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Astrologers Say We Have A Big Reason To Celebrate This Month

Sarah Regan
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January 19, 2023
Sarah Regan
mbg Spirituality & Relationships Editor
By Sarah Regan
mbg Spirituality & Relationships Editor
Sarah Regan is a Spirituality & Relationships Editor, and a registered yoga instructor. She received her bachelor's in broadcasting and mass communication from SUNY Oswego, and lives in Buffalo, New York.
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January 19, 2023

New year, new you? Um, maybe not quite yet. In case you haven't noticed, the first few weeks of 2023 haven't exactly been smooth sailing. We started off the year with not one but three planets in retrograde: Mercury, Mars, and Uranus. But the good news is, there are clear skies (and direct planets) on the horizon.

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Why astrologers everywhere are excited for the next few months.

As a refresher, retrogrades happen when a planet passes the Earth on its journey around the Sun. From down here, this makes it look like the planet is moving backward.

It isn't actually moving backward, of course; however, it does cause some signal scrambling and can manifest in different areas of our life depending on which planet is retrograde. Mercury retrogrades interfere with communication and information, for example, while Mars retrogrades interfere with action and drive, and Uranus retrogrades relate to sudden change and radical innovation on an internal (rather than external) level.

Ready for the good news? We're fresh out of Mercury's and Mars' retrograde periods already, and once Uranus goes direct on January 22 (after a five-month retrograde, no less), there won't be a single retrograde planet until April 21!

And this, astrologers say, is something to be celebrated.

So...why is this such a good thing?

OK, so there are no planets in retrograde for the next few months. But why does that actually matter for us? For one thing, it means that the themes and areas of life each of the planets governs will be moving ahead full steam, as opposed to thwarting our progress.

And according to the AstroTwins, we can also thank Uranus moving direct through Taurus for a bit of a material boost. "Bottlenecked plans with work and money could pick up speed again—stay on your toes!" they recently wrote for mindbodygreen.

Not only that, but risk-taker Jupiter (the planet of expansion, luck, and abundance) is in Aries until May 16. As the twins explain, this means you have all the planetary permission you need to step on the gas.

So, if your New Year's resolutions didn't get off on the right foot, have no fear. In fact, the twins say that the first few weeks of January were better suited for evaluating your options anyway. Once all the planets are direct, according to them, "You can confidently choose your 2023 direction and go."

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The takeaway.

Long story short: If 2023 didn't start off the way you'd hoped, all this retrograde energy could very well be why. Luckily, we can expect things to lighten up soon—and charge ahead with much smoother astrological skies.

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Sarah Regan
Sarah Regan
mbg Spirituality & Relationships Editor

Sarah Regan is a Spirituality & Relationships Editor, a registered yoga instructor, and an avid astrologer and tarot reader. She received her bachelor's in broadcasting and mass communication from State University of New York at Oswego, and lives in Buffalo, New York.