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Of all the planets to watch this year, Pluto’s the one. This special planet enters Aquarius on January 20, 2024, and it affects all 12 zodiac signs. What does this mean? Revolution, baby.
When Is Pluto in Aquarius?
After Pluto enters Aquarius on January 20, the planet will move back and forth through two signs in the zodiac, Capricorn and Aquarius, before finally setting up shop in Aquarius by the end of the year.
Pluto returns to Aquarius on November 19, 2024, where it will remain for almost two decades—a long, long stay.
Pluto, named after the underworld’s ruler in Greek mythology, was discovered in 1930. Although it was considered the official ninth planet in the solar system, Pluto was demoted to dwarf status by a group of 424 astronomers. Apparently, they thought it wasn’t big enough to be a “real” planet. Learn more about the dwarf planet Pluto.
Despite that new classification, Pluto still plays an essential role in modern astrology. Like the other outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune), Pluto represents generational change. Because the outer planets reside far from the Sun, they take much longer to move through a zodiac sign. This means their effects are subtle but far-reaching.
In addition to affecting generations, these outer planets show how you grow over time.
Pluto is associated with transformation. Like the phoenix, it demands a teardown before a rebuild. Wherever Pluto lands, you can expect destruction followed by creation. It’s gradual, so you may not notice what is taking place at first. However, after it exits one sign for another, you become aware of how much you’ve evolved.
This planet takes about 248 years to orbit the Sun, which means it spends over a decade in each sign. Pluto is exiting ambitious Capricorn in 2024 for rebellious Aquarius. After years of dismantling structures and government bodies (both ruled by Capricorn), it’s ready for revolution.
The Shift of Pluto in Aquarius
During the next nineteen years, Pluto will remain in Aquarius—without interruption. We can expect the focus to shift to the collective and shared power. Demands for equity and fairness will be loud, while technological advances may have us living in the Star Trek age.
Countries will need to consider the needs of the community rather than consolidate wealth for the few. Greed and authoritarianism will be challenged, and the old guard must release the need for control as the young guard grabs the baton. As Bob Dylan sang, “The times they are a’ changing.” (Fun fact: the American and French revolutions happened the last time Pluto was in Aquarius!)
According to astrologer Celeste Brooks, we have much to look forward to. “Pluto in Aquarius will usher in miraculous technological advances that we can barely comprehend. New pharmaceuticals and medical devices such as robotic limbs and bionic eyes will restore the lives of people with injuries and cure disabilities. Innovation to radically reduce carbon emissions enables the fight against climate change. Technologies for carbon removal will combat climate change and make the future more sustainable.”
In your personal chart, Pluto in Aquarius will show where you’re ready to experience a radical transformation.
Aries: Pluto in Aquarius gives your social circle a complete upgrade. Ties with old, outworn friendships may be severed to create space for new alliances. Shallow, casual acquaintances may lose their appeal. Instead, you’ll be drawn to intense, deeper connections. Some of the people you encounter could profoundly impact your life. For example, you may connect with a mentor or a group of people who want to change the world. While all of this seems exciting, some discernment goes a long way. Some of the people you meet might have secret agendas. Vet carefully before getting too close. During this period, your goals may shift to the needs of the collective rather than personal wants. This could lead to an interest in humanitarian work.
Taurus: Over the next two decades, your ambition soars. You’re filled with big ideas and ready to take them out to the world in new ways. Significant career changes are possible. For example, you may receive a new role at work, leading to something greater down the road. Influential people could assist you in reaching your loftiest goals. The odds are stacked in your favor, allowing you to achieve everything you desire. However, you must watch out for power struggles with coworkers or peers. Minimize that problem by lifting everyone else as you climb to the top.
Gemini: This is your time to broaden your horizons. Travel could be exciting, especially long journeys to distant lands. Instead of setting down roots, see the world. Engage with folks from all walks of life, and you’ll emerge with a new perspective. Another way to transform yourself comes through education. Return to school for that advanced degree, study abroad, or teach. If you’ve ever wanted to write a book, this is the time to start. This transit can also bring a new spiritual or philosophical outlook. In some cases, it could also lead to fanaticism or religious hypocrisy. Believe what you want, but don’t shove it down other people’s throats.
Cancer: During the next couple of years, Pluto will move through the intuitive section of your chart. You’re naturally psychic, so this period boosts your abilities. Metaphysical topics could be of interest, which makes this an excellent time to study meditation, reincarnation, mediumship, or astrology. Finances will also need your attention, especially taxes, loans, alimony, or inheritances. It’s important to pay down debts and secure the future now. If you’re mindful, you might have more money in the bank when this transit ends.
Leo: Your personal relationships will be tested. Some will deepen, while others may fall by the wayside. Divorce or separation is possible, leaving room for new connections. Keep in mind that endings are not always a bad thing. Sometimes, we outgrow people. During this period, you’ll see who needs to go so you can continue to grow. Involvement in legal matters or public relations is also possible now. Exercise caution in both arenas because trouble could arise if you are careless.
Virgo: This transit of Pluto is best for improving your health or working conditions. Because your willpower is accentuated, you have a better chance of sticking to new habits. Implementing a good regimen now could help rebuild your body. However, if you’ve neglected your health, be careful not to overexert yourself. Begin slowly and consult with your healthcare practitioner before you start. When it comes to your job, the environment could undergo a radical transformation. For example, technology could eliminate certain tasks. You might also move on to a new career.
Libra: Pluto adds intensity to your romantic life during this transit. If you’re single, intriguing new love interests could enter the picture, while partnered Libras might be ready to experiment and spice things up. The sizzle factor is real, but you must watch out for jealousy. If that arises, it could derail things, no matter how hot-to-trot your relationship may be. Creativity is elevated. New inspiration will take your artistic endeavors to exciting levels. Caution is advised with gambling or financial speculation. Loss is possible if you push your luck.
Scorpio: During this transit, your living situation could go through a massive change. For example, you might move far away from your family or begin renovating your home. In fact, this is one of the best transits for home improvement projects. (Looking at you, house flipper Scorpios.) It’s also ideal for investing in real estate. However, there can be other not-so-pleasant disruptions, such as family drama or the loss of property due to natural disasters. Boundaries with loved ones and house insurance are a must now.
Sagittarius: You may become more psychic or experience an interest in spiritual subjects such as reincarnation or yoga. In fact, it’s an excellent period for the serious study of metaphysical topics. However, you’ll need to examine your beliefs. Is it time to explore new ways of thinking? Question everything and keep an open mind. You might change your attitude. Everyday routines may undergo a shakeup. For example, you could travel away from home often due to your job. Sometimes, this transit can reveal secrets about neighbors or siblings. A long lost brother discovered via the internet? Yep. Great care must be exercised when signing contracts. What seems innocuous now may come back to bite you later.
Capricorn: Your finances and values are ready for a full-scale transformation. It begins with a breakdown phase, which forces you to take a long, hard look at your resources and attitude. You might need to change your spending habits or money mindset. For example, if you have a scarcity mentality, you might want to look within to find the source of this fear. Once you root that out, you can heal it. Financial responsibilities could fall on your shoulders. If that happens, you’ll need to develop strategies. A side hustle, new job, or updated budget might be necessary. Be careful with alimony, insurance, investments, legacies, or taxes. It’s best to be honest in these dealings if you wish to avoid loss. You will be more secure when this transit ends if you manage your sources well.
Aquarius: Because Pluto is in your sign, you’ll undergo a profound, personal transformation. The “old” you will fade into the woodwork, allowing new aspects of your personality to emerge. Your outer self will go through a metamorphosis as well. For example, you may ditch your wardrobe or try new hairstyles. You might even be tempted to change your name! By the time this transit ends, you might feel like a completely different person. Your willpower and resourcefulness are amplified, which gives you the power to reach goals. However, you’ll need to curb control freak tendencies. Nobody likes a bully!
Pisces: Rest and solitude appeal to you now. While others clamor for the spotlight, you want to be alone with your thoughts. Time spent in meditation, therapy, or spiritual practices brings healing and profound insights. You can release old stories or outworn beliefs. More importantly, you can understand your unconscious motivations. This will allow you to confront your inner demons once and for all. Be sure to elevate your self-care during this transit. At times, you may be disappointed with people. Power struggles with loved ones or perceived foes could test your compassion. Don’t lose faith, even if others let you down.
Does this mean that 2024 will be your year? Perhaps! Check out your Personal Year Number to learn more about the year ahead.