January is named after the Roman God Janus, known as the initiator of human life, transformations between stages of life, and shifts from one historical era to another. 2023 – The Year of the Phoenix Rising from the Ashes is going to be a year of all the above. It is said that Janus was present at the beginning of the world, as is known as the God of Gates. Having been to the mystical Janus stone on Boa Island in Northern Ireland, the spirit of Janus is even more profound for me as I prepare to honor the old ways and honor my ancestors the Tuatha Dé Danann. In October our tribe wove a web of prayer and vision for a kinder, gentler world at the stone as we each had a special moment. A place to review your past through the eyes of the heart and to see into the future and the wild unknown. A place to create a new reality by being fully present in the immediate now.
January 6th Wolf Full Moon
The first of 13 full moons in 2023, the Wolf Full Moon (my favorite) will occur on January 6th. This is also a micro moon which means the moon will be farthest from the Earth allowing a deeper connection to our own Dream Walker. The wolf moon represents new beginnings, and the conquering of light over darkness as the days grow longer. From an astrological point of view, this full moon is in Cancer which represents the Divine Mother, home, ancestral roots, emotions, empathy, and intuition. Since Cancer is the sign that the moon rules, these qualities of Cancer will be amplified at this time. The full moon will oppose Mercury, the planet of the personal mind and align with the asteroid Pallas Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom and Strategy. Pallas Athena and Mercury tend to lean more toward logic and linear thinking, however with the moon illuminating the water sign of Cancer, we’re being invited to find the balance between intuition and logic and notice where we may favor one over the other. Additionally, the full moon will very tightly trine the asteroid Vesta. A trine is the most harmonious aspect in astrology. It represents ease between the two planets. Vesta is the Goddess of House and Home and is referred to as the Keeper of the Flame. Her primary relationship is with Source and Spirit itself. The full moon trine Vesta shows that the connection to the Goddess, Spirit, the unseen world, and our own spirituality will be powerful on this day.
As the Wolf Full Moon, it is a time to sit in stillness and merge with the essence of the wolf. The wolf’s strong energy and determination can be amazing to work with to change your life and channel this kind of energy into yourself. The Tuatha Dé Danann (known as the children or tribe of the Goddess Danu), can switch between human and wolf form which makes this a most magickal full moon. It is a time of figuring out what you personally need to create to have a joyous life. A time of finding personal truth, and discovering your purpose and how it relates to the bigger picture and society. For those who follow the earth religion and would like to work deeply with the Wolf on the first full moon of 2023, I have posted a full moon ritual. CLICK HERE. I also have posted a guided audio meditation for the Wolf Full Moon. Click here
Mars goes direct on January 12, 2023
Mars, the God of War, ambition, and action will go direct in Gemini on January 12th. Gemini is the sign of communication, learning, and sharing information. Mars has been retrograding since October 30th and his journey through Gemini has gifted us opportunities to expand our communication space. Mars in Gemini underscores the importance of clear and honest communication and taking the time to truly listen to other’s points of view (especially if we disagree with them). Even though Mars will go direct on January 12th, he won’t shift out of Gemini until March 25th, so we still have 2 more months of Mars in the sign of speaking, thoughts, and the mind. This illuminates an even deeper teaching that Mars and Gemini are sharing on how do we handle miscommunication or misunderstandings when they arise? How do we find our own personal truth? Do we meet it with defensiveness, stubbornness, and the need to be right? Or do we meet it with the genuine desire to understand the other person? Communication is a tool that can divide or unite people, and Mars in Gemini is asking us to decide how we would like to use this powerful tool moving forward.
New Moon in Aquarius on January 21, 2023
This new moon will be exact at 1 degree Aquarius. Aquarius is the sign of rebellion, revolution, sudden changes, and the future. The first degree of a sign has new moon energy innately imbued in it, so this is a powerful new moon to set intentions for the future and release any blocks that stand in the way of the vision you hold for your life. Additionally, Uranus rules Aquarius, and Uranus will be going direct only one day after this new moon takes place, which signifies Aquarian energy being pronounced on this day. This is significant for aha moments and sudden inspiration. This energy can also feel electric and restless, so if you find your mind or thoughts become overwhelming, grounding and putting your feet on the Earth can help bring you out of your head and back into your body.
It should also be noted that the first degree of Aquarius is significant because Jupiter and Saturn aligned at 1 degree Aquarius on December 21, 2020, and many astrologers believed this to be the alignment that birthed and ushered us into the Age of Aquarius. This was the night the “Christmas Star” appeared in the sky we all of humanity was given a do over. The Age of Aquarius is future and community oriented, and encourages us to be our truest, most authentic selves. In its shadow, the Age of Aquarius can forget what is sacred to life and what it means to be human because Aquarius can detach from emotions and the heart. Humans are currently in the process of building a new world, and this new moon activating the first degree of Aquarius acts like a cosmic check-in asking us if this new world we are building, is aligned with the sacredness of life. I will be posting a special new moon ritual soon.
Uranus goes direct on January 22, 2023
Uranus will go direct in Taurus. Uranus is the planet of authenticity, revolution, and change. Taurus is the sign of stability, grounding, and Mother Earth. Uranus going direct in this sign invites us to work with change instead of against it and provides ample opportunities for us to examine where we cling to beliefs, ideals, rules, relationships, jobs, etc. that we have outgrown but haven’t released yet out of fear. Uranus going direct encourages us to let go of the old so that we have the space to welcome in the new that is on its way to us or is already here. This provides an opportunity to become aware of the Way of Water, being receptive, patient and in the flow.
January 23—April 20: All Planets Direct!
Can I get an AMEN or AWOMEN!!!! There will be no planets retrograde between January 23rd and April 20th. Since all planets will be going in their forward orbit, time can feel like it’s sped up during this period. This energy is great for moving forward on our paths. With that said, the world can feel like it’s moving at warp speed at this time, and it’s important to remember that just because the world is moving fast, doesn’t mean you have to. The astrology is still highlighting the importance of following our own internal rhythm. So, finding stillness and grounding during this window of time can help ensure that the pace at which you are moving on your path is your own. 2023, the Year of the Phoenix Rising from the Ashes holds amazing creative potential but with any great work of art, one must find their heart song and allow the organic flow of creation to be channeled through you.
A big thank you to our star child for sharing her star wisdom. If you would like an astrological reading to help you navigate the coming year, I highly recommend Natasha. She can be reached at: [email protected].
Be gentle with yourself. Use these gifts from the celestial heavens to guide your journey. Find your courage and embrace your magnificence.
If you would like to develop a deeper relationship with yourself in this year of seeding your future I am creating private retreats in Sedona, Maui and New Zealand throughout 2023. I will also be announcing upcoming workshops where I am excited to share the teachings of the Way of Water, the Phoenix and the gifts of the Tuatha de Dannan throughout the year.
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Kia Kaha…Be Strong and true to yourself.
Love and cuddles, Robbyne