It’s no surprise that astrologers are getting anxious.
In 2023, Pluto leaves Capricorn where it has been since 2008 and makes its way into Aquarius where it will remain until 2044.
Much of what I’ve been reading in the blogs, et al, about what this transition is likely to be about, focuses on technology (Aquarius) and because Pluto is involved, the idea is that where we’ve gone too far with technology and this is the period during which it will backfire (Pluto) on us, bigtime.
OK, that’s one interpretation.
But how about digging deeper?
Getting to grips with what Aquarius is and always has been, all about?
One approach might be to look at the ancient star lore connected with Fomalhaut, the fixed star associated with the zodiac sign of Aquarius. According to the Greek astronomer, Aratus (270 BC), Fomalhaut is at the Pourer’s (Aquarius) feet where it forms part of the fixed cross of the four Royal Stars of Persia – the ‘watchers’ or guardians of the sky (angelic powers).
Bernadette Brady considers Fomalhaut rather like the legendary Persian warrior, Zal, who although seriously out of step with society (a white-haired man who’d been raised in a bird’s nest), managed (through his usually considerate behaviour) to win the heart of the beautiful princess, Redabeh. Even though the odds were against the couple, Zal persisted and, eventually, they were allowed to marry.
A lovely story complete with high ideals and lofty visions. Hence those with Fomalhaut strong in the horoscopes will often have to clash with mainstream thought (tradition) to achieve their ideals (progress). Let’s not forget that Aquarius is ruler by two very opposing energies – (1) Saturn (authority) and (2) Uranus (rebellion).
It should thus come as no surprise that the very last time that Pluto was in Aquarius (1777-1796), we suffered both the French and American revolutions. Most certainly that was a time when mainstream thought was challenged to achieve some pretty lofty ideals, and for the greater (communal) good, too. Because Fomalhaut (Aquarius) is in opposition to Regulus (Leo), the by-word during this time will be ‘we’ rather than ‘me’.
Indeed, when Pluto was in Aquarius prior to that (1532-1552), Henry VIII broke with the Catholic Church and established the Church of England. In 1536, the dissolution of the monasteries began: quite a rebellious break with tradition. Whether this was for the communal good is questionable. But let’s not forget that this period saw the birth of Elizabeth I, who by all accounts was a gifted poet, as well as a much-loved sovereign and a savvy diplomat. Sure, she wielded immense power, but she was no dictator. Not only did she encourage her country to begin an era of cultural experimentation and scientific advancement, but she handsomely rewarded her subjects for doing just that.
In summary, with Pluto in Aquarius, we can expect upset of the status quo in order for humanity to pursue new and progressive ideals. No longer will be focus be on ‘me’ but instead, on ‘we’.
Quite what this has to do with technology backfiring, I honestly don’t know. But I’d be more than happy to discuss it.