Full Moon In Leo: Innovative & Reforming Action

We are having a Full Moon in Leo on January 28th in the West and on the 29th in most Eastern countries. It will appear the brightest on the night of the 28th for the majority of the world and on the night of the 27th for those in Western North America. This is the peak of the Lunar cycle that began with a New Moon in Capricorn on January 12th/13th.  The energies of a Full Moon are strongest in the days surrounding it yet its astrological configurations also play a part over the following two weeks. You may start to see its themes slowly build up after the New Moon prior.

Full Moons are a period in which we feel a push-pull between two opposing signs, in this case being the Moon in Leo and the Sun in Aquarius. It can play out as either a conflict, an integration, or some sort of dynamic between the energies of both signs. The Moon reflects the expression of feeling and emotion while the Sun reflects the expression of ego and conscious self.

We may feel this opposition happening individually within us and/or we can also experience it play out around us with some people (or circumstances) expressing the Leo side and others expressing the Aquarian side. In some cases, Full Moons can also reflect/trigger some sort of change or release.

Leo is a passionate Fire sign. It is about our individual self-expression, what brings us joy and inspiration.  It is associated with the heart, love, creativity, performing, fun, children, romance, hobbies, and leadership. Leo is about what makes us shine as individuals and can be courageous and generous. Expressed negatively, Leo energy can also be egotistical, pompous, dramatic, and demanding of attention or respect.

Aquarius is an intellectual Air sign. It is associated with friends, groups, social networks, the team, and humanity. It views the unique and authentic qualities of an individual as an important and contributing factor to the collective. Aquarius is progressive, unconventional, innovative, technological, scientific, reforming, idealistic, and even revolutionary. Negatively, it can be aloof, overly objective, unrealistic, dispassionate, impersonal, and overly detached.

Full Moon Opposite Sun Conjunct Jupiter & Saturn, In T-Square With Mars & Uranus

The Sun is in a conjunction with Jupiter and Saturn which both entered Aquarius over a month ago and have recently been in an exact conjunction with each other on December 21st. Generally, this can reflect constructive energy around Aquarian themes and things such as technology, innovation, organizations, groups, humanitarianism, a collective, social networks, socialistic initiatives, science, idealistic or progressive pursuits.

Individually it can also affect different areas of our lives depending on the layout of your personal natal astrology chart based on your birth time. Although this energy is affecting us over many years, it is highlighted very much throughout 2021 and especially during the weeks surrounding this Full Moon.

The Full Moon in Leo opposing this conjunction in Aquarius can reflect contention, a need for compromises, or integration between individual and collective needs, subjectivity and objectivity, fun and responsibilities, domestic matters and worldly pursuits, or passion and intellect. Certain aspects of ourselves or other parts of our lives might be at odds with something that we or others are trying to build or create.

Mars and Uranus in Taurus are in a T-square with this opposition as they sit between the Moon in Leo and the planets in Aquarius. This can reflect disruptions, instability, surprises, sudden changes,  rebellion, conflicts, impulsiveness, irritability, or erraticness connected to some of the themes mentioned above. The urge to apply ourselves in a way that is freedom seeking in response to limitations can also come up. This combined energy can also be good for experimenting with different ways of doing things or efforts that are innovative, progressive, technological, or unconventional.

Venus Conjunct Pluto, Later Conjunct Saturn and Square Uranus

At the time of this Full Moon Venus is in a conjunction with Pluto in Capricorn. This can reflect a deep, renewing, transformative, purging, empowering, evolutionary, passionate, jealous, intense, probing, investigative, or magnetic energy when it comes to relations or matters of love. Issues pertaining to shadows, control, power dynamics, or manipulation may also come up. In some cases it can also reflect a change around finances or values.

On February 5th/6th, Venus will then join Saturn in a conjunction after it enters Aquarius. This can bring a serious and realistic energy to Venus ruled areas of relationships, finances, love, and aspects of our social life. Themes around commitment, discipline, duties, responsibility, boundaries, restrictions, limitations, or maturity may come up in these areas.

As Venus moves away from Saturn it will then be in a hard square with Uranus on February 6th/7th. This echoes some of the themes of this Full Moon (mentioned in the above section pertaining to the T-square) and can also play out as surprises, abruptness, irregularity, separations, loss, or non-conforming behavior.

Neptune Square Lunar Nodes, Mercury Going Retrograde

Neptune has been approaching a square with the Lunar Nodes in recent weeks which peaks during this final week of January. In general, Neptune energies/themes can be experienced more strongly at this time, either negatively or positively. We can apply Neptune in a way that helps us grow and move forward, or in a way that holds us back.

Positively, Neptune is associated with creativity, compassion, empathy, spirituality, mysticism, inspiration, and oneness. Negatively it is associated with delusion, escapism, fantasy, deception, illusions, intoxication, addiction, and lack of boundaries. It is also associated with dreams, self-sacrifice, glamour, and ideals. This square can also reflect disillusionment regarding the past and/or the potentials of the future or confusion around facts and/or beliefs.

Mercury is going retrograde in Aquarius on January 30th until February 20th/21st. It has been in its pre-retrograde shadow period from January 15th onward, and since then (or perhaps since January 8th) you may have already begun to experience the types of annoyances, delays, and complications associated with it.

Some of the things that have transpired over the last month will contribute or be subject to some sort of adjustment, modification, new insights/realizations, or change in perception during this upcoming retrograde and in the weeks and following it. I will be writing a separate article on this, you can join my mailing list here to ensure that you receive it when it is published.

Things To Consider

What has come up for you in the last month that you feel like you need to revisit or revise? What are the dynamics/developments/circumstances around your friends or social network showing you? How can you express your authenticity and talents in a way that serves the collective or a group? Is there anything that you can be putting in place, or steps to take, to help you fulfill your passions, creativity, or the needs of children in your life? Are there new approaches to things that you’d like to experiment with?

These are just some examples of themes that could come up during this period; however, there may be other variations of this energy playing out as well.  If you wish to do any sort of intentional release connected to what has come up at this Full Moon, it is best to do so anytime over the two weeks following when it is waning. The exact moment of this Full Moon is at 7:16pm Universal Time on January 28th. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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Full Moon In Gemini: Learning, Healing, & Inspired Action

We are having a Full Moon in Gemini on December 11th-12th, depending on your location. This is the peak of the Lunar cycle that began with a New Moon in Sagittarius on November 26th. The energies of the Full Moon are strongest in the days surrounding it yet its astrological configurations still play a part over the following two weeks. You may also start to see its themes build up following the New Moon prior to it.

Interestingly this Full Moon occurs on 12/12 for most of the world and at 12:12am in the EST time zone. This can be interpreted in different ways, however, the thing that I would like to point out is that 12 is associated with completion and astrologically with Pisces which is the final and 12th sign.

This is not only the last Full Moon (and complete lunar cycle) of the year but the last one of the decade. In the Universal time zone it will be occurring at 5:12am, with the number being associated with change. This Full Moon will be followed by eclipses that are ushering in the new decade which also fits with this 5-12 energy.

Full Moon’s are a period in which we feel a push-pull between two opposing signs, in this case being the Moon in Gemini and Sun in Sagittarius. It can play out as either a conflict, integration, or some sort of dynamic playing out between the energies of both signs.

We can feel this opposition happening individually within us and/or we can also experience it play out around us with some people (or circumstances) expressing the Sagittarius side and others expressing the Gemini side. In some cases, Full Moon’s can also reflect/trigger some sort of change which may apply more in this case when considering some of the other factors mentioned in this article.

Gemini is a Mercury ruled Air sign with a strong mental orientation. It is communicative, articulate, informative, social, inquisitive, clever, multifaceted, versatile, witty, agile, and dualistic. This sign is also associated with the immediate environment, the neighbourhood, siblings, commuting, reading, audiobooks/podcasts, mail, and writing. Negatively, Gemini energy can be scattered, superficial, gossipy, inconsistent, two faced, and lack emotion.

Sagittarius is a Jupiter ruled Fire sign motivated by passion, exploration, and beliefs. It is broadminded, freedom loving, philosophical, optimistic, visionary, expansive, aspiring, risk taking, and big picture oriented. This sign is also associated with higher education, media, sales/marketing, religion, morals,  travel, foreign lands, and other international matters or pursuits. Negatively, Sagittarius energy can be unrealistic, pretentious, judgemental, excessive, blunt, preachy, and have a hard time comprehending limitations.

Both of these signs within this polarity are about learning and communicating what they know. The difference between them is that Gemini leans more towards sharing/learning knowledge from a variety of sources while Sagittarius leans more towards developing its own perspective based on the synthesis of what has been learned and experienced. Gemini can also be more factual in comparison to the idealistic Sagittarian energy.

Full Moon Square Neptune & Quincunx Venus-Saturn-Pluto Conjunction

This Full Moon is separating from a square with Neptune which is strongest in the day leading up to it. This can be good for creative, spiritual, compassionate activities especially if they are linked  to the Gemini-Sagittarius themes mentioned above. However, this can also reflect confusion, impracticality, delusion, escapism, and unreliability.

Venus is separating from a tight conjunction with Saturn and moving towards Pluto at the time of this Full Moon. In the days leading up to this, there could have been more serious or restrictive energy around Venus ruled areas of love, friendship, money, values, or pleasures.

Perhaps a need to be more disciplined, responsible, committed, restraining, or realistic could be a theme. Obstacles, limitations, cautiousness, or endings may have also come up. This can be good for stabilizing, solidifying, building, or taking a mature approach towards things pertaining to Venus.

Pluto in the mix can add more heaviness to this energy. However, Venus makes its conjunction to Pluto in the following two days, after its interaction with Saturn. The themes mentioned above may be followed by or combined with intensity, passion, obsession, secrets, empowerment, evolution, transformation, or even some sort of purging and release. This can also be a period of revealing or getting clear around Venus issues.

This Full Moon is in a quincunx aspect to this Saturn-Venus-Pluto conjunction. This can create a disconnect between these issues (mentioned in the last two paragraphs) and our feelings or other things going on in our lives. This can also reflect challenges and irritations which may  require adjustments.

Jupiter Newly in Capricorn Trine Uranus in Taurus

On December 2nd, Jupiter entered Capricorn and will stay there for the next year. It joins Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node in which it will be making conjunctions within 2020. Overall, Jupiter in this sign connecting to these planets can be good for different types of growth around worldly goals, ambitions, structures, and towards building anything with the long term in mind. It can also bring some endings around these things as well.

Jupiter forms a trine with Uranus in Taurus which is strongest from this Full Moon until the following week with it peaking on December 15th. This can be good for learning or expansiveness towards something new, unusual, unconventional, technological, metaphysical, scientific, or perhaps even revolutionary.

It can also be connected to beliefs, travel, and other types of exploration. For some people it can manifest as sudden luck or bring some sort of freedom. Considering that this aspect is occurring in Earth signs, it can play out around material, physical, financial, or practical matters.

Mars Trine Neptune, Sextile Saturn, Pluto

Mars in Scorpio is in a trine with Neptune in Pisces in the day leading up to, and few days following, this Full Moon. This can reflect actions that are inspired, creative, spiritual, imaginative, or compassionate. Activities or efforts involving art or water may also be a theme. For some people it can be magical on a sexual level, however this also depends on how the Venus-Saturn-Pluto aspect (mentioned earlier) is playing out which can bring some heaviness to relationships in some cases.

Mars then moves towards a sextile to Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn which peaks from December 17th to 23rd. This is good for applying ourselves in a way that is practical, realistic, responsible, thorough, stable, focused, tangible, or purposeful. Efforts towards bringing more structure or building towards something may be a theme. This can help us to be more focused, overcome obstacles, making productive changes, and uncovering things to assist us in making progress.

Eclipse Season is Approaching with Neptune, Chiron, and Uranus in Transition

In the two weeks after this Full Moon we will have a Solar Eclipse in Capricorn on December 25th/26th followed by a Lunar Eclipse in Cancer on January 10th/11th. Neptune recently ended its retrograde, Uranus finishes its retrograde in a month, while Chiron is transitioning out of retrograde at the time of this Full Moon.

All of this combined shows that the period from mid-November until mid-January is a time of transitions, changes, and new developments. Eclipses can reflect beginnings, endings, and even evolutionary developments in specific areas of our lives that can begin to play out in the six weeks prior up until the six months following. (I will be writing separate articles on these eclipse, join my mailing list here to ensure that you are notified when they are published)

Planets, and other celestial bodies like Chiron, going from retrograde to direct can help us progress forward in new ways in areas connected to what they represent and how they are interacting with our personal astrology charts. I covered Neptune going direct in my previous article and will be covering Uranus going direct in an upcoming eclipse article. However, the most significant one at this point is Chiron as it is transitioning during this Full Moon phase. Its themes will be coming up more strongly.

Chiron is associated with old wounds, trauma, blockages, negative patterns, and other issues getting in the way of our potential, self-expression, and the embodiment of our highest selves. It is also associated with the solutions to our healing, awareness, and achieving wholeness.

It is about developing a different relationship with our wounds by turning them into strengths or working with them in a more positive way. Chiron is the maverick, it is unorthodox, holistic, and can bridge things together that are normally separate and are not thought to be compatible with each other.

Things To Consider During This Period

Is there anything new or different that you’d like to learn at this time? What have you been inspired to do in the last few weeks? Do you need to take into consideration certain facts, instructions, or details in order to fulfill your aspirations?

What has been coming up for you in regards to Venus issues of love, friendships, values, creativity, aesthetics, money, and pleasures? Do you need to address anything pertaining to these things? Have any issues or themes connected to your wounds or negative patterns come up? What do you need to do to heal/address this and move forward in a more empowered way?

These are just some examples of what you may be experiencing during this period; however, there may be other variations of this energy playing out. If you wish to do any sort of intentional release connected to what has come up it is best to do so anytime after the peak of the Full Moon or as it is waning over the following two weeks. The exact moment of it will be on December 12th at 5:12am Universal Time. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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