Happy 2023, Taurus. Are you ready for a new year of retrogrades and emotional full moons? Don’t worry; there are also romantic gifts from your ruling planet, Venus, and career growth thanks to lucky Jupiter. Your season begins on Friday, April 20, and goes through Sunday, May 21. And yes, you can celebrate your birthday the entire time and have as many cakes as you want. As an earth sign grounded in worldly pleasures and one ruled by abundant Venus, you delight in sensual experiences, whether it’s the sound of beautiful music, the smell of your lover, or the taste of chocolate frosting. 2023 asks you to take in as much pleasure as possible without guilt.
There’s one day to go ahead and mark in your calendar, and that’s the full moon and lunar eclipse in your sign, Taurus, on Saturday, October 28. You may associate eclipses with fun times in science class, but astrologers remind folks that these powerful cosmic times can stir up anxiety and lead to unexpected endings. If you’re dragging your feet on ending a stale relationship or starting the process of leaving a job you hate, this eclipse may go ahead and do it for you. Now that you’ve been warned keep reading to learn what 2023 has in store for your love life, friendships, career, and health.
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Important 2023 Astrological Events for Taurus:
- Friday, April 20 Taurus season begins
- Saturday, March 11 Juno enters Taurus
- Thursday, March 16 Venus enters Taurus
- Tuesday, May 16 Jupiter enters Taurus
- Friday, May 19 New moon in Taurus
- Monday, April 3 Mercury enters Taurus
- Saturday, July 22 Venus retrograde begins
- Sunday, September 3 Venus retrograde ends
- Saturday, October 28 Full moon and lunar eclipse in Taurus
When 2023 begins, Mars, the warrior planet associated with raw and primal sexual energy, is retrograde. As a result, all the star signs may feel more inclined to sleep and snuggle rather than break out the bondage toys. That is, at least until Tuesday, January 12, when Mars goes direct. Then, you’ll feel inspired to try something in bed that you’ve never done before, whether solo or with a partner. (Check out our list of kinks and fantasies for inspiration.)
When Mars goes direct, you may see a surge in your sex drive. But when Juno, “the asteroid of commitment,” enters your sign, Taurus, on Saturday, March 11, you see a deepening in your romantic relationships. Likewise, when your ruling planet, romantic Venus, comes home to your sign on Thursday, March 16, you also crave intimacy. When Venus is at home in your sign, matters of love (as well as beauty and money) flow easily. This time of year is great for advancing romantic relationships. Some of you, Tauruses, will see yourself committing to someone or even moving in together and getting engaged. Others will take on the equally important task of ending relationships past their expiration date. Just be aware that Venus is retrograde from Saturday, July 22, to Sunday, September 3. While this shouldn’t ruin your year, don’t get your feelings hurt if major romantic moments, such as moving in together, becoming primary partners, or marriage proposals, only happen once the planet is direct.
Circle Sunday, October 8, in your calendar because lover Venus, which is now happy and direct, enters practical Virgo, lighting up your 5th House of Pleasure. With the influence of Virgo, a fellow earth sign, you experience grounding within your love life. That means that regardless of if you’re happily single or partnered, you feel calm, stable, and at ease. Overall, the remainder of 2023 points to smooth sailing, whether you’re sleeping alone, next to a sex toy, or partner(s). And finally, 2023 comes to a close on a romantic note as relationships deepen when Venus enters intense Scorpio and your 7th House of Partnership on Monday, December 4. Expect to share secrets with lovers, crushes, or even platonic partners around this time.
As hinted above, Taurus, our platonic partnerships are often just as, if not more, important than our romantic and sexual partners. 2023 asks you to pour time and effort into your friendships. Your chosen family is your foundation. When you have trusted friends you can call in an emergency, breakups are more manageable, as is dealing with any drama from your blood relatives. You see yourself connecting with friends early in the year when your ruling planet, Venus, enters sensitive Pisces and your 11th House of Friendship on Thursday, January 26. We talk a lot about increasing intimacy within our love life, but this transit brings increased closeness in friendships. Expect platonic relationships to deepen around this time, and make sure to continue scheduling plenty of time for friends.
One crucial reason nourishing your friendships is so important this year is that lover Venus is retrograde from Saturday, July 22, to Sunday, September 3. When Venus is retrograde, your love life may feel at a standstill. There’s nothing wrong with that; it’s unrealistic to expect every day to contain forward romantic momentum. Sometimes, it’s best to enjoy life as it is. Rather than put pressure on your love life during Venus retrograde, make more plans with friends, such as dinner parties, nights out dancing, or even a weekend getaway. A full moon in wise Pisces and your 11th House of Friendship on Wednesday, August 30, is the perfect night to host an event. Remember this celebration when the winter holidays begin, and you may need a break or boundaries with blood relatives. Your chosen family is just as valid, so text the group and decide who is hosting the next gathering.