I was up very early Monday morning and was graced with the most beautiful full moon. The Beaver Moon rose early this week, and it was a stunning sight after a rainy, dreary Sunday. It is humbling and comforting to be aware that this full moon is visible to every creature around the world, a reminder that we are all connected.

The Beaver Moon gets its name primarily from the indigenous peoples of North America and Europe. It is so named for the time of year when the steadfast and industrious beaver stores all of her food, fortifies her shelter, and prepares for survival through the bitter winter. Conversely, it was also a time of year when the beavers were hunted by humans in order to use their fur to keep warm and safe through the coldest months of the year.

The Cree and indigenous people of Europe also call this the Frost Moon to honor the onset of colder temperatures and nightly frosts. The Beaver Moon is the last moon before the winter solstice, so, in pagan traditions, it is considered the Mourning Moon. It is a time to release regrets and grief from the previous year and to look forward and prepare for a new season and year.

We humans can learn from our fellow earthlings, the beavers. We can take time to tie up projects before the end of the year. It is a beneficial time to assess the goals we set early in the seasons that did not work out as we planned and let them go. In this time, nature encourages us to to turn inward for this time of transition, to gather our strengths and resources and to dream and set our intentions for a new beginning. 

For more concrete ideas to honor this time of year, Spirituality & Health offers “some ways to help align yourself with the spiritual energies of the full Beaver Moon:

  • Look at your schedule and plan to wrap up projects and slow down before the winter solstice.
  • Spend time dreaming and coming up with new ideas but delay action on those ideas until the new year. Let them gestate over the winter rather than trying to birth them immediately.
  • Warm up with hot tea, warm scarves, hot water bottles, and heating pads and spend time by a fire.
  • Sleep a little more than you usually would.
  • Spend more time with your closest loved ones.
  • Enjoy sensual experiences, like fresh baking, hot baths…
  • Direct your energy to your spiritual and internal practices, such as meditation, reflection, journaling, counseling, or whatever other form of spiritual and emotional connection works for you.

The Peculiar Brunette offers some thought-provoking journal prompts to help you get started with your Beaver Moon reflection:

  • What’s a recent situation or emotion that feels like a dam blocking your progress? How can you work to release or navigate this blockage?
  • Write down any emotions, thoughts, or physical things you’re ready to release during this Beaver Moon (maybe you can use them in a Beaver Moon Release Ritual: hint, hint).
  • Explore the idea of spiritual protection: What practices or rituals make you feel spiritually strong and resilient?
  • Who are you if everything was taken away from you (items, home, career, titles, etc.)?
  • How is your spiritual path inspired by Nature? How can you incorporate it more often into your daily life or rituals?

However you choose to connect and align with this season, I wish you much peace in this time of transition. I hope you take the time to nurture yourself and allow yourself to dream and to fortify your strength for the season of growth that lies ahead.

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