Full Moon February 2023 ~ Persistence


The Full Moon 5 February 2023 is at 16º Leo Decan 2Aspect: Square Uranus. Fixed Star: Dubhe on the back of Ursa Major in the Great Bear. Tarot Card: 6 Of Wands. Healing Crystal: Orange Carnelian.

Full Moon February in Leo Decan 2

The Full Moon February has ‘regal’ stamped all over it. The Moon in Leo Decan 2 especially resonates with us playing a very queenly, backstage, strategic role. This Full Moon will make us warm hosts who take control of any social situation. We will make sure that all guests are looked after. The energy is great for organizing people and events so that the flames of enthusiasm and congeniality forge longstanding alliances.

A good word to describe the energy of Moon in Leo Decan 2 is ‘Gracious’, though in some cases, it can be more like ‘Goodness Gracious!’ Indulgence can become a problem if we lay on excessive compliments, gifts and flattery to those with whom we want to court favour.

However, the Leo Full Moon in Decan 2 is excellent for supporting the arts and protects children. The protective influence of the great mother bear of Ursa Major is felt strongly, and this ramps up the mothering aspect of the Full Moon energy.

The Moon soothes down the roaring energy of Leo Decan 2 somewhat, but we might regard this decan as being ‘Mouthy’. Those touched by this New Moon energy will be particularly outspoken. This New Moon will make us fearless in our reasoning, so expect some heated and interesting debates during its effect. 

Jupiter rules this decan of Leo. Combining Zeus with the Lion King will create someone who relishes power and is very happy to give orders. Those ignited by the Leo new moon then will be accused of being bossy. At the same time, these erm ‘authoritative’ people will be wonderful at organizing when most people can’t be bothered.

You can rely on this Full Moon to cut the crap out of any chaos rather than just fussing about politely, not wanting to appear rude. A Leo decan 2 Full Moon does tough-love extraordinarily well but sometimes make enemies because of this. The roaring mouth of the lion combined with the super-nanny energy of Ceres will never sugarcoat.

Full Moon Tarot Card

6 Of Wands

The tarot card associated with this decan is the six of wands. This card is about victory. A great deal of passion is being put into focusing on a particular person or goal. Confidence and self-esteem are high and fits well with Leo decan 2’s general proud demeanor and very healthy ego. Karmically these Lions have earned their reward.

In their life “The answer is Yes.  Success is yours. You have won…..it suggests Victory in whatever it is you are pursuing or fighting for.  However, it will only be as a result of hard work, stamina, tenacity and strong determination on your part.  If you are prepared to put in the effort then you shall be rewarded well.  

There is no need to battle anymore and it is time to start building for the future.” ~ Teachmetarot. Generally, this is quite an auspicious decan with no really problematic stars compared to most decans. This optimism with the double Jupiter rulership is reflected in the meaning of the tarot card here.

Full Moon Fixed Star

Dubhe and its neighbour Merak are famous for being the Alpha and Beta stars in the Great Bear, Ursa Major. They are is easily seen in the sky as the front two stars of the Big Dipper or the Plough that are contained within the body of the Bear. Robson sees Dubhe as ‘destructive’ and says Merak can love ‘command and domination’. 1st-century Astrologer Manilus shows how these qualities in a positive light and I don’t believe the energy is always destructive. Rather it tames those that could be destructive;

“he will dispel the fury of the tiger, training it to become a peaceful animal, whilst all the other beasts which molest the earth with their savageness he will join in friendship to himself ”. Looks like someone who can tame problem children and civilise those who are usually wild and unruly. Here we find Leo’s guiding, leadership qualities, since the bears are so close to the celestial pole. “motionless itself, it yet sees everything spinning about it. The top of the axis is occupied by constellations well known to hapless mariners, guiding them over the measureless deep in their search for gain.” 

Bernadette Brady says the constellation Ursa Major gives “Insight, persistence, endurance and passive strength….It is the strength of patience, and the use of time to calmly solve problems rather than to take dynamic action” [1]. Fiery Leo histrionics happen all around these folk, yet there they are, doing their motionless polestar thing, centred without a hair blown out of place. In the end, this Leo decan 2’s eerie calmness freaks others out so much, that they finally stop their commotion.

What the Full Moon February 2023 means for your sign

Click on links for meanings. Moon in 1st house for LEO, Moon in 2nd house for CANCER, Moon in 3rd House for GEMINI, Moon in 4th house for TAURUS, Moon in 5th house for ARIES, Moon in 6th house for PISCES, Moon in 7th house for AQUARIUS, Moon in 8th house for CAPRICORN, Moon in 9th house for SAGITTARIUS, Moon in 10th house for SCORPIO, Moon in 11th house for LIBRA, Moon in 12th house for VIRGO.

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1. Astronomica, Manilius, 1st century AD, book 4, p.235.