November is the eleventh month of the Gregorian calendar and the third of Autumn’s rule. The name is derived from Novem, the Latin word for nine, as November was the ninth month in Rome’s oldest calendar. As the first month of the winter quarter, November was the first month of the new year according to Celtic traditions, Samhain (La Samhna – Irish) being the first day of the new year. Cailleach had guardianship of this month.
Called Blotmonath, the month of sacrifice, by the Anglo-Saxons, the Franks called this month Herbistmanoth, ” harvest month,” and Fogmoon is the Asatru name. It was called Samhain or an t-Samhainn, summer’s end, by the Irish, the month of the festival of Samhain.
The full moon of November is called the Beaver Moon. It is the Mourning or Frosty Moon, and it may also be referred to as the Moon When Deer Shed Antlers, the Fog Moon, or the Moon of Storms, a name it shares with February and March. Some call it the Dark Moon or Mad Moon.
November begins (astrologically) with the sun in the sign of Scorpio and ends in the sign of Sagittarius. Astronomically speaking, the sun begins in the constellation of Libra, passes through Scorpius from approximately the 24th through the 29th and ends in the constellation of Ophiuchus, which is the only zodiacal constellation that is not counted as an astrological sign.
- Modern Birthstone (officially adopted in 1912): Yellow Topaz, Citrine
- Traditional Birthstone (herald back to the 15th century): Citrine
- Mystical Birthstone (Tibetan origin): Pearl
- Ayurvedic Birthstone (Ayurvedic Indian Medicine): Topaz
- Other Birthstone (alternative birthstone): Diamond
Magickal Correspondences for November
- Astrological Signs: Scorpio, Sagittarius
- Nature Spirits: Banshees and other beings who carry messages between worlds
- Herbs: Ginger, hops, wormwood, hyssop, patchouli, Mugwort, nutmeg, star anise
- Colors: Black, white, purple
- Flowers: White lily, dahlia, chrysanthemum
- Scents: Rosemary, dragons blood, lilac, pine, wisteria
- Stones: Topaz, obsidian, onyx, Apache tear
- Trees: Pine, cypress, yew, elder
- Animals: Bat, wolf, sow, dog, snake
- Birds: Owls, raven, falcon
- Deities: Astarte, Calleach, Cerridwen, Circe, Cybele, Freyja, Hathor, Hel, Holda, Horned God, Kali, Maman, Nepthys, Sekhmet