Creating mandala art at the full moon helps me to tune into the truth of what’s happening in my life and what needs my attention. My stencils from StencilGirl products make it quick and easy to get the basic design drawn. I always start with the outline by tracing the Four Gates Mandala Stencil.
Scorpio as Gatekeeper
At each of the gates I trace the glyph for the featured zodiac sign. For this next full moon, Scorpio is our guide and pictured here we see it as the M shape with a stinger tail. Each gate represents a different aspect of the self – your mind, emotions, body, and spirit. As you create your mandala or later meditate on it, observe your thoughts, feelings, sensations in your body, and your overall energy. What is showing up for you?
With Scorpio guiding us at this full moon, we may find tensions running high and overtaken by a flood of emotions. Pluto, Scorpio’s ruling planet hangs out in the four corners of the mandala. Pluto is associated with the process of rebirth and facing a dead end situation that may involve a painful catharsis before moving on.
In this mandala, the watercolor background in violet and dark blue reflects the watery depths of Scorpio. The element of water represents our feelings and intuition. Of all of the water signs in the zodiac, Scorpios are drawn to the deepest depths of our watery nature, the shadowlands.
We all have a shadow side. It’s the place in our subconscious where our fears, long-held hurts, disappointments, shame, heartache, grief, self-sabotaging behaviors, and painful memories lurk.
The light of the full moon may shine a light on something you have been neglecting, ignoring, or denying. This is a moment that can help to see the truth of a situation in your life.
Scorpio greets us at the gates, ready to show us the way to the center where we can find healing.
At the center of each of my full moon mandalas, I select a chakra to help us to work through the challenges presented by the featured zodiac constellation in the sky. Scorpios naturally connect to the sacral chakra, the second energy center in the body.
The mandala on the right, a zesty orange 6-petal flower with a crescent shape moon at the center is the typical color and pattern for the sacral chakra. On the left, I brought my own artistic flair to the chakra and painted the crescent shape with a moon-like texture against a celestial sky.
Scorpio – Sacral Chakra Connection
Scorpios are regarded as the most sensual of all zodiac signs. They navigate their world through their senses and delight in what they smell, touch, hear, and see. They love music, perfume, fine foods, and art.
Scorpio encourages us to face our shadows and asks, “What are you feeling?” and “What have you been neglecting, ignoring, or denying?”
Also known as the seat of our creativity, the sacral chakra engages our senses in the creative process. The healing that we find in the expressive arts gives us the opportunity to witness, feel, and release our emotions. It’s a way of connecting with our senses, feelings, and raw beauty. Creating mandala art, painting, writing, singing, dancing, playing musical instruments are different ways to express your truth and experience the catharsis prompted by Pluto and Scorpio.
Meditating with Mandalas
After creating your mandala art, I encourage you to spend time with it imagining yourself sitting at the center. As you look around what do you see? Notice the symbols, colors, numbers, and arrangements. What comes to mind? What associations can you make that give you insight about your current situation?
As I look at this Scorpio full moon mandala, I imagine myself resting in the embrace of the crescent shape as if it were a lunar hammock. This mandala feels like a safe place to hang out as I reflect on a karmic pattern that I’m currently revisiting in my life.
Facing the truth stings and is perhaps why the Scorpio glyph has a pointy tail. Feelings of shame, disappointment, hurt and guilt swirl in my body from my root chakra all the way up around my heart and hangs at my throat. I observe how I have given my power away and the cost of doing so.
Looking at this mandala, I imagine gently swaying in that lunar hammock. I see a celestial sky dotted with many stars that I associate with new possibilities. A little comet, birthed in the creation of unseen stars, journeys swiftly through the darkness.
If Comet has flown into your sphere the message it offers is one of hope and change. It brings excitement and the unexpected into your life. As you stand tall in the realm of the East Wind, the place of renewal and great vision, powerful new energies gather from the beyond. They allow you to tap into the limitless worlds of space and time to explore the essence of your being.
Comet’s journey is your journey. It calls you to gather your courage in your hands and fly into the unknown. It asks you to accept that you are part of a greater design, a beautiful color woven into the web of life.
Comet supports you in the journey of the heart and it affirms you are never asked to do more than you are capable of doing. Trust is the key; trust in the journey that brings you to the innocent, inquisitive child. Experience the wonder of creation’s joy, the exciting pulse of life.
Whatever you decide to do, Comet marks a change. It welcomes you into the greatest of circle and lights the way for your journey. It offers new beginnings.
Comet brings tidings of hope and fulfillment. Be prepared to be pleasantly surprised. It is time to dream beautiful dreams and give them life.Excerpt from Wisdom of the Four Winds by Barry Brailsford
An Unexpected Divination Tool
I like to work with divination tools as part of my mandala art meditation. I often reach for Tarot or oracle cards. In this last year I discovered a fun unexpected divination tool where I randomly open a sticker book that’s full of 1,000+ antiquarian themed illustrations. It started as a fun experiment, sort of a variation of pulling out a book and randomly gazing upon a page in search of a synchronistic message.
After sitting with my Scorpio full moon mandala, I flipped the sticker book open where a skull smiled up at me and whispered, Memento Mori. It was the perfect message for the moment as Scorpios tend to be fascinated by not only the occult but by the mysteries of death.
Memento Mori. Death is inevitable. While we have the big death where we transition from this life to whatever may be next, we also experience many little deaths as we cycle through various aspects of our lives. In fact, at each full moon, we often look to see what we are ready to release, let go of, and surrender. The ending of a way of being, knowing, pattern, or relationship dies to make room for something new.
On the back of my full moon mandala I wrote down what I imagined this skull is asking me:
What are you ready to release?
What will you do with this one wild and precious life?
Truth is, what we hold on to that no longer aligns with who we are or who we are becoming, keeps us from living fully. Scorpio asks, what’s holding you back? What baggage have you been carrying that you are ready to release? What is ready to come to an end?
I recently picked up a gyclee print titled, “My mind is an ocean” by Lucy Campbell. Rather fitting for this Scorpio Full Moon, no?
Mad Dog, an old animal ally recently came out of the closet to hang out in my studio. Here Mad Dog holds onto my new masks from Beau Ties, Ltd. of Vermont.
As I bring this blog post to a close, I hope it has helped you to better understand the role Scorpio and Pluto can have in your transformational journey and how creating and meditating on mandala art is a powerful process to do at the full moon.
Until the next lunation,
Instigator of Soulful & Creative Living
Note: Scorpio Full Moon is Tuesday – 27th April 2021.
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