First published on March 26, 2023
The winds of change are blowing. Pluto is in Aquarius and we’re moving through a rapidly changing landscape in the coming weeks.
Since 2008, Pluto has transformed the area of our chart/life ruled by Capricorn. We’re not completely out of the woods yet; Pluto dips back into Capricorn from June – January 2024, and again from September 2024 to November 2024 suggesting unfinished business. But for now, until June, this is a recce; and time of surveying this new landscape.
Here’s a quick overview of what we can expect as Pluto transits revolutionary Uranus over the next 20 years.
Pluto in Aquarius 2023 – 2044: Emergence
Pluto ingressed Aquarius on March 23, 2023, beginning its (once-in-our-lifetime) transit in Aquarius, and the winds of change are blowing.
Since 2008, Pluto has transformed the area of our chart/life ruled by Capricorn. We’re not completely out of the woods yet; Pluto dips back into Capricorn from June – January 2024, and again from September 2024 to November 2024 suggesting unfinished business. But for now, until June, this is a recce; and time of surveying this new landscape of Pluto in Aquarius.
Pluto is the lord of the Underworld; the planet of change, transformation, death, alchemy, evolution, power, and control. Pluto’s process works subconsciously, in the shadows — slowly purifying energy, revealing and purging what’s dead and decaying, bringing darkness to light, unconsciousness to consciousness, so there can be transformation. At its core, Pluto represents a process of ego death and asks for total surrender. Either we change or change is made for us. With Pluto, until we let go of attachments to the material world, we will be dragged and chained to the underworld.
Aquarius is a fixed air sign; traditionally ruled by Saturn, and its modern ruler is Uranus. This is a futuristic and revolutionary sign. It rules technology, innovation, everything that’s “out there”, aliens, genius, the future, community, groups, networks, friendships, and freedom among other things. Aquarius speaks of the collective consciousness, which includes not just humanity but all sentient beings. This is energy is electric, like a bolt of lightning. When it strikes, it can bring sudden illumination, inspiration, and at times sudden shocking change, or a tower moment. Harnessed, or properly earthed, it can power cities and light up a world in darkness. In its highest manifestation Aquarius energy speaks of spiritual liberation.
As Pluto transits the sign — we’re about to see a slow, gradual, but total transformation over the next two decades in the areas ruled by Aquarius.
Collectively and individually, there’s a new consciousness emerging — like the butterfly from its cocoon. That said, there will be times when it feels like we are devolving rather than evolving as a race. In the chart for Pluto’s ingress, we have a New Moon in Aries, with Mars in Gemini. This will be a dual process of purging the darkness within, as we evolve in awareness and consciousness. Planets suggest a need for self-awareness, self-acceptance, authenticity, and detachment. Let go of the expectations of others or expect the world to change. Change comes from the inside out. Trust the process. As you evolve, you can inspire and be a force for change in your world.
At best, there is the potential evolution of humanity into a more enlightened race. Science is likely to make ‘advances’, finally catching up with what ancient traditions have always known. We can expect a growing awareness of our inherent connection to our environment, the greater whole of existence, the sentience of all beings, and the physical ill-effects of consuming another’s suffering. One way this could manifest is veganism or vegetarianism becoming more of the norm; and greater awareness of our impact on the ecosystem.
Our relationship with technology is evolving, and we’re likely to see the power of AI and technology transform the world over the next twenty years. But as much as technology connects us, it can also serve to isolate and disconnect us from reality, and each other. Gun violence, mass murders, and casualties of war – could all be negative manifestations of this energy. We’re also likely to see the darker side of the internet, technology, AI, social media, influencers; cybercrime, and data mining. But hopefully, this will also result in awareness, conversations, and regulations that make the world and the internet a safer place for all. Ultimately this is part of the process of evolution; purging darkness until there is an inevitable change in consciousness.
In Pluto’s ingress chart, Venus is conjunct with the North Node in Taurus. This suggests lucrative tantalizing opportunities to grow in emotional and material security, well-being, and comfort. But in order to grow sustainably, we must lead with values of love, patience, humanity, loyalty, and commitment. It’s also imperative we learn to live in harmony with nature and the environment, which we are a part of not apart from. If we’re driven by the hunger for money, sex, and superficial materialistic values alone— we’re sealing our fate, with a trip to the Underworld. For any darker scandal, or abuse of power that unfolds through Pluto in Aquarius— follow the money. But if we dare to follow our heart as we surrender to change, we can expect to feel empowered and liberated.
The skies are changing, and so are our lives below. A lot is up in the air and hangs in balance. We’re being rewired not just mentally but somatically, and on a soul, consciousness level. Move with awareness. I’ll have a lot more to say about Pluto in Aquarius in the coming time.
May we rise to the occasion of our life.
Priya Kale, March 25, 2023, NYC.