The Luckiest (and Unluckiest) Months of 2023, According to Your Zodiac Sign
Wondering if you’ll be the luckiest zodiac sign in 2023? Find out when it's your time to shine—and when you should be on your guard.
What’s in store for you this year?
While hard work, smart decisions and compatible relationships ultimately determine where we are in life, sometimes it all seems just a little bit easier. It’s like the universe is on our side, and all the stars suddenly align. And if you follow astrology, that’s pretty accurate! Some signs are luckier than others at certain times of the year because of the planets’ positions, and some signs are lucky all year long. So what can we expect this year—and will you be the luckiest zodiac sign in 2023?
The first thing you need to know is that 2023 will be all about comfort, security, independence and individuality, according to astrologer Liz Simmons. “At the beginning of 2023, we may feel more inclined to make the most of creating a safe space for ourselves by budgeting appropriately, saving instead of spending and focusing on what we value the most,” she explains, noting that this energy is a carryover from last year. But by the time March rolls around, Simmons says old cycles from 2022 will wrap up, “allowing us to feel more empowered as we get ready to embrace a new cycle of independence.”
Which will be the luckiest zodiac sign in 2023?
While every zodiac sign will have its moment in the spotlight in 2023, two zodiac signs will have a particularly lucky year. According to Alice Alta, resident astrologer for the Futurio app, it is Aries’s and Taurus’s time to shine. This is all thanks to Jupiter, which starts the year in Aries and then moves to Taurus in May, where it will remain until 2024. “The influence of this planet can help you expand your horizons and achieve success,” says Alta. If you understand your zodiac element and rising sign, you could bolster that success even more.
But Aries and Taurus aren’t the only ones who will find luck and happiness in 2023. Scroll down to see which months luck will be on your side … and which months you may want to tread a bit more lightly. Interested in the Chinese zodiac too? Find out how 2023’s Year of the Rabbit will affect you as well.
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Aries (March 21–April 19)
Lucky month: July
Challenging month: November
It’s going to be your year, Aries! And the first few months of 2023 will be particularly lucky for you, thanks to Jupiter being in your sign. While things will change a bit in May, when Jupiter moves into Taurus, the change won’t necessarily be a bad one. In fact, your luckiest month will occur after this planetary shift. Beginning on July 17, “Aries will become aligned with their true purpose,” says Simmons. “They will feel more self-assured in love and career opportunities.”
It’s pretty much smooth sailing in 2023, except for November, when Saturn goes into retrograde and Aries won’t be able to hide from poor coping mechanisms and mental-health stressors. “Although this Saturn retrograde could be highly introspective, it may also feel overwhelming for Aries to confront their demons,” says Simmons. To get through this time, Aries might find comfort in engaging in self-care or journaling their thoughts.
Taurus (April 20–May 20)
Lucky month: May
Challenging month: September
Jupiter, the planet of luck and growth, enters Taurus in May. The celestial bull “will find that it’s much easier to make friends, attract romantic prospects and call in financial abundance during this time,” says astrologer Meghan Rose. And though May is Taurus’s top month, this sun sign will have Jupiter on its side for the rest of the year, making it the luckiest zodiac sign of 2023, along with Aries.
The one month to watch out for? September. Jupiter will go retrograde in Taurus on Sept. 4, says Simmons, and the bull’s “luck will quite literally turn on a dime. Jupiter retrograde will pump the brakes on Taurus’s serendipity, fortune and adventures.” You’ll likely experience growing pains during this time and need to work through them, but don’t worry—things will pick up after this retrograde, and Taurus will remain the luckiest zodiac sign until 2024.
Gemini (May 21–June 20)
Lucky month: June
Challenging month: January
“Gemini will feel especially confident during June [when the sun is in Gemini], with the sun’s energy heightening their charisma, curiosity and mutability,” says Simmons. Because of that, Geminis will be particularly lucky in June. According to Rose, June is also the month when Mars, the planet of aggression, “is finally out of your sign and enters into more gentle and sensitive Cancer, giving you some breathing room.” What does that mean for you? Take advantage of this time to experience joy and lean into the spirit of adventure. This could look like planning a fun summer getaway or exploring your city and enjoying everything it has to offer.
And you’ll be glad to hear this, Gemini, but you got through the worst of things at the start of the year. Because Mars was stationed in Gemini through Jan. 12, you might have had a rough time slogging through projects, taking the lead and blowing off steam, says Simmons. But hopefully that’s all a distant memory by now, and you should do a little happy dance, because the rest of the year is looking up!
Cancer (June 21–July 22)
Lucky months: July and October
Challenging month: December
You might not technically be the luckiest zodiac sign in 2023, Cancer, but get ready for an amazing summer! In July, the sun will be in Cancer, and at the end of the month, there will also be a new moon in Cancer. “Both transits will amplify Cancer’s intuition, sensitivity and empathy—perfect for seeking natural alignment with Cancer’s true calling,” says Simmons. This is a good time to figure out what you really want in life. And lucky you: October is also destined to be an amazing month for you. “Expect windfalls and miracles during this time,” says Rose, “and with the sun sitting in your seventh house of partnership, you could either deepen your existing relationship or find a new (and long-term) love of your dreams.”
A few months later, in December, Cancer might find times to be a bit challenging, since Mercury will be in retrograde. “Cancer may feel suddenly unsure of their commitments in business and love during this Mercury retrograde,” Simmons explains. “Plans to move forward with arrangements may also be thwarted, so this could cause additional stress.” You may want to surround yourself with your zodiac power colors to try to soothe your nerves and offset the negative energy.
Leo (July 23–Aug. 22)
Lucky month: September
Challenging month: August
Summer might be hit or miss for you, Leo, but by the time September rolls around, you’ll feel more confident about your love life, financial situation and commitments. In fact, this will be a fantastic time to focus more on relationships of all kinds, since Venus, the planet of love, will enter Leo at the beginning of October.
So let’s talk about those summer months. We’re not going to lie: It’s likely going to be rough, especially in August. “August is projected to be Leo’s unluckiest month, since Venus retrograde will be occurring during this month in Leo’s sign,” explains Simmons. But this too shall pass for Leo, and things will turn around shortly, so keep your head up!
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Virgo (Aug. 23–Sept. 22)
Lucky month: February
Challenging months: August and September
Love may be in the air for everyone around Valentine’s Day, but that’s even more true for Virgos this year. “Between the sun, Venus and the new moon in Pisces, Virgo may feel like things are finally coming together in their relationships,” says Simmons. “February will be the perfect time to sign new contracts, commit to a romantic relationship or deepen a current connection.” Just make sure to remain open to opportunities and allow yourself to revel in the fruits of your labor.
Enjoy this lucky streak while it lasts, and brace yourself for some challenges in August and September. Two months of not-great luck? Yes, sorry—and that’s because Mercury will be in retrograde from Aug. 23 through Sept. 15. During this time, Simmons says everything will feel “topsy-turvy,” especially when it comes to organization, so Virgo will feel a little disoriented and off their game. Try to keep the things you can control—like cleaning your home—in order during this time to help offset this energy.
Libra (Sept. 23–Oct. 22)
Lucky month: November
Challenging month: July
On Nov. 8, Venus will move into Libra, amplifying this zodiac sign’s attributes, which include socialization, balance and intelligence. “Whenever a planet is at home in the sign that it rules [which is the case with Venus and Libra], it can help that zodiac sign call more luck into their life,” Simmons explains. And that will cause Libras to experience abundance in the late fall, especially when it comes to love and money.
But before Libras hit their stride in 2023, they’ll have to get past July. During this tricky time, you’ll be forced to look at your go-to tendencies and work through some challenging lessons. “Libra may need to work through some issues with people-pleasing, being associated with shallow connections and even codependency issues,” Simmons says. When things aren’t going quite as you’d hoped, check out these hilarious zodiac memes for an instant pick-me-up.
Scorpio (Oct. 23–Nov. 21)
Lucky month: November
Challenging month: May
Like Libra, Scorpio will have a lucky November—but for a different reason. “This will be the first time in over a year that the new moon in Scorpio won’t double as an eclipse,” explains Simmons. Eclipses bring up challenges because they provoke change, which might feel like energetic growing pains. In November, Scorpios will have a markedly different experience and feel like they can finally breathe. Expect an overall easygoing vibe, and do your best to manifest self-growth and self-improvement now that things feel lighter.
May isn’t the greatest month for this water sign because there will be an eclipse in Scorpio at the beginning of the month. “Eclipses can be radical, unpredictable and uncontrollable—all things Scorpio tends to disdain because Scorpio likes to be in control,” Simmons explains. Your sister sign can help shed additional light on your relationships.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22–Dec. 21)
Lucky month: March
Challenging month: January
Sagittarius will have a lucky streak in March, because Saturn will be in Pisces and “Sagittarius can use Saturn to follow their true calling,” says Simmons. That true calling will be different for everyone, of course, but regardless, this will be the time to follow the path toward your destiny and take the steps you need to fulfill it.
Similar to Gemini, Sagittarius’s unlucky month was also January. That’s when the Mars retrograde in Gemini caused more tension than usual. If you are a Sagittarius, you might have found this month particularly challenging when it came to coordinating new commitments or avoiding arguments with loved ones. But that’s behind you, and now you can look forward to a more productive 2023. These inspirational zodiac quotes can help center you at this time—and any time.
Capricorn (Dec. 22–Jan. 19)
Lucky month: March
Challenging month: June
“March is the luckiest month for Capricorn not only in 2023—it’s also likely the luckiest month Capricorn has had in a long time,” says Simmons. This is because Pluto will finally leave Capricorn in March, which will allow those with this sun sign to feel temporarily lighter and freer, says Simmons. Up until this point, Capricorns probably felt a bit on edge. However, this burden will be lifted in March, so you’ll be a lot more relaxed.
Watch out for June, though, when Pluto is retrograde in Capricorn. “For the final time, Pluto retrograde begins one last major period of extreme transformation in June, which will intensify Capricorn’s summertime,” says Simmons. Keep in mind that Pluto is the planet of destruction and renewal. But since Capricorns have been dealing with hardships for the last decade, “it’s nothing Capricorn can’t handle,” Simmons assures. So try not to worry: Even though you might feel like you’re sliding backward, know that it’s a temporary blip and something you already know how to deal with.
Aquarius (Jan. 20–Feb. 18)
Lucky months: February and March
Challenging months: May and June
February and March are lucky months for Aquarius for two reasons: Venus will enter the sign’s area of “self,” and Saturn will finally leave Aquarius and enter Pisces. According to Simmons, this will be a major cosmic break for Aquarius. “All the hard work from the last few years will come to an end,” she explains, “allowing Aquarius to feel less restricted.” Rose adds: “You will have romantic suitors, career opportunities and travel opportunities that are going to become available to you during this time, even if they don’t come to fruition until a bit later on in the year.”
May won’t be quite as rosy, unfortunately. “The beginning of Pluto retrograde will be a lot for Aquarius to take in, since it may feel highly introspective, intense and even extreme at times,” Simmons notes. As a result, those with an Aquarius sun might feel a lack of confidence. These feelings will kick up a bit more in June, when Saturn goes retrograde in Pisces and temporarily impacts your finances. “During this time, be careful around investments, income and career shifts that do not have long-term sustainability,” says Rose.
Pisces (Feb. 19–March 20)
Lucky month: February
Challenging month: March
“February will be Pisces’s luckiest month since the sun, Venus and the new moon will all be in the sign of Pisces,” says Simmons. This cosmic weather will help Pisces feel at ease throughout their season and could amp up the celestial fish’s abilities to manifest and attract what they want. One of the biggest focuses during this time? Transformation. Rose says Pisces should focus on shaking up old thoughts, habits and behaviors that no longer serve you. “You may go through changes in your career and relationships that were unexpected,” she explains, “but ultimately they will lead you to greener pastures.”
But challenges will hit once February is over. “Saturn will limit Pisces’s ability to go with the flow,” says Simmons. But it’s all about perspective, explains Rose: March won’t be all bad because its challenges will allow you to learn some hard lessons that can lead to the life you’ve always wanted. If that life includes welcoming a puppy, we have the perfect suggestions for dog breeds that are compatible with your zodiac sign. And hey, that just might make you the luckiest zodiac sign in 2023, after all!
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