Leo Full Moon

Planetary news: Time speeds up with no retrogrades, and Leo Full Moon

Astrological update for January 27-February 13

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I will be traveling so I condensed the first two weeks into one report and will catch up when I return. Much of this is repeated from the upcoming February Planetary Illuminations (sign up at the bottom of this email!). 

NO PLANETS IN RETROGRADE MOTION. It is fairly rare for there to be no planets which appear to be retrograde from our perspective on Earth but that is the situation we find right now. Mercury will turn retrograde on April 21st but until then, all personal and outer planets are in direct motion. (Ceres will be retrograde from February 3 until May, but because Ceres tends to operate very personally anyway so its retrograde influence is not very different from its influence when direct.)

When there are no retrograde planets time tends to speed up; without the pull of the retrograde planets to review and re-discover, we tend to find our lives passing without much reflection. We can adjust our own intention to incorporate this reflection into our daily lives though, through ritual and routines which support our inner experience as well as our outer one.

LEO FULL MOON FEBRUARY 5 INSPIRES A DANCE TO A DIFFERENT TUNE. The Full Moon is the peak of the lunar cycle – it’s a time when our goals and aspirations reach fulfillment as we prepare for the waning cycle during which we are generally asked to let go of something that no longer works in our ever-changing lives.

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The Leo Full Moon is all about learning to become the very best “I” we […]

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Astrological news this week: A Leo Full Moon and a burst of inspiration with Jupiter and Uranus

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This week the Moon is full in Leo, a bright burst of joyful energy to help waken up the senses and stimulate the search for true joy and personal satisfaction.  With six planetary bodies in Saturn-ruled signs (four in Capricorn and two in Aquarius), the energies have been a bit heavy recently so a Full Moon in fire will give us a nice boost.

The beautiful alignment between Jupiter and Uranus discussed in last week’s post culminates this week, helping us to break out of old patterns and find new ways to break through obstacles. New opportunities may lurk behind corners, so be sure to pay attention. 😃

We also have Mercury moving from one Saturn-ruled sign (Capricorn) to another (Aquarius), but Aquarius benefits from the modern rulership of Uranus which breaks up outmoded ways of thinking (Mercury rules the mind and all matters of information and communication).  Mercury in Aquarius is the inventor, where Mercury in Capricorn is the scientist. Because of Mercury’s retrograde travels over the past few months Mercury has been in Capricorn for a longer time than it would normally travel through a sign. For the next few weeks we are dreaming up new and innovative ideas and adventures.

And now, the week ahead. Dates and times are for the Eastern time zone, please adjust for your own locality.

Monday February 14. Speaking of Venus, the patron goddess of Valentine’s Day, she conjoins Mars for much of the week, in Capricorn where they both are very business-like and practical. Tempers and excitement may run high, so this is a good week to do something active with friends and family rather than sit in front of the tv.

Meanwhile the Moon begins the week in Leo, […]

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1.28.21. Venus conjunct Pluto at a big Jupiterian Leo Full Moon

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The Moon is full in Leo on January 28, 2021 at 2:16 pm, emphasizing the need for a higher level of self-expression under Leo which still honors the needs of the collective under the Aquarius Sun.  The Sun is one of four planets in Aquarius, so there is a great deal of Aquarian focus on reason and rational thinking concerning that which is good for everyone and not just the individual.  But the Leo Full Moon is focused on the lunar energies which encourage self-value, self-esteem, and an ability to discover a joy which emanates from within and isn’t dependent upon the whims and opinions of others.

Under Leo, which after all is ruled by the Sun itself, we are asked to shine as brightly as we are able.  Rather than hide our light out of false modesty or insecurity, Leo encourages us to emerge from the shadows with all of our natural brightness and joy intact just as a small child greets the world before any traumas have a chance to interfere.

This brightening of the heart’s inner light is aided here by Jupiter, which is nearly exactly conjunct the Sun and opposite the Moon in the Full Moon chart. Jupiter adds a layer of optimism but also a need to expand in all ways, resisting any effort to confine or restrict our natural abilities.  Saturn is also present, counteracting the Jupiterian expansion and optimism as it so often does but here in Aquarius it does so with a more reasoned and practical approach which seeks alternatives rather than tighter constraints and control as it did under Capricorn.

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This week’s astrological update: Leo Full Moon, and get ready for Mercury retrograde

This week’s video dives into the meaning of Leo generally, and especially under the Leo Full Moon this week.  There’s also some tips about Mercury retrograde, and you can also check out this Mercury retrograde deep dive here.  And of course, a review of the week ahead to help you with your planning. As always, the transcript is below.



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Hey everybody, its Lynn Hayes here. Welcome back to my channel. And if you’re new, I’m glad you joined me here today.

There was a couple of big things that we have to talk about before we get into the astrology for the week ahead. The first thing I’d like to talk about is the fact that Mercury will be turning retrograde on January 30. Most astrologers agree that there is sort of a shadow period or a build up period before Mercury actually turns retrograde. But there’s a lot of disagreement about what that shadow actually is. And I made a video which I’ll link in the description box about the details of how that works. And if you’d like to do a little deep dive into Mercury Retrograde, I invite you to do that.

In my opinion, the build-up to Mercury Retrograde actually begins when Mercury starts to slow down. Mercury normally travels about two degrees a day and in its lead up to the retrograde turn it begins to appear to slow down. Of course, planets don’t really move backwards as we know, but sometimes they appear to be traveling in […]

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