When a person has his natal Moon in Leo, the sign will grant a big part of its attributes to everything that the Moon represents in his chart. As the Moon is generally governing our emotional parts, Leo energy will make the native’s emotions quite pompous and even theatrical. Leo is the fifth sign of the zodiac, and has the Sun as its ruling celestial body. It is strongly connected with the fifth house, and all the life matters that are ruled by it. Leo is a fixed sign, which makes the Moon function in a quite stable way and following certain patterns. The person with this placement has rather dynamic emotions, and will even fight for what he desires.
In the sign of Leo, the Moon is in peregrine condition. Peregrine is a rather neutral condition, where a celestial body does not function neither very potently (as it does when domicile or in exaltation), nor is very weak (as it does when in detriment or fall). Yet, we should state that Leo receives the Moon better in the first decan of the sign. We should not forget that the Moon rules Cancer, which is the sign right before Leo. So, it is quite natural that the first degrees of Leo are allowing some Cancerian energy flow towards the native’s Moon, making it slightly more potent. The Earth’s satellite may have some difficulties while positioned here, as Leo is the realm of the Sun and may be too dry and barren for the Moon. On the other hand, as Leo is connected with activity and artistic expression, the native’s emotions are not blocked; they are just altered and become more straightforward. More information about the Moon’s potency when received in the signs you can read in the article about the Moon’s Essential Dignities.
We should also note that the Moon changes sign about every two and a half days, as it is the quickest moving celestial body. This means that for calculating the exact placement and sign of our natal Moon, we should be as exact as we can with our time of birth. In some occasions, where the Moon is near the cusp of a new sign, even a mistake of a couple of hours can give us a different Moon sign result.
The Moon is the second brightest object in the sky, our planet’s satellite which influences with its orbit the biorhythms of life. The Moon is impersonated by the ancient Greek goddesses Selene and Artemis (Latin Diana). The Moon governs all liquids on earth, even on a physical level. The Moon’s movement has a direct effect on the tides of the sea, while also on the body liquids of plants and live organisms. It is connected with the divine feminine, and in our charts represents our own mother, other mother figure people of our lives, while also our relations to the female gender.
Thus, when the Moon is in Leo, it will give a Leo type of mother. She will be radiating the Sun’s energy, probably substituting the native’s father figure in his subconscious. Her character may make her be the leader of the family, an independent person that takes her own decisions and rules. She is emotionally stable and definitely not the typical female. She is fun and plays a lot with the young native, while at the same moment teaches him to be independent and fearless. There is a possibility that his mother is somehow involved in arts, especially those that require performances in front of audiences. Thus, this may develop to the young chart owner a love of theater or dancing. We should not forget that Leo is the ruling sign of the fifth house, and the Moon placed here will draw the native’s attention to the house matters. Thus, his mother may make him quite fond of parties and other social events that promote joy and are of a playful nature. All these traits are passing to the native when he is a child as stereotypes, which later manifest in his own life through his emotions, and in all the areas which the Moon rules in his chart.
If the native’s Moon is well aspected, he will perceive his mother as a shiny person, an everlasting source of joy. His mother can frequently be of the sign of Leo. Alternatively, his mother may have a lot of planets in Leo, or her Sun strong by placement and aspects. An adversely aspected Moon may indicate that the mother has problems with her self-perception, a self-centered egoist that puts her pride above everything else. In extreme cases, bad aspects give a mother who will consider herself the center of the universe, frequently intervening in the native’s life and extremely protective. Of course, such extremes need difficult aspects to the Moon from other malefic planets to happen, such as oppositions, squares or conjunctions from Mars, Saturn or Pluto.
A Leo Moon person usually loves being the center of attention, and adores being flattered. Leo is the sign mostly connected with our ego, and Leo Moons do not take such matters light-heartedly. They cannot stand people who hurt their ego, and will definitely retaliate when feeling emotionally threatened or diminished. Such natives do not accept criticism, even if it is objective and correct. They may hold grudges and even revenge, but usually their reaction is quite quick.
Individuals with this placement usually love the Sun- what more natural than this? In addition, they can be also in an eternal love with the summer, as they can feed on the Sun’s energy a lot more during that time of the year. For such natives, one of the best ways to meditate is sun-gazing; all other activities done under direct sunlight can also prove empowering. Another pattern that can appear is them being very fond of gold as a metal, and frequently wearing golden objects or even just keeping gold in their house. Indeed, in terms of magic, gold may be a catalytic remedy for success in all matters connected with the Moon in their chart. If you are a Leo Moon person, try experimenting with this metal – it might at least help subconsciously your progress.
Individuals with their Natal Moon in Leo are usually quite independent, but are not social butterflies. They like positive people who possess a good sense of humor, and will develop a rather stable circle of dear ones. They are fond of pleasure in every form, and will not hesitate to show off. Usually, they will dislike people who are very strong characters and may battle with them for the Alpha position in the group.
Leo Moon people experience passionate love affairs, to which they will dedicate an abundance of energy. They are romantic, but in a rather dramatic style. They may feel a constant need to make their relationships seem like movies. When flirting, they are usually very generous and will do theatrical actions in order to impress the other person and express their affection. Offering precious gifts, making surprises and generally organizing things that cannot just pass unnoticed is their subconscious tactic. Their affairs may look exactly as a romantic movie in the cinemas. Their relationships tend to have a lot of elements of comedy. Smiling, laughing and having fun is a necessary ingredient of what they consider as loving another person. Their break-ups may be very dramatic, leaving at least one of the two people hurt. Curiously enough, Leo Moon people will not express their feelings quickly, or maybe even lie about them. They prefer to make sure that the other individual has also started developing feelings, before making the first step. In addition, the theatrical abilities of Leo may make them pretend to feel differently than what they hide in their mind. They usually do not lie consciously, but their subconscious chooses so in order to protect their ego. Yes, their ego can be very fragile, and especially if it has been hurt in love before, they will be rather cautious.
An interesting pattern that this placement can give is fondness of elitism and aristocracy. The native tends to consider himself as one, even if his lineage is not of such a descent. The chart owner will at least feel that he should be an aristocrat, and will probably try to become part of the elite. He is drawn to people of the elite, feeling very pleasantly when meeting them and getting to know them better. Of course, if such people like him back, the gates of the upper social class are opening more easily. Leo Moon people can gradually reach such goals, quenching their thirst of empowering their Ego. In addition, Leo Moon people feel the same attraction towards artists and performers, and will also try to enter such circles of people. In case that the Leo Moon individual is artistically talented, he might also receive help from artists. The Moon placed in this sign also signifies possibilities of falling in love with artists, especially if the chart owner is a male and the artist is a female.
Individuals with this natal placement hate boredom both in their relations and their everyday reality. Their Moon needs activity to shine more, and only desires optimism and joy. Fortunately, they can discover and create a lot of happiness around them, establishing the necessary surroundings for them to blossom. Yes, Leo Moon people usually live a happy life by choice- they simply choose positive people around them and reflect their energy, becoming happy themselves!
Every Leo Moon has different effect, depending on which house it resides in. In order to find out where your natal Moon is located, you can make your natal chart.
Also, examine the aspects that the Moon forms with other planets of your natal chart. You will understand a lot more about the detailed role that the Moon has in your horoscope.