Lauded as the beginning of a new utopian era, the Age of Aquarius has been sung about, heralded about and anticipated for decades. But there is no such thing as a utopia, and looking at the next three years in context, I see a very challenging, energetic landscape.
A Three-Year Reckoning
I’ve heard many astrologers saying things like, “2024 isn’t the beginning of a new cycle—things don’t really get started until 2025.”
And while that might be true for them, I don’t find anything supporting that hypothesis.
Pluto moving into Aquarius in 2024 is the first act in a three-part play. In 2024, 2025 and 2026, all outer planets will change signs ushering in the “age of the individual” finally forcing us to take responsibility for everything that happens to us and what we create (on a subconscious level and with technology).
Gone is the age of reliance on external groups for support, rather it is the age of what are you willing to sacrifice? First, Pluto enters Aquarius, Neptune enters Aries, and finally, Uranus enters Gemini. The world and how we relate to each other will never be the same.
There won’t be anyone left to blame but ourselves.
During the age of the individual, large-scale social institutions, structures and outer influencers (teachers, bosses, police, politicians, etc) will continue to evaporate. Instead, we must develop our own inner fortitude to survive and thrive. Small, like-minded groups will be the way forward.
And to navigate this new energy successfully, you’ll have to go through a full-blown reckoning of what’s living inside your subconscious. For some, it will mean an era of extreme narcissism and selfishness; for others, it could be the opportunity to heal codependency and put themselves first.
But no matter how you choose to operate in 2027 and beyond, it’s all up to you. Do you have what it takes? Who are you without your familiar external anchors?
“The natural human tendency is to want to know that the general outlook for the foreseeable future is uniformly positive and will only get better, with blue skies as far as the eye can see. Yet there are advantages to knowing of a potentially challenging reality in advance, facing it squarely, preparing for it, and recognizing its signs and characteristic motifs, its dangers, and its positive potential when it is consciously assimilated and enacted.”
– Richard Tarnas, Cosmos and Psyche
Of course, mundane astrology does not apply to anyone specifically; you must look at your chart to discover how these transits will personally affect you. Do, however, look for these themes to be played out on the world stage. Here are a few warnings:
- With all outer planets at 29 degrees ingressing into new signs, people will believe this is the “end of the world” and may act in extreme, self-defeating ways. It is the end of an era, but not the planet. Stay away from doomsayers.
- Narcissism and selfishness/self-centeredness will worsen, and the group could use it as a weapon. This narcissism will support aggressive and domineering climate change policy, dietary control (meat-free, alternative protein options) and the advent of digital currencies (Bitcoin, CBDGs).
- Egos/the false self will be dissolved — especially in men — forcing us to rebuild better mental health or fall victim to our inner demons. This will also fuel narcissism as people cling to their outdated versions of self.
- A new crop of spiritual warriors will be born, but ultimately, it’s your job to lead yourself spiritually and no longer outsource this to an external source.
- Rapid technological advancement will transform communication, travel and the financial and medical industries. This pace will be difficult for any of us to cope with mentally. With our outer planets in air signs, the energy will be moving fast and feel electric. Invest in grounding.
- Now is the time to get strong – mentally, physically and spiritually to overcome the loss of old structures and build the new.
- Erect water-tight boundaries and stay focused on the future you want to create, regardless of what the collective voice says, as the world around you crumbles.
- Do not let anyone weaponize your empathy or demand sacrifice of yourself for the greater good.
- Investment in prisons, private security, military defence contractors, and cyber security firms would be a safe bet, as would gaming, medical technology and new technology firms.
- Close the borders, build a fence, secure your home, and have enough supplies on hand to last you a few months, especially if you’re a true freethinker or individualist.
- Read Milan Kundera for an understanding of communism. We saw it briefly during Saturn’s transit through Aquarius from 2020 to 2023. We all had to sacrifice our personal freedoms for the “greater good.” That was a window into the next 20 years.
- Technological innovation and the exponential advancement of AI could create layoffs and economic upheaval. When people say, “This is good for humanity, planet, animals, etc”, be sure to ask, “Is this good for me and my family?” Act accordingly.
- Protect your mental health at all costs, do not consume mass media or news, and restrict your use of social media.
- Human rights must take center stage—laws must be enacted that protect humans from technology and tyranny.
- Stay sober. Alcohol, drugs and all other forms of escapism will not help you. Addictions must be healed. If you rely on mainstream medical care, seek alternative healing, focus on nutrition and exercise and learn to manage stress.
- Natural does not mean bad. Be wary of systems designed to control nature further.
- Beware of cults. Dramatic changes can create extreme fear and force people to cling to gurus or other “religious” or “spiritual” leaders who promise salvation but are really just after power and control.
- Focus on your local community and connect with like-minded people in your town/city. Join groups online that have similar values. Seek support in groups that champion and encourage individuality.
- Genetic therapies, research and reprogramming and more and more people opting for IVF and surrogacies. Choose carefully.
- As the nuclear family continues to fall out of favor, we may see more people opting to have children with communities of like-minded people, extended family members or as separate partners. Marriage may lose its appeal.
The Battle is with Ourselves
With so much change on the horizon, many people will seek salvation. But salvation only comes when you realize that no one is coming to save you. Saving yourself is your job. Figure out who you are at a core level, determine the future you want to create and diligently work towards that. Now is the time.
The good news is that this ends with the collective realization that what is good for humanity as a whole is the support of individual and individual needs. But things probably won’t start this way. It will take twenty years to arrive at this reckoning, just like it took us 15 years of our most recent Pluto transit to realize that those at the top don’t care about anyone but themselves. There is no point in celebrating or worshipping a plutocrat.
Pluto in Capricorn kicked off with Bernie Madoff and ended with Jeffrey Epstein. Pluto in Aquarius kicked off with the widespread release of AI. Over the next twenty years, as AI advances, we will slowly begin to see our own reflection in it.
One of the questions we may ask ourselves is, “What does it mean to be human?” How we answer this question will result in how fast we abdicate our own humanity to technology. The more we associate being a human with suffering, the faster we make ourselves redundant.
In my opinion, Aquarius is not the sign of “humanity” in the sense that it supports the best interest of the collective—it is the sign of humanity in that it forces individuals to sacrifice for the group. It dampens our individual spirit for the benefit of the collective. Quite often, we don’t understand the value of something until it’s lost.
Pluto in Aquarius – The Rise of Technology & the Cult of Scientism
Pluto, the archetype of the underworld, brings powerful transformation, ushering in radical change and rebirth. Pluto teaches us that life is an unstoppable force, emerging from the depths of decay and darkness. Just as a lotus flower blooms from the mud, Pluto’s magic lies in the ability to unearth our hidden potential and transform the lead of our lives into gold.
Working with Pluto demands courage, honesty, and a willingness to delve into the depths of your psyche. It invites you to leave behind what no longer serves you, creating space for something more fulfilling to take its place. Pluto leaves Capricorn and enters Aquarius from January 20, 2024, through September 1, 2024, and November 19, 2024, through March 8, 2043.
“Pluto is associated with the principle of elemental power, depth, and intensity; with that which compels, empowers, and intensifies whatever it touches, sometimes to overwhelming and catastrophic extremes; with the primordial instincts, libidinal and aggressive, destructive and regenerative, volcanic and cathartic, eliminative, transformative, ever-evolving; with the biological processes of birth, sex, and death, the cycle of death and rebirth; with upheaval, breakdown, decay, and fertilization; violent purgatorial discharge of pent-up energies, purifying fire; situations of life-and-death extremes, power struggles, all that is titanic, potent, and massive. Pluto represents the underworld and underground in all senses: elemental, geological, instinctual, political, social, sexual, urban, criminal, mythological, demonic. It is the dark, mysterious, taboo, and often terrifying reality that lurks beneath the surface of things, beneath the ego, societal conventions, and the veneer of civilization, beneath the surface of the Earth, that is periodically unleashed with destructive and transformative force. Pluto impels, burns, consumes, transfigures, resurrects. In mythic and religious terms, it is associated with all myths of descent and transformation, and with all deities of destruction and regeneration, death and rebirth: Dionysus, Hades and Persephone, Pan, Medusa, Lilith, Innana, Isis and Osiris, the volcano goddess Pele, Quetzalcoatl, the Serpent power, Kundalini, Shiva, Kali, Shakti.”
– Richard Tarnas
Pluto’s last journey through Aquarius occurred between 1778 and 1798, coinciding with significant historical events such as the American Revolution, the French Revolution, and the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. Now, after more than two centuries, Pluto’s return to Aquarius heralds a new era of transformation in the realms of technology, innovation, and power structures.
Groundbreaking advancements and societal shifts occurred during Pluto’s previous transit through Aquarius. The invention of the smallpox vaccine, the discovery of the planet Uranus, and the Age of Enlightenment, characterized by reason and human rights, laid the foundation for democratic institutions.
The emergence of new technologies, such as the hot air balloon, expanded human possibilities and challenged traditional boundaries. These historical events provide a glimpse into the potential for societal progress and innovation during Pluto’s current journey through Aquarius.
As Aquarius rules technology, innovation, and the internet, Pluto’s transit through this sign will undoubtedly bring significant shifts in these areas. We can expect major scientific, medical, and technological breakthroughs, along with advancements in space exploration and the understanding of extraterrestrial life.
The outdated systems and power structures that hinder collective progress may face breakdown and transformation. The rise of artificial intelligence and its ethical implications may also come to the forefront, challenging us to redefine our relationship with technology and its impact on society.
Pluto in Aquarius will ignite a resurgence of social activism and revolution on a global scale. The sign of Aquarius embodies the ideals of social fairness and equality, driving people to rise against oppressive systems. The power of collective action may be harnessed to address injustices and create a more just and equitable world. This period may witness a renewed focus on human rights and freedom, with voices of marginalized communities amplified, demanding change and reshaping the social fabric of society.
Individually, the transit of Pluto in Aquarius offers a unique opportunity for personal growth and innovation. The energy of this cosmic alignment encourages independence, exploration, and pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Embracing a rebellious spirit, individuals will be inspired to seek creative and innovative paths unencumbered by societal expectations.
This transformative period calls for embracing new perspectives, challenging limitations, and harnessing the power of individuality to effect positive change.
Uranus in Gemini – Travel, Communication & Communities Get an Upgrade
Uranus takes approximately 84 years to complete its journey around the zodiac, spending about seven years in each sign. Since 2018, Uranus has been traversing through Taurus, uprooting our values, economy, and understanding of the Earth.
“Since at least the turn of the twentieth century, the unanimous consensus among astrologers is that the planet Uranus is empirically associated with the principle of change, rebellion, freedom, liberation, reform and revolution, and the unexpected breakup of structures; with sudden surprises, revelations and awakenings, lightning-like flashes of insight, the acceleration of thoughts and events; with births and new beginnings of all kinds; and with intellectual brilliance, cultural innovation, technological invention, experiment, creativity, and originality. In addition to the occurrence of sudden breakthroughs and liberating events, Uranus transits are linked to unpredictable and disruptive changes; hence the planet is often referred to as the “cosmic trickster.” Another set of themes associated with Uranus is a concern with the celestial and the cosmic, with astronomy and astrology, with science and esoteric knowledge, and with space travel and aviation. With respect to personal character, Uranus is regarded as signifying the rebel and the innovator, the awakener, the individualist, the dissident, the eccentric, the restless and wayward. These various qualities are considered to be so pronounced in persons born with a prominent Uranus and expressed so conspicuously in a person’s life during Uranus transits that there seems to have been no significant disagreement among astrological authorities for at least the past century that these characteristics reflect the archetypal nature of the planet Uranus.”
– Richard Tarnas
In 2025, this planet of upheaval will transition into the mutable air sign of Gemini, where it will reside until 2033. Uranus enters Gemini from Jul 7, 2025, to Nov 7, 2025, and then again from Apr 25, 2026, to August 3, 2032.
But first, we get an explosion of energy from the Jupiter-Uranus conjunction in 2024 on April 20 at 21 degrees of Taurus.
Historically, the Jupiter-Uranus conjunction has been associated with significant breakthroughs and discoveries, creative and philosophical awakenings, and the start of new movements and revolutions. For example, during the conjunction in 1775-76, the American Revolution began, and influential works such as The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon and The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith were published.
Another historically significant Jupiter-Uranus conjunction occurred in the 1960s, which saw the rise of various movements such as black power, gay liberation, and radical feminism. This period was also marked by Pluto conjunct Uranus’s presence, amplifying the revolutionary spirit.
The opposition of Jupiter and Uranus in 1989-90, which coincided with the conjunction of Uranus and Neptune, was a time of idealistic and often peaceful revolutions, such as the collapse of communism, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the Velvet Revolution in Prague.
Uranus represents innovation, revolution, and progress. It is associated with originality, independence, and unconventional thinking. Uranus is often called the “Great Awakener” because its energy disrupts established norms and pushes for change and freedom.
It governs technology, scientific discoveries, inventions, and sudden insights. Uranus also influences social and political movements, encouraging individuals to challenge authority and embrace their individuality. Its placement in a birth chart can indicate areas of life where one seeks personal freedom and expresses their individuality.
As it moves into Gemini, Uranus will disrupt and instigate rapid change and innovation in how we think, communicate, and travel.
Uranus has journeyed through Gemini several times in recorded history, each instance corresponding with significant shifts in travel, communication, and regional relationships.
The most recent Uranus in Gemini transit occurred from 1941 to 1949, a period marked by the aftereffects of World War II. This era witnessed the restructuring of the globe into new regions and territories, altering the landscape of tourism and business travel. During this phase, Uranus, the celestial symbol of revolution, in Gemini, the sign of short journeys, dominated the global narrative.
Rewinding further back to 1606-1613, the Uranus in Gemini cycle brought forth the dawn of the Scientific Revolution. This period was marked by an explosion of discoveries and innovations, from the invention of the telescope to the formulation of the first two laws of planetary motion.
The earliest recorded Uranus in Gemini cycle occurred in 405-398 BCE, during which the philosopher Socrates began teaching philosophy by engaging people in dialogue. Despite his execution for the alleged corruption of young minds, Socrates’ teachings continue to influence philosophical thought even today.
Uranus in Gemini may bring about a revolution in how we communicate and consume media. With the rise of digital communication, we could see a shift in the dynamics of journalism, with more journalists operating independently. However, we must also brace for potential battles over internet control and the role of journalism.
Changes in transportation are also on the horizon. We might see a surge in the popularity of electric vehicles, autonomous driving, and alternative energy sources. The emergence of these technologies could redefine our concepts of travel, commuting, and regional tourism.
Local commerce might also undergo radical changes, likely intertwined with technological advancements and the internet. We could see a shift towards more decentralized, peer-to-peer networks, which could upend current economic structures.
The field of education could also experience a Uranus-inspired overhaul. Virtual and augmented reality advancements could revolutionize learning, transforming traditional education systems.
Historically, Uranus’ transition into Gemini has correlated with periods of conflict and war. Both the American Civil War and World War II occurred when Uranus was in Gemini. As we approach 2025, we must consider the potential for heightened tension and conflict locally and globally.
This period could also usher in an era of groundbreaking technological innovations, particularly in areas involving communication, travel, and commerce. The possibilities are endless, from developments in AI, neural networks, and quantum computing to potential breakthroughs in power generation.
Neptune in Aries – Rebooted Religion & Renewed Sense of Meaning
Neptune, the planet of spirituality, dreams and intuition, takes approximately 165 years to traverse the whole zodiac. This planet rules our societal ideals, influences, values, and aspirations. Its transit ushers in consciousness shifts, affecting both individuals and the collective. Neptune enters Aries on 30 March 2025, retrogrades into Pisces on 22 October 2025 and e-enters Aries to stay from 26 January 2026 until it ingresses into Taurus on 21 May 2038.
“Neptune is associated with the transcendent, spiritual, ideal, symbolic, and imaginative dimensions of life; with the subtle, formless, intangible, and invisible; with the unitive, timeless, immaterial, and infinite; with all that transcends the limited literal temporal and material world of concretely empirical reality: myth and religion, art and inspiration, ideals and aspirations, images and reflections, symbols and metaphors, dreams and visions, mysticism, religious devotion, universal compassion. It is associated with the impulse to surrender separative existence and egoic control, to dissolve boundaries and structures in favor of underlying unities and undifferentiated wholes, merging that which was separate, healing and wholeness; the dissolution of ego boundaries and reality structures, states of psychological fusion and intimations of intrauterine existence, melted ecstasy, mystical union, and primary narcissism; with tendencies towards illusion and delusion, deception and self-deception, escapism, intoxication, psychosis, perceptual and cognitive distortions, conflation and confusion, projection, fantasy; with the bedazzlement of consciousness whether by gods, archetypes, beliefs, dreams, ideals, or ideologies; with enchantment, in both positive and negative senses.”
– Richard Tarnas
Aries represents the primal force, the warrior spirit, and the spark of creation. As the first sign of the zodiac, Aries symbolizes new beginnings, pioneering ventures, and courageous action. This cardinal fire sign, ruled by Mars, is known for its boldness, initiative, and strong independence. It is the sign of the individual and individual desires ruled by Mars.
Neptune’s transit into Aries signals a potent fusion of these two contrasting energies. Neptune, the ruler of the ethereal and the spiritual, plunges into the dynamic and concrete realm of the warrior Aries. This celestial dance might be polarizing, but it is also potentially transformative.
Looking back at previous Neptune in Aries eras, we see patterns of rebellious energy, ideological clashes, and societal transformations. Some of the most tumultuous periods in history, including civil wars and cultural revolutions, have coincided with this transit.
From 432 – 419 BCE, Neptune’s transit in Aries witnessed the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta. This period also saw a surge in intellectual and philosophical advancements, with the likes of Socrates, Democritus, and Sophocles leaving their mark on history.
In the Early Modern period (1534 – 1547), Neptune’s transit in Aries coincided with the Protestant Reformation and the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII. The dissolution of an entire religious structure occurred.
The last time Neptune was in Aries (1861 – 1874), the American Civil War took place, marking a pivotal moment in the history of the United States. This period also witnessed significant breakthroughs in science and technology, such as the invention of pasteurization and the formulation of Maxwell’s Equations.
Given Neptune’s association with spirituality and Aries’ drive, we might witness a surge in spiritual activism focused on individual needs and wants, creating inner warriors and pioneers of consciousness. Or one religion might dissolve to be replaced by another.
A key event to watch for during Neptune’s transit in Aries is the Saturn-Neptune conjunction on February 20th, 2026. This remarkable alignment, happening at the very first degree of Aries, signifies a potent fusion of structure (Saturn) and dissolution (Neptune). This could lead to significant societal transformations or disruptions. I see this as a reboot of our belief systems and the foundational structure of what we believe to be true. A new crop of spiritual warriors will be born and reborn.
It’s also ground zero for our collective belief in what is right/wrong, true/false and possible/impossible. What you believe creates your future. The less you buy into what the collective believes, the more you create your own, unique life. This is the best opportunity in our lifetimes to wipe clean the contents of our subconscious.
Only believe what you can see, touch, taste and feel—everything else during this three-year period might be an illusion. Whoever becomes the US president in 2024 will surely be proven to be a disappointment, as will the wars being fought during this time. There may be an overwhelming sense that everything we have built up no longer serves us and thus must be redesigned and rebuilt.
Neptune is the tsunami that the Saturnian walls cannot stop. It is the collapse of oppressive structures and creating a new form. Will religions finally fall away, with scientism taking their place? Or will we jump straight into the worship of technology, ceding our authority and power over to AI?
As we go through this collective fog, go slow, rely on your senses, and have faith that you are moving in the right direction. Develop a strong relationship with your intuition and let it guide you.
I hope that during this period, we realize that the pharmaceutical industry and the drug cartels are killing us and that no matter how many pills we take, we won’t feel better unless we truly heal. Sobriety is the best foot forward. We must build a life we do not want to escape from.
Conclusion – The Good News
Not everything that happens over the next three years will be apocalyptic, but I did want to warn you. With this much change, people and circumstances can be extremely unpredictable and volatile.
But the good news is that Uranus and Pluto will be in a supportive trine aspect while simultaneously sextile to Neptune, suggesting a synergy between transformation, spirituality, and technology.
With Pluto’s entrance into Aquarius, a redistribution of wealth and power that was concentrated during its time in Capricorn might occur, leading to more equitable societal structures. This could also be a time when revolutionary technologies, possibly in AI and energy, begin to disrupt the status quo and enable significant economic growth.
Neptune’s placement in Aries may inspire a sociopolitical revolution driven by a spiritual awakening, advocating for a more compassionate and inclusive global society. The presence of Uranus in Gemini suggests advancements in communication technology, such as improved speech recognition and mainstream acceptance of self-driving vehicles. Transportation methods could be revolutionized, potentially through increased high-speed rail systems or the introduction of flying cars.
Overall, with Pluto in Aquarius, Neptune in Aries, and Uranus in Gemini there is no doubt that this is a time of global transformation, technological advancement, and spiritual awakening, with the potential to clean up the “mess” that emerged before this period. How it all plays out depends on our level of consciousness. Grab your popcorn!