Feb. 3 brings us the full moon tonight in theatrical Leo, sending out a cosmic casting call. This is a day to let your talents shine ... but don't forget to be an appreciative audience member, too.
This lunar event is the culmination of any efforts you began six months ago, at the Leo new moon. As Leo rules creativity, glamour, romance and fertility, many of us will be "giving birth" this weekend, seeing our efforts come to light in a bold and attention-getting way.
And romance could be off the charts ... so why wait for Valentine's Day?
This year's Leo full moon is especially potent because it's conjunct (connected to) expansive, worldly Jupiter (also in Leo) and forming a supportive trine (120-degree angle) to radical change-maker Uranus (in fellow fire-sign Aries).
This could create some sweeping (and likely positive!) shifts in our lives. Honest dialogue should be future-focused and proactive. If you've been playing the "blame game," this full moon will help you remember that bigger-picture vision.
Here are a few energizing rituals to activate the power of the Leo full moon:
1. Celebrate the Self, quiet the Ego.
Proud Leo has a reputation for tooting its own horn without a second thought. There's nothing shameless about self-promotion under the light of this full moon. Sharing our gifts is an act of generosity, as long as our intention is to uplift others rather than serve our own egos. But that said, all ego-related matters fall under the rule of Leo.
For many of us, the ego shows up as the destructive voice of self-hatred, limiting beliefs, and the protective shell we keep between ourselves and others. When we release the ego, we become present to the sense of oneness that we share with others. Harness the power of the full moon in Leo, to break through the confines of ego and reconnect with the universal human spirit.
"I am you and you are me," could be your lunar mantra.
Ego aside, there's no harm in the humble brag. According to "pleasure revolutionary" Regena (Mama Gena) Thomashauer, bragging is a vital antidote to the culture of shame that women have inherited as a legacy. She encourages bragging proudly, openly and often, as a confidence-boosting form of self-love. And yes, men, you can do it too!
Once the initial awkwardness passes, bragging puts us in touch with the wonder of our own divine gifts — and a deep gratitude for the lives we got to live — and that's something the full moon in Leo loves!
3. Perform an act of courage.
Brave Leo is the zodiac's hero, always willing to take a chance or speak up when nobody else dares. And did you know that courage can actually be a form of prevention against health issues? After all, fear is linked to stress, and stress is one of the triggers for many diseases.
Never mind that fear also stops us from living our dreams, pursuing happiness and feeling the unadulterated joy that Leo is all about.
4. Give "birth."
Leo is the sign of fertility and this full moon is ripe for creation. If you've been struck by baby fever, this is the week to take decisive action. Cut ties to the commitment-phobe (s/he'll never stop wavering) and find a Valentine who shares your desire to build a family, be it through natural birth or adoption.
If IVF treatments are something you need to explore, set up a doctor's appointment, or just get to baby-makin' the natural way.
Figuratively speaking, this full moon may be signaling a time to give birth to a creative venture. Start that vegan food truck business, write the outline to your autobiography, or begin painting the next masterpiece that you'll add to your oeuvre. Taking the first step near this full moon puts the power of the cosmos behind your efforts.
5. Stretch your spine and open your heart.
Every zodiac sign is associated with an area of the body. For Leo, it's the heart, upper back and spine. Unfurl that yoga mat and activate the Leo full moon by doing postures like Wheel Pose (Urdhva Dhanurasana), Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana), or any others that expand the heart area, while simultaneously stretching the spine.
Energizing these leonine body parts will help you connect to the lion's promise of creativity, fertility, romance and boundless self-expression.
6. Dance and drum.
Full-bodied expression is what this Leo lunar event is all about, so bailamos, people! This full moon was meant to be spent on the dance floor, in a Zumba or tango class, or even doing a more spiritual form of movement. Get lost in the rhythm ... but don't stop there. Dance for a cause! On Feb. 14, one billion people are invited to "Drum! Dance! Rise!" in a global movement to end violence.
7. Put on a show.
We are all regal in our own individual ways. Where do YOU reign supreme?
It's officially showtime, as the Leo full moon wants us to flaunt our talents like today was a cosmic cabaret. Burst onto the world stage in the most glamorous way possible. Luxe Leo loves when we sparkle, flash and drip in conflict-free diamonds. After all, this is the sign that rules pleasure, indulgence and full-bodied self-expression. So break out the sequins, top hats and feather boas — glamazon Leo adores bold color, bright prints and theatrical costumery. Like kids playing dress-up, this full moon encourages us to express ourselves through daring fashion choices.
The Leo full moon also adores originality. Rather than fade into the masses, wear something that stands out, be it a statement necklace or a burlesque dancer's headdress. Clothes like these are conversation pieces, after all, and the social Leo moon encourages us to break the ice and talk to strangers.
8. Celebrate love (and don't wait for Cupid).
Romance, passion and lust fall under the domain of Leo — that delicious moment when a spark of attraction becomes a burning flame of desire. If we're feeling a little lusty this week, it's no surprise. This full moon has us all wired on luscious life-force energy. Let it surge through your veins, bring it to the bedroom or take it for a twirl on the dance floor. There's a wild energy in the air, so let your hair down and enjoy. Meow!
Lovestruck Leo also understands that romance allows us a direct connection to the divine. Whether single or spoken for, we can activate the spirit of amore by making a vision board/collage of our romantic ideal. Sit down with a stack of magazines, scissors, a glue stick and a piece of poster board and curate, cut out and collect images that make your heart go pitter-patter. You'll be delighted by your own subconscious cues.
9. Tell a story and wake up the brain.
Playful Leo is the zodiac's eternal child, forever filled with wonder. While Leo narratives can run long, here's a fun fact for anyone who needs to give a presentation — the time-honored art of storytelling is actually the most powerful way to activate the brain. While a blasé speech might get our language processors in motion, stories awaken other regions. Describing, for example, a delicious meal, lights up the listener's sensory cortex. Storytelling connects us in a special way — much like the zodiac's tribal Lion, who spends life in a tight-knit community.