January 2021: Tarot spread for the full moon in Leo

Tarot spread for the January 2021 new moon in Leo

The January 2021 full moon falls in the sign of Leo. The bold and dynamic Leo archetype infuses us with a passionate zest for living. It is the archetype of the fiery creative who is confident and unafraid to stand in the spotlight. But this infectious dynamic can also succumb to its shadow aspects of overbearing pride, drama and arrogance.

Spiritually, the Leo archetype teaches the principle of creative manifestation. Clarity of thought and focussed energy, which points to the spiritual principle that your beliefs about life tend to shape your life. You can see this spiritual principle at play with a regular gratitude practice. When you cultivate an active gratitude practice, you tend to experience a shift in your life and circumstances. And while your life may not change dramatically, your outlook to life can certainly shift.

The January 2021 full moon also highlights our search for meaning and our desire to define or refine our life purpose. Which can sound very lofty – so instead of thinking about your “life purpose”, use this full moon to reflect on the things that you want to focus on in the coming months or year. And when you think of those things, try not to make it a beating-yourself-up goals list – make space for joy and beauty and delight.

Because life purpose? It usually is where you find the most joy…the thing that lights you up from within…where you lose track of time. Make sure that you’re making some space for that!

Astro-tarot influences for the January 2021 full moon

To throw some more light on the January full moon astrology, let’s take a look at the astro-tarot influences of this lunation. The Leo full moon falls in decan 1, which is represented by the Five of Wands. This is to be interpreted in conjunction with Strength, which is associated with Leo.

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The 5 of Wands indicates conflict and chaos, annoyances and discord. Often, these are internal stresses and conflicts, when your mind is pulled in many directions or you have too many things on the go. The Strength card is often a reminder to tap into your own inner strength, to tame the often-irrational fears that can easily throw you off course. It is a reminder to feel the fear, and do it anyway.

This, then, speaks to the need to bring some calmness and grounding into our lives. To take a look at the things that we have on our plate, the things we are giving our energy to, and the things that may be creating a sense of overwhelm.

It’s time to see if maybe you’ve bitten off more than you can chew. A new year doesn’t mean you have to hit the floor running. We are still coming off of a very unusual year, with no clear end in sight. Many countries and cities have gone back into lockdown. And while the vaccination drive has started in many countries, it’s going to take a while before we are all vaccinated and safe. All of this does continue to have an impact on our nerves.

So really look at where you’re spending your time and energy. If you’re doomscrolling – stop. If you’ve said yes to too many things {guilty!}, step back and see if you really want to do it all – and if, like me, you do, then figure out how can you better prioritize or manage it all.

This full moon is reminding you that you cannot be everything to everyone. You need to pick your battles, choose your areas of focus, and drill down.

There’s also a sense of FOMO (fear of missing out) here – but what I’ve been sensing is that more of us are done with the constant noise out there. Of feeling like we are on a constant hamster wheel just trying to keep up with everything.

This full moon would be a good time to tap into figuring out what brings you meaning and comfort and nourishment and delight and joy – and to do more of that! Forget about keeping up with the Joneses, it’s time to embrace JOMO (the joy of missing out)!

Also read: On the importance of doing nothing

January’s moon cycle – the Capricorn new moon earlier this month and now the Leo full moon, feel very much like a time of pause…of reflectionspaciousness even, as we ease a little gently into this new year.

Sabian Symbol for the January 2021 full moon in Leo

 The Sabian Symbol for Leo 9 degrees is Early Morning Dew Salutes The Sunlight.

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Can we take a moment and just breathe into the beauty of a dew drop sparkling in the early morning sunlight? The delight and awe that fills our heart at the sight?

That’s what this symbol means to me – the wonder and delight of the little miracles, the small moments, the ephemeral laughter, the unyielding hope.

It’s a time of promise – of sunnier days to come after cold dark winters. Of hope and resilience and the inevitable turning of time.

Tarot spread for the January 2021 full moon in Leo

Here’s a tarot spread to tap into the energy of this full moon.

Astro-tarot forecast and tarot spread for the December 2020 full moon in Cancer.

1. Chaos: Choose 2-3 cards that will indicate areas of discord or stress.

2. Ground: Choose 2-3 cards that will show you how to ground your energy at this time.

3. Mamma moon says: This is always a supportive message

Journaling questions for the January 2021 Leo full moon

Not a cardslinger? No problem! Here are some questions to reflect on instead. Cardslingers, you can also use these journaling prompts for further reflection:

1. What are the things you’ve already said yes to this year? Projects, courses, challenges, responsibilities, work or other commitments?

2. Take an honest look at your list – can you do justice to it all? If yes, that’s great. If not, what can be dropped or wait for later?

3. What are the main projects you want to focus on over the next 3/6/12 months?

4. Slot in some dates/times for when you will work on them – and also allow yourself some grace.

If you still need to get clear on your deepest desires + your broad goals for the year, you’re welcome to download my year-end planner, The Visioning workbook – a gift from me to you. Now also available in Spanish {thanks to a wonderful soul who loved the workbook so much that she gifted me with a translated workbook!}

If you share your tarot readings using this spread on social media, please use the hashtag #moontarotstories so we can connect with each other.

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