BY LISA MARIE BASILE
It’s your scorpio-in-chief here to quell your fears and lull you into a space where you can get comfortable with this particular full moon.
You maybe have been heard rumblings—what is this wild Scorpio moon? What is this darkness? What is this silent creeping feeling blooming out of my belly like a black tulip? What are these fears? Why do I want to fuck or meditate or go inward so hard? What shall I do to survive this intensity? Do I run or lean in-in-in, into that dark mansion of Scorpio? Must I make space for that intensity and regeneration? Can I rent a bunker?
Here, let me translate for you, out of Scorpio fear speak, and into easy language.
First: Be not afraid. Yes, this is a heavy moment. The moon, so full, and so Scorpio, is beckoning you to go deep. But this doesn’t have to be painful or frightening.
To that end, here is your Scorpio full moon homework. Go with one or two of the ideas below, and know that any momentary discomfort will absolutely yield rewards spiritually and psychically (and hey—maybe even physically).
Drop the bullshit
Scorpio doesn’t have time for bullshit, for the superficial, for the useless things that serve no purpose and that only hold you down. Erase erase erase the problem scenarios (and the problem people)—walk away from something that hurts you. Start recognizing bad patterns. Take stock of friends who constantly let you down, of the job that hurts your soul, of the project that isn’t inspiring you—and make an out plan.
Delete those toxic texts and be rid of it. Decide what makes your life better and richer and move toward it. It’s not easy, but when you decide what doesn’t serve you...a chance happens.
That said, not all situations are currently changeable—that’s okay. Take this opportunity to reframe it in a way that does serve you—even if it means taking more time for yourself if you have to endure something terrible.
Scorpio is the sign of death and rebirth, so lean into its dark ways and part with whatever is dragging you down. Any depths you go into, you want to go into willingly—not because someone or something is pulling you into the abyss.
Find a way to tap into your sexuality—that could be through sex magic (setting intentions and focusing on them during the act of masturbating or having sex), dancing or lying around in your finest lingerie, or honoring your sensuality by reading some beautiful poetry — Neruda, Sappho. Pick flowers. Eat honey and cinnamon. Listen to sexy music. Light a candle and apply oils to the skin.
Set a goal and use the full moon to power up.
Don’t just set any goal (I mean, you totally can), but this is the time to go deep. Is there something you’re deeply pining for on an existential level? Something that you need to birth, to pull from the watery depths of the self? Is there something you’re trying to conjure on a big level, something life-altering? Do it. Say it. Meditate on it. Make it yours.
Write a letter to your dead.
We can’t always spend our days grieving. It’s a beautiful, complicated, overwhelming and natural thing, grief—it lets us peer into the truth of life and it mirrors back to us the deepest, most real sincere parts of our ourselves. If you spend your time actively avoiding grief, you may have to spend some time letting it in eventually, right?
This is the time. Write a letter to your dead. Visit a loved ones’ grave. Light a candle in honor of someone who passed or set up a small altar in their name. Go there. Feel it. Scorpio will cradle you in her arms and fill you with rejuvenation and comfort when you’re in pain. You just have to be willing to move through that murky threshold. Make like Hecate; go forth into the crossroads.
Yes, Scorpio is cthonic and intense—but she is fiercely loyal and wants the best for those who embark into the liminal. Trust me.
Lisa Marie Basile is the founding editor-in-chief and creative director of Luna Luna Magazine and community. She is the author of a few books of poetry, including a full-length collection, Apocryphal. Her book Nympholepsy (co-authored with Alyssa Morhardt-Goldstein), will be published by Inside the Castle in November 2018 and was a finalist in the 2017 Tarpaulin Sky Book Awards. She is also working on her first novella, to be released by Clash Books in 2019. Her first nonfiction book, Light Magic for Dark Times, will be published by Quarto Books in 2018.