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Your Winter Astrological Forecast

Your Winter Astrological Forecast

Written by: Heidi Noemi

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Published On: January 19, 2023

Rituals and Spiritual Practices

Rituals and Spiritual Practices

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Twenty-three have the potential to bring about great change if you decide — sometime around springtime — what, exactly, you want to see flourish.

It helps that the January 2023 astrology is giving us a gentle start to the year as retrograde Mars, Mercury, and Uranus resume direct motion again. This planetary course correction makes January a bridge point where we are able to not only catch our breath but also gain perspective on our ideal future and how to make it possible.

Mars and Uranus Station Direct

Mars is the ruler of courage, and it governs our ability to take risks and succeed. It was retrograde in Gemini from October to the first part of January, weakening its power. If you felt your tenacity waning at the end of the year, it’s likely related to the Gemini part of your birth chart, where Mars is taking its extended nap. Those with a Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo, or Pisces may feel the effects of retrograde more strongly than the rest of us.

Mars finally swings directly into Gemini on January 12th, restoring it to its full strength. Procrastination and self-doubt are some of the side effects of a weak Mars, so if your personal astrology is directly affected by this retrograde, rest assured that your confidence will slowly return this month.

As the Red Planet gains momentum in late January, be mindful of Mars-related themes of desire, struggle, and dedication, which will be especially relevant and may speak to us through events or conversations. Reflect on why you’re pursuing certain goals and use this time to question your attitude toward frequent challenges. Projects that have (and should) have lost momentum since late October can be revived; Obstacles should begin to fall away in the face of our new determination to succeed.

Mars represents the spark of our heart’s desire and our ability to take risks. If we want to see success this new year, we must base ourselves on two pillars of Mars’ wisdom: an unwavering sense of self and a burning desire to succeed.

Shortly after Mars becomes direct, Uranus will follow suit, on January 22nd, blessing any creative endeavors requiring unorthodox thinking. Channel the rebellious energy of Uranus to get an exciting new perspective on an old problem. Know that these planets seek to support mature projects with authenticity. If you want to create something special, stick close to your heart and use your intuition to identify what draws your attention.

Effect of upcoming lunar cycle

After January 21—an Aquarius new moon—walk with grace and strength but few expectations; This Saturn-ruled lunar cycle wants to see us putting our heads down and working diligently. If we can serve our higher self and our goals, the rewards will be sweeter in February and beyond. In particular, the seeds we sow in late January will benefit us when Jupiter changes signs in May and the energy accelerates. Now it is important to have convictions and play the long game; Don’t lose sight of the bigger picture.

The Full Moon in Leo on February 5th will trigger Uranus as well as Venus and Mars, giving us the opportunity for bold self-expression—and perhaps even satisfying a heightened sex drive.


Tel Aviv-based astrologer and psychic Heidi Noemi is the founder of Apsara of Neptune. She provides psychic readings, planetary birth chart analysis, and astrology-based life coaching in person or over Zoom.

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