14th February 2014: Full Moon in Leo @ 23:54 GMT

Valentine Moon

This Full Moon in Leo may feel pretty intense. If you like intense, you may well enjoy its spark and energy, but if you’re already feeling somewhat jaded and in need of respite, it might be a good time to lay low and let the world pass you by rather than engaging too deeply with it!

Opposed by Mercury retrograde, thinking before we speak and remembering that not everyone sees the world through our eyes could be a very useful attitude to take at this time! As could remembering that very few situations have one single solution. The more creative we can be in our thinking, the better able we are to identify new approaches to any challenges we face.

Relationships are highlighted by this Moon (and not only because of its Valentine’s Day connection!). Its link with Mars and the North Node makes largely unavoidable the issue of how to get along with others and find a harmonious way through what are often choppy waters. It requires that we find a balance between standing our ground and allowing others their own safe ground to occupy unthreatened; between honouring our own needs and priorities whilst finding an effective way to recognise those of other people.

Relationships are one of the thorniest issues we have to face as human beings. As such they often form the bedrock of our personal and spiritual growth: how we manage them and ourselves within them; how we honour the other even as we stand up for ourselves; how we recognise difference whilst still finding enough common ground upon which to build a meaningful connection…. The challenges of everyday life demand that we develop skills in this area and put those skills to good use as often as possible. We may not always succeed in our endeavours, but the willingness to tackle this challenging human terrain is significant nonetheless. Not least on the occasion of this Full Moon!

So, it may be helpful to reflect over the next couple of days, on the things which unite rather than divide us: the common desire for love and acceptance; the search for kindred spirits of like mind; the need to be heard and respected, not dismissed and ridiculed; the pain of criticism and the relief of acceptance.

These are all common human experiences, no matter who and what we are. When we become so busy with our own perspective, peddling our own view of the world, we can all too easily lose sight of the fact that the person we perceive as a threat or challenge to that is actually feeling pretty much the same way we are: a bit stressed out, misunderstood, threatened or just plain old unfairly criticised!

Every situation, no matter how straight-forwardly black and white it may appear, is in fact full of paradox, ambivalence and contradiction. The better able we are to recognise that and accept these things as part of the human condition, the better we can embrace the complexities of human interaction and still come out with something meaningful, positive and productive. It may mean we need to apologise, or change our communication style.

It may mean we need to speak up more or hold our tongue for a while. It may mean we suddenly realise our part in a problem we deemed solely the creation of someone else. Whatever it means, this Full Moon presents us with an opportunity to reset relationships which may be causing us some stress, or at least see them in a different light and from a new perspective. And when the North Node shifts into Libra next week and then Mars turns retrograde there at the beginning of March we’ll be glad we did, for whatever inter-personal wounds we can tend to now, will become strengths and blessings in the weeks to come.

Sarah Varcas


bettina 16th February 2014 10:12 am

People come and go throughout our life in many ways in the grocery, on the street, moving on to another chapter (my boss), in death moving to another dimension(a friend). I have had many nudgings in awareness this past week. This powerful full moon has me looking where I have been; reaching back to childhood and where I focus the intent moving forward. Each person we come in contact with for a moment, year or lifetime has something to share with us. And, if we choose to see it from different perspectives we are all here to help each other.IF your free will of choice will allow it. In my life, during some of the most challenging interactions I was battered and bruised emotionally. As a highly-sensitive person to the very core the wounds cut deeply and I found it hard to move forward—ah but for the Grace of God and getting by with a little help from my friends. But now, I can look back with fresh eyes and understand these were what I needed at the time to bring me where I am right now. My choice is to ‘thank you’ to those who challenged me, I wouldn’t be who I am without you....

bettina 16th February 2014 10:13 am

It is when we hold on to our fears and feelings of discomfort they take root, fester and grow into dis-ease. But, if we choose with loving eyes and heart to allow the feelings to bubble up for recognition, seeing the pearl of wisdom in the opportunity for learning, forgiveness of: self-to-others, others-to-self; but most importantly ‘self-to-self’ the finality of surrender and release is obtained. We are free with a ‘free-and-even flow’ of buoyant energies in body, mind and soul propelling us forward. Peace.

bettina 16th February 2014 10:15 am

Both of these posts were my epiphanies through this full moon in Leo (my birth sign). It is done and I AM Free...

realist_idealist 17th February 2014 5:25 pm

I have received the email from the Spirit Library mods regarding what happened over the weekend, and was truly shocked and saddened. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Your astrology articles are truly an inspiration, I always look forward to reading the updates - shedding light on celestial events that otherwise don't make sense in this crazy world. They are full of in-depth wisdom, beautifully written, and I really do thank you for the hard work, dedication, and thought that you always put into them.

Wishing you a speedy recovery Sarah xx

Peter fox 18th February 2014 5:38 am

Sarah- just endorsing the above comment from realist-idealist. Get back to full health soon- we need you! Lots of Love. Peter.


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Sarah Varcas is an Intuitive Astrologer, committed to decoding the wisdom messages of the cosmos for the enrichment of peoples’ lives.


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