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The Full Moon In Leo 2023
Category: Moon Cycles Written by Lauren Howard Coleman
February 3rd ~ 10th
We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better. ~ C. Joybell C.
On January 22nd, Uranus stationed direct. As is the case every time Uranus stations direct it is followed a few weeks later by a square to the Sun. This is usually when the restlessness for change and churning creative ideas that were marinating during the retrograde phase are now ready to be unleashed. What makes this a little more volatile and erratic than usual, is that this year the Sun/Uranus square is being magnified by a Full Moon. As a result ,there’s no telling what can emerge within the ambit of the Full Moon that falls on Sunday, February 5th, at 16º Leo 41’.
For the past year many of the New and Full Moons have been tied up with Uranus. And that includes a number of eclipses. This year the trend continues beginning with the Full Moon this weekend and continues through the beginning of 2024! That’s a lot of changes being unleashed. New Moons are about new beginnings. But Full Moons, like the one we are having this weekend, are often about completions and culminations, revelations and consequences. And if you have personal points in your natal chart between 15-24º of the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius), you are likely to get tagged by at least one of these New or Full Moons coming up over the year ahead.
An almost exact square to Uranus, can trigger some conflict and sudden events in our lives. However, do not be alarmed. These Uranian lunations can also bring some much overdue, and often welcome changes in its midst. What can be so vexing with Uranus squares are their unpredictability.
Uranus seems to abhor stagnation. If we are totally resonating with the whole Uranian vibe, then we will be the ones pushing for change, restlessly packing our bags and heading out the door. But if we are the types to languish in the comfort and predictability of our current circumstances, and we manage to get tagged by Uranus it can leave us with the feeling of having just been thrust out of the nest without a safety net to catch us. We lose that job that seemed so secure. The landlord tosses us out the door. All of our dreaded secrets are tossed out on to the street like so many skeletons escaping from the closet.
Yet what can be most surprising with Uranus, is that even what may feel like catastrophic changes and events when Uranus comes to call, can also open us up to new opportunities that we would not have previously considered.
Positively Uranus weather brings us the willingness to take chances, to try new things and experiment with innovative ideas. Even if we don’t personally go out to seek the things of Uranus (excitement, the freedom to embark on a new path, opportunities for creative expression and greater authenticity) it finds us. Illuminating and inspiring, even unwelcome changes under the aegis of Uranus can bring a flash of sudden clarity and renewed excitement into our daily lives.
Full Moons are times of culmination, endings and revelation: a change is or has recently come to fruition or is about to unfold. The New Moons beginning in July of 2023 are about making new starts, moving in a new direction, and trying out new ideas. But before we arrive there, the Full Moon in Leo is asking us to tie up some of the loose ends left over from a previous phase. There may be an element of sadness and remorse for what we are leaving behind. But interlaced with all that is also the excitement for what is yet to come.
Our emotions rise to the surface at the Full Moon. So, although this moon could be very illuminating, it can be subject to impulsive actions and volatility. Therefore wait until after the Full Moon to make any major decisions, or have those important discussions. Uranian Moons can bring out new information. And you will want to process all that before leaping in, or jumping to conclusions. Full Moons are usually strongest as we approach them. Therefore, wait until after the Full Moon on Sunday to make those major decisions, start anything new, or go in a new direction.
Coincidentally, one of the brightest newcomers to the night sky made its closest pass to the Earth on Thursday, February 2nd. The last time the Green Comet came this close to the Earth is likely 50,000 years ago, when Neanderthals and Denisovans roamed the earth with our early ancestors. If you look North in the night sky, it still might be bright enough to see with the naked eye.
If you see it, you will glimpse something that has not come this close to Earth since the Stone Age. I got a kid asking to go out of town and see it. They heard about this ancient rock through a post on Instagram, which also was not available the last time it passed. ~ Steve Inskeep (NPR’s Morning Edition)
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Image: “Moon” by H. Kopp-Delaney
Astrology By Lauren
A Level IV Certified Consulting Astrologer, in New York City.
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