I have written about this November Full Moon as being the  “Beaver Moon,” a name that either comes from human activity, such as American Indians setting beaver traps during this month, or from the animal activity as beavers build their winter dams.

November was the ninth month in the oldest Roman calendar. The goddess Hecate had many celebrations throughout the year, but November 16 was known as the Night of Hecate. Hecate is part of the most ancient form of the triple Moon goddess as Crone or Dark Moon. Artemis was the Crescent Moon, and Selene was the Full moon. Most of Hecate’s worship, and especially on this night, was performed in a three-way crossroad at night. Food was left there as an offering to her. She was known to rule the passages of life and transformation, birth and death. Her animals were the toad, the owl, the dog and the bat.

The Japanese festival honoring the goddess of the kitchen is this time. It honors the women who prepare the daily meals. Commonly called Kami (deity), this goddess was important because she used the harvested food to protect and provide for the family.

In Tibet, they celebrated the Feast of Lanterns, 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.

As always, there are any number of names for this month’s full moon. You may call it the Frost Moon, Snow Moon, Autumn Time Moon, All Gathered Moon, Initiate Moon, Corn Moon, Moon of the Falling Leaves, Dark Moon, Fog Moon, Mourning Moon, Blotmonath (Sacrifice Month), Herbistmonoth (Harvest Month), Mad Moon, Moon of Storms, or Moon When Deer Shed Antlers.

And finally, we have Oveanh which is the second month in the Celtic calendar. It is also known as the Sleeping Moon, and is a time for thought and contemplation. The patron deity for this month is Machiea. Oveanh is actually from the November full moon to the December Dark Moon. In the Celtic tradition, this moon signaled the beginning of a new year. The Celtic year ended on the eve before Samhain and this Full Moon marked a time of beginnings and endings.

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