Pluto is About to Re-Enter Aquarius – Find Out EXACTLY What That Means

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Powerful Pluto is moving from Capricorn to Aquarius in a few days, and it brings us back to a whole new tour in Aquarius. Pluto has been in Capricorn since 2008, and this transit fully comes to a close later in 2024.

We began to feel the transit of Pluto in Aquarius in 2023, as Pluto toured Aquarius from March 23rd to June 11th, 2023. This was a little taste of what’s to come, and this transit will last, on and off, until January 2044: 20 more years!

This year, Pluto enters Aquarius on January 20th and remains until September 1st, when it will go back to Capricorn for one last hurrah. It’ll come back to Aquarius on November 19th, and will stay in Aquarius at that point, not to return to Capricorn again for a couple hundred years.

Don’t forget to use the free astrology calendar to keep track of the planets, including Pluto, each month!

About Pluto in Astrology

Pluto is one of the generational planets (along with Uranus and Neptune) because it spends a long time in one zodiac sign, often spanning entire generations. Pluto is the slowest-moving planet and usually spends 15-20 years in one sign.

Pluto is the planet of transformation. In transit, Pluto can prompt us to transform, but this often comes with destruction first since we tend to resist the transformation initially (so Pluto forces the issue!).

After we transform, we become more empowered and more in control of ourselves and our lives. It’s a long journey to get there, but one that is worth it.

Pluto rules power struggles and control issues so that we can experience these along the way. We must learn how to be strong, stand up for ourselves, and not buckle under pressure. The location of your natal Pluto in your birth chart can show areas of life where you have to undergo this process and take control.

Pluto is deep, dark, and mysterious, ruling research and investigation, what we hold deep inside, our inner demons, and our fears. Pluto is also a ruler of sexuality, the taboo, and the occult.

About Aquarius in Astrology

Aquarius is an Air sign (along with Gemini and Libra), which are the signs of the mind. Aquarius is a highly intelligent sign and helps us broaden our minds with a wider, more objective perspective.

Aquarius is a Fixed sign (along with Taurus, Leo, and Scorpio); these signs are reliable, still, and stoic. The Air signs can be a bit ditzy, but Aquarius is the least, and its Fixed energy helps to ground the mental energy so it can focus hard and gain expertise.

The natural ruling planet for Aquarius is changemaker Uranus, which makes Aquarius independent, innovative, unconventional, and different. Aquarius thinks outside the box and embraces stepping outside of their comfort zone.

Aquarius connects to the 11th house, which is the house of friends and dreams. Aquarius governs friends, groups, the masses, the collective, as well as our hopes and dreams for the future, making it a bit idealistic at times.

Aquarius rules the future and is open to changes that will ensure the future it hopes for and dreams about comes to fruition. Aquarius isn’t stuck in the past or present and instead wants to propel into the future and beyond.

About Pluto in Aquarius

Since Pluto moves so slowly and will spend over 20 years touring Aquarius, this is absolutely massive. We are embarking on a whole new journey in our lives with Pluto in Aquarius.

This was strong last year with Saturn having moved into Pisces just before Pluto changed signs, and continues in 2024 with Pluto officially and fully moving into Aquarius. This will also go into 2025 as Uranus and Neptune also change signs. So much changing energy!

Pluto in Aquarius is so different from Pluto in Capricorn. Pluto in Capricorn has torn down the structures that have existed for a long time that has become the status quo, and we’ve seen the downfall of many countries and corporations.

This leads us to Pluto in Aquarius, where the destruction may come suddenly and unexpectedly and can lead to massive changes that usher in a whole new future (especially with technology and science). Pluto in Aquarius challenges us to be open to change, to think outside the box, and to have some hope for what we can create.

This can seem scary at first but is ultimately a great thing. Sometimes we need things to be shaken up to thrust us into our potential and future and make us realize what’s possible.

With Uranus and Neptune changing signs next year, this adds to the major change in energy we’re experiencing. All three of the outer planets are on the move, and this means life can change in a pretty major way over the next couple of years. 

We’ve been in a huge cycle for change since 2020, and that only continues through about 2026. The whole foundation for our lives, perhaps even our very existence, is being reshaped. Given some of the existential threats out there, it can’t be too surprising!

We’re at the precipice of a whole new era. What will you contribute?

If you’re an Aquarius Sun, Moon, or Rising, Pluto in Aquarius may seem strongest and most obvious for you, and you’ll be extra challenged to transform, to take more control, and to empower yourself, and this may come with trials if you fight it. 

For everyone else, look to the natal house(s) in your birth chart transit Pluto will tour while in Aquarius, and pay attention to any natal planets you have in Taurus, Leo, or Scorpio (which will get hit by a hard aspect by Pluto in Aquarius at some point, and the challenges to transform will be much bigger, so try to transform in advance).

Pluto in Aquarius Horoscopes for the Zodiac Signs

Aries

Pluto in Aquarius can challenge you to transform your connection to your dreams, Aries. The next two decades can come with the opportunity to make your dreams happen, and it’s up to you whether or not you’re going to go down that road.

Changes made in your life now can be profound and can have an impact on many areas and for a long time to come. These aren’t superficial changes any longer. Instead, you dig deep and make sure you’re getting to the core to make it last.

You can attract powerful friends, and your friendships can become more intense. This can lead to stronger bonds with friends, but it may also lead to some friendships breaking apart if they’re too superficial.

You may become more passionate about your individuality and independence and don’t want to box yourself in anymore. Be true to who you really are, understand what makes you different, and find healthy acceptance for your unique self.

Pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone can become something you have to learn, and doing so can lead to major growth. You can be more powerful when you’re doing things differently and can see what’s possible for you.

Taurus

Pluto in Aquarius can challenge your connection to your goals and life path, Taurus. The next two decades can bring opportunities for you to take control of your direction in life, of what you’re striving for, and of what success looks like for you.

You can become much more successful during this period, and you may take on much more responsibilities and bigger roles in new ways. Others may look to you as an authority figure, and you can get a lot of respect for what you do.

This is if you do things the right way and for the right reasons. If you don’t, this can lead to a huge fall from grace, and you can experience major setbacks, delays, and failures.

It becomes important to change what you’re doing, to be honest with yourself, and to make sure you’re doing things the right way (responsibly, ethically, and smart) and for the right reasons (because you’re passionate about it and it’s the right thing to do).

You can put yourself in a good position that grows and can build status for yourself during this transit. This can help you hit new heights and grow your confidence.

Gemini

Pluto in Aquarius can challenge your connection to expansion in your life, Gemini. The next two decades can bring opportunities for you to expand in profound ways that lead to awesome opportunities for growth and new experiences that help you learn more about life, the world, and yourself.

You can become much more passionate about life during this period and want to throw yourself into every new experience you have. This can be a good thing and help you learn much more, but you may also be a little too passionate at times and need to gain some perspective.

Your beliefs can also become more important to you, and you can become more passionate about the ones you have if you feel they connect with who you are now and they benefit you in a healthy way.

If that’s not the case, you may want to drop your beliefs, though this may come with fights (internal or external). Issues with old beliefs may come out, and you have to work through some of the baggage.

Your beliefs should align with you and not be your beliefs because that’s what was forced on you. Enhanced critical thinking can help a lot, and you can learn to expand your mind and open up to new ways of thinking.

Cancer

Pluto in Aquarius can challenge your connection to your personal power and self-control, Cancer. The next two decades can bring opportunities for you to find more personal power within yourself, to empower yourself without needing to look externally to others and to take control of what you’ve felt out of control with.

This may come after a big transformation of some part of your life or of yourself. This transformation can take some time but leads to you having more power and control and feeling more confident and secure.

You can focus on digging deeper, getting to the heart of matters and to your core self, and this can be unsettling initially or something you have to learn how to do. This may entail facing your inner demons and greatest fears, but you can develop strength that allows you to make it through.

You can also work to learn how to share in a healthy way, and this can go both ways. You’re likely someone who shares too much and needs to learn to use other people’s resources as well and not just give away your own, and this transit can help with that.

Intimacy issues can also be addressed during this transit, and you may be forced to face them and transform them so your emotional bonds become stronger and more resilient.

Leo

Pluto in Aquarius can challenge your connections with others, Leo. The next two decades can bring opportunities for you to connect with more powerful people. It may seem like every person you encounter is someone in a powerful position or with a powerful personality.

Some of them will likely want to control you and dominate your ideas, plans, and desires, and this is something you have to fight against. You may need to learn to defend yourself and not let others walk all over you.

Existing relationships can grow stronger if they’re healthy and beneficial for you. The emotional bonds you have with them deepen and grow, and you can be more passionate about love and relationships as a result.

Existing relationships that aren’t healthy or beneficial can struggle and may reach a breaking point at some point if a transformation isn’t made. You may need to be honest with yourself about how well, or not, you’re treated or treating them.

Balance can also be something that may need to be worked on if you feel out of balance when this transit begins. It is likely something out of balance, or outright chaotic, that requires your attention, and you need to work on calming this.

Virgo

Pluto in Aquarius can challenge your connections to your work, daily life, and health, Virgo. The next two decades can bring opportunities for you to transform your work and what you do each day, so you can bring passion and purpose to your life regularly.

If you lack passion for what you’re doing now, Pluto can push you into a different arena, and this may come after you’ve experienced major power struggles and fights for control. You can reach your breaking point, and eventually, transformation comes.

Whatever new work and daily life ventures you pursue now will likely be ones you’re passionate about and really believe in. You can have very little patience for any work you don’t connect with in a meaningful way.

You can also become more passionate about structure, order, routine, and maintenance during this period. This can help you feel more in control, and you can oddly feel empowered by feeling you have solid plans and stick to them.

You can become more passionate about your health as well, and this can be something you really throw yourself into, and you may even become a total health nut. You can transform the way you approach health matters, your diet, and how you treat your body, and you can work on having better stress management.

Libra

Pluto in Aquarius can challenge your connection to your heart, Libra. The next two decades can bring opportunities for you to transform how you take care of your heart, how you show love, and what love means for you.

Any existing love issues can get brought out, and you have to transform these issues in a healthy way to improve your life. This can take time, and it may be emotional, but it can lead you to open your heart and deepen the love in your life.

In existing love relationships that are healthy and positive, you can become more passionate about them and the people you love. This can help you strengthen the emotional bonds you already have with them.

If they aren’t healthy or positive, you can encounter more struggles with them, and you either have to transform the relationship to make it better, or you end up reaching a breaking point, and it ends. 

Your creativity can also surge during this period, and you can become much more inspired and passionate about creative projects and ventures. You may end up getting attention or recognition in some way because of this.

Scorpio

Pluto in Aquarius can challenge your connection to your emotions, Scorpio. The next two decades can bring opportunities for you to transform emotionally, and you can take control of what you feel and what you do with your feelings.

Old emotional issues can come out, and you likely need to face them head-on and transform them for the better as a result. You may need to get to the core of the issues and transform there or work on strengthening your internal foundation or the foundation for your life.

You can be more passionate when you do get emotional, but if you have some discipline and self-control, this can be a good thing, and you can find motivation when you need it and take action with what you feel in a positive way.

Pluto in Aquarius can also bring attention to home and family matters, and any existing home and family issues can get brought out as well. You can deal with some of this on your own, but you may need to confront with family, and this may be difficult.

It’s likely that whatever home and family means for you at the current point in time will transform over the next 20 years, and you will end up looking at this very differently. This can help strengthen you internally, though it may seem upsetting initially.

Sagittarius

Pluto in Aquarius can challenge your connection to your mind, Sagittarius. The next two decades can bring opportunities for you to transform your mind, and you can take control of your mental abilities and have a more powerful mind.

Any issues you have with your mind, or your ability to communicate and express yourself clearly, can come out, and you have to face the issues. This gives you the opportunity to transform it for the better, and you can understand how much power your mind has.

You can grow to become more dominant in your communications and in the way you express yourself, and you can become more confident in your ideas, plans, and opinions. You likely won’t be as fickle with your mental energy and stick to what you think.

Others can take what you say a lot more seriously, and you can take a more serious approach to everything you do, wanting to throw yourself into as much as you can with your mind. You can have very little patience for anything you think is superficial, so may need to work on that.

Others may look to you for advice more often and can really listen when you speak up. This can help improve your confidence in what you say and how you say it.

Capricorn

Pluto in Aquarius can challenge your connection to your resources, Capricorn. The next two decades can bring opportunities for you to tear down false beliefs and superficial confidence so you can rebuild something solid and secure in its place.

Pluto has been in your sign, and now that it’s going to exit, you’ve hopefully taken on all of the power and control Pluto has offered you in the last 15 years. That will help as you move through the next 20 years and may see some aspects of your life burned to the ground.

Anything you need to feel safe and secure but isn’t actually good for you can get taken down. This can feel unsettling initially since it’s how you feel safe and secure, and you may want to fight it, but rebuilding is usually the best thing to do.

Once you get started rebuilding, you can start to see the positives, and this can become incredibly empowering for you. You can step into your own power and give yourself the confidence you need without validation from others, and have a solid sense of self-worth.

If you already have this, then the next two decades can be a time when you’re building incredible wealth in your life, and this can be both literal and figurative. Abundance can surround you, and you can feel very secure.

Aquarius

Pluto in Aquarius can challenge you to find your personal power and take control, Aquarius. The next two decades can bring opportunities for you to learn how to assert yourself and become comfortable with your own power.

Pluto is now touring your zodiac sign, and this is a big period for you to focus on power and control. If you have old issues making you uncomfortable with power, or where you felt your power was taken away or denied, or where you lost control, this is likely where you’ll need to focus first and work to understand and transform.

This can take some time, and for some of you, it might take the entire time Pluto is in Aquarius. In the end, this can be an empowering time though, and you can find the power within that has been eluding you, and feel comfortable displaying this outwardly.

Your personality can become more powerful and dominating, and it can be harder to push you around. You can be seen as someone strong, secure, and unwavering, and some may try to mess with you but usually fail.

You can transform the way you come across and can take more control of the way others see you. This can help you feel more confident in your outer self, and you can move forward with your head held high.

Pisces

Pluto in Aquarius can challenge your connection to your soul, Pisces. The next two decades can bring opportunities for you to take a step back, connect with yourself, and work on releasing what no longer serves you well.

On the outside, it’s likely not going to be obvious to everyone else just how much you’re transforming, but to you, it’s going to be massive. You’ll likely work to transform in profound ways, but on your own and without needing the approval and validation of others.

You’ll likely prefer to do this on your own so you can take the time you need to be more introspective and reflective and to really dig deep into the past and into your subconscious. You can work on understanding, learning, and releasing, and this can lead to a massive clearing out of baggage by the time this transit is done.

This clearing can help you connect to your soul, to your intuition, and to your spirituality as well. You can be more attuned to the subtle energies around you and learn to trust your inner guide.

You may keep yourself in the background a lot more, not really wanting to get much attention for anything, and can be more powerful out of the spotlight during this time. Others may see how powerful you are behind the scenes and defer to you in those situations.

Good Luck With Pluto in Aquarius!

We have a long time to work with the energy of Pluto in Aquarius, over 20 years, and some of what we have to work on may take most or all of that time. That’s okay!

Pluto is in deep, profound change, and that doesn’t usually happen overnight. The kind of changes we’re looking at making now are the kind of changes that will last for a long time, if not permanently.

Empower yourself, stay strong, and transform!

Related article: These Are The MOST Important Astrological Transits To Be Aware Of As 2024 Arrives

About The Author

Nic Gaudette

Nic Gaudette's astrology career began in 2004. She's performed thousands of astrology readings, helped thousands of students learn astrology, and has written over a dozen horoscope columns and hundreds of articles for various publications, in addition to creating The Dark Pixie Astrology. Her path to becoming an astrologer started as a teenager when she picked up an astrology book out of sheer boredom in a bookstore one day and instantly became hooked. She believes astrology is an empowering tool everyone can use to help themselves. She affectionately calls her followers her "pixies." She provides daily astro tidbits on Facebook and Instagram and sends extra astro wisdom in her regular newsletter. When not working, you'll usually find her baking, obsessing over the Yankees, or binging on politics. Make sure to check her out on The Dark Pixie Astrology.
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