Full Moon in Scorpio
I love it when the Moon is in Scorpio. Perhaps that has something to do with having my natal moon in Scorpio—I know what it’s like to have that depth and intensity of emotion and so when the Moon transits the sign I get to bring everyone with me on the journey. Scorpio represents the things that we find taboo or uncomfortable to talk about: sex, death, the occult, power. In the Northern Hemisphere, Scorpio season begins at the end of October as they are moving into the colder months, with Halloween reminding us all of the thin veil between this world and the next. It’s about going into the darker side of ourselves. It’s about the transformative side of sex and how through merging with someone we shift and change parts of ourselves (hence the French referring to an orgasm as ‘the little death’). And it’s about how we express and share our power. Scorpio is a sign that goes deep. Have you seen those documentaries of people exploring the deepest, darkest parts of the ocean? How they get into their little machine and go down, down, down to see what the ocean is hiding? That’s Scorpio.
It’s a sign that takes us to the deepest, darkest parts of ourselves to see what we’ve been hiding. It is up to us as to what we select to bring to the surface to inspect and to transform into something else.
For Scorpio reminds us of the treasures inside of us. And of the fears. And how our fears can be turned into treasures. For transformation is a superpower of this complex sign: after all, one of its symbols is the phoenix which bursts into flames and then rises from the ashes. Scorpio teaches us that life is one constant stream of transformations. That we are constantly in flux. Who we were in the past is different to who we are now and who we will be in the future.
But change doesn’t come easily. First, we have to walk through the fire.
Right now the world is living through a pandemic. It has been a struggle adjusting to a new normal with many people now having had their worlds reduced to their neighbourhood and most socialising happening through technology. This loss of human contact has been tough as we feel the physical distance between us and those we love. There has been a lot of anxiety, a lot of uncertainty. Add to this that some people have lost incomes, and some have lost loved ones to the virus.
Still, life goes on. Just not in the way that we have known it.
The Nodes of the Moon have just changed signs and this will influence the flavour of the next 18 months. The South Node represents what we instinctively know and our past experiences: in short, the path of least resistance. The North Node represents our future potential and path of greatest growth.
We’ve had about 18 months of the North Node in Cancer and the South Node in Capricorn, pulling us away from the old hierarchies, structures and ways of doing business into more nurture, more rest, more heart, more home. It has been about dissolving the boundaries between our public and personal personas, especially in recent months with more people working from home. We’ve also seen this on social media with the rise in people sharing more authentically and vulnerably. Now we have the South Node in Sagittarius and the North Node in Gemini. This combination of fire and air brings a much lighter vibe after the water and earth experience of Cancer/Capricorn. Whereas before we may have felt bogged down in mud, now we may feel like flying—our thoughts are clearer and we have more oomph to go explore. The North Node in Gemini will be encouraging us to get curious and explore new ideas; the South Node in Sagittarius can reveal old dogmas and outdated beliefs that we need to clear. We are ready for this. Aside from a particularly confusing Mercury retrograde, the planets have been direct for the first part of this year. That’s all about to change and as a result we may feel things slow down a little as our attention is turned inward. Pluto turned retrograde on April 25, with Saturn due on May 11, Venus on May 13 and Jupiter on May 14. It’s Venus which is one retrograde that is particularly notable right now, being the ruler of relationships, rest, values, creativity, pleasure and abundance. This retrograde is in the air sign of Gemini, so we will find ourselves becoming curious about these areas of our lives, looking at them all from a mental level and seeking new innovative solutions. (To work with Venus on a deeper level during this period, join me for Modern Goddess.)
Our values as a collective must shift. We must balance what is right for ‘me’ and what is right for ‘we’ to build a new future for the world. Then we need to work out how we can combine our collective power to implement these values, starting locally then growing globally.
The Scorpio Full Moon is a time for us to lean into this transformation. To say goodbye to the old ways of living and working. Burn it down. Start over. And from the ashes we can rise like the phoenix, ready to begin again.
The exact time of the Full Moon is:
AEST: Thursday 7 May @ 8.45pm
United Kingdom: Thursday 7 May @ 11.45am
US Eastern: Thursday 7 May @ 6.45am
US Pacific: Thursday 7 May @ 3.45am
Find your timezone here.
A ritual for the Full Moon in Scorpio
I have curated a playlist on Spotify to take you through the Scorpio themes of power, sex, death, transformation and rebirth. To get the greatest benefit out of it, I recommend that you dance to this playlist. When we dance we move energy through our bodies and can shift things that we didn’t even know we needed to shift. In some cases, we may not even be aware of what we released but just feel generally ‘lighter’ afterwards.
Dancing under the energy of the Full Moon is extra-powerful as this is a natural time for us to release old patterns, beliefs, ideas, emotions that we no longer need. It helps create space within us to invite in something new.
How to do this ritual
Find a space in your home where you won’t be disturbed for at least an hour. Make sure you have enough space to dance without bumping into furniture. Have a water bottle on hand so you can stay hydrated. Also have your journal or some paper to record any thoughts that may come up during the ritual.
Head to the Settings in Spotify and make sure you have turned off Autoplay so that once the playlist ends you are able to sit in silence. (If you are using the mobile app you will find Autoplay under Settings - Playback.) Also make sure that you have turned off any other shuffle or repeat settings—you want to listen to the playlist in the order that it has been curated.
Set up any speakers or headphones so that you have the best sound possible. (I like to listen through headphones so I can really block out other sounds and feel into the music.)
Create a mood
Light a candle or some incense, dim the lights. Also because this is a Full Moon in Scorpio, you may want to wear something that makes you feel sexy or sensual.
Read the blog post about the themes of this Full Moon, then perhaps sit in contemplation or journal out some of the things that you personally wish to release and transform.
When you are ready, start the playlist. Move your body in a way that feels intuitive in each moment. No-one is watching so you can really let go of your inhibitions. When moving, I like to close my eyes or have a soft gaze so I stay more in my body. Just make sure you stay aware of where you are in the room so you don’t bang into any furniture and hurt yourself.
The playlist is designed to take you on a journey through the themes of Scorpio: power, sex, death, transformation and rebirth. If thoughts, feelings or emotions come up for you keep moving them through your body. You might find that certain areas of your body, like your shoulders or hips, feel stiff at first and want to be moved in a certain way. This is your body releasing things that have become stuck.
The final track is a sound healing. Sit or lie down and allow the music to wash over you as your nervous system settles.
Once the music ends, you may find you want to lie in silence for awhile or journal about your experience. Just do whatever comes to you intuitively.
Drink plenty of water after the ritual. Having a shower afterwards or a soak in the bath with some epsom/himalayan sea salts can be really nice as well to help symbolically ‘wash away’ anything that you were releasing. Eating magnesium-rich foods (bananas, almonds, dark chocolate) can also help replenish your system.
You might feel like you have an ‘energetic hangover’ the next day or have emotions come up. If this is the case, be gentle with yourself, rest when you can and drink lots of water.
I have been working with this style of ritual on the Full Moon for awhile now and have found it to be a great way to release and let go. I hope you find it as beneficial as I do.
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