Pluto in Aquarius 2023 – 2043

Pluto entered Aquarius on March 23, 2023, retrogrades back into Capricorn on June 11, 2023, and enters Aquarius on January 21, 2024, retrogrades into Capricorn on September 1, 2024, re-enters Aquarius on November 19, 2024, enters Pisces on March 9, 2043, enters Aquarius on September 1, 2043, and leaves Aquarius for good on January 19, 2044.

Aquarius is the sign that rules groups and organizations and ideally represents the brotherhood of humankind.  The symbol for Aquarius is the water bearer, but Aquarius is an air sign, not a water sign. 

The water bearer is disseminating knowledge.  So communication, particularly group communication, is ruled by Aquarius.  Air signs love intellectual interaction, but it is important to remember that their meeting with others is mind to mind, not heart to heart.

While the US Declaration of Independence was signed while Pluto was in Capricorn, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were signed and ratified when Pluto was in Aquarius. 

The first three words of the Constitution “We the people” represent the Aquarian ideal.  A king, or even a president, would not rule the United States.  The rights of the collective would take precedent over all others.

While this is the ideal, it is important to remember that those signing the Constitution were the colonies equivalent of royalty.  George Washington was the great grandson of John Washington, a Virginia royalist family.  John Adams was a middle-class shipper.  His father was a deacon.   Thomas Jefferson was a rich land and slave owner. 

The Revolutionary War is generally seen as the colonies versus England, but leading up to the war, there was significant divisiveness between those who remained loyal to England and those who wanted separation. 

There was also significant divisiveness between northern and southern states and as to what constituted the rights of the individuals.  The founding fathers hotly contested the issue of slavery.  

In the end, slavery was not only allowed, but slaves were counted for voting purposes as 3/5 of a person, adding more numbers to southern slave-holding states. 

And women’s rights never merited a discussion.  Women had no right to vote – and in future years, freed male slaves were allowed to vote long before women. 

So, while life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is the most quoted part of the Declaration of Independence, these noble ideals didn’t pertain to all. 

And part of Aquarius’ hypocrisy is that freedom and ideals only belongs to those in a particular group or who have a particular way of thinking.  “My ideas are better than your ideas” and as in the French Revolution, if you disagree with me “off with your head.”

Nevertheless, Pluto in Aquarius was a period of great change worldwide, with innovation as well as upheaval.  Old structures were challenged and new ones arose. 

The focus was on individual rights and freedom and the idea of a social contract formed.  Albeit, this social contract did not apply to slaves.  Indigenous tribes fared no better as they were driven from their homelands, previously protected by the British

In Europe the French Revolution overthrew the monarchy.  This was followed by the Reign of Terror from September 1793 to July 1794.  The guillotine became the symbol of revolution as mass executions occurred. 

Internal conflict among the revolution parties ensued.  Even Louis Phillipe Joseph d’Orleans, a member of the House of Bourbon, a member of the French ruling dynasty, and one of France’s riches men, who supported a constitutional monarchy was guillotined. 

The darker side of Aquarius pits my group or my way of thinking against other voices.  This, for all practical purposes, hasn’t changed much.  Today divisiveness exists not just between Democrats and Republicans, but between varying wings of each party.

History is never “one way”, so before I leave this timeframe, it’s important to point out that this was also the time of the Age of Enlightenment. The Age of Enlightenment emphasized reason, science, and rationality. 

New technologies such as the steam engine emerged and urbanization began to form.  Other inventions include the power loom, steel roller, threshing machine, gas turbine, gas lighting, cotton gin, first small pox vaccination, and the battery—all contributing to a better life.

Normally I don’t use dual rulerships of signs.  To me, Pluto rules Scorpio, not Aries.  Neptune rules Pisces, not Jupiter.  When new planets are discovered, the world changes and they supersede the past. 

Aquarius is the only sign that I can see having two rulers.  Uranus represents sudden change, breaking down barriers, rebelling against the status quo.   Yet Aquarius is a fixed sign, particularly averse to changing its mind. 

Diverse figures such and Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Dick Cheney represent the opposing sides of Aquarius. 

More dangerous now is the far Right Republicans willing to resort to violence to achieve their ends.  And the far Left Democrats stirring up incitement by inferring that every white American is privileged and responsible for the worst of America’s past.  The values will collide even further with Pluto in Aquarius.

On the positive side, looking back to the American and French Revolutions groups of people were willing to stand up to powerful leaders, no longer willing to be subjugated.  On the not so positive side, many lost their lives in the violence that ensued.

As we are now on the brink of Pluto entering Aquarius once again, many believe once Pluto leaves Capricorn issues of authoritarianism will come to an end, but just as the disagreements over the rights of citizens didn’t end with the Constitution, the issues are unlikely to end as Pluto enters Aquarius. 

The darker side of Aquarius pits my group or my way of thinking against other voices.  This, for all practical purposes, hasn’t changed much.  Today divisiveness exists not just between Democrats and Republicans, but between varying wings of each party. 

And now countries face this same divisiveness.  In the not too distant future, Pluto in Aquarius will coincide with Neptune in Aries. 

The Revolutionary War started with Pluto in Capricorn but was fought with Pluto in Aquarius.  The Civil War started at Fort Sumter with Neptune at the tail end of Pisces and was fought with Neptune in Aries. 

Neptune enters Aries in 2025.  So by 2025, we will have both Pluto and Neptune in the signs they are found in the most significant wars that occurred on US soil.  While Pearl Harbor was attacked while Uranus was in Taurus, the majority of World War II was fought with Uranus in Gemini.  Uranus was in Gemini during both the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. Uranus will also be in Gemini in 2025.  Only time will tell if another civil war or world war breaks out.




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