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 your life’s work, career, and legacy. You continue to navigate change in these areas in your attempts to identify a vocational path that serves your highest good. In fact, the beginning of 2024 sees a lot of momentum building in your profession. You may be busy at the office, pursuing a new position, launching your own business, or getting your resume together. This is especially true if you were experiencing delays or setbacks in these areas toward the end of 2023.
New company affiliations, groups that support professional development, and other networking opportunities will expand into late winter, too. You may be changing departments, building a client base, or moving into a new work setting more aligned with career aims. What’s more, Pluto in Aquarius may dissolve current affiliations (friendships, philanthropic groups, and other associations) that do not support your growth, both personally and professionally. You’ll get a taste of this throughout most of the year.
Now, as things are unfolding, or unraveling, 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 ambiguity for you behind the scenes, making you unclear of how best to assert your own path forward. However, Saturn in Pisces wants you to “make it make sense,” so to speak. Where Neptune is ambiguous, Saturn demands definition. You must learn to trust yourself, Aries, and move past inner demons and anxieties that keep you feeling stuck, stagnant, and debilitated. Greater mental and spiritual discipline will be required.
And to be honest, should you assert yourself, you really can’t lose! Especially as we enter the first eclipse season of the year! 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. Libra is your opposite sign on the Zodiac wheel, and this lunation may affect important relationships. It may be mostly professional contacts – a business partnership that you wish to dissolve or the completion of work with clients. But this could also impact personal relationships, whether ending a romantic union or resolving a disagreement with loved ones.
What shifts is almost necessary because of the Solar Eclipse that will peak in your sign a couple weeks later on April 8. Solar events bring new starts – consider this eclipse a personal new chapter that is meant to serve you, Ram. You may be leaving a partnership to launch your own business or ending an unhealthy relationship in order to reclaim your own sense of self and identity. Of course, you’d be wise to reach a compromise in close ties if possible. But it can’t be at your own expense. The Universe is saying, “it’s time to do you!” It may feel bittersweet if making a tough decision that will serve you in the long run.
That said, Mercury will station retrograde in your sign, too, 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 your sign, there may be some back-and-forth around a personal decision. You may be uncertain of a direction to take or how best to navigate a relationship. Be careful not to force your will or make any impulse moves, Aries. Just wait – patience is a virtue. Clarity will come after Mercury stations direct (i.e., moves forward again) on April 26, and most likely in your favor. Meanwhile, energy from the eclipses will continue to build into the fall season.
The rest of spring brings increased activity around money and finances. In fact, with Jupiter and Uranus (and a bevy of other planets) traveling neck-and-neck through the sign of Taurus most of May, there will be ample opportunity to build upon your resources. However, there could be increased expenses, too, so be mindful of spending. If making a major new purchase (e.g., vehicle or home), on the receiving end of a raise, or simply reclaiming your self-worth, you have support, especially if considering new career opportunities.
Meanwhile, mid-spring entering summer sees Jupiter beginning a new transit through the sign of Gemini. Jupiter expands whatever it touches; for you, this involves learning, education, and mental pursuits. You may be undergoing important trainings, in a classroom setting as teacher or student, or changing sceneries if relocating. In fact, home, family, and domestic matters will amplify during the summer, along with romance, child’s play and recreation, and creative endeavors! The summer months look to be quite active with a lot of exciting new opportunities, Aries, so give yourself permission to indulge.
This will all lead to busy days by August – health, work, school, responsibilities with children and loved ones, etc. Busy days are not good or bad, just busy, and you’ll want to be careful not to put too much on your plate. This will be especially important with Mercury retrograde again from August 5 through August 29 in the sign of Virgo. Missed appointments, back-to-school activities that interrupt daily affairs, and health matters that go undiagnosed, for examples, could bring hiccups to your regular routines. Once more, be patient as matters move forward in September.
Now, the fall season brings a return to activity on the relationship front, which coincides with another 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 eclipses will be important; a new relationship is highlighted, but you may have to work through some inner angst in order to see it develop.
The planet Neptune will link up to the Sun and the Moon during the Pisces eclipse, which could bring a revelatory moment, or disillusionment. This will affect you on a deep subconscious level, Aries, bringing to consciousness what is getting in the way of forging healthy connections – be it a business collaboration or a romantic partner. As you work through a process, be patient and trusting. What is brought to light may serve you well in your closest ties with important others.
The rest of fall sees momentum building in these areas, as well as new commitments, investments, and important mergers. Wanderlust will have crept in by the time we reach the end of October, too, with travel highlighted, higher learning, and other broadening pursuits that are aspirational. Of course, Mercury will retrograde one last time in the sign of Sagittarius, making it hard for you to be great! If booking a trip or signing up for a class, expect logistical setbacks (visa delays, application documents that go missing, etc.).
This will begin around the Thanksgiving holiday and wrap up by the close of the year. And what an “end-of-year” it will be! Your ruling planet, Mars, will station retrograde on December 7 – a once-every-two-year event. Unlike Mercury, Mars retrogrades bring blocked actions and thwarted efforts, which can be frustrating for you, especially. This will impact children, domestic matters, and family.
Whether navigating a custody dispute, moving in with a romantic partner, planning for a new baby, or doing creative renovations around the house, prolonged delays are likely that won’t resolve until the spring of next year after Mars stations direct on February 24, 2025. The only way to navigate this will be to redirect your energy if facing blocks, or wait it out, Ram. The end of 2024 will be an important lesson on patience!
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