On March 23, 08:14 AM ET, Pluto leaves Capricorn and enters Aquarius, beginning a 20-year cycle of drastic social changes, inaugurating a time of revolution, rebirth, and quantum leaps toward the future. Pluto has been in Capricorn since 2008 and his ingress into Aquarius brings a massive shift in consciousness.
Pluto is going to come back to Capricorn in June and remain there for the rest of the calendar year. For the next couple of months, we are getting a taste of what’s coming up as Pluto enters Aquarius to stay in 2024.
This shift is going to impact all of us massively, but it is especially relevant for the individuals who were born with planets or angles in Fixed signs, Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius. Those of us more strongly impacted by Pluto’s transit through Aquarius are going to experience a once-in-a-lifetime metamorphosis that will ripple into several areas of life. They will not be the same person at the end of this journey.
Pluto: Metamorphosis, Soul Desires, Death and Rebirth Processes
In Astrology, Pluto is considered to be the force of evolution, the catalyst of our deepest emotional and psychological transformation. Named after the mythological God of the Underworld, Pluto is the planet connected to all death and rebirth processes, all life-death-life cycles.
Pluto is considered to be the higher octave of Mars, and the interplay of their energies illustrates the difference between ego-centric desire and Soul-centric desire, between the surface desires of our ego and the true desires of our Soul.
The modern ruler of Scorpio correlates with Soul-centered desires, with those deepest motivations and intentions that drive all our choices and eventually represent the reason behind our current incarnation and our Soul’s evolutionary intentions.
Pluto has also a lot to do with our deepest emotional wounds, with our shadows, with our manipulation tendencies, with all that we suppress, hide, and repress because we are ashamed of it, afraid of it, disgusted by it. This planet is related to compulsion and obsession, but also to power and empowerment. Ultimately, Pluto destroys to make space for creation.
Aquarius: Individuation, Liberation, and Progress
Aquarius is the 11th sign of the Zodiac, traditionally ruled by Saturn and ruled by Uranus in modern Astrology. A Yang, Air, Fixed archetype, Aquarius is unpredictable, disruptive, and rebellious. Its purpose is to inspire us to break free from the conditioning accumulated during the previous phase of evolution, corresponding to Capricorn. Aquarius is about individuation, about becoming who we truly are, rather than acting and behaving how we have been programmed to do by our society, family, culture, and religion.
This sign correlates to objectivity and detachment, to the capacity to perceive our reality from a bird’s eye view. It is connected to humanitarianism, social progress, and all group dynamics: through Aquarius, we recognize the importance of community, the value of networking, and the interdependence of group and individual.We recognize that no man is an island and that together we are stronger.
In Medical Astrology, Aquarius is associated with the nervous system and the electricity running through our bodies, the circulation of fluids, and the lower part of the legs.
Some distorted expressions of this archetype are the disconnection from our physical and emotional body, believing in the supremacy of the intellect over the emotional and feeling bodies, and relying on an “all head and no heart” approach to life. Social alienation, self-isolation, feeling stranger to oneself, avoidance of feeling through escaping in virtual reality, and numbing our emotions through mindless scrolling are shadows of Aquarius that can be magnified by Pluto’s transit through the sign.
Collapse of the Old Structures, Exploration of Alternative Systems, Decentralization
Throughout Pluto in Capricorn’s transit, we have been witnessing the breakdown of traditional hierarchies, the decay of old systems, and the destruction of social structures and institutions we used to rely upon. Since 2008, there has been a widespread loss of trust in governments, banks, politics, and traditional symbols of authority. Lately, on the collective level, these themes have been playing out very clearly in the context of the current economic climate and the collapse of established financial institutions.
The upcoming final months of Pluto in Capricorn transit are likely to bring up all that needs to go, all that needs to be transformed. Pluto in Capricorn has exposed what is corrupt in the existing social systems, but also what is corrupt in ourselves and in the way our consciousness is structured as a result of external conditioning.
Pluto’s transit through Aquarius represents a time of evolutionary acceleration. Aquarius corresponds to the future, and Pluto’s ingress into the sign will catalyze and promote our movement away from old, outdated systems and towards new, alternative ones, based on decentralization, horizontal organizational structures, and respect for human rights and individual differences.
Pluto’s transit through Aquarius is an invitation for us to embrace a deeper sense of personal responsibility and become our own authority, instead of projecting our power onto external authorities. This is a significant piece of our transition from the old systems and structures to the new ones, as the process of establishing and consolidating new social systems requires each individual to take responsibility for their own conscious participation.
Pluto in Aquarius will speed up our deconditioning journey and increase our awareness of the coping mechanisms and survival strategies we adopted as a result of our early experiences. This transit will accelerate the process of becoming aware of and breaking free from repetitive patterns of behavior that keep us trapped in disempowering loops. Pluto in Aquarius will encourage us to see ourselves objectively and recognize what needs to be transformed within ourselves in order for us to have different experiences, rather than blaming others.
Transforming our Awareness of Trauma & the Nervous System
Aquarius is associated with trauma, dissociation, and the nervous system. This archetype correlates with sudden, unexpected, and overwhelming experiences that result in a split between mind, body, and emotions, a phenomenon also referred to as fragmentation or Soul loss.
During Pluto in Aquarius transit, we can expect an intense focus on healing trauma and deepening our awareness of the impact of past trauma on the body and the nervous system. Throughout the upcoming years, our understanding of trauma, the nervous system, mental health, and the impact of stress will be completely transformed and revolutionized.
Pluto enters Aquarius: Technological Expansion, The Internet, AI, & Alienation
During the upcoming years, we can expect massive technological advancement and scientific discoveries that force us to question everything we think we know. The energy of Aquarius is disruptive and shocking and with Pluto entering the sign, our ideas and theories about astronomy, the universe, and our reality will be completely revolutionized. Our relationship to science and our intense reliance on science for sense-making and meaning-making is likely, as well, to be put into discussion.
The way we relate to the internet, social media, and artificial intelligence will be another area of significant focus, and our relationship with these tools is likely to get polarized and extreme. In particular, issues of ethics surrounding the use of artificial intelligence are likely to arise: regulations in this sense could be established while Pluto travels back to Capricorn, between June 2023 and January 2024.
Pluto in Aquarius transit will emphasize the shift in social dynamics and social interactions that are already taking place, related to the increase of time spent online and on our phones and the decrease of in-person interactions involving physical touch. This transit is likely to indicate an increase in collective feelings of alienation and social isolation and will inspire many of us to explore living in community settings, away from cities and away from technology, and create self-sufficient and self-sustaining systems.
Pluto square the Nodes: Addressing Skipped Developmental Steps
Pluto is in a square aspect to the Lunar Nodes for most of the calendar year. The Nodes are currently in the early degrees of Taurus and Scorpio and, even if the square aspect isn’t exact yet, we are already feeling it.
The fact that Pluto is changing signs while also squaring the Nodes points to the immense relevance of these times for our collective and personal evolution. Pluto squaring the Nodes is a time to clear past karma, address skipped steps in our emotional and spiritual development, and deepen our awareness of our true desires.
The current square between Pluto and the Nodes in Taurus and Scorpio is an invitation to explore the nature of our attachments. It is an opportunity to notice how we give our power away and generate energetic and emotional stagnation in our lives, for instance, by holding on to something we are attached to for too long. When the Nodes enter Libra and Aries, the focus will go on developing relational intelligence. In particular, we will be invited to gain awareness of how the way we show up in our relationships to other people can bring us closer to ourselves or further away from ourselves.
Pluto enters Aquarius: Revolution and Rebirth
The last time Pluto was in Aquarius was in the final two decades of 1700. Around that time, we experienced the French Revolution, the Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution, and a myriad of radical and lasting changes in social order, social organization, and human rights.
Pluto’s transit through Aquarius talks about revolution and rebirth. It calls for a dramatic shift in the relationship between individuals and society, for a drastic change in our relationship with ourselves, with technology, with our bodies, with Nature, and with other people.
We can’t imagine how our reality will be in 20 years, we can’t imagine how the world will look like in 20 years. Change is not going to happen overnight, it is going to unfold over the course of more than two decades. Nonetheless, Aquarius is all about sudden shifts and quantum leaps, and the future may knock on our door before we expect it.
Around this time, as we adapt to this new energy, we may feel a bit destabilized and experience feelings of restlessness and agitation. For this reason, it is recommended that we take good care of our nervous system and renew our commitment to those practices that help us ground, relax, and align with our center.
Pluto moving into Aquarius is another big shift and step forward further into The Age of Aquarius. This is a shift of consciousness, a shift of the heart, a shift of personality, and a transformation of the world as we know it. This is not a war between the light and the dark, this is higher and deeper realisation, integration and cohesion of polarity without denying its laws. This is the great self-initiation which demands great self-healing. Tap here to get our book “The Age of Aquarius”. It’s a must read. We are sending love and blessings your way!
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