And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.
With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.
The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.”
– Elizabeth Coatsworth
NOVEMBER – THE FROST MOON
November is the eleventh month of the year. Its name is derived from the Latin word for”nine,” as it was the ninth month of the Roman calendar. Its astrological sign is Scorpio, the scorpion (October 23 – November 23) a fixed water sign ruled by Pluto. November reveals signs of winter. The raw winds sweep up the valleys and over the hilltops. the wild grasses along the lanes are bleached to a tawny color Nature is stripped to its bare essence. Now is a time of simple beauty.
At November’s commencement, the veil between the worlds is thin, and spirits linger close to the realm of the living. The Mayan Day of the Dead celebration continues until the seventh day of the month, when deceased loved ones and other spirits are bid farewell with a banquet. As the month progresses, the days get shorter and colder, and we take refuge in home, family, cozy blankets and clothes, candles, and the hearth. It’s a time to rest after the hard work of the year’s literal or metaphorical harvest, and to honor and enjoy the fruits of our labor. Midmonth, the Leonid meteor shower makes an appearance. Named after the constellation of Leo, from which they appear to emanate, the Leonid meteors herald the smoldering end of the sun’s stay in Scorpio as well as it forthcoming fiery visit to Sagittarius. While the flashiness of the shower varies, it always adds a burst of brightness to the spirit while promoting authenticity, blunt honesty and sociability.
Traditional magical activities include scrying with fire, smoke or a magic mirror. The harvest is complete, and we gather for Thanksgiving to share the bounty–especially turkey, sweet potatoes, cranberries and pumpkin pie. November nights are magical. We can hear the stark voice of an owl hooting from out of the woods. In the darkness, the hard frost regains the grass and bare tree branches with a silver jacket–giving November’s Full Moon its name, the Frost Moon. To honor her, scry into a black cauldron filled with water and one silver coin.
—Excerpt from Llewellyn’s 2018 Witches’ Spell-A-Day Almanac
Article Entitled “November” by Tess Whitehurst
The Frost Moon – The Beaver Moon
The Full Moon in November is named after beavers who build their winter dams at this time of year. It is also called Frost Moon and Mourning Moon, depending on the winter solstice.
According to some sources, the Full Moon for November is named after beavers because this is the time they become particularly active building their winter dams in preparation for the cold season. The beaver is mainly nocturnal, so they keep working under the light of the Full Moon. Beavers make dams of wood and mud. In the middle, they build dome/shaped homes called lodges with underwater entrances.
The Days are significantly smaller and the temperature decreases dramatically. We are now preparing for Winter as we walk down the last days of Autumn. The beaver knows what’s coming and humbly prepares for the challenges. The Beaver works hard and comes back to the nest with supplies for Winter’s cold nights.
The Beaver Moon is the Signal that it’s time to focus on indoor activities. As the beaver is always prepared so should we. Beaver doesn’t try to impress anyone, but always succeeds. Let’s prepare ourselves for what’s coming and finish our unfinished business.
November’s Full Moon Correspondences
- Herbs: Grains of Paradise, Monkshood, Verbena, Beton, Borage, Cinquefoil, Blessed Thistl
- Colors: Grey, Sea-Green
- Flowers: Chrysanthemums & Cyclamen
- Crystals: Topaz & Lapis Lazuli
- Trees: Cypress
- Animals: Badger
- Birds: Sparrow
- Deities: Kali, Hecate, Bast, Osiris & Lakshmi
Festival: All Hallows’ Day.
Moon name: Beaver Moon. Other names include Frost Moon, Snow Moon, and Hunters’ Moon.
Astrological signs: Scorpio, October 21–November 20; Sagittarius, November 21–December 20.
Birthstones: Topaz and citrine.
Nature spirits: Banshees and underworld spirits.
Animals: Sow and wolf.
Birds: Rooks and magpies.
Flowers: Lilies and orchids.
Herbs: Wormwood and thyme.
Scents: Nutmeg and rosemary.
Colors: White and deep purple.
Powers: New beginnings and endings; letting go.
Other: All Saints’ Day, All Souls’ Day, Mischief Night, Bonfire Night, Armistice Day (Martinmas), St. Andrew’s Day (Scotland).
—Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year
Symbols for the Month of November
November’s Festivals: All Hallows’ Day.
November’s Sign of the Zodiac
Scorpio (October 21 – November 20)
Sagittarius (November 21–December 20)
November’s Celtic Tree Astrology
Ngetal (Reed) (October 28 – November 24)
Ruis (Elder) (November 25 – December 22)
November’s Runic Half Months
Hagal (October 28 – November 12)
Nyd (November 13 – November 27)
Is (November 28 – December 12)
Topaz and Citrine
November’s Birth Flower
Lilies and Orchids
“Thunder in November means winter will be late in coming and going.”
“Frost in November to hold a duck, the rest of the winter is slush and muck!”
“Flowers bloomin’ in late autumn, a sure sign of a bad winter coming.”
“Ice before Martinmas, enough to bear a duck, the rest of the winter is sure to be but muck!”
Folklore Courtesy – Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year
Calendar of Events for November
- 1: Mexico’s Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos
- 2: Birthday of Wiccan author Sirona Knight
- 11: Veteran’s Day
- 22: Thanksgiving day (United States)
- 23: Full moon–Mourning Moon at 12:39 am. Why not use this month to shed your bad habits and toxic relationships, and get a fresh start? Work on developing and strengthening your connection with the Divine as well.
- 24: Celtic Tree Month of Reed ends
- 25: Celtic Tree Month of Elder begins
- 30: Birthday of Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, founder of Church of All Worlds
- 30: Festival of Hecate Trivia, honoring Hecate, a goddess of magic and sorcery
“Over the river and through the wood
Oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes
And bites the nose,
As over the ground we go.
Over the river and through the wood
To have a first-rate play.
Hear the bells ring,
Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day!”
– Linda Maria Child, Over the River
In a perfect world, when a family gathers around the Thanksgiving table, the conversation is filled with love, friendship, support, sharing, and caring. But we do not, alas, live in that perfect world, and when many families gather, they usually bring along old arguments, jealousies, hurt feelings, sibling rivalries, and ingratitude.
How can we bring love and gratitude to the feast along with the turkey, mashed potatoes, and that weird green bean dish? Volunteer to set the table! This is probably the least favorite dinnertime chore, so you’ll win immediate gratitude from the cooks. Here are Emily Post’s rules for a place setting. Forks go to the left of the plate, knives and spoons to the right. The napkin goes under or next to the forks or on the plate. The salad plate goes to the left of the forks. The water and wine glasses go above the knives.
If your family is not Pagan (and even if it ‘s a bit Pagan-hostile), you can do the following ritual silently. If anyone gets curious, you can either say you’re so happy to be there that you’re doing a table blessing or admit you’re doing a ritual of gratitude. Ask them to join you and help set the table. Let them add their own wishes to the invocations if they want to.
Gratitude at the Thanksgiving Table
Starting with the dinner and salad plates, hold the stack and stand at the East side of the room near the table Say this invocation either aloud or in your mind:
I call the powers of the East to bring amity and friendship to this table. I call the powers of the East to whisper, “We give thanks,” in the ear of everyone here, from Grandma and Grandpa to the lads at the lads’ table to our aunts and uncles and cousins.
Visualize and feel the energy of gratitude begin to fill the plates, then set them (moving sunwise) along the east side of the table. Repeat the invocation at the south, west, and north sides.
When you pick up the flatware and are holding big handfuls of forks, knives and spoons, stand at the east side again and say this:
I call the powers of the east to fill these glasses and cups to the brim with gratitude and friendship Let us drink in peace and love.
Move around the table as before.
When your family sits down to eat, there will probably be a traditional grace. Join in. Be sincere. When the turkey is passed around, speak up. “How about we do a good, old-fashioned Thanksgiving ritual? Let’s go around the table and say one thing we’re grateful for today. I’ll start. I’m grateful to be here with my family.” if you want to, give thanks for somethng else. Turn to the person sitting to your left an invite him or her to give thanks.
—Llewellyn’s Witches’ Calendar 2017
Witchy Ways to Celebrate November
Decorate your home and altar with white and deep purple, and light incense of rosemary or nutmeg. Use a cauldron or pot with a candle lit inside as your focus of the hearth.
Work with yourself! Find time to develop your own witchy skills, and take that magical bath.
Cook with the last of the foraged ingredients before they disappear for the winter. Use winter vegetables and game to create seasonal meals.
Connect with the Goddess in you by journeying into your own mind. Explore and take notice of all that you see there, and record all your discoveries in your Book of Shadows.
Celebrate the darkness by drawing the curtains and spending time by candlelight.
Make your home more magical using herbs and symbols, and research the folklore on home protection.
Don’t panic about Yule or Christmas. Admit it; you do it every year too!
Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year
We walk the path of the Old Gods
From this moment forth
We will not walk alone
Together, we will worship
Together, we will practice our Craft
Together, we will learn and grow
We vow to work, from this day forward
In perfect love and perfect trust
According to the free will of all
And for the good of all
Creating only beauty
Singing in harmony
Our song upon the Earth
Love is the law and love is the bond
In the name of the Goddess and the God
So do we vow, and so mote it be.
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