Leo Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse

Full Moon 11 Leo 37’ Lunar Eclipse

12.28am 1 February 2018 (Sydney AEDT), 11.28pm 31 January, 2018 (Brisbane), 1,28pm 31 January 2018 (GMT)

Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will…

Living a creative life is freaking scary.

What you’re expressing is your soul, your inner life, something that you nurture and grow within you, before taking the risk to send it out into the world.

What if no one gets it, likes it, reads it, buys it, appreciates it?

That’s the thing about creativity, about art. At some point, you have to trust that you’ve done enough and let it leave home. You have to stand proudly in front of it and pretend that you’re full of confidence when in fact you’re anything but.

Why am I talking about this?

Because in a couple of days we have a Full Moon (and lunar eclipse), and it’s in Leo…and Leo is associated with the 5th house, with creativity, self-expression. It’s also about ego, glory and recognition. When we go public, when we release our “babies” into the world, we’re risking all of these things.

The thing is none of this can exist in isolation. Ambitions for personal glory must be balanced against the responsibilities we have to society. What can we give back? What should we give back? At what point do we draw the line between what we give and what we receive?

Wherever 11 Leo and 11 Aquarius lies in your chart are where you need to look at the balance between these two areas of life.

As with all things, this is easier said than done. Both Aquarius and Leo are fixed signs. The ego is fixed and ideas are fixed. The balance point is somewhere in between – in a place of self-love and acceptance, perhaps.

As I mentioned above, Leo is aligned with the 5th house: with play, creativity, self-expression and the inner child. In this whirl of modern living, it is that inner child which is forgotten – if indeed he/she ever really existed. It is that inner child that’s drowned out by all the authority figures telling us what it is that we should be doing, what we should be wearing, who we should be seeing etc.

Think about this honestly: when was the last time that you let yourself have fun – simply because you really wanted to? Guilt-free, fuss-free, judgement free, responsibility-free fun?

What about this one too – when was the last time you picked up your hobby – and by hobby, I mean something that allows you to creatively express yourself. We all have a 5th house, and we all have something that is creative if we could only give ourselves permission to indulge in it.

So, this Full Moon, I’d like you to do two things for me:

  • Confront a fear- look it square in the eyes, shine a torch on it and laugh at it.
  • Do something creative or fun. Anything. If you’re writing, don’t edit yourself. If you’re painting, let the colours happen. If you’re designing, see what shapes emerge.

This Full Moon happens to also be a lunar eclipse – so will probably feel more intense with possibly some unexpected outcomes. And by intense and unexpected, please don’t necessarily read ‘bad’. (If you want to know more about eclipses, I posted something last week.)

To be really technical, this one is from the same series of eclipses (Saros Series 1 South) that last came around in January and February 2000, and before that in January 1982.

To quote from Bernadette Brady’s The Eagle and the Lark:

‘This family of eclipses is concerned with ideas and their enthusiastic expression. If this eclipse affects your chart, you will be flooded with ideas or options. There may seem to be an element of haste, but if you can go with the new ideas, they will have positive outcomes.

There you go.

Doing it for yourself

Want to know what this means for you? Read the DIY Full Moon post available here. If you don’t know your chart, have no birth time, or can’t be bothered working it out, you can follow this solar guide below.

If you do know where 11 Leo/ Aquarius is in your chart, you won’t need this.

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, this Full Moon falls in your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, this Full Moon falls in your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, this Full Moon falls in your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, this Full Moon falls in your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, this Full Moon falls in your 3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer, this Full Moon falls in your 2nd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, this Full Moon falls in your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, this Full Moon falls in your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, this Full Moon falls in your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, this Full Moon falls in your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, this Full Moon falls in your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn this Full Moon falls in your 8th house.