Happy full moon dearest moonbeams! May's full moon goes by a few different names - the flower moon, the hare moon, the corn planting moon and the milk moon. We are connecting to it as the Hare Moon as we're still bathing in the energy of Beltane and the celebration of spring at it's fullest. The hare is a sacred symbol in celtic mythology with strong links to shapeshifting lunar goddesses and the Otherworld which is perfect for this Scorpio full moon. So, grab yourself a cuppa and snuggle up as we take you into the Wild Magic of this Super Full Moon. First of all, let's look at the astrology:
Key words/themes associated with Scorpio are: transformation, passion, death, karma, emotions, intuition, magic, regeneration, rebirth, sovereignty, the witch, the dark goddess, the liminal.
The sun is in the sign of Taurus and the moon is in it's opposite sign of Scorpio, as with every full moon, we use these seemingly opposing forces to help us shine the light of the full moon on our inner darkness and move forward with clarity and balance. Taurus is associated with the season of Beltane and Scorpio is associated with the season of Samhain - both of these times of year are associated with magic and the otherworld but they have very different energies. Beltane is about Spring, fertility, joy and celebration and Samhain is about death, journeying to the underworld and Autumn. Taurus as an earth sign invites us to be present, grounded and sensual, Scorpio as a water sign invites us to dive down into the shadows of our psyche and 'do the work'. Scorpios have an almost disdain for the mundane, the shallow and the ordinary and like to spend a lot of their time in quiet, deep contemplation on the how's and why's of the world and are also unafraid to confront topics such as death and dying. Scorpio has two ruling planets, Mars and Pluto. Mars brings the energies of sexuality, action and primal passions and Pluto has this connection to the underworld and therefore the cycles of death and rebirth and the parts of ourself that are unseen, hidden and secret. Scorpio is very much about making the unconscious, conscious.
We have Scorpio, a water sign associated with the underworld and Taurus an earth sign associated with the earthly and material world. These signs appear to contradict each other but they actually invite us to establish balance between these two aspects of ourselves. We can check-in with where we dwell most often. Are we always off exploring the dark mysteries of the world, brooding, deep in thought but perhaps a little aloof? Or are we distracted by the trappings of the material world and do we shy away from thinking about the darker concepts of life? Balance between the Scorpio and Taurean energy would be this idea of being in the world but not of this world, the ability to stay connected to the truth of life - the cycles of life, death and rebirth whilst being grounded and present with our self and the people around us. There would be this peaceful, contented energy of enjoying the things of this life whilst having the ability to let them go when the time is right.
"He who binds to himself a joy,
Does the winged life destroy,
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity's sun rise."
- William Blake
One of the best ways to harmonize these two energies is to look to nature! Being in constant communication with nature teaches us how to both enjoy the sensuality of flowers in full bloom whilst also not shy away from death and decay. Tuning into the cyclical nature of life teaches us to see the beauty in each moment. We absolutely love this short Botanical animation for capturing this beauty! (see above).
Waking the Witch
The archetype of the Witch is often associated with the sign of Scorpio, Scorpio season takes place later in the year at Samhain (Halloween), a time of year for connecting to death, rebirth and magic! The archetype of the Witch still remains so misunderstood and misrepresented, so this Scorpio full moon, we invite you to explore this archetype in your own heart. Is your inner Witch waking up?
Many people believe that the disconnection to nature's healing rhythms was severed with the persecution of the Witch. So much wisdom and common sense was lost when we lost the Witches of this world or forced them into hiding. The persecution of women as witches is a deep collective wound that we as sisters need to heal together. It's really important to unpack the word witch, it is often associated with the stereotypical image of a hag with warts who is bitter and throws curses on her enemies. Witches are often the bad guy in stories and in the time of the witch trials were to blame for failing crops, death and illnesses in the villages and even for things like bad dreams. When we delve into history and look beyond the patriarchal manipulation of this caricature we find that a witch would have been the woman in the village who held the knowledge of the seasons and wisdom of the moon, her magic would have been the blending of herb and root to heal ailments, she would have been the midwife, the storyteller and the oracle and she would have held people's love and respect. Witches were feared because they were women that knew they had everything they needed within themselves to be well and to be happy, they could commune with the divine with no need of a medium and could help others to do the same, because of this they were a threat and one that needed to be dealt with. During the witch-hunts of early modern Europe, tens of thousands of people were put on trial, tortured and executed as witches, three quarters of whom were women. The word Witch carries pain, misunderstanding and fear and requires a lot of healing in the collective psyche of both men and women.
Excitingly, we now find ourselves in a time of people reclaiming their wild magic! Men and women throughout the world are reclaiming their wildish natures and re-learning how to honour and live with the cycles of the seasons and the rhythms of the moon. The wild is rising!
Here are a few of our favourite books for connecting to and reclaiming the Witch:
THE FAMILIARS by STACEY HALLS
THE GREEN WITCH by Arin Murphy-Hiscock
THE RULES OF MAGIC by ALICE HOFFMAN
THE WILD FOLK by SYLVIA V LINSTEADT
WAKING THE WITCH by PAM GROSSMAN
THE WITCH by RONALD HUTTON
Scorpio rules the sexual organs, urinary tract, hips, pelvis and sacrum and it's element is water. Scorpio moon is a wonderful time to reflect on your relationship to your cycle . If you're still bleeding some guiding questions to sit with are:
How do you view your blood? Do you view it as primal magic? Or are you ashamed of it?
Are you aware of your cycle or each month is it still something that takes you by surprise?
Do you put expectations on yourself to be the same throughout the month or do you honour your internal rhythms with rest and self care?
Perhaps you could start a cycle tracker journal. We absolutely love the work of Melanie Swan over at the sacred womb - she has a podcast dedicated to all things womb and has some wonderful free resources as well as running courses to help you reclaim your cycle and your magic. It's absolutely magical that the cycles of a woman's body so beautifully match the cycles of the moon and the seasons. There is so much we can learn from this constant flow of life, death and rebirth.
Womb breathing is such a simple and yet beautiful way to connect to yourself and to feel grounded and at peace. Find somewhere to sit where you can be comfortable and undisturbed. Place your hands either on your womb or you can take Yoni Mudra and rest your thumbs on your womb. Close your eyes and begin to focus on your breath. As you breathe, begin to take your breath all the way down to the bowl of your pelvis. You could even imagine your pelvis like a witch's cauldron as per Sally Lister's description above or focus on the vibrant orange colour of the sacral chakra. With every breath, feel a warmth and a spaciousness being created. Stay as long as you like with this practice.
One thing many of these Goddesses share in common is that they are misunderstood and misrepresented - their herstories have been changed and manipulated to perpetuate a Patriarchal narrative. You could associate most of these Goddesses with the archetype of the Enchantress which is the archetype between the Mother and the Crone that so often gets missed out - it's also associated with the Witch and the Medicine woman. The Enchantress phase in a woman's life is often referred to as her second maidenhood, it's a woman who is fully stepping into her power through the culmination of all her life experience after her time of being a mother (that might be a mother to actual children or a mother to her work, her projects etc) - and she is once again sovereign. It is the pre-menstruation part of our female cycle, that part where we are so deeply connected to our intuition and magic and it's so interesting to look at the narratives surrounding these parts of our both our life cycle and monthly cycle. What does society teach us about the enchantress? She's either a crazy witch who meddles in the happiness of others and is ruled by her bitterness and anger or she's not there at all and we skip from Mother straight to Crone. There are so many women in their Enchantress phase who are locked out of their power because they are viewing themselves as a crone before their time. Women during the premenstrual phase of their cycle and during Menopause are deeply shamed for their 'unstable' emotions and many women are taught to distrust their feelings during both of these times. Another way of looking at this is that the Dark Goddess is revealing all that is not true, all that needs to die, all that needs to be stripped away in order for the fullest most potent version of to step forward. Moon in Scorpio teaches us to embrace our Enchantress. The part of our self that uses our emotions as a tool for divination, the part of us that won't stand for falsehoods and mistruths and would rather be in the company of herself rather than the company of the fake. It's time to embrace your too much woman! It's time to tell a different story about these Goddesses and about our self!
Is there a Goddess more Vilified than Lilith? - Adam's first wife who refused to submit to his will and was therefore cast out. Even to this day Lilith is depicted in many stories and TV shows as en evil temptress who brings nothing but destruction. Lilith helps us reclaim our wild and call back all the parts of ourselves that we have buried or hidden out of shame. She teaches us that NO is a complete sentence.
"Like the screech owl for whom Lilith is named, Her screech cannot be silenced. She is all women who have been subjugated, humiliated, and cast out from male-defined society. Her rage is the rage of women who have realized that our natural women’s sexuality has been made dirty by men who fear the power of it and the power of free women." - Motherhouse of the Goddess
Hekate is an ancient Goddess associated with the Dark Moon, the liminal, witchcraft and magic and is often called The Queen of Witches. She guides Persephone on her journey through the underworld and so we can turn to her on our own journey of transformation.
Kali is the hindu goddess of death, karma and transformation. If you're having trouble breaking free from certain Karmic patterns and habits, want to move forward but keep clinging on to the past then Kali can help you with her powerful fire of transformation. She has a wrathful appearance showing that she helps us to conquer our inner demons and fears. Beware when calling upon Kali, she is the great mother and will give us what we need in order to transcend but it won't necessarily be what we want.
Ceridwen is another goddess of transformation, her name comes from the celtic word 'Cerru', meaning cauldron. She is a shapeshifting Welsh Goddess associated with creativity, power, the moon and magic. You can read the story of Ceridwen here.
MORGAN LE FAYE
What do we think of when we think of Morgan Le Faye? Dark witch who tried to kill King Arthur? Evil temptress? Bitter woman? Look closer and we once again find that her story was changed. Morgan Le Faye was a Druid Priestess, a healer and Medicine Woman who was more than likely protecting her people and her land. There are some wonderful books written about Morgan Le Faye in this different light such as The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradle.
Again, one of the most misrepresented women in history! Mary Magdalene was a High Priestess and teacher who taught at the side of Jesus. Her story has been changed from a woman who was the most trusted of Jesus' disciples to being a prostitute who he took pity on. Many women today are drawn to Mary Magdalene's energy and discovering her truth for themselves. She teaches us the power of enduring love and being committed to your path no matter what other people think about you.
Scorpio Moon often brings secrets and truths to the surface to be dealt with, cleansed and released. Honesty and communication was also a theme we explored during the New Moon in Taurus. Ask yourself if you're being honest with yourself and those around you? Are there words you long to say but are holding back for some reason? Mantra can be a wonderful tool to help open up the throat chakra.
With Scorpio ruling the Sacral Chakra and Taurus ruling the throat, it's also time to have a look at our creativity which is associated with both of these chakras. Again, ask yourself if you are holding yourself back in anyway? What are your creative dreams and wishes? Journal about them, create vision boards and fill yourself up with inspiration and encouragement. If you want to dance, dance if you want to paint, paint, whatever it is that your soul is calling you to do, can you get out of your own way and express yourself fully. Who would you be if you let yourself shine?
- How can you continue to wake the witch within you?
- Who would you be if you stepped into your power?
- Do you feel yourself dimming your light in order to fit into society's patriarchal structure?
- How can you regularly connect to the magic of nature? Do you work with the moon? Do you work with plants? Or tarot?
- Which of the Scorpio Goddesses spoke to you?
- What is your relationship to your own internal cycles?
- What is your relationship to transformation? Do you enjoy reinventing yourself or do you resist and struggle against changes in your life?
- What are you longing to express?
- What is your magic? And how can you share this with the world?
- Check back on your New Moon intentions and ask yourself how you could embody those intentions on this full moon. For example, if your intention was to allow yourself to experience more pleasure, what could you do on this full moon to experience pleasure? Remember that full moons are the time to birth our dreams and intentions.
As mentioned above, the chakra associated with Scorpio is the Sacral Chakra. Aromatherapy can be a wonderful way to balance this chakra:
Sacral Chakra Aromatherapy Blend
This warming, spicy and soothing blend would be lovely rubbed into the lower back and lower belly (not suitable in pregnancy or whilst breast feeding)
Choose 25ml of base oil
1 drop Sweet Marjoram
1 drop Jasmine
2 drops Ginger
3 drops Mandarin
2 drops Ylang Ylang
Scorpio Diffuser Blend
Cypress, Pine and Sage pure essential oils. Cypress is associated with Pluto, PIne with Mars and Sage with Samhain. This combination of oils is a great energetic clearer, perfect before or after ritual or spell work!
Scorpio Full Moon Bath
Using salts to cleanse is especially important during Beltane season when the veil between worlds is at it's thinnest. Here is a cleansing full moon ritual bath recipe to help you cleanse your energy:
Dead Sea Salts
Dried rose petals
1 drop Juniper Essential oil
1 drop Rosemary essential oil
2 drops Orange essential
We hope you have enjoyed this blog, remember that both the energies of Taurus season and this Scorpio Full Moon are guiding us to embrace our WIld selves, reclaim pleasure as our birth right and give less F***s! Full Moon blessings dear ones xx
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