FULL MOON IN LEO & LUNAR ECLIPSE – Take a risk and move toward your fate (February 10, 2017)

by Anne Reith, Ph.D.


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A note to my dedicated readers:  For the next few months, you may notice a shortened version of my Moon Updates.  As soon as time permits, I will return to more a comprehensive coverage of astrological events.

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In the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 4:32 p.m. on Friday, February 10.  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 will impact you on a personal level, locate 23° of Aquarius and 23° of Leo in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.

All Full Moons challenge us to find a balance between the qualities of the two signs involved, but the presence of a lunar eclipse amps up this need more than usual.  Eclipses occur in pairs.  There will be a Solar Eclipse occurring with the New Moon in Pisces later this month (February 26).  An eclipses is a powerful time with a far-reaching influence.  The events and/or insights occurring now will likely be played out over the next six months.

These two eclipses are falling on the Leo-Aquarius axis.  Keywords for Leo include self-confidence, pride, big heartedness, love, loyalty, leadership, and drama.  For Aquarius, keywords include independence, uniqueness, inventiveness, humanitarianism, tolerance, and rebellion.  With any Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse, our emotions (Moon) may need to be blended with our life’s purpose and soul’s identity (Sun) in a way that touches humanity (Earth).  With the Leo-Aquarius axis, we must find ways to use our creative energy (Leo) to give to our friends, large groups, and/or planet Earth (Aquarius).  Both ends of this continuum must be accessed to be effective.

The Aquarius sunshine will help us feel naturally infused with energy and light that we will want to share with those around us for their benefit.  This altruistic focus will help counter-balance the lower expression of Leo, which can include an insatiable need for recognition.  Leo reminds us that we all brought onto the Earth plane a set of unique gifts, and the Aquarius energy urges us to express those gifts in ways that focuses on serving the greater good.  Creative self-expression is important now, so we may need to look at where we may have been dimming our light for some reason (e.g., fear of success, fear of failure, fear of abandonment).  There are always risks in stepping out of the shadows and being seen by others.  But unless we do so, our talents and abilities cannot be shared with the world.

Luckily, the Moon is part of an astrological configuration called a grand trine, which provides a free-flowing, positive energy between the planets involved.  A grand trine creates an equilateral triangle in the sky above us.  This grand trine contains three planets that are in fire signs, which means we will have access to abundant energy and will likely feel motivated to take action.  The Moon in Leo trines (120°) Saturn in Sagittarius, which is trine (180°) Uranus in Aries.  And given the Moon is in opposition (180°) to the Sun due to the Full Moon, that means this fire grand trine is in what is called a kite formation.  This means that very positive energy is present at the time of this Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse.  It will very likely support us emotionally (Moon) to adjust to any changes that are needed (Uranus), and those changes will likely be very practical and down-to-earth (Saturn).  The Sun in Aquarius tethers any endeavors by encouraging us to show the world who we really are.

The Moon is also involved in a formation called a yod, which is also referred to as the Finger of Fate.  The Moon is sextile (60°) Jupiter, and both the Moon and Jupiter are quincunx (150°) Chiron.  With Chiron being what is called the “focal point” of this yod, it means that we will be very aware of our wounded self.  However, if we can move past our fears, this could be a time in our lives when we decide to take a step in the direction of our fate.  And given the involvement of Chiron, this brave step could lead to powerful healing.  With the Moon and Jupiter forming the base of the yod, we have the emotional capacity (Moon) to expand into regions of our lives we didn’t even know existed (Jupiter).  And Jupiter could even bring a stroke of luck.  However, all of this can only occur if we are willing to make adjustments in some areas of our lives because making adjustments is the hallmark of quincunxes.  We may need to make compromises or explore out-of-the-box solutions.  These adjustments may also involve recognizing and/or accepting human frailties in ourselves and others.

At the time of the Full Moon, Mercury forms a sweet sextile (60°) to Venus.  If heart-felt communication is needed within a relationship, now is a good time to do it.  This is a good time to approach any situations that require elements of charm or diplomacy.  We may be able to express our unique voice with others.  Making social connections may prove easier than usual, and joint ventures are supported.

On Saturday, February 18, the Sun leaves Aquarius and moves into Pisces.  When the Sun is in the 12th sign of the zodiac, it is often a time when we feel inclined to reflect back over the previous 11 months before we start a new Zodiac year (when the Sun enters Aries in four weeks).  We need to avoid the lower expression of Piscean energy, including escapism, abuse of substances, martyrdom, and/or feeling like a victim.  Instead, we need to embrace the quieter, reflective energy inherent in this time year.  It will help to focus on spirituality, our intuition, and the interconnectedness of all beings.

Overall, this Leo Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse is encouraging us to be proud of who we are and find ways to bring our unique gifts into the world.  We need to express our individual talents, and there is a great deal of support during this time to do just that.  This can only happen, though, if we are willing to move past our fears and take a few calculated risks.  If we can do this, we may find that our light will shine in new ways that helps us heal and is of service to humanity . . . even in ways that are part of our Divine Mission or our fate here on the Earth plane.  However, remember though that eclipses tend to be in effect for six months.  So we don’t have to do it all at once.  We can take calculated risks and small baby steps and then let our emotional reactions to those steps tell us if we are headed in the right direction (or not).  And remember, “The moment you firmly step outside your comfort zone is the moment your life changes” (Cheryl Richardson).


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Full Moon at 23° of Leo

  • Friday, February 10, 2017, 4:32 p.m. PST
  • Friday, February 10, 2017, 7:32 p.m. EST
  • Saturday, February 11, 2017, 12:32 a.m.. GMT

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