Happy Solar Return to Aries Season!
Happy solar return, Aries! This year begins with a sense of anticipation for what is to come, but you may not be quite ready or aware of what is about to happen yet. At the time of your solar return, the Moon is in her darkest phase, squared to your ruling planet Mars in Gemini, indicating that something significant is in the works in the unseen realm. Perhaps, you may find out more soon.
The very next day of Solar Return, a New Moon occurs in the pure degree of your solar sign. This New Moon is a kind of soft launch, so to speak, because you will have another New Moon in the last degree of your sign on April 20th. This occurrence of two New Moons in the same sign is called a “Double Moon”, and it is quite rare, happening only once every two to three years. In addition to this already rare occasion, this New Moon is going to be an Eclipse.
This promises to be a potent and transformative year, with Venus's position offering a tantalizing clue as to how these energies may play out. In addition to the first New Moon, Venus in Taurus is precisely aligned with the North Node. This alignment creating a square with Pluto in Capricorn, indicating a period of deep transformation with intense passions. This energy has the potential to renew and regenerate the power of love in your life. Familiarize yourself with this energy; you'll be working with it for much of this solar year.
As the dark Moon meets the Sun to form a New Moon, she will first pass over Neptune in Pisces. This astrological alignment creates a highly reflective, intuitive space for you to look within. This is a time to reflect on what truly motivates you and what you truly yearn for; let the deepest desire within yourself come to the surface. The square aspect with Mars, the planet of action and passion, indicates that this is not just a time for contemplation, but also for taking initiative and making progress towards your goals. This first Moon Cycle would be a great time to set your spiritual routine for the year, whether that be working with the Moon phases or daily meditation.
With two slow-moving planets, Saturn and Pluto, changing signs, and the North Node coming to your sign, there is a lot of cosmic energy swirling that may cause you out of focus. Saturn's shift into your subconscious realm may bring to light of feelings that were previously hidden deep within. With the Nodes of Fate changing axes to Aries-Libra, the North Node's coming into your sign indicates a time of increased attention on self-discovery and personal growth. Meanwhile, the South Node amplifies your realm of relationships. As the South Node brings a notion of "letting go", you may encounter situations where you need to rethink your relationships and make the decision to let go if the situation doesn't serve you for the better. Additionally, the South Node signifies "the past" and may bring up people from your past. Either way, your love life this year is at a karmic crossroad, defining and discerning what is true for you to calibrate your path in the right direction going forward. You may feel the effects of this karmic energy most strongly in mid-July when the Lunar Nodes axis moves into Aries-Libra, turning the direction of cosmic tides.
It appears that your finances are off to a good start this year. With Jupiter, the planet of luck and fortune is in your sign, and Venus, the goddess of love, smiling upon your financial sector, things are looking up. With Jupiter moving into your financial sector in May, this notion would amplify. However, during this time of moving in, Jupiter will square Mars in Leo, and Pluto in Aquarius, all at 0º, forming a Grand Square with Nodes of Fate. This means that the luck of fortune is up in the air - whether it will be good or bad, only fate knows. With Uranus, the planet of disruption in the mix, this has the potential to be a huge win. However, there is also a chance that things could go south, and if they do, it could be a huge loss. It’s the energy of “all or nothing”. If you want to spin the wheel of fortune, do so in a way that won't be detrimental, even if things don't go as you hoped. If you want to play safe, stars are advised that you wait until beginning of new year, 2024 to test your luck. By then, cosmic weather will be much more stable, and you’ll have a better idea of what you want to achieve in your financial life.
Another prominent theme for you this year is the journey of healing. You may be called to face your inner fears, but you will find the bravery to work through issues that may have prevented you from reaching your full potential. The journey to healing will be most prominent in the months of Sep-Oct, and will culminate with the Lunar Eclipse on October 28th.
As you approach the end of 2023 and move into the new year of 2024, you will likely experience a shift in your mindset. With healed heart, greater confidence and focus, you may find yourself motivated to explore new paths in your career. This could mean embarking on a new job search, pursuing additional education or training, or even starting your own business. Whatever direction you choose, the energy of cosmos will be supportive of your goals and aspirations.
As this solar year comes to an end, there is much to reflect on and be proud of. Throughout this year, you have shown tremendous growth and development, evolving from a vulnerable baby ram to a strong, admirable, and mature one. You can bid farewell to this year with a smile on your face and charge into a bright new year!