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 work, health, and daily routines. In fact, the beginning of 2024 sees a lot of momentum building around lifestyle changes, whether considering a new fitness regimen, scheduling annual check-ups or revamping your day-to-day. This is especially true if you were unable to maintain discipline and keep up with ongoing responsibilities toward the end of 2023.
Relationship matters will expand into late winter, too. You may be linking up with a new romantic connection, forging a business partnership, or collaborating with others on different projects. What’s more, Pluto in Aquarius will ask you to maintain an important balance in your closest ties, or be rid of unhealthy ones. You’ll be getting 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 ambiguity in certain commitments. You may be unsure of how to move forward with an investment – business or personal – discerning whether or not it’s a worthy one. Thankfully, Saturn in Pisces wants you to “make it make sense,” so to speak. Where Neptune is vague, Saturn demands definition. If committing to your own healing in a therapy setting or managing financial agreements, you’re being strongly encouraged to see potential commitments for what they truly are.
To be honest, you can’t help but to feel as if a veil is lifting, Leo, 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 communication and learning endeavors. You may be completing important coursework or launching an online platform, like a website or podcast.
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 true purpose.
You may be traveling far and wide in search of what brings your life meaning, leaving comfort behind. Additional interpretations include publishing a book you’ve been working on, or finishing an important degree program that leads to professional advancement. You may even be considering new spiritual practices and philosophies, especially if your faith has been tested in recent years – a bigger story is developing on your behalf, dear Lion.
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 aspirational aims. Travel documents may go missing, a graduation postponed, or a yoga retreat rescheduled. You must allow a process to unfold, Leo. 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 sees increased activity on the career front in the meantime. With Jupiter and Uranus (and a bevy of other planets) traveling through the sign of Taurus most of May, you may be considering a career change, expanding upon your business, or on the receiving end of accolades for a job well done. You’ll be in high demand, so be sure to claim your mark center stage.
Interestingly, networking will start to pick-up, too, when Jupiter enters the sign of Gemini. The biggest planet in our solar system expands whatever it touches; for you, this involves the groups, networks, and friendships with which you’re affiliated. You may be entering new company settings, gaining influence, building platforms, or increasing followers! As your birthday season approaches this summer, however, social demands may give way to rest and retreat in preparation for a new personal cycle of self-growth, self-betterment, and self-enhancement.
The last few weeks of summer, meanwhile, bring increased activity around money and finances. You may be negotiating higher pay, making new purchases (e.g., a car, house, etc.), or looking for new streams of income. Unfortunately, Mercury will retrograde again in the sign of Virgo from August 5 through August 29 bringing setbacks. Financial negotiations may stall. Money owed could be late, or a settlement process delayed. Hiccups in these areas will resolve in September, so be patient.
Now, the fall season sees a return to activity centered on learning, communication, and mental pursuits once more, and this coincides with the second pair of eclipses. A lunar event will peak on September 17 in the sign of Pisces, and a solar event will peak on October 2 in the sign of Libra. These lunations will be important if finalizing agreements to teach a course, immersed in talk therapy, or applying for an education stipend.
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 realize that certain agreements aren’t what you thought they’d be, for example, or new realizations about your upbringing in a therapy setting could promote better mental health and understanding, overall. The same is true if, in fact, settling on a home purchase in a new neighborhood that you didn’t think you would get; energy from these eclipses will continue into 2025.
The rest of fall sees activity increasing in these areas, building on the domestic front, as well as with children, artistic endeavors, and possible romance if single and looking. And of course, Mercury will retrograde one last time in the sign of Sagittarius bringing delays. Creative projects and affairs of the heart may need to be tweaked before launch. This could also affect fertility if planning for a baby.
Setbacks come into effect 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 as your subconscious mind.
If navigating a health matter that demands rest for recovery, or dealing with personal challenges that bring on the blues, prolonged delays that inhibit you from being more self-assertive in pursuit of your own agenda are likely, and 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, Leo. The end of 2024 will be an important lesson on patience!
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