Are you ready? We hope you are because the Full Moon is dancing in our direction, ready to bubble over like a metaphorical healing bath, ready to soothe your muscles and strengthen your soul. And this time, it’s doing its little number in the feisty, charming sign of Leo, infusing your spirit with the rays of the Sun – the planet that rules this gregarious sign.
This upcoming Full Moon is even more special because it’s the first one of 2021, ringing in the new year with a spark of creativity, charisma, and optimism that will help you feel ready to tackle the experiences that await you this year.
Additionally, the Full Moon that takes place in January is referred to as the Wolf Moon, which brings energy as unpredictable and chaotic as you might expect from a pack of wolves in the wild – so expect some surprises!
Keep reading if you want to know everything there is to know about this Full Moon in Leo, what energy it will bring, and how to take advantage of this transit!
Are you ready to howl at the Moon?
When is the Full Moon in Leo in 2021?
The Full Moon in Leo – the first of the year – will take place on January 28th, 2021, at 2:16 p.m., Eastern time – however, the energy of a Full Moon can typically be felt from about 48 hours before to about 48 hours after the transit actually takes places.
That gives you nearly five days to capitalize on this healing energy!
What Does a Full Moon in Leo Mean?
Leo is a sign that fully embodies the energy of its ruling planet – the Sun. Like the glowing star, Leo knows how to light up a room. The Leo personality is one that takes up quite a bit of space with its luminous energy, and that energy is palpable.
This sign rules the 5th house – the House of Pleasure – and as such, Leo is a sign that knows how to have a good time. (Leo is like the inner child of the zodiac that needs to come out and play every once and a while.)
While they can certainly do the work to accomplish their goals and make their dreams come true, they much prefer a good time with great friends. That means that while you may have projects to tend to, you might feel more like relaxing and spending time with your favorite hobbies, people, and delicious treats.
As a Fire sign, Leo is creative, impulsive, and passionate.
That fire burns bright in the heart of Leo, encouraging them to take risks and go after their dreams. Leo follows their heart in every situation, but that impulsive energy can sometimes lead to unexpected consequences, as Leo rarely stops to think about their actions before making moves.
And because the Full Moon amplifies emotions, your emotional responses can lead to altercations or conflict if you aren’t careful. Mental and emotional balance is crucial for maintaining harmony in relationships and within yourself during this Full Moon, especially as this is the chaotic Wolf Moon we must contend with.
One thing’s for certain: The illuminating properties of the Full Moon combined with the light of the Sun – Leo’s ruling planet – mean that many previously hidden or covered information is likely to reveal itself during this transit.
Pay attention to your surroundings during the days before and after this Full Moon because you might learn something essential about your circumstances or connections that will alter your path.
The Full Moon is a time of release, and as Leo is akin to the inner child of the zodiac, this Full Moon may very well be about releasing pain or upsets that your inner child is holding onto. Your intuition holds the key, so this is the time to connect to your inner wisdom.
Who Will Be Most Affected by the Leo Full Moon?
Because this Full Moon occurs in Leo, Fire signs – Aries, Sagittarius, and especially Leo – will pick up on this energy more than others, which means impulsivity, impatience, increased passion, and creativity are on the menu for these signs.
However, while Fire signs and Fixed signs may feel a bit zestier than the rest of us, we will all be able to pick up on and benefit from this energy. Each Full Moon creates an opportunity for ritual and release, so make the most of this energy while it’s here!
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How to Use the Energy of the Leo Full Moon
Concentrate on Creativity
The Full Moon can be an emotional time, but that also makes it the perfect time to express yourself and your feelings. And because Leo is such a creative sign, your muse is likely fluttering about, inspiring your spirit right now.
Try clearing some time in your schedule to create without an agenda. Don’t try to make something beautiful, don’t try to find the perfect way to express the feelings you’re experiencing right now. Just grab your favorite medium and let your spirit do the rest.
Be True to Yourself
In our society, it can be easier to try to go with the flow or avoid “making waves” than it is to stand up for yourself and what you believe in, but Leo is a sign that is genuine through and through, and it encourages you to follow suit.
This Full Moon in Leo urges you to be wholly, unabashedly yourself – to celebrate who you are and share exactly that person with the world. And while we suggest kindness in all interactions, this is not the time to bow down and avoid confrontation; this is the time to stand proud and tall for who you are and never let anyone convince you to water yourself down.
Be yourself and be proud!
Practice Positive Affirmations
This Full Moon in Leo wants you to work on amplifying your confidence, and one of the easiest ways to do that is to practice positive affirmations. For the four or five days when the Full Moon energy can be felt, try practicing self-celebratory mantras throughout the day to enhance self-love and esteem.
You can even try making your own book of affirmations to carry with you throughout the day to help you stay inspired! Building your confidence can help you gather the energy and spirit you need to make this your most productive, fulfilling year yet!
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Embrace Your Intuition
The Moon is instincts and following your heart, but that can feel awfully difficult when your intuition is stifled or suppressed. We aren’t taught in school how to cultivate our intuition. Throughout life, we’re often taught to ignore our gut instincts – so learning to listen to your inner wisdom may take time and patience in adulthood.
However, the Moon is a powerful planet in astrology to work with because our bodies, our energy, is naturally influenced by its lunar cycles. And the Full Moon is an especially beneficial time to work with your intuitive center, as the Moon’s energy is nearly overflowing with instinctual wisdom.
Try working with moonstone and balancing the Third Eye to open your intuitive center and allow your internal wisdom to flow throughout your body during this transit.
Get Ready for Gratitude
An attitude of gratitude is one of the easiest ways to turn things around when we’re feeling emotional, which is often the case when the Moon is at its fullest. Practicing gratitude for the blessings that the Universe has already sent your way will only encourage it to bless you with even more.
Try taking the week to practice gratitude each and every day, and then see how you feel at the end of the week. Chances are, you’ll feel pretty magical. Gratitude is just that – a form of magic. It opens up the Universal highways and creates a path straight to your door, a path on which your dreams can travel.
Writing down a list of things that you’re grateful for each day, no matter how big or small they might be, will also prepare you for the moment when your dreams do finally come true!
A Full Moon in Leo Ritual
Whether the Moon is Full, New, or somewhere in between, self-care is always crucial.
That’s why we’ve incorporated self-care into this Full Moon in Leo ritual to help you celebrate and take advantage of that lunar energy while also taking care of yourself. Take this time to tend to your needs while embracing the healing energy of the Full Moon.
This is an easy, full-day ritual that will help you feel lighter and more relaxed:
- When you wake up, practice positive affirmations, highlighting the things you love most about yourself.
- After your affirmations, start your day with a glass of water to hydrate the body.
- Take a warm, healing shower or bath with your favorite playlist grooving in the background.
- As you get ready for the day, continue focusing on positive thoughts, particularly about yourself.
- Take breaks throughout your workday to practice gratitude and listen to your intuition.
- When you’re free for the evening, put on something comfortable and luxurious – reminiscent of Leo’s love for relaxation and the finer things in life.
- Burn incense, sage, or a candle to encourage positive energy within your sacred space.
- Pour yourself a cup of chamomile or lavender tea to relax the muscles and the mind – and grab a journal.
- Make a list of all the hurt, pain, or grudges you want to let go of this month.
- On another page, make a list of everything you want to attract in your life.
- When you’re finished, sip your tea and let your mind wander into a meditative state.
- Finish the evening with your favorite self-care activity, like crystal healing, balancing the chakras, or balancing yoga.
- As you close your eyes for bed, thank the Universe for its guidance, wisdom, and blessings.
Embrace the Full Moon in Leo!
While the Moon is Full in the Fixed, Fire sign of Leo, you have an opportunity to let go of past hurts, amplify your confidence, and give your inner child the validation that it needs and deserves. Take this opportunity to reach into your soul and offer kindness and love.
This Full Moon in Leo encourages you to share the love with yourself that you’ve always craved, to spoil yourself, and give your body and mind the attention and energy they deserve.
What does your inner child have to say?
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