The Astrology of 2023

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Before sprouting,
the seed have to rot first.

In this article we are going to provide an overall view of the Astrology of 2023. This year we are going to experience many shifts in terms of astral energy. This is because many slow-moving planets are going to change sign. Jupiter is going to move into Taurus, Saturn in Pisces and for three months Pluto is going to move into Aquarius.

As I’ve pointed out in previous articles, information fragmentation is one of astrology main problems. Simply put, we tend to focus on single astrological events, tackling them one after the other. And by doing so, we loose contact with the essence of the year, which we should rather be looking at as a real spiritual being.

In order to get this connection back, this article is going to function as a master post. This means that as we go through the Wheel of the Year, I’m going to add all future articles as links down below. This way we’ll always be able to step back and looking at the bigger picture.

Let’s start by looking at this image, that summarizes in a single glyph the astrological events of 2023.

The Astrology of 2023

The circle in black at the center is the wheel of the Zodiac, as you can see from the twelve signs of the same color all around it. Then, we find:

  • In purple, the positions of the two lunar nodes, the spots where eclipses take place. At the moment the nodes are in Taurus and Scorpio. But in July 2023 they are going to move backwards (they always move in a retrograde motion) into Aries and Libra. This means that part of 2023 Eclipses are going to take place in those signs.
  • In yellow, the orbit of Mercury doing its three retrogrades loops during the year. Mercury is going to station in all three Earth signs: Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo. It is very peculiar that 2023 is going to start with Mercury turning retrograde in Capricorn on December 29, 2022—during the Holy Nights. And 2023 is going to end also with Mercury retrograde in Capricorn.
  • In magenta, we find the orbit of Venus—which is going to get retrograde in Leo next Summer. This event is going to enhance the Fire element, since Venus is going to stay in Leo for five months—an unusual amount of time for such a quick planet.
  • In blue, we have the orbit ofJupiter. As we know, Jupiter changes sign once a year, giving it a specific color. On May 16th, Jupiter is going to enter Taurus. It’s interesting noticing that although Jupiter is going to be in the same sign of Uranus, they are going to conjoin only in 2024.
  • In indigo, Saturn. As we’ve mentioned in the intro, in 2023 Saturn is going to change sign as well. Saturn change sign every roughly 3 years. On March 7th, 2023 it is going to enter Pisces, and between June and July it is going to make a sextile aspect with Jupiter. This is going to be their first aspects since the spectacular 2020 Great Conjunction.
  • In dark purple, we have the orbit of Pluto. Yes, Pluto is going to change sign as well! This event is going to be extremely important to understand how the energy shift, brought by Pluto in Aquarius, will manifest in the future. In fact in 2023 Pluto is going to stay in Aquarius for just 3 months, to enter back in the sign only in 2024.

Let’s see now all these points into more detail. As always we are going to delve deep into them in specific articles as the year unfolds.

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Total Lunar Eclipse in Taurus 2022 — An Astrosophy Perspective

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In the last article we discussed about the upcoming Total Lunar Eclipse in Taurus. The event is going to take place on November 8, closing eclipse season two. The eclipse will feature a super rare Mercury Cazimi, with the planet dwelling in the heart of the Sun. You can check it out at this link.

In this article we are going to approach the eclipse from another angle. We are going to use Astrosophy principles in order to understand the deeper, spiritual meaning of the mundane events we’ve described in the last article.

In order to do that we’re not going to be looking at the signs of the tropical zodiac. Instead, we’re going to take the actual constellations into account, delving deeper into the spiritual meanings of the starry world. This means that we’re not going to use the regular division into 12 sectors of the sidereal zodiac. But we are going to be looking at the actual stars. To learn more about this approach you can read my article about the Three Zodiacs.

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Total Lunar Eclipse in Taurus 2022 — Mercury Cazimi and the Blood Moon

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Mercury, the messenger of the Gods, joins the divine banquet. He sits at the table of the solar deity as his guest of honor. The wanderer reveals secrets that had been lurking in the shadows of the world. And as a reward, every wish of him is granted.

In the previous article we’ve discussed about the Partial Solar Eclipse in Scorpio. The event that opened Eclipse Season two. In this article, we are going to talk about the second and last event of the season. It is going to be a Total Lunar Eclipse taking place at 16°00′ Taurus on November 8. And it is going to occur during the Full Moon of the same lunation.

This eclipse is definitely special. Not only because, as we are going to see, it mirrors both the eclipses of the first season. But especially because it is going to feature a Mercury Cazimi, an extremely rare event.

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Partial Solar Eclipse in Scorpio 2022 — The Woman Clothed with the Sun

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“And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed in the sun,with the moon under
her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.”
— Revelation 12:1

As the days grow shorter, the dragon’s shadow gets closer and closer. For now, a great triangle of light in the sky is managing to hold him back. But its strength is fading more and more. The divine feminine stands out strongly in the sky, ready to repel its influences. What are the challenges that this fall is bringing to us? What is the cosmos asking us to process? The second eclipse season is about to start.

This spring, eclipse season one featured a Partial Solar Eclipse in Taurus and a Total Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio. Their combined effect caused the worsening of the global supply chain crisis and in general resource related issues. With wheat and gas being the most affected by the war in Ukraine.

In this article we are going to talk about eclipse season two. We are going to focus on the social and economical consequences of this second step. And we are also going to delve into a deeper understanding of these fenomena from an Astrosophical perspective.

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Summer Solstice 2022 — Planetary Alignment on St John’s Day

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The end of spring is a peculiar period of the year. Sunlight gets weird, and the Sun is so high in the sky that it almost feels like it’s not even shining. It is as if it was standing still, precisely as the word Solstice suggests. And in this stillness the Sun seems to call the human soul, almost absorbing it, dragging it with him in the heavenly heights.

It’s this feeling of “being absorbed” that in my opinion makes it difficult for the Soul to say that the Sun is shining out. This is because even though it’s true in a physical sense, the inner experience seems to go in the opposite direction. In a sense, when we look something irradiating we feel pushed away from it. And this is not what I feel, contemplating the midsummer Sun.

ST John’s Wort

We are leaving Gemini, a mutable sign. Traditionally all mutables are considered to be “double signs”. This also applies to Virgo that from a symbolic perspective doesn’t have a double nature at all. Whereas Pisces, Gemini and Sagittarius can clearly be understood as having a double body.

This doubleness refers to the fact that mutable signs transition us from a season to the next. This means that during the month we can experience a mix of the mood and flavor of both. In the case of Gemini in particular, the Twins have two different natures. One of them, Castor, is mortal; his brother Pollux, immortal. We can picture them as a living image of the human being. In fact we all have a mortal garment and an immortal spirit.

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Total Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio 2022 in T-Square with Saturn

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On May 16th we are going to have the second and last eclipse of the first season of the year. This is going to be a Total Lunar Eclipse, taking place at 25° 17′ Scorpio. The first was a Partial Solar Eclipse in Taurus, and it was the new moon of the current lunation. This lunar eclipse instead is its full moon.

In general a solar eclipse affects the human willing. This is because the beginning of the lunation, the new moon, is dark and unconscious as the forces of our will. As we know from Anthroposophy human beings “are sleeping in their willing”.

A lunar eclipse instead affects mainly the human thinking. Thoughts are the result of the reflection in the brain of the imaginative etheric thinking. This reflecting activity belongs to the lunar forces, especially when the Moon is full. Simply put, the etheric thinking of the heart-Sun is reflected by the brain-Moon.

Since lunar eclipses occur during a full moon, they mainly affect our thinking. Steiner said that the cone of shadow that the Earth cast on the Moon during the eclipse allows nasty astral influences to pour into the earth. You can think of it as an upside down funnel, creating an opening for harmful entities. Hence, we want to take particular care of our thinking during a moon eclipse.

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Jupiter in Aries 2022 and its Aspects with Pluto and Mars

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Jupiter is the planet of spiritual wisdom. In the first months of 2022 we discussed about his journey through Pisces, his nocturnal domicile. We’ve been talking about the harmonizing effect that the Great Benefic has tried to bring tirelessly to the world. Was his impulse for compassion enough to awaken our consciousness?

Monogrammist IB – Jupiter, 1528, Rijksmuseum

Now it looks like the tide is about to turn. Too many astrological events are converging. The eclipses are going to start soon, right during the second Mercury retrograde period. And on May 11, Jupiter is going to leave Pisces, staying in Aries until late November.

But what happens when the planet of Wisdom enters the zodiac sign of the Warrior during such a turbulent time? Let’s take a look at the general meaning of Jupiter in Aries.

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