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Beltane Ritual + Full Moon in Scorpio

This full moon in Scorpio, happening on April 29th at 8:58 pm ET, is dripping with alchemical potential. (It’s the perfect prelude to a Beltane ritual) It contains all the ingredients necessary for transformation on a deep, karmic level. And while I want to unpack it fully now, there are a few pressing items I need to break down first, so stay with me.

I don’t know about you, but like the moon, my life vacillates between two extremes: feeling like it’s magical and extraordinarily blessed, and like it’s all just a bit more than I need.

At the same time, I have come to learn that embracing rhythmicity, and cyclical living, is fundamental to staying the course with my crazy-awesome, crazy-full life. Instead of fighting it or trying to “cure” it, I’ve learned to embrace the ups and downs as vital; to hold space for it and understand it as natural.

Shifting The Cosmic Curriculum

Ladies, let’s face it. We are expected—and often motivated—to have it all. Fantastic health, thriving relationships, career clarity, remarkable talent, and an almost intangible combination of grace and grit. In some moments, this ideal feels so close you can taste it. And, in other moments, well… not so much.

If we’re not careful, this expectation to have it all can lead to feelings of crushing pressure.

Ask yourself this… If I am really sincere, despite everything I do, do I still think I need to need to prove myself?

Like there’s always that one-more-thing you need to do to feel like you are worthy of self-care, recognition, and rest. As though—no matter how much you plan, organize and commit—it feels like you’re always missing the mark.

Somewhere along the way, did you put up a wall against your emotions and spirituality? Maybe you thought that both were a distraction, or you feared that your feelings and spirituality would lead you astray on your path to success.

Or maybe your emotions have hijacked you! You feel so genuinely for others that you put everyone before yourself, and somehow you never get around to moving your projects off the ground.

When it comes to your health, have you’ve stayed determined for so long, thinking you’re just one lifestyle change away from finding the perfect balance? Like a new health routine, a new year’s resolution, or a shakeup in your career is what it’ll take?

The truth is: there’s no juice fast that can save you, and despite the salacious sales pitch, another exercise methodology isn’t the answer either.

Newsflash: There Is No Magic Pill!

We know this. But we can’t help but get swept away by the romantic promises of that One Big Change: a new prescription, a different workout routine, the latest superfood trend.

The 21st century offers massive healthcare innovation and evolution, so much so that we’ve come to believe that everything must be cured. That there is a single end goal to health, a completion, a peak health state to reach and maintain forever—if only you had the right cocktail of healthcare practices.

Yet, if that’s true, why do we perpetually suffer from the same problems?

Stubborn weight gain, dysfunctional eating, energetic lulls, sleep problems, and digestive issues; irregular, painful periods, reproductive health concerns, anxiety, and melancholic moods. Willingly foregoing exhilarating sex for more mindless time on Facebook? Where’s the cure for too much swiping? Or doubting our bodies brilliance and/or our capability to attract the partner for sex in the first place?

A New Era Of Healing Potential: Embrace Rituals

I bring this up now, at the time of the full moon, because as I write, we find ourselves amidst a massive energetic upswing and cosmic change.

For starters, in the days that followed the last new moon in Aries on April 15th, Chiron, an asteroid that relates to healing through a wound, changed signs. He moved from Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac, into Aries, the first. Chiron corresponds with in-depth soul-drenched healing lessons and spends roughly eight years in one sign. With this change afoot, the cosmic curriculum swings.

The Deepest Wound Offers The Deepest Healing

Chiron represents our deepest wound (often from childhood, or even past lives). Chiron in Pisces is about radical, radiant self-acceptance. The past eight years have brought us lessons in boundaries, self-care, and empathy. It has been about loving yourself first, and not sacrificing, or working to earn love by being ‘enough.’” 

So good, right?

Our unprocessed emotions and malignant life experiences become the root of our symptoms.

Yup, every time we hold back our tears because we don’t want to go there, or said “no” to our intuition because it didn’t make sense, we denied ourselves something we crave more than anything: healing.  

Now’s the time to come home to your body and work toward feeling safe inside of yourself.

Life Isn’t Random: The Cosmic Plan

Here’s the deal: all of these crazy, beautiful, overwhelming things you have going for you? They’re part of a cosmic plan.

Chiron’s sign change—while a subtle shift—foreshadows a massive change in the future (something I’ll cover later in the year). He has changed signs for now, but he retrogrades back to Pisces in September. In the meantime, ready yourself for another massive change: Uranus changing signs on May 15th, 2018. Uranus represents disruption on behalf of freedom and correlates with massive change. Right now, he’s hanging out in the last degree of Aries, and come to the next new moon; he’ll enter Taurus. (I have a lot to say about that, so stay tuned.)

Until then, he loosely opposes this full moon and recently conjoined the sun, indicating that it’s time to break free of old patterns (even the seductive ones we think we need despite them causing harm.)

Let The Full Moon in Scorpio Call You Home

As we approach the full moon in sexual Scorpio, she travels opposite of the sun journeying through grounded, practical, and sensual Taurus; a sign he entered on April 19th and exits on May 20th.

Taurus calls us home to ourselves. Taurus asks us to embody our sensuality. Ruled by Venus (Aphrodite), Taurus invites us to feel good in our skin. Taurus season—a time of mid-spring for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere and mid-fall for those in the Southern Hemisphere—provides a precious opportunity to plant seeds of desires. The essence of Taurus season is grounded sensuality; it stimulates nurturance to allow us to feel restored, renewed, and embodied.

Scorpio represents a connection to the power that fuels creation. Call it esoteric mojo. A fierce devotion to an intended outcome. A conscious link to the other side. It’s potent. It’s real. It’s available. Especially now. This tenacious sign, known for its devotion to authenticity, asks us to embrace the Phoenix within and rise from the ashes. To welcome the transformation of our lives and shed the shame that holds us back. To firmly assert and claim our intended desires without giving up. To call upon the magic of the universe and solicit the required support needed to manifest our desires.

After all, Scorpio is driven by intimacy and represents one of the most persistent, tenacious, and determined signs of the zodiac. As a fixed water sign, Scorpio seduces us on a journey to find our truth, power, and sexuality. And with the sun at 9 degrees of Taurus and the moon at 9 degrees of Scorpio, this full moon offers a time for growth and magic.

This full moon in Scorpio is a potent time to call forth the powers of feminine embodiment. Especially if combined with a Beltane ritual!

Consider this:

  • How connected to your body are you as you strive to obtain your goals?
  • Do you remain connected to your body even in the face of setbacks and challenges?
  • How can you increase the stewardship of your body?
  • How willing are you to cultivate the power of feeling safe inside of yourself?

On April 26th Mars, the planet of action and drive conjoined Pluto in Capricorn, the planet of transformation, death, and rebirth. Co-rulers of Scorpio, Mars, and Pluto together contribute to the potential for intense drive and determination on behalf of growth. At the time as this full moon, Saturn—the planet that asks for profound soul growth and commitment to purpose—aligns perfectly with the sun in a configuration known as a trine (a manifestation angle). This simultaneously forms a sextile (another positive and supportive aspect) to the full moon in Scorpio. Saturn keeps his eye on the long game, and so should you this full moon.

Pragmatic Magic for the Modern Mystic! Do a Beltane Ritual!

With the full moon upon us, now’s the time to activate transformation in your life. The full moon occurs at 9 degrees of Scorpio on April 29th at 8:58 pm ET, however with Beltane on May 1, there’s no need to rush through your ritual (it’s Taurus season, after all). But please do a Beltane ritual!

A full moon in Scorpio represents a call to being in your body. Tapped in. Tuned in. And turned on! Even though this full moon might elicit emotional intensity (it’s in the water sign Scorpio), the opportunity to channel it on behalf of what you intend to create in your life stands strong. Sexual energy and creative energy are both rooted in the sacral chakra.

This full moon requires getting grounded in your body. In touch with your touch. Aligned with your truth. And you must commit to clearing the blocks that prevent you from standing in your feminine power and truth.

On top of all of that, Beltane (a cross-quarter day that marks the halfway point between the last equinox and upcoming solstice) makes this a brilliant time to clear through old patterns and behaviors.

Using The Full Moon In Scorpio To Clear Through The History That Binds You

If you have an altar prepare it for your full moon ceremony. And if you don’t have an altar, find a quiet place to sit and be comfortable. Then, try this ritual suggestion:

1. Honor your ancestors.
Think back on the generations of women who came before you on both the matrilineal and patrilineal lines in your family. Honor your ancestors and the hard work that went into their lives—ultimately making yours possible. (Even if you are estranged from family, consider the biological sacrifice that went into creating you!) Thank them. You may want to look at old pictures and literally say thank you or write a letter of thanks that you can either give to them (if still alive) or bring to their grave/read aloud to them. In the words of James Baldwin, “Your crown has been bought and paid for. All you have to do is put it on.” Thank the women who came before you for their hard work! (Making flower crowns, a tradition consummate with Beltane. You can learn more about that here from Sarah Jenks +  Co.)

2. Reflect on limiting patterns and beliefs.
Identify potential as a transgenerational pattern that you no longer need or that you wish to complete. Get clear. What patterns emerge? Are there any connections between how they mothered or worked (if they worked) that relate to what’s appearing in your life now? Pay attention to limiting beliefs or patterns that you no longer need. Identify patterns that no longer serve you. Write them down on a piece of paper.

3. Burn it to the ground!
Create a sacred ritual fire to let it go. Beltane rituals include fire ceremonies. You can light a fire outside, or you can do this in your kitchen with a pot lined with tin foil and dab of alcohol and a cup of Epsom salt. Instructions for a kitchen fire: Douse the salt with a wee bit of the alcohol and set it ablaze. Once it’s burning, drop the piece of paper containing your limiting beliefs and patterns that no longer serve you in the pot. Watch it burn. Surrender it to the fire. Let it be transmuted. Imagine any unhealthy, unconscious, and unfavorable transgenerational patterns dissolving.

4. Practice gratitude.
Say thank you for the lessons, and allow them to integrate into your heart.

5. Claim your right.
To be in your body in your birthright. Claim your right to live in your strengths. Meditate on your inherent worth. You don’t need to prove anything!

Once your fire ritual is complete, let your fire vessel cool, then if you feel inspired, you can find a place to bury the ashes, release them into the wind, or into the sea.

Now I’d love to hear from you. What are you creating this new full moon? Do you have a Beltane ritual you love? Share it in the comments below. Leave me a comment below.

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  • Noelle

    Hi Jennifer. I am pre-menopause and have not had a period since January. Last night I went out with my girlfriends, we had a nice dinner and attended a concert (the Spoons). It was an intimate gathering. As I watched, I thought to myself “there is nothing more powerful than a woman on bass guitar” (I think I said “hot”, not powerful, lol). Dancing, moving, singig, laughing! I even wore a dress. Unusual for me. When I got home, guess what showed up! PS: i also spent the day pocking up garbage and apologizing to Mother Earth. Had a good talk with her, I miss her so ….

    • jracioppi

      Love this! And I too adore women who can throw down on the bass:) Enjoy your cycle. And your connection to your body. All of my love and happy full moon.

  • Lisa

    I have been reading your posts for years and have always found them to be helpful and very inspiring. This post, however, took my breath away. It resonated with me in such a profound way and was EXACTLY what I needed to read this morning. A million thank yous and I am once again so grateful to the universe for bringing you into my line of sight. Namaste.

  • Rebecca

    Jennifer, I am absolutely god smacked with this new post.
    I am not even half way thru and had to stop and try to process what I read and feel….

    When I read this sentence it’s as if something inside of me exploded… “Now is the time to come home to your body and work toward feeling safe inside of yourself”.

    I am literally and I mean physically vibrating right now. I tried to read further but it was just a big mess of words I can’t even comprehend so I stopped to write you.

    That one sentence is the answer I have been searching for and I didn’t even realize it until I read it. ..”feeling safe inside yourself” 💥.
    I don’t know how to explain it so you understand the impact that had on me. But when I read that it was like a switch turned on, and immediately I realized I haven’t felt safe inside myself since Monday June 29, 1998 at about 830pm. That is when my mom told me my dad had died. I was right back there in that moment. When my mom told me I was in such shock… I remember feeling a big “swoosh” (only word I can think of) of energy coming out of my body out the top of my head. I now know I have been detached from myself since that moment.. (SO MANY of my life choices now make a little more sense). I feel like I’ve been living “just” outside my physical body…

    But this vibration…it’s on the Inside.

    I can’t thank you enough for the gift of that switch. I can’t wait to pull myself together enough to finish the article! And I can’t wait until 8:59p to sit with the moon…

    Wowza… just Wowza.

    • jracioppi

      Oh sweetie, thank you so much for sharing. So much love to you. Have the most healing full moon tonight.

  • Tatiana Simões

    Hi Jenn,

    It is incredible how this is following my experience and my life, right now. In simple details like the way how I woke up today feeling so loved because of a dream that i had last night about fertility, birth, family, the uncondicional love and the protection that can relate in this concept, that follows mine curiosity about my genealogy, the life of my grand-grandmother, this little things that live in me while I’m in process to focus on myself as a woman, and as person who lives, present, in her body, trying to be me, feel my emotions, trusting in what I am and in my intuition. You have help me a lot going in this process and i’m so grateful for that, thank you! I’m learning a lot about this energy and how to use it to feel more connected.

    Send you so much love for this path!

    • jracioppi

      Sending you so much love on your path! Thank you for writing and commenting. All of my love, and please do keep us posted.


    My favorite astrology blogs!! Always! Thank you, Jennifer.

    • jracioppi

      Thank you so much, Erin! What an honor. Thank you for reading and commenting. It means so much to me.

  • Janet Sunderland

    A lovely post, Jenn. The Full Moon ritual in particular resonates with me. I am aware of the lineage of writers on my maternal side; my mother wrote, and while her community news was published each week in the paper, her creative writing could never find a home. My grandmother was a poet. Her poems were collected after she died and put into a booklet. And now I’m working to publish my first book – well first, minus the collection of poetry that was published by a press. My maternal great-great grandmother moved across the country from New Salem (now Winston Salem) in a covered wagon, marrying and burying 5 husbands until she reached Jewell County Kansas where she lived in a dugout until she died at age 92. She was a reader, not, as far as I know, a writer.

    And now it comes to today and my quest to publish a memoir that both incorporates the energy of those women and describes my own path to integrate, as I wrote, my Celtic Warrior patriarchal side and my Quaker matrilineal. I feel like I am writing for all those who traveled this journey before me and releasing the old ghost of “not good enough.”

  • Michelle

    Love your work! Last night I was lucky enough to see the full moon in it’s beautiful shine in Riviera Maya, Mexico. I made it a point to sit in silence at the beach in the evening to release and create new intentions. It was such a beautiful moment. This blog reinforces that for me as well as provides good tips on a ritual tonight (now that I’m back home ). Thank you!

  • Bree

    This is so helpful and guiding–thank you so much for sharing this post.

    As for me, the past eight years have been the most difficult of my twenty-two years of living. Could the shift occurring with Chiron be affecting this? Could this shift be the beginning of true healing from eight years of a battle with an eating disorder, low self-esteem, and neglected self-love and self-care practices? I find it so ironic how Chiron was in this position for eight years–the same amount of years I’ve been struggling to release and let go of my personal struggles with food, my body, and my feelings of self-worth (and lack thereof). I feel a profound energy with this full moon, and as a fellow Scorpio, I can’t help but wonder if this is the shift that will help me surmount the initial hurdle–the first step–toward true, authentic change and healing.

  • Shaylyn Bishop

    hey Jennifer,
    I feel so grateful to have your posts as a strong, reliable, soulful source of information. They are truly beautiful!
    I am still beginning to learn the in and out of the moon, planets and zodiac connections.
    I have a question regarding this moon, as you stated at the beginning of this article tonights full moon is in scorpio. I thought that each full moon was corresponded to the month of zodiac, making this one aries/ Taurus.
    I am wondering why scorpio is connected to this full moon when it is 5-6 months / full moons apart?
    thanks so much for any insight.

  • Corinne

    I so look forward to these blog posts chocked full of insightful full moon/new moon wisdom. Can’t wait until I’m able to work with you again! In the meantime, thank you for being fierce, radiant YOU! xoxo Corinne

  • Pamela

    I’m coming to this the morning after the full moon. I tried to get to it yesterday and never quite made it. I did a mini moon ritual last night with my new moon cycle candle and crystals. I thank you for this post as I incorporate all the knowledge in it with the energy of my ritual last night. The full moon seemed particularly spectacular last night. I actually saw it rising in all her glory. Then later her bright light shown through my window on to my bed as I went to sleep. I often sleep poorly on a full moon, this was not the case last night. When I woke this morning I remembered your email that I had not read and felt drawn to read it, which lead me here.

  • Amanda

    Hi Jennifer,
    You touched on so many things in this post that truly resonated with me in so many ways…
    Prior Tobreading your blog, I downloaded the audible version of Energy Vampires on audible today – synchronicity – which I am so ready to listen too after being a survivor from a narcissistic relationship for 17 years and I am ready to finally heal from. Secondly, I’ve been thinking a lot about my Nan and my Mum lately, the life’s they had, things they endured and sacrificed for their families and lessons they taught me through that (both good and not so good). I feel I am at a crux in my life where I keep pursuing my dreams of being an entrepreneur and fulfill my soul purpose of serving women or carry on with the tough slog, in a job I am grateful for but do not remotely enjoy because that’s what ‘we are meant to do’ in our family and accept it as a way of putting bread on the table.
    I feel foggy if late so I hope to regain my clarity but I will definitely write to my Nan who passed years ago and read to my Mum who currently has cancer (which I believe to be a big factor as to why I’m thinking so much of my maternal lineage and crown makers).
    It’s time to wear the crown, release my blocks, and stand in my body and self worth, then go ahead and light some fires!
    Thankyou ever so much, as always, with insightful words of wisdom ringing true.
    Many magical blessings to you

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  • Stephanie

    Such great info for this full moon, thank you!

  • melanie

    Hi jen – i really felt the potential healing power of this full moon on the 25th and then got sucked back into the worst of my martyring behaviors until coming up for air on the 1st – now facing the realities of that bait and switch 😐 is there a better way to look at the timing of full moon energies? like, where in the days surrounding do we find the most potency? and, is there another boost coming for me to harness the initial push from the 25th (that got drowned out over the weekend?) THANKS!

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