The moon is on her way to being full this Thursday, January 28 in the fiery sign of Leo at 1:16 pm CST. Full moons occur when the sun and moon are in opposite signs at the exact same degree. For this particular full moon the sun will be at 9 degrees Aquarius while the moon will be in the opposite sign at 9 degrees Leo.
Zodiac Facts: Leo
Key words for Leo: authority, enthusiasm, royalty, nobility, pride, majesty, popularity and charisma
Leo is a fire sign meaning passion, enthusiasm, courage, strength and restlessness take center stage. Because of their passion and flair for the dramatic, fire signs can be quite animated when expressing themselves. Fire signs thrive on excitement and are known as the thrill seekers of the zodiac. There are three signs that belong to the fire element; Leo, Sagittarius and Aries. Leos love to share their passion by inspiring and encouraging others. Like the other two fire signs, waiting isn’t the Lion’s strong suit. With all their energy and enthusiasm Leo’s can become restless and impulsive; patience is a virtue the Lion will have to develop and hone in this lifetime.
Every sign belongs to a certain modality. In astrology a modality refers to the nature and attitude of a sign and there are three modalities, cardinal, fixed and mutable. Leo belongs to the fixed modality meaning the Lion has staying power and doesn’t give up easily; however, this can also make Leo stubborn and resistant to change. Leos can cling to a rut or routine as a way of avoiding change.
Every sign is associated with a house in astrology and Leo is linked to the 5th House. This is the sector of our chart that deals with creativity, self-expression, theater, drama and children. Pop star Madonna is a great example of Leo’s self-expressive and theatrical energy. In fact, one of her most popular songs is titled Express Yourself. Other signatures of the 5th House are love and romance.
The sun is the planetary ruler of Leo. In keeping with Leo’s energy the sun is the star of the show in astrology; the most important part of your astrological chart. The sun is the luminary that all the other planets revolve around. In Roman mythology the sun is associated with the god Apollo. According to astrologer Liz Greene in her book Apollo’s Chariot, Apollo among other things was the breaker of family curses. In modern psychological astrology this means when we embrace our sun sign (who we are at our core) we break away from restrictive family complexes and become our own person. In other words, we won’t allow the family unit to block or prevent us from becoming our own, unique selves. Our sun sign gives us the feeling we have a purpose and a destiny to fulfill.
Every major arcana card in the tarot deck is ruled by a planet or a sign. Card number eight, the Strength card, is linked to the sign Leo and most decks illustrate this card with Leo’s symbol the lion. Both the Strength card and the lion symbolize authority, virility and vitality. The lion is often depicted as king of the jungle.
Full Moon in Leo
With the sun and moon in opposite signs during a full moon this lunar phase creates a sense of tension. It can feel like we’re being pulled in opposite directions. If we’ve been feeling off kilter it’s during a full moon that we try to restore a sense of balance. This is also the time of month when a light is being cast on a part of our lives we’ve been trying to hide, something we’ve pushed aside because we are fearful of dealing with it.
Since Aquarius (current sun sign) and Leo (current moon sign) are both fixed signs we may realize we’re stuck in a rut. This Leo full moon can bring to our attention the need to break out, shake things up and try something new. As mentioned earlier Leo is a sign about self-expression so if you’ve been hiding your true feelings or protecting yourself it’s during a Leo full moon that you want to break out and express yourself. No more people pleasing, you want to tell the world who you are.
Aquarius is the natural ruler of the 11th House in astrology the part of our chart that rules groups of people while Leo the natural ruler of the 5th House deals with me. Maybe you’re tired of focusing on others and what’s best for everyone else. It could be time to put the spotlight on you for a change and what you want. Leo energy like Aries energy reminds us it’s okay to focus on me sometimes. At times, new age spirituality makes our egos a bad thing. We hear and read a lot about transcending or getting rid of our egos but our egos are just as necessary as our higher, spiritual selves. We need our egos to survive in this physical world.
Creativity and self-expression are popular keywords for Leo energy so it may be that during this Leo full moon you reconnect with your creativity. This isn’t about looking at the applause meter and hoping others like our work; this is about reconnecting with a part of ourselves we may have left behind.
So instead of sitting on the sidelines or backstage, a Leo full moon can encourage us to get back out there on the stage. There need be no shame in being the center of attention every now and again and showing the world what you’ve got.