The Leo Full Moon on February 3rd is a powerhouse of enthusiasm and positive energy. The sign of Leo is majestic and creative, always seeking ways to shine and express the uniqueness of the Self. In this Full Moon, the Moon conjoins expansive Jupiter, bestowing confidence and abundance and opening the heart to greater potential for joy.
At the Leo Full Moon the Leo Moon opposes the Aquarius Sun, so there is a tension between the focus on the personal (Leo) and a push for a more transpersonal experience where all of humanity becomes equivalent to the individual self (Aquarius). This tension is amplified by the presence of Jupiter, which aligns with the Moon to open the heart and opposes the Sun to plant a seed of dissatisfaction with the status quo and encourage us to seek ever greater experiences and personal admiration. For Leo’s desire to shine from the open heart also contains a need for adulation from others that can be triggered by Jupiterian righteous confidence.
All Full Moons require balance and integration between two opposing polarities, and this dance between the development of the personal Self (Leo) a the more detached and reasoned focus on humanitarian service (Aquarius) is a tricky one. Fortunately the Sun, in a harmonious sextile to Uranus, helps us to bridge that divide by exciting the mind and opening up new pathways for us to re-imagine the world around us.
There is a lineup now of planets in Pisces (Mars, Chiron, Venus and Neptune) ask that we surrender and let go of our ideas of who we are and what we must have for our happiness (Leo) in order to find a more transcendent bliss that comes directly from the Divine (Pisces). The harmonious sextile from the Sun to Uranus excites us with new possibilities, and a conjunction of Uranus to the South Node (our evolutionary past) provides an opportunity to break free of an old pattern that may be holding us back.
A harmonious sextile from Mercury (mind and communication) to Saturn grounds and balances our thoughts and offers opportunities to see our lives in greater detail and with a more critical eye, beginning with the Full Moon and culminating on the 5th. Since Mercury is retrograde and encouraging us to look backwards rather than forwards, this is a wonderful time to evaluate areas of life that may need improvement so that plans can be implemented after Mercury turns direct on the 11th.
The theme for this Full Moon is the balance between becoming our Very Best Selves under the Leo Moon yet still maintaining a higher awareness of our place on the planet and the way in which we fit into the human community. Joy and love of life becomes balanced with a strong sense of justice, resulting in a happier and more effective human existence.