This first glorious full moon of November is called a Beaver’s Moon. The name, like most things rooted in history, could be from a few different sources and stem from a few different ideas.
The one I am drawn to is that of the story of Beaver using this light from the full moon to finish up his work on his new home. The weather is getting colder, the days are getting shorter, and it is time to shift into a new state of being as winter draws near.
So we use this energy from this full moon to work hard, to work fast, to work efficiently. We store up all we need to support our spirits and our relationships in the winter months ahead.
See, once upon a time humans followed the cycles and seasons of nature. We slowed down in the cold winter months. We didn’t have electric lights, central heating, cars, or the commercialization of Christmas to keep us out of our homes at night.
We used to go to bed early, spend more time indoors with family, work on quilts and other household projects. We used the winter months to think over the past summer season and reflect on the coming spring plans.
Now, I’m not advocating that we live like our ancestors. I like modern medicine, my warm home, and endless streaming options on Netflix. But I do think that it is important for us to go into a sort of mini-hibernation in the winter months.
Imagine being able to set aside time every evening to rest with a book, some good yarn and needles, a movie, or just a cup of tea. Imagine putting more of a focus on spending time with family over the holidays rather than spending time with frantic strangers in a mall.
If we use this time of the Beaver Moon to decide on what we want as a priority for this coming winter, we can utilize these next few days to gather our supplies and make changes to our schedules. We can build our own little sanctuary with a focus on comfort and restoration. No twigs or sticks needed!