What do 2008 and 2023 have in common?
Huge economic and technology shifts…
The collapse of important financial institutions…
AND Pluto changing signs.
On March 23rd, 2023, Pluto leaves Capricorn and enters Aquarius. Pluto only changes signs once every 20 years on average, so this is HUGE.
Pluto’s ingress into a new sign coincides with important economic, social, and political events.
Our lives, and society as a whole, will change in unprecedented ways.
Pluto is now days away from ingressing into Aquarius. It’s knocking on the door. And we can already feel its influence.
Everyone is talking about AI. AI and technology are Aquarius themes. Undoubtedly, Pluto in Aquarius will bring these themes to the forefront.
Will this mean that everything will be AI from now on? That we will all live in a metaverse? That robots and technology will make us obsolete?
Pluto in Aquarius will not necessarily bring an expansion of AI and technology (expansion is more of a Jupiter influence). Pluto in Aquarius will reform AI and technology.
This means that whatever is not built on sustainable foundations will crumble. The dark side of technology will be exposed. And the value-creating side of technology will prevail.
Of course, reformation takes time. Systemic change doesn’t happen overnight. Pluto in Aquarius will initially bring chaos and uncertainty.
That’s just how Pluto operates. First, the dirt is exposed. Everyone panics. Then in the emerged chaos we find new, creative solutions.
To understand what to expect from Pluto’s ingress into Aquarius, let’s look back at what happened in the past few years, when Jupiter and Saturn were transiting the sign.
Jupiter was in Aquarius from December 2020 until December 2021. This is when digitalization, fueled by Covid work and study from home policies, went through the roof.
Jupiter brought us an expansion of Aquarius themes like technology, new communication media, digitalization and online collaboration.
Saturn was in Aquarius from December 2020 until March 2023. If Jupiter’s role is to expand, Saturn’s role is to implement, systematize, and make things real.
Saturn ‘sealed the deal’ by creating and implementing systems, frameworks, and rules to make sure that technology and digitalization are here to stay.
What about Pluto in Aquarius?
Pluto’s role is to stress-test whatever Jupiter and Saturn have been working on in the last 3 years. Is this new digitally-driven world sustainable? Is AI here to stay? Maybe yes, maybe no.
Pluto’s goal is to preserve life, and in the process, Pluto will eliminate anything that is rotten and cannot sustain growth. Pluto will also fuel and empower those initiatives that keep the system alive and create sustainable growth.
Pluto is the planet of power. The sign Pluto is in gives us clues about who has the power. When Pluto was in Sagittarius, the risk takers had the power. When Pluto was in Capricorn, big institutions and politics had the power.
Pluto In Aquarius – Power To The People?
Now when Pluto is in Aquarius, we, the people, have the power.
This may sound very enticing, but with great power comes great responsibility. I recently watched a movie series called “Outlast” where 4 teams were dropped into the Alaskan wilderness to compete against each other.
Driven to win the big prize, some people resorted to cheating, and even endangering other players’ lives, by stealing their equipment and sleeping bags. Other players who couldn’t work as a team were eliminated.
The experiment was a good metaphor for Pluto in Aquarius’ good, bad, and the ugly sides. Aquarius rules groups of people, and the unevolved side of Pluto in Aquarius is “my group against your group”.
The evolved side of Pluto Aquarius empowers humanity. The American constitution, still considered the pinnacle of ‘rights for all’, was written when Pluto was last in Aquarius, 236 years ago.
Pluto In Aquarius And The Financial System
Coming back to the current Pluto in Aquarius themes – defaulted financial institutions, and AI.
Who will bail out the banks? In the Pluto in Capricorn era, the state bailed out the banks (with tax funded debt). In the Pluto Aquarius era, it’s us the people who will take responsibility for the fiasco of a system we have perhaps contributed to, if not directly, implicitly, by going along with it.
Just like in “Outlast in Alaska” some people will no longer want to pay faulty decision makers’ debt via inflation or increased taxes – basically from their own pockets.
Perhaps people will no longer trust financial institutions that have defaulted them again and again, and will choose to move to more transparent or democratic systems.
And perhaps some people will reflect on how they themselves have contributed to the current situation by going into debt or buying into “get rich quick” schemes without backing their investments with value creation.
Pluto In Aquarius And AI
What about AI?
The future of AI in the Age Of Aquarius will depend on what we do with Pluto’s power: we use it, or we abuse it?
Do we use AI/Chat GPT to replace education or creativity and “trick the system”, OR do we use them as tools to create value?
I asked Chat GPT to come up with a poem about the Age Of Aquarius. This is what it came with:
“The Age of Aquarius is here,
A time of change, a time to cheer,
The water-bearer brings a new dawn,
A world where love and peace are born.
The old ways crumble, the new arise,
The veil is lifted, truth is realized,
With open hearts and minds we’ll see,
The unity of all humanity.
As we embrace this cosmic shift,
We’re guided by the stars and their gifts,
We’ll dance and sing in harmony,
With nature, love, and divinity.
So let us welcome this new age,
Where love and light will pave the way,
With hope and joy in our hearts ablaze,
Let’s create a better world today.”
Some may say it’s a beautiful uplifting vision for the future. Others, that’s dystopian, void of feelings and scary. Pluto’s 20-year transit in Aquarius can be either of these.
It’s totally up to us.
AI can be the ghost in the machine or the machine in the ghost. AI is what we feed AI with.
Finally, I asked Chat GPT to write a fable about Pluto in Aquarius:
“Once upon a time, Pluto was feeling lost and out of place. It was no longer considered a planet by the scientific community, and it was struggling to find its place in the universe. One day, Pluto discovered that it had entered the sign of Aquarius.
Excited by this discovery, Pluto started to embrace the Aquarian energy and began to feel more confident and powerful. It started to realize that it had the ability to create and shape the world around it, just like the people born under this sign.
Pluto began to explore its newfound Aquarian identity, experimenting with new ideas and technologies. It started to build robots and AI to help it in its quest for knowledge and understanding.
But soon, Pluto realized that even with all its power and technology, it couldn’t control everything. People still had free will and could choose to reject Pluto’s ideas and ways of doing things.
Feeling frustrated, Pluto went to see an astrologer who specialized in Aquarian energy. The astrologer listened patiently to Pluto’s complaints and then said, “Pluto, my dear, in the Age of Aquarius, people will always have the last say. It’s not about controlling them; it’s about empowering them to make their own choices and create their own futures.”
Pluto realized that the astrologer was right. It wasn’t about trying to control people or change them; it was about empowering them to make their own decisions and create a better world together.
With this new perspective, Pluto continued to embrace its Aquarian energy, but now with a more humble and collaborative approach. And as it worked with people to create a better world, Pluto discovered a new sense of purpose and belonging in the universe.”
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