Tonight is a full moon. As I was walking home from my Georgian dance class (yes, I’m taking Georgian dance lessons and it’s going well, thanks for asking, and I’ll tell you more about it soon!) I looked up and was nearly blinded by the little fella up there in the sky. So I took a picture. Here it is:
And isn’t it neat that I’m all the way over here in Georgia and you, Dear Reader, might be thousands of miles away, but we share this moon. It’s just like Fievel sang about that one time.
As I was doing some internet research to make sure that it was definitely a full moon tonight, I came across an interesting piece of information. Did you know that full moons have names. It’s true. And guess what tonight’s is called. No, seriously, guess. I’ll give you a minute or two to come up with something good.
Ready? Did you guess Beaver Moon?! If so, then you win nothing but the satisfaction of being right; but that is still a very nice prize. Yes, tonight is the Full Beaver Moon.
(Is that funny? I don’t even know why that would be funny.)
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the full moon in November is so named because…
This was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter. It is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon.
So be sure to set your beaver traps, folks. Winter is a-coming.