Where I live, the weather may be mild, but the Full Moon in Leo, due on February 5th, is not known as the ‘Snow Moon’ for nothing. I have memories of the winter snow arriving in time for February half-term school holidays – and that seems appropriate as Leo is the sign we associate with playfulness and fun. As adults we often think differently about the ‘white stuff’ – only this morning I heard from my Swedish uncle complaining about yet another snowfall, so let’s hope that spring makes an appearance soon.
This Full Moon marks a moment when we can sense progress in the air; whether it’s springtime or otherwise, the period of stalemate that may if us have ben experiencing, seems to be easing – and when we look at the aspects to this lunation, we can appreciate why. The Full Moon is in contact with Mars, Jupiter and Uranus – and there’s nothing like those planets to get things moving. They’re punchy, explosive and they come at you from left of field. When they get together, they make things happen. And they happen at high speed. This could be a Full Moon that gets straight to the point.
Full Moon in Leo: The Essentials
Things come to a head around the time of a Full Moon. With Leo, there is always the possibility of drama. That may be entertaining and theatrical – or overblown and melodramatic. Of course, much of this depends on your point of view; one person’s displays of enthusiasm, passion or annoyance may prove entertaining to some, but may appear self-indulgent to others. There is a difference between being childish and child-like – and it’s the difference between a full-blown tantrum and good-natured, generous appreciation of life.
Of all the signs, Leo represents a love of life, so the opportunity to energise our batteries and become re-vitalised would be welcome at this time. It’s something that may be long overdue and it would represent the kind of exuberance that often accompanies a Full Moon in Leo. In our personal lives, This lunation may remind us that life is out there to to be enjoyed – and for some of you – especially those whose natal charts make contact with this lunation – there may be events you find heartwarming or cheerful around this time. You may be touched by someone’s generosity or sincerity.
However, Leo energy can be haughty, arrogant and elitist; there is always the possibility that a Full Moon in Leo shines its light on those at the top of society. Rulers, those at the top of the social strata or entertainment business (in its widest sense) may find themselves in the spotlight – and it may not be the kind of attention that is welcome. If you have been trying to keep something under cover – a Full Moon is going to expose everything. And with a Leo emphasis, someone is going to make a scene – you can be sure of that.
Full Moon in Leo: The Chart
Full Moon in Leo: The Aspects
This Full Moon falls on 16˚40′ Leo and that gives it a range of aspects that, when taken together, emphasise the fast-moving and urgent nature of this Full Moon in Leo. However, Saturn’s influence is also part of the picture, as the Sun makes a wide conjunction to the ‘Lord of Time’ – and this brings the issue of time in to the lunation equation. So, it may be ‘time’ for something to occur or something may be overdue. The lunation is squared by Uranus in Taurus – and this gives it a tension, dynamism and the potential for things to not go as expected – especially as they are joined in an active t-square.
The Moon also joins with Mars and Jupiter in a ‘minor grand trine’. This is a more dynamic combination that the major ‘big triangle’ or grand trine, and in predictive astrology it shows events that are still evolving. So, situations that are ongoing , but the facts have yet to be established would fit this pattern – particularly as Gemini is one of the signs involved.
It’s also a fiery minor grand trine – with Aries, Leo and Mars in the mix – so it’s going to be expressive and creative, but with a sense of direction and urgency too. There is a lot of energy available to be directed towards a particular goal. The two aspect patterns are connected by a Sun – Mars trine. Whatever happens as a result of the dynamic t-square will be played out by the minor grand trine.
Full Moon in Leo Sextile Mars in Gemini
I’m going to look at the Full Moon’s sextile to Mars first. Mars is now moving forward in Gemini so there is the opportunity for information to be processed rapidly. In your personal life, if you’ve been trying to get a decision from someone, or have some paperwork completed, then this aspect may open the door to getting things done, as your motivation will be in the right place. There’s also the opportunity to take the initiative; take courage, start that important conversation and have faith that it will take you in the right direction.
There is also the possibility that you will have to fight your corner for what you believe to be right. Overall, it’s a supportive aspect, but you may need to take care that you’re not too verbally aggressive, or arrogant in your assumptions or beliefs. Good humour is likely to be a resource you have available at this time – and whatever is revealed by the Full Moon in Leo, It may be better to approach it with courage and fortitude, rather than see this time as an opportunity to start punching above your weight.
Lunations often reveal things in the public domain, and in the big bad world, the Full Moon in Leo suggests revelations – or things coming to a head – for those who are in the show-business or sporting world, or who have high status – Leo is the sign of royalty – and ‘royalty’ may be defined in several ways. There may also be events that cause ‘general amusement’; something unexpected happening in the public domain may cause general hilarity – though it may be embarrassing or even humiliating for the party – or parties – concerned.
More seriously, revelations about certain events may suddenly occur and be major – and explosive – news. The amount of stuff being revealed may cause significant comment – and even some highly emotive arguments – and that may happen with events in your personal lives too. The contact with Jupiter serves to amplify everything that happens around the time of the Full Moon in Leo; heightened emotional responses may be feature of how this lunation manifests.
Full Moon in Leo Trine Jupiter in Aries
Jupiter in Aries adds petrol to the flames. It’s a transit that’s going to affect us until May 17th 2023, so during the next few months we are going to have to get used to a lot of heated debate. Getting things out into the open is one of the messages we are receiving with this Jupiter aspect, as Jupiter is about ‘truth and freedom’. As part of the lunation’s minor grand trine, we can expect to notice things like ‘freedom of information’ requests; big news; new details being revealed about things previously hidden and initiatives being taken to explore new avenues of enquiry.
At a personal level, some of you may have issues in your life that are asking for the truth (Jupiter) to be revealed. With a trine aspect, the truth will come out whether you want it to – or not. And if you’re looking to check up on the veracity of something – or someone – now may be the best time for you to do so, particularly if some unexpected information or event pushes you in that direction. With this aspect, there are questions (Jupiter) that want answering – and you will want a rapid and comprehensive response.
This same dynamic applies in the public domain. Big debates, ‘lively’ disputes – this aspect makes them an inevitability, as a trine means there is nothing to stop them happening. There is a lot of information to be shared – and a woman may be instrumental in this process. In mundane astrology, Jupiter represents the legal system, lawyers and judicial enquiries; for example, if a notable public trial has been delayed – or a matter of public debate or dispute has remained unresolved – progress in that direction may occur in the time period following this Full Moon in Leo.
Full Moon in Leo Opposite Saturn in Aquarius
With Saturn in contact with the Full Moon, events may have been a long time coming. The light of the Full Moon in Leo is falling directly on Saturn in Aquarius – and on the things that Saturn in this sign represents. Aquarius is a progressive sign; it represents people, society and in mundane astrology, it also represents the voice of the people – the kind of parliamentary representation found in the lower house. Saturn represents restriction and limitation, so one possible issue could be feelings of being silenced or going unheard in a public or societal sense.
So, there’s the potential for an ‘us and them’ feeling to this lunation; a suggestion that there is stuff that you’re not being told – and it’s likely to be dramatic with the Full Moon in Leo. The drama, however, may rest with the revelation – or the manner of it. It’s entirely possible that the information being revealed is fairly tame. Often it’s the nature of concealment that causes things to be ‘theatrical’ – especially if the things being revealed are shocking – or unexpected – in other words, Uranus has its fingerprints everywhere.
Full Moon in Leo Square Uranus in Taurus
Though Saturn is no longer is square aspect to Uranus, the Full Moon in Leo is touched by the planet of radical change – and this adds a tense and jarring note to this lunation. Like Mars, Uranus is a ‘trigger planet’; there are unforeseen events, sudden outbursts, rapid changes of direction (literally and symbolically) and the sense that things are going to blow up sooner or later – and with Uranus it’s usually sooner. So, what’s the dramatic surprise going to be?
Uranus in Taurus has been contributing to economic upset for the past few years – and it will continue to do so for some time – until it eventually leaves this sign in 2026. Economic shocks and surprises have been a feature of our lives in recent times – so yet more may be coming our way in the aftermath of the Full Moon in Leo. There may be dramatic announcements that have an impact on us financially – or protests against the effects that the global economy is having on the lives of ordinary people – the Aquarius end of this lunation.
Uranus in Taurus also shakes up things we consider to be fixed and dependable. In your personal life, you may find yourself shaken out of a rut by events around the time of the Full Moon. Personal and social revolutions are started by Uranus; it’s the planet of the non-conformist and deviant. Those we would put into that category may disconcert us with further examples of behaviour or beliefs that run contrary to our own values. However, Uranus here can signal a change of heart – or mind. The shock value lies in a radical shift – and that’s what we may experience in the light of the Full Moon in Leo.
© Sara Shipman 2023
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