It’s the vernal equinox and this year the new moon falls on the same day. That only happens every 19 years making it a fairly rare occurrence. In addition, within a day of the new moon, Pluto enters the sign of Aquarius for the first time since 1777. That’s extremely noteworthy and a major turning point.
This spring has a fated and destined feel due to many astrological phenomena happening in close proximity: the New Moon on the vernal equinox, Pluto leaving Capricorn and entering Aquarius through June 12, Saturn entering Pisces, and a solar eclipse on 4/20/23 at 29°50’ Aries the very last degree of the sign. It buttresses today’s new moon offering more metaphors pertaining to death, re-births, endings and beginnings. It also figures prominently in events happening on the world stage because the 0° Aries point is being triggered. This culminates at the Mid Heaven in the chart cast for Washington DC, a place of action and public visibility.
It’s important to observe in the coming weeks what comes to light in more evolutionary ways in the country and the world as well as our personal lives. Pay attention to what or who is leaving your life right now and how those events forge new beginnings: some which you’ll welcome and others maybe not so much.
Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and therefore it is about birth, new beginnings, energy, fire, vision and directness, often to the point of bluntness. There is an innocence and honesty about the sign because it tells it like it is even if you don’t like what is said or how the message is delivered. The Aries tone can often be loud and bombastic. Sensitive types don’t often deal well with the in-your-face directness especially if it comes across as confrontational. Aries likes to present things at face value unstripped of unnecessary excess. It is raw and often unformed. At its worst Aries is a bully, loud, obnoxious, warmongering, angry and abrupt. It needs to be tamed. These negative traits usually come to a head if Aries feels it is not being received by others in an honest and open way or if the planets in Aries have challenging aspects causing the native to learn many lessons in life on how to tame the energy and work with it in more sophisticated and consciously elevated ways. The best Aries has to offer is courage, bravery, honor, competition and positive uses of aggression and assertiveness. It has a maverick and pioneering disposition.
Pluto leaving Capricorn is making us aware of patriarchal traditions and structures that have not stood the test of time. Some need to be destroyed and others transformed into new diversified forms. Entering Aquarius is going to bring up more issues around the infrastructure of society surrounding social causes, social media, financial institutions, politics, technology, artificial intelligence, the internet and humanitarianism. Look back to the seeds that were planted on the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction at 0° Aquarius on 12/21/20. Pluto is triggering that degree with a more intense, passionate, disruptive and transformative power. Saturn/Jupiter set off a 20-year cycle on the economy as both planets parry in a game of checks and balances. Pluto pushes everything to extremes. It goes deep into the subterranean bowels of our collective psyche to uncover, purge and reveal the dark, rotting, dead and decayed. Pluto unearths the shadow side of our democracy and other social institutions that must be elevated to a new level since the birth of our nation in 1776.
We are fully ensconced in the Age of Aquarius if you haven’t already noticed. Pluto puts us under surveillance in all areas of society. One prime example out of many is the use of facial recognition technology and artificial intelligence. Big brother is monitoring and watching every single movement through surveillance thanks to the quantum leaps in scientific and technological advances. Another is the recent bankruptcy of the Silicon Valley Bank and Credit Suisse. This is a hint of things to come in greater waves in 2024 when Pluto returns to Aquarius. We are in unchartered territory of enormous pulsating power. Things from the occult and hidden spheres will start to erupt from the bowels.
As mentioned above, Saturn/Jupiter set the stage and imprinted the coming cycle back on 12/21/20 and Pluto now sets it into evolution in unstoppable ways. Amidst the dark will be hope for the new future and an excitement of the good that can be done with this unleashed power. Yet, the sword cuts both ways. We all know that humanity often abuses power and new technology and there is no way around the dark, mafia-driven mentality of mankind through manipulation, war, autocracy and mind control. We are in a “New World Order” whatever that phrase means to you.
In the tarot deck this is where the World card meets up with the Fool. There is the completion of one journey and its integration combined with a new beginning into unchartered territory. Throw in the Tower card to add some roller-coaster excitement via break-ups, break-throughs and break-downs along with enlightenment and awakenings. Those that want to play Dr. Frankenstein and re-animate the dead may be playing God in blasphemous ways. Do you want to control humanity or liberate it? What is in your heart?
We are shedding a dying cycle like a snake sheds its skin and butterfly emerges from its cocoon. It’s terrifying standing on a precipice but also extremely regenerative. The energy of many will be short circuited by this new wave. We will be made acutely aware of the cycles of life through the deaths of those souls whose time has arrived to transition. Honor their journey. Helping others in their transition says a lot about one’s empathy for the plight of humanity. Pluto in Aquarius can be described as power to the people. There will be a battle between controlling fascist autocrats vs. a more democratic diversity. The concept of leadership will change over the coming years.
Let’s see what happens with space travels and the growth of new ideas defining community, family and friends. There is so much more that can be said but I hope by reading this post and several of mine from the recent past that you get the idea.
The birth of spring this year has the power of an atom bomb and nuclear explosion.
There's a maelstrom of nasty aspects approaching so be prepared to gird your loins.
Mercury squares Uranus today. Unexpected news and chaotic information. Knee jerk responses and lashing out verbally.
Venus squares Chiron: dealing with deep seated relationship wounds that need to be addressed. The challenge to heal relationships as well as feelings of low self-worth and self-esteem. Money challenges.
Mars squares Saturn: Getting fired from a job. The action you take goes against your best interests. The frustration of having the powers that be having control over your sense of direction. Driving with one foot on the gas with the other on the brake. Slow, measured and delayed action after knocking your head against a brick wall. Authorities fighting a mob.
Add to this mixture the upcoming Capricorn new moon which is one of the shittiest of the year. Why do I say that? Because the degree of this new moon is at the degree of transiting Pluto. Pluto rules the bowels, the shit, the depths, things that are vile, base and seedy so this new moon is the beginning of a shit show so to speak. Pluto conjunct a new moon is an initiation into terror and spits in our face. I don't use the word holocaust lightly but there is that feeling in the air and no one can deny it. We must transform the energy and power into something that can evolve but that's the energy on the other side of the tunnel and I'm afraid we haven't gotten there yet.
On a personal level a Capricorn New Moon conjunct Pluto says how are you structuring the use of power in your life? Are you using power constructively or destructively? How much influence do you have? How much control do you have over the constructs of your life right now and how much are you at the mercy of others? Do you even have any power? What new beginnings are some of you forced to make because of death and destruction through no fault of your own. Others have benefited from a bad situation not in a greedy way but just because of the nature of their work. If you're in that position how can you consolidate that power and use it to help others while in the process of helping yourself.
These are not pretty times and Plutonian energy is raw and visceral and has dominion over the flight or fight energy of the root chakra. You're probably tired of hearing me say this but these are evolutionary times and evolution is a new birth. Birth is never easy.
Joseph Addeo is a New York City based consulting astrologer.
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