Most Leos will introduce themselves with, “Yeah but I’m not a typical Leo.” I’ll ask, “What’s a typical Leo to you then?” They’ll answer, “I don’t want to be the center of attention. I hate it. I don’t think I’m arrogant. I struggle with confidence all the time. So I haven’t always related to what I’ve read about Leo”. As a fairly objective observer of all things “Leo”, I think they’re on to something.
Firstly, let us remember - since the Sun rules Leo! - that all of our sun signs are expressions that we have to consciously choose and grow into. Our sun signs aren’t as instinctual as our moon signs. They’re decisions we have to make and expressions that we can choose to turn towards or not. You’ll notice that the more you chose your sun sign, the more vitality, radiance, and joy your life will hold. Now back to Leo. When it comes to a more progressive view of Leo, its courage, not confidence or center-stage stealing, that makes a Leo a Leo.
When I write “courage”, I mean the way the ancients and now Dr. Brene Brown contextualize it as, “telling the story of who you are with your whole heart.” Which might mean saying “I love you” or “I’m sorry” first. Which could mean, owning up to an imperfection or emotion that needs to be discussed. When other people do that in front of us, it’s so striking and commanding. When vulnerability is initiated, when we tell the story of who we are with our whole heart - that’s Leo in the highest sense. Haven’t you noticed vulnerability is the first thing we look for in others but the last thing we’re willing to show? We look it first because it’s so beautiful. It’s so charismatic. It’s so daring. It’s so Leo!
And when a Leo decides to do that, they cannot help but be the star in the room because courage and vulnerability is magnificent to behold. Moreover, the brightest star in the Leo constellation is the Lion’s heart - and courage’s root is “cor”, Latin for heart ! - and so the central theme of Leo is we shine the brightest when we tell the story of our whole heart. I don’t know a more magnificent expression of Leo than that. So the next time you think you’re not a typical Leo or or someone tells you they’re not, ask yourself/them, “Tell me about a time you were brave and courageous recently? That’s Leo”.
With the Full Moon in Leo squaring Uranus in Taurus, this would make a T-Square among the fixed signs. Any square, especially a T-Square with the fixed signs, could inspire doubling down, defensiveness, and rigidity if not careful. So think about how Leo ruled courage could set you free from a holding pattern where you’re realizing; my silence, my pride, my stoicism, my withdrawal or defensiveness … they're loosing strategies. The only option left is to tell the truth of who I am with my whole heart because my best thinking got me here and where I am? Not peaceful. Courage is the liberator. Courage is the answer. So think about a hard conversation you need to have that this Full Moon in Leo could help you in and try your best to stay standing, protected, and connected.
Self-Disclosure, Charisma, Creativity & Lovability
What’s your Truth, Aries? The Full Moon in Leo inspires you to self-disclose really powerful information to someone who needs to hear it. Think about an emotion, thought, desire, hope, and/or fear and consider the possibility of naming it. I know it’ll be scary and messy but you need to chase the bravest, most courageous decision that helps you become wholehearted.
Vulnerability, Home, Family & Emotional Agility
What is “home” to you Taurus? The Full Moon in Leo wants you to feel the energy, the enthusiasm, excitement of feeling at home within yourself so that you can start to become more courageous, brave, and willing to take risks. Imagine “home” as a feeling you want to take with you so that it’s the safety you need to take risk, be vulnerable, and more brave!
Curiosity, Observation, Dialogue & Active Listening
Command the stage, Gemini! The Full Moon in Leo reminds you that you’re the sign most qualified to moderate conversations. Through speaking, listening, and passing the mic back and forth, you know how to keep a conversation flowing for understanding and connection. Claim that strength and step into it so that you can feel more connected to your purpose.
Finances, Security, Clarity of Values & Pleasure
You’re worth it, Cancer! The Full Moon in Leo inspires you to claim your worthiness. As a birthright! Not when, if, until, or maybe worthy. Right now, as imperfectly is. From there, you’ll be able to sense-make, problem solve, and think, speak, behave in ways that set your life up for radical joy, love, belonging, safety, and success.
Identity, Desire, Autonomy, & Freedom
You’re the star, Leo! This annual Full Moon in your sign motivates you to step into what makes your sign so radiant. From courage, confidence, and creativity, you’ll be asked to shine and showcase what makes Leo so Leo. Especially by staying standing while you’re feeling vulnerable; how can you be brave in risk, uncertainty, and emotional exposure.
Completion, Surrender, Healing & Spiritual Support
It’s safe to let go, Virgo. The Full Moon in Leo encourages you to release yourself from limiting beliefs, patterns, behaviours, and relationships that hold you back from stepping into your highest and brightest self. From there, the Universe will attract you to the opportunities and experiences that are a greater match for your wellbeing.
Friendship, Activism, Collaborations & Shared Humanity
You’re the MVP of friendship, Libra! This Full Moon in Leo connects you to the comrades, friends, and community that keep you feeing fully alive. You’re a sign that comes into being, to the “me” when you’re with others, through the “we”. So reinforce that strength and connect to your ride or dies, old friends, new friends and celebrate the bonds you share.
Career, Leadership, Integrity & Discipline
Level up, Scorpio! This Full Moon in Leo inspires you to make big professional changes where you need it. Especially if you step into leadership roles, opportunities, and perhaps even do the work required to be self-employed and starting your own bizz. You’re ready to step into higher professional experiences and this Full Moon wants to help you achieve that in amazing ways.
Wisdom, Publishing, Discovery & Higher Education
Seek the adventure, Sag! The Full Moon in Leo takes you to new countries and potentially campuses that have you feeling eager to explore. You’re ready to expand your horizons through new travel, new schooling, and new vision to help you change whatever you needs to be changed. May your new adventures and education take you to wonderful heights!
Intimacy, Empathy, Sexuality & Transformation
Reveal, don’t conceal, Capricorn! The Full Moon in Leo wants you to avoid stoicism, distance, and withholding so you can choose emotional engagement, connection, and vulnerability. You’re feeling ready to share a bigger truth to someone who genuinely needs to hear it. Share the story of who you are and your whole heart to people who genuinely need to hear it!
Romance, Boundaries, Partnerships & Trust
Opposites do attract, Aquarius! The Full Moon in Leo puts opposites attract style chemistry in the air and invites new relationships, deepens the dynamics, and/or completes relationships that have served their educational purpose. Think about how you can adapt, pivot, and grow through direct proximity to people who are sharply different from you for relational success.