Change is on the horizon. While that may sound like music to some, it’s likely to raise a lot of concern from others. Fortunately, astrology provides more answers than questions. So while July 17, 2023 astrology may seem a little daunting, it aligns each sign with a new, personal journey. In fact, on this transforming day, each zodiac sign will be called upon to focus on crucial pursuits that prioritize personal independence as the North and South Nodes change signs for the first time since January 2022.
The North and South Node are often misunderstood in the astrology world as they are not actually planetary bodies. If you’ve looked through a telescope, the horseshoe-shaped symbols are nowhere to be found in the cosmos. This is because these cosmic points actually represent where the sun and moon intersect in the sky. These two points, known as lunar nodes, also indicate where eclipses will unfold – and over the past year and a half they have been superimposed on the Taurus and Scorpio axis.
The Taurus and Scorpio-ruled houses in your birth chart have undergone major shifts over the past 18 months. Because the North Node represents where drastic growth takes place, there has been a collective focus on the desire for greater comfort, joy, and stability in this house of your birth chart. Consequently, you have been called into your Scorpio-ruled house to dispel any fears, disadvantages, or excessive need for control that may have hindered you from achieving safety in your Taurus-ruled house. However, as the nodes prepare to switch signs this month, focus on your desire for independence, self-affirmation, and the need to find balance as the nodes shift into Aries and Libra.
Breaking the July 17, 2023 astrology
On July 17, the North and South Node will enter Aries and Libra for the first time since 1987. This means that from now until 2024, eclipses will occur in these two signs during their respective seasons (between March 20 – April 19, and September 22 – October 21). This *also* means that the Aries and Libra-ruled houses of your natal chart will see some pretty drastic changes over the next year and a half (especially if you have your natal North or South Node in one of these signs in your natal chart). Due to the powerful nature of eclipses, you will no doubt feel the effects of the North and South Nodes in Aries and Libra even when the eclipses don’t happen – but pay close attention to what unfolds in these houses during the eclipse season, because then they will much more noticeable.
Here’s what each zodiac sign can expect when the nodes switch signs on July 17:
Zodiac signs Aries (March 20 – April 19)
July 17 means big changes for you, Aries, as the North Node shifts into your first house of self-expression and identity. In the next 18 months, you will be called to assert your independence in vastly new ways, putting you on a path of renewed awareness. You will be faced with potential life-changing decisions that will affect not only you, but other people in your life, forcing you to make some crucial choices related to your autonomy and your need for interdependence. Now is not the time to completely neglect your relationships, Aries. But instead, consider how the people in your life encourage or hinder your individuality.
Zodiac signs Taurus (April 19 – May 20)
On July 17, the North and South Nodes shift to Aries and Libra, putting emphasis on the way you take care of your mind, body, and soul. In the next 18 months, you will be specifically encouraged to embrace introspection and solitude in your private life. This could be a time to pick up an interest or venture that allows you to focus only on yourself, Taurus, while still maintaining a well-disciplined social life in your day-to-day life. Overall, this eclipse cycle teaches you how to prioritize your mental health, even if it seems selfish to some.
Zodiac signs Gemini (May 20 – June 21)
This month, as the North and South Nodes switch signs, you will begin to notice a significant shift in your friendships, community, as well as your solo passions and creative endeavors. This new chapter empowers you to take a leadership role in your social life, Gemini, while also emphasizing your desire for personal fulfillment and the joy you cultivate on your own. Prepare to be booked up and busy for the next 18 months as you will form new exciting relationships and find new passions that will allow you to connect with those around you.
Zodiac signs Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
As the North and South Nodes change signs this month, your career and public image will undergo some changes along with your home and family life. This season allows you to take full control of your profession, Cancer, so make sure you lean on your natural desire to take the lead here. While these new developments will undoubtedly demand your attention, don’t neglect your desire for balance and social connection in your home environment. To fully thrive in public, your private world needs to be in order – so make sure you cultivate a comfortable, safe environment to come home to now.
Zodiac signs Leo (July 22 – August 21)
On July 17, the North and South Nodes transition into Aries and Libra, marking the beginning of a new journey of mental and spiritual enlightenment for you. Over the next 18 months, you will learn new belief systems and philosophies while letting go of old perspectives or opinions that may have been implemented by other people. You now find your personal voice, Leo, and you will be tempted to share your new message with anyone who will listen.
Zodiac Signs Virgo (Aug 21 – Sept 22)
This month, the nodes will emphasize your personal belongings, money and shared resources, inviting you to support your need for independence in your intimate relationships with others. Perhaps you are now dividing responsibilities with a partner, or learning how to be supported by others. While you’re not the biggest fan of accepting help from those around you, this eclipse cycle reminds you that if any kind of help is available, there’s nothing wrong with accepting it. This does not mean that you are less able to handle things on your own.
Zodiac Signs Libra (September 22 – October 21)
On July 17, the South Node moves into your first house of identity and self-expression, while at the same time the North Node moves into your seventh house of relationships and partnerships. This marks the beginning of a pivotal time for your relationships, Libra, but not just with other people. Over the next few months, you’ll be thinking about how to show up not only for your loved ones, but for yourself as well. Your relationships shouldn’t require you to leave yourself behind. You’re discovering new ways to stand up for yourself, even if you’re now showing up for other people.
Zodiac signs Scorpio (Oct 21 – Nov 22)
As the nodes change sign on July 17, it marks the start of a new cycle regarding your current habits, routines, and self-care rituals. You are being asked to make some new, dynamic changes regarding your physical health and well-being, while also prioritizing your mental health. While it will be easy to get started with any new health kicks you’re starting, don’t overlook your need for rest and recovery. Prioritizing your mental well-being is always a productive use of your time.
Zodiac Signs Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21)
This month, the North and South Nodes change sign, putting more emphasis on your passions, creative hobbies, as well as your social groups and friendships. In the coming months, you will be independent of others engaged in the activities that bring you joy, while still actively seeking connection through your community. Even though you’re entering your Beyoncé era, it doesn’t mean you can’t still be part of a group. This eclipse cycle teaches you the importance of cultivating joy on your own, but it is important that you find ways to share these experiences with those around you.
Zodiac signs Capricorn (December 21 – January 22)
On July 17, the nodes change sign, leading to monumental shifts in your household and family, along with your career and public persona. You tend to be incredibly career-driven, Capricorn, and while this will only get stronger now, you’re being called to strike a healthy balance between your public and private lives now. The personal goals and aspirations you have regarding your natural environment demand your attention, which may require certain boundaries to be set at work.
Zodiac Signs Aquarius (January 22 – February 21)
As the nodal axis shifts this month, you will actively pursue more information and knowledge in your daily life, as well as release outdated beliefs that may not fully align with your self-expression. You are always looking to learn new things, Aquarius, and as this new eclipse cycle unfolds, your desire to expand your mind will reach exciting new depths. While you will no doubt be enlightened by new perspectives now, you do not feel the need to give up old philosophies unless they no longer align with who you are now.
Zodiac Signs Pisces (February 21 – March 20)
On July 17, the North and South Nodes change sign, putting more emphasis on your money, resources, shared possessions, and shared responsibilities. In the coming months, you’ll discover new, exciting ways to assert your independence over your finances, while also thinking about where to draw the line regarding how you share your possessions with others. You are a selfless person by nature, Pisces, but this cycle allows you to discern what is yours and yours alone – and what you don’t need to share with others.