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Courage and the Leo Full Moon

Courage and the Leo Full Moon

Sunday, February 5, 2023
10:27 a.m. pacific time

16°40′ Leo

If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk.
If you can’t walk, then crawl.
But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.
 ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

The Moon and her fluctuating phases symbolize the perpetual change that is constant throughout the universe. The lunar cycle is representative of the great medicine wheel of life — reflecting impermanence — death and rebirth. Therefore, when we wholeheartedly embrace these cycles, we become better equipped at navigating our lives.

This month’s Full Moon falls in the fiery courageous sign of Leo represented by the proud regal lion. Ruling the heart, Leos are loyal, creative, passionate, sensitive, yet gregarious and generous, and thrive on romance. Playful, they enjoy and attract children. When balanced and healthy, the lion is a strong leader.

Being ruled by the Sun, a Leo Full-Moon lunation amplifies the Aquarian solar qualities that are associated with the collective, revolutionary change, and futuristic innovations. Furthermore, future-oriented Uranus (currently in the sign of Taurus and the planet that rules the sign of Aquarius) is conjunct the fixed-star Menkar (also in the sign of Taurus), while making a challenging aspect to both the Moon and Sun.

Menkar signifies the forces of the collective unconscious that can influence the individual. Because Uranus and Menkar have joined forces in the earthy security-oriented sign of comfort-seeking Taurus, any unexpected forced or needed change may feel uncomfortable and require a great deal of courage. All that said, mitigating planetary aspects exist during this Full Moon that will help ease the Uranus–Menkar influences.1

This Leo Full Moon is an auspicious lunation to seek the change that is vital for you to align with your deepest values. Following are some Full Moon intentions you can apply during this lunation:

  • I embrace my creative power
  • I am aligned with my values, which reflect the way I live my life
  • My heart is wide open to the unknown
  • I am courageous and passionate  
  • I am willing to be uncomfortable and embrace change in order to align with my destiny


  1. Mars (11° Gemini) is sextile the Leo Moon (16° Leo) and trine the Sun (16° Aquarius) — positive aspects for appropriate action.  
    Uranus (15° Taurus) is trine Mercury (22° Capricorn) and sextile Venus (12° Pisces) — positive aspects denoting progressive communication.

Related Article:
The Sun–Moon Lunation Cycle

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