On Monday nights, after preparing a quick dinner for her three children (age 10, 7 and 1), Colleen Marie Schilpp passes the parental baton to her husband for the evening before hopping into her car and heading across town to the Scituate Salt Cave. Located in the heart of Scituate Harbor, this unique wellness center features a pair of Himalayan salt caves that offer a therapeutic spa-like experience called halotherapy. It is here, surrounded by walls of glowing salt and beneath a ceiling designed to look like the night sky, that Schilpp hosts weekly “Salt and Stars” reiki and astrology events.
The founder of Colleen Marie Healing, Schilpp likes to arrive 10-15 minutes before her classes begin to soak up the stillness of the cave, breathe in the salty air, and set her intentions for the evening.
“As soon as I step through the doors of the cave I feel more relaxed,” says Schilpp, who built her small business around a blend of spiritual healing practices, including reiki, astrology and intuitive tarot readings. “I’ve come to recognize the importance of self care and filling my own cup so I can better help others.”
During the Salt and Stars sessions, participants relax on zero gravity chairs inside the salt cave and each individual is given a blanket and an eye pillow for added comfort. Schilpp leads a group meditation followed by individual reiki sessions and also discusses astrological readings for the week. “Astrology has given me the gift to know I am exactly who I am meant to be and also how inextricably linked we are to the greater order of things,” says Schilpp.
A Scituate native, Schilpp studied early education at Boston College before moving to San Francisco, California, where she fell in love with yoga and all things spiritual. She ended up getting a job at a crystals shop where she learned the art of tarot and aura reading. Schilpp moved back to the South Shore when she was 23 and put her career pursuits on hold to focus on being a mom to her young kids. In 2020, while the rest of the world was turned upside down by the pandemic, Schilpp’s life was also in a state of transition. Newly married to her second husband, she began taking steps to achieve her dream of becoming a healer. She enrolled in an intensive year-long astrology course that would later serve as the backbone of her business, she studied reiki in 2020 and 2021, and she took part in a mediumship immersion program. She officially launched her own business earlier this year.
“The biggest thing that I’ve learned is this deep sense of connection to the cosmos,” says Schilpp. “I think going through a global pandemic forced many people to realize that the hamster wheel isn’t what life is truly all about. I’m encountering increasingly more people who are asking these big questions about the nature of the soul, and how to find healing in their lives.”
AstroForecast Overview for 2023
Here are some of Colleen Marie Schilpp's astrological predictions for the year ahead.
No matter your astrological sign, the most significant celestial event of 2023 is when Pluto leaves Capricorn – where it has been since 2008 – and enters the sign of Aquarius. Pluto may have been demoted to a dwarf planet, but it still packs an enormous astrological punch. It is the planet of transformation, repressed emotion, the taboo, and bringing darkness to light. In its movement through Capricorn, we saw massive shifts in our awareness of society’s pitfalls, forcing us to face our own unsavory shadow.
On March 23, 2023, Pluto will enter the sign of Aquarius and some astrologers (myself included) believe this transit to be part of the famed “Age of Aquarius,” which we’ve all been singing about since the late ‘60s. While we aren’t likely to have quite as shocking or sudden a shift in societal and cultural norms as that generation (with its hippies, experimentation and protests), the same undercurrent is likely to be activated and experienced for several years as Pluto moves through the sign, until March 2043.
Expect massive transformation in the realm of personal expression and freedom, futuristic technology, and sustainability. The needs of the collective will hold precedence over those of the individual. Aquarius is an air sign but called the Water Bearer. The question of how resources can be more equitably shared globally will undoubtedly be a focus. The next 20 years are likely to be a wild, free, flower-power ride!
- Colleen Marie Schilpp
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Your 2023 Horoscope
Discover how your astrological sign will show its influence during the first quarter of 2023.
ARIES (birthday March 21 – April 19) This is a lucky time for you, Aries! When you are true to yourself and go your own way, you’ll shine. February is always a month of release for you, so if you’re prepared to let go of what isn’t serving you, it will be smooth. The Aries New Moon on March 21st is a potent time to set intentions and launch something new, which will influence your entire year ahead!
TAURUS (birthday April 20 – May 20) A lot changed for you in 2022, Taurus, which isn’t exactly your comfort zone. While this year is set to be less intense, the first quarter may still hold some of that volatility from last year. You’re looking at the deeper side of things these days, and you want life to be more meaningful and exciting than ever. Maintaining an open mind will serve you tremendously.
GEMINI (birthday May 21 – June 21) You’ve been feeling a fire in your actions since late 2022, and the first three months of 2023 will be no different. You’ll likely face some bold decisions and feel a thrust of forward momentum, especially between January 19th and March 8th. Pluto will be moving into Aquarius at the end of March, so this is likely a time you will feel invigorating.
CANCER (birthday June 22 – July 22 ) The first month of 2023 may challenge you to step out of your comfort zone, dear Cancer. Mercury retrograde in your opposite sign until January 19th could bring issues at work to a head, potentially causing delays and miscommunication. Things will ease up in February, though, and you’ll be feeling a new surge of energy come the end of March. It will be all systems go after that!
LEO (birthday July 23 – Aug. 22 ) Saturn has been raining on your parade for a while now, Leo, challenging your usual happy-go-lucky vibe. Thankfully, come early March you’ll be feeling like yourself again. You’ve been able to focus more than usual, though, and now you have a new surge of creative energy. Jupiter is winking at you from Aries, a fellow fire sign, helping you to feel a little luckier than normal these first few months of 2023. Embrace that luck and take some inspired action!
VIRGO (birthday Aug. 23 – Sept. 22) Your ruling planet Mercury launches 2023 in retrograde, so until January 19th you’ll be feeling rather introspective. After that, things will lighten up and you’ll be able to embrace change. Venus will be in Pisces, your opposite sign, in February, which could bring some lovey-dovey vibes, just in time for Valentine’s Day. The realm of spirituality has been intriguing you for years. Don’t be afraid to let go of control and surrender to your higher self.
LIBRA (birthday Sept. 23 – Oct. 23) The first month of 2023 could feel a little constraining to you, Libra, but that can create the friction needed to make some much-needed changes, especially in your career. Learning to be more independent is a key theme for the year ahead and you’ll receive support to do just that when Pluto moves into Aquarius come late March. You’ll feel empowered to take some bold action and to release whatever has been challenging you this spring. In the meantime, stay centered.
SCORPIO (birthday Oct. 24 – Nov. 21) For Scorpios, 2022 was a powerful time of transformation. You’ll launch into the new year feeling energized–at least, once Mercury goes direct on January 19th. February brings some lovely Venusian vibes from Pisces, a fellow water sign, helping you to connect with your inner muse. March will have you looking at big-picture goals and asserting your inner integrity. The first quarter of 2023 is a dynamic time for you, so lean into your natural capacity for metamorphosis!
SAGITTARIUS (birthday Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) The latter half of 2022 had you feeling more competitive and assertive than ever, and that is continuing into the first quarter of 2023. You may come up against other people’s tempers, so remember to maintain your center and respond rather than react. Your ruling planet Jupiter will be in Aries, which means you’ll feel confident and lucky, so that certainly helps! You’ll be back to your optimistic self before you know it, but it’s important to assert yourself this quarter as it will set the tone for the rest of the year.
CAPRICORN (birthday Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) This is a busy quarter for you, dear Capricorn! In January, both Mercury and Venus will be moving through your sign, so you’ll be focused on communicating and connecting with others - potentially in a more lighthearted and playful way than you’re used to. March is a time of transformation for you, where you may feel like you can embrace more self-compassion and take energized action in the direction of your dreams.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20–Feb. 18) You’ve been feeling under pressure ever since Saturn entered your sign way back in April of 2020. Good news is that it finally lets up in early March! Use these last few weeks of Saturn in your sign to set clear and practical goals for the year ahead. Of course, then Pluto enters your sign on March 23rd, so while you will continue to feel a sense of intensity, it will come with a breath of fresh, invigorating, transformative air.
PISCES (birthday Feb.19–March 20) With your ruling planet, Neptune, hanging out in the Pisces sign, you’ll benefit from its dreamy, spiritual, far-seeing vibes all year. Expect a lovely, lucky February as Venus moves through Pisces, heightening cooperation and peace in your personal life. Be wary not to get too caught in the clouds, and know it will be easier to take determined forward action come the end of March.