In the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 9:53 a.m. on Thursday, January 25. 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 5°14’ of Aquarius and 5°14’ 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. (NOTE: Click here to learn how to find the transiting Moon in your chart.)
Full Moons provide us with the opportunity to check in and evaluate how we are balancing two areas of our lives. This time, we are looking at Aquarius and Leo:
- Aquarius: The higher expression of Aquarius includes being independent, inventive, humanistic, social, tolerant, and intuitive. The lower expression could mean being rebellious, eccentric, stubborn, and feeling overly responsible for everyone and everything.
- Leo: The best qualities of Leo include being self-confident, big hearted, loving, romantic, loyal, and taking action based on our heart chakra. The lower expression can involve being overly dramatic, too self-centered, and exhibiting attention seeking behavior that comes from a place of ego.
It may feel daunting to find a balance between the Sun in “We are all one” Aquarius and the Moon in “I need to be recognized for my personal gifts” Leo. Aquarius wants to work as a group toward a common goal, whereas Leo wants personal recognition for its contributions. One way to balance these two seemingly opposite needs is to find a way for Leo to uniquely express its talents in a way that supports the Aquarian desire to serve the greater good.
However, this could mean that Leo needs to sacrifice a little bit of its inherent need for individual acknowledgement and recognition. Actually, we can all help with this by finding ways to express our gratitude toward each individual (Leo) for what they contribute to a collective endeavor (Aquarius). Also, one thing that both Aquarius and Leo have in common is a motivation to serve “family.” For Aquarians, this usually involves people in larger groups or humanitarian efforts. In the case of Leo, this may be slightly more focused on the pride of lions it belongs to, but it can extend to all the animals on the savannah because they are needed for survival.
As usual, the expression of this Full Moon is being influenced by several planetary aspects:
- The Sun is conjunct (0°) Pluto, which just made its big move into Aquarius on Saturday, January 20. It will remain in Aquarius until later in 2024 when it backs up one more time into Capricorn. (Click here to read [or re-read] the section of the 2024 Astrological Influence Blog post that provides an interpretation of Pluto in Aquarius and how different the energy will be from Pluto in Capricorn) With the Sun and Pluto so close together right now, it means that the Sun’s light is shining brightly on Pluto’s issues. This could mean that information previously hidden will be revealed.
- Although the Sun-Pluto conjunction provides us with a great deal of power, it also means that Pluto is in an opposition (180°) to the Moon in Leo, which could bring up some intense and complicated feelings. For example, the truth that is exposed (see last bullet) may not be easy to hear. We need to remember that Pluto’s goal is to reveal what is needed for transformation and healing, especially when it comes to the effective use of our own personal power. Unfortunately, the lower expression of this Sun/Pluto-Moon opposition could also include using power in unhealthy ways (e.g., passive-aggressiveness, force).
- Both ends of the Sun/Pluto-Moon opposition are closely squaring (90°) Jupiter. This forms one of those t-squares (i.e., right triangles), with Jupiter as the “focal planet.” Jupiter in Taurus is wonderful. It can provide us with confidence, generosity, and a dose of optimism to expand in very grounded, carefully thought-out ways. However, it can also cause us to stubbornly resist needed changes, especially if anyone tries to tell us what to believe.
- There are also several indications that we need to make responsible, disciplined choices that lead to increasing the stability of one or more structures in our lives. For example, there is an exact inconjunct (150°) between the Moon and Saturn (orb of 0°30’). Additionally, we will have Mercury, Venus, and Mars all in Capricorn, which is ruled by Saturn.
- Unfortunately, inconjuncts, like the one mentioned above, are an awkward aspect. They indicate that changes are needed, but any adjustments may not be easy or comfortable. The catalyst is often a feeling of dissatisfaction or feeling stuck/trapped. The awareness that something is “off” or “wrong” may have been brewing for some time, and we could have been trying valiantly to ignore it. There is also an inconjunct (150°) between the Moon and Venus, which likely means that whatever we need to change may require some uncomfortable emotional adjustments. But if we can be brave and commit to doing what is needed, the outcome could be very positive and lead us in very rewarding directions.
- Mercury and Mars are in an exact conjunction (0°) in Capricorn, which gives us mental sharpness and decisiveness. But this does indicate a strong need to be able to think independently, so we could be more focused than usual on our own thoughts and needs. Depending on circumstances, this could cause us to seem confrontive or even combative with others. Although we may not mean it this way, this Mercury-Mars combination can cause our words or actions to come off as blunt or even aggressive.
- Unfortunately, the possibility of being too blunt is reinforced by Jupiter being the focal planet in the t-square to the Sun and Moon (see previous discussion). Although sometimes the truth needs to be spoken, it will help if we can use the mental dexterity of the Mercury-Mars conjunct (0°) in responsible, disciplined Capricorn to anticipate how others might react to the ideas that we want or need to share.
- Additionally, this Mercury-Mars conjunction (0°) is squaring (90°) the Aries-Libra Nodal Axis, and the North Node is conjunct (0°) Chiron. This is a very powerful t-square configuration because it includes the exact conjunction (0°) between Mercury and Mars (as described above) and because (a) the square (90°) between Mars and Chiron is exact at 0°01’ and (b) the square (90°) between Mercury and Chiron is close at 1°12’. In a nutshell, it is very likely that many of us will be feeling the need for change. This may include adjustments to how we think (Mercury), act (Mars), and/or old interpersonal behavior patterns like co-dependency (Libra South Node) that could be compromising our individual needs and goals (Aries North Node). Mercury and Mars are the focal planets in this t-square, so we are being given a chance to think through and then act in a new way. Although we don’t need to be mean about it, it is very likely time to step out on our own and no longer acquiesce to the needs of others. The motivation for this could be almost anything, but for some it may be due to feeling disrespected. Due to the powerful presence of Chiron, we may feel vulnerable stepping out and owning our own power, but this can lead to great healing.
- Luckily, a large number of supportive aspects are present at the time of this Full Moon, many of which will facilitate making the changes that are being indicated. These aspects include (a) both Mercury and Mars in trines (120°) to Uranus, (b) Venus in a trine (120°) to Jupiter and in a sextile (60°) to Saturn, and (c) a close sextile (60°) between Jupiter and Saturn. All of this provides reinforcement for making responsible, well-thought-out changes that could lead to wonderful opportunities for expansion. We are likely to approach life with a very effective blend of caution and a good-natured, optimistic manner. Many of us may have been feeling a strong desire for lasting change, and we are being supported in making that happen, even if it requires taking a calculated risk (or two).
Two days before the Full Moon (Tuesday, January 23), Venus enters Capricorn, where it will stay for about 3 weeks (i.e., until February 16). During this time, we may take a very serious look at whatever we value, especially when it comes to our relationships, partnerships, finances, and creative endeavors. For some, this may involve making a firmer commitment to where we are investing our time and energy. For others, it may become clear that it’s time to “cut bait” and move in a different direction. Regardless of which direction we go, Venus in Cap means we will likely move forward in a level-headed manner, express our feelings in a serious way, and be willing to be patient, when needed.
SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY: As mentioned at the end of the last Moon Update, Uranus ends its retrograde phase on Saturday, January 27, and begins moving direct again. As explained in that update, “Any changes that we have been contemplating over the past few months begin to have traction. But more importantly, when Uranus makes this directional change, it means that for about 2 months (until April 1), all 10 of the planets in our solar system will be moving direct. To have all 10 planets moving direct at the same time for any length of time is rare. It’s like the Universe is giving us a big green light. Although hard work will likely be involved, we are all well-advised to be ready to take advantage of this period of progress and momentum.”
Overall, this is a very powerful and positive Leo Full Moon, especially for those who are ready to make important changes in their lives that involve acting from a place of personal power and independence. It brings with it a lot of fixed energy due to the signs involved in the t-square (i.e., Jupiter in Taurus, Moon in Leo, Sun-Pluto in Aquarius). This means we will have added determination to go after what we want and to see any new endeavors to eventual completion. However, given the strong conjunction between Mercury and Mars, our attitude, thoughts, and behaviors are all extra important right now. We need to remember to effectively use the Law of Attraction by focusing on what we want and not on what we don’t want. Once we decide where we want to go, we are well-advised to tap into Leo’s courageous energy. Our goal should be to use our gifts and talents in a way to serve the larger good and that our actions/choices come from our heart rather than our ego. If we can accomplish this, then the level of satisfaction we can derive from our accomplishments will be tenfold. And remember, we are being given a big green light by the Universe as of Saturday, January 27. In sum, we may be ready to make some decisions and start implementing some important changes around the time of the Full Moon, and then we should heed that green light and GO FOR IT!
- Anne Reith, Ph.D.©
THIS FULL MOON
Full Moon at 5°14’ of Leo
- Thursday, January 25, 2024, 9:53 a.m. PST
- Thursday, January 25, 2024, 12:53 p.m. EST
- Thursday, January 25, 2024, 5:53 p.m. GMT
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