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Full Moon in Leo ~ February 18, 2011

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The Moon waxes to full on February 18 at 12:36 a.m. PST / 3:36 a.m. EST. Full moons signify the completion, culmination of what may have been initiated during the previous new moon in Aquarius which encouraged us break away from old ways, bad habits, unhealthy ties, and seek a new way of being/living/seeing/thinking/interacting. This Full Moon in Leo dares us to be courageous enough to walk the talk ... live the dream.

This full moon's Aquarius-Sun (soul/conscious will) conjuncts (unites with) Neptune (dreams/enlightenment), Mars (action/motivation) and semi-sextile Uranus (radical, revolutionary change) while Leo-Moon (heart/inner drives) opposes Neptune/Mars and quincunx (frustrating) Uranus (who is in the last degrees of Pisces). With Neptune and Uranus also semi-sextile (opportunities coming out of difficulties) each other and in mutual reception, it's time say goodbye to what has been, what no longer serves, what's become unhealthy and seek out new horizons, change in perspective, expand consciousness.

Elsewhere in the sky, the square (conflict) between Jupiter (expansion/opportunities) and Pluto (purging/transformation) gains strength as they get closer to perfecting their link on February 25th. This square may be reminiscent to July and August 2010 when they last connected in the same manner. Their square was a part of a bigger, more intense energy that also involved Saturn in Libra and Uranus in Aries (at the time), battling it out in a Cardinal T-Square. Some of us may be faced with something we were dealing with around that period. Perhaps, now it's a look back to see how far we've come. Or a startling wake up call that we remain in the same unpleasant situation. However, this energy plays out in your life, don't judge yourself or others too harshly. Instead, seek to find a way to improve your situation...something that you have the power to do, to act upon. Let the change begin with the self.

This Full Moon occurs at 29 degrees of Leo. Those born within 3 days of February 18 or August 22 or with natal planets and/or house angles on or around late degrees of fixed signs or early degrees of mutable signs may feel the effects of this full moon phase stronger than others. In addition, the Jupiter-Pluto square strongly influences cardinal signs born within the early degrees between zero to seven; they may also experience the impact of this full moon phase greater than others.

For me, as a Virgo-rising, this Full Moon falls in the 12th house of my subconscious. Mindfulness. Getting back to the basics - breath. I'm notorious for biting off more than I can chew. I start projects or commit my time to a new challenge always thinking there's enough time and energy for me to follow through :) Then, my mind gets too busy thinking of this and that while I'm doing something altogether different. I become disconnected to my present moment. This full moon phase will be a welcome reminder for me to gain my grounding and clarity through breath, being present in the moment.

How might 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 in the late degrees in fixed signs or early degrees in mutable signs? Cast your own birth chart at for use as reference -- birth date, time and place required.

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