On April 22, 2016 we dive into the depths with the Scorpio full moon, which cranks up the intensity and attunes us to our souls.
Have you concealed a few layers of your persona? Overlooked some nuances or key details? The full moon will illuminate those now. Scorpio is the zodiac’s shaman and the ruler of extremes. It can draw out both our darkest shadows and our most enlightened selves. Ready for a major shift in your life? Turn it over to la luna for some deep processing and healing.
Under the spotlight of a full moon, we can expect a lot of interesting intel and colorful confessions to come to light. The full moon in April is known as a “Pink Moon,” named after the wild ground phlox, a pink flower that tends to bloom this time of year, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Alas, la luna will not shine a beautiful shade of pink, despite what you may have heard on social media.
And speaking of colorful hues, it is tragically timed that the master of Purple Rain himself departed the physical world on April 21, just before the culmination of the Scorpio full moon. Prince was a Gemini who had a Scorpio rising AND north node in his spiritual twelfth house. The twelfth house is also regarded as the realm of creative genius and is associated with life transitions. A full moon coinciding with Prince’s sudden and unexpected departure could mark a shift to the spiritual plane.
Legend has it that there are three “phases” of Scorpionic energy. There’s the low-vibe, ground-dwelling scorpion who stings every threatening passerby; then the observant eagle taking in its sweeping view from high overhead. The most transcendent Scorpio form is the phoenix, which rises from the ashes of destruction and shows us the remaining signs of life. With his moon in ethereal Pisces, we’re pretty sure that Prince was already prepared to transcend to the “afterworld” when he sang, “Dearly beloved, we are gathered here 2 get through this thing called life.”
Here are a few ways to channel this mysterious and power-packed full moon to your advantage:
1. Play a game of True Confessions.
Open closet, exit skeletons. With the illuminating full moon beaming into Scorpio, ruler of secrets, la luna reveals all of the “secrets” we’ve been keeping, including hiding your own light under a bushel. If you have a lesser-known talent, bring it out of hiding. If you’ve been too frightened to explore a part of yourself, go THERE. Regenerative Scorpio is a deeply creative water sign, with a gift for making everything old seem fresh again. Tap your inner alchemist: Reinvent something old into a striking new idea. Don’t be afraid to stand out by boldly baring your most intimate truth…or by wearing it on your sleeve.
2. Get intimate.
Intimacy is soul-fusing Scorpio’s domain. It rules the eighth house of fusion, that energetic space where we merge our energy and resources with another person’s. That sounds romantic, but it can actually be rather intimidating. Joint finances, cohabitation, allowing someone to see your vulnerability, learning to trust—these Scorpionic acts may not be easy or comfortable, but they’re what true intimacy requires. (Check out our favorite-ever books on love and intimacy here.) Scorpio is also known as the sex sign, and rightly so (anyone who’s been with a Scorpio will attest to this sign’s addictive powers…hello, soul-communing sex). The Scorpio full moon is known for delivering pregnancies, marriages, divorces, or just the best romp of your life. Rrowr!
3. Choose the target of your control freak-ing.
Scorpio is the sign of power and control. These traits get a bad rap, but truth is, to be a mortal IS to be a control freak of sorts. So rather than try to change this utterly human trait, decide what’s worthy of getting all worked up about instead. Find a pursuit to obsess over, something that makes the world a better place. The way your chin looks on a video chat? Nope. The person who doesn’t return your texts? Hell no. An event that will raise money for a children’s charity ? That’s more like it. A shot at a leadership position that lets you decide how to use your community’s natural resources sustainably? Let your (control) freak flag fly!
4. Don’t hate, reincarnate.
Scorpio is the ruler of psychic and mystical phenomenon, including reincarnation. If you haven’t read Scorpio Brian Weiss’ Many Lives, Many Masters, it will change how you think about death and the soul—in a good way—forever. Explore past-life regression theory, or read up on your North and South Nodes to learn more about your own past-life karma and future destiny, by the stars. Watch this seven-year-old girl crooning Frank Sinatra (below) and just tell us she hasn’t been here before:
5. Harness your sexual power.
Shimmy those hips, rock that pelvis and awaken your second chakra (the ruler of money AND sex, both Scorpio terrain). Try a burlesque class, pole dancing or invent your own sexy striptease. Perform it for yourself in the mirror, ‘cuz YOUR turn-on is the most important one. Check out “sacred seduction” expert Kitty Cavalier’s workshops—she even offers an online class on how to woo…and be, well, woo-woo.
6. Get in touch with your soul for a minute.
We live in a world of high performance, achievement, competition. But everyone could use a little support from the spiritual realm. Tuck away that superhero cape and ask spirit guides, guardian angels, God, and the universe, whatever you want to call it…for a sign. Close your eyes and be where you are. Whether you do a moving meditation, a guided meditation (check out the astrologically-inspired ones by Terri Cole), or take a few moments of silence, this practice has been shown to boost brain health and literally change the brain—putting you in the serene state of flow that Scorpio loves.
7. Release yourself from a financial obligation.
A huge segment of the population (including us) deals with debt. After all, we live in a culture of accumulation and instant gratification. It’s easy enough to get there. But debt can drain our energy and steal from our souls if not managed. Scorpio rules the zodiac’s eighth house of wealth and joint finances. It’s the money we borrow, inherit, and owe. Today, pay a debt, even if it’s just a small piece of one. Make a plan for how you’ll pay any outstanding debts off, even if it’s a little monthly amount. The energy and intention are what sets the momentum forward. Feeling bold? Cut up a credit card. Are you debt-free and financially solvent? Make a donation. Do it even if you’re not. Scorpio is a karmic sign—what goes around comes around! If you haven’t read the totally relevant 1937 classic Think and Grow Rich by Scorpio Napoleon Hill, it’s the grandfather of all books linking money and energy.
8. Make a foggy area crystal clear.
The devil is in the details, and Scorpio’s laser vision never misses a thing. Where in your life have you left things a little fuzzy around the edges? It could be affecting you more than you realize. Take tangible actions: make a call, send an email, apologize to someone, tell the truth, whatever. Just DO it. Precision is the Scorpio aim.
9. Channel the phoenix and rise, baby.
Scorpio rules power, control and transformation—it’s the mythic phoenix that rises from the ashes of destruction. What in your life needs to symbolically “die” so that something new can be born? Let it go—or at least, release your grip—and allow the Scorpio full moon to transmute it. Having trouble releasing? You might download The God Box mobile app, which allows you to write wishes and release stresses, which you type into your smartphone and release with the touch of a “Let It Go” button. Don’t worry—they’re saved if you ever want to look back, as we have, and realize, “Oh! That one got resolved on its own.”
This article also appears on MindBodyGreen.com.