November Full Moon: The Mourning Moon

November Full Moon: The Mourning Moon


The full moon for the month of November is the "Mourning Moon.”

The days are obviously shorter and the sunlight is so weak that it seems that the bright sunlight will never return… but it will.

At this point, the Sun God is about to be reborn and make His way back to us.

This full moon is also known as:

  • The Fog Moon
  • The Snow Moon
  • The Moon When Deer Shed Antlers

The History

The mourning Moon is a time of cleansing.

Our ancestors used this time to rid themselves of baggage and negativity and bad habits that will only weaken them especially during winter time when the weather elements can test them.

This was a reminder to our ancestors that death is a reality but just a part of the cycle of life, death and rebirth.

Some of our ancestors also celebrated the new year during this time.

So they celebrate in their own way by offering a ritual to the deities and giving thanks for what they have, help in letting go of what no longer works, and help in bettering themselves.

Pentacles from The Moonlight Shop

Mourning Moon Magick

For Pagans, specifically the Celts, November was the start of the new year, which is why magick for this time is to celebrate new beginnings and starting over.

Magick is focused on getting rid of mental and spiritual and emotional baggage and letting go of things that don’t do you any good.

Doing so allows you to focus on the possibilities that the future brings. Performing a sweeping and wearing a Brooms of Elder necklace allows new things to enter your life.

Get rid of bad habits and toxic relationships and get a fresh start for the new year.

Think of the fears and the worries that are holding you back and the bad habits that are negatively affecting your mental and physical and emotional health.

You spirit is also suffering from all the ways you are harming yourself.

Think of all these things, write them on a piece of paper, and perform a ritual to let go of them. Bid bye-bye to things that do you no good and just prevent you from growing.

While you should think of those you wish to let go, also think of things that you want for yourself.

Want to be more generous?

Want to be more positive?

Want to be more outgoing and friendly?

Want to have healthier eating habits?

Want to be more active?

You are going to need new things to replace those you are letting go.

Write down on a piece of paper what new things you want for yourself this new year -- not just material things but more in the form of habits, traits, characteristics.

Perform a ritual and hold on to this list by placing it on your night table or wherever you will see it on a daily basis.

Each morning when you wake up, and every night before you go to bed, read your list.  

You can do this!

Here are correspondences for this month:

  • Colors: Gray, blues

  • Gemstones: Lapis lazuli, turquoise, topaz

  • Trees: Cypress, alder, hazel

  • Gods: Bastet, Isis, Kali, Hecate, Astarte

  • Herbs: Thistle, betony, verbena, fennel

  • Element: Water

3 Responses


November 05, 2022

I love all of the wonderful information in your Blog posts, thank you!

Kit Y
Kit Y

November 05, 2022

This is absolutely something I really NEEDED to read right now. I will do the suggested rituals and get rid of the bad and bring in the good. Thank you for this blog. It was greatly needed at this time!

Meg Martineau
Meg Martineau

July 30, 2022

This is super interesting! Love all of it.

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.