November Almanac

November was Blōtmonath, or “the month of blood sacrifices.” No one is quite sure what the purpose of this late autumnal sacrifice would have been, but it’s likely that any older or infirm livestock that seemed unlikely to see out bad weather ahead would be killed both as a stockpile of food, and as an offering for a safe and mild winter. Slaughter month.

The time of remembering and fire, Candles and lamplight

Sit around the fire Jon Hopkins

1st All Saints day

2nd All Souls’ Day

4th Diwali – a Hindhu/ Sikh/Jain Festival of Lights

4th New moon in Scorpio’s watery depths

4/5th first siting of the new moon starts Kislev, the Jewish ‘month of dreams’.
As this moon ebbs into darkness Hanukkah the Jewish Festival of Lights begins (28th – 6th December)

5th Bonfire night

11th Remembrance Day

19th November Full moon
Beaver or Mourning moon in Taurus.
Celtic – Dark moon.
Medieval- Snow moon.
Native American- Beaver moon.
Tree moon.
Cherokee- Trading moon

22nd Sun moves into Sagittarius

28th First Sunday of Advent

28th Jewish festival of Hanukkah begins – Jewish Festival of Lights


Don’t you imagine the leaves dream now
how comfortable it will be to touch
the earth instead of the
nothingness of the air and the endless
freshets of wind? And don’t you think
the trees, especially those with
mossy hollows, are beginning to look for

the birds that will come—six, a dozen—to sleep
inside their bodies? And don’t you hear
the goldenrod whispering goodbye,
the everlasting being crowned with the first
tuffets of snow? The pond
stiffens and the white field over which
the fox runs so quickly brings out
its long blue shadows. The wind wags
its many tails. And in the evening
the piled firewood shifts a little
longing to be on its way.

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