What were you doing between March 23, 2023 and June 11, 2023? During that time period, we got a preview of Pluto in Aquarius. The last time that Pluto changed signs was in 2008.
For me personally, some extremely significant things happened during both of these times. There has been a lot of chatter in the astrology community about Pluto and its impact.
When I first started hearing about it at the beginning of 2023, the first thing that I thought about was that I had somewhat major surgery in 2008. But it was planned surgery. I didn’t have any surgery planned during 2023, so I hoped that Pluto wouldn’t impact me the same way.
Unfortunately, it did. It just wasn’t planned. In the beginning of June 2023, I ended up in the hospital and had emergency surgery. As someone who is usually healthy, this was so out of the blue and bizarre. I was truly shocked.
Both transits weren’t all bad though. Especially between March and June last year. I was starting to make my way into the world and back to focusing on me again after COVID and moving my mom closer to me.
At the end of March, I saw Jill Scott in Boston and the next day traveled to Maryland and DC. I also went on a short retreat at Kripalu in the Berkshires in May. I had so much fun spending time with family and friends and focusing on wellness. Oh, and I got Wordle in one try!
I haven’t mentioned all the changes that happened to me personally, and there are also many things that happened to us as a collective during these times. The 2008 financial crisis, then in March 2023 there was the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank.
Also, I will never forget where I was when I learned that the former president was indicted by the state of New York. I was on the train to DC and had just arrived in New York!
A lot happens when Pluto changes signs. It’s really quite remarkable and something to take note of. Pluto’s orbit around the sun takes 248 years. So it spends a lot of time in each sign. Astrologer Chani Nicholas gives a nice summary of the last time that Pluto was in Aquarius.
“The last time Pluto journeyed through Aquarius, between 1777 and 1798, the world’s balance of power massively shifted. These two decades saw the American Revolution, the French Revolution, and the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. The monarchy was toppled in France, showing that even the world’s most powerful institutions can crumble in the face of Pluto’s wrecking ball.
The Age of Enlightenment also reached a crescendo at this time. Aquarian ideals of reason, rationality, and humanity’s power to steer its own destiny fueled this epoch and laid the groundwork for democratic institutions and human rights.”
So why is all this relevant now? Pluto moves into Aquarius again this Saturday, January 20, 2024. An article on Stylecaster explains more about the dates and upcoming changes.
“Pluto has been transiting down-to-business Capricorn since 2008, so its initial move into airy Aquarius on March 23, 2023 marked the first sign shift for this planet in nearly 15 years. This was Pluto’s first dip into the revolutionary sign of the water bearer since the late 18th century—but in true Pluto fashion, it’ll take time to fully complete this zodiacal transition.
Thanks to Pluto’s slow orbit and annual retrograde periods, it reverted back to Capricorn on June 11, 2023, but as of Saturday, January 20, 2024, it will move forward into Aquarius once again. However, this is another temporary dip into Aquarius, as Pluto retrogrades back into Capricorn on September 1. Luckily, it will return to Aquarius for good as of November 19, 2024. From there, Pluto will remain in Aquarius until 2043 and 2044—giving the planet a solid two decades to work its transformative magic in the Aquarius-ruled parts of our chart.”
There is so much happening in the world right now, that I probably cannot even come close to imagining how this will all play out. But I expect there will be some revolutionary changes. Let’s hope for the best.