Wouldn’t it be totally romantic to gaze at a beautiful Full Moon with your sweetie on Valentine’s Day? Sorry, not this year!
In fact, that combo only happens once every 19 years or so – the last one was in 2014 and the next one won’t occur until 2033. But you can still tap into its energy to plan an uber-dreamy V-Day with your favorite snuggle partner.
What exactly are all the “layers” of astrology wisdom you can draw from on this Leo/Aquarius Full Moon?
Full moons occur when the Sun and Moon are in opposite signs of the zodiac and of all of the 8 phases of the moon, the Full Moon is the one most associated with love and romance. How convenient that it falls just a few days before Valentine’s Day this year to inspire you!
On this particular Full Moon, the Sun is in Aquarius, while the Moon is in Leo.
In astrology, the Moon represents your emotions and your intuition, and with the Moon in fiery Leo, you’ve got an extra dose of passion, magnetism, and creativity this month. Leo also knows how to have a good time and loves to just play.
And while there’s certainly a playful, fun side to Leo, it’s also all about passion, generosity, optimism, and loyalty. Leo’s symbol is the Lion — the King (or Queen) of the Jungle — and you can draw on that majestic, courageous, magnetic vibe as well during the Leo Full Moon phase.
Did I mention that Leo is ruled by the Sun in astrology? That would definitely account for the Leo urge to be the center of attention, to literally shine… when the Moon is in Leo, you may feel more dramatic, confident and expressive.
We also need to remember the other side of the Full Moon equation – the Sun is in Aquarius.
When we’re talking about the Full Moon, the emphasis is obviously on what zodiac sign the moon falls in. However, unlike the New Moons when both the Sun and Moon are in the same sign, you can bring in another cosmic “flavor” when you’re playing with the Full Moons.
With Uranus as it’s ruler, Aquarius is all about being quirky, eccentric, and even rebellious. I often refer to it as the “gotta be me” zodiac sign.
Aquarian energy is also progressive, visionary and humanitarian. During Aquarius season, which runs from January 20th to February 18th this year, you may be drawn to rally people around your favorite cause or social justice project.
So how can you weave together all the cosmic ingredients of this Full Moon as you’re planning your magical Valentine’s Day celebration?
Normally, I’d say to tap into all the different symbols associated with Leo when you’re creating Full Moon love magic, but since Valentine’s Day has its own fabulous love symbolism, let’s go with that:
Colors – red, pink, white
Gemstones – rose quartz, moonstone, jade, lapis
Flowers – roses, tulips, carnations (red for deep love, white for undying devotion)
Essential Oils – ylang-ylang, clary sage, rose, sandalwood, neroli, ginger
Music – sultry love songs!
Food/Drink – aphrodisiac foods like oysters, caviar, chocolate, pomegranate, red wine, champagne
Whether you decide to cuddle up at home in your own little love nest or go out for a special night on the town, definitely incorporate some of these ideas into your V-Day celebration to bring it to a deeper level.
That said, you can still embrace the energy of the Leo Full Moon in your actual planning process. Any beautiful love-fest needs a pre-planned, well-executed strategy! You wouldn’t show up on your wedding day and expect everything to “just flow”, would you?
Besides, Full Moon energy is totally compatible with Valentine’s Day to begin with and remember, you don’t have to wait till they fall on the same day to take advantage of their combined love-boosting qualities.
Here are 5 ways to use the Leo Full Moon vibe to plan your best Valentine’s Day ever.
1) Create your own romantic meal experience.
Try out some of those aphrodisiac foods at home… it certainly makes it easier to slide into a rose or ylang-ylang-infused bath afterwards, or just head right to the bedroom!
Be sure to surround yourself with all the love-related scents, colors, and flowers. And don’t forget some sultry music to heighten the mood – anything from Peggy Lee’s “Fever” to “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. Get creative and playful, in true Leo form.
2) Plan a dramatic night out.
Take Leo’s playfulness and creativity in another direction — make reservations at a fancy restaurant and feed each other oysters and caviar there.
Then, after dinner, you can head to the theater or opera to literally tap into the drama that Leo loves. Or if one of you feels the urge to be in the limelight yourself, find a great place to do some karaoke.
Whatever you do, let your Leo lion(ess) flag fly and strut your stuff!
3) Reconnect with your inner child and play!
Leo is always up for a dance party. Whether it’s intimate and cheek-to-cheek in your living room or going wild at your favorite nightclub, make it playful and joyous.
You can also embrace the play metaphor in a different way – plan a day-long activity that you both love to do, romance-related or not. Maybe something you haven’t done in a while, like bowling or going to the zoo. Or something that’s on your mutual bucket list like riding in a hot air balloon or taking a dance class together.
Remember, the emphasis here is on together, so be sure it’s an idea that you’ll both really enjoy.
4) Get creative in the bedroom.
Obviously, the vibe of Valentine’s Day is all about love, but how can you not include great sex in the equation? The cosmos help out yet again here because on the big day itself, the Moon (which changes zodiac signs every 2½ days) will be in Scorpio, the zodiac sign that governs sex and passion.
Of the three feelings-oriented water signs (Cancer and Pisces are the other two), Scorpio is definitely the most sensual and body-related. So, when the Moon is in Scorpio, it’s the perfect time for trying out new ideas for emotional connections through lovemaking.
What a nice boost that it happens right on Valentine’s Day this year!
5) Engage in a social justice-related activity together.
And what does this have to do with romance, you ask? Remember that the Sun is in Aquarius this month and a key element in Aquarian energy is that it can stoke your humanitarian instincts. While this may not sound terribly sexy, the emphasis here is, once again, on doing it together.
It happens that there is actually a global event that’s occurred on Valentine’s Day every year since 2012. It’s called One Billion Rising and it’s basically an organized dance party on the streets of cities all over the world to demand an end to gender-based violence. It was originally conceived by the playwright Eve Ensler, who created the groundbreaking “Vagina Monologues”. If you go to the website, you’ll see photos and videos of hundreds of those “risings” all over the world.
Check the website to see if there’s an OBR event near you… I’ll be dancing and rising in New York City on February 14th. How about you?
Whatever you decide to do for Valentine’s Day this year, consider tapping into the energy of the Leo Full Moon on February 9th to broaden your possibilities.
Whatever direction you go – playful, dramatic, activist, or sexy – make a conscious effort to do something a little different.
Take some time to plan new ways to connect with your partner whether you’ve been together 4 months or 40 years!
Hi, I’m Deborah Roth, a Spiritual Life and Relationship Coach, and also a Counseling Astrologer and Interfaith Minister. My Master’s thesis was on the power of transformative ritual and I love designing creative, meaningful rituals for individuals and couples to re-energize mind, body and spirit, and enhance their relationships. You can learn more about my work by wandering around my website, or email me at Deborah@SpiritedLiving.com to schedule an introductory coaching session.