The only thing stopping this year from getting the speed wobbles from the start is that we begin the month with four planets in retrograde motion. By the end of the month all four will be back in direct motion and it will stay that way for the next three months. When there are no planets in retrograde motion there is no looking back but with all moving in the same direction, this can have a whirlpool like effect, with the pace picking up dramatically. If you think 2022 was fast, wait till you meet 2023. One of the planets being held back by this is Jupiter, who is ready to hit the ground running as he spends his first full month back in your career sector. Jupiter only returned just before Christmas but having already spent five months here before retrograding back out at the end of October, he is ready for a fresh start and he knows where he has planted all the seeds. Jupiter returned during the Sun’s last full day in your work sector, so is piggybacking off what has already been invested on the job front. One of the planets still in retrograde motion as we move into the New Year is the dwarf planet Eris and she will be the first to turn direct here in your career sector on 12th January. This will set Jupiter free to put this new professional year into overdrive. The next planet to turn direct will be Mars, who held back in a nostalgic and reflective part of your chart will turn direct on 13th January and resume his belated return to Cancer. Mars won’t return until March, but the fact that he is on his way will create a new sense of anticipation. The next planet to turn direct is Mercury, who will end his retrograde phase in your relationship sector on 19th January, just a day before the Sun is due to take the solar spotlight off your relationships. The last planet to turn direct will be Uranus, who will turn direct in your friendship sector on 23rd January. Meanwhile, this is also a year where from the start there is a chance to take your financial power back.
Because the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of January in your relationship sector, the solar spotlight is always on your relationships as you move into the New Year. It was a New Moon just a day after the Sun returned that has already created an opportunity for a fresh start and new beginnings, but as you move into the New Year there is also a lot of focus on the past. That is because in the closing days of December Mercury, the planet of communication turned retrograde here and until turning direct on 19th January he will be focused more on giving your relationships, the past and unsaid words a voice. Mercury will turn direct just a day before the Sun leaves on 20th January, by which point you should have a renewed sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you. The one planet not staying around for long is Venus, with the planet of love starting the year in your relationship sector but leaving on 3rd January. With Venus not returning until 2024, this makes listening to your heart your number one priority as you move into the New Year. It is four days after Venus leaves that the first Full Moon of 2023 will fall in Cancer on 7th January. This will see the Moon clash with the Sun, something that at some point during his month long visit will put a balance between your personal and relationship needs to the test. This is key to understanding what you want from your relationships and what they need from you and with Mercury still in retrograde motion, this will be a chance to flush out any issues in order to give them a voice. It is two weeks later that the Moon will return for its first visit to your relationship sector for the year, coming full circle from last month’s New Moon from 20th January to 22nd January. Meanwhile, with no planetary activity on the romantic front, the Moon’s visit from 16th January to 18th January will give the spirit of romance a boost.
As you move into the new financial year there is a chance to take your financial power back from the start and while you may have started the year with similar resolutions in the past, this is the year when timing and the right resources come together. With Saturn ending his three year visit to your financial sector in March and this three year financial year boot camp now in its final months, this was always going to be a time for summing things up, taking what you have learnt from the past and putting this into practice. Saturn is the hard taskmaster of the cosmos and while he doesn’t create financial challenges, he doesn’t let you shy away from them either. Saturn is also the teacher of the cosmos and it is what you have learnt in his classroom over the last three years and have taught you everything needed to take your financial power back. It is just as you are about to graduate and as Saturn is preparing to move on, that the faster planets return to focus on money matters now while tapping into the power that you now have to move mountains if you have to. The first of those planets to return is Venus, with the planet of money returning on 3rd January to fuel your financial confidence, update your financial wish list and to encourage you to turn desires into reality. While Saturn is a planet that makes you work for everything you get, Venus prefers to use the laws of attraction. They will be joined by the Sun, who on 20th January will turn the solar spotlight onto your financial situation and money matters, as he does at this time each year. It will be another three decades before the Sun and Venus return to find Saturn here again and this is when everything will become crystal clear. It is the Moon’s return from 22nd January to 24th January that will create the first New Moon of 2023, with a chance to commit to the journey ahead. Meanwhile, with no planetary activity in your income sector, the Moon’s visit from 8th January to 10th January could have lucrative implications. Especially as this is the first visit since Jupiter returned to your career sector.