Two days until a new year! We're looking ahead at 2023, and there is a lot of really major astrology to come. Let's dig in!
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It's a Slow Start to 2023
2023 kicks off with Mars and Mercury retrograde (along with Uranus). We also had personal planets retrograde to start 2022, and that made for a very slow start, to 2023 is the sequel to that.
Be ready to take action when the slow energy lifts, and the opportunity finally presents itself.
This can also mean that some of what is coming to pass late in 2022 carries over early into 2023, and we're still dealing with it.
But There is a Cardinal T-Square
The year begins with a cardinal t-square, thanks to Ceres in Libra opposing Jupiter in Aries, both square Pluto in Capricorn, which lasts until March. T-squares are intense, challenging energy.
This t-square means we're extra focused on Pluto, the squared planet, and we're transforming, destructive, and seeing some major things fall. In Capricorn, this may be authority figures, corporations, covernments, and countries.
We're missing the cardinal sign Cancer, which is the sign of emotions, and this is what we need more of. We need to keep in mind emotional needs and support, the home/family, strong foundations, and whatever we tear down, building something solid to start over on.
March 2023 Is a BEAST
Saturn starts March changing signs, going from Aquarius to Pisces on March 7th 2023. Saturn has been in Aquarius since 2020, and in Pisces, becomes quieter and more intuitive.
We can focus on releasing subconscious and karmic baggage, having better boundaries, and being more compassionate. If we refuse, Saturn brings those major lessons that feel like major punishment!
Then Pluto moves from Capricorn to Aquarius on March 23rd 2023, and starts its tour of Aquarius (which lasts over 20 years!). In Aquarius, we're intensely focused on the future, and working to make dreams come true, but may be too obsessed at times and cause more problems.
Then Mars exits Gemini on March 25th 2023, entering Cancer. Mars has been in Gemini since August 2022, and this is an unusually long period for Mars to be in one sign, thanks to Mars retrograde.
With Mars moving from Gemini to Cancer, we can get out of our heads and focus more on what we feel. We can work to support, and be supported.
Pluto is the Punisher for 2023
2023 is a big Pluto year thanks to Pluto moving into Aquarius. It enters March 23rd, then exits June 11th and goes back to Capricorn, so we're bringing in new focuses with Aquarius, and finishing up the ones that have dominated the last decade with Capricorn.
Pluto's movement puts Pluto at 2 very sensitive positions, 29 degrees Capricorn and 0 degrees Aquarius. Every Zodiac sign has 30 degrees, and 29 degrees is the last degree and called the anaretic degree, a point of crisis energy in transit.
Pluto is a crisis kind of planet, so touring 29 degrees Capricorn, is likely to absolutely destroy anything Capricorn-like that hasn't been taken down yet. Watch out billionaires!
0 degrees Aquarius is the location of the Great Conjunction, which is when transit Jupiter and Saturn conjunct (align). This occured in December 2020 at 0 degrees Aquarius.
The Great Conjunction occurs roughly every 20 years, and signals a time of big change of focus. This one was even bigger as it was also the Great Mutation, which means the Great Conjunction changed elements (went from earth signs to air signs).
Pluto at 0 degrees Aquarius puts Pluto at the Great Conjunction position, and we are SO VERY focused on the future. We want to make changes, and we want to think outside of the box.
The Aries Eclipse is Wild Too
The 2022 eclipses were all in Taurus and Scorpio, but every eclipse in 2023 will occur in different signs. The most important one will be the Aries solar eclipse on April 20th 2023, because it occurs at the anaretic degree!
Aries is the most active of the signs, and solar eclipses are times of major new beginnings, so we're likely going to see some significant new developments occurring with this eclipse.
It will likely start with the previous new moon, which occurs at 0 degrees Aries. This is called the 0 degrees Aries Point, and is also a significant position.
0 degrees Aries wants us to outwardly take action, to make things happen. And of course, this occurs March 21st 2023, so it comes with the big month of March. Seriously, something big is coming!
And There's Venus Retrograde Conjunct Black Moon Lilith
I absolutely love Black Moon Lilith, which is the apogee of the Moon. In tracking Lilith, I've noticed that whenever Lilith conjuncts something, it gets a lot of focus.
That is going to be the case with Venus retrograde on August 8th 2023, which is pretty significant with Venus retrograde. With Venus ruling women, we may see some major developments regarding women's rights in the world (Lilith loves to take a stand!).
On the downside, there may be more violence, and I'm concerned about some sort of violent attack at an entertainment venue or event (like a concert or move theater), or involving a celebrity/influencer.
It can also be scandal energy, and we may see some important person engulfed in some sort of scandal (especially sex scandal).
So, it's a wild ride for 2023!
The stars are not going to go easy on us in 2023, unfortunately! This big energy started back in 2020, and it's going to continue for a few more years, though 2023 seems like it may be an apex.
Go forth cautiously!
Suggested Reading: 2023 Yearly Horoscopes
Asteroid Amor has already left Sagittarius as of yesterday, December 27th, and is now in serious earth sign, Capricorn. What does this do for us?
About Amor in Astrology
Amor is an asteroid in astrology, and there are tens of thousands of asteroids, and each connects to something different. Many are simply names, but some like Amor connect to specific energies.
In the case of asteroid Amor, this is the asteroid of romantic love. Amor shows how we express love and romance, and in transit, we can see this via the Zodiac sign Amor is touring, and the natal house it's touring in your natal chart.
Asteroid Amor in Capricorn 2022-2023
With Amor in Sagittarius love was open, free-loving, and not into strings, and big on space and adventure. Capricorn is more serious, and wants to focus on serious love.
Capricorn is very comfortable with commitment, and this means Amor in Capricorn can help us get more committed with love and romance. We likely have less patience for dating around and anything casual, and want a solid, tangible connection.
Capricorn is a traditional sign, so we can take a more traditional approach to love and romance. We want to court, to wine and dine, and have a natural progression in love relationships.
Capricorn is the sign of responsibility, so we may take on more responsibilities in our love relationships and in romance. This isn't to be entered into quickly, easily, or without consideration of others and what we really want.
Capricorn is the Zenith of the Zodiac, so this can be a time where we see many taking the next step in a relationship (whether that's moving in, getting engaged or married, having a kid, buying a house together, or simply putting a label on it).
Amor tours Zodiac sign Capricorn for about over one month, from December 27th 2022 to February 5th 2023.
One Note About This Tour of Amor in Capricorn:
Amor in Capricorn is going to make two important conjunctions (alignments). One is with Mercury while Mercury is retrograde (appearing to move backward) on January 11th 2023.
Retrogrades are times of looking back and rdoing, so this may show many people looking back at old loves and wanting to reconnect. For some, this may mean getting back together, while for others, this may mean getting a chance to close the book.
Amor will also conjunct Pluto in Capricorn on February 3rd, just before exiting this sign. Pluto is intense, passionate, and unrelenting, so passion can run high, and we can be extra consumed with love and romance.
This can be stalker-like though, so do try to maintain boundaries!
Asteroid Amor in Capricorn for the Zodiac Signs
Aries: Asteroid Amor in Capricorn can help you become more committed to those you love. You can show love and express romance in more traditional ways, and may want to grow closer with those you trust.
Taurus: Asteroid Amor in Capricorn can help you grow closer with those you love, and you may want to have new experiences with them. You can focus on those new experiences with those you already have a solid connection with.
Gemini: Asteroid Amor in Capricorn can help strengthen your emotional bonds with others, and you can show how committed you are to those you have solid bonds with. You may focus on transforming those connections.
Cancer: Asteroid Amor in Capricorn can bring you closer together with the people you love, and you can be much more committed to them. You can be comfortable with a partner, and want to shower them with romance.
Leo: Asteroid Amor in Capricorn can help you pay closer attention in love, and romantic gestures may be small but heartfelt. You can do little things for those you care about, and have a practical approach to romance.
Virgo: Asteroid Amor in Capricorn can make you feel more romantic, more in the mood for love, and you can express this in traditional ways. You can take a more serious approach to romance, but greatly enjoy it.
Libra: Asteroid Amor in Capricorn can focus on emotional connections, and you want to feel more connected with those you love. You may want to show affection in ways that are comfortable for you.
Scorpio: Asteroid Amor in Capricorn can take on a mental tone, and you can express your feelings with your words. You can think about romance more, make plans, and come up with plenty of ideas for ways to be romantic.
Sagittarius: Asteroid Amor in Capricorn can make you more committed to those you love, and you can focus on a sensual, physical connection in romance. You may want to tangibly display romance and affection.
Capricorn: Asteroid Amor in your sign can bring romance out of you, and you may feel more open to romantic gestures and affection. Others may want to sweep you off of your feet, and you may be more attractive.
Aquarius: Asteroid Amor in Capricorn can be a time to show commitment and be romantic behind closed doors, and you may not be comfortable with anyone watching. You can do more to help those you love as well.
Pisces: Asteroid Amor in Capricorn can be a time to show love in new ways, but ways that you may feel are more traditional. You can be especially affectionate with friends, and want friendship with a partner.
Suggested Reading: Asteroid Amor in the Zodiac Signs
Here comes 2023! With the new year comes a full moon in emotional Cancer and a new moon in forward-thinking Cancer.
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What is a New Moon?
A new moon occurs when the transit (moving) Sun and Moon are in the exact same position in the Zodiac (called a conjunction). New moons are related to beginnings, have high energy, and are enthusiastic.
What is a Full Moon?
A full moon occurs when the transit (moving) Sun and Moon are in the exact opposite positions in the Zodiac (called an opposition). Full moons are related to endings, culminations, and are emotional energy.
Full Moon in Cancer: January 6th 2023 (6:08PM ET/3:08PM PT)
Cancer is the sign the Moon naturally rules, so the full moon in Cancer elevates the Moon energy. This means we're much more emotional, especially with a full moon (which is emotional anyway).
The Cancer full moon might have us focused on matters of the home and family, and we can tend to issues and work to make improvements or eliminate problems. We need to be mindful of the feelings of others as we do though.
Cancer is a subjective sign, and that is heightened under a Cancer full moon. We have to work harder at being objective, but that may be missing until the Aquarius new moon.
We need to take care of emotional needs, and strengthen ourselves internally with the Cancer full moon. This can help alleviate the subjectivity and make us more emotionally secure and stable.
The full moon is sextile (beneficial aspect, two signs away) transit (moving) Uranus in Taurus, and this can help us take a different approach to taking care of our emotional needs and showing support. We may carefully consider the changes we're working on, and how we can focus on the ones that will make us feel stronger internally.
The full moon occurs at 16 degrees 22 minutes Cancer. Aspects to the full moon are:
Conjunction: 14 degrees 22 minutes - 18 degrees 22 minutes Cancer
Sextile: 14 degrees 22 minutes - 18 degrees 22 minutes Taurus or Virgo
Square: 14 degrees 22 minutes - 18 degrees 22 minutes Aries or Libra
Trine: 14 degrees 22 minutes - 18 degrees 22 minutes Scorpio or Pisces
Opposition: 14 degrees 22 minutes - 18 degrees 22 minutes Capricorn
New Moon in Aquarius: January 21st 2023 (10:19AM ET/7:19AM PT)
Aquarius is the sign of the future, and the Aquarius new moon is likely the unofficial start to the new year (fitting it is the Chinese New Year). This is because we'll be done with Mercury, Mars, and Uranus retrograde, which all carried over from 2022 into 2023 and slowed us down.
With those over, the Aquarius new moon can get us focused on the new, and what we hope to achieve over the next year. We can be willing to take chances and push outside of our comfort zones.
Aquarius rules the different, the unconventional, and the unique, so we can embrace this and make progress this way. We can embrace our individuality, and what makes us different.
Change can be on the mind, and changes can get started or furthered or finished. This can lead to more opportunities, and more progress.
The new moon is widely sextile transit Jupiter in Aries, and Jupiter is the planet of expansion and opportunity, so that makes this new moon even better for progress and opportunity. As we embrace the Aquarius energy, and do things differently, venture outside of our comfort zone, and be objective, we can open more doors and find the way to move forward.
This is especially great because Ceres, dwarf planet ruling nourishment, will turn retrograde in early February, so we'll need to make use of this new moon energy because we might slow down again quickly!
The new moon occurs at 1 degree 33 minutes Aquarius. The aspects to the new moon are:
Conjunction: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 3 degrees 33 minutes Aquarius
Sextile: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 3 degrees 33 minutes Aries or Sagittarius
Square: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 3 degrees 33 minutes Taurus or Scorpio
Trine: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 3 degrees 33 minutes Gemini or Libra
Opposition: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 3 degrees 33 minutes Leo
Suggested Reading: The New & Full Moons page for general interpretations by house and aspects
Black Moon Lilith will exit Cancer in the new year, moving to fire sign Leo in January. How does this impact us?
What is Black Moon Lilith?
First, let's review what Black Moon Lilith is. It's the apogee, or highest point, of the Moon, or the farthest point away the Moon is from Earth in the Moon's orbit.
There are two positions for Black Moon Lilith, Mean and True/Oscillating. The movement of Lilith is really wonky, so the True/Oscillating is the exact position while the Mean is the averaged out position. You can assess both in the natal chart (thought True/Oscillating tends to have more weight for most of us).
Mean Lilith is much easier to follow for transits. The standard ephemeris on astro.com includes Mean Black Moon Lilith.
Black Moon Lilith shows where we speak out, stand up, and hold firm. Lilith was Adam's first wife, and she stood up for herself to Adam in the Garden of Eden, even when it meant getting thrown out! Lilith knew her power and worth, being equal to Adam.
Transit Black Moon Lilith can bring this out in all of us in general with the sign it's touring and aspects it makes to the other planets (and personally in the natal house is tours for you and aspects it makes to your natal chart).
Black Moon Lilith in Leo 2023 Dates:
Impact of Black Moon Lilith in Leo:
Black Moon Lilith in Cancer has made us stand up and speak out with what we feel emotionally connected to, and have felt emotionally driven to. Cancer is more serious, and Leo wants to let loose a little and not be so caught up in emotions.
With Lilith in Leo, we can take a stand with what connects to our hearts and what we love. We may speak out loudly in Leo, and get a lot of attention for what we're saying and bringing focus toward.
With Leo ruling love, love itself may come under the microscope as well, and we can demand love that's pure and sweet. We may call out toxic love more, and focus on healthy expressions of love.
Leo rules celebs and influencers, so we may see more of them speaking out about different topics. Leo also rules our children, so we may see the young ones want to take a stand, or we may speak up for them.
Leo rules creativity, and Lilith in Leo can be a powerful time for creative expression. We may find that creative outlets work to express what we can't say so easily, and we may use creativity as a form of protest or a way of taking a stand.
Aspects by Black Moon Lilith in Leo:
I've noticed that the most important aspects that transit Lilith makes are conjunctions, and Lilith will conjunct the Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Mars in Leo.
The most important conjunction is to Venus, and this happens twice, first on June 28th and then on August 8th while Venus is retrograde (appearing to move backward). The first conjunction might be getting us ready for the second, which is the big one!
Venus is the planet of love, so the conjunction to Venus can bring out more love issues and focus on positive love expression. With Venus retrograde, this may expose toxic love, and something may come out (like a sex scandel, or accusations of abuse against someone prominent by their partners, feels like some sort of scandel with men behaving badly - what else is new, I know, I know, ha).
Venus is also a ruler of women, so we may see more women taking a stand around the world in some way, or women's issues being more prominent around this time. With retrogrades, we could see something rolling back or returning.
The first conjunction does come with Lilith conjunct Mars on June 21st, so there's a lot of energy and drive funneling into this. Mars helps us take the initiative for what we want to speak up about.
Then Lilith conjuncts Mercury on July 23rd, and with Mercury ruling communication, we can be super vocal. We're speaking up, and speaking loud!
Lilith conjuncts the Sun on August 17th, and the Sun shines a light, so Lilith conjunct the Sun can bring attention to issues we need to work on and what we're taking a stand with. This can feel like validation for what we're working on.
The last time Black Moon Lilith was in Leo was March to November 2014, so you can look back to that time to get an idea of the impact now for you. What were you focused on standing up with and speaking out with back then?
Special note if you have natal Black Moon Lilith in Leo: You will experience your Black Moon Lilith Return, which occurs when transit Black Moon Lilith conjuncts your natal Black Moon Lilith. There can be lessons that open you up more to speaking out and standing up, and you can become more aware of what you've been held back with and need to fight against. This can be a good time to get in tune with your inner Lilith.
Suggested Reading: The Black Moon Lilith series:
Intro to Black Moon Lilith
Lilith the Witch
Transit Black Moon Lilith
Black Moon Lilith & Love Astrology
Black Moon Lilith in Cancer: April 2022 - January 2023
Prominent Natal Black Moon Lilith
When You're Cut Off From Black Moon Lilith
Houses Ruled by Black Moon Lilith
Black Moon Lilith in the Zodiac Signs
Progressions & Black Moon Lilith
Ceres, a dwarf planet ruling nourishment, is about to move from mutable sign Virgo to cardinal sign Libra on December 18th 2022. Jupiter, the planet of expansion, is also going to leave mutable sign Pisces for cardinal sign Aries on December 20th 2022.
When both Jupiter and Ceres move into cardinal signs Aries and Libra, they will form a cardinal t-square as they oppose each other and both square (challenging aspect, three signs away) Pluto in Capricorn. This t-square lasts until March 22nd 2023 (when Ceres exits Libra; Pluto also exits Capricorn March 23rd).
Let the cardinal t-square games begin!
What is a t-square?
A t-square occurs when two or more planets oppose one another in the Zodiac, and then square a third (or more) planet. This looks like a T on the Zodiac wheel, hence calling it a t-square.
The two (or more) planets opposing one another are sort of at war, and the squared planet(s) is getting the brunt of that war. All of the energy from the opposing planets gets funneled into the squared planet, and whatever the squared planet rules gets enormous focus (often to its detriment).
In your natal chart, being born with a t-square can show areas where you experience challenges that you need to work through, but can emerge much stronger.
In transit, t-squares are high energy of friction, and they often propel us to take action whether we want to or not (or whether it's good or not!).
T-squares occur in the same quality or modality of signs. There are 3 qualities/modalities: cardinal, fixed, and mutable. Each quality/modality has 4 Zodiac signs in it.
In a t-square, 3 of the 4 Zodiac signs have planets in them, and one is missing. This is called the missing leg, and the missing sign is where we can find solutions and get out of the drama.
We usually ignore the missing sign though, since we're so focused on the squared planet/sign. It's like missing the forest from the trees, or missing what's right in front of your nose.
What are the cardinal signs?
The cardinal signs are Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn. Cardinal signs are the signs of action, and they want to take action quickly and with ease.
The cardinal signs are also the signs of leadership since they are the very first signs of their respective elements (fire, earth, air, water). They lead the way for the other signs.
This means cardinal t-squares are times of high activity, lots of action, and we're not waiting for anyone or anything. We can take the initiative and set the stage (or mess it up!).
The Impact of the Cardinal T-Square of 2022 - 2023
This cardinal t-square will begin on December 20th 2022, with Jupiter moving into Aries and Ceres just moving into Libra 2 days before. The squared planet is Capricorn in this t-square.
Pluto is the planet of transformation, and is intense, unrelenting, and demanding. We can see massive transformations, changes, and frankly upheaval with this t-square.
Pluto likes to tear down anything that isn't working properly and start over. Rise the ashes and all of that (annoying, I know).
Pluto in Capricorn has been doing this to governments, countries, corporations, institutions, the old ways, and the status quo (ruled by Capricorn). We may see this amplified by a million during the t-square, and especially when Pluto is anaretic.
There are 30 degrees in every Zodiac sign, and 29 degrees is the last degree and called the anaretic degree. The anaretic degree is crisis energy in transit, and Pluto will be anaretic in Capricorn for this t-square February 11 to March 22 2023 (Pluto actually leaves Capricorn the day after, March 23rd).
That's even more unruly because Ceres will be retrograde then too, starting on February 3rd 2023 in Libra, and aggravating feelings of lack, taking away what we need, and creating problems with resources.
So we can feel this t-square pretty soon, but it seems like it'll be at its worst mid-February to the end of it (March 22nd). Time to take down the status quo in an even bigger way than we have the last few years!
Bad time for governments and countries (I wonder about Iran with the crackdown of protests, that may backfire), bad time for corporations (likely the tech ones since Pluto is going to move into Aquarius - you think it's bad now for social media, you just wait!), bad time for leaders/authority figures (scandals?), bad time for institutions (more scandals?).
This is likely to last though, since Pluto will be anaretic in Capricorn again on-and-off until 2024. Perhaps what starts now doesn't come to a close/finish/resolution until then? (aaahhhh torturing us)
Now, we don't have to look very far back in history to find a cardinal t-square in these same signs - one occured in 2012! And Pluto was also the squared planet in Capricorn (Saturn was in Libra and Uranus freshly in Aries).
Going back through world events, there were quite a few prominent world leaders who were taken down in some fashion during that period (removed from office, arrested, charged). I think that's a big possibility this go around as well (who could it be this time? too many choices ha).
There were really bad tornadoes in Western Australia (In June), there was a worse-than-usual solar storm (in July), and an earthquake caused a tsunami (in April). I bring these up as they seem most likely to occur again.
MERS came about during that time, however Neptune seemed to have been the culprit for that (as Chiron and Lilith were the culprits in 2020 for COVID, Chiron linked up with Neptune in 2012 for MERS).
Here in the US, there was the Aurora Colorado mass shooting at a movie theater. That came with Mercury retrograde in Leo, and while we will have Venus retrograde in Leo this summer, the t-square won't be around for that (though Lilith will conjunct Venus, so still be careful then!). While there's no Leo, anaretic Pluto can be violent, so we do have to be careful.
The Way Out: Cancer
As stated, the way out with a t-square is through the missing sign, which is Cancer in this case. Cancer rules the home, family, emotions, and internal foundation.
We may need to get back to basics, get back to our roots, and focus on where we come from. We likely need to build a stronger foundation, for ourselves as individuals, but also for groups, corporations, countries. Foundations that haven't been built well can be quite shaky now.
We may need to focus more on our home and family lives, and what this means for us. It may look differently, and that's not wrong.
We likely need to focus on our emotional needs, and get and give more emotional support. Without support, we can flounder and struggle with what we need to do.
Expand your support system, and work on giving yourself support without needing others. Strengthen yourself internally, and make sure the foundation of what you're working on is strong and secure.
Acknowledge what you feel, and work through old emotional issues and patterns. Don't solely focus on the external, and don't feel like you need to be emotionally detached.
At the same time, don't focus on tearing everything down haphazardly, as this may lead to things being destroyed that you actually need, still serve a purpose, or are good for you but you don't see it.
In your natal chart, the location in your natal houses of Pluto gets extra focus - too much focus - while the opposite house is the one ignored, so give that more attention.
If you have cardinal planets in your natal chart (and especially if you're an Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn Sun, Moon, or Rising), pay special attention! This energy can be extra strong for you, so make sure you're being mindful and paying attention.
Good luck! (says the scared Libra)
Suggested Reading: Ceres in Libra & Jupiter in Aries articles
Ceres moves from earthy Virgo to airy Libra in 11 days, and will be in and out of Libra for a while. What does this have in store for us?
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What is Ceres in astrology?
Ceres is technically a dwarf planet (like Pluto) but in astrology, we call it an asteroid (as it was before the dwarf planet designation). Ceres is super nurturing, supportive, caring, and there for you. I describe it as a supercharged Moon (maybe mixed with a little Venus).
You can find Ceres in your own chart on astro.com (in Extended Chart Selection, click on Additional Objects, and select Ceres from the menu).
Ceres in Libra 2022-2023 Dates:
General Impact of Ceres in Libra:
Ceres can work well in the sign of Libra since Libra is the sign ruling others and relationships, and Ceres is a very supportive, nurturing planet. Ceres in Libra helps us to connect more with others, to nurture the relationships and partnerships in your lives, and to feel more supported in return.
Peace and harmony can be more important, and without peace and harmony, we can feel unsupported and that we lack what we really need. Compromises can be big, and can lead the way out of trouble.
Balance can also be important, and having balance in our lives can make us feel more secure and emotionally stable. We can give more attention to what we;ve been ignoring, and bring that balance into our lives.
The start of this transit is a bit wonky though, as Jupiter moves into opposing Aries just after Ceres enters Libra, and they form a cardinal t-square as they square (hard aspect, 3 signs away) Pluto in Capricorn, and this lasts until March.
This adds extra energy to the mix, and we may fight over support and resources. The missing sign is Cancer, the sign of emotion, home, and family, so we need to be more mindful of emotional needs, treat others kindly, and remember to compromise.
The difficulty increases with Ceres retrograde (appearing to move backward) starting on February 3rd 2023 in Libra, and lasts in Libra until March 22nd. Ceres retrograde in Libra makes resources and support very difficult to get or give, and we may find that others are being stingy, or we're insecure about sharing.
Issues around lack, sharing, and support likely need to be addressed, otherwise our relationships, partnerships, and alliances can suffer.
Ceres leaves Libra and retrogrades in Virgo, so it comes back to Libra for a few months after that, and the final leg can help us get back on track in our relationships, use resources well, and find a way to come together.
Ceres in Libra 2022-23 Aspects:
- Square Sun in Capricorn on December 22nd 2022 at 1 degree: The Sun shines a light, so more attention can be paid to areas of lack, where resources are missing or not being used well, or how we're not being as supportive or getting as much support as we need.
- Trine Venus in Aquarius January 6th 2023 at 3 degrees: Venus is the natural ruler of Libra, so this helps with our connections. We can be extra supportive and encouraging of the people we care about, and work to improve our relationships with relative ease.
- Trine Sun in Aquarius on January 26th 2023 at 6 degrees: This helps shine a light where resources are being used well, or on a way to use resources better. We can feel more supported, and more secure.
- Opposite Jupiter in Aries on February 5th 2023 at 6 degrees: This is a big one since Ceres retrograde begins two days before opposite Jupiter, so it's very strong at the onset of Ceres retrograde. Jupiter is the planet of expansion, so in opposition to Ceres, we may find that we either have too much, an excess (and it's not being used well), or we don't have enough and there's extreme lack (abundant lack). We may be depriving others or ourselves of something that is actually important. We need to be mindful of purposeful cruelty.
- Trine Mercury in Aquarius on February 15th 2023 at 6 degrees: This can help with communication, ideas, and plans, and we can focus on resources, finances, and nurturing energy in a positive way.
- Opposite Mercury in Aries on March 19th at 0 degrees: This can be a challenging aspect as Ceres is still retrograde, and communication may be difficult. We may get bad news, lack information we need, and make poor decisions. This is amplified by the fact that both planets are at the 0 degrees Aries Point, a special position of higher energy. There can be some struggle over the self versus others in some way, and we have to avoid a zero-sum game.
- Opposite Sun in Aries on March 20th 2023 at 0 degrees: This adds to the previous aspect, coming the day after and also at the 0 degrees Aries Point. It seems like there will be some sort of important decision and action around this time impacting resources, finances, or support.
- Square Mercury in Cancer on June 27th 2023 at 1 degree: Ceres is no longer retrograde now, but there may still be some challenges with communication, ideas, and plans. We need to open up our minds.
- Sextile Mercury in Leo on July 13th 2023 at 6 degrees: This brings better energy for communication and ideas, and we can focus on ideas to improve or increase support and make use of resources.
- Sextile Sun in Leo on August 7th 2023 at 14 degrees: Helpful attention can be brought to support, resources, finances, and we can feel more comfortable, secure, and stable.
- Sextile Venus Retrograde on August 16th 2023 at 18 degrees: This time, Venus is retrograde, but with a beneficial aspect, this can help us find new, different ways and approaches to improving support, making use of resources, or having better finances.
- Square Pluto in Capricorn on September 10th 2023 at 28 degrees: The final aspect is challenging one, and we may feel like fighting over power and control of resources, finances, and support. Compromise becomes important, though it may be difficult to embrace.
This tour is very interesting! We need to be extra mindful of the cardinal t-square at the start, the opposition to Jupiter at the retrograde, and the square to Pluto to end the transit. We're being challenged to put our money where our mouth is, to show support in more tangible ways, and to consider others, not just ourselves.
Suggested Reading: Transit Ceres in the Houses and Transit Ceres Aspects