On January 28, 02:16 PM ET, we experience a Full Moon at 9°05’ of the sign of Leo.
Full Moons represent the blossoming and peak of the entire lunar cycle, when we witness the manifestation of the intentions we set at the New Moon and we enjoy the results of our efforts. The Full Moon is a time of celebration and culmination: it is an invitation to reach out to our community and share our work with the collective.
The Full Moon taking place in January is traditionally known as the Wolf Moon: this is because, during this time of the year, it was common to hear howling wolves at night in the Northern and Eastern parts of the United States. As wolves tend to be more active when nights are brighter, many believed that they would howl at the Full Moon: this became the origin of several myths and tales.
To celebrate the arrival of this Full Moon in Leo, on January 28 at 9:45 PM ET, we are hosting Global Live Full Moon in Leo Meditation on our YouTube channel. We invite you to join us, and invite others to meditate together with us. Tap here to find our scheduled live meditation.
Full Moon in Leo: Reclaiming our Right to Shine
Leo is a Fixed Fire archetype with a Yang or masculine quality. When Full Moons happen in Fire signs, channeling the intense emotional energy into activities that involve moving the body can be very helpful to balance our inner state and find peace. Any artistic endeavors such as writing, painting, dancing, singing, and playing music have the potential to be highly beneficial.
The Leo archetype, ruled by the Sun, represents the creative principle: this is why Leo has been traditionally associated with children, with our inner child, and with anything else we can metaphorically give birth to.
In its highest expression, Leo is extremely generous and open-hearted: it is not about showing off and seeking admiration just for the sake of it. Leo reminds us of the importance of cultivating our talents and sharing our uniqueness with the world, as a way to honor our life force energy expressing through us, and to inspire others to do the same.
The Full Moon in Leo is an invitation to reclaim our right to shine, to be creative, and to connect with our voice. This cosmic event is encouraging us to express ourselves and our inner world.
Balancing the Leo-Aquarius axis
Full Moons are always about balancing polarities: they happen when the Sun and the Moon are in opposite Zodiac signs, and forming an angle of 180° from our perspective on Earth. Oppositions are about finding ways to integrate and honor the expression of the two archetypes involved, which can be considered two sides of the same coin.
The Full Moon in Leo is now opposing both the Sun and Jupiter in Aquarius. While Aquarius invites objectivity and detachment and has a tendency to observe life from a distance, Leo encourages us to be heartfelt participants, to get involved, to reconnect to our childlike spontaneity, playfulness, and enthusiasm. While Aquarius is about being part of groups, organizations, communities, and networking, Leo is about personal self-expression and self-actualization, about the full embodiment of one’s creative essence and joy.
Balancing the Leo-Aquarius axis means finding our role in a group or community without disappearing into it, it means linking our creative talents to a socially relevant purpose. The opposition between the Moon in Leo and the Sun in Aquarius invites us to find the middle way between reacting excessively dramatically and reacting with excessive coldness and detachment.
Full Moon square Mars and Uranus: Restlessness and Impatience
The Full Moon, the Sun, and Jupiter are all in a square aspect to Mars and Uranus in Taurus. This alignment, technically known as T-square, may reflect restlessness, impatience, and a sense of frustration relative to our need to take unrestricted action being hindered by the current circumstances.
In particular, aspects between the Moon and Uranus exponentially increase our creativity and originality, while Moon-Mars aspects emphasize our need for passionate action. If we manage to make the most out of this energy, the potential for innovation and breakthroughs is enormous.
These aspects correlate to an increased need for intellectual stimulation and physical action: we get bored easily, and it’s important not to rush to make decisions, as we tend to be more impulsive than usual. Finding ways to channel our tension and our anger through physical activity and creative pursuits supports our capacity to deal with limitations and obstacles in mature ways.
To help you harness this energy Full Moon in Leo brings we have created Full Moon printable channeled “Embody your Light” journal and guided meditation audio. We invite you to use these Full Moon Ritual tools: journal and meditate together with Moon Omens Soul Family. Tap here to learn more and gain access to ritual tools.
Sun conjunct Jupiter: Optimism and Faith
The Sun is the planetary ruler of Leo: for this reason, the aspects it makes offer us more information on how the energy of this Full Moon is going to manifest. The Sun is currently forming an exact conjunction with Jupiter in Aquarius, which is a very supportive aspect. Jupiter expands whatever it touches: when the planet of abundance and the Sun join in conjunction, our vitality and optimism tend to increase.
With the Sun conjunct Jupiter, it’s easier than usual to see the positive side of any situation, and we may use humor as a coping mechanism when we face stressful events. Jupiter in Aquarius reflects increased mental energy and a strong capacity for innovation: the Sun-Jupiter conjunction promotes the expansion of our mental horizons. This aspect is supporting any form of self-expression and creativity, and it inspires us to pursue knowledge. To make the most out of this influence, beware of self-righteousness and arrogance and remain open to consider other people’s opinions, suggestions, and viewpoints.
Venus conjunct Pluto: Intense Feelings
Venus is currently forming an exact conjunction with Pluto in Capricorn, an aspect that is intensifying our feelings and our experience of relationships. Pluto is about the Soul’s evolution, power and powerlessness, unconscious attachments and desires, and cycles of death and rebirth. Venus corresponds to our self-esteem, our values, our resources and finances, our love life, and our social interactions.
The Venus-Pluto alignment is inviting us to begin a brand new cycle relative to how we show up in all our relationships both with others and with ourselves. The Full Moon in Leo, happening simultaneously, has the potential to illuminate what needs to change in the way we relate with others, as well as in the way we relate with ourselves, in how we manage our skills, our resources, and our finances.
Power, control, and manipulation dynamics can now be understood and exposed. We are encouraged to reflect upon our attachment patterns, and upon why we are compulsively looking for or running away from intense love and depth of connection.
Neptune squaring the Nodes: Cultivating Discernment
While the Full Moon is taking place, Neptune in Pisces is in an exact square aspect to the Lunar Nodes in Gemini and Sagittarius. This aspect has been ongoing for the last six months, and it will continue to be active for approximately six months more.
Neptune squaring the Nodes can be correlated to the global sensemaking crisis, to the loss of connection with faith many of us are experiencing, to the general sense of not knowing what to believe in, and to phenomena such as fake news. Neptune, in its distorted expression, relates to confusion, delusions, projections, lies, and illusions.
On this Full Moon, something previously hidden or unclear may come to light and be revealed. We may find out that what we believed to be true was just a part of the story, we may go through experiences of disillusionment, and notice a feeling of not being able to make sense out of anything.
During this time, it is essential to cultivate discernment, to stay grounded in our spiritual practice, and to adopt routines that promote inner peace and inner balance. However, we also need to be careful not to use spiritual principles as an excuse to block the information coming from the environment to avoid dealing with uncomfortable issues, a common temptation when Neptunian energy is strong, as it is now.
Full Moon in Leo: Embody your Light
The Full Moon in Leo is about coming back to our creative essence and embodying our light. It is about reclaiming our right to be seen, heard, and appreciated. The Full Moon in Leo urges us to stop waiting for someone else to give us permission to shine and invites us to give ourselves the permission to do so. The Full Moon in Leo is about allowing our light to come through, to inspire others to connect with their own essence and shine bright too.
The planetary configuration of the moment is intense. Full Moons tend to bring important issues to a head: they emphasize the need to deal with certain matters, as they become impossible to postpone any longer.
It is crucial to keep in mind that we always have the opportunity to reframe how we perceive our circumstances: we can choose to see them as opportunities for personal growth and as necessary stepping stones for our Soul’s evolutionary journey. Exploring tools and self-regulation techniques that help us transmute the emotional energy in a cathartic way can help us ground and connect with a sense of inner calm and steadiness amid chaotic and uncertain circumstances.
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