Friends, this week features the astrological event of the decade. Pluto leaves Capricorn where it has been wreaking havoc since 2008. The last time Pluto was in Aquarius the industrial revolution began, as did the American, French, Irish, and Haitian revolutions. Pluto will be in Aquarius for only three months, an Aquarian spring perhaps, the rest of 2023 belongs to the grand finale of Pluto in Capricorn. Isn’t it interesting that this placement began with an economic crisis and now as it prepares to leave the sign we have another? Lessons that were not learned come back to haunt us. Hopefully we learned enough that we can avoid a more serious crisis. But the astrology is choppy for awhile, and with Pluto still sojourning in American’s second house of money and values the volatility we’ve been seeing for a long time is likely to continue as the world economy lurches and muddles its way through the pandemic, a proxy war, and many other challenges. In honor of Manly Hall’s birthday yesterday his quotes will be featured this week, along with Walt Whitman. One of my favorite Hall quotes: “To live in the world without becoming aware of the meaning of the world is like wandering about in a great library without touching the books.”
Saturday March 18 Mercury sextiled Pluto then entered Aries, like a herald preparing the way for Pluto’s entrance into Aquarius. Over the next couple of days pay close attention to hints and foreshadowing of what Pluto in Aquarius might have in store for us individually and collectively. Have deep conversations. Do research. Find ways to improve well being. As Manly Hall wrote: “It is difficult for many to realize that they are actual universes; that their physical bodies are a visible nature through the structure of which countless waves of evolving life are unfolding their latent potentialities.”
Sunday March 19 only lunar aspects are exact.
Monday March 20 is the first day of Spring as the sun enters Aries at 1:24 PM, about an hour after sun sextile Pluto, a potentially healing aspect. The temptation may be to doom scroll for pleasure or to obsess on matters that don’t do anyone any good, but this aspect indicates a time when we can more easily implement reforms and repairs, where necessary.
Tues March 21 the moon enters Aries at 9:01 AM and the new moon is exact at 10:23 AM. The feeling of spring is in the air. We may feel refreshed and energized but take it easy. Get used to the new terrain, and get ready for the big change on Thursday.
Wed March 22 only lunar aspects are exact. This quote from Manly Hall was a life changer for me. “If woman dreams true, and shares her dream with the men who are close to her, these same men will find their greatest joy and sense of completeness in the service of her vision. It has always been so, and will always be so.”
Thu March 23. The big day is here. At 5:13 in the morning Pluto enters Aquarius. Will an event or event signify the shift? We shall see. Will the world feel palpably different? For the sensitive it may. We will in just the month of March have shifted from Saturn in Aquarius to Saturn in Pisces. From the long duration of Mars in Gemini to Mars in Cancer. From winter to spring. From Pluto in Capricorn to Pluto in Aquarius. Take some time to survey the scene. Don’t be in a rush. Get a feel for the new deal.
If you have planetary or house cusp placements in the last couple degrees of Capricorn or Cancer or the first degrees of Aquarius or Leo the intensity of Pluto’s change of sign may be palpable. Pluto in Aquarius concepts: liberation, science, revolution, community, equality, diversity, innovation, the shock of the new, the demand for change, dependence on technology, the needs of the many over the needs of the few. As Manly Hall wrote: “Wisdom fears no thing, but still bows humbly to its own source, with its deeper understanding, loves all things, for it has seen the beauty, the tenderness, and the sweetness which underlie Life’s mystery.”
Fri March 24 only lunar aspects are exact. As Walt Whitman wrote: “Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes.”
Saturday March 25 Mars will finally end its interminable and frustrating stay in Gemini but it begins its sojourn through Cancer with an inconjunction to Pluto. Nevertheless, whenever a planet stays for a very long time in a degree, or lingers at the end of a sign, there can be intensification of problems, a feeling of stagnation, and exasperating circumstances are common. The use of force seems to backfire more easily with this aspect. Ambition can turn ruthless. Avoid being domineering, and avoid those who would abuse power. As Emerson wrote: “For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.”
Mars inconjunct Pluto can indicate health problems, especially related to repressed anger, ambition, or libido. In the past it has indicated pandemic setbacks; let’s hope we can avoid that possibility because enough good choices were made. Take care in situations where risk can be moderated. Is there anything good about this aspect you ask? It gives us the energy we need to accomplish our goals so long as we do so without the behavioral pitfalls mentioned above. The aim is to elevate the desire of Mars for effective action by adding to it Pluto’s concern for the greater good. This inconjunction can indicate a dour even vengeful attitude that can quickly turn violent, so be aware out there. Drive mindfully and avoid angry people.
Mars in Cancer is good for spring cleaning and getting the garden in order. It tends to be a homebody aspect, but there can be arguments if boundaries are crossed. Appreciate the humble domestic moments where love dwells in quietude. As Walt Whitman wrote: “I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.”
Take some time over the weekend to get quiet and contemplate where we’ve been since 2008. Can you sense the change? Here is a quote from Walt Whitman to consider as a motto for Pluto’s shift from judgemental Capricorn to curious Aquarius: “Be curious, not judgemental.”