Make Love Not War

Full Moon 10 degrees tropical Leo
Friday January 28th @ 10:18 PM PST

The weather might be cool this time of year, but the cosmic currents are burning up with Friday’s full moon conjunct Mars in Leo! It’s best to be conscious of this energy than let it take full control; you may not like the results later on. Full Moon’s are always highly energetic and charged with libidinal desires and impulses, but when the Moon teams up with Mars, things can get ugly if not handled correctly. The full Moon seems to be bringing Mars’ retrograde cycle to a powerful climactic culmination. Mars turned retrograde the day of winter solstice, on Dec 21st, and will continue to move backwards through the heavens until March 10th. Mars is the inner warrior within us, that powerful and aggressive animus which is the symbolic source of burning rage, passion, desire, and most of all, ACTION!

When mars turns retrograde, it symbolizes a time in which we must reevaluate just how we initiate action in the real world, how we tackle what it is we want, and what drives us to take those first steps towards changing the very structure of our lives. Often this is accompanied by a sense of lethargy and passivity, which is eventually transformed into a stronger sense of self confidence about where we are headed in life, and how we are to go about getting there. Take this time, around the full Moon, to reflect on the past month or so to see what is you’ve been unconsciously working on, it’s likely to force it’s way into your conscious perception anyway. Use this lunar/martian energy to carry you further towards your desired goal(s), there’s certainly plenty to go around.

The full Moon in Leo is often rather playful, lustful, creative, and generous, but with Mars, the aggressive and dominating side of the lion is likely to surface as well. It’s probably best to avoid any combative argumentation, which is sure to surface. Any unresolved problems or disputes should probably be left on the back burner for a few more days, at least until things cool off. If someone else attempts to pull you into his or her own rage, change the subject or simply walk away. When dealing with such powerful and unconscious archetypes, it’s better safe than sorry! Conversely, the next few days can be a lot of fun, energizing, and quite productive. Channel this fiery energy into a creative project or perhaps just by getting more done at work than usual. So like some hippies used to say…. make love, not war! (But uh…. just use protection this time ;)

The house location of the full Moon and transit Mars in your natal chart will reveal, quite uncannily, just where all this energy is going…but for the astrologically inept, the Sun sign will suffice, at least in a more generalized and impersonal way ;)

Aries Sun Sign or Full Moon in 5th House
There’s a lot of passion, creativity, and childlike playfulness surrounding you right now, so enjoy it while it’s hot. Take this time to let loose a little, enjoy yourself, as this probably doesn’t happen very often. Use the next few days to get out, stretch your legs, and if you get a little carried away…. well everyone will probably be doing the same…so eh…no worries, right? If you’ve been working on a creative project this will likely give you a powerful thrust to get things going in the right direction. Be wary of arguments with children…. you were one once, you know.

Taurus Sun Sign or Full Moon in 6th House
Now is the perfect time to amp up your exercise routine, get more serious about your diet, or start pumping some iron, those guns aren’t going to build themselves. The past few days, or maybe even week, has probably given you a sudden urge to get in shape, stay healthy, or perhaps just pushing you to get more serious about your work ethic. There’s probably a lot that needs to be done, so use this time to be as productive as possible, you’ll surely be in the lead when it all wears off.

Gemini Sun Sign or Full Moon in 7th House
Whatever you’ve been working on is likely to be coming to some kind of fruition, and now is the time to enjoy the proverbial fruits of your labor. If you find yourself in any kind of heated argument with a partner or work associate, take some time out and make sure you think before you speak, as your probably reacting rather unconsciously. Conversely, this could be an excellent time for getting closer to that special someone, or perhaps cementing a relationship that’s been on the fence.

Cancer Sun Sign or Full Moon in 8th House
In the house of shared energy, this can either be a time of close spiritual bonding with another, or you may find yourself feeling sucked dry. Psychic energy runs hot right now, which can be good for gaining insights, but bad for maintaining your private space. If you find yourself feeling taken advantage of right now, try to remove yourself from the problem, and find some time to be alone for a while. If you find yourself worrying or arguing about mutual finances, try to work it out another time, as it will likely escalate into a full-blown fight.

Leo Sun Sign or Full Moon in 9th House
A sudden surge to explore the world and expand your horizons is likely to take hold. Resisting this motivation will probably prove futile, so get out there and try something new, exotic, and foreign. You may also find yourself feeling more philosophical than usual, perhaps a desire to see things from a broader perspective. Just be sure to not shove any of your intellectual ponderings down anyone else’s throat, as it will probably not be taken very well. Avoid ego charged discussions on religion or politics like the plague…. because like, they never really get you anywhere anyway.

Virgo Sun Sign or Full Moon in 10th House
Your career life may be a source of new and energizing stimulation, or a place of heated conflict and disaster. You may not be able to control those around you, but you can certainly choose to take yourself out of a situation that could be bad for your professional image. This can be a time of heightened responsibilities, allowing you more influence, power, or control…. but uh…just don’t let it all go to your head. A real leader looks out for everyone’s interests, not just their own.

Libra Sun Sign or Full Moon 11th House
Big visions, grand plans, and endless possibilities could be swimming through your head right now, and you should certainly consider them all…. but just mix in some practicality with a dash of the real world, for added flavor of course. Conflicts with friends, or some kind of organization could pop up right about now, but you should be careful how you respond…you might regret some things later on. If you’ve been keeping to yourself lately, now is an excellent time to pick up the phone and call that person you haven’t talked to in a while, or who knows, they might even beat you to it. Networking and socializing of all kinds are favored right now, so get out there and expand your contact list.

Scorpio Sun Sign or Full Moon in 12th House
More than anyone, you should be especially more aware of unconscious impulses and motivations, as they are likely to come swelling out of that inner abyss like a volcano. What was hidden, or being worked on behind the scenes, is probably going to get a revealing of some kind, so try not to suppress it if it’s time to come out. This can be a time of tremendous inner insight and revelations, just be sure to think before you speak, you might reveal a secret someone else would rather keep hidden.

Sagittarius Sun Sign or Full Moon in 1st House
New beginnings, of some kind, are seemingly on the horizon. Take this powerful energy and direct toward a new direction, a fresh new start, or perhaps a change in your physical appearance. It’s times like these when everyone seems to be looking our way, and for some apparent reason, you feel as if you should make it worth their while. Complete makeovers or simply a new look can be just the thing to freshen things up a bit. In your social interactions you may find yourself coming on too strongly, or projecting yourself a bit too aggressively. Just be more conscious of how your coming off, and all should be fine.

Capricorn Sun Sign or Full Moon in 2nd House
A sudden urge to spend more than you have could get you into some serious trouble over the next few days, so you may want to have your wallet locked away or something. Now is probably not the time to continue on a shopping spree, in fact, it’s probably time to end it completely. Make the most of what you have at the moment, be proud of it, and show it off. This need to consume is likely a replacement for a lack of self worth of some kind, so take a good hard look at what you really value and care about, such as things that transcend the material.

Aquarius Sun Sign or Full Moon in 3rd House
Mental energy is burning up right now, and you might find yourself overtly loquacious for the next few days. This certainly isn’t a bad thing, just as long as you aren’t stirring up arguments just for the sake of your ego. Use this time to catch up on some reading, writing, or perhaps some casual conversations with a friend, relative, or stranger. If you aren’t the one talking, it’s more than likely everyone else is. Try to be as flexible as possible for the next few days, as things might have a tendency to be a bit spontaneous and unorganized.

Pisces Sun Sign or Full Moon in 4th House
Things on the home front may be a bit hectic for the next few days, so you may want to get out of the house and find a space of your own. Avoid arguments and confrontations with family members or roommates, as they are likely to escalate into something more serious. If such a situation is sprung upon you, simply try to avoid getting sucked in and deal with it at a later date. Your home is your foundation, and you don’t want it to be faulty. Use this time to turn more inward and reflect upon your own unconscious motivations and desires. This can also be a good time for shedding light on important issues from the past, as your memory is given an extra boost, allowing you access to suppressed material that may be playing an important role in the present situation.

1. First image: "Mars Disarmed by Venus and Three Graces" by Jacques Louis David, 1824.