For astrology enthusiasts, 2023 is shaping up to be an energizing year filled with significant cosmic shifts. Several major planetary alignments and retrogrades will bring opportunities for change and reflection.
Eclipses Activate Growth
2023 features two solar eclipses and two lunar eclipses, which can jolt us out of old habits and spark new beginnings.
The first solar eclipse occurs on April 20, 2023, visible from Southeast Asia, Australia, and Antarctica. The second solar eclipse comes on October 14, 2023, viewable from the Americas and parts of Europe and Africa.
Lunar eclipses will occur on May 5, 2023 and October 28, 2023. Lunar eclipses open the doorway to subconscious patterns and buried emotions rising to the surface.
Saturn-Uranus Square Culminates
The waning square between Saturn and Uranus that began in 2021 completes in 2023. This tense astrological aspect can correlate with societal change and personal awakenings around structure versus freedom.
The final two exact Saturn-Uranus squares happen on February 16, 2023 and November 15, 2023. Breakthroughs are possible under this sky, even if they come with some disruption.
Jupiter-Neptune in Pisces
For most of 2023, Jupiter and Neptune will both be in spiritual Pisces. This strengthens imagination and compassion but can also cloud perception.
Jupiter and Neptune will align exactly once on March 29, 2023. Around this time, creativity and mysticism peak, but beware of excessive escapism.
North Node Enters Taurus
On January 18, 2023, the North Node will shift into Taurus for an 18-month transit emphasizing comfort, security, and practical results.
The North Node in Taurus brings opportunities to cultivate stability and pursue pleasures through tangible creation. This can be a productive time if energy is focused.
Retrogrades Offer Chances for Reflection
As usual, there will be Mercury, Venus, and Mars retrograde periods inviting reassessment and course-correction:
- Mercury Retrograde: May 10 – June 3, September 9 – October 2, and December 13, 2023 – January 1, 2024
- Venus Retrograde: October 30 – December 2, 2023
- Mars Retrograde: October 30, 2023 – January 12, 2024
Harnessing 2023’s Cosmic Energies
With mighty eclipses, the finale of the Saturn-Uranus square, and a drift toward the practical, 2023 promises to be an impactful year. We can make the most of 2023 by setting empowering eclipse intentions, embracing imaginative creativity amidst any chaos, and working toward stability and tangible results. Get ready to ride the cosmic currents shifting in the year ahead!
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