Pluto’s last tour of Capricorn – a sign it’s been transiting since 2008 – is arguably the main event. That’s because this influence has brought a lot of restructuring, if not a total dismantling, of the structures, systems, and institutions that societies worldwide have simply outgrown.
For you, specifically, this has impacted you behind the scenes. Over the years, internal workings that have stifled your ability to grow and evolve – inner fears, plaguing self-doubts, and debilitating anxiety – have been brought to light, inspiring a transformation from within. In fact, the beginning of 2024 sees you steeped in a period of self-review and reflection as you prepare for a new solar return; you may have been navigating a lot of internal dialoguing and back-and-forth toward the end of 2023.
That said, a personal surge of energy is in effect during your birthday season and highlighted throughout late winter. Soon, you’ll be feeling back to your old self again with greater agency and assertion. What’s more, Pluto in Aquarius is set to bring an external transformation having excavated the recesses of your mind for purge and renewal; you’ll get a taste of what this entails throughout most of the year.
Now, as things develop, unfold, or unravel, it is quite possible that you may have to sit with some uncertainty. Neptune’s transit of the sign Pisces has brought a lot of questioning toward money matters, financial security, and personal self-esteem. Thankfully, Saturn in Pisces wants you to “make it make sense,” so to speak. Where Neptune is vague, Saturn demands definition. This may see you putting a plan in place to reach an end goal around material things, your possessions, and your self-worth. It’s time to bring form to changing needs, wants, and values, Aquarius, especially as you undergo personal change.
To be honest, your values were never really conventional, anyway. In fact, as we enter the first eclipse season of the year, you may be focused on ways to demand more what’s important to you, whether it’s fair compensation or equal give-and-take in a relationship. You may recall that we usually get two sets of eclipses every year that come during the winter or spring months, and then again during the summer or fall months. Eclipses come in pairs as a Solar Eclipse and a Lunar Eclipse, with each one serving as a bookend to new chapters.
A Lunar Eclipse peaks in the sign of Libra first, on March 25. Lunar events bring completions and culminations, and this lunation will affect aspirational goals and pursuits. You may be shifting your world views and philosophies around what generates life meaning and purpose – existential questions feature. And what culminates is almost necessary because of the Solar Eclipse that will peak in the sign of Aries a couple weeks later on April 8.
Solar events bring new starts – this eclipse will stimulate new learning, changes of scenery, and mental pursuits. You may decide to commit to a new course of study as you realign with what brings you purpose. Relocation to a new city features as well, along with writing and online communities. Of course, how things play out may prove challenging if old conditioning get in the way of you being more openminded and positive, and this may be exacerbated as Mercury stations retrograde in between the eclipses beginning April 2.
A retrograde planet gives the optical illusion of orbiting the almighty Sun backwards, which can often bring delays, slowdowns, and assessments. In the sign of Aries, there may be back-and-forth with ideas on how to get ahead. Program enrollment dates may need to be deferred or you may simply find it hard to make up your mind. So, allow a process to unfold, Aquarius. Things will resolve after Mercury stations direct (i.e., moves forward again) on April 26, and most likely in your favor. Energy from the eclipses will last into the fall season.
The rest of spring, meanwhile, sees increased activity around home and family. With Jupiter and Uranus (and a bevy of other planets) transiting the sign of Taurus most of May, domestic matters will expand, especially if you are relocating, doing renovations at home, or expanding your family.
Interestingly, creativity, recreation, children and child’s play will increase, too, once Jupiter enters the sign of Gemini. The biggest planet in our solar system expands whatever it touches; for you, this involves your kids, what makes you happy, and how you experience love and content – fertile energy abounds that could bring affection and pleasure. Daily affairs will amplify during the summer in the meantime, bringing busy days. Relationships with significant others feature too (e.g., close friends, family members, spouse, business partner, etc.), also contributing to busy days.
The last few weeks of summer bring energy around important commitments. You may be merging in a domestic partnership, forging a business venture, or seeing a romantic tie become serious. However, Mercury will station retrograde again in the sign of Virgo from August 5 through August 29 bringing delays. If undergoing couples counseling, or investing capital toward an entrepreneurial endeavor, you may come up against a few setbacks that won’t move forward until September. Be patient.
Now, the fall sees a surge of energy return to aspirational endeavors, which coincides with the second pair of eclipses; a lunar event peaks on September 17 in the sign of Pisces, and a solar event peaks on October 2 in the sign of Libra. These lunations will be important; you may decide to finally bet on yourself and to turn a dream into a reality.
The planet Neptune will link up to the Sun and the Moon during the Pisces eclipse, which could bring a revelatory moment, or disillusionment, depending on how clearly you are seeing a situation. Financial investments may need to be reviewed with a fine-toothed comb before you take a leap of faith toward growing aspirations and purposeful plans for the future. Whether considering an extended sabbatical, launching a start-up, or paying for a destination wedding, be sure to manage your expectations. Energy from these eclipses will continue into 2025.
Momentum builds in these areas the rest of fall along with professional matters and networking. You may be submitting your resume to be considered for a promotion in a new department, attending different professional events, or speaking at conferences. Of course, Mercury will retrograde one last time in the sign of Sagittarius bringing delays when it comes to networking. Interview dates may get pushed back or conferences postpone. This could also look like holiday gatherings with friends that need to be rescheduled.
These hiccups begin around Thanksgiving and clarity comes by the close of the year. And what an “end-of-year” it will be! Warrior planet Mars will station retrograde on December 7 – a once-every-two-year event. Unlike Mercury, Mars retrogrades bring blocked actions and thwarted efforts that can be frustrating. This will primarily affect daily affairs and significant others.
If getting into a routine with a new partner (business or personal), managing the affairs of a loved one, or working on a major project with colleagues, you may encounter delays that won’t resolve until the spring of next year after Mars stations direct on February 24, 2025. A period of difficulties beyond your control and adjustments may be in effect if caring for a loved one’s health and/or finances. This could also look like disagreements related to project timelines at work. The only way to navigate this will be to redirect your energy, or to wait it out, Aquarius. The end of 2024 will be an important lesson on patience.
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