|Color of the day: Purple
Incense of the day: Ginger
Tonight marks the New Moon of November. Many cultures give special names to the Moons of the year. The November Moon has gone by these and many other names: Apple Moon (Appalachian), Beaver Moon (Colonial American), Dark Moon (Celtic), Frost Moon (Almanac), Larder Moon (Stregheria), Moon When Horns Are Broken Off (Dakota), Mourning Moon (Neopagan), Remembrance Moon (Neopagan), Sassafras Moon (Choctaw), Slaughter Moon (Dutch), Snow Moon (Medieval English, Wiccan), Sorting Moon (Neopagan), Trading Moon (Cherokee), Tree Moon (Neopagan), White Moon (Chinese). Each culture marks time based on what it considers most important. Lists of twelve or thirteen lunar months tend to describe prominent seasonal events based on local weather, wildlife, or society. It gets cold and dark, apples ripen, deer shed antlers, people decide what to keep or not for the winter, festivals honor the dearly departed-all these things characterize late autumn in different places. Neopagan culture is all about reconnecting with the Earth. Today, honor the New Moon of November by giving it a name that describes what happens in your family or immediate environment. What happens to the animals, plants, and people you know at this time each year? Complete a calendar of Moons, beginning with this one.