It is full moon today, November 25th, 2015. Medieval English and Wiccans traditionally refer to this November moon as the Snow Moon, while Colonial Americans and Algonquian called it the Beaver Moon.
In November there are several spiritual matters to consider. All Saints Day is celebrated by Christians, the new year has begun for Wiccans, The Day of the Dead is celebrated in several cultural traditions. It is a time to remember our ancestors and fallen soldiers, and others we’ve lost.
November is also a time to give thanks. It can be an exhausting and, at times, overwhelming month. We must remember to take care of ourselves as we take care of our homes.
The full moon – the mandala of the sky ~ Tom Robbins
In America the moon in November is traditionally known as “Beaver Moon.” Native Americans and Colonial settlers felt the beaver was at the perfect stage of growth at this time of the year for hunting purposes. The hunters and trappers spent a lot of time trapping and collecting the furs that were considered valuable, beautiful, and also durable and waterproof. But they had to work quickly. If the furs were not gathered by the next moon, the wetlands would be frozen and the beavers would be settling in for the winter. Native Americans regarded them as a great spiritual animal and believed that the beaver carried strong medicine.
This is a time to prepare for the quiet of the approaching winter. It is a time to finish projects started in the summer and fall, and spend time in quiet reflection striving to bring about internal peace. It’s a time to gather the harvests from the summer and fall and prepare them to sustain us through the cold; time to get food, herbs and other necessities organized.
Besides the physical aspects of The Beaver, they have a spiritual lesson to teach us. Beavers work in teams and cooperate with each other to build their homes, stockpile their food, and raise and teach the young ones. They are of a single mind when it comes to accomplishing a project, which creates a sense of oneness, with the knowledge we all came from the same place. No one is better or lesser than anyone else in the group – something we should all strive for.
Wiccans and Medieval English refers to November Full Moon as the “Snow Moon” or “Frost Moon.” November is when the first snow of the season covers the land with a pure, white blanket. It can be a difficult time for people who depend on the Earth to sustain them. Ancient cultures knew that the iciness of winter would end and nature would provide what they need for another cycle. This time of year makes us look for the silver lining, and the legends and stories are of change, transition and hope.
The moon was reigning over their world, glowing its full splendor to all those willing to look up ~ Irina Serban
One of my favorite winter tales is about the Snow Queen written by Hans Christian Anderson. In the town square of a small village in Denmark the children gathered to play in the freshly fallen snow. The bravest children would grab carts passing by and travel along with the carts. One boy, Kay, noticed a large sled approaching the playground. The driver was covered head to toe in white fur. After circling the children several times, the sled came close enough for Kay to grab and he was carried behind the sled through the snow.
The sled went faster and faster taking Kay from the other children, and out of the village. Away from the others, the snow started falling again, fast and thick enough that pretty soon Kay couldn’t see in front of him. He tried to let go of the sled, but it held him to it. He called for help, but no one heard him and the sled pulled him farther and farther from home.
Finally the sled stopped and the driver stood up. Kay saw then that the tall, thin woman was covered in the whitest snow from head to toe, not fur as he first thought, and he recognized her from the legends his grandfather told him.
Kay looked around him in wonder at the magical place he had been taken to. Below him he could hear the wind blowing; in the distance he could hear wolf song; above him were screaming crows; and above the crows Kay could see the Moon watching over him.
During the day Kay would sleep at the Snow Queen’s feet, during the night he watched the Moon watching over him. This continued for some time; days spent sleeping, nights filled with the hope of going home, until his best friend Gretta made the dangerous journey to find Kay. Kay left the Snow Queen grateful that she had watched over him and protected him and never let him give up hope.
Earth’s children still look to the Moon for guidance and protection, and we are thankful for her presence.
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