After you’ve filled up on stuffing, mashed potatoes, turkey, and cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving, the Full Beaver Moon will arrive just in time for dessert. At around 12:30 a.m. EST on November 23rd, the full moon will take shape in the night sky and bring with it all the power needed to give thanks, make positive changes, and set yourself up for a glorious month ahead. These rituals will help you make the most of, and be thankful for, the Full Beaver Moon.
Although scientists and various experts argue about whether or not the full moon actually affects your mood, many of us feel completely out of sorts when the moon is in its fullest phase. If you often feel unlike yourself during this time of the month, make extra time for self-care over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Depending on your family dynamic, the chaos of visiting aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins can wear anyone a bit too thin. And if you’re in charge of the Turkey Day meal, your stress level can go through the roof—and that’s without the added burden of a full moon. During this month’s Full Beaver Moon, take your time preparing the big meal and go the extra mile to ensure you’re feeling as calm as possible. Drink tea, go to bed early, and reward yourself with a lot of you time in-between family events and visiting.
And when you have a couple of moments to spare, try out one of the below rituals to sway the Full Beaver Moon’s energies in your favor.
Assemble a cornucopia.
It may be one of the most quintessential symbols of Thanksgiving (besides a turkey wearing a pilgrim hat), but the cornucopia, or Horn of Plenty, has much deeper roots than the pilgrims. The Horn of Plenty was first mentioned in Greek mythology where, in its origin story, it was an actual horn from the magical goat-being Amalthea. According to the myth, Amalthea took care of baby Zeus during his time in hiding on the island of Crete. While in her arms, Zeus supposedly broke off the she-goat’s horn, from which poured a never-ending wave of nourishment.
The Horn of Plenty is also famously linked to Demeter, Goddess of the Harvest, and Dionysus, God of Wine and “Good Times,” among a few lesser Greek and Roman gods and goddesses. The horn is a symbol of fertility, good fortune, bountiful harvests, and lasting wealth.
Making your own cornucopia, either as an offering to Demeter or Dionysus, or to simply give thanks for the love and wealth in your life, is a festive way to celebrate the Full Beaver Moon during the Thanksgiving season. You can assemble one with bits and bobs from the craft store, or bake a bread cornucopia and fill it with cheeses, fruits, and nuts.
While you’re building your Horn of Plenty, keep your intentions pure to reap the spiritual rewards.
Seek your heart’s desire.
The full moon is the best time to engage in rituals or activities that will help you to secure your true desire, be it love, wealth, luck within your career, etc. Now is the time to use the moon’s most powerful phase to get what you want in life. In light of the Thanksgiving holiday, you can work with the goddess Demeter to help make your future fertile with new ideas, beliefs, attitudes, or belongings.
Ask Demeter to join you while you make a vision board for the month ahead. Ask her to bless your wishes and goals and help you to achieve the bounty you desire. Fill your vision board with positive phrases and pictures that encompass what you want to attain in your immediate future. Thank Demeter for her guidance and offer her seasonal fruits, vegetables, or grains. You can also give Demeter poems or hymns you have written as a thank you in advance.
Give way to Gemini.
The Full Beaver Moon is a Gemini full moon, a sign known for its communication, wisdom, and ability to grow. According to this month’s Cosmic Kundalini newsletter, it’s during this month’s full moon that we should realign our thoughts to be more positive. Taking a quiet minute—or 10—to remind yourself that you are powerful, you are positive, and you will do great things can help you to transcend negativity and achieve what you want in the lunar cycle ahead.
On the evening before the full moon, sit comfortably and write down as many positive aspects about yourself as you can. Manifest self-love and use it to propel you toward a goal. During the Gemini full moon, catch negative thoughts as they arise and remind yourself that you are so much more than those fleeting negative ideas. This is a ritual of practicing self-love with simple thought and intention—a ritual that can be done at any time, anywhere.
Or tap into your inner Sagittarius.
Sagittarius season begins on November 22nd, which means positivity and adventure are in the air. Even if you’re not a Sagittarius yourself, you can tap into the Sagittarius energy and apply the sign’s qualities to your own life. Now is the time to tell others how much they mean to you. Set aside time to call old friends or write letters to your pals. Make yourself available to give good advice, without being too brash, and be open to getting yourself involved in deep conversation.
Another Sagittarius trait to incorporate into your Full Beaver Moon celebration is the sign’s tendency toward travel and adventure. Book a trip for yourself or plan a girls’ weekend. Or explore a new hiking trail or nature walk. Get yourself outside, take a small risk, and invite a bit of Sagittarius magic into your day-to-day during the full moon phase (and, perhaps, the rest of Sagittarius season).
Let the Full Beaver Moon fill you up with positive energy after you fill yourself up with good Thanksgiving grub. We certainly have a lot to be thankful for this Turkey Day.