“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.” J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan
A Full Moon in “self-confident, theatrical” Leo (6:53 pm EST) symbolically encourages us to heroically “own our performance” on the stage of life, regardless of what the critics and others may have to say about us (the Full Moon’s square to “evaluating, censoring” Saturn); something that is not always very easy for many of us to do, in practice, with our ever fragile egos continually getting in the way. Included here, would also be ignoring or turning a deaf ear to the judgmental voice of our own “inner critic,” whose review is usually the one that we fear the most because it is normally the most scathing or flagellating.
Author and spiritual teacher, Carolyn Myss, says that only when we learn to purge “the insecure voices in our head that have authority over us,” will we be able to develop self-esteem and then be able to tune into the authentic voice inside of us, which is purportedly the true messenger of our soul. Myss insightfully adds that “this purge” is our “real spiritual journey.” It certainly is an ongoing challenge to subdue or cancel out much of the various familial, societal, and cultural conditioning, that begins bombarding us in early childhood and continues on through adulthood, a smothering legacy that can hold us hostage to a false or distorted sense of self. Fortunately, this Leo Full Moon today can aid us in re-aligning or re-awakening us to our natural passions and creativity, if we but do the work and go within.
On a lighter note, this lunation also deliciously sextiles “passionate” Mars, the planet of desire, in relationship Libra, hinting at the possibility that there may also be other delectable goodies in store, for at least some of us, this Valentine’s Day, besides the traditional heart-shaped box of chocolates, which, in itself, sounds wildly appealing to yours truly, being that I am presently unattached and a serious chocoholic. The energizing Moon-Mars sextile also perhaps helps us to take some healthy risks in our interpersonal relationships, as well as possibly neutralizing the affects of the more confining or self-limiting Moon-Saturn square.
“And he took her in his arms and kissed her under the sunlit sky, and he cared not that they stood high upon the walls in the sight of many.” J. R. R. Tolkien
Other activities for a Full Moon in sunny Leo: do or say things that will help others to shine brightly; be generous with praise or compliments; show leadership; lavish affection on loved ones; include a fun spirit of fanfare in whatever you do; wear something bright or colorful; host a party; create videos; try your hand at acting; attend plays or movies; play in the snow. And, of course, wear big hair!
How might you stave off, or starve, your “inner critic” (Saturn), today and every day?
How important is it for you to hear applause?
How are you at giving and receiving love?
How loved do you feel in your heart, this very moment?
If you could have anyone in the world as your “Secret Valentine,” who would you want it be?
Famous February 14 Birthdays: Hugh Downs, Florence Henderson, Jimmy Hoffa, Gregory Hines, Jack Benny.
“My wife Mary and I have been married for forty-seven years and not once have we had an argument serious enough to consider divorce; murder, yes, but divorce, never.” Jack Benny
Happy Valentine’s Day and Full Moon Blessings!
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