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Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust: Full Moon in Scorpio, May 18th 2019

May 16, 2019

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust: Full Moon in Scorpio, May 18th 2019

Moon insights by Candace Looft, of Beyond the Veil Tarot  / Collage by Janeva Zentz 


Full Moon in Scorpio: Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust
Saturday, May 18th, 2019
Full Moon @ 27 degrees of Scorpio 
2:11 p.m. PST // 5:11 p.m. EST


  • Sun and Mercury in Taurus trine Pluto in Capricorn 
  • Sun in Taurus conjunct Mercury in Taurus 
  • Venus in Taurus conjunct Uranus in Taurus
  • Mars in Cancer square Chiron in Aries 
  • Mars in Cancer sextile Venus in Taurus
  • Neptune in Pisces trine the North Node in Cancer


Look Out For/ Work With:

Transformation, removal of fears, death, rebirth, psychic abilities, the underworld, releasing toxins, finding lost items, secrets exposed, examining hidden aspects, mental health, cleansing, deception revealed, trauma, magic. 



This is a very intensely emotional Full Moon. The Sun in earthy Taurus is opposing the Moon in the late degrees of Scorpio. As with all full moons, it’s a time of realization and completions. Scorpio has a tendency to be all or nothing, exploring the deep depth of our soul. This is a full moon where we may be more inclined to feel overwhelmed with feelings we have been suppressing for some time. Not everyone's skeletons will want to come from out the closet during this lunation. You may notice some people will prefer to hold tight to their feelings, and perhaps respond with anger. But when it comes down to it, those who react in this matter are still dealing with fear. 

Meditate on what negative or toxic people/ tendencies need to go. With this moon, we will be encouraged to dig deep and uproot some not so pleasant things. It can bring up some bad habits, hurt feelings, or ugly situations. Through this process of shining a light on these topics, we’ll be better able to release old patterns and heal. This is a time where belief and vulnerability are key. The results of this moon may surprise you. You’re likely to be tackling the monsters in your closet, opening pathways to massive shifts. 

Both the Sun and Mercury make beautiful trines to Pluto. This is allowing us to share our biggest fears, and express our pain or sorrow. This paves the way for real tangible change. We’re being given a golden opportunity to tell people what security truly honestly feels like. What we have been lacking, and need to survive. With Venus conjunct Uranus, we explore what new and innovative ways we can change our relationship with our security. Be that our relationship to money, food, or even our body. 

Mars in Cancer is turning up the heat with its squares to Chiron. We are asked to take a more nurturing approach, and be open to love and kindness. We don’t have to react irrationally when others offer a helping hand. Keep in mind, this is the first theme of the Venus-Mars sextile for the year, making it easier for us to receive support. It only presents itself if you are open and choose to react differently. Neptune Trine the north node encourages us to choose not to take the path of being a victim but being a healer. Both to ourselves, but as well as others. Working with water is greatly encouraged during this full moon. Scorpio is a water sign, that is ruled by Pluto. 

You see all emotions are truly only sourced from two basic sources; love or fear. It’s one or the other. Anger can not truly be a derivative of love. Anger represents fear of something, of someone not being trustworthy, or fear of being hurt again. The beauty of this moon is, in fact, it’s capability to help us express our greatest fears and release them from our consciousness. It’s only then we truly have the ability to heal and change our trajectory. If we keep telling ourselves the same story over and over, we perpetuate that pain and make it part of our identity. Change isn’t pretty, often times it’s messy and downright scary. But on the other side of that, there’s something beautiful and brand new. 


Ritualistic Inspirations 

  • Herbs: Basil, bloodroot, wormwood, damiana, pansy, blackberry
  • Incense: Dragons blood
  • Symbols: The Scorpion, the reproductive system, the root chakra, death, rebirth, transformation, snakes, eagles, Mars, Pluto
  • Crystals: obsidian, topaz, jet, ruby, smokey quartz

Try This…  

Scorpio magic is related to increasing psychic ability or working in other realms. Work is often best done in the late evening hours. Any work that relates to banishing, detoxing, removing poisons or psychic attachments is encouraged. Scorpio oftentimes relates to fears, and how to transform yourself in order to overcome them. Due to Scorpios connection with death and transformation, often times cleansing work, ancestor work, or actually burying objects help for closure. Think “spiritual funeral”. Being a Scorpio myself, I can’t even begin to tell you how many times i’ve had to ritualize endings. 

If something hurts, do your Scorpio/ Pluto work this moon. Let yourself feel all the feels. Review old photos, love letters, texts and sacred things. Let it all out. Cry, be angry, sad or mad. Then make a pact with yourself that you are MOVING ON. Burn your candle, burry  or recycle you treasures or connections to the past, take your bath and move on with your bad self!


Detox bath:

  • 1 part sea salt
  • a pinch of black salt or ash (from a smudge stick)
  • a tablespoon of vinegar
  • a chunk of smokey quartz, or any dark crystal
  • a pinch of loose tobacco 
  • a pinch of hyssop 
  • a shot of coconut juice or water
  • a shot of white rum

You will also need:

  • A plate
  • a single white candle
  • a single black candle
  • Sage stick
  • Honey
  • Pomegranate 

Ritual Steps:

  • Mix the items together and toss them into a hot bath. Best taken in the evening of the 18th. Be sure to strain out any loose herbs to prevent clogging a tub.
  • Burn sage. Open sacred space with a ritual prayer for protection.
  • Light your candles, first white then black.
  • Slice the pomegranate in half, and place on a plate. Pour honey over the top. This is an offering to dark deities for aiding removal of negative energies or poisons within the body.
  • Set an intention and visualize what you wish to banish. (Fear, negative emotions, roadblocks, exes)
  • Slip into the bath and be sure to submerge head to toe. Do not use soap or rinse off. When you are finished drain the tub.
  • Do not exit the tub until the water is completely gone. visualize all the fears being drained from the tub. Be grateful they are being banished from your body and auric field.
  • Get out of the bath and air dry if possible, or put on a robe. The herbs and liquids need to dry on the skin. You are free to shower the next morning.
  • Be sure to thank your guides and close the ritual off. Leave out the candles to burn until they are out, and leave the pomegranate out overnight. Feel free to dispose of the fruit in compost or return it to nature when done.


Candace Marie of Beyond the Veil Tarot has her degree in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Theology, and studied at the School of Evolutionary Astrology. She is also a graduate of Sacred Crossings Death Midwifery School, and a root worker and herbalist. Read her bio here, and catch more of her work on Beyond the Veil Tarot.


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