Full Moon in Leo + Lunar Eclipse, January 20/21, 2019

  • Full Moon/ Lunar Eclipse: 0° Leo
  • Date: January 20-21, 2019
  • Time: 9:16 PM PDT / 12:16 AM EDT
  • Element: Fire
  • Modality: Fixed
  • Ruler: Sun
  • Themes: Embracing our inner wild, connecting with our creativity and passion, balancing the rational mind with the heart.
  • Events: Total Lunar Eclipse


A solar eclipse occurs during a New Moon​ when the Sun and Moon are forming an exact conjunction and the Moon is directly between Earth and the Sun. Hence, resulting with the Moon temporarily blocking the light of the Sun.

On the other hand, lunar eclipses happen when Earth is between the Sun and the Moon and both are in opposite signs of the zodiac in the exact degree. This results with Earth blocking the sunlight from hitting the Moon’s surface and its shadow refracted unto the Moon, thus producing its red color.


Astrologically speaking, New Moon’s mark the ending and the beginning of a lunar cycle. Full Moon’s marks the peak of the cycle, therefore, when things rise​ into our conscious awareness and when we see the blooms of the seeds we planted.

However, when these two phases coincide with an eclipse, their energy is magnified by three. They bring fated changes, transformation and endings of things that aren’t aligned with our karmic purpose, thus we become aligned with it.


The Lunar Nodes or “Nodes of fate” are mathematical points where eclipses exactly occur or very closely. Currently, we are in the Cancer (North Node) and Capricorn (South Node) axis. However, we will have a total lunar eclipse in Leo because, even though it’s in another sign, it’s only 4 degrees far from the North Node in Cancer.


This Blood-Wolf Moon is the culmination of the eclipses of the Leo-Aquarius axis we’ve had since August 2016. Thus, it is a time when we will fully integrate the lessons of the North Node in Leo that ultimately called for shining our light, embracing our inner child and connecting with our wild self. However, although it symbolizes a completion, it will be at zero degrees, representing a new phase where these lessons are integrated.


On May 2017, the North and South Node changed to the fixed signs above. Since then, we’ve had eclipses that were asking for the balance between the mental-rational expression (Aquarius) and the one that comes from the heart (Leo).

Aquarius is ruled by Uranus and Saturn, thus, it’s an archetype that’s renowned for its revolutionary and inventive thinking, but also for being detached and ‘cold’ as it’s based more on reason than emotion. In addition, it’s the ruler of the eleventh house, the area that corresponds to the collective consciousness. This makes this sign focused on its visions, ideas and its contribution in society.

Leo is ruled by the biggest star of the zodiac, the Sun. Also, it rules the fifth house, the area that corresponds to fertility, creativity, pleasure, and fun. This makes the Leo archetype be one that’s focused on the creative and passionate expression of self.

Leo energy manifests the ideas of Aquarius

By analyzing their characteristics above, we see that what makes them different is that Leo is focused on its expression and Aquarius on its vision. Leo energy manifests the ideas of Aquarius​ because though both are creative, one puts the action and the other gives the idea.


Furthermore, this can be explained considering their elements. Aquarius, rules the brain, intellect & ideas (Air); and Leo, the heart, energy & desires (fire). Therefore, the South Node in this Air sign was calling for balancing the reasonable thinking, for it can lead to going to directions that the heart doesn’t desire. Hence, it wanted for us to tap into our truth and to realign with our passion; to balance our logic with our emotions.


Although they’re in different signs, they’re still making a conjunction at a 4 degree orb. The sign of Cancer is known for the crab that can sometimes hide in its shell. On the other hand, Leo shines brightly always, just like the Sun. Therefore, this infrequent merging talks about letting out the lion or wolf escape of where it has been confined on.


This out of sign aspect of a 2 degree orb, is what impulses the breaking of this shell. Both are in fiery signs, therefore, this may happen unexpectedly like an explosion. It’s a highly powerful energy that will impulse us to step out of the shadows or comfort zone and let out our true self. Here the feral being within awakes.


What’s the inner wild woman archetype and why is it important to tap into it? The author of Women who Run with the Wolves says:

“Within every woman there lives a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. She is the Wild Woman, who represents the instinctual nature of women. But she is an endangered species”.

Clarissa Pinkola Estes

We can see that how she describes this archetype reflects the characteristics of Leo energy (creative, passionate) and what the fifth house in our chart represents. Thus, it’s also about connecting with our inner child.


How we can connect with it it’s by seeing where the South Node was. It was in Aquarius, hence, it has to do with our logical mind and society, what typically suppresses our creative, fun and passionate self. For instance, this is what the shell around us was made of. It’s breaking symbolizes us reclaiming our power and releasing its control over us.


These lessons concludes with the Lunar Eclipse in Leo. Have you felt too inhibited, unconfident and anxious in expressing your true self? It’s now time to shine brightly, do what makes your soul dance and step out of the shadows. Confidence and sense of self worth is key for this, so it’s time to claim it back. No more hiding your essence, vitality and your true self because of fear. Disconnect from your weakness and connect with your power. Your core essence is your inner child or wild woman, let it escape. It’s the moment to leave your mark in the world.

Aquarius Season just began and it will be all about your reinvention and connecting with others. With the balance of Leo energy fully recharged, it calls for you to do what you’re passionate about and honor your heart’s desires.


Although this Full Moon has a positive significance, its energy can be quite dramatic. Full Moon’s always heightens emotions and with this event, energies can go mad. Here the lunatics are out, so be aware. In addition, it’s also a very unpredictable because it will be making a square to Uranus. This makes it only a time for reflection and to detox from negative energies.


The last eclipse in Capricorn and the Full Moon in Cancer all brought the ending and beginning of a chapter and although this may seem redundant, it’s important to remember that this is all happening in different areas of your life. Where the full moon is transiting indicates what area is meeting this culmination and a new phase.

  • Leo:  In the first house, the house of self, your appearance and personality.
  • Virgo:​ In the twelfth house, the area of the unconscious, dreams, loss and karma.
  • Libra:​ In the eleventh house, the area of networks, group of friends, connections, humanitarian efforts and goal setting.
  • Scorpio: ​In the tenth house, the area of career, public image and reputation.
  • Sagittarius:​ In the ninth house, the area of travel, higher knowledge, book publishing, adventure, foreign people and countries.
  • Capricorn: ​In the eighth house, the area investments, inheritance and debts. Also in the area of death, rebirth, the shadow side and sex; the merge of resources/energy with a partner.
  • Aquarius: ​In the seventh house, the area of relationships, weddings, partnerships, laws and justice.
  • Pisces: ​In the sixth house, the area of service-based work, health, routines, and habits.
  • Aries: ​In the fifth house, the area of creativity, fertility, children, and dating.
  • Taurus: In the fourth house. The area of the home, family, natal city, your roots, the past and internal world.
  • Gemini: ​In the third house, the area of communication, intellect, education, brothers, and neighbors.
  • Cancer: ​In the second house, the area of finances, possessions and your value system.


  • How can I step out of the shadows and begin to shine?
  • Have I been suppressing a passion or talent of mine?
  • How can I honor and embrace my inner child or wild woman?
  • What activities or hobbies could I do to reconnect with my creativity?
  • Is my personality fully expressed? What has been preventing its expression?

Written by Kiaralys Rosario | Astrologer on KiaraStellar​ ​. My approach in astrology comes from my love for the stars and their archetypal energies that coexist within us and that by translating their language, we are able to reach a deeper level of self-awareness and discover our life’s path. Follow me on Instagram for daily horoscopes ​@KiaraStellar​ , to book a reading or read the Cosmic Blog: ​kiarastellar.com

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  1. H Kiara, my name is Aliya ,
    I enjoyed the readings above as my star sign is leo, 10 Aug 1981 and yes alot of what I read helped me u understand why was I my unusual self in the past few months….. Hoping the days to come will be brighter … Thanks you…

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