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The Beaver Moon according to North American folklore, is the first full moon in November, which for us in the England is the 27-28th of November, and although there was plenty of cloud cover the moon did manage to make an appearance this month, something we missed when it’s closely related Hunters Moon was supposed to appear in October. The Beaver moon can also be called the Frost moon or the Frosty Moon, both of which I prefer.
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The History of Beaver Moon
Two reasons are given for the coupling of the November moon with the flat-tailed aquatic animal: November is a month when many hunters used to set leghold traps for beaver,and November is a month when many beaver families are especially active in rebuilding their beaver lodges and dams. Much of the mammals’ building and repair work takes place by moonlight, because the beaver is primarily nocturnal. Both explanations implicate November’s position as the last full month before the coming of winter, as beaver (which do not hibernate) need to have ready access to food during the cold months, and need to grow an especially lush pelt of fur so as to be prepared. By the traditional valuation standards of the fur trade, a late-fall beaver pelt was worth more than a pelt harvested during other seasons of the year.
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