2023 brings some big cosmic shifts, creating significant changes in the energy grid of the planet.
I will go into the astrology below, plus give you some key dates to note, but if I were to select a few keywords or motifs for 2023, it would be-
- Completion and closure
- Feeling ready to start something new or begin a new chapter
- Bold decisions
- To own your sense of self in your relationships
- Independence- to be who you want to be
- To reconnect with yourself through seeking and asking questions
Astrology for 2023
As we journey through the year, three major planets will move signs, setting up new energy dynamics we have never experienced before.
One of the most significant shifts in 2023 is the move of Pluto from Capricorn into Aquarius. Pluto is the planet of death and rebirth and spends a good two decades in each zodiac sign. Pluto’s move out of Capricorn into Aquarius represents a monumental shift, which paves the way for new generational lessons to emerge.
Saturn, the planet of Karma, will also make a move this year, leaving Aquarius, where it has been for the last 2.5 years, for Pisces.
Saturn’s move into Pisces will guide us to come back down to reality, but its energy can also be used as fuel to turn our creative ideas and dreams into something tangible.
Jupiter, which spends about 12 months in each sign of the zodiac, is also on the move in 2023, shifting from Aries to Taurus.
The sign Jupiter is in tends to color the year ahead, and with Jupiter in Aries until May, we can expect to see a strong wave of entrepreneurial and innovative energy. As Jupiter moves into Taurus, we can take all those innovative ideas and give them a sturdy foundation to thrive.
2023 is a number 7 year in numerology, and number 7 rules over our connections with others and how we show up in our relationships.
The number 7 is also highly spiritual and indicates a year of thinking, seeking, and asking higher questions. We may even discover a new side of ourselves and how we can remain more authentic with our interactions in the world.
Venus also stations retrograde in 2023, amplifying the theme of relationships. We also prepare for a new Eclipse cycle with the lunar nodes moving from Taurus and Scorpio into Aries and Libra, which is all about the self vs. the other.
2023 also brings two powerful Solar Eclipses, which can open new doors and create new beginnings in our lives. It definitely seems that 2023 is helping us to shed the old so we can finally step into a new chapter.
Let’s now take a look at some of the significant cosmic events of 2023-
Astrology for 2023 Dates to Note:
January 12- Mars Direct
Mars has been retrograde since the end of October 2022, but as we begin the year, it stations direct, bringing an end to this cycle. As Mars emerges from this retrograde cycle, our motivation may increase, and our energy levels may get a boost. We may find ourselves cementing ideas about how we wish to spend our time, energy, and resources. You can learn more about this energy here.
March 7- Saturn Enters Pisces
Saturn moves into Pisces on March 7, 2023, for the first time in nearly 29 years. Saturn has a grounded presence, and in watery, creative, intuitive Pisces, we may find it hard to integrate this energy at first. However, when we channel this energy in a productive way, it can help us to bring a healthy dose of reality to our spiritual and creative endeavors. This energy can even help us to take ideas and put them into reality. Saturn in Pisces can also heighten our feelings of compassion and guide us to connect with our softer, intuitive, and more sensitive sides. On a global level, Saturn in Pisces can bring into discussion the role of religion or personal spiritual beliefs when it comes to policy-making and social issues. Saturn in Pisces can also get us to challenge what it means to be spiritual and may have us questioning our spiritual beliefs and practices. If you were born with Saturn in Pisces, you are experiencing your Saturn Return, which you can learn about here.
March 23- Pluto in Aquarius
Pluto will dip its toes into Aquarius on March 23, 2023, for the first time in our lifetime. Pluto will continue to dance on the cusp between Capricorn and Aquarius until November 2024, when it will make Aquarius its new home. Pluto is known as the planet of death and rebirth, and as it moves through the zodiac, it works to burn all that needs to be dismantled, and then from the ashes, it facilitates a rebirth. On each rebirth, the hope is to move into higher levels of consciousness and awareness. Pluto relates to power, so when it makes a big move like this one, our attention turns to big businesses, governments, and financial markets. On a personal level, Pluto helps us to facilitate and work through our own death and rebirth moments. Pluto helps us to do away with all that no longer serves in order to move to a higher state of alignment. Pluto also helps us to confront our shadow side, so we can transmute what is in the dark and move it into the light. With Pluto in Aquarius, we are likely to see a shift of power. While Pluto in Capricorn was very much centered around top-down power structures and hierarchies, Pluto in Aquarius is all about leveling the playing field and focusing on what is good for the majority, not just a select few. There will be a strong push for greater equality and distribution of wealth. On the flip side, however, we may also see a rise in heard-mentality attitudes and shunning of people who go against the pack. Hopefully, by the time Pluto has completed its journey in Aquarius around 2043-2044, we will have found a perfect balance.
April 20/21- Aries Solar Eclipse
Wow, what an amazing Solar Eclipse! This is one of the most high vibrational events of the year! It is also the first time we have had an Eclipse in Aries since 2015. There is incredible manifestation power around this Eclipse, so exercise your co-creative talents and set some intentions! This Solar Eclipse has the power to open doors and windows, and shine the light at the end of the tunnel. While it does carry some abundant frequencies, there is a lot of fiery energy around this Eclipse too. Emotions may be heated, and passions may be stirred, but see if you can channel this into productive energy to go after your goals.
May 16- Jupiter in Taurus
2023 begins with Jupiter in Aries, but from May 16 onwards, it will dip into Taurus. Jupiter in Aries is a very ambitious, highly energized force, whereas Jupiter in Taurus will help to slow things down and get us reflecting on what we can do to take all of our grand ideas and build strong foundations under them. Jupiter in Taurus is also all about pleasure, especially when it comes to food. As Taurus is also connected to money and finances, these matters may be on our minds. Jupiter in Taurus can assist us in unlocking a more balanced relationship when it comes to abundance. As Jupiter enters the first few degrees of Taurus, it will be very busy making beams toward Pluto in Aquarius and conjuncting the North Node. More to come on this!
July 17- Lunar Nodes Shift to Aries and Libra
The Lunar Nodes move from Taurus and Scorpio into Aries and Libra, creating a new Eclipse cycle. The Lunar Nodes are mathematical points in astrology that indicate not only the signs that the Eclipses are going to fall in, but also the collective karmic destiny of the planet. The North Node, which falls in Aries this year, represents what we need to focus on as a society, whereas the South Node represents what we need to build upon or transgress from. With the North Node in Aries, it seems that we are being encouraged to step into our independence more and to forge ahead when it comes to our goals and dreams, even if we have to do it on our own to begin with. Aries is bold, fiery, energy and can really help us to push past our fears and become the leader of our own lives. The South Node being in Libra indicates that we are building upon the lessons we have learned regarding our relationships and how we show up in them. It seems we may be learning how to find our independence and shine our unique light even when we are connected with others.
July 22- Venus Retrograde in Leo
Venus, the planet of love, relationships, beauty, and money, will retrograde from July 22 to September 3/4. Venus retrogrades every 18 months, undergoing a transformation in her expression of energy. During this time, we undergo our own transformation too, as we reflect and reassess our relationships with others, ourselves, and with money. As Venus will be retrograde in Leo, we may also notice shifts when it comes to our passions, how we express our joy, and our self-care routines. As Leo is a very heart-centered energy, we may also experience heart openings and develop a deeper connection with our hearts at this time.
The Eclipses of 2023
We have four Eclipses this year – two wonderfully powerful Solar Eclipses and two weaker Lunar Eclipses. With Solar Eclipses being more dominant this year, it seems we are being guided to really focus on those new beginnings! The last Eclipse of 2023 will also be the last Eclipse in the Taurus/Scorpio cycle we have been working with, making it a power point for completion and closure. Here are the Eclipses for 2023-
- Aries Solar Eclipse on April 20
- Scorpio Lunar Eclipse May 5-6
- Libra Solar Eclipse October 14
- Taurus Lunar Eclipse on October 28-29
Mercury Retrograde in Earth Signs
We begin 2023 with Mercury in Retrograde, and we end the year with Mercury in Retrograde too. Mercury is the planet of communication and our thought processes, so when in retrograde, these themes tend to be highlighted for us. Mercury will retrograde predominately in earth signs, so we may find ourselves needing to stay extra grounded and focus on the facts. Sometimes Mercury Retrograde can inspire changes in the way we are thinking about things, and while these changes are happening, it may be harder for us to find clarity. Sticking to what we know to be true can be helpful. It is important to remember that Mercury Retrograde is a natural and normal part of the cosmic rhythm. In mythology, Mercury is known as the messenger of the gods, so it is always worthwhile noting what messages your inner god has for you while Mercury is active in the sky. The dates for Mercury Retrograde 2023 are as follows –
- December 29, 2022, to January 18, 2023, in Capricorn
- April 21 to May 14 in Taurus
- August 23 to September 15 in Virgo
- December 12 to January 2, 2024, in Sagittarius and Capricorn