Morning View: Frost Moon

I’m a day late, but couldn’t resist sharing my talented friend’s beautiful photo of the moon early this morning at sunrise.

Photo courtesy of Mick Yarbrough

November’s full moon was traditionally called the Beaver Moon by a number of Native Americans and colonial Americans. Many Native American groups used the monthly moons and nature’s corresponding signs as a calendar to track the seasons.

Why the “Beaver” Moon? This is the time of year when beavers begin to take shelter in their lodges, having laid up sufficient stores of food for the long winter ahead. 

The November full Moon has also been called the Frost Moon and the Freezing Moon. Judging by the chilly weather that becomes more and more common at this time of year, it’s not hard to understand how these names came about! Another name, the Digging (or Scratching) Moon, evokes an image of animals scratching at the fallen leaves, foraging for fallen nuts or remaining shoots of green foliage—with the implication that winter is on its way.

Here in SoCal, it’s been warm and sunny during the day, but getting colder at night.

Happy December!

9 thoughts on “Morning View: Frost Moon

  1. Happy December! It’s Sag Season. The Beast and The Divine dance together as one. Thanks for the titles of the Full Moon from the Native cultures. I hadn’t heard of the Beaver Moon, and I could see them heading into their dens fully stocked with movie food as they go into their winter of Inner Netflix. 🙂

    That is a beauty of a Full Moon shot.

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  2. Beautiful photo! We had 100% cloud cover and rain for most of yesterday, so I missed the full moon. Waiting for it to get high enough for us to see. There’s a mountain and trees in the way, so it has to get about a third of a way through its transit before I can see it here at home. Happy December!

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