Full Moon in Leo

The moon is on her way to being full this Sunday February 5 in the fiery sign of Leo at 12:29 pm CST. Full moons occur every month when the sun and moon are in opposite signs at the exact same degree. For this particular full moon the sun will be at 16 degrees Aquarius while the moon will be in the opposite sign of Leo at 16 degrees. Full moons can bring situations to a head or completion; it’s a time of birthing our creations. Because the sun and moon are in opposition during a full moon we can feel as though we are being pulled in two different directions. Everything can feel a bit dramatic, we can feel like we’re being dramatic. The tension created could be that you’re going back and forth about something. You may be afraid to make a decision because you fear you’ll make the wrong decision. You can get caught in the trap of indecision. If you linger too long in this indecisive space you can start to lose hope. You may even start telling yourself that it’s not that important and you should just drop the issue. Don’t make a big fuss you may tell yourself but make a big fuss you must sometimes; it’s how we learn and grow. The new age spiritual text A Course in Miracles tells us that fear is a trick the Ego-Mind plays on us to keep us safe but in reality it just keeps us stagnant. You don’t have to have it all figured out right now all you have to do is come up with one good reason to try something different.

Keywords associated with a Full Moon in Leo: stardom, popularity, creativity, self-expression, charisma, pride, majesty, magnificence, drama, exaggeration, passion, force, spotlight, center-stage. As you read over the keywords notice the ones that catch your attention. Which keywords describe your life or situation right now? Notice the words you don’t like these can be just as telling since full moons can illuminate what’s hidden. Although the sun and moon are in opposite signs during a full moon there are some common themes we can draw between Aquarius (sun sign) and Leo (moon sign). The sign of Aquarius promotes individuality and this goes quite well with Leo’s need to self-express. A good question to ask yourself during this full moon is, where in my life am I afraid to shine? Another commonality between Aquarius and Leo is their modality. Each of the twelve signs belongs to one of the three modalities; cardinal, fixed or mutable. A sign’s modality tells you more about that sign’s attitude and nature. Aquarius and Leo both belong to the fixed modality meaning they don’t quit easily, they have staying power and can accomplish anything they set their minds to. On the flip side fixed signs can be very resistant to change. A full moon in Leo can remind us to stay the course when it comes to our dreams and goals, don’t give up. Leo energy says, stop playing small.

The Elements and the Full Moon in Leo: Each of the twelve zodiac signs belongs to one of the four elements; fire, earth, air or water. Leo belongs to the fire element meaning this is a sign full of life, energetic, self-expressive, full of life and at times a bit impatient. If you’ve been bored or stuck in ruts and routines now is the time to seek some excitement and reconnect with your passion. What do you love? What gets you excited? What are you passionate about? The dark side of Leo and it’s elemental fire energy is a need for drama and histrionics. Instead of honestly expressing how you feel are you being a drama queen/king right now?

The Sun and the Full Moon in Leo: Each astrological sign has a planetary ruler and for Leo that ruler is the sun. The sun and the moon are actually known as luminaries but most astrologers refer to them as planets as a kind of cosmic shorthand. Your sun sign represents the most powerful force in your birth chart. The sun is associated with life force and vitality. When someone asks you, what’s your sign? what they are really asking is what sign was the sun transiting when you were born. Learn everything you can about your sun sign. What are your sun sign’s strengths and weaknesses? If you don’t embrace the power and strength of your sun sign your life will feel like it’s off track; things won’t come together as easily. A full moon in Leo can remind us of the importance of embracing and expressing our sun sign. As the singer Madonna (a Leo) sang many years ago, express yourself!

Tarot and the Full Moon in Leo: The tarot card associated with this full moon is the Strength card in most decks but in the Thoth tarot this card is named Lust. Actually, I like the Lust card for our purposes here because it reminds us that connecting with our passions can be very powerful. Have you put your lust and passion for life on lockdown? Are you afraid that if you connect with your passions you’ll be too much and others may not like you? Embracing our passions and lust for life enables us to create our dreams.


Uranus is the ruler of the Aquarius (current sun sign) and had been retrograde since August of 2022 but went direct on January 22 2023. In fact, since September we had as many as five planets retrograde at once! As of January 22 all planets are direct; we have a reprieve from retrograde action until late April.

February 04, 2023 — Denise Welling