We are officially in 2023, and there are a number of planetary changes that will affect us individually and collectively. Many of these planetary shifts are related to outer planets that have a longer transit. The following is an overview of the major general astrological energies for 2023. Let’s get ready to align ourselves with these energies so that we can take advantage of them in the most productive manner.
Farewell to Saturn in Aquarius
When it comes to learning lessons and holding ourselves accountable and responsible, there’s going to be a shift as Saturn, the taskmaster, finally leaves the sign of Aquarius after its two-and-a-half-year transit on March 7, 2023. Lessons regarding how we deal with groups, the collective, and our individuality were highlighted. On a personal level, there have been lessons around where we place ourselves in terms of society, which groups we choose to associate with, and how we show up in group situations. Some of the challenges associated with Saturn in Aquarius include honoring uniqueness, claiming to have an innovative perspective while being narrow-minded, and being contrary to our disadvantage. Groupthink was also highlighted under Saturn in Aquarius.
So Long Pluto in Capricorn
Pluto in Capricorn is in the process of ending its 15 to 16-year transit starting on March 23, 2023, to June 11th, when Pluto shifts into Aquarius for a brief moment. The planet of transformation and purging moving through the structured, controlled sign of Capricorn was on a mission of helping us address power and control issues within ourselves and on a broader level. Pluto in Capricorn brought to light many of the issues we face around our desires to have control and also created the space for us to address traumas in a concrete, practical manner. Likewise, relationships with authority figures and the ways in which power and control are exerted personally and collectively in previously created structures were identified and transformed.
Incoming New Astrological Energies
The following are the incoming astrological energies of 2023.
Brave, Bold & Successful With Jupiter in Aries
When it comes to success and abundance, Jupiter in Aries provides success through direct, bold, innovative action. This is a time when we throw caution to the wind and choose to put ourselves first in our journeys forward. With Jupiter in Aries, competition is high, and the willingness to release fear and put ourselves out there allows us to embark on new paths.
Like with any astrological event, Jupiter in Aries comes with its drawbacks. We must be aware of the negative expression of Aries energy as Jupiter has the potential to expand these negative expressions. Some of these negative Jupiter in Aries traits include uncontrollable anger, aggressiveness, being a sore loser, unhealthy competition, and being reckless, especially in regard to risk-taking.
Balancing Aries energy in a positive manner allows us to take advantage and benefit from all the newness that Jupiter in Aries transit offers.
Slow & Patient Is A Winner with Jupiter in Taurus
Jupiter will be moving into the sign of Taurus from May 16, 2023, to May 25, 2024. Here things slow down a bit and we learn that we gain much from being patient and steady to reap results. We are advised to seek out our own security and take on endeavors that provide us with security for the long term. Patience is a virtue with Jupiter in Taurus. Those who want quick results may be annoyed by the slow-reaping benefits of this transit. However, Jupiter in Taurus guarantees success for the long term if we are willing to take our time to build strong, solid foundations that last the test of time.
With Jupiter in Taurus, there are some precautions to this particular transit. Although Taurus energy can be very loyal and steadfast, it can also be quite stubborn, bullheaded, and unwilling to make changes. Additionally, there is a tendency to seek the easy way out and get overly involved in a pleasurable lifestyle which leads to laziness. We are cautioned to enjoy comfort without getting into ruts that keep us from advancing.
Spiritual Accountability With Saturn in Pisces
Saturn is headed into another two-and-a-half-year cycle as it moves into Pisces from March 7, 2023, through May 24, 2025, and from August 31, 2025, to February 13, 2026. This is a time when we become more accountable for our spiritual progression. We will find that many will be tested in regard to their faith. There is a tendency to feel disconnected from our spiritual reservoirs feeling as if we have been left out in the cold.
On the opposite end, as Pisces is a dual sign, we could rely so much on the spiritual that we are waiting for someone or something to act as a savior. Either expression of Pisces energy is a cause for concern that must be addressed in a practical manner. Victimhood could also be an issue now. It will not work under Saturn in Pisces…just a heads up. On a somber note, the repercussions of mental illness and suicide are highlighted.
This is an excellent time to really hunker down and take responsibility for being a spirit in a human body. Many of us may want to ask ourselves why exactly did our souls come into this physical experience. Given that Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac before returning to Source, this is a very karmic placement. It is a combination of Saturn’s association with time and physically reaping what we have sown as well as the endings associated with Piscean giving up the physical experience and the end of the astrological spiritual cycle.
If we are willing to do the work of connecting with ourselves and honoring the fact that we are all here to fulfill a spiritual mission, there is the potential to reap great rewards. However, those who choose to sink into the negative qualities of Pisces such as escapism, delusion, illusion, deceit, and perpetually avoiding the realities of life will experience Saturn in Pisces as a difficult experience. Those who are willing to go beyond their egos and connect with their spiritual selves, maintain faith, and be accountable for creating a dream life in this physical experience instead of waiting for it to fall from the sky or attempting to escape the physical will find that they will reap great rewards and feel spiritually supported by the end of the Saturn in Pisces transit.
Collective Transformation With Pluto in Aquarius
Pluto will take a dip into Aquarius from March 23 to June 11th, offering a taste of collective transformation, evolution, and purging. True to the nature of Pluto, before one can evolve, breakdowns of what is no longer applicable are needed. In the case of Aquarius, the ways that we currently deal with Uranus energy have to be transformed and elevated for us to benefit.
This is a reason why the Saturn in Aquarius transit was so important as we had to face reality and hold ourselves responsible for how we use Uranus energy. Some examples of this include the limits to humanitarianism, groupthink, our association with groups and friendships, and our ability to channel Uranus energy in a manner that offers innovation and an expansion of consciousness as opposed to creating chaos that leads to anarchy and destruction.
All of these experiences from Saturn in Aquarius have made us aware of our place in society and the world affects all of humanity. Now that we’ve integrated those lessons, Pluto in Capricorn is here to break down all the things that aren’t working so that we can optimize Aquarius energy for the benefit of all mankind. It is important to note that Pluto in Aquarius also creates very compelling discussions and implementations around technological advances such as artificial intelligence as we humans have to determine how much we are willing to allow technology to advance humanity without it encumbering and threatening the human experience.
Overall, 2023 is looking to be a very interesting year with planetary shifts that are guaranteed to have a tremendous effect on us both personally and collectively. If you would like to know how these planetary shifts affect you personally, obtain a detailed astrology natal chart to locate the houses where the above planets and zodiac signs are located.
Here’s to new beginnings, progression, and learning valuable lessons that lead to transformation and growth for ourselves and the collective in 2023.
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