The Full Moon is always in the zodiac sign opposite where the Sun is, so with the Sun in Taurus, we get a Scorpio Full Moon. And this year, since the Sun is so early in the sign of Taurus (it just entered it yesterday afternoon) we get, not only one, but two Scorpio Full Moons!! The next one is in mid-May.
As astrologer Lynn Hayes writes, “Scorpio is of course the sign of emotional intensity, where we dive deep into the underworld of our subconscious and discover the nasty bits of greed, envy, jealousy and other dark emotions that lie beneath the surface. By uncovering these emotional treasures we become more authentically who we are, and that is the ultimate goal of the Scorpionic process.”
The Full Moon is a very traditional, powerful time for spellcraft. The watery Scorpio Full Moon is excellent for charging some magical water for later use, or to deeply clear your crystals and weather-proof magical tools, by bathing them in moonlight.
You might also want to make the following magical potpourri. This recipe is a “wet” potpourri, which means that after you assemble it, you should store it in a lidded dish and stir it at least twice a week for about six weeks. This gives it time to cure and for all the ingredients to blend into a heavenly symphony of scent.
2 oz. dried lemon verbena leaves – as mentioned yesterday, lemon verbena brings good fortune, health, and happiness of all kinds.
1 oz. dried lemon grass – Cymbopogon flexuosus, East Indian lemon grass, is most heavily scented, making best for use in potpourri, whereas the West Indian variety, C. citrates, is not as fragrant, but has the magical power of stimulating lust and psychic powers. I use whatever is easiest to find.
1 oz. dried lemon peel – and
1 oz. dried grated lemon rind – As mentioned yesterday, lemon is associated with the God, and especially solar Deities.
1 oz coriander seeds – Coriander is often used for love spells. It is very protective, and is especially good if you want somebody in your life, but aren’t sure who, as it is gentle and works for the slow, steady development of relationships.
1 oz. gum benzoin – a fixative that also mixes with other herbs to focus their energies and power
15 drops lime essential oil – enhances mental clarity 10 drops lemon essential oil – brightens the energy and clears psychic gunk and negativity
5 drops rose geranium essential oil – healing, love, protection
5 drops bergamot essential oil – one of my favorites for protection, enhanced intuition and prosperity
4 or 5 sprigs dried mimosa blossoms (if you have any on hand) – prophetic dreams and love
2 Pieces dried orange peel – an attractant, for bringing your desires into your life
5 to 10 dried daffodil blossoms – countermagick, protection, joyful renewal
NOTE: I have found it is unwise to use plastic or wood when mixing potpourri, as the oils and energy will be absorbed into the dishes and utensils. Also, avoid using metal bowls, as it may distort or dampen the energy, except for brief use during the mixing.
Combine the marigold petals, lemon verbena leaves, lemon peel and lemongrass in a large glass bowl. Then, place the lemon rind, coriander seeds and gum benzoin in a mortar and grind thoroughly. Place into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix well. Add the oils, mimosa, daffodil blossoms and orange peel, blending thoroughly. Store it all in a lidded glass dish and stir twice a week. Allow six weeks for the mixture to cure. This means it should be ready to sprinkle, display and share in plenty of time for Litha (Summer Solstice).
An’ it harm none, do as ye will.