The Beaver Moon

November’s full moon is known as the Beaver Moon.

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According to the Farmer’s Almanac, Full Moon names date back to Native Americans, of what is now the northern and eastern United States. The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon. Their names applied to the entire month in which each occurred. There was some variation in the Moon names, but in general, the same ones were current throughout the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior. European settlers followed that custom and created some of their own names.

November was known as the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. According to National Geographic, it could also be attributed to the “heavy activity of beavers building their winter dams.”

It is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon.

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