The Full Moon occurs at 9.36am UK time on the 18th February 2011 at 29.20 degrees Leo. The Moon is conjunct fixed star Regulus, opposite the Chiron, Sun, Neptune, Mars, Mercury conjunctions, quincunx Uranus and sesquiquadrate Venus. Saturn and Venus are in a tight square. This is the last of the recent anaretic lunations.
The last New Moon seemed to signify an explosive build up of tension and intense focus. Since writing that post, the Egyptian protestors have won their battle, sending out a message of hope across the world. There are also significant ripples of discord in the Middle East as country by country, people begin to believe they may have the power to change things. This will be the last conjunction between the Sun and Neptune in Aquarius. Perhaps this is why there has been so much focus on the vision of the collective as Neptune prepares to move into Pisces.
The stellium of planets in Aquarius (not forgetting Chiron at the stellium edge in Pisces) puts the emphasis squarely in the lap of the group mind but things are not clear. With Neptune in the mix there could be lies, subterfuge and sleight of hand. A Sun-Neptune conjunction can be very seductive; someone that can cast a film star glamour so that we don’t quite see their true identity. Mars, Mercury and Neptune in conjunction may bring heated debates about ideals or even powerful seduction by the words of another.
The Moon’s aspects to Uranus and Venus suggests that we may need to step back from the crowd in order to get in touch with the inner self, to tap into our intuition and reconnect with what we truly value. The tight square between Venus and Saturn indicates restraint is needed. In our relationships we must remain grounded and not allow ourselves to be swayed by what we want to believe.
With the Moon in conjunction to kingly fixed star Regulus, there is an immediate association with powerful figures – kings, presidents leaders. As one leader (Mubarak) falls, another is called into question. The alleged scandalous philandering of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has also triggered protestors in their millions to group together in the streets calling for his resignation. It remains to be seen whether this leader with a dubious history at best, follows in the footsteps of Mubarak.
The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon is :-
“An Unsealed Letter”
This is such an evocative symbol. There is a sense that secrets are coming to light, that what was once personal has now been made public. On a personal level there is a caution as to whom you share your personal life issues with. This isn’t in itself a bad thing. Marc Edmund Jones notes that the keyword for this Sabian is ‘confidence’. When we are truly confident of who we are, we tend to pick good friends who guard our confidential information and protect our backs. The Moon with Regulus (and in opposition to Neptune) however does also suggest that we must guard against false friends. This Full Moon is likely to bring our own secrets out into the open but this is necessary because secrets tend to weigh heavy on the heart.