Pluto re-enters Aquarius: Power and Transformation

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Sun conjunct Pluto 29° Capricorn

We have some big astrology coming up this weekend. Events could prove to be a definitive turning point, both collectively and personally, because of what’s happening with the Sun and Pluto. This could bring matters to completion that have been dragging on.

However, there’s potential drama as both the Sun and Pluto are at a pivotal point in the zodiac. They meet at 29° Capricorn on January 20th, right at the end of the star sign, before they both move into Aquarius less than 12 hours later.

This is the last conjunction these two planets make in earth sign Capricorn. This suggests that something major is coming to an end or completing.

In your own life, consider where you’re ready to close a door on the past and move on. Or, what endings are foreground. This could be a recent chapter in your life. Or, perhaps it links back to 2008 when Pluto first entered Capricorn.

Sun/Pluto themes can be tough and challenging. The Sun represents light, while Pluto governs the dark of the underworld. Notice whether your light dims at the weekend or you’re being pulled into a dark place. Consider how you can bring the light into the dark. Actively engage with doing so if needed. 

Be firm and definitive about what stays and what goes in your life. Also, you’re wise to consider who holds the power, whether it’s yourself or another individual. Pluto’s a challenging planet.

It represents loss, death and destruction. Yet, Pluto transits can be empowering and a call to step into your power. It’s the planet that’s closely linked to psychoanalysis and self-transformation.

Sun enters Aquarius

Only 20 minutes after the Sun/Pluto conjunction in Capricorn, the Sun moves into Aquarius, the star sign linked to the people and the collective, community, humanitarian ideals, the future and all things new age and alternative, including space travel.

Both Capricorn and Aquarius share a ruling planet, Saturn. This confirms that Aquarius isn’t just a hippy eccentric but a lover of systems and a rational and logical air sign thinker. 

Saturn seems to fit the Capricorn archetype best, the planet linked to mountains, solitude and deep winter. The shaman and wise sage of the cosmos. Alternatively, the empire builder and workaholic – both archetypes fit.

When Uranus was discovered in the 18th century, Aquarius was the obvious choice for a new modern planet. Uranus is the rebel and revolutionary, a lover of technology and all things modern.

The Sun’s move into Aquarius is your cue to find your tribe, to be part of society, your community and to be in the world. It’s less about business and empire-building and more about ideals, principles and collaborative ventures.

Pluto enters Aquarius

Pluto dipped its toe into air sign Aquarius from March 21 to June 11, 2023. It’s back this weekend and ready to take up residence in Aquarius for the next twenty years, apart from a tiny dip back into Capricorn from September 2 to November 19, 2024.

Pluto re-enters Aquarius on January 21st. These are transitional times as the planet linked to power, corruption and the underworld changes star sign.

Pluto’s entry into Capricorn in 2008, the star sign linked to the establishment and big business, coincided with a financial crisis. And, as Pluto’s leaving Capricorn, we can expect more major shifts related to corporations, governments and the establishment. 

Wrong-doings are being unearthed as Pluto makes its presence known – the release of the Epstein files and the Post Office scandal here in the UK are two recent examples.

Plus, it’s no surprise that 2024 is lining up to be a huge year of global elections. Pluto represents power, Aquarius represents society and things need to change. Pluto breaks things down. Therefore, you could say that with Pluto leaving Capricorn, the era of hierarchies is falling. People want a more democratic and equal society. 

Pluto in Capricorn has been the era of the ‘plutocrat’ with 1% of society owning most of the world’s wealth. This needs to be seriously challenged as Pluto moves into Aquarius. At its best, Pluto in Aquarius represents power (Pluto) to the people (Aquarius).

Another big theme for Pluto’s move into Aquarius is the rise of AI (artificial intelligence). There are likely to be further advances in technology, robotics and digitilisation as Pluto continues its move through the air sign. 

Expect tighter controls of the internet and more money being made. Pluto is one of the planets linked to wealth and hidden riches and Aquarius rules technology. 

Yet, Pluto has a shadow side and it’s already clear that more regulations are needed. AI is threatening to undermine the creative process as plagiarism is rife.

There was even news of a virtual rape in the Metaverse – another nod towards needing more regulations around new technologies.

Pluto In Aquarius – Last Time

The last time Pluto was in Aquarius was from 1777-1798. This was the period when Uranus, the planet linked to rebellion and revolution, was discovered in 1781. And, Uranus is the modern planet that rules Aquarius. You could say the two planetary events went hand-in-hand.

1776 was the Declaration of Independence in the USA, when Pluto was in its last degrees of Capricorn, and the French Revolution began in 1789. The Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft, a fierce advocate for women’s rights, was published in 1792. You can see by these few examples that this was a time of sweeping change and social reforms. 

These themes may well be reawakened or reinvented with Pluto moving through Uranus’ star sign Aquarius once again. Although, let’s not forget that even though Aquarius is the star sign linked to equality, it’s a fixed star sign, i.e. dogmatic and stubborn. 

The idealistic view of an equal society hasn’t always played out well in the past around the world, but there’s always hope for a new future and a New Age opening up.

Pluto is the slowest-moving of the ten planetary bodies and it will remain in Aquarius for the next two decades. Major changes may not happen overnight but we’re currently in the midst of a hugely important transitional phase.

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3 thoughts on “Pluto re-enters Aquarius: Power and Transformation”

  1. Sally,
    Thank you for this analysis…so illuminating focused! I really appreciate your generosity in sharing these articles with us. I listen to Astrology Talk almost exclusively….you and Christina cover an amazing amount of ground every month, so thank you for everything you both share with us!

    Pisces, Libra Rising

  2. Older and wiser

    What a journey Pluto has been on through my 9th house. I realised the other day my interest in astrology got deeper in 2008, having first been interested in the early 19990s.

    I joined an astro forum and when I looked up my date of joining it was 1Feb2008; Pluto had only gone into Cap five days earlier – Jan 27th.

    I’m amazed by how much I’ve learned over these past years. The questions/ideas I had then aren’t a patch on what I know now. I knew a lot then but it was just information, now I can connect it all up. I get the bigger picture.

    But it’s also been surprisingly rough as I’ve moved from that 7th/8th house Scorpio intensity that preceded it, to becoming an observer, almost a hermit. I didn’t go travelling to foreign lands – apt for Cap 9th – but on a journey of the mind.

    With Pluto’s first dip into Aqua last year, I began to feel I’ve had enough of the intellectualism. I’ve found myself reading less. I want to actually achieve stuff now.

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