How The Jan. 17 Full Moon Will Affect You If You're A Leo

You may have heard (or you may have felt) that Mercury is officially in retrograde. Yay! Barely halfway through the very first month of the year, astrological events are working overtime to really challenge and push ourselves to put in the work needed to maintain the goals you've set for the year. The new moon on January 2, 2022 served as the stepping stone to help everyone use the moon's powers to manifest their new year's resolutions, and the first full moon of 2022 is officially here on January 17. 

Full moons are all about releasing that which no longer serves you. This full moon in Cancer is calling everyone to really pay close attention to how they've been feeling this past moon cycle, re-evaluate what's been holding you back, and release all the energy that no longer serves your higher purpose for this year (via Nylon).  Leos (born between July 23 and August 22) are all about being in tune with themselves, and this full moon is exactly what's necessary to tap into what you really need to be doing to get where you want to be. 

It's time for Leos to release what's holding them back

While we're barely half a month into this new year, if you're a Leo you may have been feeling a sense of holding yourself back. You started the year on a high, claiming it as your year and vowing to do whatever it takes to make that a reality. However, as the days have gone on you may have noticed that for some reason you aren't quite putting in the work you need to. This full moon in Cancer is the perfect foundation for you to really dig deeper and confront what has kept you in a cycle of self-sabotage. This is the time to release what's been holding you back so that you can move forward and face the new cycle with the right mindset (via Mind Body Green). 

You started the year with the right attitude and mindset, but patterns from your past have held you back and it's time to release them and reset. Tackle your insecurities and inner beliefs that restrict you, and most importantly be gentle with yourself. Astrologer Imani Quinn explains to Bustle, "You are always a powerful, yet gentle force Leo. Let this full Wolf moon in Cancer show your softer side, the parts of you that don't always get full attention on the surface. You are a tender being. How can Cancer feels help you get in touch with yourself?"