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Leo Full Moon: Seeding Joy

A man is not where he lives

But where he loves.

Latin Proverb

The Full Moon on February 5, 2023 at 16º40’ Leo

brings us back to our center and reminds us to move from our heart. Coming present to ourselves, we can allow our very presence to radiate love and warmth into our lives. In essence:

Feed what you love,

Nurture what lights you up and sparks optimism,

Feel pride in your strengths and where you have confidence

Look to where you are willing and grow that willingness,

Stoke the courage to love, to create, and move

from what centers, grounds and sings to you, and

Honor who you are.

Full Moon Ruler: The Sun in Aquarius

Uranus in a T-Square with the Full Moon

Mars sextile Chiron, square Venus and sextile the Full Moon

Saturn and Pluto in the final degrees of Aquarius and Capricorn, respectively

Each Full Moon presents a dynamic tension as the Moon comes to oppose the Sun The potential of the New Moon reaches a climax that brings crisis, breakthrough or resolution. The Leo Full Moon is standing up to the strong Aquarian energies that have us focusing on ideals, the future of humanity, and conceptualizing a vision for how to move towards the future.

The New Moon two weeks ago was in the sign of Aquarius letting us know that we are ready to synthesize and concretize our ruminations, learnings, and ideas together into a decisive plan for how to move forward.

The recent Aquarian New Moon happened as part of an Aquarian wave that has been moving in our lives since the beginning of the 20th century. Neptune completed its15-year journey through Aquarius in 2012 which had us dreaming on our ideal future. The Great Junction, which happens every 20 years between Saturn and Jupiter, occurred in December 2020 at the very first degree of Aquarius, signifying a whole new movement, an Aquarian movement of unprecedented innovation for the generation to come. Jupiter moved through Aquarius in 2021, giving us confidence to move towards freedom and our desired future self. Saturn is in the last weeks of its 2-year trip through Aquarius, a two-year period where we needed to get serious about how to move towards this future and let go of what is familiar. Pluto is poised to enter Aquarius in March and remain in Aquarius for 20 years! This is when the real Aquarian revolution will now take place. These slow moving planets rarely travel through Aquarius and so as each of the outer planets has moved through Aquarius, we have been compelled to think to the future, move towards an ideal way of living, consider our actions in relation to the collective, and be open to new innovations and technologies.

And in comes the Leo Full Moon!

Having a smart brain is not enough.

We need a warm heart.

Dalai lama

The Leo Moon draws us back to our center. We drop from our head into our heart. It is desireable to now pull back from extending or overextending ourselves into the world of tasks and people. It is wise now to prioritize time and attention to the one and only agent of our lives: Ourselves.

Each of us resides as the center of all that is happening in and around our life – much like the Sun, the ruler of Leo, that resides at the center of the solar system giving it its shape and its movement. The Sun radiates its warmth, its essence. The planets and all terrestrial life responds and moves and grows and is effected in response to the sun’s presence. Without the Sun there is no solar system and no life. The Sun of our life is our heart.

Similarly, we stand at the hub of the wheel of our life, with all activities, people, ideas all spinning in relation to where and how we stand. The Leo Full Moon invites to center ourselves, stand with confidence and radiate the love, the joy that is in our heart. And if we are not feeling up to this, it is ever the more reason to pull ourselves back from activitiies and look at how we can nourish ourselves and what we love. The Leo New Moon urges us to care for, affirm the yearnings of, and respond to what our heart loves.

In creating a vision and a plan for the year or beyond, there is considered rationale for how it will all work best and what we will need to do to make it happen. The Leo Moon now invites us to add our personal proclivities into the equation. What do we feel like doing? What inspires us? What part of the plan has us contract in some way? While Aquarius values intellect and objectivity, the best plan is one we feel like doing, one that gives us joy. A plan may need to be adjusted so that it is plan that we love and feeling the strenght of spirit to enact! We want to utilize our strengths, and give our attention to activities that magnify our confidence.

The Shadow side of Leo can show up in two ways: cowardice and selfishness. Seeing oneself as the center of the universe can easily lead to self-centeredness and narcissism. The lessons and growth of the Leo spirit take us from selfishness to self-awareness and self-recognition. Cowardice comes from a lack of heart, a lack of self-recognition that arises from experiences that hurt us and have us question our value. We all hold elements of the shadow side of Leo. The remedy is found in a practice of self-love.

The more light you allow within you

The brighter the world you live in will be.

Shakti Gawain

Full Moon Ruler: The Sun in Aquarius in a Fixed T-Square

The Fixed Signs (Leo, Aquarius, Taurus, Scorpio) stabilize and maintain. They support us in being steadfast in our beliefs and plans. They encourage right use of will and help us to stay the course. The impulse with so many planets in fixed sigsn is to stabilize what we know, but a T-Square in Fixed Signs compels us to embrace change, to move outside the scope of what we already know, and welcome a testing of our beliefs.

We are living in a time where paradigms are shifting and with it our perceptions of life, the divine, our families, our work, our purpose... The Leo Moon’s presence in the T-Square reminds us that if we live from our center and be true to our heart, we can successfully navigate the unexpected twists and turns of life in the days and months to come.

Midpoint of Change

This Full Moon is at the midpoint between the Lunar Eclipse of November 8, 2022 and the upcoming one on May 5, 2023. Both of these eclipses occur at 14/15 degrees of the Scorpio/Taurus polarity. These two eclipses are highlighted at the Full Moon and point to a need to simplify our life. We are to release complexity and drama, and get down to the essence of what we truly need. The Full Moon is a turning point between the eclipses where we can let go of what is passing out of our life and give our attention and our love to what can be created now. We are being prodded to let go and let go and let go so we can welcome and embrace what is coming around the next bend in the road.

Uranus in Taurus catalyzes change in what gives us our sense of security. Things we have taken for granted, things we may thought would always be there for us, may no longer offer the stability they once did. Their is a story unfolding at the level of the collective that compels us to explore new mediums that have us feel secure. If we root ourselves in our values, walk our talk and pursue what inspires love in us, we will find the way through.

Uranus square the Full Moon

Uranus, ruler of Aquarius, will cue us throughout this decade to expect the unexpected, to welcome new ideas and release old ways of operating. There is a compelling need to break free from habitual patterns, explore alternatives, and make meaningful changes (Uranus square the Full Moon).

Life as we know it is being shaken up. It is less about being in control and more about being curious about what life is opening up for us inside of unexpected news or turn of events. Uranus, catalyst of change, releases and frees up what has been repressed. Taurus is the essence of stability and security. With Uranus in Taurus, we feel insecure; the ground beneath our feet is shifting and we are being compelled to discover new ways of living that are more sustainable, more life-giving and more in alignment with our soul nature and the times.

We may be feeling rebellious, ready to act in a way that is out of character and not what people have come to expect of us. We may feel intensity and stress in areas where we have resisted change or have an unhealthy attachment to behaviors, activities or relationships that compromise the fullness of self-expression. It is becoming harder and harder to sit on our vital life force in favor of continuing with what is familiar. We are ready to release what does not bring us joy and make changes that allow our light to shine.

We can expect life to move at a faster pace in the next couple months (Jupiter in Aries, no planets Retrograde and Saturn/Pluto changing signs). We may experience rapid change in some area of our life. The energies of the last four months, that slowed down or delayed forward movement, have subsided. It is time to take action, step away from conformity as the path of least resistence, and shift out of habits that diminish our joy of life. Moving from our heart, guided by what gives us joy, we can successfully navigate the opportunities and surprises come our way.

Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive.


Mars: Charged With Confidence

Mars is moving forward in Gemini after its 2 ½ month retrograde which gave us the time to discern truth from false narratives. The pace of what we wanted to achieve was slowed down so we could re-evaluate our approach. Our thoughts and communications may have been frustrated. With Mars moving forward, having gained new insight, our thinking is now clearer, more focused. The retrograde helped us discover a fresh perspective on how to monitor our self-talk, assimilate information we are receiving, and how to best engage conversations we need to initiate.

  • There is a renewed drive and a motivation to move towards change and to express what is true for us (Mars sextile the Leo Moon).

  • We have been healing what subdued our confidence. there is renewed courage as we feel greater trust in ourselves (Chiron sextile Mars).

  • We are feeling more passionate, to engage both our intellect and our intuition in how we look at and address circumstance (Mars in Gemini square Venus in Pisces).

Valentine's Day

Venus conjunct Neptune in Pisces

We want to find the Romance and experience the beautiful dream February 14 -16. For those of us who have a partner, these are days to set aside the conflicts, the real world issues, and become immersed in the dream, the fantasy, and the romance of the relationship. Beyond the conventional way of celebrating Valentine's Day, we will all benefit from activities and conversations that have us wax poetic. We will not be inclined to be pragmatic or realistic on these days and we could make a mess of it if we try. Whether we are inclined to meditate and feel the presence of the divine, or compose a song, or dance naked around a fire, or get up early to watch the sunrise, we can look at how to enhance our participation in the romance of life.

Underlying Themes for February

Pluto and Saturn each wrapping up a cycle

The outer planets reflect what is happening in the collective, but their transpersonal energies can deeply impact us individually when they make a transit to one of our natal planets. Pluto and Saturn are the ones to watch over the next weeks and months. For those of us who have planets at 29 or 0 degrees, this year will bring intensity and dynamic change.

Pluto is in its final weeks in Capricorn, having arrived at 29 degrees. Capricorn is structures and responsibiltiies. For the collective, it is what comprises the status quo: the systems, laws, and authorities. Pluto looks to bring transformation in the area where it resides. In Capricorn, we have seen the wobbling of the status quo and the breaking down of the systems that we have taken for granted. Pluto illuminates what is out of integrity and out of alignment, and breaks down what no longer is serving a purpose to make way for something new to emerge.

The final degree of a sign amplifies and exaggerates the energy of that sign. Pluto is looking to complete the job it began in Capricorn in 2008. To recognize how Pluto's journey through Capricorn has transformed us, we can look to how we may have redefined what responsibility is in our lives and how we hold it. We can also look to how we may have more integrity in our commitments and even restructured our lives so that we can better do this. To the degree we have not yet integrated the lessons of Pluto in Capricorn, we can experience intensity in our lives over the next six weeks before Pluto moves onto Aquarius.

Saturn is making its way through the last degrees of its two-year sojourn through Aquarius, signaling a period where we were to envision our future self and a futre that would be sustainable for us. The Great Conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn in December 2020 opened a doorway to new possibilities, new technologies and a new way to view futurre potentials. The square between Uranus and Saturn in 2021 and 2022 had us feeling the impetus to move towards the unknown and create something new for ourselves while simultaneously we also felt inclined to hold on to what we know and the life that we have. We have been straddling two worlds, the one that is already dying and the other that is still over the horizon, not yet in view. We are neither in the old way of operating nor have we been free to embark on a new course.

The rest of February, coming into March, we can take stock of what we have learned, how we have grown and look at what we can do now that will have us freed up to embrace a future that will be a radical departure from our past. This brings us now back to the Leo Full Moon and its directive to Seek Joy. If we can shift something or engage something that increases the joy in our heart and the love for the life we are living, then we are well on our way.

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