Aries is a bold, adventuresome Fire sign. An appropriately Arian costume would be a military uniform or a superhero outfit. Impulsive Aries wants to get things done—or at least started, so any planet in Aries is dressed for active duty, armed, streamlined and ready to go. The Aries costume belongs to the planet Mars (another way of saying it is “Mars rules Aries”).
Chiron, the Wounded Healer, is wearing the Aries costume. Chiron in Aries reminds us of the Wounded Warrior within. There may be a wounding and healing of the masculine principle. In other words, men may feel wounded as men and those who move toward healing instead of blaming forces outside themselves can release a huge load of past pain. We will be called upon to be honest with ourselves and each other, and to assert ourselves in positive ways. It’s time for the grizzled, war-torn and hyper-vigilant inner Warrior to come home, heal that PTSD and become a hometown Hero. The world is not your enemy. Chiron will continue through Aries until 2026.
A Fixed Earth sign, Taurus is solid and reliable, and very close to the land. Taurus is about all things sensory and sensual and loves to be in the company of pets small or large. The Taurus costume must be something comfortable to wear indoors and out, something you might find on a hippie chick who does yoga wherever she finds herself. Or it might be the beat-up old blue jeans of a farmer or the flour-dusted apron of a baker. The Taurus costume belongs to Ceres the Earth Goddess, also known as Mother Nature.
Uranus in Taurus places the Rebel in a sign famous for stubbornness. This suggests a time of passive resistance and digging in the heels. “If change happens at all, it will be MY way,” calmly states Uranus in Taurus, “and no other.” Yet Uranus has been known to bring tremendous innovation to areas of life according to the sign it’s in at the time (think Uranus in Cancer / 1950’s / invention of domestic appliances), so who knows what changes may happen in industries connected with food (such as farming and food processing) or money (such as banking or finance)? Uranus will wear the Taurus costume until 2025.
Imagine a three-piece business suit, well-tailored. Or a uniform of any kind. Any planet in the sign of Capricorn is expressing itself in a businesslike, serious way, disposing that planet toward structure and order. Capricorn is ambitious and demands that something be built. Capricorn reminds us to be self-disciplined and professional, and to be aware of our reputation.
Capricorn is the costume that belongs to Saturn, but right now Pluto the Transformer is wearing it.
Pluto in Capricorn is kind of like the figure of Death wearing a business suit. Pluto is destroying the old and birthing the new through business and discipline. Pluto in Capricorn says: “I won’t be happy until everything we know about how to run a business or government is destroyed and rebuilt. What is ‘order’ really? What is ‘structure?’ What is ‘discipline?’ I must get to the essence of these things and to do so I may have to burn away everything on the surface until what is true underneath is revealed.” Pluto will be in Capricorn until 2023—plenty of time for big changes to be made.
Aquarius is a Fixed Air sign and therefore both intellectual/cerebral (that’s the Air part) and also stubborn and fixed in its ideas (that’s the Fixed part). This costume consists of nerd glasses and a scientist’s lab coat, as is fitting for the sign of experimentation and brainstorming. Aquarius is about ideologies and paradigms–those belief-structures and “castles in the air” that might seem utopian to one person but dystopian to another. Aquarius gathers communities around a shared seed-idea and builds a sense of tribe and belonging–which can, for some, also mean the feeling of being a misfit or an outcast.
Pluto in Aquarius is kind of like the figure of Death wearing a robot costume. Pluto is destroying the old and birthing the new in the fields of technology, the internet, and social connectivity. Pluto in Aquarius says: “I won’t be happy until everything we know about how to connect, group, innovate, socialize, and the future is destroyed and rebuilt. What is ‘freedom’ really? What are the implications of ‘the internet’? How do we think for ourselves within a group? I must get to the essence of these things and to do so I may have to burn away everything on the surface until what is true underneath is revealed.” Pluto will begin its transition into Aquarius in March 2023—retrograding back and forth over the Aquarius cusp until it fully enters the sign in November 2024.
Saturn the Judge is taking off the Aquarius costume this year. Aquarius is the costume that belongs to Uranus, but traditionally Saturn ruled this sign for thousands of years before Uranus was discovered. Saturn makes work of whatever sign he moves through and in Aquarius that’s mostly about social accountability. How do communities cohere, establish their paradigms and regulate their members? How do communities then relate with other communities? This is a year of community-building and also doing the work of benefitting all community members. Communities that are not doing this work are likely to become more rigid and fearful in their ideologies and in the ways those ideologies are lived out–or enforced. Such communities will discover how easily the nest can become a prison. More about Saturn in Aquarius in this video. Saturn will move into Pisces in March 2023.
Pisces is oceanic, spiritual and boundaryless. Imagine a Piscean costume as the garb of an Illusionist, one who spins dreams, illusions and fantasies—or the messy, paint-smeared smock of an artist, someone who manifests a vision in reality. And yet another Piscean costume might be the garb of a monk, someone who cares nothing for the physical world and has no possessions beyond a begging bowl. Neptune is the owner of this costume.
Saturn is donning the Pisces costume this year. Pisces is the costume that belongs to Neptune, but traditionally Jupiter ruled this sign for thousands of years before Neptune was discovered. Saturn makes work of whatever sign he moves through and in Pisces that’s mostly about spiritual and artistic service. How do we provide spiritual or artistic services in ways that sustain us materially and emotionally? How do we establish working structures so that we are not giving beyond our means? How do we balance integrity and devotion to our practice while also trying to survive and find success? How must we continue to work on our compassion, empathy, and sense of connectedness, and where have we hit walls in this regard? This is a year of soul-searching and also doing the work of reworking our services so they are more effective, realistic, and truly in the best interest of others and ourselves. If we do not do this work, we are likely to become more rigid and fearful about giving, and feel progressively more closed off and limited. In this way, we will discover how easily giving can become withholding. More about Saturn in Pisces in this blogpost. Saturn will move into Pisces in March 2023, and will begin its transition into Aries in 2025.
Neptune herself is wearing Piscean garb this year, donning her own favorite costume and thus becoming the dreamiest Dreamer she can be. “What magic I can make!” says Neptune in Pisces, dancing and casting sparkles everywhere. \“What dreams I will spin, what fantasies and imaginings! I will feed the imaginations of artists, visionaries and poets everywhere. Let me enchant you with the possibilities your life holds.” Neptune will wear the Pisces costume until 2025.
This year Jupiter the Expander is also traveling through Aries and also on into Taurus.
Jupiter in Aries feels sudden and impactful, dispersing the ethereal mist of Jupiter in Pisces. What was once misty and nuanced is now straightforward and direct. The Piscean devotional faith is replaced by Aries-style newborn cheer and optimism. Fiery Aries will drive us to expand our senses of individuality, enterprise, and assertiveness. As Jupiter toggles back and forth between both Pisces and Aries, we will reflect on the value and necessity of both collective consciousness and of the individual, leadership, and originality. Jupiter marks where we wish to grow, and we may find ourselves exploring athletic pursuits, such as martial arts, as a spiritual practice, or fighting for ideas we believe in. It may also mark a time when we are interested in developing our independence, which may be atrophied in such interconnected times. Be careful – the God of War’s influence can also result in out-of-control anger, dangerous impulsivity, aggression, hostility, and uncooperative selfishness. Perhaps we can recall the mindfulness of Jupiter in Pisces to ride out those incendiary (but ephemeral) bursts of Arian temper.
Jupiter in Taurus this year marks a distinct change from last year’s impulsive Jupiter in Aries. Now Jupiter moves into Taurus, the fixed earth sign, where his giant aura of hot air grows solid and turns to fertile soil, and his bombastic energy becomes grounded and slow. Jupiter represents where we collectively wish to grow and explore, so Jupiter’s transit through Taurus marks a time when people will be more interested in exploring food, agriculture, horticulture, nature, our own bodies and an embodied existence, creativity and artistic pursuits, economics and financial stability. Now we take the Jupiterian urge for expansion, whose interest in the foreign and exotic can tend towards manifest destiny or cultural appropriation, and develop it into something tempered with sensuality, stability and a sense of value. But the earthy faith of Jupiter in Taurus has a shadow side: hedonism, greed, skepticism, a glorification of the material, and the worshipping of the wealthy and beautiful.
The Scripts They Are Playing Out
Characters in a play do not stand about doing monologues. Instead they interact with each other. In the same way, the planets do not operate in isolation and the most interesting parts of any year’s drama of 2023 are usually the ways the planets dialogue with each other. They do this by forming specific relationships with each other. They assume roles toward each other and play out a script. Some of these scripts are harmonious (astrologers call them trines and sextiles) while others are stressful (squares and oppositions). And there is a third kind of script that brings two planets together in a neutral way, neither stressful nor harmonious, to ally themselves and have a meeting of the minds (conjunction). These planetary meetups cause interesting emotional “weather” for us here on Earth.
In 2023, aside from a loose sextile between Neptune and Pluto, the planets don’t form any aspects with each other. And this is actually good news. Have you heard the saying, “May you live in interesting times?” It’s a sort of curse, actually. But, when you think about it, doesn’t it seem as if the last few years have been interesting enough to last us awhile? Apparently the planets agree that we’re due for a break from the “interesting.”
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If you feel a strong resonance with one or more of these six planetary characters, it may be triggering your own birth chart (this page might give you a clue). To find out more, you may want a full reading of your birth chart (for a list of our services, look here).
To find out more about other astrological events happening in 2023, such as eclipses and pivotal days, see this: Transits in the Year 2023.
If you are interested in seeing the planets at work in one of the most dramatic years in recent history, you can check out videos we made in 2020. We explained why the year went the way it did, charted the course of the covid-19 pandemic and cast it all in a hopeful light. Here’s our video Pandemic Year 2020, A Retrospective.
The gorgeous woodcut-style planet icons on this page were created by Betelgeux whom I found on deviantart.com and who appears to not be there anymore.