The Moon is the key to the heart. It’s the Moon in our chart that gives us empathy. It connects us to others through the heartwarming act of opening ourselves emotionally to experience their joys, their hopes, their pains and their sorrows.
There are some amazing actors in the performing arts. There are also some absolutely incredible singers, and dancers that can take your breath away. Sometimes, you come across someone who is talented and skilled in all three areas. That’s a triple threat. They can sing, they can dance, they can act. They can do it all. Continue reading
Leo is the sign of love, which puts our hearts in high focus at the Leo Full Moon. The happiness of the heart we use for love has a direct influence on the health of our physical heart. Take this medicine every day for a healthier, happier, fuller heart.
Dixie over at A Fool’s Journey asked an important question recently: Do you live from the heart?
I used to live only from my heart (feelings, intuition, love), but that’s changed quite a bit with age. When I was living from the heart all the time, I was told that I didn’t have good judgement. I won’t completely disagree with that, but I was surer of who I was and what I wanted. And less fearful.
The Full Moon in Leo allows us to throw caution to the wind for a few days and live completely from the heart. Opposing the cool logic of the Aquarian Sun, the passionate Leo Moon can barely contain itself. It urges us to go ahead and do what we’re just dying to do ~ make a great big giant ridiculous show of ourself.
There are no guanantees that we’ll get the response that we crave or that everything will end like a fairytale, but at least we will have given it a shot. As they say, “Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”
Live fully, love fully, make a spectacle of yourself if you must. But live from your heart. Life is better when it’s anchored in love and passion.
For just a couple of days we have the opportunity to showcase the biggest, brightest, and quite possibly the most irrational but heartfelt feelings we have. If we make fools of ourselves, well…we make fools of ourselves. Is that really so bad if the kind of fool we are is a fool for love?
- The Snow Moon, how romantic! (examiner.com)
What’s the first sign you think of when you hear the words love or romance? Libra will get the majority of votes, but it really belongs to Leo and our 5th house. Libra is about long-term commitment. Love and romance can be the foundation of some long-term commitments, but love is not a requirement of Libra or the 7th. Commitment is.
The Leo/Aquarius axis defines two types of love ~ eros (romance) and phileo (friendship). Leo wants the devotion of a lover, the feeling of being “in love,” and to pour adoration onto the object of its affections.
Aquarius loves “everyone,” but without the messy involvement that Leo craves. To go further, Aquarius loves humanity, but not necessarily people. The sign of friendship has no strings attached, allowing and expecting a lot of personal freedom. Leo, on the other hand, puts a short leash on its subjects.
Aquarius and Leo refer to the signs, by the way, not the people born under that sign. A sign isn’t a person.
I’m going to digress for an Aquarian moment and talk about my major astrological pet peeve ~ sign hatred and people who hate particular signs. They usually have their own unresolved issues with the qualities of a sign that they “hate.” If you encounter an astrologer who says they hate a sign or focus on its negative qualities first, RUN! Who needs counselling from an astrologer who doesn’t like a sign? If you have issues with a particular sign, you don’t need to go any further than that. Work on those issues first. Come out of denial, repression, suppression ~ whatever is at work ~ and get to work on healing those issues. It may be all you ever need from astrology. Continue reading
- Be a little hedonistic
- Dramatize a value
- Create your palace
If you would be loved, love and be loveable. ~ Ben Franklin
Be a Little Hedonistic
What a pair Taurus and Leo are! You gotta love ’em. They both have a natural inclination toward the good life and sensory pleasures, and both can be quite loving and generous. Yes, Taurus loves to shower the ones they love. This can be a very sexy combination and might be a bit hedonistic. We don’t have to go overboard ~ whatever “overboard” might be ~ but a little hedonism every now and again. Why not?
Dramatize a Value
What does that mean? Dramatize? State your case. Tell your story. Not in a melodramatic or pompous way, but a way that is alive. Let’s say you’re at a gathering where someone said something derogatory about people not waiting for prayer before eating a meal at a national conference. I had this exact dilemma just yesterday.
It’s a very common occurrence in the southern U.S. for a prayer to be said before every type of meeting imaginable, public or private. Someone said something a little snippy about the people who started eating before a prayer was said as though they were horrible people who’d committed a terrible sin. I’m accustomed to and accepting of a variety of faiths and philosophies and don’t adhere to “there’s only one way” beliefs. Should I say something to the complainers or let it pass?
I didn’t let it pass.
I dramatized my values by explaining ~ by way of an example, a dramatization ~ of why non-Southerners of any creed might not wait for a prayer before sitting down to a meal at a conference. There was no melodrama, just a simple explanation of the difference in cultures and faiths across our country and our world. I don’t think anyone was offended and I stood up for my values. I let them know that I’m not going to judge someone on whether or not they wait for grace to be said before a meal. I hope I was able to get some of my neighbors to understand why prayers aren’t necessarily apropos for every occasion. Every situation is different, of course, and I’ll gauge my dramatizations by the circumstances.
Being Fixed signs, Taurus and Leo can both become attached to their own viewpoints and set in their ways. That inability to allow others to be different has been the cause of wars, wars, and more wars ~ between opposed people, sects, or countries. As Queen Elizabeth II said, “True patriotism doesn’t exclude an understanding of the patriotism of others.” Same goes for faiths and prayers. There’s no way under heaven I would ever try to define God to someone.
Create Your Palace
Now here’s something Taurus and Leo can definitely partner on! Your palace doesn’t have to be huge. It doesn’t have to be ostentatious. But it should definitely be yours. If you share space with others, you can always eke out a tiny space of your own. Even if the only private space you have is in your car, a cubicle at the office, or a favorite spot in a public space where you can get lost in the crowd, you can bring something to the environment that makes you feel like the space you’ve created is a jewel. There are no suggestions here. You know what makes you feel good.
At the Table…
Whatever it is, it needs to be gorgeous and seductive to work for Leo and Taurus. Dining is an art, after all. Presentation is paramount, but it has to be backed up with a great big helping of delicious!
I’ll never forget the only time I had Baked Alaska. It was at New York’s Rainbow Room where KT Sullivan was performing in cabaret. What a fantastic night! The topper? There was a fantastic view of Hale-Bopp through those gorgeous windows of the Rainbow Room! Talk about presentation! Taurus loved it. Leo loved it. And Aquarius was quite impressed, too.
For something a little more in keeping with normal life but still luscious and gorgeous in any form, Rose Elliott (The Zodiac Cookbook) lists chocolate cake with her Leo recipes. It will be hard to find a Taurus and Leo who aren’t square with that!!
…and In the Garden
The waxing Moon phase is great for planting, but the zodiac sign says “NO!” Fire signs are best for getting rid of pests and unwanted things. This is also a pretty good time for laying stones or gravel in your garden. The gravel or river stones are not supposed to sink if they’re layed during the light of the Moon ~ the waxing phase. Since Leo loves gorgeous, it’s a great time to beautify your plants. A snip here, a snip there almost always brings more blooms.
Bring Leo in to your environment ~ KnickKnack Zodiac for Leo
The Great Sphinx of Giza. I don’t think you could find a more perfect symbol for Aquarius’ Full Moon in Leo if you looked in every nook and cranny on the planet. The head of a man on the body of a lion. Aquarius and Leo. Absolutely perfect!
The sphinx represents the pharoah as Ra, the Sun God, and faces due east toward the rising Sun. It’s the Lion facing the Sun, and at Full Moon in Aquarius, the symbolism is perfected. This is balance ~ one of the goals of a Full Moon.
How can we make use of this Leo Full Moon symbolism in our personal lives? Ask yourself these questions:
- Is there an animal nature in my Leo house that needs taming by my intellectual house of Aquarius?
- In what situations has my intellect been outwitted and undone by my pride and ego?
- Do I overthink and outsmart the lustful side of me that needs expression?
- Does my detachment isolate me from my ability to just let it all hang loose and have some royal fun?
Those are easy yes/no questions. The hard work comes with discovering “Why?” and balancing the equation. The signs Aquarius and Leo can both be really fun. Why not mix it up a little during this Full Moon? Lighten up on the heavy aspect in your equation and have some fun.
Don’t you sometimes wish the Sphinx would drop that stoney pose and just start racing out across the sands? Wow! What a visual that is! Aquarius’ ancient ruler, Saturn, could probably sit through eternity while the “sands of time” continued to weather away this giant marvel, but Uranus would definitely revel in a surprise take off. Imagine the chaos and Uranus sitting back laughing and laughing. Well, maybe that’s a little too spooky, but it would make for great tv.
If you have kids who like to color, here are some pretty good links to coloring pages of the Great Sphinx. Ancient Eqypt Coloring Pages has some Sphinx pics and more and The Coloring Spot has a good Sphinx pic, too. (Ahh, who needs kids? Go ahead, get your colors out, enjoy.)
Full Moon in Leo is the opposite of Full Moon in Aquarius, when the Sun is in Leo and Moon in Aquarius. Both of these signs are considered “masculine” or yang energies because they belong to the air and fire elements. The Sun is masculine, but the Moon is always feminine, receptive, yin. How can you bring receptivity to one of the broadest, sexiest, warmest signs in the zodiac? Hmmm. That just might be my Full Moon ponderable. (Warning to Uncle Moon: Be on the lookout, Babe.)
More Full Moon posts with these two signs:
Note: Basic elemental symbolism depicts air as a human and fire as a lion. Earth is a bull and Water is an eagle. Each animal represents the Fixed signs of astrology ~ Aquarius, Leo, Taurus, and Scorpio. You can see this symbolism on the Wheel of Fortune tarot card, and indeed, there is a sphinx sitting atop the wheel in that card. The four elements are also depicted in the four corners of The World card framing an androgenous human in the center of the card. The World card is associated with Saturn; The Wheel of Fortune with Jupiter. Strength is usually drawn as a woman holding the mouth of a lion and is associated with Leo. The following cards are from the Aquatic Tarot.
Balance ~ that’s what Full Moons want. Fulfillment, of course. They want that, too. But there’s a need for balance between the lights and the signs. With the Full Moon in Leo, we’re being asked to balance our own needs or desires with those of the group at large.
Aquarius is naturally suited to the 11th house of friends, communities, groups ~ all our social networks. That includes all the social networking sites we belong to now ~ Facebook, Twitter, forums, online groups, as well as the friends we develop through our blogs and websites.
Leo likes attention. Even introverted Leos respond to a little of the spotlight barely falling on their toes if not fully on their faces. It feels good to be appreciated, right?
Want to fulfill this Full Moon in Leo? Do something nice for a good friend, a possible new friend, an old friend, or a group of friends. Leo days are known to be a good time for a party (as are Gemini days), but there’s no need to throw an all-out bash. You can keep it simple. Even a small gesture has the possibility of a big payoff. A call, a lunch date, a tweet, anything that says, “Hey, you’re special ~ you’re my friend and I appreciate you” will serve both of the signs well and the friendship, too.
Full Wolf Moon in Leo
If you are in a part of the world that had a Full Moon on January 1st, this is a Blue Moon for you.
Full Moon exact on Jan 30 at 1:18am
- let your creative juices flow
- don’t wait for appreciation, appreciate yourself
- do something really, really fun
Where is Leo in your chart? You can find projects related to Leo and the 12 houses in these posts:
12 Things to Do When the Sun Transits Leo
Shovel Ready Projects for Houses 1-6
Shovel Ready Projects for Houses 7-12
Bette Midler recorded Friends just at the time I was forging life-long relationships with some of my BFFs. I’m so fortunate that many of these wonderful people are still in my life. They’re worth their weight in Leo gold. The video quality here is poor, but the song is sweet and encouraging.
Photo of cereal box from Wikimedia Commons.