The year’s first Full Moon is set to fall on Australia’s national day… and the ‘Wolf Moon’ is set to teach us some valuable lessons about fairness and tolerance.
In namesake, the Wolf Moon’s origins lie with the First Nations people in colonial American and European traditions, and as a result, strongly resonates with Australia’s own indigenous identity.
According to Native American lore, wolves represent learning and teaching – during this Full Moon we need to reflect on what it is that Australia has not learned about its indigenous people. The Wolf Moon falling on Australia Day is not a coincidence, there is no such thing, everything happens for a reason.
As a collective, we need to ask the appropriate questions of ourselves and contemplate the notion of fairness and tolerance. It’s a time to reflect on the injustices of the past, especially as Full Moons are turbulent and bring up unconscious content. Reflect on yourself and what your role is in shaping our cultural identity.
Look at what is going on inside yourself and bring the light of your own consciousness to the situation. We have a responsibility to enlighten ourselves. In colonial times, indigenous people gave the Wolf Moon its name after wolves were heard howling more during January, signalling the scarcity of food in the dead of the northern hemisphere winter in mating season.
However, adding to the animal links to this upcoming Full Moon, it will also be appearing in star sign Leo. Leo represents the Lion in astrology and is the king of the jungle, the boss of the wash. Leos want it all their own way – but it’s best to be fair. It will be a time to get in touch with our animal nature. The date of this Full Moon means we need to help the underdog as we don’t want to lose the best of our national character.
Interestingly the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle is a famous Leo Sun, and the notion of fairness could be seen through her contentious experiences. She is a famous female of African American blood, and observations of her behaviour resonate directly with Leo traits. Perhaps she has not been treated fairly by the media and wider public, but her strong personality and outspokenness definitely shine through. She also has a Libra Moon, so she probably has a pretty well-balanced personality in her personal life.
While Leos will be strongly affected by the Wolf Moon, so too will other fire signs Aries and Sagittarius, and other fixed signs Taurus, Aquarius and Scorpio. However, the Full Moon does have some effect on everyone regardless of their star sign. All these signs will be affected by positive Leo traits like generosity and the radiance of energy, so we can expect these people to shine around the Full Moon.
People like Leos; they are warm and happy. On stage they want to be the centre of attention. It’s just about challenging this ambition in the right way, given they tend not to be very changeable and stuck in their ways. Consequently, they can be known for their stubbornness. The year’s first of “anything” sets the tone for the year ahead – and the ‘Wolf Moon’ is a quasi- template for 2024.
This Full Moon has more significance than the rest of the year’s Full Moons, and because Leos are lions of the zodiac it’s important to make friends with your own inner lion. It is a time to take responsibility and show leadership. Be a leader, a true leader, stand up for what you believe in and do something.
This Moon gives birth to new beginnings, new direction and new goals. The Wolf Moon will also challenge us to let go of fears and also to make friends with our animalistic instincts. Don’t be afraid to look at your own feelings and examine your dreams and inner animal instincts. The Wolf Moon will be reaching its peak on Friday, January 26 th at 3.24am AEST.
What does the Wolf Moon have in store for your star sign?
Aries (March 21 to April 19):
There’s a dynamic interplay between the personal side of your life versus the detached vibe you feel from some of your friends and connections. It’s a bit complicated! However, it is a great time to go out and have some fun anyway regardless of others. So do have some fun in the Sun now… but not too much. Romantic idealisations might also float across your mind which makes life interesting. It’s also a fabulous time for children… yours or others. Indulge your inner child now by going out and enjoying yourself! Your hopes and dreams might get a bit of a reality check sometimes, which is all part of life, but try to move on with some leisure and pleasure. Under Leo’s Full Moon’s radiant light, Aries dances with fiery might, bold passion ignites your cosmic flight!
Taurus (April 20 to May 20):
Home and family is where it’s at now and the privacy of your sanctuary needs to be respected. There may be important conversations with female relatives, particularly a mother type figure. Sometimes it might eel like you’re walking a tightrope between the public world of work and the security of home and family. You could find endings and new beginnings in career or with authority figures. Technology may be a feature or is it your teacher? Find the balance within so you can shine like your radiant self! Beneath Leo’s Full Moon, Taurus claims the night. Steadfast and grounded, bathed in lunar light. In cosmic waltz, a dance of sheer might. Bull and lion unite giving a celestial sight. Embrace your inner animal this month.
Gemini (May 21 to June 20):
Fabulous, wonderful, great! Are these words describing how you’re feeling? If not, not to worry because the Full Moon is offering a promise of hopeful communications and times of learning. You could be making decisions based on how you’re feeling rather than logic, but that’s ok providing that you’re aware that you’re operating in the fluid world of feelings. Your Sun is pulling you towards expanding your horizons through travel, education or even spirituality or all three! Distant relatives, cousins, siblings might also feature, and you might hear some news. Something going down in your local community can also have appeal. Under the Moon is Gemini’s delight. Twins in cosmic glow, weaving words so bright. With mercurial grace and intellect’s flight, celestial dance sparks airy insight!
Cancer (June 21 to July 22):
Endings and new beginnings around resources you share with someone else may be on your agenda. You might become interested in investments, loans, legalities or perhaps even inheritances and it’s time to get organised in how you manage your shared assets. Intimacy included! What’s that? I hear some say… it’s primarily your relationship with yourself which then filters out to close relationships with others. So now is the time to get really clear about trust, vulnerability and deep understanding. What you previously thought of as being valuable could now change as you see the deeper meaning of ‘value’. The Leonine Full Moon shows Cancer’s tender glow. Lunar emotions in a celestial flow, crabs embrace currency ebb and throw.
Leo (July 23 to August 22):
The Full Moon in your sign blesses you with warmth and generosity as you radiate your passion to the world! Your heartfelt emotions are the fuel to take you into the limelight allowing you to get your message out into the world. You may feel like a change in appearance and/or identity to better reflect who you really are. Buy new clothes, makeup or get a new haircut but maybe not on a dramatic day. You’re also starting a new zodiacal cycle which might feel like a new chapter. It might take a little time to find your footing however, getting out into the world is key. Bathing in the Leo Full Moon’s radiant grace, the lion’s heart beams in the cosmic space. Regal majesty is a celestial embrace!
Virgo (August 23 to September 22):
Time out, time out I hear around you! Your daily demands could pull you away from the quiet times you need to reflect on your life. The busy world carries responsibilities that you feel you must uphold. It’s tricky because we all need downtime sometimes. Perhaps you can carry on with your daily routine, work or health, however, make a deal with yourself that you’ll slow down and have some ‘me’ time. Never break those deals with yourself and ask, ‘where can I begin to find some balance in life?’ Pay special attention to your dreams and those little flashes of brilliance you might find in between mundane thoughts. The Leo Moon gives Virgo extra grace. Detail oriented in the lunar embrace, analysing the cosmos at a meticulous pace, celestial order finally aligns in harmonious space.
Libra (September 23 to October 22):
This Full Moon makes you a shining star with friends, group and contacts. It’s all very exciting and just as well, as you finally get a little more of what you need to feel fulfilled. Go out and grab some leisure and pleasure with other people. You’ve always probably known that no one is an island, so you might be tempted to do something more radical than usual as you socialise. Your hopes and dreams are aflame right now and you’re probably feeling better than usual. A possible downside is feeling slightly overconfident or over-charitable, don’t give away the kitchen sink! This Full Moon is on your side! Bathing in the Leonine Moon, Libra takes the floor. Balancing scales, a cosmic rapport. Harmony and elegance, the dance you’ll explore. Celestial waltz and grace forevermore!
Scorpio (October 23 to November 21):
Hold onto your hat, it could be quite an intense time as your ruler Pluto and the Sun combine their power at home or with family. However, you could also shine in your public life, either in career or social media. Your reputation precedes you and people feel your powerful aura. Either way, your public life is shining by the grace of the Moon. Do be careful however, not to overshare in the public domain. Authority figures might notice you now, especially employers, parents or others in positions of power… and you’ll probably get positive feedback. Step forward and radiate your light! Beneath the Leonine Moon, Scorpio’s depth is revealed. Passionate secrets in the night are sealed. In the lunar glow, emotions unconcealed, a cosmic dance where intensity is healed!
Sagittarius (November 22 to December 21):
This fiery Full Moon increases your natural fire and it’s time to go with the flow. It’s ok to change your mind sometimes because you’re going places! You might also think about travel, education or spirituality as you seek to grow your horizons… it’s a big wide world out there! Higher concepts and blue-sky thinking are powering positivity now, so do make the most of opportunities that grace your door. You tend to give the benefit of the doubt but do some people deserve this largesse? Relationships could be intense and compelling too. Foreign connections may also become more important now. Aided by this Full Moon, Sag takes flight. The Archer’s Spirit soars high in lunar light. A fiery dance with adventure burning bright!
Capricorn (December 22nd to January 19):
Sometimes it’s hard to trust, especially after being intensely hurt. An opportunity for vulnerability could arise… will you act as you normally do, or will you try something different? Something to foster trust and love could bring healing. Shared assets might come up on your agenda. Resource issues such as real estate, investments or something you share with another may also need your attention. Personal finances could also be challenging, and a male could be involved somehow? You might need to do a bit of a balancing act to find a solution. Under Leo’s Full Moon, Capricorn ascends! A cosmic journey, where ambition blends. Lunar wisdom on aspiration depends, in celestial dance your achievement transcends!
Aquarius (January 20th to February 18):
Relationships sometimes require compromise to get the best outcomes. Can you compromise on small things that don’t really matter that much to you? Small things add up and if you can do this, your relationships will improve dramatically. It’s great to feel powerful but only a true leader can give to those who sometimes need a break. Will you be true or mediocre this month? It’s also important to be true to yourself, so figure out where those small compromises lay and stick to your guns on matters close to your heart that are truly important to you. As a fixed sign, you can be stubborn when some flexibility is called for. Leo’s Full Moon and Aquarian dreams align. Innovative visions and compromise shine. Eccentric thoughts weave a cosmic design making a dance of harmony where stars and ideals entwine.
Pisces (February 19 to March 20):
Daily habits and work could take up a lot of time and energy now. This Leo Full Moon may help you enlist others to your cause? Maybe they can lend a hand? Health and wellbeing also feature strongly now, and you might be feeling a little brighter, especially regarding anything routine. Just a thought… is it time to listen to important women in your life? The Sun and Pluto aren’t too happy deep down in your subconscious now so you might find you’re having all types of insights about your inner life with endings and new beginnings. Beneath Leo’s Full Moon, Pisces dreams unfold in cosmic seas, your imagination is bold. Lunar glow reveals mysteries untold, a celestial dance where fantasy takes hold.