Pluto enters Aquarius in 2024: some thoughts on a major step in ‘boldly go’-ing…

There I was two days ago, lying in a heap in bed, listening to the early morning news, slowly coming round, hand clutching a cup of tea. Situation normal in our house, of a morning. Then my ears pricked up. 

According to BBC Radio 4,  the first stone of the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) had been ceremoniously laid only the previous day – on May 26, 2017. The ELT is an astronomical observatory and the world’s largest optical/near-infrared extremely large telescope now under construction. Part of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), it is located on top of Cerro Armazones in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. (2)

Along with – probably – countless others like me (and not a few fellow astrologers, I bet!)  not coming from a scientific background but with a lifelong interest in science, I had been following the progress of this project with great interest.

The ELT will tackle   ‘…the biggest scientific challenges of our time, and aim for a number of notable firsts, including tracking down Earth-like planets around other stars in the “habitable zones” where life could exist — one of the Holy Grails of modern observational astronomy.

It will also perform ”stellar archaeology” in nearby galaxies, as well as make fundamental contributions to cosmology by measuring the properties of the first stars and galaxies and probing the nature of dark matter and dark energy. On top of this astronomers are also planning for the unexpected — new and unforeseeable questions will surely arise (my emphases) from the new discoveries made with the ELT. The ELT may, eventually, revolutionise our perception of the Universe, much as Galileo’s telescope did, 400 years ago…’ (1)

Approval for this stunning project came through on 11 June 2012,  with construction work on the site starting in June 2014.  By December 2014, over 90% of the total funding had been secured. The first stone of the telescope was ceremoniously laid on May 26, 2017. (2)

Pluto direct into Aquarius

Pluto direct into Aquarius

Now – here is the bit that made me sit bolt upright, almost spilling my tea:

First light, ie the first use of a telescope (or, in general, a new instrument) to take an astronomical image after it has been constructed,  is currently planned for  – 2024(2)

( July 2022 further note: this date given in 2017 was subsequently revised: “…As of 2021, first light is planned for 2027.[11]…”)

Pluto fully enters Aquarius in 2024 after dipping in and out of that sign during its slow exit from Capricorn in 2023/4.The two statements ‘… probing the nature of dark matter and dark energy…’ and ‘… planning for the unexpected — new and unforeseeable questions will surely arise…’ could hardly be more appropriate summaries of the essence of this momentous planetary shift of the most symbolically powerful, transformative planet Pluto into Aquarius: the most scientifically oriented, unpredictable, revolutionary sign of the zodiac.

2027, the revised date for the ELT’s ‘first light’, is three years after Pluto’s entry into Aquarius. I have usually found in my personal work with clients, eg in the 30 year Saturn Return cycle, that it takes 2/3 years following the actual point of the planet’s return for the big shifts in their lives to take clear shape. It is fascinating to note that in the completion of a monthly Sun/Moon cycle in the heavens, which takes place in the dark, it takes around 2/3 days for the first waxing crescent of the new soli-lunar cycle to become clearly established in the night sky. It may well be that all the larger cycles, and major planetary shifts from one sign to another, in years, mirror that ‘ordinary’ monthly soli-lunar pattern…this certainly appears to be the case with the revised date for the ELT’s first light.

I think I’ve just had a new idea for a mundane astrology research project!!

This entry of Pluto into Aquarius represents a major stage in a lengthy process of radical change for our world which I summarised very briefly in a recent post on this blog:

‘…Next up, Pluto shifts from Capricorn into Aquarius in 2024, beginning a long trine aspect to the 1892 Neptune/Pluto conjunction in Gemini. More air. The next Uranus/ Neptune conjunction, in 2165, will take place in early Aquarius, their first meeting in the air element for a thousand years. 

Thus, since 1980, when the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction at 5-8 Libra  entered the air element for the first time since its last entry in the twelfth century A.D, we have been moving gradually into an air-dominated era, with the sign of Aquarius in high focus. We are moving from an emphasis on material development and planetary exploitation  which characterised the Industrial Revolution and the whole materialist culture arising, to one of global social development – that of ideas, information, communication, and relationships – expedited by technology, for the coming 200 years or so….’ (3)

By now, I was fully awake, excited – and once again awestruck by the powerful symbolic links between major steps taken in the human project for good or ill – usually both!! – and major planetary shifts. The first light of the Extremely Large Telescope in 2027 is just one bright strand in what will be a complex and intricate weave of all kinds of profound changes from 2024 onwards, which will usher in a radically different world from the one into which we Baby-Boomers were born… let’s hope the upcoming generations make a more constructive job of it than we have done.







700 words copyright Anne Whitaker 2017
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18 responses to “Pluto enters Aquarius in 2024: some thoughts on a major step in ‘boldly go’-ing…

  1. Awesome column, as usual! Thank you!

    Susan Goolsby

    St. Paul, Minnesota USA


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  2. Well the only thing that could make that any more stunning is Dolly the Sheep being the first to look through it Anne. Amazing Astrology and insightful as to what awaits for those “going boldy where no man has gone before” as Pluto steps into Aquarius… expect the unexpected indeed!!!

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    • Yes, that old Dolly the Sheep gag will never quite die: obviously scarred my students for life with my Mary Shelley/Dolly obsessings during 97/98. You were all so patient…thanks for dropping by, Carole. Be in touch soon re YOUR classes and hope all is going well.


  3. “…is just one bright strand in what will be a complex and intricate weave of all kinds of profound changes from 2024 onwards, ”

    wow! seven years is not that far away. giddye-up!


    • No, it’s not all that long, Lisa… And Pluto will have dredged and scoured all our institutional structures by then…demolishing the old order to make way for a Brave New World. I wonder what Aldous Huxley would make of it all!


      • Yes, a good purge is important, even if it’s painful while in progress, the results are rewarding. Thank you, Anne, for all that you share with us. May June and its solstice bring those who are willing – into alignment…


  4. Aquarian Moon

    I wonder what the chart for the first light use will be, for that auspicious 2024 date. Curiously, the last of the new architects of society, the Pluto in Capricorn generation, will be infants, by then. The oldest of them probably in high school or starting college… I wonder what we other Pluto generations will have done as groundwork in the meantime. Hopefully, the Americans among us can successfully clean out the House and Senate in 2018, if the eclipse we have slated for this August doesnt singe too many ruffled feathers…its a solar eclipse, after all.

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  5. Thanks for your thoughts, Aq Moon!Whatever the Pluto in Virgo, Libra and Scorpio generations do, it’s pretty clear the old order rooted in Big Oil and colonial expansionism with all its attendant ills and corruption is not working and needs to be superseded….yes, if the solar eclipses don’t do it, something else surely will!


    • Aquarian Moon

      Anne, I have a feeling the more Woke (as the kids say these days) among the Pluto in Sagittarius generation will certainly light a fire under the rest of us, well before 2024. They certainly arent impressed with the state of affairs they have before them now. Hopefully, the “Millennial” bashing has disabused these youth of listening to the blowhards who are chained to the old ways and bad mouthing differing age groups in out of touch thinkpieces.


  6. Via Facebook:
    Morgana Dee:
    Anne I love your blog post on Pluto moving into Aquarius and had to share it on my page for my friends who might not see it otherwise. Thanks for those insights. It will be very interesting to see what that huge telescope discovers in the skies too then. With three planets in Aquarius and on the DSC, I find this quite exciting and probably would have spilled my tea as well with this news you heard on the radio.


  7. Hello Morgana, many thanks for dropping by with this lovely comment. Much appreciated. With your Aquarian lineup, that news would probably have had you flying around the room, still clutching the tea!


  8. Via Facebook:
    Leslie Hoffman:
    Not soon enough for the U.S., but I pray it encourages more universal progressive thought for our grandchildren.


  9. Yes, I could say the same re the UK too, Leslie!


  10. Pingback: Excellent article on the upcoming “transition years”. | SOUL BLUEPRINT LIGHT COACHING

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