Year 2023 Theme: #7 The Chariot. Balance, focus, will, momentum.
2023 in numerology, is a “7” year. The number 7 is a significant universal number. It combines life experience, science and mysticism. It is the number that represents “the spiritual seeker”. We see the influence of the number seven all around us. There are 7 main chakras, the 7 deadly sins, 7 days in the week, 7 major planetary influences, 7 bands of color in a rainbow, the list goes on.
The number 7 corresponds to The Chariot in the major arcana. Look at the image in this card. We see two sphynxes, one black, one white, and the Charioteer, confidently looking ahead. He has two crescent moons on his shoulders (emotional balance) and a canopy of celestial stars over his head. He is holding a wand in his right hand, symbolizing energetic force & direction. On his chest is a square, symbolizing the four elements of earth. He is spiritually enlightened, yet grounded in the physical world. I think all of you reading this can relate!
One detail that is often overlooked in The Chariot card is that when one looks closely, you will see that the Chariot and the Charioteer are fused together as one. He literally cannot move without the aid of the sphynxes. And let’s check out those sphynxes again. Did you notice that they are glancing in different directions? These ethereal creatures each have a mind of their own. Yin and yang, shadow and light, conscious & subconscious, they are easily distracted and often oppose each other.
Yet, all three beings in this card, must be on the same page and have the same goal in mind in order to move forward. There are no reins, so there is no cajoling or forcing the sphinxes into moving. Momentum is achieved solely through the universal cosmic forces of focus and will.
This card speaks of victory through self-mastery. Control, willpower, confidence, determination and balance are some keywords for The Chariot.
When The Chariot comes up in my readings, I call it my “get yourself together” card. As a collective, this is the theme for 2023. The planetary influences are also supporting this initiation of forward momentum. At the beginning of the year, Jupiter is out of retrograde and goes direct in the sign of Aries until May of 2023. So we have the planet of luck, expansion and growth in the
independent, fiery sign of Aries for the next five months. Mars, which has been retrograde since October, also goes back direct in January in the sign of Gemini. This gives us a boost of confidence as Mars in Gemini stimulates our intellect and communication. This is further reinforced by the planet Mercury, which will be moving direct in the sign of Capricorn in January.
Discernment is the name of the game in 2023. Our attention holds power. That’s why billions of dollars per year are spent in advertising trying to get it. So, what if we decided to be more mindful of what we give our attention to? We do have a choice. I’m not saying that every little action needs to be scrutinized. But if we want to begin to implement positive changes within our own life as well as societally, we must take it upon ourselves, to be responsible for being more aware of what we are energetically supporting consciously or unconsciously. Personally, I think over the last several years, we have all been afflicted with “big picture itis” due to all of the chaotic events taking place on the world stage. The Chariot symbolizes dialing back the lens a bit, in order to regain some perspective.
2023 is the year of Victory! I feel we as individuals, will be cosmically reminded (more than once), that the time has come to regain control of our own Chariots. So that our lives proceed forward in a positive direction within the framework of a sustainable momentum. As this is done individually, it will have a cocentric effect collectively. Resulting in productive changes and trends in the upcoming year.
Many blessings to all of you in 2023!
This message today is for those of you who feel as if it has been a challenge to keep momentum on a project or situation in 2022. It seems that whatever this was for you, it would pick up steam, and then slow down. There was always a challenge or obstacle, or a distraction that came up that impeded your progress. And just as you would regain your footing, the scenario would repeat itself.
There may have been a very good reason for this! You most likely were experiencing a significant soul growth activation at the same time that you were trying to get traction on this project or situation. They were interlinked. In essence, this was a “first draft”. And now, as we end the year, you may come to realize that what you were trying so hard to get off the ground for the past 12 months, may not be what you want to pursue in 2023. You may be questioning yourself about now. But I assure you, you are just fine!
Your hard work has not been in vain! Let’s take another look. What you have is a foundation. But it is not the house itself. Have you ever built a home? There are always revisions to the plan before the actual building process begins. You may have poured the slab, but there were some required “adjustments” to be made to the blueprint! That is why you kept being pulled aside. There were some valuable experiences, lessons and insights that you needed to have. Its almost as if your future self was looking in on you and saying “not yet” or nudging you towards another path. But what you went through in 2022 is what got you to this point. So yes, you are much further ahead than you think.
And this leads us to our tarot card pull for this week. The Emperor.
The Emperor is all about leadership, structure, discipline, and focus. I often refer to The Emperor as a “hard ass” in my readings. LOL. He’s not into feelings and does not have time for excuses. But let’s be realistic. When we want to achieve something, when we have to get it done, when a situation calls for decisiveness and courage, when the time has come for us to be an authority at work, home or within ourself, The Emperor’s masculine influence is exactly the energy we call up from within.
This is an interesting card pull in combination with the upcoming Capricorn new moon on the 23rd.
Capricorn and The Emperor both have similar qualities such as building a solid foundation, self-respect, maturity, discipline, ambition, defining and achieving goals, responsibility, time and money, investments. They also both are a reminder that order and structure in our lives can be beneficial! It grounds our goals into reality so that we can attain them. It gives form to function (i.e. a solid plan). It also gives us the stability we require in order to have the freedom to focus on what really matters to us.
So, 2022 is almost over. You know what works, what doesn’t. Your priorities most likely have shifted as a result of your accumulated experiences from the past year. 2023 is going to be different. What areas in your life could benefit from the wisdom of The Emperor? Imagine, if you went to him for advice, what questions would you ask? How do you think he would respond? This would be an interesting journaling session.
Holding your crystals or having them nearby while journaling may help you "tap in" to this energy. Some helpful crystal suggestions are: Smoky quartz, hematite, garnet, malachite, aragonite, clear quartz, tourmilated quartz, red jasper, red tigers eye, bloodstone, carnelian.
Have a great week everyone!
~ Texas Tarot Lady
The 2023 astrology shows quite a change from what we have been experiencing collectively over the last couple of years. The "I" takes center stage next year. Expect to see more of a focus on individual rights and freedoms. Altruism is noble, but there is a fine balance that must be maintained between compromise for the common good and the sovereign rights of the individual. More will begin to speak out. We'll see what happens!
The New Moon Solar Eclipse in Aries, in April, will have us feeling like a racehorse coming out of the starting gate! Especially for those who have been busy in 2022 clearing some of those internal shadows. Some of you were able to do this on your own, others worked with a counselor, therapist and/or a spiritual advisor.
Many of you have released years of karma through this intense work! Shadows brought into the light. Wounds understood and healed. Lessons learned. Chords cut. Done!
If you are resonating with this message, you'll be feeling full-on empowered and sassy next year! You could end up rocking the boat a bit, as you will be inspired to make positive changes in order to live more in alignment with the new person that you have become.
But for now, you may be feeling like you are limbo. The space between the old you and the new you. Relax. It's perfectly okay. Give yourself a break.
Pause for a moment and think about how far you have come over the previous 12 months. Really think about it. Who were you in January 2022 versus who you are now. Wow. What a difference a year made.
Have a great week everyone!
As I look at these cards today for this transit, I sense a lot of collective pent-up internal energy. The Gemini moon represented by the nine of swords, has us all up in our head! And the Sun in the sign of Sagittarius, represented by the nine of wands, has us battle weary, but holding strong, as we are in the final month of 2022. Full Moons have a strong effect on us and the planet, as they intensify energy. Add the hustle and bustle of the holidays to the mix, and we have quite a dynamic smoothie whirling in the blender!
The advice card that came out is #53 use your hands. Ground some of this energy by getting out of your head and into your physical experience this week! Exercise, get out in nature, walk, run, do yoga, cook, bake, make crafts, spend time with your partner, etc. Make lists to help organize your thoughts. Try to schedule your day to focus your intentions & add structure.
It is also important to understand that December, collectively, is the time of the year where there are interruptions and delays due to the holidays. December as well as full moons, are also when cycles are generally finishing up. Make peace with the process and try to work with the tide instead of against it. Some arrangements, resolutions or important decisions may be best deferred to 2023.
Gemini is a dynamic energy that is quick witted, active, social and highly adaptable. This is not one of those “deep thoughts” kind of full moon. Its more about swift decisions and action. I feel both the 9 of swords and the 9 of wands in this reading indicate a strong desire for connection and new positive experiences. Perhaps you would like to make a difference in your community? Volunteer at a church, charity, animal shelter, fund raiser, etc. Host a holiday party. After what we have been through the last few years, I’m sure friends and family would love to get together! Do some fun activities with the kids. Knock out that holiday list by getting your shopping done early. Do that final closet clean out and donate items to charity. Dress up and go to a local community event. Attend a local market. Rediscover yourself and your surroundings.
Gemini rules communications! Now would be a great time to pare down social media feeds that no longer contribute in a positive way to your well-being! As well as maybe add some new interesting feeds to your experience.
Collectively, this full moon is quite active and expressive! The pent up energy we are experiencing may seem a little frustrating, but channeled in a positive way, it gives us the opportunity to make some sustainable and positive changes as we approach the end of 2022.
Helpful crystal suggestions: Black tourmaline, black obsidian, smoky quartz, pyrite, tourmalinated quartz, howlite, tigers eye, moss agate, ametrine, moonstone, nuummite, chrysocolla, quartz pyramid or point.
Have a great week!
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