Full Moon in Scorpio ~April 23, 2024 7:49 pm ET / 4:49 pm PT ~ Theme: Release the Past

Full Moon in Scorpio

April 23, 2024 7:49 pm ET / 4:49 pm PT

Theme: Release the Past


By Guest Astrologer, Meagan Leonard | IG: @_space.drama

Graduate of Our Mystic Astrology Apprenticeship Program

On April 23, a powerful and transformative full moon in Scorpio will officially conclude the spring eclipse season and invite us to release any residual attachments that keep us tethered to the past.

The time has come to finally confront our fears of the unknown and make peace with what has decayed so that we can step into the future we desire free of energetic baggage. 

During a full moon, the sun and moon occupy opposing zodiac signs, drawing our attention to an aspect of our lives that is out of balance. Heightened energy around this time often brings hidden insights and information to the surface, illuminating shadows related to the two energies.

Full moons are also about release—they represent cycles coming to fruition and chapters ending. As the moon waxes and wanes, it reminds us of the rhythmic nature of life—whatever is lost will be replaced, and what dies will be reborn in a new form.

No other sign is more concerned with death than Scorpio. You can be confident that endings and transformations are afoot whenever this energy is at play.

Most of us struggle with the idea of death and prefer not to contemplate it at all…

Instead, we spend our lives attempting to safeguard against it—by accumulating wealth and possessions, becoming hypervigilant about our bodies, and holding onto relationships like life rafts. Yet, it is an unfortunate and uncomfortable truth that we ultimately enter and leave this world alone.

The most frightening thing about death is not its inevitability or the idea of not being (although those things can also be scary to contemplate)—it is the fact that there is nothing we can do to change the outcome.

There is no way of knowing how it will happen or when it will arrive, so our knee-jerk response to this sense of powerlessness is to attempt to gain control of something else. When faced with the threat of loss, we cling to our possessions even tighter.

Directly across the zodiac wheel, deep and brooding Scorpio finds its sister in Taurus, an earth sign representing all that is tangible—food, finances, and the natural world. Both signs embody themes of security and attachment—Scorpio in the psychological realm and Taurus in the physical. 

When this axis becomes activated, our attention is drawn to the ways we avoid change and try to gain control over our lives by creating a sense of safety. 

It is relatively easy to part with things when we have no skin in the game, which is why some people choose unfulfilling paths—if we are invested, we have more to lose. It is much easier to let go of something we never really wanted in the first place. 

Similarly, we may cling to the past during significant life transitions because we fear completely stepping into the unknown. This way, if it doesn’t work out, we have a safe place to return to. Even if we believe we have severed certain connections by physically walking away, emotional attachments keep us from being fully present in our current circumstances. This unfinished business creates an energetic residue that holds us back and can be felt by those close to us.

To truly love something or someone brings us face-to-face with death. The idea of losing what we care about so much is akin to contemplating our own demise, so many of us avoid situations that require total investment or attempt to cushion ourselves against the blow.

But when it comes to our heart’s desires, we cannot have our cake and eat it too—you’re either in or you’re out. We must be willing to sacrifice safety and comfort for what is worthwhile and valuable. 

We must face the spectre of death to fully embrace life. 

This full moon will feel especially intense because it occurs in a tight square with Pluto in Aquarius. Squares create tension and discomfort that force us to confront something or push us to grow.

The Moon represents our emotional world, while Pluto represents our unconscious drives and the part of us that longs for transformation. When these two planets meet, buried fears and desires surface—allowing us to get to the root of our triggers and wounds.

Pain and loss are our greatest teachers. They illuminate what we take for granted and what is most important to us. It is only when we face the prospect of losing something for good that we fully understand its value. In this moment of horror and grief, something awakens inside of us that is capable of great sacrifice. Suddenly, our fear no longer matters—our obligations, along with our misgivings, excuses, and self-doubt, fall by the wayside. 

It is time to face our fears of stepping into the unknown and let what has decayed fall away. Be grateful for the lessons it taught you and express gratitude for its role in your journey. 

Remember, anything you are forced to leave behind on the path to your heart’s calling was never meant to stay. 

Self Reflection Questions:

How does your need for security and safety hold you back?

What are you most afraid to lose—what does this reveal about you?

Are there any emotional attachments or unfinished business keeping you from fully embracing the life of your dreams?


Who this Full Moon will impact the most:

Scorpio sun, moon, and rising

Taurus sun, moon, and rising

Aquarius sun, moon, and rising

Cancer sun, moon, and rising

Full Moon Ritual for Transforming Energy

The process of planting seeds is an excellent reminder of the cyclical nature of life and the faith required to proceed toward the unknown. When we plant seeds, we bury the potential of something new within what has decayed. In this way, the past supports and nourishes growth, and what was lost is reborn in a new form.

For this ritual, you will need paper, a pen, a lighter; seeds, some soil, and a planting pot.

    1. Find a calm space to complete the ritual, light a candle, and take a few minutes to focus your breath.
    2. Write down anything that has been holding you back—emotional attachments, physical possessions, financial obligations. You might wish to write, “I release my attachment to …and the power it has over me.”
    3. When you are finished, burn the paper and dispose of the ashes. 
    4. Next, add the soil to your pot.
    5. Hold the new seeds in your hand, close your eyes, and visualize the life you wish to live.
    6. You may wish to say, “Let these seeds be a reminder that there is always life after loss, that what leaves was never meant to stay, and something better will always take its place.”
    7. Plant the seeds and cover them with soil.
    8. Over the next few weeks, nurture your plant by giving it sunlight and water. Let it serve as a reminder of the new life you are stepping into and the new version of yourself you are becoming.

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The Area You Can Release Something this Full Moon (Based on Your Rising, Moon and Sun Sign):

If you don’t know your Rising, Sun or Moon Sign, you can pull up your chart here.


ARIES: Death and rebirth, the occult, big life changes and transformation, sexuality, inheritances, other people’s money



TAURUS: Romantic partner, business partner, clients



GEMINI: Your service to the world, day job, enemies, your physical body, health, animals



CANCER: Children, lovers, sex, play, hobbies, fun, art, intellect, creation



LEO: Home, mother, family, emotional wellbeing, ancestral roots



VIRGO: Siblings, online business, local life, relatives, short distance travel, writing, speaking, teaching




LIBRA: Self worth, money, what you eat, your voice, possessions, skills and talents



SCORPIO: Yourself, ego, how you present yourself to the world, your looks, identity



SAGITTARIUS: Spirituality, your dream world, the past, pain and loss, bed pleasures, isolated places such as hospitals, prisons and institutions, channelling



CAPRICORN: The greater network, large groups of people, acquaintances, community, social media, online communities, good luck



AQUARIUS: Work, self employment, your career, public image, leadership



PISCES: Father, gurus, spiritual community, foreign travel, blessings, your belief systems, spirituality


About Guest Astrologer, Meagan Leonard

Graduate of Our Mystic Astrology Apprenticeship Program

Meagan is a writer, certified astrologer, and intuitive tarot reader. She is currently pursuing her master’s in counselling psychology and hopes to eventually combine astrology and therapy in private practice.

Astrology and tarot have helped Meagan learn to trust her intuition and navigate many difficult experiences. Now, she is passionate about using these tools to help others do the same.

As a reader, Meagan uses the natal chart to identify the unique soul journey you are on in this lifetime—the lessons you are here to learn, and the challenges you must overcome to unlock your greatest strengths.

Her areas of interest are the North and South Nodes and synastry/compatibility.

 IG: _space.drama

Andrea is a writer, astrologer, astrology teacher and tarot reader who combines ancient classical techniques from Esoteric Western Astrology, Hellenistic Astrology, Jaimini and Vedic Astrology into her own unique intuitive astrology system called Sacred Astrology. Check out her Become Your Own Astrologer Course under "Programs" on the Risingwoman.com menu :)
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