Pluto Rides An Air Balloon

This month our topic is Pluto’s entry into Aquarius. Pluto takes 246 years to orbit around the sun. Obviously, none of us are around long enough to see an entire Pluto cycle, at least not in one lifetime. However, we can experience Pluto, moving through the zodiac on a personal and collective level. When Pluto moves through a sign, it challenges whatever is not working and not essential in that arena of life. Since 2008, Pluto has been in the sign of Capricorn. Capricorn is an earth sign. It starts things, and builds things that are tangible. It is associated with government, financial structures, and societal hierarchies.  It is ambitious, disciplined and strives for success. Almost immediately upon entering Capricorn, the world faced recession, due to the collapse of the housing market. Since that time, we’ve seen dramatic changes in our financial institutions, stresses to our governmental institutions, and a lot of questioning some of the basic foundations of society. On March 23 Pluto entered the sign of Aquarius. Because Pluto spends a lot of time in retrograde, it will go back-and-forth between Capricorn and Aquarius five times over the next two years until it gets far enough into Aquarius where it will stay, for the next 20 years.  This will bring profound changes in our society and personal lives. Depending on your unique astrology chart, some transits of Pluto will affect you profoundly, and others will not.

Pluto is the god of the underworld.  As an archetype, Pluto represents death and rebirth. Pluto represents that which is unconscious, a shadow that is difficult for us to face.  When Pluto move through our life, we find ourselves tested. Pluto represents transformation. That may sound great in theory, but who among us wakes up in the morning and says “I’d like to transform today”?  We know instinctively that  transformation is never easy. It means a death of an old way of doing things things or an old way of being. Pluto prompts us to examine what is most important. It strips us of things that are not necessary for our growth and survival and forces us to concentrate on what is most important. Pluto helps us recognize the parts of ourselves and our existence that are essential.  It reacquaints us with our own authenticity and integrity. In ancient mythology Pluto ruled over riches underground. That is why the term “plutocracy” referred to a wealthy ruling class.  On a personal level, when Pluto is transiting your chart, it asks you:  What riches lie buried within you? How can you best express your authenticity and integrity?

Aquarius is an air sign. It is humanitarian, innovative and cerebral.  Aquarius makes us take the 20,000 foot view of the world.It is forward thinking, taking in the big picture so it can sustain societies. It is focused on how we interact with each other as a society. Aquarius is exactly opposite the sign of Leo on the zodiac. Leo is the sign of royalty. Leo looks at the world as if it revolves around the king or the queen. Aquarius, on the other hand, represents the people. It is the sign that strives for equality and societal structures that are good for all.  A great archetype for Aquarius is Spock from Star Trek. He was intelligent and used his commanding intellect for the betterment of all. His most famous quotes  were:

“The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.” And “Live long and prosper”.

So, what is it going to mean when Pluto travels through Aquarius for the next 20 years? Obviously, we are beginning to get some hints already. Over the last couple of months, there’s been an explosion of interest and improvement in artificial intelligence. This may be the tip of the iceberg as far as technological innovation goes. As a society, we will have to wrestle with how to best use, implement and regulate AI.  One thing is certain, none of us have any idea yet what the technological improvements will be over the next 20 years. Imagine time traveling back to 1985 and trying to explain the iPad.  On a personal level, Pluto in Aquarius asks each of us to challenge how we think. For all its’ innovation, Aquarius is a fixed sign. Pluto may ask “are you getting too set in your ways?”   Pluto may have other questions for you:

How can I be a better human and contribute to a better humanity? What riches lie buried within me? Do I remain curious about my potential?  How can I best express my authenticity and my integrity? 

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