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This Full Moon could well bring some emotions bubbling to the surface as well as offering us opportunities to release some emotional pain or trauma, replacing it with joy and self-acceptance. The Full Moon is the time of the month when things reach an emotional climax, and whatever we might have been holding onto or suppressing has a tendency to burst into the open, illuminated in full by the bright light of the moon! As the tides swell with the Full Moon so do our emotions, and in the dramatic and heart-centred sign of Leo the emotions could be quite big and simply demand expression! There may well be be a few heartfelt conversations occurring in the days leading up to this moon, with emotions riding high. This Full Moon holds quite a mixed bag of opposing energies but I think that this particular combination is actually a recipe for some profound shifts and a lightening of the load which will help us take a big step forward towards realising our destinies.
The Full Moon falls in the heart-oriented sign of Leo, while the Sun sits directly opposite in the mind-oriented sign of Aquarius. The key to realising the full potential of a Full Moon is to balance the two opposing energies rather than having them at odds with each other. Leo is the inner child; the part of us that wants to unabashedly express ourselves. The inner child represents our subconscious or our authentic soul-self; it is who we truly are deep inside once we peel away the many layers of conditioning that we have experienced since childhood. The inner child knows far more than we do, which is why people spend so much time trying to get in touch with it! Leo is playful, creative and not afraid to take risks, especially when it comes to fun, creativity and romance. He has a sense of having a special purpose; a destiny that is his alone and a role that nobody can play but himself. Indeed, we all do have a unique and special purpose in this life that is ours alone. We may or may not consciously know what it is, but you can be sure that our inner child has a good idea!
While Leo seeks to express himself and discover his special talents and gifts, Aquarius shows how we can share those gifts with the world. Aquarius is a friendly yet slightly detached kind of fellow who is humanitarian and forward thinking by nature and thinks about the world at large. He is not so much concerned with himself personally as he is with the group and community as well as his vision for the future. Leo shows us what we have to offer and what we can create, while Aquarius shows how those unique talents can blend together with others' gifts for a common cause. What is the point of having all that fun creating something then keeping it all to yourself? How very selfish! Aquarius has the vision; the hopes and dreams, and shows us how we can all help each other and thus weave our destinies together to create something that is far bigger than ourselves.
This Moon is greatly enhanced and aided by aspects from benevolent and jovial Jupiter and lively Uranus, the Great Awakener. Jupiter, the planet of growth and expansion, is also about to turn direct having been away on holiday since October 4th,. As such, while we may have been coming up with all of these plans this January, setting a whole host of goals and intentions, how were we actually supposed to move forward and expand without the help of beneficial and growth-oriented Jupiter? He's the one that gives us the faith and confidence to move forward with our plans, and with out him it is not surprising that people have been feeling a bit stuck!
Well all of that is about to change and it's now full steam ahead! A fortunate aspect to both the Sun and Moon, bringing the possibility of surprising opportunities, sudden breaks and the very things that we have been hoping for suddenly falling in our laps. Let's just hope that whatever we asked for is what we really want! Jupiter gives us confidence and faith and wants us to grow and expand, while Uranus also wants us to move beyond blocks and limitation; to get out of our ruts, clearing out any stuck energy so that we can grow. Uranus wants us to keep things fresh and keep recreating ourselves so that we are lovely, flowing rivers instead of stagnant, smelly puddles, and this Full Moon is a perfect opportunity to blast through some of the blocks we have been experiencing lately.
The buoyant, optimistic and exciting energy of the Jupiter Uranus aspect is very much balanced by a challenging aspect to the Sun, Moon and Mercury from Saturn in Scorpio. On the one hand we could see Saturn's presence as a reminder to hold back a little and not get so over excited that we just jump after any opportunity without thinking about whether it is a) the right thing for us and b) within our capabilities. Saturn is the wise old sage who holds the reins and reminds us to proceed with caution and act with integrity. On the other hand Saturn is in the emotionally intense sign of Scorpio where he has been digging deep and bringing up a lot of long forgotten and buried emotional wounds and trauma to the surface in recent times. As Saturn is linked with the emotional Full Moon, it is likely that some more gunk may yet be unearthed in order for us to examine it under the light of the Moon, thus allowing us to accept the lessons it has taught us, forgive ourselves and others and, finally, let go so that we can move forward with a lighter step. It is quite likely that unresolved emotional pain and trauma is the very thing that has been causing any blocks that are preventing us from moving forward and fully realise our destiny and unique purpose.
This Full Moon has a feeling of a dam of blocked energy being released, with Saturn in Scorpio representing the emotional root of the block and Jupiter and Uranus providing us with the opportunity to open up the floodgates, thus allowing the emotional pain to be released and to be replaced by the Leo qualities of joy, childlike wonder and the realisation of our special gifts and destiny. Saturn has been gradually revealing the deeply buried emotional wounds which are holding us back from actually moving forward with the goals and intentions that we have set for ourselves; that which keeps us from realising our full potential. This Moon holds amazing potential for growth and movement out of limitation, especially as Jupiter turns direct on the 30th! The opportunities that we receive at this time may not be what we expect, but they will definitely be what we need!
PS – When Jupiter turns direct on January 30th, all of the planets will then be in direct motion, ie moving forward, so it is an ideal time to push forward in whatever way we feel we need to. They will all be in direct motion until February 18th, when Saturn turns retrograde. Jupiter going direct will bring a renewed sense of confidence, faith and purpose with which to realise our goals and expand our horizons, while the direct motion of all of the planets means that it is truly time to look and move forward. This only happens once a year, and how wonderful that it is occurring under the umbrella of the Sun in Aquarius, the forward thinking sign of humanitarian ideals and a shared vision of the future! So, if anybody has been feeling like 2013 hasn't quite started yet, the beginning of February should feel like the jump start we have been waiting for!