Pluto in Aquarius: Re-Entry January 20, 2024
Last year in March was the initial Pluto Aquarius ingress, but this weekend on Saturday, January 20th, 2024, Pluto makes a return to Aquarius around 4:51 pm PST. At this Pluto re-entry the Sun is also entering Aquarius so the re-entry for Pluto will be extraordinary with the sun amplified in how we collectively experience Aquarian archetypal energy. In 2023 a few things were notable about Pluto’s initial ingress, recall the emerging artificial intelligence issues and the top 1,000 technology leaders called for a pause in AI development (for any LLM more powerful than GPT-4 for at least six months) and there noted that if not done voluntarily there would be action to have government enforced pause on the entire industry, because it was cited as, “profound risks to society and humanity.” However, within that six month period thousands have been laid off in the tech industry while simultaneously AI continues to leap forward with Google entering with a higher vision beyond Bard with Gemini. What I have learned in reviewing news on Gemini it is a showing impressive outcomes with natively handling text, code, audio, image, and video.
We do not have a birth time for Google CEO Sundar Pichai, but we know July 12, 1972 is his birth (with Neptune in Sagittarius) opposite a Saturn-Venus conjunction in Gemini, Sun in Cancer, and a stellium of Mars, Moon, and Mercury in Leo. In time, because of Google’s impressive index of what is written and indexed via the Internet Google may pass by OpenAI’s offering of ChatGPT, another era of tech giants jockeying for position from personal computers, operating systems, to platforms, and browsers, and now models, but this time it’s not about browsers or search engines, this competition will be more far reaching to every human being and ecosystem we know and possibly introduce to some things we didn’t know were lurking within us that must be made conscious. Humans have reached the era where we have to quantum leap our emotional intelligence to the technology we create. Are we ready? From where I sit this moment, I doubt it, but I will try my best to hold my opinions to a minimum.
We are like the Fool of the Tarot, we have no idea where this journey will take us. We are naive. Though we have some instincts that have revealed we are on the edge of the cliff. In the recent storyline of OpenAI’s CEO Sam Altman that went through an abrupt board decision that fired him the Friday before Thanksgiving we had some indication that something was off track and likely concerning AI (are you aware of AGI), (Q*) though little was disclosed to the public. Learn more about AGI from this talk. Microsoft swept in announcing their hiring Sam Altman (as they are one, of the significnat financial backer of the company OpenAI) and all that transpired within a few days. However the 700+ employees at OpenAI demanded the board to rehire Sam as they threatened they would quit. This event should be a red flag even still and not just a power dynamic that we all witnessed, it was an event showing the collective powers of a group and if anyone needs the cliff notes version that is archetypally quite Aquarian! I also found tonight in this CBC News clip posted a month ago at timestamp 9:50 A.I. reporter Karen Hao speaking to exactly what I am presenting in respect to what Sam’s chart has in archetypal signatures. Sam has yet to experience his own Uranus opposition, it is coming during the 7 years when Uranus is in Gemini. That event transpired when Pluto was in Capricorn, and will in years to come will be known as a significant historical event. Pluto re-entered Capricorn around June 11th last year. Behind closed doors there would have been key learnings and data about the emerging potentials of AI technology during that short time between March 23rd to June 11th, just a little over 11 weeks. Pluto stationed retrograde in Aquarius on May 1st at 10:09 am PDT. Because of the later events I thought it would be worthwhile looking into Sam’s chart and maybe OpenAI’s charts even if there isn’t a time of birth or origination. We have an A-rating chart for Sam Altman fortunately, so we have quality information.
As an evolutionary astrologer I like to review an individual’s life evolutionary path first, because from that foundation it provides insights to almost anything else I might review. So before I review the events of the Friday prior to Thanksgiving, on November 24, 2023, let’s explore his natal chart first briefly. I will simplify as much as possible for the sake of brevity.
First glance, Sam Altman’s natal chart has a powerful T-square of Jupiter in Aquarius in his 11th “disrupting” a stellium in Taurus (earth) in the first house (self/identity) and the oppositional powerful pull of Scorpio Pluto, south node, and Saturn in his 7th house. My first thought is what massive dragons Sam has faced in the past from partners and known enemies (maybe legal opponents), a massive shadow of the past that he may feel he must protect or defend life (Taurus Mars in 1st). And yet what is it that Sam faces from unconscious shadow and might be made conscious? Not everyone is awakened to the spiritual gnosis of how we meet unloved or unacknowledged aspects of ourselves in others in life to heal, most often that gnosis comes from emotionally challenging times we face. There is a journey, our unique heroes journey for us all as we grow and self actualize. In a past life Sam faced a grueling nightmare that he endured (south node rulers are Mars (in his first house of self identity and the other ruler of his south node is Pluto in the 7th of his known enemies or a spouse. It could be experience in facing the horror of watching a loved one die from a disease, but another lens may be the death that loomed and restricted him to be open in who he authentically was as a human. Sam Altman is now a married (January 11, 2024) gay man who has been public about his sexual orientation since the 2000s, though it was likely a uniquely challenging disclosure growing up in the midwest. I appreciate his exalted Moon in Taurus conjunct his north node in Taurus, he has been on this journey before (moon at the north node) and this time has more fortitude to take on what appears to be deadly to him. His career and public persona will definitely reveal his Saturn (retrograde in Scorpio) in some fashion as Saturn is the ruler of his midheaven (MC). Keep in mind that Saturn retrograde in the natal chart reflects the way it will appear to him from his inner view, not necessarily a truth in his external life, but it will be his lens his perception.
Another detail of Sam’s chart that is fascinating is his Sun in Taurus opposed by Pluto in Scorpio. His life will be focused on his transformation because of the dragon (which is his evolutionary path with him facing Pluto and Pluto facing him head-on), but Jupiter in Aquarius with lightning genius and groups will be the disruptor and how he will grow. Sam’s evolutionary high stakes life has so many of us involved, because his stage for play and his soul’s evolution is artificial intelligence and humanity. Is Sam his own villian (south node co-ruler Mars in the 1st) for his desire to commercialize this technology too early in its infancy? Sam’s Taurus Mars reveals his style for action and courage required and reveals his Taurus Ascendant as more bold with it being in mutual reception with Venus in Aries. He will say what he thinks with a Mercury in Aries, most likely what is said will be tucked behind closed doors as we have recently observed. We all may be about to witness some big moves on Sam’s part in the AI arena because Pluto’s re-entry to Aquarius activates the air in his chart and his working with groups, but most importantly the transiting Pluto will T-square the juggarnaut of power of his Sun and his Pluto opposition. His powerful friends tie into the Jupiter in the 11th, and there is something they may heal too connecting to Sam’s Chiron in Gemini in 2nd about their self worth together.
With the employees speaking up on behalf of their support and belief in Sam Altman the sent a message to powerful people (reveals Jupiter in Aquarius in 11th themes), which may actually open up more dragons for Sam to slay, but that is part of his evolutionary path, slaying dragons so he remembers his true north, being true to himself for something that is friendly and sustainable in life (Taurus). Pluto’s re-entry to Aquarius is this weekend (Saturday, January 20th). Later this year on May 2nd Pluto will station retrograde again. What we observed at Thanksgiving may reveal something important about the direction of artificial intelligence that will be re-activated this year when Pluto is in its final sweeps of Capricorn from September 1st to November 19th, or perhaps whatever will play out will do so when Pluto returns to Aquarius again later this year and stay there for the next 20 years. It will be an interesting storyline to follow and observe this intellectual giant in our collective story with technology that is on the precipice of another quantum leap. Two coming astrological planetary ingresses will mark this technology leaping, one will be when Uranus enters the sign of Gemini on June 7, 2025, and the second planetary transit of this quantum leap is the new synodic cycle of Saturn and Neptune when they make their conjunction in Aries at the World Point (1 degree Aries) February 21, 2026. Observing Sam’s moves as a tech leader around the Jupiter-Uranus conjunction in Taurus that occurs on April 20th this year, we are likely to see an event from him acting strategically on something that may surprise others. From my distant lens Sam is one of the key individuals that is tasked with taking courageous action. Will it be around a more humane approach to how we work with artificial intelligence collectively, or will we we all have “digital dragons” to deal with collectively? To be continued….