There is both change in the air from the start and a sense that nothing has changed. The month begins with four planets still in retrograde motion and one of those planets is Mars, whose retrograde turn in October has turned what is normally a six week visit to Gemini into his longest visit in eight decades. As you move into the New Year the same players are there but there is a sense that they are poised, waiting for the gods to take their finger off the pause button. Even Jupiter, while his return to your sector of friendship, teamwork and networking at the end of last month is creating a lot of new and exciting energy, is waiting for the dwarf planet Eris’ direct turn here on 12th January. This is just a day before Mars turns direct and as a planet that doesn’t like to be told to sit back, this is when his warrior and competitive spirit will kick in. While Mars won’t leave until March and he will find a lot of things to pause his energy and enthusiasm into before then, he is getting a lot of support from the start. A lot of that support is coming from Venus, who will join Saturn in your sector of adventure, travel, learning and discovery on 3rd January. Mars and Saturn already have a long established relationship and as he will channel his warrior and competitive spirit into anything that speaks to you, this could see a passion for adventure and a hunger for life’s richer experiences surge. It is once the Sun wraps up his annual visit to your financial sector on 20th January that he will join Venus and Saturn, making this something that will continue to grow. This is something that will get an additional boost from a New Moon on 22nd January. Held back by his own retrograde phase and not turning direct until 19th January, Mercury will stay on in your financial sector in order to get this new financial year off to the best possible start. Meanwhile, while things may have dialled back professionally after Jupiter left your career sector late last month, Venus’ return on 27th January will get things moving again.
The Sun’s departure from your relationship sector just before Christmas has taken the solar spotlight off your relationships, as is normally the case at this time each year. That means that while there is no planetary activity in your relationship sector as you move into the New Year, you will have a good sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you from the start. Instead, the focus this month is more on matters of the heart and it comes from two different but related sources. The first is from the dwarf planet Ceres, who returned to your romantic sector a week before Christmas to begin her first deep dive into your heart’s needs and priorities in four years. This will be a journey that continues through to the second half of the year, with Ceres turning retrograde early next month. This will get an additional boost when Venus, the planet of love makes an early return to an adventurous part of your chart on 3rd January, two months earlier than her return last year. Until leaving on 27th January, Venus will be on a mission to bring the spirit of romance and adventure together, while at the same time putting her in harmony with Ceres, with the two goddesses of the solar system working together to get 2023 off to a romantically charged start. In an already romantically charged month, what could be some of the most romantically charged days of the year will be when the Moon moves through your romantic sector from 13th January to 16th January, aligning with Ceres and forming a friendly aspect to Venus as it moves through. Meanwhile, the Moon will make its first visit to your relationship sector for the year from 18th January to 20th January. The Moon was here when the Sun left last month, with its return a chance to check in with the insight and expectations this left you with four weeks earlier.
Because Saturn will always spend the first three weeks of January in your financial sector, the solar spotlight is always on your financial situation and money matters at this time of year. Of your two money houses, this is where the focus is more on what you do with and how you manage the money you have and thanks to the Sun, this allows you to begin any year with your eyes open and head out of the sand. However, the Sun is rarely alone and that is the case this year. Until she leaves on 3rd January Venus, the planet of money will be fuelling your financial confidence, updating your expectations and encouraging you to turn financial desires into reality. Once Venus leaves, she won’t be back until 2024 and as she will provide the motivation for the planets who will stay on, it is just as important to start the year with wishful thinking as it is to have your eyes open and head out of the sand. You also start the year with Mercury in retrograde motion here, with his smart head for money still focused on your last financial year until turning direct on 19th January. This is just a day before the Sun will leave on 20th January. This will leave Mercury alone with Pluto, the planet of change and revolution and this is when you can get serious about your financial game plan and resolutions for the coming year. It is just before the Sun leaves that the Moon will return for its first visit to your financial sector for the year, with a chance to check in, ensure you are emotionally and intuitively engaged and to fuel your financial instincts and imagination from 20th January to 22nd January. Meanwhile, with no planetary activity in your income sector, the Moon’s visit from 6th January to 8th January was always going to be important. However, as this is the one chance that the income side of the financial fence has to get your attention the money gods are rolling out the big guns, in the form of a Full Moon here on 7th January, something that could have lucrative implications.