This weekend brings the quiet dark before the dawn of a new, change-packed year. 2024 spotlights our relationship to our local, national, and global community and asks us to not take those relationships for granted. As Pluto enters Aquarius this year the planets will ask us whether our country, our groups, or our circles, now split apart, or are we willing to work together for our common goals.
Pluto starts the year in Capricorn, enters Aquarius on January 20 (where it dipped into last April-June), and re-enters Capricorn September 1. On November 19 it shifts to Aquarius until 2043.
Pluto spends decades in a sign and brings the nature of that sign to the edge for transformation. Pluto in ambitious Capricorn (2008–2024) heralded both a burst of progressive politics and a backlash against it, brought a rash of dictatorial behavior, re-energized patriarchy around the globe as well as our resistance to it, and questioned the very structure of architecture, organization, and government.
Pluto in Aquarius now turns our focus towards collective action, both to empower the people and make us deal with the specter of mob rule. Pluto last worked through Aquarius during the crafting of the US Constitution, a time when many countries questioned monarchies and worked to develop a fair democracy.
The world is now crowded, Pluto in Aquarius asks how we can accommodate all these individual human souls and still support personal individuality and the larger circle of our ecosystem. Whether these forms are healthy or oppressive will depend on our ability to create truly diverse inclusivity and the larger circle of our ecosystem.
Throughout 2024 we need to assess how we feel about our circles of connection and whether our circles feed us. Are we creating sustainable ecologies where we get out as much as we put in, and give as much as we receive? If not, then it’s time to change the process and trim, reorganize, and re-center so our interdependent web grows into a healthy future.
Early in 2024 we can expect confrontations with outmoded ideas, with our inner resistance to our growth. We can also expect confrontations and arguments already in motion to continue apace. But the era is getting ready to shift, let’s look for people with a vision of life beyond the fight, a vision of how we can thrive. Let’s search for a fresh vision within ourselves of a place beyond our inner conflicts where all parts of us can thrive.