Your family and personal relationships are impacted by all three of 2023’s major sign shifts from Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto. Although some of these changing energies may take some getting used to, know that it’s all in line with your divine plan.
Mars, your ancient ruler, starts the year still retrograde in the depth psychology area of your natal birth chart, but once this planet turns direct on January 12th, you will feel more able to get your year started. Venus blesses you with family harmony from January 2nd to January 26th, when this loving planet moves into the joy zone of your chart - late January through February is an excellent time for dating and loving life.
The Full Moon on February 5th illuminates the career zone of your chart, so you can expect some recognition or increasing influence around that time. However, there’s no denying that the astral focus is on your more personal life as March gets underway.
On March 7th, Saturn changes signs and heads into the area of your chart that deals with hobbies, pleasure, love affairs, and fun. The net result of this is that the rest of 2023 is likely to have a more serious vibe, and you may find that your free time is significantly curtailed.
Meanwhile, on March 23rd, Pluto - your modern ruling planet - changes signs and moves to the bottom of your chart, into your family zone. This is the first time this will have happened in your lifetime, and its effects will be transformational. Expect some profound changes in how you relate to other family members, with an adjustment of roles and responsibilities. More importantly, however, this 19-year transit will also find you exploring and challenging your deepest roots and your hidden past. It may be traumatic at times, but it will also be cathartic.
On April 20th, the Solar Eclipse may bring drama if you are stressed at work or not getting on with a colleague. The corresponding Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio on May 5th challenges you to rethink your identity and your approach to other people.
This may sound stressful, but the good news is that generosity planet Jupiter moves into your opposite sign on May 16th, blessing you with enormous, loving support from those who care for you the most. This is a highly significant transit for your love life and should hopefully bring you a great deal of happiness over the following twelve months.
The family and roots shifts driven by Pluto may first make themselves felt around the time of the Full Moon on August 1st. The following Full Moon, on August 30th, reflects some frustration over your lack of free time, as Saturn’s influence begins to bite.
However, the Solar Eclipse on October 14th brings you profound spiritual realization and a sense of acceptance and calm - it’s a very empowering, if slightly overwhelming, influence in your chart and your sense of purpose will grow, helped by the fact that Mars will have arrived in Scorpio two days earlier on the 12th.
The Lunar Eclipse in your love zone on October 28th could bring some heated drama in your relationship, but the Scorpio New Moon on November 13th finds you back in control and in a good place, emotionally.
Love and Romance
As already mentioned, this is likely to be a significant year for your family and personal relationships. There may be some lovely family news in January, with Venus arriving in the family zone of your chart on January 2nd and a New Moon here on January 21st - a cause for celebration, perhaps!
However, Saturn’s change of signs on March 7th may be important if you are single and looking for love. This area of your chart rules dating, and fun, short-term relationships as well as your free time, so you may experience some disappointments if you’re looking for that special someone. You may need to adjust your expectations and be less quick to rule out potential partners who are not your ‘type.’
Venus moves into your opposite sign on March 16th, however, so in an established relationship, there is still plenty of romance in the air. When Pluto changes signs on March 23rd, family dynamics will start to subtly shift over the long term - Pluto will remain here for the next 19 years and is in no rush! You will not necessarily notice this transit initially, although don’t be surprised if you feel a strong desire to dig deeper into your past.
Mercury turns retrograde in your opposite sign on April 21st, so be careful how you communicate with your partner during that period. The Lunar Eclipse on May 5th could be very emotionally volatile, occurring as it does in your own sign - but Jupiter’s move into your opposite sign on May 16th is pure, unbridled good news for love. The New Moon in your love zone on May 19th sets a magical tone.
A poignant Full Moon on August 1st could see family-related drama, but being honest and open about your emotions will go a long way to calming the issue. The following Full Moon, on August 30th, lights up your dating zone; if you are single, this could be an important moment, but one packed with high emotion.
When Mars arrives in Scorpio on October 12th, you can expect passion levels to soar. As you know only too well, however, passion and fury are two sides of the same coin, so this can be a tumultuous period for your love life, with extreme highs and lows. That’s likely to be especially so this year, given the Lunar Eclipse in the love zone of your natal birth chart on October 28th.
The good news is that the drama will settle by November 13th, when a positive Scorpio New Moon allows you to make a fresh start. Venus moves into Scorpio on December 4th, setting the tone for a loving and romantic holiday season, although when Mercury turns retrograde on December 13th, remember to keep talking - communication is key.
Money and Career
Although the focus this year is on your personal life, that’s not to say that there aren’t important career-related events in your chart too. The earliest of these is the potent Full Moon on February 5th, which suggests that your working year is getting off to a very good start. Late February is a good time for new innovations too, as the New Moon on February 20th supports taking some calculated risks.
The Solar Eclipse on April 20th occurs in your everyday work zone and hints at an unexpected growth in responsibilities - but with those responsibilities will come increasing authority and increasing rewards. During the Scorpio Lunar Eclipse on May 5th, spend time to ensure that your career path aligns with your higher consciousness.
Jupiter is the planet of abundance and growth, and its arrival in your opposite sign on May 16th is good news for love, as mentioned - but this is also a very fortunate influence for business partnerships or joint ventures of any kind. It helps too that Mars moves to the very top of your chart a few days later on May 20th, sending your ambitions sky-high. Just watch out for overly impulsive or reckless spending around the time of the Full Moon in your money zone on June 3rd.
Venus, in its role as a wealth planet, also moves to the top of your chart on June 5th, and will greatly increase your charisma and your ability to gather other people on your side. However, when Venus turns retrograde here, from July 22nd to September 4th, you’ll need to be careful not to alienate colleagues or clients with your attitude. If you can avoid that, the New Moon in your career zone on August 16th looks very promising indeed.
Mars moves into Scorpio on October 12th, and this will greatly increase your drive, sense of purpose, and ability to get things done. The Solar Eclipse on October 14th brings great spiritual understanding, and this can help if you’re not sure what your true path is or should be. Use the periods between then and the Scorpio New Moon on November 13th to explore your options and align your career with your destiny.
As the year draws to a close, your finances are in the spotlight. Mars’ arrival in this area of your natal birth chart is invigorating and motivating on November 24th, and the New Moon here on December 12th should bring good financial news. However, Mercury turns retrograde the following day - for the rest of the year, take care not to give too much credence to rumors or gossip at work, or in business.