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 close relationships – marital and romantic unions, business partners, close friends, family, and anyone else you would consider a significant other. In fact, the beginning of 2024 sees a lot of momentum building around important connections. You may be considering a new partnership or dissolving a toxic union. This is especially true if you were experiencing delays and misunderstandings in your relationships toward the end of 2023.
Ongoing commitments and investments will expand into late winter, too. You may be working with a financial planner if finalizing a divorce, entering talk therapy for mental health support, or signing a new contract agreement with an employer. What’s more, Pluto in Aquarius will ask you to consider where and with whom you are sharing your most precious and private resources (love, time, money, energy, expertise, etc.), and whether or not such entanglements are viable; you’ll be getting a taste of this discernment 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 ambiguity to your beliefs and personal philosophies. You may be uncertain of a new way forward that feels “foreign” and different from the norm. Thankfully, Saturn in Pisces wants you to “make it make sense,” so to speak. Where Neptune is vague, Saturn demands definition. If beginning a new life chapter that generates more meaning and purpose, you are being strongly encouraged to develop faith and manage your expectations.
To be honest, you can’t help but to sense a turning point, Cancer, especially as we enter the first eclipse season of the year. 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. This lunation will impact home and family matters. You may be selling your family home, severing ties with unhealthy loved ones, or finally reaching a breakthrough in strained relations, especially if you’ve been focused on both emotional and ancestral healing – this might feel bittersweet.
What shifts 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 – consider this eclipse a new chapter that aligns you with your life’s work and vocational path.
You may be pursuing a new career that sees you leaving behind an important role at home or launching a “home-grown business.” This could also be interpreted as getting a real estate license in order to be able to sell homes for a living, or possibly relocating for a new professional opportunity.
That said, Mercury will station 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 some back-and-forth when it comes to your career. Job interviews may need to be rescheduled, a relocation stipend may be delayed, or funding for an important project isn’t fully dispersed, throwing off a business launch. You must allow a process to unfold, Crab. Things will resolve 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 into the fall season.
The rest of spring brings increased networking. In fact, with Jupiter and Uranus (and a bevy of other planets) traveling through thesign of Taurus most of May, you may be attending a professional conference, planning a professional event, or collaborating on a major contract. Social engagements feature, too – i.e., time spent with friends or a wedding.
That said, deep rest and enlightenment begin when Jupiter enters the sign of Gemini. The biggest planet in our solar system expands whatever it touches; for you, this involves your subconscious self, spiritual practices, and the hidden aspects of you. Consider this a time of awakening as you are pulled “within” to explore and release inner demons that stall outward growth. It’s as if you’re peeking into your own mind with a flashlight that reveals everything. As your birthday season approaches entering the summer season, newfound insights may further personal confidence and self-empowerment. Money matters will be on the rise, too, whether asking for greater compensation or simply remembering your worth.
The last few weeks of summer, meanwhile, bring increased activity around learning and mental pursuits. Back-to-school events may keep your plate full as well as late summer getaways with family. However, Mercury will retrograde again in the sign of Virgo from August 5 through August 29 bringing delays. Your car may need unexpected repairs before a big trip. This could also look like miscommunications or delayed enrollment in an academic course. Hiccups in these areas will resolve in September, so be patient.
Now, the fall season brings more activity centered on home, family, and domestic matters. This 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 lunations will be important; a vacation home purchase abroad may be finalized. Same is true if traveling overseas with family or completing a major milestone (a degree program or book tour) that allows you to focus on loved ones.
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. You may be pursuing an aspirational dream in the making that will require full support from your family, or unlearning traditional beliefs you were brought up with that don’t align with your own changing philosophies in order to build new traditions at home. Energy from these eclipses will continue into 2025.
The rest of fall sees emphasis in these areas, as well as children, romantic prospects (if single), and creative projects. This will lead to busy days, too. Your schedule will be filled with chores, appointments, work responsibilities, and other tasks. And of course, Mercury will retrograde one last time in the sign of Sagittarius bringing delays. Doctor visits may need to be rescheduled as miscommunications arise with colleagues.
This will all begin around Thanksgiving and wrap up 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 affect you personally (Mars will spend part of its retrograde in your sign), as well on the money front.
Whether submitting an insurance claim to cover cosmetic procedures or negotiating a salary promotion that aligns with your worth, 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, or wait it out, Crab. The end of 2024 will be an important lesson on patience!
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