Happy Full Moon in Leo! Happy Valentine’s Day! This is the time of the year when we shine a light on creativity, art, romance, childlike joy, play, identity, and bold risks. The full moon is exact February 14, 2014 at 6:53 pm EST, 26 degrees of Leo/Aquarius. This is also a peak of a cycle that began with last August’s Leo New Moon.
In theory this full moon is well timed for the sort of activities one would expect on Valentine’s Day — candy hearts, romance, flowers, and a touch of drama. Leo’s core impulse is to create, which is why it’s a sign that shows up so often in the charts of artists. You also could say that this full moon is an invitation to get in touch with our creative side and expressing who we are unfettered.
But here’s the rub — Saturn in Scorpio squares the full moon.
For the uninitiated, Saturn is about as playful and lighthearted as a drill sergeant. He’s the archetype of Father Time, the Grim Reaper, and the old man with the long, white beard. He takes 29 years to complete one orbit around the Sun and thus speaks to events that take a long time to come to fruition. Saturn is limitation and boundaries. He is, after all, the last planet visible to the naked eye — the guardian of the line that separates what is seen and unseen. So you can imagine the dialogue going on in the chart of the full moon.
When you experience a heavy Saturn transit, it’s a cosmic check in point (those who are turning 29 know this all too well). How are you progressing? How are you maturing? Are you faithful to your commitments? Throw in the Leo Full Moon and this is a huge referendum on the long term viability of what you’re creating. You don’t have to be an artist to create. It can be an ambition, a project, or a long term goal — something that you identify with because your heart and soul is in it. The full moon is also the intersection of work and play, romance and reality.
I wish this Valentine’s Day was more festive, but Saturn has other ideas. If you have romance in the works, just remember that Saturn wants you to think long term. He’ll also highlight imbalanced power dynamics, especially with Mars in Libra. Speaking of which, there is a saving grace in the full moon chart — Mars sextile the Moon and trine the Sun. This means that whatever resistance Saturn throws at us, it all works out in the end and we will move forward energized and enthusiastic.
Would you like to actively work with the energy of the Leo Full Moon? I’ve teamed up with Bevin Branlandingham of Queer Fat Femme to create an exercise specifically timed for the full moon. You can download our free February 2014 worksheet here, which also covers Mercury Retrograde and Sun in Pisces. Happy Valentine’s Day!
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