The Astrology Of 2023: Cellular Effervescent Overflow
2023 is a different year than we’ve had for a while, mainly because of Saturn’s March ingress into Pisces, distancing himself from Aquarius for the first time since March 2020 and leaving dignity by rulership for the first time since December 19th of 2017, meaning we will be dealing with a significantly less strong Saturn than we have for around five years. For the most part we will likely enjoy having looser restriction, more relaxed regulations, but we might also feel some confusion when we search for authority and find it both no where and everywhere simultaneously. As we head towards spring of 2023 Pluto moves into Aquarius, departing Capricorn for the first time since 2008. We might see whatever Saturn successfully designed and installed is emphasized by Pluto’s presence in his diurnal sign for the next twenty plus years. 2023 is just a taste of an Aquarian Pluto, although I’m sure the ingress will be noticeable, not only does the outermost visible and outermost invisible planet change signs in the same month, but the other malefic, Mars, finally leaves Gemini in March as well, after having been there since August 20th 2022. Pluto, Saturn and Mars are generally the planets people tend to worry about, not saying that this will be a disaster moment, but it would be logical to assume everything to do with what is currently serious business changes character, and this could be something of a plot twist. About a month later we get the first Aries eclipse in the series scheduled for April 20th 2023. Looks like an active and thoroughly dynamic time, although with Saturn in Pisces we lose the squares to Uranus, and in fact, 2023 includes more sextile relationships between outer planets, so there is a noticeable smoothness in the program compared to 2021 and 2022’s jarring clashes and ongoing tension. Overall we might become compulsive to take action for ourselves and initiate things by the North Node in Aries and since we have the opportunity to do so by Jupiter’s time in Aries from late December until mid-May, but his March conjunction to Chiron probably suggesting we are a bit rusty from years of being more contained, and rushing into activity as the regulations relax and maybe even dissolve completely we need to attend to our atrophied skill sets and confidence. Not surprising that the ultimate result of that finds Jupiter in Taurus, where expansion and growth takes on a much slower and long term momentum building shape after the next phase of right now readiness going a bit awkwardly. The North Node will keep pressing the Ram’s button over the next year plus so there is plenty of time to rush ahead and go do either way. Pluto’s powerful shadows expressing from futuristic and coldly alien Aquarius will certainly bring new unnerving elements to fixate our fears on and the copresence of Saturn Neptune as Neptune begins to get into orb to sextile Uranus and have the unreal collaborating with the unexpected suggests that accompanying the incoming smoothness and relative relaxed atmosphere is a world slipping into weirder and weirder waters with something ominous on the air.
(image above Max Ernst)
Pawing through the last millenia plus of Pluto in Aquarius periods, the last century or so of Saturn in Pisces as well as Saturn-Neptune copresences, looking into the last few sets of Jupiter in Taurus and Aries-Libra eclipse series for historical cycle shapes revealed a lot to re-comingle and model into whats oncoming in 2023. Aquarius Pluto seems to be always decentralizing in the extreme, last round seeing the world wide trend of overthrowing monarchies coming into revolutionary fashion. Saturn in Pisces shows up as every combination of Saturn archetype and Pisces archetype you can possibly imagine, and in many cases seems to resemble Neptune whether or not Saturn is configured to him. There seems to be lack of regulations imposed upon society symoultaneously with a lack of restraint in the actions of authorities themselves, opening borders, relaxed laws and disarmament efforts side by side with genocides and the ignoring of peace treaties. It perfect mutable style it doesn’t trend one way but distributes Saturn in Piscesness omnidirectionally even paradoxically overlapped with no regard for positive or negative ends. Jupiter in Taurus of course does the coherence that economies and commodities are fucked up and it would be good if we began to slowly get them stabilized and back on track, but surprisingly there seems to always be something about Mars in the earlier decades and exoplanets in the later, as there’s an expansion into new ground, an extension of physical resources, even if that is off planet. Saturn Neptune together finds the first sex reassignment surgery as well as the first face transplant and Saturn Pisces the first animal fetus grown in an artificial womb and both that cycle and Jupiter in Taurus include events with the Human Genome Project. Aries North Node and Libra South Node eclipses are big on rash rushes into invasion mode paired with lacking or exceedingly convoluted expressions of diplomacy woven in but also there are more recently some strange social media events along the timeline; Facebook launched just before the last Aries-Libra set (in the parallel nodal arrangement), Youtube arrived right around an eclipse in that series as did Twitter. Notably the first Youtube video was titled “Me At The Zoo”, effectively including the “you” of Libra and “me” of Aries.
We might expect the strange and even queasy, irresponsible openness of Saturn in Pisces paired with the array of outer planet sextiles and copresences contributing to softness and fusion of expression and the general lack of tension in the nocturnal signs which circumstantially allows for the extreme decentralization and invasionary elements coming from the diurnal signs to rush in, as if when reality lets its guard down society and culture changing activity enters without resistance. The historical cycles reveal probable shapes when we can see the commonalities that pop up across multiple periods, and of course as we look through the things that occurred on a world scale we also have to convert those dynamics to what that might mean in our personal lives as well. If you know your rising sign and where the rest of your houses fall it can clue you in to what life layer is getting paradoxically relaxed and what life layer is about to undergo a new period of extreme decentralization, where you might experience a stabilizing trend of improvement, where you might rush in and invade, where you are pairing down your diplomacy and which parts of your existence are likely to collaborate and work synchronistically hand in hand as the world gets even weirder around us.
Since there is so much to consider I’m building a database of historical events within the contexts of the various ingresses and transits which apply to 2023 which can be scanned for reference found on my website. As events emerge in the present I’ll add them in to the current cycle category. I refer to many of these historical occurrences in summary throughout this article considering 2023, refer to the database to expand the scope.
Pluto In Aquarius
Extreme decentralization is at the heart of the Pluto in Aquarius dynamic and in all periods this plays out generally through a combination of reform and either revolt or raid. Each period varies in nuance and this can be sorted for the most part by which triplicity epoch was Pluto’s Aquarius transit embedded in, i.e. which element were the Saturn-Jupiter conjunctions playing out in. The last period was a fire period, which contained BOTH the American and French revolutions as well as the anti-monarchic revolts and movements which followed. Being a fire period this was extremely loud, bright and active. Before that Pluto went through Aquarius in a Water period, where we find the reformation and the decentralization of the papacy’s hold on religious control and ideology. Prior to that was an air period, which is what we are about to go through over the next several years. Societal structuralism, i.e. feudalism broke apart amidst many sectarian conflicts and abnormal climatic disruptions resulting in the removal of power from wealthy elites. This sounds pretty much exactly like now just swap out “feudalism” for what people refer to as “capitalism” and you have today, and prepare for the extremely rich to probably end up holding the shit end of the stick by 2044. I would not want to be a billionaire, oligarch, or authoritarian figure over the next couple decades, if history repeats then its their ass. Before that the transit occured in an Earth period when the great schism in the church led to Eastern and Western forms of Christianity, while other regions of the globe experienced more fragmentation all leading to geographical territory shapings. Before that Pluto crossed Aquarius as a water period shifted into a fire period, and appropriately we find the cultural reforms of Carolingian Renaissance followed by the abrasive impact of the Viking Raids.
-4/5/1777—12/25/1798: Fire period: Monarchic revolutions
peak excitement, zeal, intensity, non sustainable energy level, eats itself-— American revolution, French Revolution, decentralization of British dominance, wave of new treatise and alliances, American frontier, various outpost networks extended and established worldwide, curt reform to policies, enlightenment, space discovery, aviation firsts, updated industrial infrastructure, global/collectivist rights notions, penal colony Australia, regularly disseminated information via media, separation of dogma belief and theological study, conflicts between colonists and colonized , American revolutionists form confederacies with economic structure and army, ; telecommunications, battle with by air surveillance, monarchic overthrow in France, executions of monarchy, aristocracy, and tax collectors etc., antimonarchist wars, French Republic battling all monarchy, rise of Napoleon, imperialism, territory, control, siege, immigration issues, territory naturalization etc, vaccination invented, theaters established
-2/2/1532—12/3/1553: Water period: Reformation
reformation decentralizes papal supremacy, sectarianism within protestantism, information dissemination control, expansion to the new world by catholics creating multipolar catholic network, avant garde literature, amoral ideology, arrest and corporeal punishment on ideological basis, new biblical translations and reinterpretations, multidirectional conflicts, firearms distributed to the east, schools established, foods are introduced into Europe from colonies
-10/28/1287—11/28/1308: Air Period: Feudal / Noble power break up (parallel to now by triplicity)
sectarian sieges, invasions and multi directional disruption displacing peoples and stressing nobles and arms, the transition out of feudal societal organization and the reduction of noble wealth and power— break up of the previously established crusade states, climactic disruptions: floods, droughts, odd seasons, etc.
-2/4/1041—9/12/1063: Earth period: The Great Schism
-sudden decline of Byzantine power and a rise of Norman domination over much of Europe
-Christendom experienced a formal schism in this century which had been developing over previous centuries between the Latin West and Byzantine East, causing a split in its two largest denominations to this day: Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy.
-high point for both classical Chinese civilization, science and technology, and classical Islamic science, philosophy, technology and literature. Rival political factions at the Song dynasty court created strife amongst the leading statesmen and ministers of the empire
-fragmented Abbasid realm
-It saw the final Christianisation of Scandinavia and the emergence of the Peace and Truce of God movements, the Gregorian Reforms, and the Crusades which revitalized a church and a papacy that had survived tarnished by the tumultuous 10th century. In 1054, the Great Schism saw the political and religious culmination and a formal split between the Western and Eastern church.
-a growth of population in urban centers gave rise to an early organized capitalism
-3/25/795—12/31/818: Water into Fire period: Reform and Raid
-The Carolingian Renaissance and the Viking raids
-literature, writing, visual arts, architecture, music, jurisprudence, liturgical reforms, and scriptural studies.
Saturn in Pisces
As previously stated every kind of Saturn archetype expressing in a Piscean mode can be found in each Saturn Pisces period, even when they directly contradict each other. This makes sense as Pisces by nature is everything at once mixed together. We can’t really say that Saturn in Pisces is good at forming any one thing, its more that things get nauseatingly swirly, and really become a total sketchy mess when Saturn makes problematic aspects to other outers or to Mars. Fantasy worlds are built, like Vegas and Epcot, animations always get assembled, hurricanes, typhoons and tsunamis become obstacles, culture gets watered down and over dramatized, there are a variety of mass murders, suicides and genocides that commonly include a why didn’t someone stop them component in the story, large ships splash into the seas, and many vessels are famously sunk, all kinds of advancement in radio takes place, likely as it is a form of ambient invisible structure to systematize the airwaves. There are naval battles, mushroom clouds, fascist expansionism, disarmament efforts, open borders, psychedelic drugs, the dissolve of authority structures and infamous otherworldly parties on a grand scale.
-1/28/1994—4/7/1996: Jupiter in Scorpio—Sag—Cap:
disarmament efforts, conflict dissolves, regulations lacking, world wide web, Waterdown culture, historical nostalgia, financial meltdown, hurricanes?, cult mass suicide, mass murder, same sex marriage, XTC
-3/23/1964—3/3/1967: Jupiter Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer::: Pirate radio, arts, disarmament, crowds overwhelm authorities, last execution, world killing bombs, non violent resistance, free speech, big price heists, ships and sunk ships, civil rights dissolves segregation, worse hurricanes and flood, aids related medication, topless bikini, free (solar) energy, — authorities overwhelm people, recognition of war crimes and genocides, outerspace photography, grim messy chaos as Saturn opposes Uranus and Pluto, martial law, military surges, seaman strike, multiple martial law declarations, artificial and synthetic merging, skater-rasta cultural events, serial murderers, world systems expansion, cultural revolution: dissolve traditional elements, LSD, casino
-2/14/1935—1/14/1938: Jupiter in Scorpio, Sag, Cap, Aqu:
no restraint, nazi non recognition of rules, coups dissolve leadership, environmental blot out, conservative religious visions, epic official fantasy party, intoxication limit, worst hurricane, water boundary, stream system, tower phase out, military retreat, phony vote, unions, population control, synthetic radioactivity, Hitler's expansionist plans, deadly weather, train of the stars, luxury ocean liner, photography system, ambient pressure recognition, helicopter, axis powers disorganized commingling, worse flood, monarchic dissolve, big bridges, naval mutiny, radio remote education, big gas explosion, concerned religious leaders, large massacres
religious freedom, largest ship, execute everyone, abolish execution, mind expansion, casino, naval battle, colloidal biology, naval technology, numbing drug, coal mine explosions, color over realism in painting, Xerox, earthquake typhoon tsunami, rights of women, political imposter, fake leader, submarines, radio, cinema, liquid earth, ships sunk, masses of people, population expansion, stolen jewels, airwave communication, financial meltdown, -sodas and supermarkets, largest ship sinks, first times square ball drop, boy scouts: utilitarian romanticism, circumnavigations and around the world car race, childrens encyclopedia: soft knowledge
Saturn Co Present Neptune
In March 2023 Saturn becomes copresent with Neptune. Their conjunction isn’t until February of 2026, although their copresence is significant as they will be speaking the same language for the next many years, as Jupiter basically spoke exclusively Neptunian for the last couple off and on. Modern astrology says Neptune rules Pisces where as traditional claims it is Jupiter’s domicile. I joked recently that Jupiter in Pisces might have been called Jupiter in Neptune for how much influence the invisible outer planet of illusion and unreality had over Jupiter’s water sign, and I’m expecting as much for Saturn’s time with the most high-saturation planet as well. Their co presence and conjunction last round which occurred in Capricorn in 1989-90 is famous for breeching the Berlin Wall (with help from disruptive Uranus) and dissolving the Soviet Union. Exactly what they did together all the previous times isn’t as clear cut as you might like, something par for the course for Neptune, but either way its safe to say boundaries get dissolved somewhere if not all over the place when they come together. For instance their 1952 conjunction in Libra appropriately hosts both the first sexual reassignment surgery and the first successful separation of siamese twins, breaking down gender and relationship borders in Venus’ air sign as governance and national territory structures where melted away in Saturn’s Earth sign. 1917’s Leo conjunction kisses goodbye to diplomatic ties during loud and outrages WWI. Whatever boundaries, limits, structures and systems are about to be thrown overboard we will likely start to see the nature of this year foreshadowing 2026 eliminating flush, so keep your eyes peeled.
-breech of Berlin Wall and dissolution of soviet union
-A geomagnetic storm causes the collapse of the Hydro-Québec power grid. 6,000,000 people are left without power for nine hours. Some areas in the northeastern U.S. and in Sweden also lose power, and aurorae are seen as far as Texas.
-Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke weeps on national television as he admits marital infidelity.
-Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann announce that they have achieved cold fusion at the University of Utah.
-Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann announce that they have achieved cold fusion at the University of Utah.
Exxon Valdez oil spill: In Alaska's Prince William Sound, the Exxon Valdez spills 240,000 barrels (38,000 m3) of oil after running aground.
-Gun control: U.S. President George H. W. Bush bans the importation of certain guns deemed assault weapons into the United States.
-– Iran breaks off diplomatic relations with the United Kingdom over Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses.
-March 9 – Revolutions of 1989: The Soviet Union submits to the jurisdiction of the World Court.
-March 12 – Tim Berners-Lee produces the proposal document that will become the blueprint for the World Wide Web.
-Nuclear testing and Operation Ivy: The United States successfully detonates the first hydrogen bomb, codenamed "Mike", at Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands in the central Pacific Ocean, with a yield of 10.4 megatons.
-The first successful sex reassignment surgery is performed in Copenhagen, making George Jorgensen Jr. become Christine Jorgensen.
-The first successful surgical separation of Siamese twins is conducted in Mount Sinai Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio.
-The United States ends its search for Pancho Villa.
-– Pershing's troops in Mexico begin withdrawing back to the United States. They reach Columbus, New Mexico February 5.
-WWI: Atlantic U-boat Campaign: Germany announces its U-boats will resume unrestricted submarine warfare, rescinding the 'Sussex Pledge'.
-February 3 – WWI: The United States severs diplomatic relations with Germany.
-– WWI: Walter Hines Page, United States ambassador to the United Kingdom, is shown the intercepted Zimmermann Telegram, in which Germany offers to give the American Southwest back to Mexico, if Mexico will take sides with Germany, in case the United States declares war on Germany.
-Old West outlaw Jesse James is shot in the back of the head and killed by Robert Ford in St. Joseph, Missouri.
-May 2 – The Kilmainham Treaty, an agreement between the British government and Irish nationalist leader Charles Stewart Parnell to abate tenant rent arrears, is announced; Parnell is released from Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin.
-May 6 – Phoenix Park Murders in Ireland: Lord Frederick Cavendish, the newly appointed Chief Secretary for Ireland, and Thomas Henry Burke, his Permanent Undersecretary, are fatally stabbed in Phoenix Park, Dublin, by members of the Irish National Invincibles (militant Irish republicans).
-May 8 – The Chinese Exclusion Act is the first important law which restricts immigration into the United States.
-May 20 – The Triple Alliance is formed between Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy.
-Ferdinand von Lindemann publishes his proof of the transcendentality of pi.
Jupiter in Taurus
It can be a little harder to pinpoint what Jupiter was up to in any given period as history like the news, is a catalogue of wars and disasters and technological infrastructure firsts rather than tale of wisdoms, celebrations and philosophical epiphanies. Much of this feeds into the pages of literature and other cultural expressions although as Jupiter is only in a sign for about a year at a time he’s out of there and on to the next dynamic before you start finding the pattern. I’ll likely go much deeper into investigating Jupiter’s previous times visiting Taurus as we get closer to the ingress in May, but we can observe that what we gain coherence of, want to improve upon, feel philosophical about, find some spiritual sense in is food, stuff, craft, commodity, resources, soil, and the stability there of, which usually means in the modern era economics in the material sense. As previously noted, the interesting and odd occurance of Mars-cum-exoplanet attention during Jupiter in Taurus is not to be ignored in a time period where Mars expansion is at least semi real, more possible Earthlike places keeps space programs busy and asteroid mining is a solution for trace minerals deficits.
Aries North Node -
Libra South Node Eclipses
We get a hybrid Aries-Taurus eclipse on April 20th 2023 with the North Node in Taurus but the Lunation on the final degree of Aries, a solar eclipse with both the Sun and the Moon present. This is followed by the last Scorpio Lunar eclipse of the cycle. In the fall we get the first Libra solar eclipse followed by the last Taurus Lunar eclipse. By spring of 2024 its all Aries-Libra, meaning that nodal wise 2023 is a year that spans two zodiacal axis from a nodal perspective. The Aries-Scorpio-Libra-Taurus flip flop will blend themes from the past year and a half with themes that are newly emerging, both on the world scale and in your personal life. Poisonous injections, needlings, deadly crowd surges, trucker blockades, digital currencies, supply chain disruptions, and the need to release traumatic emotional damage will be blending with and interweaving with the uptick in impulsive, autonomous, independent, direct, conflict approaching, action oriented, and capability concerned Aries during a need to purge, release, eliminate and refine dirty or dysfunctional forms of culture, diplomacy, equality and social accord. This makes sense in the wake of a nightmarish episode of collectivism which stressed Aquarius’ tendency to mistake same with equal— a homogenizing, monocropping, inflexible Borg mind is not the same as cultural equalibrium and social balance. Shaming, canceling and literally forcing your friends and family into injections they don’t want for the sake of the collective is not diplomatic. We can see how the upcoming eclipse set is in context from where we just came from, and reflects Jupiter’s time in Aries becoming coherent of autonomous energetics and the trines and squares made from Libra to Mars, Saturn and Pluto over September, October and November as foreshadowing episodes to what needs to be shed in Venus’ diurnal domicile.
Over the past few recent cycles of North Node in Aries and South Node in Libra eclipses we have Facebook newly established, the Orange Revolution begins, Dimebag Darryl murdered, The trial of Saddam Hussein, first person with HIV cured, Youtube and Twitter launched, Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip, first modern Pope to visit a synagogue, Nepali popular rebellion, a treaty signed officially ending the Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years' War, the Chernobyl disaster, Top Gun released (just before ‘U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs the Goldwater–Nichols Act into law, making official the largest reorganization of the United States Department of Defense since the Air Force was made a separate branch of service in 1947’), Reagan-Gorbachev cold war missile scale back talks, the Iran-Contra affair, Klaus Barbie trial, Pope embraces AIDS sufferers in San Francisco, Black Monday for the stock market, The Apollo program, Afrocentrism and Black Power movements, MLK assassination, Vietnam protest movements, Paris Student riots.
This might be just a constant in the historical record but I noticed Pluto in Aquarius, Saturn in Pisces as well as North Node in Aries feature prominent, catalyzing assassinations— In Pluto-Aquarius for decentralizing power shifts, in Saturn-Pisces under the dissolve of leadership, and in North Node Aries instigating rebellious reaction. As much of th