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Full Moon in Leo ~ January 30, 2010

The waxing moon grows full in the bold, confident and courageous sign of Leo on January 30 at 1:18 a.m. EST (January 29 at 10:18 p.m. PST). Full moons signify the completion, culmination of what may have been initiated during the previous new moon. While the New Moon urged us to reconnect with the deepest part our self to determine our life path or confirm we are still on the right course, give focus on our longterm goals, re-establish structure if it's been broken down, re-build foundation and follow through on our ambitions, this Full Moon questions whether we were brave enough to make do of our intentions.

In Leo, the Moon (emotional nature) is strong-willed, prideful, charismatic, collaborative, expresses herself freely, and believes in balancing fun and pleasure with work and obligations. This full moon blends energies with retrograde-Mars (drive) while opposed the Sun (conscious will) and Venus (relationships) in Aquarius. All the while in the background, a retrograde-Saturn revisits his altercation with Pluto from last fall, giving this Full Moon a similar feel of re-structuring, letting go and being transformed that the previous new moon and full moon had. Elsewhere in the sky, Jupiter also begins to form a link to Saturn, lifting some of the intensity in the air.

Jupiter expands. Saturn contracts. Pluto transforms. The Full Moon in Leo is determined yet playful. The Sun and Venus in Aquarius are eager to break away from old ways. Mars retrograde in Leo may be more reflective than active, but he is still motivated to make things happen.

For me, as a Virgo-rising, this Full Moon falls in my 11th house (friendships), is conjunct my natal Venus (relationships/money), and trine my Chiron (wounds/healing). As a Cancer-Sun, it illuminates my 2nd house (income/values). The Full Moon's conjunction with my Venus puts extra weight on its opposition to transiting Venus. With Mars still retrograde in my solar 2nd house of income and Saturn retrograde in Libra, the sign on the cusp on my natal 2nd house, finances have been less than stable. Although it may continue to fluctuate, at least until Mars begins moving forward in March, perhaps this Full Moon brings a close to something that has exceeded its life span or no longer fruitful for me and opens up the chance for other opportunities that I may not even have considered before or an option previously not available to me. In friendships/relationships, maybe I'll make new friends, establish new contacts, or find other avenues for networking. Much of what I am feeling and going through right now does have some bearing on decisions and actions I made last fall (around the time Saturn and Pluto first squared). As I reflect upon then and now, it confirms that I made the right choices and adjusting to/redefining new goals have been where my energies have been spent in the past couple of months.

This full moon occurs at 11 degrees of Leo. Those born within 3 days of July 3 and/or with natal planets and/or house angles on or around 11 degrees of fire and fixed signs may feel the effects of this full moon stronger than most.

How does this full moon influence your birth chart? Match the sign and degree to determine what house this full moon falls in. Use the list of zodiac signs below to identify the sign Leo on your birth chart then click here for a brief explanation on the Full Moon transit in that house.

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If you don't have your birth chart, you may use your Sun sign and/or your Rising/Ascendant sign, if you know it. Look for your Sun and Rising Signs below then click here for a brief explanation of the Full Moon transit in those houses.
  • Aries-Sun or Aries-Rising ~ 5th House
  • Taurus-Sun or Taurus-Rising ~ 4th House
  • Gemini-Sun or Gemini-Rising ~ 3rd House
  • Cancer-Sun or Cancer-Rising ~ 2nd House
  • Leo-Sun or Leo-Rising ~ 1st House
  • Virgo-Sun or Virgo-Rising ~ 12th House
  • Libra-Sun or Libra-Rising ~ 11th House
  • Scorpio-Sun or Scorpio-Rising ~ 10th House
  • Sagittarius-Sun or Sagittarius-Rising ~ 9th House
  • Capricorn-Sun or Capricorn-Rising ~ 8th House
  • Aquarius-Sun or Aquarius-Rising ~ 7th House
  • Pisces-Sun or Pisces-Rising ~ 6th House
Unsure if you have natal planets/house planets at 11 degrees? Cast your own birth chart for use as reference -- birth date, time, and place required. Schedule your session for a reading. Or cruise on over to the AstroCreeps and TarotFreaks Forum* to start or join a discussion.

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"Constellation Leo" - Illustration credit and copyright to Taima Catori.

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