Full Moon in Leo ~ February 8th ~ Theme: Gentle Strength

Full Moon at 20° of Leo Saturday February 8th @ 11:33pm PT


This month the Full Moon moves into the sign of Leo at the 20th degree. The sign of Leo is one of the more prized and well looked upon signs in the zodiac. Everyone knows Leo as the Lion – prideful, happy, zesty and the life of the party.

During a Full Moon, we are guided to make the unconscious conscious as the light of the Sun (the conscious) reflects on the Moon (the unconscious), illuminating it and brightening it. With the two luminaries opposite each other, this creates inner tension for all of us.

Often during a Full Moon, we’ll get deep insights about ourselves and our lives, as our unconscious – or shadow side – is revealed clearly.

As this process occurs this month in the zodiac sign of Leo, we are asked to look at the shadow manifestations of the sign itself.

The shadow side of Leo is pride, arrogance, self-righteousness, and bluntness. This month we may experience the shadow side of Leo strongly as the Full Moon is occurring in the ‘head’ of Leo, right by the fixed star Ras Elased Australis Star. This is where the negative manifestations of Leo occur as they are from the mind of the Lion.

We all have two sides to ourselves, the light and dark, the heart and mind, the ego and the spirit. This Full Moon you can expect this duality to come to the forefront!

To better explain how this process will play out, let’s look at the Tarot Card related to Leo – the Strength card.

Traditional Tarot imagery captures the zodiac signs so beautifully and it corresponds with the myth associated with Leo – that of Hercules killing the Nemean Lion in ancient Greek mythology. See pic below.

In the Strength Card, a soft-looking woman appears to be taming the Lion by putting her hand in its mouth. She is covered in flowers and has the infinity sign above her head showing her connection to all of time and spirit. She is also wearing white, the color of purity. She is a divine being, she is the epitome of goodness and grace.

She isn’t scared to put her hand into its mouth, as she is determined to tame the shadow manifestations the Lion represents.

The shadow side of the Lion is both pride and lust and carnal desire, and the woman is using her divine wisdom to tame the ‘beast’. The card relays the message – the real strength is gentle, it is wise and it works to conquer its dark side.

Each sign in the zodiac teaches us a lesson, and this month we must learn to use gentle strength instead of force. We must learn to tame the beasts within in order to obtain celestial wisdom!

This process isn’t a negative one, in fact, it’s a beautiful process if we allow it. Pay close attention to any messages you receive related to this topic. Don’t be afraid to confront your dark side and use divine wisdom and guidance to get through it.

For each of us, this will occur in a different area of our lives depending on where Leo sits in your chart.

Rising, Moon and Sun Signs, areas this Moon will impact you:

ARIES – Children, lovers, sex, play, hobbies, fun, art, intellect, creation




TAURUS – Home, mother, family, emotional wellbeing, ancestral roots




GEMINI – Siblings, online business, local life, relatives, short distance travel, writing, speaking, teaching




CANCER – Self worth, money, what you eat, your voice, possessions, skills and talents




LEO – Yourself, ego, how you present yourself to the world, your looks, identity




VIRGO – Spirituality, your dream world, the past, pain and loss, bed pleasures, isolated places such as hospitals, prisons and institutions, channelling



LIBRA – The greater network, large groups of people, acquaintances, community, social media, online communities, good luck



SCORPIO – Work, self employment, your career, public image, leadership




SAGITTARIUS – Father, gurus, spiritual community, foriegn travel, blessings, your belief systems, spirituality



CAPRICORN – Death and rebirth, the occult, big life changes and transformation, sexuality, inheritances, other people’s money




AQUARIUS – Romantic partner, business partner, clients




PISCES – Your service to the world, day job, enemies, your physical body, health, animals



Instructions for looking up your Rising (Ascendant sign):

If you don’t know your Rising Sign, you can pull up your chart here.

Enter your info… and you’ll get a chart. (Note you must have your accurate birth time to use your rising sign, even two minutes off can change it):

The one on the right with letters ‘ASC’ is your Rising Sign, so look at that first, followed by your Moon Sign: ☽ and your Sun Sign: ☉


Full Moon Ritual – best done under the bright light of the moon

Have a pen and paper handy
Take some time to meditate by listening to some music, using a mantra, anything that works to get you into a meditative space
Close your eyes and feel deep into your heart – don’t rush this process, really feel into it
When you feel ready to write down one area or specific thing in your life it’s time to let go of (ideally related to where the full moon is happening in your chart, see your Rising Sign above).
Have a container of water nearby, and burn the piece of paper (use tweezers to hold it without burning your fingertips). As it burns really imagine letting it go.
After you’ve let it go, cleanse – bath with rose petals, salts, crystals, feel the energy of this issue, pattern, person, whatever it is really drain from your system as the water drains.
Put on some nice fun dancey music
Dance in the moonlight!
Pull some tarot or oracle cards for advice for the next month until the next full moon (‘What do I need to know about the next month?’)



A Full Moon occurs when the sun and moon are opposite each other. This creates a sense of tension. It’s when the sun shines the most light on the moon. The Sun is our conscious and the Moon is the unconscious. Si it’s an ideal time to LET GO and to bring the dark into the light to be released.

Every Full Moon is a chance to look back at the intentions you planted two weeks ago during the New Moon. What were they? How have they manifested? Are you taking action toward them? Now is the time to reassess and release anything standing in the way of your hearts desires. The two weeks between the New and Full Moon is a great time for new beginnings. The two weeks after the Full Moon is time to let go.

When we plant our New Moon intentions, we can’t just plant the seeds and wait for them to grow. We need to fertilize the soul, water them, make sure they get plenty of sunlight – most importantly we need to weed and pluck out that which doesn’t serve us. The Full Moon helps us ‘pluck’ out the weeds.

When the moon is full, a light shines on the areas of our lives it’s time to release and let go.

Andrea is a writer, astrologer, astrology teacher and tarot reader who combines ancient classical techniques from Esoteric Western Astrology, Hellenistic Astrology, Jaimini and Vedic Astrology into her own unique intuitive astrology system called Sacred Astrology. Check out her Become Your Own Astrologer Course under "Programs" on the Risingwoman.com menu :)
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