The Leo Full Moon occurs on February 14, Valentine's Day. Leo loves to have fun, so even if you don't have a partner to share the evening with, go out and play with your friends and family!
Full Moons show us how to use the complementary energies of opposite signs to become aware of something new about ourselves and the world. The Sun symbolizes the masculine spirit of focus, intention, consciousness and self-awareness. The Moon symbolizes the feminine spirit of birth, growth, change, decay and death, and then rebirth. It is the power of NOW, of the flow of life. The sacred marriage of the Sun and Moon, Masculine and Feminine is what makes us whole.
The Aquarian urge for freedom manifests itself in Leo’s self-expression, strength of character and generosity of spirit. Leo’s flame is consistent and heart-felt. The fiery Leo Moon takes in the clear cold air of Aquarius’ archetypal realms and warms it in the fires of creative vision. Strong and steady, Leo holds a space for our unique creativity. If you were really free, what would you do? What do you have within yourself that is worth giving your passion to?
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Mercury retrograde joins the Sun the day after this full Moon, reminding us of the Aquarian mantra ‘to think outside the box’. Mercury began its retrograde at a symbol indicating the need to communicate between different parts of ourselves. We need to connect our heart and mind, our soul and spirit, our right and left brains if we want to find the answers to our problems.
Saturn in Scorpio squares this Full Moon, challenging us to release old emotional behavior patterns that keep us from contributing our creative gifts to the group mind and culture. Patriarchy has caused many people to feel they aren’t good enough, smart enough, creative enough to have a say in shaping our world. But in reality, patriarchy rejects most of the good ideas simply because they don’t fit into its need for total control and profit. It's time to leave those beliefs behind.
The rhythm of re-birth is getting stronger and stronger and if we want to participate in it, we have to go with it. Much like labor, once the birth process starts, it won't stop until something new emerges. Just breathe deeply and go with it.
Until next time,
Sherene Schostak is a Jungian psychotherapist, author and metaphysician who specializes in helping creative artists transform their addictions and blocks. She has been in private practice in New York City for the past 13 years consulting, writing and... read more