Pluto in Aquarius

The astrology of the 2020s, Part Two: The astrological cycles

This is Part II of a series. Catch up with Part I here.

Basic concepts from my astrological theology.

  • Harmonious alignments facilitate ease and flow, but they do not generate action. Challenging hard angle aspects promote conflict and discomfort, but they generate personal evolution and transformation.
  • Outer planets serve to inspire and galvanize change on a global level. I believe that the Universe is always striving for balance, and where earthly existence is out of balance a readjustment is needed.
  • Interactions of outer planets activate change where change is needed. If we know the planet we are dealing with, we know what kind of things to look for.
    • Saturn will demand that we focus on the difficult things and not take the easy unproven path.
    • Uranus will ask us to question whether our life permits us to live authentically and in accordance with our true nature.
    • Neptune will blur our vision and cause us to question all of our values in an effort to achieve a sense of magic and illumination in our lives.
    • Pluto will act like the tornado in the Wizard of Oz, picking us up out of our lives while change whirls around us, and put us back somewhere unexpected and transformed from the inside out.

Age of Air. I wrote about the Age of Air in Part I of this series, but to recap: The conjunction of Jupiter to Saturn in Aquarius in 2021 marked the beginning of a new 800 year cycle in the air element. You can catch up here if you want more details, but we are shifting out of a 200-year Age of Earth which was marked by construction and the establishment of governments […]

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By |2022-12-27T09:31:59-05:00December 27th, 2022|Age of Aquarius, Future Shock, Planetary cycles|0 Comments

The astrology of the Metaverse: It’s all about Aquarius

Deviant Art

Facebook recently changed its name to “Meta” in anticipation of the increasing fusion between the “real” world and the virtual world.  This fusion is the result of the capabilities offered by ever increasing speeds of internet connection, from text and images (3G) to video (4G) to an increasingly enhanced reality, or “augmented reality” (5G).  You may find this exciting, or you may find it terrifying.  Regardless of your feelings, this global transformation is already underway.   Back in 2014 Mark Zuckerberg anticipated this shift when he bought the Virtual Reality company Oculus, saying “One day, we believe this kind of immersive, augmented reality will become a part of daily life for billions of people.”

I’ve been writing about this for many years (there is a whole category of articles on this blog called Future Shock) – the idea of the Singularity, that at some point humanity and technology will merge – is a fascinating one and very much tied into the idea of Aquarius. Aquarius is not the “peace, love and understanding” referred to in the musical “Hair.”  Aquarius is ruled traditionally by Saturn, planet of control and structure, and its modern transformational ruler is Uranus. Uranus, like Saturn, can be cold and dispassionate but unlike Saturn’s penchant for rules, Uranus seeks to break free of restrictions in order to develop new paradigms.  Aquarius, therefore, marks the boundary between the structure that holds human society together, and the need to break through antiquated social structures to change with the times.

Uranus also governs modern technology, which after all did not really begin until after its discovery date of 1781.  Although Ben Franklin had “discovered” electricity in 1752, there was no way to […]

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By |2021-11-26T14:08:16-05:00November 26th, 2021|Future Shock, Technology|4 Comments

Pluto square Eris update and a look into the future

art by Emily Balivet

Today (August 27, 2021) is the third exact 90 degree aspect (square) between Pluto, planet of creative destruction, and the new planet Eris, planet of discord.  In Rome Eris was called Discordia – she is the goddess who, when not invited to a wedding, began the Trojan War by throwing a golden apple marked “for the fairest” into a circle of goddesses, beginning a dispute that threw Greece into turmoil for ten years.  (Read more about the mythology of Eris here.)  In my research, the influence of the planet Eris appears to coincide with small, seemingly minor, events which create great chaos and disrupt the status quo.

This cycle of the Pluto/Eris square began in January of 2020, and is affecting the US chart rather intensely.  I don’t have to remind you how crazy the election process was in 2020, and how that craziness has continued into 2021.   The second phase of the exact alignment occurred in June 2020 along with all of the other intense planetary energies: a stellium in Capricorn that lasted for weeks, all planets retrograde, etc.   For much of the summer of 2020 the stellium in Capricorn (including Saturn, Pluto and Mars) formed a square to Eris as well.  Talk about discord!  The symbolism of Eris as the goddess who became angry when she didn’t receive a wedding invitation and retaliated by starting the Trojan War is eerily reflected in the events occurring in US politics over the past few years, as well as other events around the globe including the takeover of Afghanistan after 20 years of American efforts.

The Covid-19 virus itself seems to embody the discordant nature […]

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By |2021-08-27T18:22:21-04:00August 27th, 2021|Planetary cycles|5 Comments

The Singularity approaches, are we ready?

The Singularity is a concept first expressed by Raymond Kurzweil as the time when the knowledge of machines surpasses the knowledge of humans due to the rapid development of technology, leading to a merging of human and machine.   I’ve been writing about this idea for many years (see this article for a start), and now the evidence is coming in that the Singularity may be closer than we think.  The average estimate among scientists who study these matters has been that the Singularity would arrive somewhere around 2040-2045, with Pluto in Aquarius (the sign of technology and innovation as well as radical behavior and revolution).

Elon Musk is accelerating the process, though, with a startup he calls “Neuralink.”

[T]he long-term goal is to build a “digital superintelligence layer” to link humans with artificial intelligence, a technology he views as an existential threat to humanity.

“Ultimately, we can do a full brain-machine interfaces where we can achieve a sort of symbiosis with AI,” Musk said. One goal along the way will be letting people type 40 words per minute just by thinking

read more here…

Although Pluto moves into Aquarius in 2023, Saturn, planet of tests and challenges, has already dipped its toe into the Aquarian waters when it moved briefly into Aquarius this spring.  Saturn will move fully into Aquarius in December 2020 and will remain in Aquarius until 2023 just as Pluto is moving into that sign.  Saturn’s passage through Aquarius may be tied into higher levels of government control using technology, and it is already seen in the government crackdowns on protests in the US and elsewhere.  Where Saturn is a personal planet concerned more […]

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By |2020-08-06T16:45:04-04:00August 6th, 2020|Future Shock|2 Comments

The Fifth Sacred Thing and Water Wars

10491447_sIn 1993 Starhawk, an early spokesperson for the neo-pagan movement, wrote a book called The Fifth Sacred Thing.  In this post-apocalyptic novel, set in San Francisco, a theocratic dictatorship has seized all of the assets of the earth: air, food and water, and is the sole source of pharmaceutical antidotes for the ecological poisons they themselves create.  The Fifth Sacred Thing is Spirit, after the four elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water.

It is a scenario that is not so far-fetched today, but in 1993 a world such as this seemed far in the distant future.  In the 20 years since then, and in the 20 years hence (the story is set in 2048), Pluto will have traveled through fire (Sagittarius, 1995-2008), earth (Capricorn 2008-2023), air (Aquarius 2023-2043) and then water (Pisces 2043-2066).  And the world’s population will have increased by 2.5 billion, most of these in the poorest countries with the fewest resources.

Pluto’s journey through Sagittarius (expansion and foreign cultures) globalized the planet in a way no one could have imagined previously.  Pluto is now in Capricorn (capitalism and society) where it is breaking down the structures upon which humanity has relied for hundreds of years.  When Pluto moves through Aquarius (technology and revolution) we are likely to see the kind of technocracy and rule by machines that have been imagined by science fiction writers for years. And Pluto in Pisces (ocean) is likely to bring the water wars.

Humans can live without food for a while, but we cannot live without water.  When water becomes scarcer than gold, it becomes a precious commodity.  Wars over water are nothing new, especially in the southwestern United States where water was diverted from rivers to fertilize the barren deserts […]

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