January 2023 Forecast and First Quarter North Node Horoscopes

JANUARY 2023 FORECAST

We begin 2023 with Mercury, Mars and Uranus still retrograde. All of that changes this month. Pace quickens from January 12 onward, as long restrained urges for freedom, action and understanding catapult forward. We also enter Aquarius Season, the sign of the liberator and revolutionary.

January 1 Venus conjuncts Pluto in Capricorn. New Year’s Day begins with passion, intimacy and profound desire. New Year’s Resolutions made today emerge from a deeper, more intense place than usual. Relationship power dynamics and self-esteem issues affected by shame or abuse will also arise for review. This conjunction supports radical shifts. Remember: emotions are raw energy. Use them well!

January 2 Venus enters Aquarius. In the next 24 days, relationships gain more tolerance, interdependence, and experimentation. Our values shift towards more universal considerations, intergalactic connection, and authenticity. Beware of panning so far back that you lose touch with your heart. Venus is an emotional planet. Aquarius encourages wider perspective, but sometimes it gets a bit too detached.

January 6 Full Moon in Cancer, 6:08 p.m. Eastern Standard US time. According to Dane Rudhyar, the Sabian Symbol for this Full Moon is: (CANCER 17°): THE UNFOLDMENT OF MULTILEVEL POTENTIALITIES ISSUING FROM AN ORIGINAL GERM. KEYNOTE: The life urge to actualize one’s birth potential. What a beautiful and encouraging start to 2023! At the time of the Full Moon, the Capricorn Sun point trines Uranus in Taurus, which sextiles the Moon point. The presence of Uranus brings extra energy for breakthroughs and liberation.

January 7 Sun conjunct Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn. Pay attention to insights that arise from ongoing rumination. As we review and revise details, structures and top-down authorities, a spotlight reveals answers that eluded us before. No need to implement changes right now, but do note whatever comes through. It will create a strong foundation for future goals.

January 9 Venus in Aquarius trine Mars in Gemini. An uplifting time as the Cosmic Lovebirds support each other in their mutual desires. We feel energized and optimistic, more tolerant and able to negotiate win-wins. A great time for creativity, especially creative writing.

January 12 Mars stations Direct in Gemini. Finally! If you’ve felt stymied since October 30 when Mars stationed Retrograde, you’ll feel a lift. It might not happen right away–as the planet of action pauses–but from now through late March, we’ll see a flurry of activity. Information wars heat up, as do demands and negotiations. Actions can now proceed, relevant to whatever got exposed by the December 7-8 Full Moon in Gemini conjunct Mars Rx. Delayed response to prior events comes after months of careful strategy and consideration.

January 18 Mercury stations Direct in Capricorn. The Messenger pauses for intense reflection as the Sun conjuncts Pluto in Capricorn. Pay attention today, especially to deep insights and dark revelations. Underlying motives and shadow players become apparent. Once Mercury starts moving again, we can catch up on all the delayed contracts, details and misplaced emails.

January 20 Sun enters Aquarius. For the next month, we feel more open minded, easy going and humanitarian. Creativity flows when we embrace unusual perspectives. This is a good time to catch up with friends, old and new. On the positive side, Aquarius can unite disparate factions for the Highest Good of All. On the negative side, Aquarius can censor dissenting opinions and get sucked into cults and mass movements. Beware of extremism, peer pressure or getting too detached from your heart. Lean into upgraded intelligence and innovations. Focusing on evolution instead of mere revolution ensures we benefit from this time period.

January 21 New Moon in Aquarius, 3:53 p.m. Eastern Standard US time. On a personal note, this New Moon conjuncts my own natal Moon, within minutes. Rounding up to 2° Aquarius, we find Dane Rudyhar’s Sabian Symbol for this New Moon: AN UNEXPECTED THUNDERSTORM. KEYNOTE: The need to develop the inner security which will enable us to meet unexpected crises. The Ruler of this New Moon–Uranus–stations Direct the next day. Stationing always amplifies the energy of an outer planet, and Uranus is the planet most associated with thunderstorms, especially lightning bolts. Anytime we deal with Aquarius or Uranus, we’re wise to “expect the unexpected.” We can’t prepare for everything, but we can pay attention to signs, synchronicities, dreams and “psychic downloads” urging us to take certain preparatory steps. When we work with the Unseen world, we experience greater resilience, peace and ease in the 3D world.

January 22 Uranus stations Direct in Taurus and Venus conjuncts Saturn in Aquarius. A powerful day! Uranus sends a spark of genius–or a flash of chaos. No one knows what this Cosmic Weirdo may do at any given moment. He’s like the Tower card in Tarot, a revolutionary, Mr. Wild Card Liberator stationing Direct in the most rooted, stable sign of the zodiac. Well, Taurus likes stability. With Uranus stirring things up since May 2018 and the North Node still retrograding its way through Taurus since January 2021, this Earth sign of banking, fertility, food, the body and personal values keeps getting zapped. Will lightning strike on 1/22/23? Who knows?! Outer planets exert the most pressure as they station, but will the earthquakes be literal or metaphorical? When the Love Goddess conjuncts Saturn, beautiful creations can more easily manifest. In zany Aquarius–co-ruled by both Saturn and Uranus–anything goes. With both these transits on the same day, we can predict something unusual will happen. Keep your head on a swivel and yer dancin’ shoes at the ready.

January 26 Venus enters Pisces. The Love Goddess is exalted in romantic and unconditionally compassionate Pisces. The next few weeks bring lovely support for art, fantasy, poetry, music and personal makeovers. Everything gets an extra dose of Faery Glamour, and it’s easy to tilt at windmills like Don Quixote. Discernment will be in short supply, but we’ll love being in love. Even the coldest hearts start to melt with Venus in Pisces. Look for beauty. You will find it everywhere!

How January’s sky weather affects you will vary, depending on your entire natal chart, but your North Node Horoscope transcends monthly sky events. That’s because your North Node reveals what your soul came here to do. By midlife, the soul starts longing and pressing us to live our true purpose. At first, it whispers through intuition. Then it knocks a little louder through “coincidences” and external events. When not heard and honored, the soul’s longing can show up as health crises, marriage or work issues, or wondering “is this all there is?” If you feel a need to reinvent yourself, following North Node guidance helps you do that authentically — for you.

Unlike generic Sun Sign horoscopes, which ignore so many other aspects, following North Node guidance will always lead you in the right direction. Doors open, healing happens, relationships improve, and life gets more magical. This quarterly column will help you tap into your personal North Node Mojo. When you start living your North Node purpose, we all win, because you not only begin to light up your own life. You light up the world.     

You can find your North Node sign here which is often different than your Sun sign. If you’re right on the cusp, consider both possibilities or book a reading for more clarity.

FIRST QUARTER 2023 NORTH NODE HOROSCOPES

ARIES NORTH NODE: First Quarter 2023 is good to Aries North Node natives! In January both Venus and Mars make supportive sextiles to Aries. Explore your passions and take action, especially from January 12 onward. Expansive, optimistic Jupiter–the Great Benefic–moves through Aries for this entire quarter. In March, Jupiter conjuncts Venus, Chiron and Mercury in Aries, adding blessings in relationships, healing, communication and big picture goals. Some of this quarter involves careful planning for your next twelve-year cycle. Dream big and have courage to make bold moves when opportunities arise. Keep your eyes, mind and heart open for miracles. Forge ahead. This is not an ordinary quarter.

TAURUS NORTH NODE: Continue to focus on liberation, as Uranus and the North Node make their way through Taurus. On March 16, Venus enters her home sign, bringing extra blessings, beauty and self esteem. You’ll experience productive friction from planets squaring your nodal axis from Aquarius. Challenges do not mean you’re off path. They nudge you to course correct in order to experience new levels of abundance and security. Taurus prefers not to change, but your sign continues to receive activations that demand adjustment. PTSD from Scorpio South Node memories could trigger fight or flight. If so, pause. Breathe deeply, step back from the situation and ask, “How am I already on higher ground?” Instead of telling everyone your answers, let these marinate and percolate behind the scenes. Once affirmations become habits, you can safely reveal your shifts even if others disapprove.

GEMINI NORTH NODE: As we move through Aquarius Season, any planet from Aquarius offers a supportive trine to Gemini. Anything from Aries offers a supportive (but more subtle) sextile to Gemini. This means Gemini North Node natives will also benefit from Jupiter moving through Aries until May 17. You’ll receive empowering, expansive energy for relationships, healing, and communication. If you’ve felt stuck, things should shift once Mars stations Direct in Gemini on January 12. From then through March 23, the God of Action and Willpower supercharges your sign. On March 25, Pluto begins to trine Gemini from Aquarius. Open your mind to possibilities of sudden action after a long pause. This quarter has an “awakening from the nightmare” feel to it, as well as rewards for patience and hard work. Saturn’s move into Pisces urges you to find a new spiritual foundation and structure for your life.

CANCER NORTH NODE: The January 6th Full Moon highlights your North Node sign, bringing a powerful reset to 2023. Whether through ritual or a quiet moonlit walk, really use this date to tune into your highest potential. The Moon rules Cancer, and this is one of the most powerful Full Moon’s all year. This quarter brings lovely energy from fellow Water sign Pisces, starting with Venus on January 26. The Sun follows in mid-February, with Mercury and Saturn joining in March. These soft trines to your North Node offer a chance to upgrade relationships, commitments and your all important home base. Mars enters your sign on March 25, activating destiny level change. With the God of Action moving through your sign, you’ll feel more energized and able to utilize emotions as fuel. After the slog of the last few years, First Quarter 2023 offers a chance to ground and revitalize yourself in something new.

LEO NORTH NODE: Aquarius Season urges retrospection and release for Leo North Node natives. Your Aquarius South Node gets a workout, especially in January. If old relationships, patterns or issues arise, recognize these as the completion of a cycle. You’re not backsliding. The Universe just wants to know, “Are you sure you want to leave all this behind?!” If “this” involves codependency, peer pressure and being a wallflower, then your soul says, “Yes! I’m ready to move beyond the old restrictions.” Cosmic Taskmaster Saturn has made his way through Aquarius since December 2020. That changes on March 7 when Saturn enters Pisces. You can sigh with relief having made it through another 28-year long sorting process. When deciding what stays or goes, pay attention to whatever makes your heart sing. Fame and fortune want to find you. The secret is dropping into your heart instead of your head. You matter.

VIRGO NORTH NODE: Pisces Season triggers your South Node, bringing old addictions, illusions and delusions home to roost. You might want to zone out, but discipline will serve you well. The March 7 Full Moon in Virgo offers a chance to get back on track if your New Year’s Resolutions petered out. That same day, Saturn enters your South Node sign. If you haven’t released that which no longer serves, Saturn will make his list, check it ten times and make sure you have a copy. Resisting this process slows your momentum. Embracing the need to create new habits brings balance and meaning to your life. Things that seem far away just need you to show up. Take a single step, and then another. Calendars, lists, and habits take you further than you can imagine. Yes, you’re a powerful daydreamer, but your soul wants you to be here now. Take those visions and give them tangible form. You have so much to offer this world!

LIBRA NORTH NODE: A feeling of destiny pervades this quarter. Anything in Aquarius or Gemini supports your nodal axis–helping you to release old patterns and step into why you came here. When Mars stations Direct in Gemini on January 12 and Pluto enters Aquarius on March 23, fellow Air Sign Libra gets a cosmic “go ahead.” These changing times offer great opportunities, but Libra North Node natives need to consider others, as well as their own needs. Take time to assess situations before charging full speed ahead. Jupiter moves through your South Node sign for this entire quarter. He’s big and bold, but his presence could also attract old things you’re meant to move beyond. If something seems too tempting or too good to be true, ask yourself, “Is this a test?” Pay attention to your first thought, and also discuss options with loved ones before making irrevocable decisions. It’s not all about you!

SCORPIO NORTH NODE: Anything in Aquarius squares/challenges your nodal axis, while anything moving through Pisces offers support. In other words, First Quarter 2023 is a mixed bag for Scorpio North Node natives. Overall, the energy says, “Go with the flow.” Dreams, love, mystical moments and a return to innocence. Your Taurus South Node wants to prepare for all “real world” contingencies, but your true preparedness occurs on the emotional level. Cultivate kindness to yourself, especially when dealing with feelings of shame, vulnerability and inadequacy. You don’t need to hold it all together. Change benefits your sign in major ways. You might go kicking and screaming to that change, but you don’t need to resist. If you wait for it in a calm, loving way, you’re more likely to “pull a phoenix” and rise from your own perceived ashes. Pay attention to your intuition, which guides you well. This could be a good time–as long as you make peace with change.

SAGITTARIUS NORTH NODE: Mars travels through almost all of Gemini during First Quarter 2023. Your South Node sign gets activated, and this could bring old relationships, opportunities and patterns back into your life. Some of these events could bring blessings, so don’t dismiss them outright. Do tap into your intuition and trust your gut. You have a strong sense of what does and doesn’t work for you. Pay attention and act accordingly. Aquarius Season treats you well with supportive sextiles as the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Saturn move through that sign. You can dramatically improve your relationships during this time. Anything in Pisces squares your nodal axis, so pay attention to friction that arises from late January through Equinox. Challenges and irritation can lead to good things. If you run into closed doors, take a step back and search for other, more appropriate doors. Your Guardian Angels want to assist. “If not this, then something better” is extra true for you this quarter.

CAPRICORN NORTH NODE: This is an active and surprisingly intense quarter for Capricorn North Node natives. The January 6 Full Moon in Cancer encourages you to take the best of the old and refashion it into something more on path for you. Commit to living your full potential. Mars in Gemini quincunxes Capricorn throughout this quarter, and this aspect brings a nagging, creative, highly charged feeling. The quincunx aspect is fleeting, but if you feel it, pay attention! You’ll find opportunities to renegotiate tricky issues. This redo/review energy gets amplified by Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn until January 18. The Messenger remains in Capricorn until February 11, bringing extra insights about your life path. The big news for you is that on March 23, Pluto leaves your North Node sign for the first time since 2008. Pluto’s a heavyweight, and Cappy’s have felt his death and rebirth energy more than most. He’ll return to Capricorn in June, but this shift in March feels celebratory.

AQUARIUS NORTH NODE: It’s your quarter! The Sun, Mercury, Venus and Saturn move through Aquarius this quarter, activating your North Node in a variety of ways. Pay attention to events that feel uncanny and orchestrated. They probably are. Destiny level shifts are on offer, and you’d be wise to take them. On March 23, 2023, Pluto enters Aquarius for the first time since 1797. He’ll return to Capricorn in June and won’t re-enter Aquarius until January 2024. Except for retrogrades and previews, Pluto will remain in Aquarius until 2044. This initial breakthrough on March 23 could rock your world. Or not. It depends on the exact degree of your North Node, but the sudden shift of this heavyweight into Aquarius affects your sign more than most. Identify areas of life that feel expansive, liberating and revolutionary, and release whatever stands in the way of that. Pluto promises rebirth and renewal, too. Anything not on path for you goes bye-bye. Let it go. Alchemy awaits.

PISCES NORTH NODE: Hello, Dreamer, it’s your Season! From late January through Equinox, your North Node receives mystical inspiration, creativity and romance. Mars moving through Gemini squares your nodal axis, and this friction can slow things down. Don’t despair, action will happen. Think of two sticks rubbing together to create a fire. It’s slower than a lighter, but, yes, fire appears. Allow yourself to daydream and know that “delay leads to delight.” Practical solutions to problems arrive by dreams, synchronicity, and intuition. These will work better for you than logic. When faced with an either/or decision, go with the pie in the sky. You’ll still need to show up. Sometimes you need to fill out forms, take supplements, exercise and meditate, but do these in service of something larger and more mysterious. The Great Mystery surrounds and moves through you. That will lead you where you need to go. Saturn travels Pisces from March 7, 2023-February 2026. He’ll make sure you do your inner work and commit to growth.

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