*Eleditor’s note: Astrology isn’t a religion. We’re not sure it’s a science, either. It’s magic, maybe. But, as with feng shui, say, things affect things. So as long as we don’t go blaming our problems on the stars, as long as we assume responsibility for our own actions…well, hell, a little auspicious coincidence and applicable wisdom can’t hurt. And so, with that grain of salt…enjoy!
What is it that this month’s big, bright luna is asking of us to do? She requests we go inwards to find that place of refuge that has been waiting for our return.
What it actually refers to is that the full moon rises at the same time that the moon is closest to the Earth in its orbit (called perigee). So this month the full moon is happening at a degree of closeness to our planet that makes her like our tightest gal pal (intense) and is actually the closest moon of the year.
This means the great bodies of water that surround us and the waters that make up our own body, will be that much more affected by her silvery glow.
This astrological phenomena is the fifth supermoon of the year, so we may already be used to the intensity that her mighty presence invokes.
To understand her strength, simply head down to the ocean at low-tide and notice how exposed the shoreline and the creatures living there are. This experience of greater revealing is also what happens for us around the supermoon, so be prepared to become much more aware of that.
The light and pull of this moon exposes what we may have previously been ignorant to: often, our own deepest wisdom.
The unique name of this November’s supermoon is the beaver moon, so as our fullness becomes exposed we call on the power of the spirit animal beaver to guide us through this time of fervour. For there is always help here for us—we just need to know who to ask.
The beaver moon is said to come from the First Nation Peoples of the Americas because it was their last opportunity to lay traps before the lakes froze over. It was also symbolic of the industrious beaver, who are now actively constructing their winter homes.
This means this November’s moon is connected to the sacred beaver energy before it hides away in its cozy winter den.
The beaver is seen as the holder of big medicine, the wielder of foresight and vision, the master builder and the dream maker. She shares her illustrious coat and her particular oil with us now, which will naturally protect us from the coming wet and cold. She is the caretaker of the magic for the ones who know how to build their own refuge and home.
Beaver spirit and the supermoon can provide us with the last bit of energy required to rearrange our internal and external space so it suits our highest good.
The instinctual pull we can feel at this time comes from the beaver and our lunar mother asking us to understand that we have the knowledge of sacred sanctuary inside of us, and how to make manifest of it even more.
If we feel intimidated with the arrival of a new season, remember this may just be our signal to come back to the safe space that beaver and we have created. Beaver energy is tenacious, with the specific purpose of making a structure we can then lay inside and rest.
This spirit animal knows what we should allow into our precious sanctuary, because nesting time is now. Let us gather our favourite things and spread them around us with the approaching of the darker months. Beaver spirit understands that we don’t just make a place to live, we form a refuge for nurture.
She is the mighty lodge builder, so set the timbers in place in November for the home we have always wanted—the one without and the one within. We are forming the sacred territory for an introspective journey to come.
Like beaver, we will feel the determination to rebuild if our original structures of self or life have had to be taken down, through loss or through our own choice. Her energy understands that there is endless stamina in the universe for us to recreate as she has to do this many times to her own dams, even in one season. But beaver always manages to begin again, and so will we, for this is how we survive.
This is a time to deepen our meditation on life and love, and with our lodge built we will have the space and safety to do so. Beaver has been known to bring messages to the dreamers—so we should welcome what our dreams speak of.
The beaver supermoon will reveal for us the wisdom of sanctuary. Allow her bright light to illuminate our true selves and revel in the feeling of having the protective space to do so. She has come to ready us for a time of deep dreaming, inside of our own divine home.
Author: Sarah Norrad
Editors: Erin Lawson