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Pluto in Aquarius Zodiac Sign

Pluto in Aquarius Zodiac Sign – The Rise of People Power

The astrology of Pluto in Aquarius will abSOULutely and intensely affect everyone.

Pluto in Aquarius will influence many to feel very sensitive and emotionally intense. Pluto involves important life themes including the life cycles.

Ongoing themes can include quantum shifts, major transformation, birth, death and rebirth together with the darker aspects of life especially:

Addictions & Manipulations
Power Over & Dominance Issues
Abuse & Power Struggles
Transformation & Radical Metamorphosis
Personal & Collective Authority Issues
Life Changing Reformation

Pluto was named after the Roman God of the Underworld and is a fascinatingly mysterious and powerful planet. Pluto is the planet of the hidden, the subconscious, and the deeply transformative. It is often connected to the darker aspects of life including themes of power struggles and intense change – ready or not! Although it is known as the planet of death, this is only part of the story because it is also closely connected to other parts of this cycle – life and rebirth. Pluto is fundamental to our continued spiritual evolution.

Planet Pluto showing the Sputnik Planitia is a love heart shape on the planet

Pluto in Aquarius History

Pluto was discovered in 1930 by Clyde W. Tombaugh who noticed disturbances in the orbits of Neptune and Uranus. He believed there must be another planet further out in the solar system, which was quite correct. However, Pluto was ‘demoted’ to the status of dwarf planet in 2006. Nevertheless, don’t be misled by its small size, Pluto packs quite a punch in astrological terms no matter what its current planetary status. Interestingly, at the time planets are discovered their attributes are usually playing out in society. Pluto was discovered during the Great Depression, a time of severe economic hardship when many people lost their lives. It has now moved into Aquarius for the first time since 1778, where it stayed until 1798 before transiting onto Pisces.

Pluto in Aquarius was the end of the period known as ‘the Age of Enlightenment’ or the ‘Age of Reason’ when there was major progress in science and philosophy. Towards the end of this time, ‘people power’ became ‘a thing’. A huge rise in political and social revolution took place. There was strong collective rejection of harsh authority as Aquarius is the sign of humanitarianism and equality. Women and minority groups experienced great increases in power.

Part of the Berlin Wall coverered in graffiti after the wall came down in November 1989

Planet earth in the sky surrounded by the 12 star signs of the zodiac

Two hands fist bumping showing flag of the USA and flag of Russia on their hands representing the Cold War

Pluto in the Signs

Pluto teaches us many important lessons on its journey through the zodiac. Naturally, it has passed through all signs many times, including Libra and Sagittarius. Here are a few more examples:

  • Pluto in Libra, from 1971 to 1984, brought up themes related to power struggles and radical changes in the realm of relationships and partnerships. Think about the easier availability of divorce and contraception.
  • The ruler of Scorpio is Pluto and was in Scorpio from 1984 until 1995, amplifying these intense energies. Pluto teaches us about intensely important world events which hopefully we can learn from:
    – The US and Soviet Union engaged in a heated arms race, with the US in 1983 developing the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), also known as “Star Wars,” a missile defense system that was a threat to the Soviet Union. Pluto is associated with space.
    – The Berlin Wall came down November 9, 1989. The reunification of Germany was a pivotal moment in world history. It marked the beginning of the end of the Cold War between the US and the Soviet Union which dissolved in 1991.
    – The HIV/AIDs epidemic exploded and Neptune was in Capricorn suggesting physical manifestation of viruses. 17 million people died from AIDS up until 1995 when Pluto changed signs into Sagittarius.
    – Pluto in Sagittarius, from 1995 to 2008, brought up themes related to globalization – especially through the internet, religious extremism, and cultural clashes as people power took on new roles. There were various wars and natural disasters in overseas countries including the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004 which killed over 230,000 people.

How Pluto in Aquarius will Affect Society

On March 23, 2023, Pluto entered Aquarius, signifying an intense energetic shift in the collective energetic themes influencing both society and individuals. Pluto is now an Aquarian planet bringing its deeply compelling plutonian energy to science, technology, innovation, social structures and humanitarianism.

As Aquarius is a Fixed Air Sign, we will also see many air related innovations over this period including increased space travel. It’s a time of major transformation for travelers. Those seeking equality for all will also benefit greatly.

Planet Pluto has been in Capricorn since November 27, 2008. From March 23 until June 11, it will be in Aquarius to give us a quick three month sample of the radical change of what’s to come. Retrograding back into Capricorn until January 2024, Pluto then changes sign again and will move into Aquarius proper until 2044. We will see dictators and extremists finally topple. Governments not putting the rights of the people first will be consigned to history as failures.

Change Signs for Spiritual Evolution

Pluto’s time in Aquarius signals a likely increase in humanitarianism and progressive values. Extreme radical ideologies and radical right wing philosophies will be washed away by the agency of Aquarius the water bearer. The real transformation proper takes place over the next 20 years from 2024 until 2044. Pluto typically spends 15 – 21 years in each sign (but varies 12 – 32 years) because its orbit is 248 years.

Pluto in Aquarius means the end of far-right ideologies like fascism. This planet Pluto has a way of shaking things up and bringing about major changes. We saw this in the past when Pluto entered Scorpio in 1983 with the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War.

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There will also be a major metamorphosis to the fiat monetary system. There will be less reliance on cash and modification of current economic structures. Cryptocurrencies will be regulated by governments and we will see a minimization of volatility towards the end of this cycle.

Pluto will teach us to confront the shadow aspects of ourselves and society. We will undergo a deeply personal radical metamorphosis. This may be uncomfortable but ultimately, it is vital for growth and evolution. Pluto retrograde periods can be especially intense involving quantum shifts around unresolved issues and subconscious patterns. Pluto in Aquarius asks us to confront and release old stuck energies.

As the water bearer, Aquarius is associated with the flow of knowledge, ideas and innovation in tandem with deep hidden emotional currents. Pluto in Aquarius, will involve substantial increases in transformative technologies, such as artificial intelligence and biotechnology, as well as a greater emphasis on social justice and equality. In Roman mythology, Pluto was known as the god of the underworld. We can expect increased public interest in the esoteric and the occult, dredging up hidden truths and mysteries from the collective unconscious.

The Plutonian Depths from 2023 Onwards – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly:

Plutonian Power

Pluto is associated with power, particularly hidden or unconscious power. People with strong Plutonian influences in their birth chart may have a desire for control or influence or may attract powerful people into their lives.


Pluto is also associated with transformation, particularly cathartic experiences that involve birth, death and rebirth. People with strong Pluto placements will experience powerful quantum shifts or crises in their lives that lead to profound personal growth. This is a chance for your spirituality to soar to the highest of heights.


Pluto is an intense planet, and people with strong Pluto placements may have intense emotions, relationships, or experiences. They may be drawn to things that are dark, mysterious, or taboo. This can bring a lot of knowledge and wisdom after some time of difficulty.


Pluto is associated with regeneration, particularly the regeneration of the self or the psyche. People with strong Pluto placements may have a natural ability to transform and heal themselves, and may be drawn to healing professions or spiritual practices. They can help heal others after going through their own ‘dark night of the Soul’ experience.


Pluto is often associated with secrets, particularly hidden or unconscious secrets. People with strong Pluto placements are good at keeping secrets. Or they may have secrets of their own they keep hidden. Often however, these secrets can be exposed when Pluto is in Aquarius.

Pluto rules Scorpio, so if you have Scorpio Sun, Moon or Rising (Ascendant) you will be particularly affected. Some astrologers also believe Pluto also has some type of association with Aries. We will see major catharsis and renewal, with all manner of secrets and underhanded subterfuge being exposed worldwide.

Pluto Enters Aquarius Transit

It will be a particularly turbulent time over the next two decades, but particularly in the 2020’s. In astrology, when a planet stands ‘stationary’ its effects are amplified, so take note of these dates:

Pluto Stationing Direct: April 21 – October 6, 2023, April 19 – October 3, 2024 and April 18 – October 2, 2044.

Pluto Stationing Retrograde: September 29 – January 24, 2023, September 27 – January 21, 2024 and September 26 – January 19, 2044. Internalized feelings may be particularly intense.

During these times Plutonian energies will be stronger, affecting not only individuals, but large groups of people in countries, corporations and governments. Pluto already packs a punch! It drags up the deepest darkest facets of human nature. We can expect war, manipulation and attempted dominance by a few over the majority. Dominators will not succeed long term as Pluto will bring many endings engendering a more enlightened society in the future.

Pluto in Aquarius – A Fierce Transit

United States & Australia

In both the United States and Australian charts, Pluto will be transiting through the 11th house. This represents friends, groups, associations and the hopes and dreams of both nations.

We can expect to see huge changes in these areas with likely government intervention. Maintaining relationships with friends and groups will be more important to the US Government. Consequently, the relationship between the US and Australia will grow even closer. The US Government is keenly aware that there is strength in numbers so it will draw all its friends closer. We will see more economic trade and closer military ties with additional US military bases in Australia over the next 20 years.

There is also some association with destiny and so certain events will seem fated and unavoidable. Prayer can often overcome or minimise the worst of the likely karmic effects.

In Conclusion

Pluto entered Aquarius on March 23 bringing a quantum shift in the astrological landscape. This will bring about regenerative change both personally and in society, one way or another. We are encouraged to confront the shadow aspects of ourselves and society. It’s likely we will be presented with our own shadow nature by external events. If we refuse the invitation to undergo deep and intense transformation, we will be forced to do so.

Grappling with our anxieties, our doubts and other deep emotions is very necessary for spiritual growth and evolution. Awareness and insight finally comes after shining a light in our subconscious. This is where Pluto is taking us now.

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