Rise to the glow of the Lions Roar: 1st full moon of 2016


Full Moon in Leo

January 23, 2016

By Maharani Rutan©

As we lay sleeping through the beginning of January, and Mercury retrograde continues to pull us down, the cosmos wants us to open our eyes to our first full moon of 2016. The beautiful Aquarius/Leo full moon at 3 to 4 degree (depending upon the orb) will certainty keep many of us up. The full moon will be at its brightest at 8:46pm EST and 5:46pm PST on January 23, 2016.

With the winter starting late the chill is finally arrived, the howls of hunger and bare essences of wolves in the woods and villages are heard as they are lurking for their next meal. For this reason the Native Americans named the first new moon in January as the Full Wolf moon.


More and more I have been geared toward the philosophical importance of the full moon and its trivial effects on cosmos, humanity, and spiritual transformation. Due to my Gujarati Brahmin upbringing it is imperative that Poonam (full moon) be the highlight of spiritual learning and teachings. As of the Fall of 2015, I began to transition, focusing only on full moon, eclipse, and super moon transits and planetary Vedic transits as the highlight of my topics. I hope that you enjoy the topical convergence.

In the Hindu calendar this full moon is also considered as a Paush Purnima by tradition. It basically depicts that those who bathe in the holy rivers to rid themselves of their sins and also donate to the needy, not only have their sins removed but also have their wishes granted. It is recommended that the night before the full moon, and the day of the full moon, all diet be converted to a vegetarian diet. On the day of the full moon one should not eat until after performing the Pooja. Devotees may go to the temple and do the Pooja or conduct the Lord Satyanarayan Pooja at home and Prasad (offering to Deity) must made with wheat powder, milk, and sugar. If you are unaware how the Pooja must be done you may talk to any of your Hindu devotee friends (it is a very complicated process). You may eat after the Pooja is commenced however, no meats are to be consumed until the following day.


Even though this type of energy has not been felt at this degree in this century, perhaps the closest it could have been was in January of 2008. I wonder if history will repeat itself but on a different scale. Usually on a full moon something shocking and unexpected always has occurred 5 days before or 5 days after the full moon. Therefore, I would not be surprised if stock market drops again , unexpected news is heard of someone retiring, the federal government finally gives a go ahead on the increase of interest rates for home lending, and lastly the weather, could we be up for chill factor or one of the warmest winters? Whatever the case there will be definite news about gushing water, snow storms, and high tides.

(I had originally posted and written this blog on 13th of January, 2016.  The Dow defiantly dropped on the 15th (read here), it was also announced that winter storm Jonas was due to hit on Jan 22/23 the day of the full moon (read about it here). I believe there is still more shocking news to come. 

However, all will not be negative; this will be a gorgeous aspect for those that have placement of Leo anywhere in their chart or even Aquarius. However, all fixed signs (Aquarius, Taurus, Leo and Scorpio) will be affected.


Hence, the irritability of the full moon and the retrograde energy may cause some depression for earth and mutable signs due to Mercury which hasn’t gone completely direct yet. Read about it here.

The full moons are a sign of transformation and force many humans to feel discouraged due to the gravitational pull of the moon around the Earth and the sun. A couple of days before the full moon, usually two to three, the energy begins to shift and is considered a “Waxing” stage. Thus the moon moves further behind the Earth and the Sun’s glow makes it look like a large white spot in the sky. This gravitational pull affects the weather patterns which can result in high tides (great for surfing). The full moon gives reasoning to touchiness, anxiety, and often love-hate relationships. This is not a damaging, but rather a constructive situation. The main reason for this is because by the time the moon passes, the answers are crystal clear which will in fact energize many to be more tranquil and energetic.


This moon will defiantly take many of us back and you should expect the unexpected. All of our five senses will be lighted with the Full Moon – however, the energy may cause cynicism and hyperbolic behavior, especially in the area of interpersonal relationships of all kinds. The energy is so penetrating that intense dreams are probable. Bleeding and hemorrhaging are more likely during a Full Moon, so take care.

This is the time to gather, envision, and be grateful; work on efficiency and achievement. Love and romance go wild under a Full Moon, especially around midnight. The full moon naturally attracts high detachment, clear mindedness, and an awareness of one’s own needs as well as the needs of others.


Often full moons are compared to chapters in a book; the notion of creating new chapters in our own lives. Every full moon gives us a chance to re-write chapters that are no longer working. Whether it is the way we connect, interrelate, observe a situation, or deal with problems in our own lives.

The Moon in Leo marks a time of purpose and charm. Ruled by the Sun, Leo creates a power of pleasantness, ambition, and vulnerability. People may feel enthused, accepted, and liberal. It is a good time to pursuit desires, be cooperative, and to help others.


Like the Lion that symbolizes Leo, people may feel distinguished but also yearn for support and reaction. Care needs to be taken to avoid melodramatic demonstrations, attention grabbing, or control positions.

There is an emotional need to want and be admired by others. Expression of feelings may be in a childlike manner – either cheerfully or melodramatically. There is also a natural tendency to be around children. Encourage others by giving compliments and cheering them to be tough, bold; bold is the key of Leo’s strength. There is also a desire to view a mother or a motherly figure to be glorious, amazing, or as a respected person. Look for freedom, pleasantness, and strength in that relationship.


The Leo energy can sometimes cause us to be more biased, tenacious, gratified, frustrated, narcissistic, arrogant, and condescending. It’s also harder (but not impossible) to make modifications or be flexible. Since the Moon is the closest ‘planet’ to Earth, this satellite literally zips around the Zodiac, completing its circuit in less than a month. It also touches us more deeply than most planets.

The influence of this FULL MOON can be especially difficult or challenging for those who were born under a FULL MOON PHASE, as well as for those of the fixed Sun Signs [Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius and Taurus].

The moon in Leo is Energetic, Brave, Over-dramatic, Managerial, Organized AND ERRATIC. It is my suggestion that you purchase a Green candle and carve your name through to the wick. Anoint the candle with lemon oil or lavender oil and chant the Psalm 65.

You may also choose to recite a mantra every morning until the next moon cycle. Remember that with all applications of psalms and mantras achieving the desired result is dependent upon the quality of intention. When it comes to finding satisfying relationships, it is of the greatest importance to begin with a clear understanding of what your goal should be.

The mantras can be hard to pronounce for many but are a powerful source of energy. The mantra for Leo moon is:


“Om Sri suryaya namaha”

(Om Shree sur-ya-ya nam-aha)

This mantra will aid greatly in the peaceful and sweet transition to new and positive energy states.

With every moon cycle, remember to cross out the old affirmations, even if there is the slightest change, and create new ones. The perfect number for aspirations is 10. This means to list 10 aspirations and recite them every night until the next moon cycle. Remember to never make the affirmations beginning with “I want”, they must be worded “I need to be guided…”

Being that this is quite a difficult time for those affect by Mercury retrograde, such as mutable signs, I suggest that you reference to my blog and chant the mantra listed on my last blog on Mercury here.


For each astrological sign to have the best of all worlds here is a two word advice for you for this month:

Aries:    Be Enthusiastic & Responsible
Taurus: Be Calm & Cautious
Gemini: Be Prudent & Rest
Cancer: Be Physical & Exercise


Leo:             Be Focused & Healthy
Virgo:          Be Focused & Hygienic
Libra:          Be Well-Read & Learn
Scorpio:      Be Active & Patient
Sagittarius: Be Aware & Attentive


Capricorn: Be Focused & Listen
Aquarius: Be Rested & Patient
Pisces: Be Rested & Self-Reliant

Please note that I am not an Astrologer nor claim to be one. The Vedic readings incorporate the energies for the moon and sun guiding the reader to bring the most cultivating answers to everyday changes which bring forks in the road and to make your own destiny through answers of the future.


If you are looking for personalized astrological inferences you may contact my recommended astrologers here. I am just your guide to show you how your actions and decisions cause you forks in the road.

These are general tendencies though some personal things can be similar to what I have explained. Each vision, destiny, karma, and spiritual path is individualized by the grace of the higher power.


To find out how this moon will affect you personally, I highly recommend you make an appointment to speak to my recommend astrologer Leslie Hale or my recommended group of astrologers to lead you to the best way in dealing with conflict resulting in peaceful solutions.

Share this beautiful journey which we call life with gratitude, peace, love, humility, and honesty which embraces changes that bring sublime bliss. I hope that it is the best journey you have ever taken.

In Hinduism as well as Vedic astrology and philosophy Leo is known as Simha Rashi and the sound is just like Simba from Lion King. Though this is not the best year you will have but it is not the worst financially work could change and be careful accidents have known to happen if you are not planning on a child.

Leo moon brings grace and love of family, love with passion, grace, and gratitude.

This moon will affect all fire signs and opposite all water signs.

Maharani Rutan ©

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