Full Moon in Scorpio: In the Belly of a Duck

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bull-rubber-duckEver hopeful for increased prosperity and other cosmic bonbons, I decided to perform the Venus Santeria ritual that Dana wrote about at the Taurus New Moon. It sounded so simple – a piece of bread, a smallish candle, a nickel, a body of running water – but it took me the better part of an afternoon to collect the right size candle, the right shape roll. Finally, I had everything I needed to perform the ritual on the Friday (Venus’ day) after the New Moon.

So just before lunchtime I wrote out my wish list, prepared my little roll, and lit the candle. As it burned down, I followed the ritual’s instructions to pursue pleasant Venusian pastimes. I had my favorite food for lunch, and then I replaced my decaying guitar strings, which seemed appropriately Venusy. Within a couple of hours the candle burned itself out, and I was ready to … well,roll, so to speak. The question was, where to release my Venusian offering into the wild? I had been thinking of taking it over to Coronado and tossing it into the ocean, but then I reread Dana’s article and realized salt water was out of the question.

Then my husband remembered a spot down in the valley where we might be able to get close enough to the bank of the San Diego River to surrender my cosmic muffin therein. We parked in a nearby lot, trundled down the street a piece, and found a likely – if rocky – spot. We picked our way cautiously a few feet down, where I perched on a rock and hurled the bun. At first, I was dismayed; the roll fell just at the edge of a kind of breakwater thing and just sat there for a minute. And then I noticed that the wind was blowing the water toward the breakwater, and despaired of my little offering to Venus getting very far at all.

Then, an intervention: a group of four ducks descended on the roll, pushed it into the river, and began eating it. “That’s… good, right?” I asked my husband. “I mean, nature participating in the ritual, and all.” “Well, think of it this way,” he pointed out. “That roll is going to get a lot further down the river in the stomach of that duck than it would have on its own.”

I am weirdly (among my astrologer friends, anyway) skeptical about magic, which is perhaps why my forays into ritual so often go comically awry. And yet, they have occasionally yielded intriguing results, too. Many years ago, not long before I met my spouse, I performed a New Moon ritual that included writing a list of the qualities I desired in a mate and leaving it under a burning candle. A couple of years later as I was packing up to move to San Diego and get married, I ran across the long-forgotten list. It read like a resume of my husband-to-be.

Likewise, since performing the Santeria ritual a couple of weeks ago, it seems that I’m getting pretty much whatever I ask for (which, believe me when I tell you, is not a normal state of affairs), along with something great that I didn’t even think to ask for – a contract to write a new book.

I don’t know. Maybe it’s all a series of coincidences. But at this Full Moon in Scorpio, the sign of magical, unseen forces and the power of universal support, I find myself dazzled by this generous display of cosmic goodwill.

It’s illuminating to contemplate that among the Gods of mythology, Pluto/Hades – ruler of Scorpio – was known as “The Rich One.” In astrology, Scorpio, Pluto, and the 8th house have come to symbolize the world’s riches – “other people’s money,” inheritance and loans, mysterious windfalls. It makes sense to consider that what we put forward from Venus and the second house must eventually find a response from Pluto and the eighth house.

And yet, it’s very hard for some of us to rely upon Scorpio’s cosmic trust fund, the enormous stockpile of goods, services, and enlightenment that sits waiting for us to draw checks against it. I grew up among farmers who worked extraordinarily hard for every dollar, and I definitely absorbed the ethos that hard work alone, not magic, would summon financial security (although none of the hard-working families around us seemed especially prosperous).

So I’ve always worked hard and asked for little. And I think I’m beginning to understand that while preparation is key to receiving the world’s bounty – and hard work is part of that preparation – so is the ability to articulate what you want, and the willingness to claim it. It’s important to use all your gifts to create a life that is a sincere offering to the gods, but prosperity is a dance you must do with the unseen forces of the collective. You can’t achieve prosperity in a vacuum, not unless you own a mint. Prosperity is not a closed system; the money you hope to attract has to come from other people. And the minute you demonstrate a willingness to accept help from the collective, the oppressive weight of trying to earn a living is immediately cut in half. There’s no shame in letting others carry you part of the way along your journey.

It’s important to prepare the Cosmic Bun of Goodwill and Intention, to do the work of finding the stream, and to drive down to the water to send it on its way. But once you’ve done your part, maybe it’s perfectly all right to let your offering be carried along downstream in the wind, or stuck to the bottom of a boat, or even in the belly of a duck – propelled by collective forces that can carry your wishes far beyond the limited reach of your own, small imagination.

© April Elliott Kent

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10 Responses to “Full Moon in Scorpio: In the Belly of a Duck”

  1. JJ

    This is an extraordinary realization after we’ve ALL been told (not just the farmers) it’s only about hard work. A human being cannot possibly work enough hours to be wealthy – so it has to happen in other ways, and being clear about your intent or desire is the place to start. I, too, wrote a list and all but one item matched the man who showed up (he’s a little older than I asked!). Wow! And he’s brought the ‘collective forces’ of abundance with him. Thanks for writing this, and I’m really glad it has worked for you! (And that you recognize it! – another issue with this magic stuff is that it may come in a form you might not ‘get’).

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  2. Sharon Leah

    Thank you, April, for sharing your inspiring and well-told story. Now I have to read Dana’s ritual and find a candle and a roll and whatever else I need. As always, I loved your story.

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  3. Eva

    Another great article, thank you April! I would just like to add that it’s also about a mindset. Yes, be clear to the universe about what you want, as JJ above says, but also acknowledge that you are WORTH IT, all the abundance that is out there…

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  4. Valentina

    Perfect, thank you for making me realise that I have to trust to my Moon in 8th house and not just to stick to my Venus in 2 house!Sometimes it it not easy to let myself go and especially to trust in myself and others. But community has lot to offer and we have to be ready to accept it. Thank you again, your texts are so interesting and different!

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  5. Jennifer

    Ugh, I haaaaaaaaate having to get help from other people. It drives me crazy. There’s enough people out there who are either flaky or have families or are otherwise unreliable that I would rather not ask and then have to depend on their iffy possible assistance.

    I guess I don’t believe in being supported. It happens intermittently, but nothing I’d actually “trust to the universe to take care of me” about. I know I SHOULD, but man, it’s hard. I just feel like I’m going to end up flat on my face because I trusted a Lucy to hold the football for me or something.

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  6. Anna

    I have a Taurus Moon in the 8th house, so I’ve worked this vibe a lot in my life, and I have to say that the keys really do amount to (1) stating needs; (2) feeling worthy of being supported; (3) trust – and “trust me,” that ain’t easy for an 8th house Moon person; and (4) claiming and appreciating.

    My breakthrough was a few years ago when I realized that much of the world’s wealth was no longer actual cash money or coin or precious material substance owned and held by people. In the digital age, much of the world’s wealth is a flow of electronic pulses in computer megasystems that are being shuffled, increased, and decreased on a second-by-second basis. Paycheck people (like me) are used to thinking of wealth in fixed terms: I have xxx amount in savings, I get yyyy amount on the 1st and 15h of every month. Non-paycheck people, such as the very wealthy, and corporations, have much more fluidity and much less fixedness.

    When I realized that, it released the guilt, it released that sense of “if I ask for money, then someone else will have to suffer, will have to be deprived of money to meet my needs.” I had had a hard time with that, of course. Happily, I no longer believe that to be true.

    Now, when I have a need that my ordinary work cannot fulfill, I do not hesitate to make the request.

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  7. Leslee

    Excellent! This post also reminds me of following Dana’s advice last year and doing that ritual at the Taurus New Moon (was in my 10th house). I can’t remember exactly what I wrote and wished for, but finding a spot on a nearby river and the damn bun just kinda sitting there in the shallows. Anyway, the next month I got a great job offer, so there’s something to it!

    Of course, followed by hard but satisfying work. As no doubt your book writing will be. 🙂

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