“To perform for the world is to trust it” –Steven Forrest
The archetype of Leo holds within it the energies that express themselves as creativity, affection, the desire to perform and be seen. It is a sign that sometimes gets a bad rap for being prideful or self-centered, but this is often a result of the powers that be seeking to take away the righteousness of the divinity of the individual. Associated with kingliness/queenliness, this divine channel to God was usurped by monarchies for millennia who laid claim to their thrones as divine right. The truth of the matter is that we are all channels of stellar divinity worthy of being the queens and kings of our own destiny.
Leo, like a star, pertains to our ability to manifest our own reality based on the cultivation and direction of our creative energies. By shining our individual light purely from our hearts and not based on the desires of others, we become magnetic. Magnetism refers to the power to draw energy towards us, and nothing is more magnetic than purely expressed self-love. This is the super power of Leo, and it is a blessing to behold anyone who has subdued the ego enough while maintaining self-worth and love to be able to express themselves from such a place.
Leo is about stellar consciousness, being ruled by our star, Sun. It is about knowing our heart contains the same essence as a star- the self-generating creator of the elements that make life possible. The source of warmth, radiance and hope for life. Opposing the sign of Leo is Aquarius, which is about universal consciousness and the vast spiraling connections between all the stars of the galaxy, universe and multiverse. To bring balance to any sign, we seek to integrate its polarity. The Leo-Aquarius axis is about the divine nature of the human experience, both as the majestic individual star worthy of shining its light forth into the universe, and the universal human aligned to their cosmic interconnection with all beings in dedication to the liberation of all consciousness.
The Full Moon trines Mars in Sagittarius, igniting this moon with the boldness to live and shine our personal truths. When Mars is at play we want to seek to make our stand without being forceful or demanding, but by simply slicing through that which is false or superficial. Leo can get caught in performing to please others to receive the love and affirmation we all want. The deepest love is always self-love, but this gets a little overused at times I think. Leo reminds us that sharing our beauty, our brilliance, our majesty has a righteous place in the human experience. If we lived in a vacuum life would surely lose meaning, regardless of all of the self-love we may generate.
Therefore, this Moon is about embracing our courage to shine. Just as a star does not question its value or worth, or the Queen her divinity, we too can take this full moon to tap the stardust within us that knows its own divinity. Like the quote at the beginning of the article, to perform for the world is to trust it, and Leo is about the art and practice of courageously putting ourselves out there with just enough trust that someone, or many will adore us for it. For who doesn’t admire someone with the courage to get on a stage and sing their heart out?
Just like a star, we may never know ourselves fully without witnessing what is created from what we put out into the world. True self love is when our light ignites other lights, and vice versa. For every person, there is a time to shine and a time to stand in solidarity with the people. A time to inspire and a time to receive the inspiration from others, the stars, Moon and soil. When we practice this, we cultivate strength over force and can rise into majesty.
Leo rules the heart chakra, and Venus in Aries, who is with Black Moon Lilith and Chiron during the full Moon is regaining her hearth chakra vestments in her journey up to Queen of Heaven this month. Jupiter is in trine to Neptune and Mercury is Pisces. There is a lot of soft, sweet, poetic heart opening medicine alive right now coupled with the fierceness of our individual worth and journeys. There is vast creative energy to be tapped and there are opportunities to speak softly and tenderly to soul and spirit of destiny, hopes and dreams as well as the heart and healing of the feminine. Heart power heals through facing the fear of our own power.
Mercury in Pisces is trining the North Node of the Moon in Cancer. Messengers and messages of magic guide the way. Speak of the transience of things, how they are not what they seem, how to vision a dream, story a song of a new tale, of all the tales of old and how they interweave the great mysterious dream we are dreaming together. The Great Mystery may be a little more palpable than normal, but we are armed with a quiver of arrows with which to pierce the veil of reality and manifest a life that once felt like a dream. Mercury’s retrograde on February 16th will give us time to revise any plans that get off-kilter.
The heart of the Leo mysteries is vulnerability. To lead, as a queen or a lioness requires taking a risk. Leo is a sign associated with risk taking, and the risk to be vulnerable is at the center. To know the true capacity of the heart to love we must be courageous enough to take the risk of showing our hearts and all the treachery and grace there never before seen to others. For if it is never seen, it may never be healed. Or for Leo- if it is never seen, it may never feel complete.