This weekend (21st) is the Full Moon for the month of November.
As always, there are lots of names for this Full Moon. Though I chose Snow Moon as a title, I hope snow doesn’t arrive in Paradelle soon. We are enjoying a warm autumn and the leaves are falling, and that’s the way I hope it stays for a while.
But for some of you, Snow Moon is the correct name as the Earth begins to sleep beneath a blanket of snow and gather its strength for new life in spring.
In many traditions, this is a time for healing and communication with those we love present and past.
From a Native American perspective, some parts of the country were still in a Moon of Falling Leaves climate. Within the many tribes, this Full Moon was also called the Trading Moon (Cherokee?) Hunting Moon, Corn Moon, Fog Moon, Sassafras Moon (Choctaw?), Moon When Deer Shed Antlers (Sioux?) and the Beaver Moon.
Beaver Moon actually seems to have been used by both some Indian tribes and the European Colonists. Both were setting beaver traps now before the swamps and water froze, and also watching the beavers themselves being busy building their winter lodges.
On the other side of the world, the Chinese name is the White Moon Frost.
The Japanese festival honoring the goddess of the kitchen range came at this time. It those who prepare the daily meals. Commonly called Kami (deity), this goddess used the newly harvested food to protect and provide for the family. (Keep that in mind on Thanksgiving Day for all your food goddesses!)
In Tibet, they celebrate the Feast of Lanterns which is a winter festival of the shortest days of the Sun.
Among the Incas it was a time of the Ayamarca, or Festival of the Dead.
This is the Druid Mourning Moon. In the Celtic and Druid tradition this was the beginning of a new year.