Age of Aquarius – Let The Sunshine In

By: Peggy Willms 


(4 min. read)

I had my birth chart read about six years ago, and her reaction while interpreting this ‘colossal mess’ was one of the most profound responses embedded in my head since. It was about 60 seconds of looping, “Oh, whoa, hmm, aah,” accompanied by several headshakes. Sixty seconds is a long time!

My main takeaways were that I am a Capricorn Sun, Scorpio rising, Sagittarius Moon, my ruling planet is Saturn, my North Node is in Gemini, and I am a Cardinal sign. Do what you must with that, my lovelies.

My chart looks like my grandson had a heyday with his new box of Crayola Crayons. If you have nothing better to do, this blog’s banner is my actual chart.

Any social media I have scrolled through in the past few weeks has been about the Age of Aquarius, which began yesterday, January 20th.

We were in Pluto, the planet of transformation and rebirth. We have moved into Aquarius’s inventive and innovative sign, which has not happened since 1778, the era of the American Revolution. It will stay in Aquarius for the next few decades, with a brief retrograde back into Capricorn to tie up loose ends. It will reenter Aquarius on November 19, 2024, and remain until March 8, 2043. Now, that is a lot to digest.

For the last 15 years, Pluto has been in Capricorn, driving global institutions, organizations, and empires to success. As it enters Aquarius, it will influence transformation, personal growth, power dynamics, sexuality, revolution, and technology, pushing us to plumb the depths of our subconscious.[1]

Humanity has always looked up to the stars and, over time, has noticed patterns that repeat themselves. Data has revealed that specific movements of the planets create effects on Earth, and human personality are no exception.

Let’s fly high into our solar system for a minute…

The Sun represents life, ego, self, and creativity. It is the sign you were born into (I am a Capricorn). The sun represents consciousness, individuality, self-expression, leadership, confidence, creativity, and masculinity. YES! I hit the gurney running.

The Moon represents emotions, habits, instincts, behaviors, the unconscious, memories, femininity, domesticity, and intuition. ARGH. (I sit in Sagittarius on this one.)

We have all heard about Mercury Retrograde, which is sure to wreak havoc in many areas of your life. Mercury represents communication, intelligence, technology, information, ideas, business, education, legalities. Mercury Retrograde affects me like no other. I run for the hills when Mercury decides to run backward. My oldest was born in Mercury Retrograde, and I think he is on his millionth phone, computer, and lightbulb.

Venus is associated with love, relationships, attraction, beauty, and harmony. Okay. Okay.

Earth symbolizes stability, practicality, and a connection to the tangible world, reflecting qualities of groundedness and reliability.

Mars, physical energy.

Jupiter is the planet of action—luck, optimism, hope, vision, growth, wisdom, influence, and prosperity. I can’t remember what house Jupiter is for me…I better go look.

Saturn, structure, karma, strength, perseverance, discipline, restriction, law, authority, life lessons, obstacles, and tradition. (OMG. I think I was born with Saturn ruling. Add in that I am a Capricorn—maybe this also drove my astrological interpreter into a few ughs.). Run, Peggy, Run.

Uranus is the planet of change, freedom, rebellion, individuality, chaos, progressive ideas, humanitarianism, invention, and astrology.

Neptune is the planet of magic, spirituality, fantasy, dreams, art, mysticism, illusion, deception, inspiration, and escapism.

And here we are … entering the planet of rebirth: Pluto (transformation, destruction, death, evolution, domination, power, regeneration, the subconscious). Pluto has the longest orbit and, likewise, the most significant impact of them all.

Named after the Greek ruler of the underworld, Pluto represents all that exists beneath the surface: the incredible pressure that builds on an underground level (clandestine plots, hidden agendas, systemic oppression). Ultimately, Pluto is about truth and power. The planet is about peeling back the layers to identify who’s really in charge.[2]

What happens when that extreme intensity gets released? What’s really at stake? What’s really going on?

Pluto’s astrological significance is enormous. Pluto’s touch is far from delicate; it seeks truth. Its anthem could be Miley Cyrus’s Wrecking Ball. Clever and calculating, Pluto isn’t afraid to tear apart the most complex systems from the inside out. Metamorphosis. Evolution. Transmutation.

Since 2008, Pluto has been marching through Capricorn’s industrious sign. Capricorn is associated with big business, Wall Street, corporate power, and traditional economic structures. Many astrologers associate the mounting acceleration of late-stage capitalism with Pluto’s journey through Capricorn. The middle class shrunk, and billionaires reigned. The disturbing economic and social stratification has felt very Plutonian.

So when the planet of transformation gets tangled up with rebellious Aquarius, we should expect radical dismantling and extraordinary developments that may change life as we know it. Futuristic and forward-thinking, Pluto in Aquarius may yield everything from new governmental structures to flying cars. I’m not sure I am a fan of the latter. [3]

It sounds like this weekend is the dawning of a New Age, which prompted me to dive into the song from the 60s, Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In. After a bit of research, I learned that the band 5th Dimension (five members) released this song, and it spent six weeks at the top of the charts; Billboard listed it as the 66th greatest song of all time and featured in the musical Hair.[4]

The song’s famous lyrics tell of a new age and all the positive changes it will bring: peace, harmony, understanding, and true liberation. Love will steer the stars. Sympathy and trust abound. It sounds like we should resurrect the song Aquarius/Let the Sunshine, with its evoking sense of hope, unity, and an optimistic view of the future.







Peggy Willms
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