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Beaver Moon - Full Moon November 2022

The full moon is the lunar phase when the Moon appears fully illuminated from Earth’s perspective. This occurs when Earth is located between the Sun and the Moon. The full moon occurs roughly once a month. The time interval between a full moon and the next repetition of the same phase averages about 29.53 days.

 

What is the Beaver Moon?

The beaver moon is another name for November’s full moon. In 2022, it occurred on November 8, and in 2023 it will occur on November 28.

 

Why is it called the Beaver Moon?

Every full moon has a specific name, from January’s ‘Wolf Moon to December’s ‘Cold Moon. November’s beaver moon gets its name “because it coincides with the time beavers begin to retreat and take shelter after storing their food ahead of the upcoming colder, winter season.”

 

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The number of Moon names differs slightly from tribe to tribe, but many assign either 12 or 13 full moons to the year. These names were then adopted by the Colonial Americans and have entered popular culture, below you can see a few alternatives alongside the most popular names for each month’s full moon-

 

January – Wolf Moon

January’s full moon is named after the howling of hungry wolves lamenting the scarcity of food. This month’s moon is also referred to as Old Moon and Ice Moon.

 

February – Snow Moon

February is typically cold and snowy, as it is also known as Storm Moon and Hunger Moon.

 

March – Worm Moon

This was the last full moon of winter as the worm trails would appear in the newly thawed ground. Other names are Chaste Moon and Crust Moon.

 

April – Pink Moon

April’s full moon is called Pink Moon after a species of early blooming wildflower. In other cultures, this moon is also called the Sprouting Grass Moon or the Egg Moon.

 

May – Flower Moon

Many cultures refer full moon as the Flower Moon for the reason is the abundance of blooming that occurs as spring gets going properly. Other names are Hare Moon or the Milk Moon.

 

June – Strawberry Moon

In North America, the harvesting of strawberries in June gives the month’s full moon its name. It is also referred to as Rose Moon and Hot Moon.

 

July – Buck Moon

As the male deers which shed their antlers every year, begin to regrow them in July, hence it is called Buck Moon. Some refer to this moon as the Thunder Moon or Hay Moon.

 

August – Sturgeon Moon

The fishing tribes call the August full moon the Sturgeon Moon since the species appears a lot in this month. It is also referred to as the Green Corn Moon or the Grain Moon.

 

September – Full Corn Moon

In this month the crops are gathered at the end of the summer season. At this time the Moon appears particularly bright and rises early. This moon is also sometimes named the Barley Moon or Harvest Moon.

 

October – Hunter’s Moon

Like the Harvest Moon, the Hunter’s Moon is also particularly bright and long in the sky, allowing hunters to stalk prey at night. It is also known as the Travel Moon and the Dying Grass Moon.

 

November – Beaver Moon

The name comes from the heavy activity of beavers building their winter dams. Another name is the Frost Moon.

 

December – Cold Moon

The coming winters have earned December’s full moon the name Cold Moon. It is also known as the Long Night Moon and the Oak Moon.

 

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