About November’s Full Moon, The Beaver Moon, November 23

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The Beaver Moon


In 2018, the Full Moon for November rises Thanksgiving night! Here’s all you need to know about the Full Beaver Moon (and how it got that name!), Moon phases, and best days.


The full Moon crests on Friday, November 23 at 12:39 A.M. EST, which means that you will see the full Moon on Thursday night (November 22) in most time zones of North America. This also means that the full Moon occurs on Thanksgiving night!

Below are the Moon phase times (Eastern Time).

New Moon: November 7, 11:02 A.M. EST
First Quarter: November 15, 9:54 A.M. EST
Full Moon: November 23, 12:39 A.M. EST
Last Quarter: November 26, 7:19 P.M. EST



November’s full Moon was called the Beaver Moon by both the Algonquin tribes and colonial Americans. The Native Americans used the monthly Moons and nature’s signs as a sort of calendar to track the seasons.

Why this name? Back then, this was the month to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs.

The November full Moon was also called the Full Frost Moon by other Native American tribes.



Below are the best days for certain activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in November.

For Harvesting:

  • Aboveground crops: 11, 12
  • Belowground crops: 2, 3, 29, 30

For Setting Eggs: 

  • 22, 23, 24

For Fishing:

  • 7-23



  • Did you know: The spin-time of the Moon on its own axis is identical to the time it takes the Moon to revolve around Earth, which is why the Moon always keeps almost exactly the same face toward us.
  • How much would you weigh on the Moon? Just multiply your weight (it doesn’t matter if it’s in pounds or kilograms) by 0.165. You’d weigh about 80 percent less!


Source: The Old Farmer’s Almanac