Happy New Year 2023! – Dec 2022 / January 2023


Dec 30 – We end 2022 in a paradoxical mix of urgency/enthusiasm for moving forward – with an undertow of Retrogrades that invite us to clean up and revise what’s already in process, as well as rethinking our plans and perspective for 2023. With four planets in ambitious Capricorn and with visionary Jupiter in hot-to-trot Aries, you can feel the desire to start something percolating within you, saying, “Let’s go now!” 

But with Mars Retrograde until Jan 12 in Gemini (Ruled by Mercury), and Mercury Retrograde from Dec 29-Jan 18, you are being given time and opportunities to revise your ideas and plans so you’ll be ready when ALL planets are in Direct motion on Jan 22, 2023. With Mercury Retrograde active, do the usual Rx things – clear clutter, review, reevaluate, be mindful – slow down and pay attention to what you’re doing. Be here now. Distraction is a major problem. 

Dec 31/Jan 1 – Venus conjunct Pluto, a powerful aspect. Love, beauty, connection and power, transformation, what’s hidden – the possibilities are endless, but the potential for impact is profound. You can magnetize someone into your life who goes deep and sees right into your heart. You can take your relationship to a deeper level of intimacy, a secret may be revealed that had been tightly held, a major healing breakthrough can occur or maybe you are transformed by a style makeover. Transformation doesn’t leave you where it finds you, so the effect will take you to a new inner space. Perfect for the New Year if this happens for you! P.S. Vulnerability is required for a breakthrough…

Jan 2, 2023 – Happy 2023! Mercury sextiles Neptune, a soft, gentle energy, offering a backdrop of creative vision and intuition that will make you extra sensitive and receptive. This amplifies your ability to process experiences and interpret events in your orbit via your nonlinear mind. Highly creative and fertile, good for writing, crafts, photography, as well as visual arts and music. 

Venus moves from Capricorn into Aquarius until Jan 26; it becomes interested in new people and interests outside of the usual social circle, seeking mental stimulation, ready for something different. This isn’t the romantic Venus, rather, more the humanitarian, artistic, social networking type or friend. Enjoy making connections with whoever you run into – or maybe you need space (another Aquarian trait). Follow where your heart and soul leads you – this goes to your authenticity. 

Also, the Sun squares Chiron (Master Healer) – Has your Big Light been dimmed? If you are triggered, an old issue has come up to be seen and if you’ve done your healing work, you can detach from the situation. Be the witness. Notice and let it go. You don’t have to fall in that hole again. If there’s pain you don’t know how to handle, get support for your care and well being – that’s your job. Drop what is not you (behaviors, choices, relationships). Stop pretending to be who you think you should be – you are in hiding and you attract the wrong people when you do that. 

Jan 4 – Venus sextile Jupiter offers blessings of all kinds – love, gifts, abundance, $$, attention, support, kindness and other heartfelt/joyful forms of generosity. This can be the smallest gesture to a formal present – and whether you’re the giver or the receiver, it should put a smile on your face and in your heart. The thing that often makes this so much fun is that it comes from an unexpected person or place. Enjoy! 

Jan 5 – Sun trine Uranus is a lively energy of change, of shaking up stale old structures – whether a routine, your style, a way of thinking, being, operating – anything that’s in a rut is ripe for reinvention. Dare to experiment and get fresh ideas/input to try on and see how they feel. Be a little bold in your 2023 redo!

The first week of 2023 feels like a welcoming hug, allowing us to enter in a gentle way with a lot of support. Let this be a template for the reset – exquisite Self-care, extra space and operating in flow, connecting in curiosity and wrapped in love (especially with ourselves), knowing that more will be revealed as we go along. Don’t push, definitely don’t rush – and don’t worry. Trust that All is in Divine Order (and Timing).

P.S. On New Year’s Day you might want to journal where you are, how you’re feeling, what you’re thinking and seeing for yourself. It’s always fun to check back later in the year to see how you’ve grown and what has transpired. 

Namaste and Happy 2023! As always, I am grateful for your presence on our journey together. 

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Lisa E Zimmerman is an Intuitive Astrologer and Coach, and Creator of Awakened Life Retreats, helping seekers discover who they came here to be and how to create an empowered, meaningful life. It is a joyful, heartfelt journey. ❤️

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