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Why Is November’s Full Moon Called the Beaver Moon?

Learn about the inspiration behind November's full Moon name in our short video.

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“As the chill air of late fog descends, animals begin to prepare their dens for the deep freeze of winter.

Beavers can be seen along the banks of rivers and streams, collecting wood to shore up their lodges and dams before the ice sets in. This was also the time Native American tribes and later European settlers set beaver traps to ensure a supply of warm furs for winter.

Thus November’s full moon is most commonly known as the Beaver Moon, in honor of these industrious semi-aquatic rodents.

Because November also signals the time when bitter hard frost’s become more frequent, this month’s moon is also sometimes called the Frost Moon.

For more full moon lore and astronomy, visit us at FarmersAlmanac.com”

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Susan

I am trying to decide what month the bitter Moon is.

mobile

Did you know: The spin-time of the Moon on its own axis is identical to the time it takes the Moon to revolve around Earth, which is why the Moon always keeps almost exactly the same face toward us.

Susan Higgins

Hi Mobile, Yes! We have an interesting article you might enjoy: https://www.farmersalmanac.com/exploring-the-dark-side-of-the-moon-21175

Henry Jowers

I have a small farm pond with Bream and Chanel Catfish and a few Bass. I feed fingerling feed every day but one clean up day. They eat two gallons in less than ten minutes, looks like piranas. This month nothing will eat of bite. I was told they would not bite untill after the next full moon. What happened?

wendiq

I couldn’t sleep last night so got up early and decided to view the moon…..so glad I had insomnia! It was GORGEOUS!!!!

Portia McCracken

My first glimpse of tonight’s full moon (at 5:46 pm EST) elicited a gasp! Surely the name ought to be “Full Cheddar Moon;” I’ve never seen Luna so brilliantly hued as she was tonight.

Jayne

Happy Thanksgiving with GRATITUDE for all the knowledge you provide others and me. “never let a day go by without learning something new.” At 73, I am as curious as ever. Thank you.

The moon was pretty last night. In Vinton, Virginia, I will be watching “when the moon comes over the mountain.” a lyric from PATTI PAGE song of the 1950s. There has been heavy “frost” here in southwest Virginia, so I can understand the name of the frost moon as well.
BLESSINGS.

Patti

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Ruth

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Mark C. Warns

Before I went to bed last night and thought I left the front light on. I guess God did.

Teresa Walsh

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Ann Reidenbach

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kooter

very nice, always learning new things

Charles Hehn

We up here in Ontario have always called the November full moon a “HUNTER’S MOON” because of that is also the time of the DEER HUNT. or shortly after,

Denise

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shirley sill

love the Farmer Almanac info !! our only daily info on our world !! thank you !

I really appreciate your article on the Beaver Full Moon. I find learning about the names so much fun!

I really appreciate your article on the Beaver Full Moon. I find learning about the names so much fun!

Barb

Very interesting. The moon is looking pretty good tonight.

Karen K

thank you!

Mystic Mary

thank you for all your research!
So nice to keep the wise stories of our elders alive!
Blessings!
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Vickie Allmand

Thank you for such interesting stories. I am a retired public educator and love to continue to learn information we use in our lives everyday. Good job.

Theresa Connors Elliot

Thank you for this article on the origin of the Full Beaver Moon name. I always wondered why it was named this for November’s full moon. Happy Thanksgiving! Keep up the great job.

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