Today is the Full Moon in magnanimous Leo, occurring at 9° 05’ of the Leo/Aquarius axis (11:16am PT). This lunation has a very interesting blend of energies attached to it. Leo energy brings levity and a positive mindset to help us handle the day’s cosmic complexity.
On its own, a Leo Full Moon is a great time to acknowledge and celebrate personal accomplishments, get creative, and give from the heart. Wherever Leo falls in your chart will be an area of growth and realization for you now. You are seeing the end-product of seeds that took root 6 months ago at the Leo New Moon on August 18, 2020 (at 26° 35’ Leo).
I grew up with the Tarot, reading an old Aquarian deck that had been in my family for a decade or two, starting at the age of 7.
This was a beautiful deck but in no way was it “mine.” I sometimes stole it away for weeks or months at a time, letting it live in my room and among my toys, but it was a shared deck – treated with a certain level of spiritual reverence, but passed around generously all the same.
The Astrology of January 2021 sees us shifting gears as Mars joins a stationing Uranus in Taurus on the Last Quarter Moon. The Sun & Mercury follow Jupiter & Saturn into the outer limits of Aquarius, squaring off with Mars/Uranus. Mercury stations Retrograde at the end of the month, beginning this year’s new cycle of Mercury Retrogrades in Air signs. Venus meanwhile keeps us tethered to both established and revised traditions in earthy Capricorn where she conjoins Pluto and we have our first New Moon of the year on the 14th. The most significant aspects of the month are Jupiter square Uranus and Neptune squaring the Lunar Nodes.
The First Quarter Moon is the first primary Moon Phase that follows the New Moon. It represents a turning point in the monthly cycle. This stage is followed by a gradual crescendo to the maximum strength Full Moon in all its glory.
The First Quarter Moon: A Checking In Point
Arriving about a week from the New or Dark Moon, the First Quarter Moon provides data to sort through, often in the form of obstacles. You may find yourself at a landmark moment. The sharp edge of this lunar phase can be dramatic or subtle, depending on what you’re dealing with personally during a given cycle.