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Scorpio Full Moon: The Sorcerer, the Source and the Strength of the Shadow (April 22, 2016)

Scorpio Full Moon: The Sorcerer, the Source and the Strength of the Shadow (April 22, 2016)

The potential for healing in the light of this full moon is smoothly supported by Scorpio’s ruling planet, Pluto. If ever you were interested in calling forth your inner sorcerer or high priestess to manifest your own healing power, this is the time. What we discover in the light of this moon paves the way not only for our transformation, but for our ability to lead others into the light as well. Being a healer means that you have to heal yourself first. You can only heal others as much as you’ve healed yourself. You must first walk through the fire before you can offer the gift of flame. 

During this full moon, turn to the high side of Scorpio’s energy, and walk into the depths you must plunge at this time. If you are being triggered by others, pay attention and own your shadow. If you are entering a destructive pattern or cycle, observe this tendency and watch your own maneuvering. You have a choice to do things as you have always done, or use this energy to own your power, recognize you are a force for healing and stop playing the victim. This work is not easy, so call upon support when you need it and remember, you are not alone. All healers have those who have helped them, but all recognize, that ultimately, they heal themselves by walking the inner path.

Alchemical Ritual for the Scorpio Full Moon 

As an water sign, Scorpio often soaks in the watery depth of emotion. On the low side, however, that can turn to moodiness, brooding, and a tendency to play the victim and lash out with others. This full moon ritual for Libra helps to accentuate the high side of Scorpio which transfigures our shadow into powerful healing energy.   

Scorpio’s modern ruler is Pluto, who is the king of the underworld, but also respects those who can escape it. Our work here is to get to know our own underworld so we can undergo a resurrection and once again see the light. Scorpio is not afraid of the challenge, so our work is to move toward what is uncomfortable in the ritual, in the hope of shedding some light on it. Gather a black stone (onyx, lava, kyanite) or a red stone (malachite, red hematite, rhodochrosite) and place it in the center of your ritual space. If you have some ginger, you can place it in a bowl nearby, or sprinkle it around your space. Ginger essential oil also works, and you might anoint your solar plexus with it before and after your ceremony. Use sage, sweet grass or palo santo to cleanse yourself and the space by casting the smoke over yourself and encircling your own body three times. Light a few candles and dim the lights. Place a pen and paper nearby and come to sit quietly inside the circle. Close the eyes and contemplate a current challenge in your life. What is the belief system that this triggers? What negative thoughts swirl around? Finally, what do you feel? Do not immerse yourself in the emotion, simply observe and witness it like a silent bystander. Locate it in your body. Place your hands on the part of the body that you feel activated and simply watch. Breathe into that space, the emotion, and the body. Stay here, silently witnessing, until the emotion begins to transform: dissipate, change shape, move on, or shift quality. Once it does, say the following invocation out loud:

Scorpio and Pluto, please allow me to feel what is necessary in order to learn the source of empowerment and healing.

Spend a few moments in quiet contemplation. Clear the mind of thoughts completely. Feel the sensation of healing in the body. Allow a new thought or belief to arise that replaced the old one that you started the ceremony with. When it arises, write it down on your piece of paper. 

When complete, chant Om three times, and snuff the candles. Place the piece of paper in prominent view and whenever you see it, feel the sense of empowerment in the body you discovered in this ritual. This ritual catalyzes the unconscious into deep shift and transformation. In doing so, a part of you is resurrected and brought into the light where you shine for all to see. 


By Alanna Kaivalya

Alanna believes Yoga is for everyone and each student can develop the self-empowerment needed to embark on a personal journey to meaningful transformation. On this principle she founded The Kaivalya Yoga Method, a fresh take on yoga emphasizing the individual path while honoring tradition. Teaching students since 2001, teachers since 2003, Alanna has written and developed teacher trainings worldwide for top studios and independently. In January she debuted a comprehensive 200hr-online teacher training with YogaDownload. She holds a Ph.D. in Mythological Studies with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, has authored numerous articles and two books: Myths of the Asanas, an accessible practitioner’s guide to stories behind beloved poses; Sacred Sound, a yoga “hymnal,” illustrating the role of chant and mantra in modern practice. Look for her third book, Yoga Beyond the Mat, in Autumn 2016.She lives in New York City with Roxy the Wonderdog.

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