Pluto in Aquarius: The Awakening

Pluto in Aquarius: The Awakening

March 23, 2023 — January 19, 2044*

The day the power of love overrules the love of power,
the world will know peace.

— Mahatma Gandhi

The ancient study of Astrology applies observation and correlation to help us understand planetary cycles. Therefore, when contemplating Pluto’s movement into Aquarius, it is helpful to note a couple of important events that occurred when it last completed its journey through this sign over 225 years ago (April 1777 – December 1798). Shortly before Pluto began its last Aquarian passage the 1776 United States Declaration was enacted. It was also during this period that the American Revolutionary War was fought and won (1775 – 1783). Additionally, with the motto, “liberty, equality, and fraternity,” the citizens of France incited the French Revolution, the removal of the ruling class, and the subsequent enactment of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen (1789 – 1799).

Revolutions are an Aquarian theme, and obviously, many things occurred during Pluto’s last movement through Aquarius. However, and based on current global events, the correlations we can derive from the above monumental events are revelatory in terms of what we might expect in the upcoming years. With just these two occurrences, we can ask ourselves … what have we learned about Plutonian power and the Aquarian themes of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in the last 225 years and how might we apply this knowledge to Pluto’s current passage through Aquarius?

Pluto will move back and forth between Aquarius and Capricorn over the next several months before it finally settles into Aquarius uninterrupted in November 2024.* Each time Pluto reenters Capricorn we will witness further reorganization, erosion, and the potential collapse of outmoded patriarchal global systems: authoritarian governments, dogmatic religious organizations, financial institutions, and rigid social structures.

The dismantling of outmoded ways of being are simultaneously occurring in our personal lives. Pluto encourages deep internal transformation, Capricorn restructures, and Aquarius awakens us to new realities. Things are about to become more and more unfamiliar and in Aquarian speak, “very weird.” From the perspective of innovative Aquarian concepts, this is a good thing.

Pluto in Aquarius will inspire radical revolutionary ideas, technological breakthroughs, deeper metaphysical/philosophical understandings, and amazing new space discoveries. Aquarius also rules artificial intelligence (AI). This is important to remember from the standpoint of our awakening because we’ll need to empower ourselves with the knowing that our human body has the capacity to be far more intelligent than any AI machine. Therefore, we’ll want to be cognizant of our ability to use AI to assist us and not hand over our sovereignty, whereby it begins to use us to assist it.

From a personal perspective we will seek liberation from crystalized forms of self-definition as we examine our fixed and rigid ideas about how things “should be.” As a result, many of us will sever attachments that prevent future growth so we can hold new ways of being. This will be the time to honor and learn from our differences and not fear them.

Aquarius represents groups, the collective, the whole. New organizations will arise with new social visions. The actual areas of focus will depend on the ideals that are operating within the whole of the group. The question is, will the vision manifest constructively and elevate humanity, or will it destructively attempt to hang onto power and control? When long-held traditions are deemed too radical, a sense of uncertainty and insecurity may arise. If this occurs, innovations can be rejected as a threat by mainstream society.

Contrary to how it may look and feel, Pluto in Aquarius is aiding the human species to awaken to its intrinsic connectedness to the whole of life. As this awakening continues, the creative capacity to develop new models that support environmental changes, transform government corruption, and remedy many social challenges will arise.

The magnitude of change about to occur as we embrace this new Aquarian Era is profound. Past foundations are no longer supporting our evolution and the future is unknown. The definition of “power” (Pluto) is about to be transformed. This is our evolutionary moment to awaken and empower one another with the intrinsic realization that we are all connected to the whole. To deeply love, connect, support, and operate holistically is the greatest potential manifestation of Pluto’s journey through Aquarius.

May we all awaken to the power of love, cooperation, and
wholeness vs. hatred, misuse of power, and separation.

*Dates for Pluto’s movement back and forth between Aquarius and Capricorn:
March 23 – June 11, 2023
June 11, 2023 – January 20, 2024
January 20 – September 1, 2024
September 1 – November 19, 2024
November 19, 2024 – January 19, 2044

© 2023 by Linda Kaye


2023 Mercury Retrograde Periods

2023 Mercury Retrograde Periods

December 12, 2023 – January 1, 2024
(8°29′ Capricorn to 22°10′ Sagittarius)

Pre-shadow period occurs November 25 – December 12
Mercury turns Retrograde on Dec. 12 at 11:09 p.m.* (8°29′ Capricorn)
Stations Direct on January 1 at 7:08 p.m. (22°10′ Sagittarius)
Post-shadow occurs from January 1 – 20, 2024

In general, Mercury is the planet that astrologically represents travel, communication, and our thought processes. Known as the Messenger of the Gods, Mercury’s role is to speedily deliver clear and precise information. Retrograding 3–4 times a year, when the planetary trickster strikes, many of our daily activities go haywire.

Mercury rules electronics and is often blamed for all types of technical mishaps with cell phones, electric devices, and computers — warranting an important time to back up your computer files. In general terms, machines of all kinds tend to act strangely and take on a Murphy’s Law theme.

Remain flexible and prepare for delays and miscommunications of all kinds. It is best to avoid signing any contractual agreements as matters begun during Mercury retrograde periods tend to take unexpected twists and turns in the future. During Mercury retrograde periods we often find ourselves revisiting past projects or situations that, once again, need our attention. It is also a time period, however, when we often hear from, or feel compelled to reach out to old friends or lovers whom we haven’t spoken to in some time.

Although Mercury retrograde periods can seem frustrating, they often provide opportunities to review or finish up old projects, contact old friends, or clean out the closet and garage. Mercury retrograde periods are an opportune time for introspection and deep thought, especially a couple of days directly before and after the exact retrograde day occurs.

Note: Planets do not actually move backwards (retrograde). A retrograding planet is the result of an optical illusion per its orbital relative speed from our point of view on Earth.

*Pacific time used throughout 

Previous 2023 Retrograde Periods

December 29 – January 18, 2023
(24°21′ Capricorn to 8°08′ Capricorn)   

Pre-shadow period occurs December 12 – December 28
Mercury Retrogrades on December 29 at 1:32 a.m. (24°21′ Capricorn)
Mercury Stations Direct 
on January 18, 2023, at 5:12 a.m. (8°08′ Capricorn)

Post-shadow occurs from January 18 – February 6


April 21 – May 14
(15°37′ Taurus to 5°50′ Taurus)

Pre-shadow period occurs April 7 – 21
Mercury turns retrograde on April 21 at 1:35 p.m.* (15°37′ Taurus)
Stations direct on May 14 at 8:17 p.m. (5°50′ Taurus)
Post-shadow occurs from May 14 – 31


August 23 – September 15
(21°51′ Virgo to 8°00′ Virgo)

Pre-shadow period occurs August 3 – 23
Mercury turns Retrograde on August 23 at 1:00 p.m.* (21°51′ Virgo)
Stations direct on September 15 at 1:21 p.m. (8°00′ Virgo)
Post-shadow occurs from September 15 – 29

© 2023 by Linda Kaye

Saturn in Pisces: Letting Go

Saturn in Pisces: Letting Go

March 7, 2023 — February 13, 2026*

The beautiful journey of today can only begin when
we learn to let go of yesterday. 
― Steve Maraboli

Saturn is often referred to as “The Lord of Karma” or “The Great Malefic” and even “The Task Master,” all of which can provoke feelings of pessimism, fear, and negativity. Rarely are Saturn’s countless hidden gifts, which I’ll be covering below, emphasized upon first contemplating this great planet’s Astrological significations.

During Saturn’s transit into and through Pisces, we will witness the final dissolution (Pisces) of outmoded structures (Saturn). This will occur in both our personal and collective lives. Signifying the aging process, one of Saturn’s most important significations is the ability to continually evaluate and revitalize the constructs, laws, rules, and concepts that regulate our inner and outer worlds.

Saturn represents authority, maturity, social-political systems, and ethical conduct, as well as the awareness of time and karma. He is the harbinger of the blatant recognition that our long-standing way of life is no longer serving us. With Saturn’s ingress into Pisces, we will each find ourselves seeking to restructure areas of our lives reflected by the zodiacal sign of Pisces.

Saturn is uncomfortable in this mutable sign of fluidity and changeability. In general, both the planet (Saturn) and the sign (Pisces) represent very different ideals and goals. Saturn wants to control, isolate, and contain. Pisces wants to flow, prefers connection, and loathes boundaries. Saturn can become fearful within the unknown and Pisces thrives within the mysterious. As you may have guessed, this combination can be unsettling.

In the sign of Pisces, restructuring can reflect ideals that signify our greatest dreams of a healthy whole and connected world. Or on the other hand, zealous ideals can impose greater controls and isolation. Hence, it will be important during this period for each of us to align, connect, and hold visions for ourselves and the world with the utmost Saturnian integrity.

As the final sign of the zodiac, Pisces is associated with the culmination and a complete letting go of an entire evolutionary cycle. At this final stage, Pisces longs to connect to the mystical and sacred. Albeit less tangible, a devotional practice that brings us closer to the divine essence of our true nature will bring the greatest meaning (Pisces) to our material (Saturn) lives. Therefore, with Saturn in Pisces, you could say that we’re all being called to develop disciplined spiritual muscles.

From an individual perspective, this timeframe will encourage you to question authority and ask yourself if you’ve given yours away unconsciously? If yes, now’s the time to take responsibility and reclaim it (Saturn). If your intention is strong but you’re unsure how to proceed, rely on trust and faith to divinely guide you (Pisces).

Below are examples of a few balanced/imbalanced expressions of Saturn’s influence while in the sign of Pisces:

  • trusting in the natural cycles of life / change will result in failure and loss of control
  • feeling deeply connected to the wholeness of life despite ambiguity / the unknown will leave me disconnected and confused
  • striving to elevate and unite the whole / intolerance that weakens, alienates, and divides
  • moral and ethical use of intelligent influence towards a timeless ideal / seeking to align with an ideal (what’s the truth?) for self-serving gratification
  • facing what needs to be done right now and taking action / denial, lack of action, overwhelm
  • rational and compassionate conduct / irrational self-serving behavior
  • trusting that everything is in divine order / disconnected to a higher-guiding influence, trying to control everything through my own effort

During this Saturn in Pisces period, we may find relationships ending or being reorganized. With Piscean overtones, letting go can be very difficult. Although we may experience resistance to such events, it behooves us to remember that Saturn is always acting in our best interest and only those people and things that are no longer beneficial to our lives will be removed.

Mindful awareness is required at the onset of a significant Saturn transit, and we are encouraged to use integrity in all our dealings throughout its duration. The Saturnian journey often leads us into solemn periods of reflection where we may find ourselves feeling dejected or disillusioned. We may also feel thwarted in our efforts to move into the future we desire because Saturn rejects any attempt that is not in alignment with our highest purpose.

Make the most of this period by setting your sights on a path with intentional and attainable goals. This is especially true for Pisces Sun signs because Saturn will transit directly over your Sun. Additionally, for those of you who are between the ages of 28–31 or 56–59 you will be experiencing your Saturn Return, a major maturation and turning point in your life.

Saturnian transits and aspects bring us
 to a crossroads and provide opportunities to hasten our evolution. They usher in a profound time, that if embraced, can bring great wisdom and a deeper meaning to our lives. Awareness of self, maturation, humility, and freedom — by releasing that which no longer serves us —are all characteristic of Saturn’s influence.

*  Saturn will move into Aries for three months in 2025 (May 25 until August 31). On September 1, 2025, Saturn will move back into the sign of Pisces until February 12, 2026. It will then begin its entire journey through Aries (February 13 to April of 2028).

  Related Article:
The Saturn Return in Pisces

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© 2023 by Linda Kaye



*pacific time used throughout


Jan 6

Full Moon

16° Cancer

3:06 pm


Jan 21

New Moon

1°32 Aquarius

12:52 pm


Feb 5

Full Moon

16°40 Leo

10:27 am


Feb 19

New Moon

1°21 Pisces

11:04 pm


Mar 7

Full Moon

16°40 Virgo

4:40 am


Mar 21

New Moon

0°49 Aries

10:22 am PDT


Apr 5

Full Moon

16°07 Libra

9:34 pm


Apr 19

Solar NM Eclipse

29°50 Aries

9:12 pm


May 5

Lunar FM Eclipse

14°58 Scorpio

9:33 am


May 19

New Moon

28° Taurus

8:52 am


Jun 3

Full Moon

13° Sagittarius

8:40 am


Jun 17

New Moon

26°43 Gemini

9:37 pm


Jul 3

Full Moon

11°18 Capricorn

4:38 am


Jul 17

New Moon

24°56 Cancer

11:32 am


Aug 1

Full Moon

9°15 Aquarius

11:31 am


Aug 16

New Moon

23°17 Leo

2:38 pm


Aug 30

Full Moon

7°25 Pisces

6:36 pm


Sep 14

New Moon

21°58 Virgo

6:39 pm


Sep 29

Full Moon

6°00 Aries

2:57 am


Oct 14

Solar NM Eclipse

21°07 Libra

9:54 am


Oct 28

Lunar FM Eclipse

5°09 Taurus

12:23 pm


Nov 13

New Moon

20°43 Scorpio

1:26 am PST


Nov 27

Full Moon

4°51 Gemini

1:16 am


Dec 12

New Moon

20°40 Sagittarius

3:31 pm


Dec 26

Full Moon

4°58 Cancer

4:33 pm


Related Article:
The Sun–Moon Lunation Cycle

The 2023 Eclipses

The 2023 Eclipses

Dates & Times

SOLAR — April 19 (Wed)
29°50′ Aries – 8:12 p.m.

TOTAL LUNAR — May 5, 2023 (Fri)
14°58′ Scorpio – 9:33 a.m.

~ ~ ~

SOLAR — October 14, 2023 (Sat)
21°07′ Libra – 9:54 a.m. 

LUNAR — October 28, 2023 (Sat)
5°09′ Taurus – 12:23 p.m.

Note: Above times are based on pacific time.

2023 has two Solar and two Lunar Eclipses. These four Eclipses, along with several other important astrological events throughout the year, are portending more of the same: change! 2023 is destined to be a time of great import, with major shifts occurring on both the individual as well as the collective level. Watch for upcoming 2023 Eclipse details in my newsletter.

A Solar Eclipse occurs when the Moon travels between the Sun and the Earth and Lunar Eclipses occur when the Earth passes between the Sun and the Moon. Lunar Eclipses occur during a Full Moon about two weeks before or after a Solar Eclipse (New Moon).

Eclipses are potent celestial events because they imbue our psyches with the essence and spirit of “a great mystery.” Humankind has long been captivated by Eclipses and their cosmic potential of revelatory happenings. Eclipses provide us with an opportunity to uncover areas of our life that were previously hidden and need our attention.

During an Eclipse the Sun and the Moon align with the nodes of the Moon, which astrologers often characterize as “Points of Destiny,” and therefore correlating the nodes with both our individual and collective growth. Solar Eclipses, in particular, provide opportunities for transformation — the ending of an old cycle and the beginning of a new one. At an Eclipse, you can initiate a profound period of regeneration by aligning with your destiny and embracing any necessary changes that arise.

The darkening that occurs during an Eclipse has symbolically and historically been linked to the unveiling of something deeply hidden, an ominous secret, or the potential revelation of a great mystery.

Because Eclipses can be harbingers of great transformation and change they often coincide with unexpected earth events, stock market fluctuations, and political upheavals. On a personal note, emotions can become intense if they’ve been denied or repressed. New and important experiences or people can suddenly come into your life, and simultaneously, others may be removed. In general, changes are prevalent during Eclipses, so try to remain flexible and try not to judge anything that occurs as good or bad.

The ancient sages felt that the days just before and after Eclipses were a time for meditation and learning; a special time to honor the spiritual aspects of your life. Try to keep your schedule light, remain internally focused, eat only pure foods, and do not consume alcohol. The veil between Earth and the heavens is thinner during an Eclipse, allowing you to more easily connect to the eternal universal wisdom that is your divine essence.

© 2023 by Linda Kaye

Virgo New Moon

Virgo New Moon

21°58′ Virgo
Thursday, September 14, 2023
6:39 p.m. pacific time

New Moons occur in the first phase of the 28-day lunation cycle, signifying an ideal time to apply a new focused direction in our life. Each New Moon brings a special gift of energetic wisdom based on the zodiac sign in which it occurs. The holistic unification and purification of our body, mind, and spirit is Virgo’s most important offering. Among other significations, is Virgo’s need for a meaningful vocation, to be in service to others, and health and healing.

Mercury, the ruling planet of this New Moon, is also in Virgo where it is notably at the end of its three-week retrograde cycle. As it standstills and prepares to turn direct on September 15, Mercury is emphasizing the closing of a chapter and, like this New Moon, the beginning of a new one.  

Additionally, this lunation is aspecting both transformative Pluto and liberating Uranus. Combine these with Virgo’s need for body-mind-spirit unity and its desire for a meaningful vocation, and a healthy life, we might want to contemplate the following questions:

  • Is my attachment to the status quo sabotaging my ability to make needed changes?
  • Has my desire to be in service created burnout and/or ill-health?
  • Are my thoughts (Mercury) supporting or hindering me?
  • How could a deeper connection between my body-mind-spirit create transformative liberation in my life?

Neglecting any one of Virgo’s holy trinity — body-mind-spirit — can lead to inner and/or external crises. If a crisis does occur and is interpreted as something happening to us, it can lead to confusion and feelings of victimization, yet another key Virgo theme.

Take time during the peak days/hours of this New Moon (Sept. 14 –18) to feel into which chapters of your life are now complete and where you would like more movement and freedom to move into a new direction. Set intentions for future growth that can sprout when the Sun’s light is once again reflected at the Full Moon.

A Virgo New Moon is optimal for reevaluating your nutritional requirements, thought processes, and spiritual needs. To be gentle, kind, and loving to yourself and try not to belabor details, overanalyze, or become too critical, especially of yourself.  

Virgo Key Words: analyzation, discriminate, perfection, daily work, guilt, atonement, purification of bodymindspirit, innocence, giving and assisting, humility, mental constructs, victimization, devotion. Body: intestines, nervous system, hands

Related Article:
The Sun–Moon Lunation Cycle

© 2023 by Linda Kaye