StarGarden MoonWatch for the Full Moon, February 1st, 2007

I’m Maria Theresa Maggi, intuitive astrologer here on KRFP in Moscow, Idaho, and you’re listening to the StarGarden MoonWatch for the full moon of February 1, 2007.

The moon is full at the very beginning of February this year in the sign of Leo, the lion. In ancient Celtic traditions, February 1 is Imbolc, a name derived from the lactation of ewes, the flow of milk to new lambs that signals the awakening of Spring. In the northern hemisphere, it is also half way  between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. With the moon full on such a powerful day in the wheel of the year, we are called on to reflect light in any small yet powerful way we can. The will of Leo, which takes its strength from the sun itself, demands that we reflect the light of creativity and the promise of new beginnings into the bleakest corners of winter, and whatever despair, loss or dormancy may surround us. The new moon brought us a sense of the vast scale of time, in which the invisible takes form, and then recedes from it, leaving us to make some use of the power of our memories. Time also requires that we work within its limitations. In the middle of such an austere season, the Leo full moon shines to help us remember to celebrate life. In fact, it shines to help us remember it is our duty to do so, that life requires we celebrate the time we are given, as well as respect the sense of time passing and our responsibility to use it well.

Leo is also the sign of the heart, of play, fun, and the child that lives within each of us, no matter how old we actually are. The aspects of other planets to this full moon, such as Uranus, Mars,  and Saturn, ask that we use our hearts to pay tribute to the joy others have given us, or the way our lives have been transformed because of the sacrifices or generosity of others. While Leo may typically want emotional center stage, this is not a typical Leo moon, and so there is an opportunity to use Leo’s joie de vivre in selfless tribute to someone else. Or perhaps we find our hearts opened to others through a sense of loss. We may even move into territory poet and classicist Anne Carson explores in her book Decreation. She wonders about a poem by Sappho that is preserved for us in incomplete form:

“Perhaps Sappho’s poem wants to teach us something about the metaphysics or even the theology of love. Perhaps she is posing not the usual lovesong complaint Why don’t you love me? but a deeper spiritual question, What is it that love dares the self to do? Daring enters the poem in the last verse [expressing]    a mood of possibility or potential. . ..Moreover she consents to it—or seems to be on the point of consenting when the poem breaks off. “

Here are some suggestions for each of the sun signs for how to ask of ourselves what love dares us to do, even in a state of poverty or loss, at this full moon:

Aries: You may have to address unexpected emotional responsibilities to a child or a friend. There may be a change of heart or plans in the air. The path may appear blocked, but you have faith it will open suddenly.

Taurus: You may be reorganizing emotionally or at home, which affects your future. The process may have to do with keeping some things structured and letting others be more free form and unpredictable. Let it happen.

Gemini: Things could come together suddenly in a way that lets you shine in the area of communication or movement. Yet there are responsibilities and discipline involved. It means some juggling, but that is your specialty.

Cancer: Events that shift suddenly in legal, educational or publishing arenas may have you setting up a new structure in a partnership, marriage or organization Being willing to adjust your values or status will ease the shift.

Leo: Romance or creativity may expand or blossom, at the same time you are also required to move in a more steady or structured direction in a health or work routine. Be aware your reactions affect each situation.

Virgo: A sick child or family member could change your routine. Or someone younger, perhaps a woman, offers wisdom that sheds light on your own need for love and approval. Either way you gain powerful insight.

Libra: You may feel happy if you dare to march to the beat of your own drummer this full moon. It may involve reversing a routine, or standing apart from the group, but you know it’s all for the purpose of creative authenticity.

Scorpio: Reversals or contradictions at home or in your career could be experienced. You might assume the role of parent or responsible party in a situation where that is not your usual role. You could feel like a star if you do.

Sagittarius: You may be helping a group or a friend devise a long term plan. You may have to adjust your values about reorganizing with what feels like a lack of vision from others.  Your faith it’s all possible inspires others.

Capricorn: A heartfelt legacy from a child or your own childhood could change or alter your creative resources or your values concerning the future or a friendship. Letting strategy and intuition work together is the key.

Aquarius: A partner who has depended on you may perhaps take the emotional or creative lead in a project or a relationship issue. Be willing to adjust the way you’ve always leaded to let this new growth occur.

Pisces:  You have the chance to put some the heart and creative will into your routine, even the things that have seemed limiting up until now. The trick is to let your own intuition lead the way in your new responsibilities.

The oppositional nature of the full moon, along with its proximity to the planet Saturn, suggest that this Leo moon may be one of reversals, in which the child, which Leo represents, takes the role of the adult. Young environmental activist Severn Cullis-Suzuki is a good example of this. Now a young adult, she began her environmental activism at the age of 9, founding the Children’s Environmental Organization, and in 1992 speaking before the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. Here is some of what she said to the world leaders she spoke to:

"I am only a child. . .Yet I know that if all the money spent on war was spent on ending poverty and finding environmental answers, what a wonderful place this would be. In school you teach us not to fight with others, to work things out, to respect others, to clean up our mess, not to hurt other creatures, to share, not be greedy. Then why do you go out and do the things you tell us not to do? You grownups say you love us, but I challenge you, please, to make your actions reflect your words."

She began her speech by saying that “When you are little, it's not hard to believe you can change the world.” Perhaps if we are heavy of heart, sad, or lost, we can call on the courage and wonder of the child Leo represents help us, even amidst limitation and heartbreak,  let our hearts, Leo’s organ,  continue to “leap up when [we] see a rainbow in the sky,” as the romantic poet Wordsworth once wrote. At this full moon, let us honor the spirit and heartfelt courage of the child, and let love dare even the most disillusioned among us to inspire and delight others as we have been inspired and delighted by those that were among us but now are gone, If we live in solidarity with those who continue to dare to speak and act from the heart, we also continue to shine our lights, shed some light, and keep it light!

This moonwatch is for our friends John Dickinson and LeRoy Lee. Background music is the human heartbeat. For more information on the StarGarden MoonWatch visit To support this and other programming on KRFP, visit

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