In the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 8:39 p.m. on Saturday, January 26. With this Full Moon, the Sun in Aquarius will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Leo. To further clarify how this Full Moon in Leo will impact you on a personal level, locate 8° of Aquarius and 8° of Leo in your birth/natal chart. The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most affected by this Full Moon’s presence.
The Sun moved into the sign of Aquarius back on Saturday, January 19. As you’ll see below, the next few weeks will involve a lot of Aquarian energy. Each of the twelve signs of the zodiac are believed to represent a step in the our development of our consciousness. Aquarius represents the development of group consciousness. The focus is on transitioning from hierarchy to equality, from competition to collaboration, and from self-centeredness to altruism. We are being asked to move from our identification with ego, gender, religion, race, sexuality orientation, and country to relating to everyone as equal members of the human family.
All Full Moons always require that we find a balance between the two signs involved. With the Full Moon in Leo on Saturday, January 26, those two signs are Leo and Aquarius. Leo is all about being a unique individual, while Aquarius is about independence and interdependence. Our goal, then, is to integrate the fact that we are each (a) a unique spark of the Divine (Leo) and (b) an inseparable part of the web of life (Aquarius). We each have a special gift and role to play, and we each make a difference. As we join forces, the whole becomes far greater than the sum of its parts (à la Gestalt theory).
Additionally, at the time of this Full Moon, Jupiter is sextile (60°) the Moon and trine (120°) the Sun, which will likely support a festive atmosphere, which is traditionally associated with a Full Moon in Leo. However, the Saturn is also squaring (90°) the Moon and the Sun, which will remind us that rules need to be respected. Those who go too far or too fast may pay a heavy price. Saturn’s presence will likely slow us down and ask us to strengthen our foundation before moving forward.
Two days before the Full Moon, the Sun forms a sextile (60°) to Uranus; and then on the day of the Full Moon, Uranus forms a trine (120°) to the Moon. The presence of Uranus (the Great Awakener) means that events can happen suddenly and unexpectedly; and the only problem with Uranian energy is when we resist the changes that it brings into our lives. Luckily, the free-flowing sextile and trine aspects will help us to re-frame any unexpected events as important steps in your personal evolution, and it’s likely that we will be feeling the urge to make positive changes in our lives. We are being given the support we need to let go of our ego by remembering that we shouldn’t take ourselves too seriously. If we can do this, then we will likely find the freedom to reinvent ourselves and tap into new currents of creativity.
On Friday, January 25, Mercury squares (90°) Saturn. The bright ideas of Mercury in Aquarius can be stifled by the seriousness of Saturn in Scorpio. We may be worried about having limited resources. However, serious thinking, careful research, and well-planned communication can establish credibility and earn trust. Then later in the evening, a free-flowing trine (120°) between the Sun and Jupiter brings good feelings and a taste for adventure. Just be aware that this aspect can also lead to excessive promises and even greater expectations that may be hard to fulfill after this aspect is over.
On Wednesday, January 30, Jupiter stops its yearly backward motion that began on October 4, 2012, and begins moving direct again. During the next few days, many of us will find ourselves beginning to take giant steps forward. Visionary ideas and a more positive view of the future are likely now, and concepts that have been mulled over for several months finally are ready for execution. And yet on the same day, a challenging square (90°) between the Sun and Saturn will require the use of patience and a willingness to make long-term commitments in order to earn the respect of people in authority.
Friday, February 1, is a big day because both Mars and Venus change signs. Venus moves into sociable Aquarius, which buoy’s idealism and the progressive nature of this independent sign. Freedom becomes a very important quality in our relationships, and the need for independence may lead to an avoidance of commitment. Mars moves into compassionate Pisces. There will likely be a delightful touch of tenderness in the air for the next few weeks. We may feel motivated to act with great sensitivity (and see this in others), and we may have a propensity for acting with greater imagination. However, Mars in Pisces is known for occasional passive-aggressive behavior and an inability to stay focused, which can be the down sides of Mars’s transit through Pisces. Navigating between independent Venus in Aquarius and all-inclusive Mars in Pisces may require close monitoring of others’ emotions and our own. These two signs do share an idealistic perspective, though, especially when working for causes and groups that serve humanity.
The softening of Mars’s energy in Pisces will continue on Monday February 4, when Mars conjoins (0°) Neptune, which is the ruler of Pisces. This aspect could cause us to get side-tracked instead of tackling issues head-on, but imaginative and charitable actions are among its gifts. We may experience ourselves and others as a “peaceful Warrior” who acts with compassion and with the willingness to sacrifice him or herself for a higher purpose.
Overall, this Full Moon in Leo emphasizes that it’s time for us to accept new ideas and new models. With Jupiter moving direct, many of us are primed to begin taking actions on all those ideas that have been brewing over the last few months. But all actions must consider the interconnectedness of the human race (Aquarius), as well as the unique contribution we can each make to humanity’s future (Leo). Think about how you can build community and support the “whole” while thinking and living outside of the box. And remember, “Together we can bring change to the world, gradually replacing fear and hatred with compassion and love.” (Jane Goodall)
New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.
Full Moon at 8° of Leo
Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 8:39 p.m. PDT
Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 11:39 p.m. EST
Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 4:39 a.m. GMT
INFORMATION TAKEN FROM
The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
Various online sources