The Full Moon tonight (November 28) is one I am calling the Frost Moon. In Paradelle, we have already had our first frosts and the hard killing frost, so perhaps the alternative Snow Moon might be more accurate. But I don’t want to jinx things and get more snow after the storm that hit us two weeks ago. This is a time when frosts hit most of the United States. Even our southern latitudes worry about crops being affected.
In last year’s post I called this the Beaver Full Moon which originates in both Native Americans setting beaver traps during this month and from beavers building their winter dams.
Depending on where you live, you might find one of the many other nicknames for this Full Moon more appropriate: Autumn Time Moon, All Gathered Moon, Initiate Moon, Corn Moon, Moon of the Falling Leaves, Dark Moon, Fog Moon, Blotmonath (Sacrifice Month), Herbistmonoth (Harvest Month), Mad Moon, Moon of Storms, Moon When Deer Shed Antlers, Kindly Moon (Chinese). In Native American traditions, this is the Cherokee Trading Moon or Choctaw Sassafras Moon or the Dakotah Sioux’s Moon When Horns Are Broken Off. Or you can go back to the Druid’s Mourning Moon.
Oveanh is the second month in the Celtic calendar which runs from the November Full Moon (this year on the 28th) until to the December Dark Moon . It is known as the Sleeping Moon, and is a time for thought and contemplation. By tradition, this moon signaled the beginning of a new year because the Celtic year ended on the eve before Samhain (October) and began again on the day after. They considered it a Moon month of beginnings and endings.
There is a Japanese festival honoring the goddess of the kitchen that occurs around this time to honor the women who prepare the daily meals. This goddess, Kami, was important because she used the recently harvested food to protect and provide for the family.
In Tibet, they celebrate the Feast of Lanterns, a winter festival leading into the shortest days of the Sun.
Among the Incas it was a time of the Ayamarca, or Festival of the Dead.