“If you think you are leading and turn around to see no one following you, then you are just taking a walk.”—John C. Maxwell
The full moon on Feb 5th is at 16 degrees of Leo. While the moon is in Leo at this full moon, the sun is in Aquarius. There is a need to integrate the self, our ego, our creations, our need for attention and our desire for luxury, with love for humanity. At this full moon, we may not feel like caring about other ideas that are unique or alien to ours. And ideologies such as racism and sexism, which put the focus on groups, may push our buttons. That’s because emotions may come up around the spotlight, leadership, pride, and recognition. Tensions with fun and play may also be highlighted. These tensions are especially salient at this full moon because the ruler of the full moon is the Sun. The sun is opposite the moon and is ruled by Uranus. And Uranus is square to the full moon. This takes the moon out of the spotlight and puts it into a bit of a spot. Throwing a Leo tantrum won’t work. Acting out like a drama queen will be even less effective, and being bossy could be downright detrimental. The way through this full moon is to shine your light as an example to others… and that means taking others into account!
Leo loves fun, but with the moon squaring Taurus, there will be an element of surprise mixed with that fun. As I write this, two balloons (usually associated with delight and glee) float over two foreign countries creating tensions. That is because they are owned by the Chinese and are said to be spy balloons! Taurus is the sign of security, but with Uranus there, there can be surprises and upsets. On a personal level, this may mean a threat to your sense of security, and/or ability to attract what you need.
Though it may feel like losing yourself to think of others, the reality is that you don’t need to lose yourself at all! You only need to embrace others’ ideas and contributions and incorporate them into how you strut your stuff!
The good thing is that this full moon is sextile Mars in Gemini and trine Chiron which is conjunct Juno in Aries. The sextile to Mars in Gemini will motivate us to have much-needed conversations and to be curious about what others are thinking and what is motivating them. Sextiles are opportunities that we can ignore, but taking the opportunity in this case, is important and necessary. The full moon makes a trine to Chiron currently conjunct Juno. This can bring up wounds around losing ourselves in our relationships. But, as its trine to the Full Moon, any wound that arises, can be healed and used for our benefit. For example; your partnerships may come across as dominating, but expressing your need for independence can help you realize where the imbalance in your relationship lies. You may be impatient with your partner, which causes a frustrated response, but helps you to see where you are not allowing them to be who they are. Working through these wounds around self-expression brings out helpful information that can motivate you to consider others. In fact, this is the lesson of the mature Leo. Leo is a leader. And “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others.”—Douglas MacArthur
The Sabian symbol is “a volunteer church choir makes social event of rehearsal”. Perhaps we have volunteered for purely selfish reasons; to be on stage and to have our voice heard with hopes of being the star of the show. Notice that we each come with our individual voices and vocal range; baritone, alto, soprano etc. Some of us may even be tone-deaf. If we all try to stand out we will create noise. But working together we find opportunities for each of us to come out in front and to create a unified song that individually we can celebrate and feel good about.
Leo is a fire sign. Use fire to burn ceremonially burn away what needs to be released. Burning Palo santo is a great choice as it clears the negative and leaves or welcomes in the positive!
Happy Full Moon in Leo!