On the 20-21st January 2024, Pluto will re-enter the sign of Aquarius for just over an eight-month stay before retrograding into Capricorn for the last time on 1st September this year.

    Pluto entered Capricorn in November 2008 and will finally and definitely leave the sign on the 19th November 2024 remaining in the sign of Aquarius until year 2044.

    Pluto will once more activate the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction which took place at 00°21’ Aquarius on the 21st December 2020.

    Worth noting is that the Sun will conjoin Pluto on the 20th January at 29°59’ Capricorn just 22 minutes before it enters Aquarius and Pluto will enter Aquarius approximately 11 hours later.

    Here are a few background aspects that involve Pluto and the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction which took place on the 21st December 2020 at 0°21’ Aquarius.

    The Jupiter-Saturn conjunction took place in the Air sign of Aquarius and ended a 600-year period of the conjunction in the Earth signs, except for the last but one conjunction which took place three times in the Air sign of Libra between December 1980 and July 1981, preparing us, as James Hillman wrote in his Book “The Soul’s Code”, “to leave behind consumerism and adopt a sense of community”.

    Pluto was discovered on the 18th of February 1930 by an American laboratory assistant who resided in Arizona. The planet was at 18° Cancer, a degree which has since been linked to Plutonian issues. The name Pluto was selected from thousands of suggestions and came from an eleven-year old English girl called Venetia Burney.

    Pluto is a tiny planet and was relegated to dwarf planet status by astronomers in 2006 causing quite an uproar in the astrological world. This category could well fit Pluto since one of its characteristics is also down-sizing!

    Pluto has an elongated orbit staying longer in some signs than others and it employs 284 years to complete its orbit so we will be looking way back into history to discover what happened during the last two Pluto transits in Aquarius.

    Pluto is connected to power, transformation, death, birth, the subconscious, the shadow, taboo and the occult among many other characteristics.

    Aquarius is associated with the original, the inventive, the humanitarian, the unpredictable and the unconventional among many other qualities.

    The Pluto transit during the years 1532 to 1553 saw the advent of countries fighting over religion as the Church of England broke away from the Roman Catholic church to found a religion on its own as King Henry VIII proclaimed himself head of this new Church of England.  Pope Paul III started the Roman inquisition. Spain and Portugal conquered and colonised faraway lands in the hope of gaining great riches.

    So Pluto’s stay in Aquarius in the above period was destruction and transformation in the name of religion and trade.

    Whilst the years 1777 to 1798 witnessed an intestine fight for the American colonies (the American revolution) on one side the British on the other the Americans aided by the French. In 1783 the British government acknowledges the American independence. The Industrial revolution began in Britain in 1760 and quickly spread throughout Europe. 1788 saw the start of the French revolution.

    So, in this period in time there was a destruction of the aristocrats and dominating governments giving more freedom to the people and allowing them a say in what was going on, likewise a huge movement forward in the technology of the cotton (and not only) industries meant more production and more profits.

    This time I believe the theme will be a revolution of technology as we now know it and this could go either way. Or the destruction of modern technology in favour of something more “user-friendly” and less invasive or a hyped-up technology embracing all facets of our lives.

    Pluto was already in Capricorn during the most recent conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn and both these planets had just left Capricorn. Pluto first entered Aquarius on the 23rd March 2023, just under a year ago.

    Whilst talking about the ingress of Pluto in Aquarius, astrologer Lee Lehman said that when Saturn transits a sign he lays down the rules that regulate that sign and then Pluto comes along and implements those rules. Saturn’s stay in Capricorn led to new rules and regulations involving governments and Pluto’s stay there caused upheaval to the status quo resulting to this day in many still unfinished problems for several countries around the world. Saturn’s stay in Aquarius was about laying down rules about gender equality and the use of social media. Now that Pluto once more hits the degree of the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction (three times, once end January/beginning February again mid-August and finally early December) we should begin to see a Pluto-like transformation of Saturnian responsibility regarding the Aquarian topic of social welfare as well as a Jupiterian increase and generalisation of the Saturnian fear about an Aquarian fanatical authority (ruled by Saturn) and nationalism (ruled by Jupiter). I think that by the end of the Pluto transit in Aquarius the social media as we now know it will no longer exist and there will more than likely be more class and gender equality as far as riches and privileges are concerned.

    Looking back to the house ruled by Capricorn that Pluto has been transiting for the last 16 years what has been transformed/irrevocably changed in your life during that time?

    So, what might we expect during this long transit of Pluto in Aquarius? Here are a few suggestions:

    In Aquarius, the planet is more focused on looking ahead to understand how the structures organized by Saturn’s passage in Aquarius could be rebuilt using new techniques to improve what is old and known.

    New laws that concern gender equality with greater tolerance towards “different” things and people, an ability to accept that there are many facets of “right and proper” and that these could all give the same result. And certainly, a new way of conceiving and using technology, especially the “social” networks, which will certainly not be as it they now or as we try to imagine them!

    Rules could be implemented for the good of the community rather than that of a small part of society.

    We may be, or at least I hope, on the verge of a new collective awareness of our world and we may find that this current, “old and known” structure no longer fits our new direction, while a new altruistic consciousness will replace the selfish structures that have been in existence for too long.

    Great social changes are within reach if we have the courage to grasp and implement them.

    “The real voyage of discovery is not about looking for new landscapes, but about having new eyes.”

    Marcel Proust



    Hillman J. (1997), “Il Codice dell’Anima”, capitolo II, pp 63-82, CDE Spa, Milan, Italy

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