list on a piece of paper and then burn each one under the light of the Full Beaver Moon to eliminate these worries from your life. Make sure to use something fire safe, I prefer to use this small cast iron skillet.
Additionally, use November’s Full Moon as a time to cleanse out items that don’t bring you joy. Don’t feel the need to hold onto an item out of guilt or fear. I’ve held onto gifts I didn’t want or like for years worried that the giver might notice it’s gone when they come to my home. It wasn’t until my sister asked me “How many times have you gone over to someone’s house and went looking for a gift you gave them?” I’d never thought of it that way, and ever since it’s made purging and decluttering much easier. Your home isn’t a place to store guilt or negative feelings, it’s a place for joy and happiness.
Learn a New Skill or Hobby
With more time spent indoors and the holiday season on its way, why not learn a new skill or hobby? If you’re feeling uncertain and need ideas, review your New Year’s resolutions, intentions, or goals for this year. What would you love to try? Maybe something you could give away as gifts to loved ones?
This is difficult to start with, but ultimately a very rewarding activity. Challenge yourself to be bored. Go completely technology-free, no television, no internet, no social media, no music, and no phones. Eliminate any of your normal “go-to” entertainment ideas or distractions. Don’t read anything and don’t talk to anyone. Just sit quietly and let your thoughts wander. Allow yourself to daydream. Do this for 15 or 20 minutes.
Being bored gets our creative juices flowing. When we’re free from distractions and don’t have immediate gratification we start to think about ideas, projects, or creative activities we’d like to work on. Maybe you’ll think of someone you’ve really been wanting to talk to. Who knows what you’ll come up with! The possibilities are endless if you just give yourself some time. THEN ACTUALLY DO IT! Be fully present while you do so. Slow down, immerse yourself, and fully enjoy this moment.
Self Care November
Soon the holiday season will limit your time and maybe even add some stress. Find a way to replenish yourself and unwind. This will help you center yourself and prepare for the long cold months ahead. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
- Sleep in late
- Guided meditation
- Go for a walk outside
- Wash your bed so you can enjoy nice clean sheets
- Drink plenty of water
- Creative and Emotional
- Journal (try using the prompts above to get you inspired)
- Start or finish a project you’ve been meaning to work on
- Do something you used to love as a kid
- Cook a meal from scratch
- Hygge (find ways to engage all five senses)
- Drink herbal tea
- Create a music playlist that makes you happy. Bonus points if it makes you want to dance.
- Buy yourself flowers and arrange them to your liking in a vase
- Take a bath with bubbles
- Movie or TV show marathon complete with snacks, drinks, and cozy clothes
- Make a coffee date with your best friend
- Call someone you haven’t talked to in awhile
- Have friends over for a potluck or bonfire
- Reach out to someone you find inspiring and tell them why you admire them
- Pick up the bill for a stranger
You can check out more of the Full Moon series here:
- How To Make Moon Water
- 50 Creative Ways to Use Moon Water
- Dark Moon Spiritual Meaning and Ritual Intentions
- New Moon Rituals, Intentions, Spiritual Meaning, and Correspondences
- Blue Moon Spiritual Meaning, Definition, and How To Celebrate
- Black Moon Spiritual Meaning and Ritual Intentions
- January Full Wolf Moon -Spiritual Meaning, Definition, and How To Celebrate
- February Full Snow Moon | Spiritual Meaning, Definition, and How To Celebrate
- February Snow Moon Guided Mediation
- March Full Worm Moon | Spiritual Meaning, Definition, and How To Celebrate
- April Full Pink Moon | Spiritual Meaning, Symbolism, and How To Celebrate
- May Full Flower Moon | Spiritual Meaning, Symbolism, and Rituals
- June Full Strawberry Moon | Spiritual Meaning, Symbolism, and How To Celebrate
- July Full Buck Moon | Spiritual Meaning, Symbolism, and How To Celebrate
- August Full Sturgeon Moon Spiritual Meaning, Symbolism, and Rituals
- September’s Harvest or Corn Full Moon Meaning
- October’s Blood or Harvest Full Moon Meaning and How To Celebrate
- December Full Cold Moon Spiritual Meaning, Correspondences, and Rituals
Enjoy November’s Beaver Moon spiritual meaning, lots of love to you, and remember as always…