Calmer seas ahead – The Sopris Sun

As I write this, we are in the liminal week between Christmas and New Year’s – a week of travel, leftovers, cleaning and thanksgiving. From this uncertain vantage point, we look back and look forward, reflecting on the year that was and dreaming into the year ahead. We are lucky that the astrology of the next year is definitely brighter than the year we are completing.
The preceding year is also less dramatic than the following. Some of us will undoubtedly experience extreme happiness and unhappiness, but for many of us the next year will be less chaotic than the previous three. Still, there are some major shifts that are beginning to outline themes that will take the rest of the decade to resolve. Here are the astrology headlines of 2023…
During the first few months of 2023, we can expect to sort out the loose ends of 2022. Mars, which has been in Gemini since August and retrograde since October, complicates and impairs our ability to think clearly and act effectively in the later part of 2022. However, on January 12, 2023, Mars will stop and regain direct motion, helping us to make progress in a more direct way. We’re not out of the woods until the last week of March, when Mars leaves Gemini for new Cancer territory. It spends the rest of the year moving at a regular pace (roughly six weeks per sign) through the rest of the zodiac.
Also in March, Saturn leaves Aquarius for Pisces. Saturn spent three full years in Aquarius, guiding us through lockdowns, challenging social media dos and don’ts, and enforcing social codes for better or worse. When Saturn enters Pisces, structure imposes itself on the imagination. We can expect great works of art to appear during this time as Saturn tries to materialize wherever it passes.
Pisces is a water sign and has a much greater capacity for emotion than abstract air or practical earth. With Saturn in Pisces, our ability to grieve how life has changed over the past five years will expand. Saturn will be in Pisces from March 2023 to February 2026, sharing its time in Pisces with numinous and nebulous Neptune, the planet that rules altered states and fantasy. Advances in virtual reality as well as legislation specifying the use of psychedelics in therapy can be expected within the next few years.
Finally, marking March as the month that puts the “newness” into the new year, Pluto enters Aquarius. Pluto has been moving through Capricorn since 2008, exposing the shadows of our economic and political institutions. Also: Aquarius, the sign of technology. Pluto unearths what has been hidden, makes monstrous what has been shunned, and demonstrates the abuse of power. Queue up all the AI ​​horror stories and what exactly the internet is doing with all your data! Pluto will dip between Capricorn and Aquarius for the next two years before fully committing to Aquarius until 2044.
If that sounds too scary, Jupiter, the luckiest planet in the pantheon, will be in Aries until May when it enters Taurus. While in Aries it supports decisive action and fighting themes, in Taurus it takes a more grounded tone and brings innovation to the basic necessities of life – food, shelter and environmental issues. Taurus has been overturned by Uranus since 2018 and eclipsed since November 2021. Jupiter’s entry is likely to start showing innovation and improvement from so much turmoil.
Eclipses normally occur in pairs of opposite signs, but in the sky in 2023 there will be eclipses in the Scorpio/Taurus and Aries/Libra axes in April/May and October. Eclipses bring sudden beginnings and endings in our lives, and with four signs activated instead of the usual two, we make big changes quickly.
The last notable transit of 2023 is Venus retrograde in Leo, which will dominate the summer. Venus will be in Leo from June to October, bringing beauty, romance and heart connection to the sign of Leo. Relationships can undergo transformations and matters of the heart attract stronger than the mind.
Overall, 2023 is the year to regain our footing and look around for what will become the new normal. Of course, there will be highs and lows, but they are lower in amplitude than we have experienced since January 2020.

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