Equinoxes and solstices
The spring equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and fall equinox in the Southern Hemisphere occur on March 20, marking the beginning of the Aries season and the time when day and night are of equal length.
The summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere occur on June 21, marking the beginning of the Cancer season and the longest day of the year.
The fall equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and spring equinox in the Southern Hemisphere occur on September 23, marking the beginning of the Libra season and the time when day and night are of equal length.
The winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and summer solstice in the Southern Hemisphere occur on December 22, marking the beginning of the Capricorn season and the shortest day of the year.
In 2023, there will be four eclipses: two solar eclipses and two lunar eclipses.
On April 20, the solar eclipse in Aries encourages us to break free from any limitations holding us back. This eclipse puts the focus on the individual and may reveal things that have been previously hidden or unseen.
The lunar eclipse in Scorpio on May 5th encourages us to delve deeply into our emotions. It is the final Scorpio eclipse for a while. It means that any unresolved emotional issues that surface during this time may be the last chance to deal with them for a while. It's important to remember that whatever emotions come up during this eclipse are meant to be fully acknowledged and processed.
The solar eclipse in Libra on October 14th helps redefine and reassess our partnerships. This eclipse encourages us to consider how we communicate and relate to others. A New Moon Solar Eclipse often signifies the end of one phase and the beginning of a new one.
The lunar eclipse in Taurus on October 28th brings clarity to the true nature of ourselves and others. This clarity can help us make better decisions and improve our relationships with others. It is the perfect time to reflect on our values and priorities and to consider any changes that may be necessary to align with our true selves.
29 December 2022 - 18 January 2023
During the first few days of 2023, Mercury will be in retrograde in the sign of Capricorn, starting on December 29, 2022, and lasting until January 18, 2023.
21 April - 14 May
In the spring of 2023, Mercury will go into retrograde from April 21 to May 14 in the sign of Taurus. We want to reevaluate our commitments and work on repairing relationships during this period. As Taurus is associated with material possessions and financial stability, it may be wise to hold off on making major purchases or changes to our income sources during this retrograde period.
23 August - 15 September
The next Mercury retrograde period will take place from August 23 to September 15 in Virgo. This period is an opportunity to delve deeper into self-exploration and understanding. Its possible things may not be going according to plan, but this could ultimately be for the best. Utilize this time to reflect and embrace challenges as opportunities for growth and self-discovery.
13 December 2023 - 1 January 2024
The final Mercury retrograde period of 2023 will occur from December 13 to January 1, moving through the signs of Capricorn and Sagittarius. This may be an opportunity to reset and reflect on the year's progress. With the right mindset, this final retrograde period of the year can be a chance to relax and recharge before the start of a new year.
During Venus retrograde, which occurs from July 22 to September 3 in the sign of Leo, we may face issues related to love and finances. This transit can bring up drama from past relationships and encourage us to assess the future of our current partnerships. It is a time to focus on what and who we love most while prioritizing our needs.
During Saturn's retrograde period in Pisces, which lasts from June 17 to November 4, we may be prompted to reflect on our roots and consider our future. This is a time to be mindful of our wishes, as they have the potential to become reality. Be careful to consider the long-term consequences of your actions and to make sure your goals are in alignment with your values and priorities.
Pluto, the planet of transformation, will move back into the sign of Capricorn on June 11 during its retrograde period from May 1 to October 11. After a brief stint in Aquarius in March, Pluto will turn retrograde on May 1 and re-enter Capricorn to address any unfinished business. This is a time to reclaim our power. It's essential to set things straight before it's too late and we find ourselves at a disadvantage.
Saturn moves into Pisces
Saturn, the planet of karma and discipline, will enter the sign of Pisces on March 7, 2022, and remain there until February 13, 2026. This is a time for contemplation and healing. The last time Saturn was in Pisces was from May 21, 1993, to April 7, 1996. Saturn in Pisces asks us to introspect without turning to unhealthy coping mechanisms. This process may involve facing and working through unresolved pain, but it is necessary for personal and collective healing. It will require discipline and accountability to move through it.
Pluto moves into Aquarius
Pluto, the planet of transformation, will enter Aquarius on March 23, bringing changes to diplomacy, financial investments, government systems, space exploration, and workers' rights. This is the first time Pluto has been in Aquarius since the 18th century, and whether this brings evolution or revolution remains to be seen.
Mars moves into Cancer
Mars, the planet of action, has spent an extended period in the sign of Gemini, which can lead to information overload and anxiety. If this resonates with you, you may welcome the change as Mars moves into Cancer on March 25 to May 20, 2023, helping us to shift out of our heads and into our emotional bodies. This transition may provide a needed break from the mental stimulation of Gemini and allow us to focus on our feelings and inner experiences.
Jupiter moves into Taurus
Jupiter, the expansive and philosophical planet, will stay in the sign of Aries until May 16, when it enters Taurus. It will remain in this fixed earth sign until May 25, 2024. During this time, we may be inclined to take calculated risks and gain a deeper understanding of art from a soulful perspective. As soon as Jupiter enters Taurus, it will make the first of three major aspects this year, creating a square with Pluto. This transit may encourage us to push ourselves to the limit and pursue our ambitions with confidence.