2023 – A Paradigm Shift

What strikes me the most about 2023 is Pluto’s sign change. After 14 years of transiting Capricorn, Pluto enters Aquarius on March 23, 2023! The last time we saw Pluto in this sign was in 1777.

The strength of Pluto in Aquarius will be felt above all by “the people”. The search for recognition as an individual with rights can manifest itself in various ways… a new current of free thinkers, revolutions,… We must also pay attention to the fanaticism that, consciously or unconsciously, can lead us to a dystopian reality.

On a personal level, each one will be waging their own revolution. From the forces of the subconscious, Pluto in Aquarius shows us the compulsive behaviors that can seek to control the opinions of others without knowing that in this way we are creating our own mental prison. This will be the theme we will encounter again and again during the new period that has just begun. Although it sounds dark, we are actually learning to think for ourselves and, as in any (re)birth process, we realize that it is happening when we feel the first contractions.

Wherever Aquarius falls in your birth chart, there will be a great desire for liberation and great power to affirm your uniqueness. In Aquarius, Plutonian power, in addition, to awakening compulsive behaviors, also brings a very deep objectivity. The tendency to fanaticism can be resolved with the deepening of ideas. This will avoid ideological manipulation, which can arise at this time.

Pluto and its transit through Capricorn (2008/2024)

When Pluto moves through the heavens, it calls to the surface what is latent in our subconscious. Pluto brings everything to light, not just the negative! Many times we have repressed what we believe “is not good” about ourselves… and we judge this from the subjective. Therefore, we can store many suppressed or repressed qualities in our subconscious. Pluto shows us what is in the shadows, what we have hidden from ourselves… out of fear, shame, or guilt. However, right there is also the courage we need to face our fears and transform them into personal power.

The best is to allow the Plutonian evolutionary process to take place on its own. In Capricorn, Pluto focuses on achievement. Wherever Pluto has fallen in the birth chart, fears, shame, and guilt related to ambition, power, and prestige have been awakened within us…

Pluto comes to activate our sacral chakra, the most intimate way to connect with what is not oneself and let oneself be transformed by it. In Capricorn, we have had to look at our relationship with institutional power and personal ambition.

On a mundane level, Pluto in Capricorn manifests as the CEO, a shadow government, or as a deep, transformative observer of reality. How do we react to them? What relationship do we have with authority figures who display high degrees of personal power? What do we feel when we imagine that we are one of them? The answers to these questions show us what Pluto seeks to transform. Our Saturn – ruler of Capricorn – is also transforming. Basically, what we are investigating is whether we have the capacity… whether we are open to feeling our personal power and running our lives.

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Pluto in Capricorn also arouses the “desire to set rules.” This can create solid structures that allow the stability of society. However, it can also turn into authoritarianism or manipulation, both of which are attributed to Pluto when it acts out of fear.

We are still going through this process, which culminates on November 20, 2024, when Pluto re-enters Aquarius and remains there for 20 years.

Neptune in Pisces (2011-2026)

Neptune has been in Pisces since 2011, and it stays until 2026. During this period, the gravitational field of the intangible has transcended beyond what is known. Neptune connects us with what it has learned during its transit through the eleven previous signs… a journey that began in the middle of the 19th century. We are in a time of integration of the “dreaming” that began in the Victorian era, which was based on family values, charity, and thrift along with sexual repression, while reality reflected rampant prostitution, child labor, and exploitation of the lower classes.

In this video, you can delve into Neptune in Pisces and its implications during this transit.

March 7th | Saturn in Pisces

The transit of Saturn in Pisces brings realism to the world of dreams. Pluto is still transiting Capricorn, so its energy will start working on the illusion of power. During the transit of Saturn in Aquarius, regulations were established – often ideological – that affected society (an example of this is the “#TwitterFiles” where we have seen how social networks have controlled the information that is published based on ideological preferences). Something similar can happen when Saturn enters Pisces… instead of control over certain groups, control becomes global! (Do not forget that Pluto, in his retrograde, will continue to leave and enter Capricorn for the next two years).

On the other hand, where Saturn is, everything slows down… so that we can see frame by frame what we are building. Is it that we are going to allow the dream to continue or will we dare to see things as they are, – asks Saturn in Pisces.

Two weeks after Saturn enters Pisces, Pluto enters Aquarius. This Saturn then becomes more Aquarian. We can glimpse a change of direction. Many will want to build a new dream! Others will want to wake up!

Then, in June, Pluto returns to Capricorn… This can create the restoration of certain rules that had been removed during the spring.

On a mundane level, Saturn in Pisces emphasizes the role of social service institutions, spiritual teachers, gurus… It is possible that during the period between March 2023 and May 2025, we will see the proliferation of institutions for the welfare of the most vulnerable, including other species. Another possibility is a regulation on the oceans in order to protect marine species. Or the deregulation of existing ones!

Saturn in Pisces asks us for internal work and a realistic approach to universal themes. The borders of the collective unconscious are dissolved… We are talking about global learning. Saturn also brings things to form. If we give some kind of shape to such an ethereal sign as Pisces, we can create divine structures (like Jeff Buckley’s music – Saturn in Pisces), or… we can fall into a spiritual torpor, numbing ourselves with entertainment and “happy things”.

March 23rd | Pluto enters Aquarius

In March 2023, Pluto enters Aquarius for the first time. Seen from Earth, Pluto begins its cosmic dance between Aquarius and Capricorn:

Pluto enters AquariusMarch 23, 2023
Pluto leaves Aquarius and re-enters CapricornJune 11, 2023
Pluto returns to AquariusJanuary 21, 2024
Pluto leaves Aquarius and re-enters CapricornSeptember 1, 2024
Pluto returns to AquariusNovember 20, 2024
Pluto moves from Aquarius to Pisces for the first timeSeptember 1, 2043
Uranus in Aquarius Transit – Dates

This retrogradation process can be considered as acclimatization to the new energies that are coming. We are entering a new paradigm, and Pluto’s retrogradation indicates that we will go through situations that we have already experienced in recent years, so we can see the same thing from a new perspective. In any case, structures and rules “by the book” will continue to surface… too traditional and out of date. Therefore, use this time to review them and eliminate those that represent realities of other times. These retrogradations can also indicate sudden changes of governments and the restoration of previous ones… a struggle between the established power and those who seek change.

See also Pluto in Aquarius 2023-2044

What is Pluto’s style in Aquarius? If there’s one thing an Aquarius doesn’t like, it’s going through life “by the book”. In this video, I have talked at length about the effects of Pluto in Aquarius on a historical level – what we can expect for the next 20 years. In short, with this transit, we are talking about radical changes on a social level. During the last time that Pluto transited Aquarius, we saw the birth of the French revolution, the independence of the United States, the height of the Enlightenment, Mozart, the Montgolfier brothers, and the first hot air balloon that allowed us to fly, … – all events that changed the status quo.

In Aquarius, Plutonian energy focuses on innovation and the consolidation of the Self as an individual in a society. The power structures that have been eroded after Pluto’s passage through Capricorn have little chance of holding up to Pluto’s transit in Aquarius. Aquarius is futuristic and with Pluto here, we find ourselves with a great desire for the new, the different, and the radical. The traditional forms that we already know are experienced as limitations. We don’t know for sure what is going to happen… what we do know is that, whatever it is, it will bring revolutionary changes.

As in all cases, we can go from one extreme to the other… Pluto does that so that we experience Aquarian energy in its entirety. In this way, we manage to access everything that is in the subconscious. In Capricorn, we have investigated the internal structures that have been formed by patriarchy, social rules, and traditions of the past. In Aquarius, we will investigate the mental structures that form our ideologies, the reasons why we acquire them, and what we believe is social equality.

As I mentioned, Pluto shows us the shadow, what is not seen, what we have repressed – often unconsciously. During his transit through Aquarius, a powerful desire to exercise individual freedom will awaken in us. The rise of intellectual movements that seek to seize power is also possible. When Aquarius gets something on their mind… it’s hard for them to let go of it! This combined with Pluto can be quite a stiff cocktail. Because that’s how Pluto works! If there are parts of us that have authoritarian tendencies…they will show up for us to see!

On a mundane level, in Aquarius, Pluto manifests as the power of the people, activists, social workers, ideological movements, scientists, astrologers, inventors, and free thinkers…

Pluto in Aquarius periods are characterized by a great rejection of the status quo.

May | Jupiter enters Taurus

On May 16, Jupiter, the planet of exploration and expansion takes the Taurus style, the sign of slowness, calm, tranquility, values, and the senses. This transit will accompany us throughout the whole year. During this period, the energy of Jupiter expands our instincts. A great desire to return to the routine and recover a certain sense of permanence invades us. This can bring an inclination to indulge and overspend! However, the gift of Jupiter in Taurus is to allow us to be more connected with the messages of the body… that intuition that we share with the other species and that tells us clearly where to go, even if we don’t know the way.

We don’t move from here – Uranus in Taurus

Jupiter’s energy joins that of Uranus. Uranus, the rebel, transits through this sign from 2018 to 2026. The style of Uranus in Taurus is quite anti-Uranian if we get carried away by stereotypes… This transit resists change! With this position, we see that the desire for something new indicated by Pluto in Aquarius is based on the need to create some stability. And with Uranus in Taurus, we’re not just talking about the economy, but our relationship with the earth and other species. Greta Thunberg began her activism in 2018, simultaneously with the entry of Uranus into Taurus.

On May 17, Jupiter forms an exact square to Pluto in Aquarius. Our instinct is super exponentiated with Jupiter in Taurus and the square with Pluto intensifies it. This transit propels us toward success! However, beware of Plutonian energy… as we can seek it at all costs. The message of this square: not all that glitters is gold.

For natives of all signs, this is a time to achieve great things, as well as to recognize and use our many personal resources and build a future for ourselves. The Moon at 6 degrees Taurus is in conjunction with the North Node. Also, Mars, at the end of Cancer, is very close to the exact square of Jupiter, and in opposition to Pluto. We are more assertive and less tolerant.

For this reason, this is an excellent period (especially in the middle of this month) to connect with nature, with our instincts, with our values, and put our feet on the ground “so that in case of overload the accumulated energy is neutralized”. Compulsive behaviors can arise, a great desire to do what one wants without really stopping to listen to what instinct tells us This is a challenge to find a new meaning to what is a material value and connect with the rhythm of Life. We all have, to a lesser or greater extent, a compulsion to want to control the future. We have learned it since childhood when everything has been focused on preparing us for “tomorrow”. Now it is time to realize that the future exists… only in our minds! We are creating it as we speak, in the now.

I believe that 2023 will be, to a large extent, a period in which we will prepare the ground for the great changes that begin in 2024. The situations that we go through, conflictive or not, help us to connect with what is truly important, especially in our harmony with nature. We actually are nature and many times we forget it. With the energies of Jupiter and Uranus in Taurus, Pluto in Aquarius will be cleaning up the “virtual” world in which we have been living. We will gradually become more aware of a world vaster than the human bubble.

July 18: North Node in Aries

The nodes of the Moon move in the reverse of the planets. The North Node has been in Taurus since January 18, 2022, and stays until July 17, 2023. On the 17th it enters Aries, during the New Moon in Cancer. And now what? With this nodal position, we feel it is time to start a new phase. The New Moon indicates that our personal world, our affections, and our feelings are the context. This is a good time to sow the seeds of what truly satisfies us and defend it.

The emphasis of this new period is on daring to act independently.

The evolutionary process for all is to stop making compromises and truly follow our hearts. We are journeying a new reality and to do so, we must put our needs in the equation.

The Rest of the Year

As we have seen, the first half of 2023 sees a lot of movement. A great change of consciousness prepares us for a new period, full of surprises, innovations, and demands that will shake known structures.

The second half of the year looks quieter… just the way Jupiter in Taurus likes it, which stays in this sign until May 25, 2024. Along with Saturn in Pisces, which sextiles Jupiter in mid-June, it seems that the universe has designed a moment of great social intensity within a haven of peace and spiritual seriousness… although of course, we live it from different states of consciousness.

We are living in times of change. Cosmic intelligence shows us a natural coherence to which we are acclimating. These changes have already occurred in the past and humanity has survived them. In fact, they always lead us toward progress.

Uranus is in Taurus until 2026. During this period, the Plutonian energy in Aquarius will focus on transforming our ideals so that they reflect a more pragmatic and simple vision. We will make mistakes and we will correct them. Ecological issues will be very present… and also the conflicts of interest that affect them. Ideally, we could tune in to the present moment and allow the shift in consciousness that is already taking place naturally. We must contemplate new concepts, even if they are unusual and different from what we know… and look at them with curiosity, instead of fear.

Be the change you want to see in the world.

Mahatma Gandhi

This is how we connect with the natural rhythms of our world. The other species are an example of natural harmony despite the diversity that exists among them. They connect with the intelligence of Gaia. We seem to have disconnected from it. This year, Jupiter in Taurus can help us explore the beauty of being an earthling, if we choose. Especially remembering that we are Gaia’s children… not her masters. Therefore, as a prelude to the new cycle of Pluto in Aquarius, now more than ever, it will be much more productive to understand that, in order to change the world, we have to change ourselves.

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Important Astrological Events of 2023

  • January 12: Mars Direct in Gemini
  • January 18: Mercury Direct in Capricorn
  • February 10: Mercury-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn
  • March 7: Saturn in Pisces
  • March 23: Pluto in Aquarius
  • April 20th: New Moon Solar Eclipse in Aries
  • May 5th: Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio
  • May 16: Jupiter in Taurus
  • May 17: Jupiter square in Taurus, Pluto in Aquarius
  • June 19: Jupiter sextile in Taurus, Saturn in Pisces
  • July 18: North Node in Aries
  • July 21: Mars at opposition in Virgo, Saturn in Pisces
  • July 23: Venus retrograde in Leo
  • August 1: Mars in Virgo trine Jupiter in Taurus
  • August 13: Sun conjunction with Venus in Leo
  • September 4: Venus Direct in Leo
  • September 15: Mercury Direct in Virgo
  • October 12: Mars in Scorpio trine Saturn in Pisces
  • October 15th: New Moon SOLAR Eclipse (Annular) in Libra
  • October 22: Venus in Virgo trine Jupiter in Taurus
  • October 28th: Full Moon LUNAR Eclipse in Taurus
  • November 18: Sun and Mars conjunction in Scorpio
  • December 8: Trine Mercury in Capricorn, Jupiter in Taurus
  • December 13: Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn

Pluto in Aquarius Transit through the Houses

Transit of Pluto in Capricorn-Aquarius in 1st House