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  • Writer's pictureLori Barnes

Leo Full Moon

Leo Full Moon Date and Times

Sunday 5 February 10:29 AM, West Coast, USA 1:29 PM, East Coast, USA 5:42 PM, Rome, Italy  16 degrees Leo Check here for the exact time in your location.

Leo Full Moon Overview

The Leo full moon is of the fire element and the Aquarius Sun is in the air element. This mix is social, dynamic idea making, active, fun, and all about our individual self-expression.

Leo is about self-expression, creation, what we are proud of, and how we hold our head high. Leos purr when receiving their proper recognition and roar when they are not. They all have some kind of star quality magnetism that lights up a room.

Aquarius is about mental stimulation, progressive ideas, and independent thought. Aquarians treasure their independence, and prefer not to be bothered with others unless they are intellectually stimulated. They often have ideas before their time and care deeply about humanitarian reform for the masses, but at times can be oddly out of touch closer to home.

Both signs have a component of self-focus and can exhibit strokes of genius.

Leo Full Moon and Playing in the Pace of Time

The pace is picking up as we move through February and into the Leo full moon this weekend. Shortly after the full moon on Sunday, the post-shadow phase of the Mercury retrograde cycle ends. If you haven’t already felt like the speed and pace of time is faster, you likely will soon.

For me, things have moved forward in many different projects. Because I purposely work with the retrograde cycles, I wasn’t trying to start new things during the last three months. Rather, I was reviewing, refining, and realigning my plans.

Now it’s great to be moving forward. And sometimes it is hard to keep up with how fast things are moving forward now. It’s exciting to come out of some deep reflective work and get into the details, start new things, take projects to the next level, and have some fun while doing all that.

Between now and the end of March, the pace of time is fast and forward oriented. This is one of the best times of the year to focus on what you want to manifest in 2023 and beyond. The things you put into place now can be built on. But only if you take action.

It’s a mix of a full moon because fun and play are highlighted. But there is also some beautiful opportunity to push your creative projects forward. Your individual self-expression and creativity are associated with Leo. At the full moon, play AND do creative work.

Fun and play are Leo words. If you are also feeling the push forward like me, you may find yourself working a lot. It’s like now that we are finally free of the sense of slow motion, there is a tendency to rush forward because it’s easier now.

But what is most important is balance. Balance of your work and family time. Balance of fun, play, and leisure with responsibilities.

Leo is a sign that thrives in creative play. Leo is the sign associated with creativity and individual self- expression. One of the most creative things a human can do is create another human being. So Leo is associated with children.

This full moon is a time to be sure that you take some time to play like a child. Let your inner child out, and have fun with childlike abandon. If you have kids in your life, play with them. Even if your children are adults, you can still get together and have some fun playing.

You may not want to go to the nearest playground, but you can have a game night, go to the bowling alley, a theme park, ballgame, or have a party. Whatever it is that you relish in fun, take some time and do it. Do it with your kids, or as if you had the energy of a five year old.

Leo Full Moon and the Planets

Uranus Square the Leo Moon and Aquarius Sun

The planet Uranus sits in a square angle to both the Sun and the Moon, it’s called a T-square, and is like a perpendicular shape (a T) in an astrology chart. Uranus is sending the same vibe to the Sun and Moon, who are opposite each other. 

Uranus is traveling through the sign Taurus, the Moon in Leo, and the Sun in Aquarius. These three signs are all fixed signs. Fixed signs are great for maintaining the course, the status quo, and have a stubborn, reliable, and routine quality.

Fixed signs can also run you from a groove into a deep rut. This usually happens when you stubbornly refuse to change or correct course. Uranus in this T-square position at the full moon represents a breaking up type of energy. Especially as it relates to worn out patterns.

This will likely shake things up somewhere in your life, and for the better. It just may take a while before you look back and realize that – it really was for the better. Uranus energy is like a lightning bolt. Unexpected or sudden things happen that demand your attention.

You may experience this on an internal or external level, because where Taurus, Aquarius, and Leo are in your chart is different for everyone. My advice to you is to watch out and be aware of where some pattern in your life is being broken up.

This breaking of patterns is opening up an opportunity for you to put something new and innovative in place. Something that can bring you better opportunities and outcomes. Oftentimes this energy shows up in other people through projection.

Projecting is a regular human trait that we all do from time to time. It’s a way that humans were built to work things out. When you don’t own some type of thought or behavior in yourself, you see it in others as outside of yourself.

A sign you are projecting is when you are highly triggered by someone else’s behavior and you perseverate on it.

This breaking up type of Uranian energy may have links to the past few years. The Uranus square Saturn energy that was highly prominent in 2021, and continued to be prominent but a bit less in 2022, is now in the rearview mirror.

This position of Uranus at the full moon may bring back a memory imprint of the last two years. If this is the case for you, perhaps you can now wrap up that experience, gather up the learnings from it, and finally move on.

Not everyone has planets or points in their chart activated by the sign and degree of this full moon. So not everyone is going to experience a sudden breaking of patterns. But those of you who really felt that Saturn Uranus thing for the last few years may really benefit from what comes up at this full moon.

To learn more about the Saturn Uranus 2021-2022 thing, read about it in my blog here.

The positive effects of Uranus in relation to the Sun and Moon is that it can bring sudden insight, brilliant solutions, and innovative problem solving. It can inspire you to do something different, or something fun that you have never done before.

The best way to handle this type of energy is to be open to a new experience, open your mind, and do your best to resist stubbornly holding on to ‘how it’s always been.’ Clinging to the familiar, like digging in your claws and holding on for dear life, will be more painful than trying something new.

Leo Full Moon: Trine and Sextile Supportive Vibes

Mars and Jupiter

Mars is moving through the sign of Gemini while Jupiter is moving through the sign of Aries. Aries and Leo are both fire signs while Gemini and Aquarius are both air signs. Fire and air signs tend to go along quite well together. They are dynamic, energetic, and social.

This supportive flow of energy between Mars, Jupiter, Moon, and the Sun is like a breath of fresh air. This indicates a vibrant, social, and fun mood. With Mars and Jupiter involved, there can be a tendency to over do things or take on too much. Be careful to pace yourself.

There are many positive ways to work with and manifest under this energy. It has optimism, energy, a can do attitude, and a feeling like you can’t be stopped. You may be flooded with creative ideas. Keep a pad of paper and pen handy to capture all of these ideas.

While you likely won’t be able to do everything that you dream of in the moment, you may create of wildly creative strategy for how to manifest success in the near and long-term future.

Venus in Pisces sextile Uranus in Taurus

Remember that conversation from above where Uranus is in a T-square with the Sun and Moon breaking up patterns? Well, Venus is making contact with Uranus too in a supportive sextile relationship. 

This can help soften the experience of sudden and unexpected disruptions that Uranus may bring into your life. It can add some diplomacy and mediation to two disputing sides of a quarrel and perhaps bring a more sunny outlook to unwanted change.

It can also indicate that positive change can come through a relationship with someone, and that could even be a stranger. Hmmm and Valentine’s day is right around the corner.

Mars, Venus, and Valentine’s Day

Venus and Mars are in a strong relationship at the Leo full moon. They are in the exact same degree of different signs in a square aspect. That is a 90 degree aspect that means there is some tension, challenge, or change.

A Venus and Mars square can also show up as passion, working through something that needed to be resolved, and bringing to light something that was hidden. It is a full moon.

Venus is traveling through Pisces and Mars is traveling through Gemini. Venus is wearing her rose colored glasses, enjoying the view, and immersed in experiencing art and beauty. Mars in Gemini is straight to the point with words, curt, and may be wobbling between two different angles in the sign of the twins.

While Mars may be popping Venus’ pretty bubbles of ecstasy with words, Venus is still intrigued, even if annoyed, by the stimulating conversation and the many options being offered up. These two may find fun, passion, and compromise together. Especially as the sexual tension leads to passion and fun on Valentine’s day.

Mercury conjunct Pluto

The planet of communication is traveling with heavy weight Pluto at the full moon in the sign of Capricorn. This connection will pass quickly, but worth noting at the Leo full moon. For all the air and fire prevalence with the other planets mentioned above, this configuration brings a bit of grounding to the energetic composition of the full moon.

Capricorn is an earth sign that is motivated and determined. Mercury and Pluto together give us a couple of days of strategic thinking and planning that can reach into the depths of our souls. We could have a few days of hard reality realizations and a healthy amount of creative solution finding.

Deep thinking at the time of a creative and innovative Leo full moon gives reason to do some strategic planning. But we must remember to play too!

This is a full moon to balance work and play.


Leo Full Moon Inspirational Quote

‘Nature has given us all the pieces required to achieve exceptional wellness and health, but has left it to us to put these pieces together.’ —Diane McLaren
‘There’s room for everybody on the planet to be creative and conscious if you are your own person. If you’re trying to be like somebody else, then there isn’t.’ —Tori Amos
‘I dwell in possibility’ —Emily Dickinson

Leo Full Moon Ritual

  1. Do the Full Moon ritual for the fire element.

  2. Set intentions around setting your creative side free. 

  3. Write any obstacles that you notice in your life on a piece of paper. Burn the paper in fire as a purification ritual to clear your space and invite new energy inside. 

  4. Clear your space with white sage or essential oils to break up old energy and allow creative fresh air and energy to gush into your space. 

  5. Open windows and clear out the air in your living space.

  6. Light a fire outside and do your purification ritual. Leo is fire, so incorporating the element into your full moon ritual is recommended. 

  7. If the weather allows, build your fire pit and dance around it under the moonlight. Invite the universe to open the pathway to your dreams, goals, and life mission.

Activity Ideas to do during the Leo Full Moon Phase

  1. Socialize with your friends who love you for who you are, those that bring out your creative side, and support your individual and unique ways of being.

  2. Engage your creativity by doing something that requires creative problem solving.

  3. Throw a social get together with like-minded people.

  4. See a show like a musical, dance production, concert, or comedy.

  5. Go out dancing, shopping, get your hair done, a facial, makeover, any kind of pampering that makes you feel like you are shining your inward light out into the world. 

  6. Watch a romantic comedy movie with your friends or your kids.

  7. If you have kids, do something unique with them that expands their social awareness. Like volunteering for a beach clean up, soup kitchen, or pet rescue organization.

  8. Plan for time to work on your most important goals. At this time, they should be integrating into your new 2023 normal routine.

  9. Plan a fun date with your significant other. If you are single, plan something fun with your friends for Valentine’s Day.

Essential Oils for the Leo Full Moon

  1. For passion, creativity, and Valentine’s Day: Rose, Neroli, Jasmine, Sandalwood, and Ylang Ylang

  2. For creativity: Frankincense, Peppermint (and mental clarity, headaches, and concentration), Jasmine, Lavender (to open your mind and calm it), Tangerine for creativity and joy to uplift your mood, and one of my personal favorites Bergamot (balance, harmony, stress reduction)

Leo Full Moon Journaling Prompts

  1. What do you feel passionate about? Think about the things that you do in the flow, where you lose track of time because you are so immersed in what you are doing.

  2. Thinking back to October, what patterns are you breaking out of? Where do you see an exciting and refreshing new path, or way of doing something?

  3. What are the most important things to push forward during February and March? We have no planets retrograde and a speedy pace forward. It’s like a clear stretch of road where you can see for miles. You push down on the accelerator, where are you going?

  4. What does your individual expression of creativity look like? 


Astrology Events

  1. Moon 16 Leo opposite Sun 16 Aquarius

  2. Both square Uranus 15 Taurus

  3. Moon 16 Leo opposite Saturn 26 Aquarius co-present with Sun 16 Aquarius

  4. Moon 16 Leo sextile Mars 11 Gemini trine Jupiter 6 Aries

  5. Sun 16 Aquarius trine Mars 11 Gemini sextile Jupiter 6 Aries

  6. Mercury 22 conjunct Pluto 28 Capricorn trine Uranus 15 Taurus 

  7. Venus 11 Pisces sextile Uranus 15 Taurus

  8. Mars 11 Gemini partile square Venus 11 Pisces

  9. Mars 11 Gemini trine Saturn 26 Aquarius

  10. Mars 11 Gemini sextile Jupiter 6 Aries

Mars Retrograde

  1. Pre-shadow: Sunday 4 September 2022

  2. Retrograde: Sunday 30 October 2022

  3. Direct: Thursday 12 January 2023

  4. Post-Shadow: Thursday 16 March 2023

  5. Sign of Retrograde: Gemini

  6. Degrees of Retrograde: 25 to 8 Gemini

Mercury Retrograde

  1. Pre-shadow Begins: 12 December 2022

  2. Retrograde Begins: 29 December 2022

  3. Retrograde Ends: 18 January 2023

  4. Post-shadow Ends: 7 February 2023

  5. Sign of Retrograde: Capricorn

  6. Degrees of Retrograde: 26 Capricorn back to 11 Capricorn

Wrap Up

The Leo full moon is one to let your inner child out to play. Play with your friends, family, and those who embrace your personal style of self-expression. There is also a pattern breaking energy you can tap into. Old outworn ways of doing things can now find a new and refreshing expression.

Find a balance between work and leisure time. There is more creativity on tap right now to help with your projects and vision. Remember to balance out your time with leisure and play, and productive creativity at work and with your personal projects. Self-employed may find creative solutions easier to find at this time.

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