And we're into 2020, so here comes the new and full moons for February! We come out of eclipse season for February, so we're a little less crazed and the energy can feel a little better (hopefully!).
What is a new moon?
A new moon occurs when the transit (moving) Sun and Moon are in the exact same position in the Zodiac (called a conjunction). New moons are related to beginnings, have high energy, and are enthusiastic.
What is a full moon?
A full moon occurs when the transit (moving) Sun and Moon are in the exact opposite positions in the Zodiac (called an opposition). Full moons are related to endings, culminations, and are emotional energy.
Full Moon in Leo: February 9th 2020 (2:33AM ET)
Leo is the sign of love, ruling the heart and matters of the heart, so under a Leo full moon, we can connect more to our hearts. We can be more affectionate, and want more affection in return, and get and give praise and attention. We can be friendlier, more social, and want to connect with the people we love. We have less interest in anything we don't feel connected to with our hearts, and can let the things we're not invested in fall by the wayside. Instead, we want to give everything to the things our heart is fully invested in. It's all about the love!
We may want more time to do the things we love, to be playful and joyful, which may mean we have far less interest in any work or chores. If we don't find it fun, we may lack any and all focus to get things done. So if there is anything that must be done that's "boring", try to make it fun so it does get done. Otherwise it won't! But if there is work and it's work you love, you can pour your heart into it.
Leo is a highly creative sign, so this full moon can inspire us creatively. It can be a time to create something great and grand (since Leo doesn't settle for blah!). Let the inspiration push you to take action, and use it to create something you never would have otherwise.
As we're coming out of eclipse season this month, let the full moon give you the chance to tend to your heart and not be too serious.
The full moon occurs at 20 degrees 0 minutes Leo. The aspects this full moon makes are:
Conjunction: 18 degrees 0 minutes - 22 degrees 0 minutes Leo
Sextile: 18 degrees 0 minutes - 22 degrees 0 minutes Gemini or Libra
Square: 18 degrees 0 minutes - 22 degrees 0 minutes Taurus or Scorpio
Trine: 18 degrees 0 minutes - 22 degrees 0 minutes Aries or Sagittarius
Opposition: 18 degrees 0 minutes - 22 degrees 0 minutes Aquarius
New Moon in Pisces: February 23rd 2020 (10:32AM ET)
February's new moon occurs in sweet Pisces, and we go from tending to the heart and being inspired by love, to connecting to intuition and being guided by our souls. When we take action, it's likely because it "feels" like the right thing to do. The subtle energy all around us can feel more tangible, and we can use this to help us along our path and with our goals.
Pisces is also highly creative, so this month is a great one for creative projects and ventures. While the full moon inspires, the new moon can push for action, but we can take action in a way that is pleasant, not in-your-face, and that doesn't feel so wild. We ebb and flow, and know where to go and how to be.
Pisces governs what's hidden, the background, the past, and endings, so we may come to learn something that was unknown to us and sheds light on something important; we may feel more comfortable in the background and set things up as we ready for the energy of the next new moon in Aries; we may think more about the past and feel willing to move on without so much of the baggage weighing us down; and we may finish something important, see something through to the end, and come out of it feeling renewed. This can be a good time to construct boundaries, and to gain some subconscious understanding.
This new moon is sextile (positive aspect) 2 signs away) Mars in Capricorn and Uranus in Taurus, and is widely conjunct (aligned with) Mercury retrograde in Pisces. Mars gives this new moon energy to take initiative for what we want, and Uranus gives this new moon independence and a willingness to venture into new territory. Mercury retrograde wants some attention too though, and this can be a great period for a second chance. Retrogrades are times of do-overs, and with a new moon, it's an excellent opportunity to do just that. Think of something you've like another shot at, and see if you can manage it. Personally, this may be focused for you on the areas of life ruled by the house the new moon and Mercury retrograde are in.
The new moon occurs at 4 degrees 29 minutes Pisces. The aspects this new moon makes are:
Conjunction: 2 degrees 29 minutes - 6 degrees 29 minutes Pisces
Sextile: 2 degrees 29 minutes - 6 degrees 29 minutes Taurus or Capricorn
Square: 2 degrees 29 minutes - 6 degrees 29 minutes Gemini or Sagittarius
Trine: 2 degrees 29 minutes - 6 degrees 29 minutes Cancer or Scorpio
Opposition: 2 degrees 29 minutes - 6 degrees 29 minutes Virgo
Suggested Reading: The New & Full Moons page for general interpretations by house and aspect