FULL MOON IN LEO – A good time to take positive, productive actions that are guided by strong emotions (February 8, 2020)

by Anne Reith, Ph.D.

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 11:33 p.m. on Saturday, February 8.  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 20° of Aquarius and 20° 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.

Full Moons provide us with the opportunity to check in and evaluate how we are balancing two areas of our lives.  Our goal is to continually strive toward finding an optimal balance between them.  This time we have the Sun in “We are all one” Aquarius, opposing “I need to shine my light” Leo.  Aquarius wants to work as a group toward a common goal.  Leo wants personal recognition for its contributions.  One way to balance these two needs is to find a way for Leo to uniquely express its gifts in a way that supports the greater good. 

Unfortunately, that does mean that Leo’s need for individual acknowledgement may be dampened a bit during this Full Moon.  However, it will help if we all express our gratitude toward each individual for what they contribute to a collective endeavor.  It’s only when we are each willing to share the gifts (Leo) we came here to give in this lifetime that we will feel a sense of fulfillment.  Luckily, Leo does understand the benefits derived from family, which includes all the animals on the savannah (i.e., society, humanity) and not just those it is related to within its pride. 

At the time of the Full Moon, Mars is in a trine (120°) to the Moon and sextile (60°) the Sun.  Mars is located in fiery Sagittarius, and fire signs want to take action!  This brings a great deal of energy into play making it a very active time.  We may feel more outgoing and social than in previous months and/or feel a need to communicate openly and courageously about our feelings.  We may also feel more willing than usual to take steps toward addressing perceived injustice or inequities.  It’s also a good time to take positive action toward changing any daily habits.  The only potential downside is if we don’t take advantage of this opportunity.  Positive, productive actions that are guided by strong emotions are more likely to be beneficial and powerful right now. 

The Moon is in an inconjunct (150°) aspect to Neptune.  This heightens our sensitivity, creativity, and intuition.  However, it also could cause us to become overly emotional and sensitive, especially if we experience conflicting feelings.  And a little warning:  We all need to be careful if we feel drawn to use substances as a way to escape.  If we are feeling overwhelmed, this is a good time to take some alone time to meditate, journal, or engage in creative activities.  When we are in a better place, then we need to explore what triggered us that might have been previously overlooked. 

The day before the Full Moon (Friday, February 7), Venus moves into Aries, where it will remain until March 6.  Venus will be in a very tight conjunct (0°) with Chiron at the time of the Full Moon.  Aries provides us with the energy and courage we need to assertively face issues in our personal relationships and finances (Venus).  Mercury recently entered Pisces (Monday, February 3), which means we are more intuitive than usual.  Therefore, don’t immediately dismiss any ideas that appear to be illogical or irrational.  The Venus/Chiron meeting also indicates that this is a period of non-judgmentalness and a willingness to work on building trust within our relationships.  The process of getting there may require some deep healing, but it will be well worth the effort. 

Mercury, at the time of the Full Moon, is in a close trine (120°) to the North Node in Cancer and a sextile (60°) to the South Node in Capricorn.  These supportive aspects will help us think and talk about what we have learned from the past (South Node) that can be applied to the future (North Node).  It is likely that compassion toward ourselves and/or others (Cancer) may help us create an environment in which concrete solutions to our problems become apparent (Capricorn). 

The latter part of the month is dominated by Mercury stationing retrograde in Pisces on Sunday, February 16 (PST).  This retrograde phase will continue through March 9.  As is always the case, I firmly advocate for seeing Mercury retrograde periods as important tri-annual events that provide us with gifts, if we consciously look for and utilize them.  Yes, this is a time when we need to be careful when speaking, writing, and creating contracts.  However, each retrograde phase takes on the qualities of the sign involved, and Pisces is a highly compassionate, emotional, intuitive, and creative sign.  It is likely that we will need to revisit and rethink some issues related to these qualities in our lives.  Our thinking (Mercury) will become highly spiritual and intuitive.  Unfortunately, many of us may feel more “floaty” and ungrounded than usual.  During this 3-week period, we will all benefit from doing things to get back into our bodies (e.g., being physically active).  Because Pisces is a water sign, we will need to flow with the energy.  If we try to force something to happen, it will likely back-fire right now.  And, if we can seek out the positive aspects of this retrograde period, we could have wonderful intuitive insights and possibly even spiritual breakthroughs. 

Luckily, there are a couple of things going on astrologically that will help us stay focused and transform those intuitive ideas into concrete form:    

  • On the same day that Mercury goes retrograde (Monday, February 16), Mars moves into earthy Capricorn, where it will remain until the end of March. Mars loves being in Cap, and this will help us make practical and concrete use of the Piscean energy.  In Cap, our energy and actions tend to be grounded, deliberate, productive, and reliable.  We are thinking about the future and willing to take responsible actions to get to where we want to be.  We may feel ready to make a bold move in our career during this time period.  However, if possible, use the retrograde period as a planning phase and then review any major decisions after Mercury goes direct on March 9. 
  • Additionally, we still are under the very strong influence of the Saturn/Pluto conjunction (0°) in Capricorn. But now, Jupiter in Capricorn is getting close enough to Saturn and Pluto to add its powerful, expansive energy to the mix.  Although Capricorn is known for being very serious, Jupiter brings fun, positivity, and optimism.  This is a beautiful combination that will only get stronger as 2020 progresses.  Capricorn wants to achieve, and Jupiter adds hope and enthusiasm.  In fact, whatever we are working on might even be fun, thanks to Jupiter!  And all this Cap energy will likely help us stay more focused and on track than usual through the Mercury retrograde period. 

On Tuesday, February 18, the Sun will join Mercury and Neptune in Pisces.  When the Sun enters the last sign of the Zodiac, it’s often a quieter month in which we spend time reflecting back over the last year before we begin a new astrological year when the Sun moves into the first sign, Aries, on March 19.  Given Mercury retrograde occurs during this month, it is a good time to reflect.  However, having three planets in Pisces at the same time adds even more urgency for us to feel our feelings, dream our dreams, and use our intuitive guidance.  Additionally, when the Sun is moving through the sign of the fishes, we are well-advised to use our increased empathy and compassion to give altruistically.  The only caution with Pisces is to avoid slipping into feeling victimized by life or taking an overly passive role.  Luckily, having Mars in Capricorn during this time period will help compensate for that. 

Overall, this Leo Full Moon is asking us to seek a better balance between our individual need to be acknowledged and our communal need to give to each other in responsible ways.  Having Mars forming supportive aspects to both the Sun and Moon will likely make this a very active and dynamic time.  We will have the energy to go after what we want, although we do need to be careful not to let our emotions get out of control.  Luckily, if we’ve recently been feeling a bit low, having Venus move into fiery Aries right before the Full Moon will likely lift our spirits and give us even more energy to go after what we want.  But Aries is an independent sign, so the love we want to express outwardly should also be directed toward self-love.  In general, use the time of this Leo Full Moon to get things moving because things will slow down a bit once Mercury goes retrograde on February 16.  But remember, that will be an important time of going inward for reflection and review before the energy picks up again next month.   


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Full Moon at 20° of Leo

  • Saturday, February 8, 2020, 11:33 p.m. PST
  • Sunday, February 9, 2020, 2:33 a.m. EST
  • Sunday, February 9, 2020, 7:33 a.m. GMT

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