Pluto in Aquarius – March 2023 to Jan 2044 – vaccination development

Pluto will soon be changing signs and moving from Capricorn to Aquarius – March 2023 to Jan 2044. These cycles indicate big generational changes in society.
Aquarius is Saturn ruled and the group dynamic is significant. It speaks about the importance of taking personal and collection responsibility for our communities/countries and the world. We are all connected. There is no separation. Covid-19 disruptions have demonstrated the levels of interconnectedness across the world with the lockdowns. This is an excellent time to connect with a group of like-minded individuals who share your passion. Groups have more power and influence than individuals. Together we can change the world. The youth will most likely drive this process as they have nothing to loose as they are not invested in the current system.
The Covid-19 vaccination journey has highlighted the inequality we see in the world. The developed world was quick to secure and hoard vaccines. Those in less developed countries struggled to gain access to vaccinations. We have also seen how nobody is safe until everyone is safe. Leaders close borders with no affect. We are all connected and this virus will find us all eventually. We need to think collectively and ask individuals to take personal responsibility too.
The last time Pluto was in Aquarius was between April 1777 and Dec 1798. The Pluto cycle is a long 248 year cycle. It was at this time that the smallpox vaccination was discovered. The origin of smallpox is unknown. Smallpox rashes were found on Egyptian mummies. This suggests that smallpox had existed for about 3000 years. Smallpox was a terrible disease killing 3 out of every 10 people who contracted the disease. One of the first methods of controlling smallpox was variolation. People were exposed to material from the smallpox sores either by scratching it into their arm or inhaling it through their nose. Fewer people died when they were exposed in this way than if they had acquired it naturally. The basis for vaccination began in 1796 when Edward Jenner noticed that milkmaids who had contracted cowpox were protected from smallpox. To test his theory he took material from a cowpox sore and inoculated the arm of a boy. Months later he exposed this boy to smallpox and the boy never contracted smallpox. It was this work that led him to express his desire that smallpox be eradicated as it was the most dreadful disease afflicting humanity. Vaccination became widely accepted. But it was not until 1959 that the World Health Organisation started a plan to rid the world of smallpox. There was a lack of funds and personnel and a shortage of vaccines and in 1966 smallpox was still widespread with regular outbreaks in South America, Asia and Africa. It was during this time that the program was intensified as smallpox had already been eliminated in North America and Europe in early 1950’s. By 1971 smallpox was eradicated from South America, followed by Asia (1975) and Africa (1977). Almost 2 centuries after Jenner discovered the vaccination, the World Health Assembly declared the world free of smallpox on 8 May 1980. Many people consider smallpox eradication to be the biggest achievement in international public health.
It is interesting that we are now dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic and the vaccinations produced are a combination of traditional and mRNA vaccines. Johnson & Johnson uses the traditional method involving the adenovirus as the spike protein delivery system. Messenger RNA was discovered in the early 1960’s. Research into how mRNA could be delivered into the cells continued in the 1970’s. The early years of mRNA research were characterised with much enthusiasm for the technology. But there were some technical challenges that took a great deal of time and innovation to overcome. The biggest challenge was that the mRNA would be taken up by the body and quickly degraded before it could deliver its message – the RNA transcript – and be read into proteins in the cells. The solution to this problem came from advances in nanotechnology. This was the development of fatty droplets (lipid nanoparticles) that wrapped the mRNA like a bubble, which allowed entry into the cells. Once inside the cell the mRNA message could be translated into proteins, like the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 and the immune system would then be able to recognise the foreign protein. The first mRNA vaccines using these fatty envelopes were developed against the deadly Ebola virus. But since that virus is found in a limited number of African countries, it had no commercial development in the US. Then COVID-19 happened and the rest is history. It spurred manufactures to develop a number of vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 and attracted a great deal of funding from governments and businesses. The moment arrived with COVID-19 and mRNA technology was ready to implement. One of the qualities of these mRNA vaccines is the speed and ease of production. One molecule of DNA can give over 1000 molecules of mRNA within a few hours.
It is interesting comparing the situation of the late 1700’s with where we find ourselves now. Then it was smallpox, now it is COVID-19. Vaccinations were massively significant in eradicating smallpox even if it took close to 200 years. It highlights the importance of securing substantial funding and the energy and determination to solve complex problems globally. This includes securing supply across the world, not just in the developed world. We have an opportunity to ensure that access to vaccinations is widespread and no country gets left behind. This virus doesn’t respect our boundaries and borders. We can close borders as much as we like. The lesson we need to take on board is that everything is connected. We are not safe until everyone is safe. Vaccination and natural infection are both important in building significant immunity in communities across the world.


Pluto in Aquarius
April 1777 to Dec 1798
March 2023 to Jan 2044

Pluto in Aquarius – March 2023 to Jan 2044

Pluto will soon be changing signs and moving from Capricorn to Aquarius – March 2023 to Jan 2044. These cycles indicate big generational changes in society. The tide is turning on this last period. Pluto moved into Capricorn in Jan 2008 and due to its elliptical orbit Pluto can take 13 to 33 years to move through a sign. Thank goodness it only stayed 13 years in Capricorn as the damage and destruction has been immense! Capricorn is Saturn ruled and speaks about those in authority – governments and corporations or business. We have seen the abuse of power by leaders in both government and business. The intoxicating drive for power and influence has been significant and sadly we have seen how power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. South Africa has witnessed the massive failure of the ANC government especially in this period. Corruption scandals are deeply entrenched in all aspects of society. What we appreciate as South Africans is that corruption and greed stretches across the globe both in the public and private sectors. We have also witnessed the fact that ordinary people have had enough and the push back has been significant.

The Jupiter/Saturn/Pluto conjunction in 2020 signalled that we as humanity need to fundamentally change directions. What we are doing is no longer sustainable on so many levels. There is a fundamental understanding that the power dynamics in society need to change. Pluto in Aquarius will herald a time of greater power to the people. We have seen our democratic institutions buckling under the pressure of corruption and greed. People no longer have faith in leadership. They have abused their positions of authority and selfishly enriched themselves. There has been no shortage of narcissistic leaders across governments and corporations in this time of Pluto in Capricorn. There is a deep recognition that this is no longer sustainable. We need to restore power to the people and with that we as individuals need to take responsibility.

Aquarius is also Saturn ruled and the group dynamic is significant. It speaks about the importance of taking personal and collection responsibility for our communities/countries and the world. We are all connected. There is no separation. Covid disruptions have demonstrated the levels of interconnectedness across the world with the lockdowns. This is an excellent time to connect with a group of like-minded individuals who share your passion. Groups have more power and influence than individuals. Together we can change the world. The youth will most likely drive this process as they have nothing to loose as they are not invested in the current system.

The Covid vaccination journey has highlighted the inequality we see in the world. The developed world was quick to secure and hoard vaccines. Those in less developed countries struggled to gain access to vaccinations. We have also seen how nobody is safe until everyone is safe. Leaders close borders with no affect. We are all connected and this virus will find us all eventually. We need to think collectively and ask individuals to take personal responsibility too.

The last time Pluto moved into Aquarius between April 1777 to Dec 1798 it signalled a time of massive social change and disruption. The people of France revolted against the monarchy and stormed the Bastille on 14 July 1789 starting the French Revolution. “Equality, liberty and fraternity” was the rallying cry from the people. These were the founding principles of liberal democracy. The Old Regime was the political and social system of the Kingdom of France from the late middle ages until the French Revolution of 1789. The underlying causes of the revolution are generally seen to be the failure of the Old Regime to manage social and economic inequality. Rapid population growth and an inability to finance government debt resulted in economic depression, unemployment and high food prices. Combined with a regressive tax system and the resistance of the elite to reform, it created a crisis that the leadership of King Louis XVI could not manage. Sound familiar?

Catherine the Great ruled Russia in this period with her accession to the throne on 17 July 1762 – 8 days after the coup where she had her husband, Peter III arrested and forced him to sign a document confirming his abdication and leaving no one to dispute her accession to the throne. Peter III was allegedly assassinated but an autopsy confirmed a severe stroke. Catherine made public health a priority with a strong emphasis on public administration. Catherine the Great decided to have herself vaccinated against smallpox by a British doctor, Thomas Dimsdale. It was considered controversial at the time. It was a success as her first child had died at 14 months. Her son was later inoculated and Catherine the Great then sought to have all subjects in her empire inoculated. Catherine the Great ruled from 1762 to 1796 and her reign was regarded as the Golden Age of the Russian Empire.

The origin of smallpox is unknown. Smallpox rashes were found on Egyptian mummies. This suggests that smallpox had existed for about 3000 years. Smallpox was a terrible disease killing 3 out of every 10 people who contracted the disease. One of the first methods of controlling smallpox was variolation. People were exposed to material from the smallpox sores either by scratching it into their arm or inhaling it through their nose. Fewer people died when they were exposed in this way than if they had acquired it naturally. The basis for vaccination began in 1796 when Edward Jenner noticed that milkmaids who had contracted cowpox were protected from smallpox. To test his theory he took material from a cowpox sore and inoculated the arm of a boy. Months later he exposed this boy to smallpox and the boy never contracted smallpox. It was this work that led him to express his desire that smallpox be eradicated as it was the most dreadful disease afflicting humanity. Vaccination became widely accepted. But it was not until 1959 that the World Health Organisation started a plan to rid the world of smallpox. There was a lack of funds and personnel and a shortage of vaccines and in 1966 smallpox was still widespread with regular outbreaks in South America, Asia and Africa. It was during this time that the program was intensified as smallpox had already been eliminated in North America and Europe in early 1950’s. By 1971 smallpox was eradicated from South America, followed by Asia (1975) and Africa (1977). Almost 2 centuries after Jenner discovered the vaccination, the World Health Assembly declared the world free of smallpox on 8 May 1980. Many people consider smallpox eradication to be the biggest achievement in international public health.

The American revolution was an ideological and political revolution that occurred in British America between 1765 and 1791. The Americans in the Thirteen Colonies formed independent states that defeated the British in the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), gaining independence from the British Crown and establishing the United States of America, the first modern constitutional liberal democracy. American colonialists objected to being taxed by the British Parliament, a body where they had no formal representation. The stamp act of 1765 imposed internal taxes on the colonies. This caused protests and was repealed but replaced by the Townshend Act in 1767 and tensions flared again. The Continental Congress declared British King George III a tyrant who trampled the colonists’ rights as Englishmen, and they declared the colonies free and independent on July 4, 1776. The Patriotic leadership professed to be centred on liberalism and republicanism and rejected being ruled by the monarchy and the aristocracy. The Declaration of Independence created that all men are created equal. It was not until later centuries that constitutional amendments would be granted to include African Americans, Native Americans and poor white men and women. 

The US will be having its Pluto Return in 2022 a year before Pluto enters Aquarius in March 2023. This is significant. The seeds of revolution were sown when the stock market crashed in 2008. Pluto entered Capricorn in Jan 2008. The Trump Presidency created much division in the US and the Covid-19 crisis has continued to polarise people in the US and around the world. The disaffected middle class and the younger generation who continue to feel excluded from the economy are making their voices heard not only in the US but around the globe. A Pluto Return is significant – this is a 248 year cycle. Pluto is associated with death and dying, debt and taxation. It requires us to surrender. It is a fundamental transformational cycle – needing to purge the old and make space for the new. This can only happen with death and decay. The US has certainly reached a critical point in its journey and being a super power this will have a profound impact on the world too.

Looking further back in history, Pluto was also in Aquarius between Feb 1532 to Dec 1553. It was during this period when Nicolaus Copernicus, a Polish astronomer, began work which led to a new view of the universe. For nearly 2000 years it was believed that the earth was the centre of the universe according to Ptolemy. Geocentric theory put the sun, stars and planets – everything that was considered part of the universe – travelling around a motionless earth. The Catholic Church certainly supported this view and its religious teachings were based on this understanding. Both ancient and medieval writers and scientists had pointed out problems with this theory and it was Copernicus who tackled these problems. Using observations and mathematics he proposed the heliocentric theory which put the sun at the centre of the universe with all the planets, stars and earth orbiting the sun. He also described how the earth rotates on its own axis every 24 hours and it was this movement that explained why heavenly objects seemed to move around earth. He published these ideas in 1543.

The generation born between Jan 1998 to Feb 2012 were all born with Neptune in Aquarius. Neptune is the idealist and speaks about our dreams and aspirations. It is this generation that are now coming of age. The oldest will be 25 years of age when Pluto enters Aquarius. They will be finishing school and entering the work force with many new ideas about how to change the world.

Pluto in Aquarius

Feb 1532 to Dec 1553

April 1777 to Dec 1798

March 2023 to Jan 2044

Sagittarius 2022 year ahead

This is an important time personally. You are very determined to assert yourself at this time. You have focus and determination which will be needed to get things done. There is tension in your relationship. It speaks about things being disruptive. Perhaps your partner wants more freedom and independence? Things are up and down. Perhaps you are looking for more excitement in your relationship? If you are not in a relationship now is a fantastic time to make this your mission.

Home and family provides stability to your life, but it does also speak about the need to purge. Do you want to make changes to your home? Time for a massive clear out. What about the family dynamic?

In true Sagittarius fashion you want to have more fun. You need to get involved in sporty and or creative pursuits. Time with your children is also important. Perhaps this is what you relationship requires? Children. Good time to fall pregnant and take on the responsibility of a child. That will certainly change the dynamics in your relationship – a new chapter so to speak. A conversation needs to happen with your partner about resources – personal and shared the expenses related to your children.

You would love to travel again far and wide. This is all part of your desire to have a great time and be adventurous. It would be wonderful to plan an adventure with your family.

Partial lunar eclipse – 19 Nov 2021


This eclipse speaks about the importance of your personal and professional goals. This is a very important time to set goals and take responsibility for what you want in your life.
The chart speaks also about the love and connection of home and family, creating a beautiful space to celebrate all the good things about family and loving connections.
But it does indicate that there may well be tension – if you are single minded in your pursuit of personal goals, your home and family connections may suffer. They are both equally important and they both need to be celebrated. This is not easy or straight forward but necessary.
This eclipse speaks about the importance of personal responsibility and that starts with taking care of your body and self, learning about personal boundaries and your own limitations.
If you feel you are ready to take the responsibility for a child, then this looks like a very good time. The chart indicates that this has been a long time in the making and the time is now right. Perhaps your home life is ready for a big change and a child could certainly achieve this. A child would cause disruption and indicate the start of a new chapter in your life when it comes to family.
A family member could end up in hospital which could be a blessing in time. There seems to be difficult stuff that needs to be dealt with and now is a good time.
27 Taurus/Scorpio – William Lilly speaks about eclipses in the last 10 degrees of Taurus pertaining to a plague amongst creeping noxious creatures or perhaps rats, mice and such pests that will devour a farmer’s grain or corn crop.

Scorpio 2021/22 year ahead

This is an important time to step back and reflect on your goals and direction in life. You seem uncertain about which direction to go. Perhaps you are torn in different directions and this is not helpful. Work quietly behind the scenes and find direction and clarity. It is appropriate to keep things close to your chest as you are not certain what you want to do. Work and day to day routine seems to be problematic. What needs to change? Trying to please others and not focussed on what you desire? Well-being is important – take time to rest. You don’t want to end up in a situation where forced rest is required.

This is a wonderful time to focus on your relationship. There is much love and blessings in this area of your life. Home and family are important too. The structure and stability of home and family/children are important.

If you are not in a relationship, you may well be surprised. Your situation may change quicker than you think. Be open to the unexpected when it comes to relationships.

It’s a good time to focus on your own financial situation. Money flows more easily.

Pluto travels direct again on 6 October 2021


Pluto changes direction again having been retrograde since 27 April 2021. The critical degrees of 24, 25 and 26 degrees Capricorn are most affected. If your Sun is at these degrees, you are being asked to make some fundamental changes in your life.
Pluto asks us to surrender, let go. It deals with matters related to debt, default and taxation. Time for tough decisions. It is also associated with death and loss.
The other cardinal signs will also be impacted by opposition – Cancer and square – Libra and Aries.

Mercury retrograde 28 September to 18 October 2021


Mercury, the trickster, will once again travel retrograde through the sign of Libra between 28 September and 18 October 2021. Libra is an air sign and Mercury has dignity which is positive. But when this planet travels retrograde it is a sign that positions need to be considered. Decisions taken often have to be reviewed post the retrograde period as new information becomes available. Delays might be welcomed.

As always back up information – phones, computers and any systems your business relies on. Check details when signing contracts as mistakes are more likely to happen. Get all the information you require. Expect some delays. This may prove useful. Be conscious of your communication as things are more easily misunderstood. In the sign of Libra there will be much dancing on egg shells. Diplomacy is the same of the game.

Libra 2021 year ahead

This is a difficult time personally and in relationship. There is a great deal of tension. Do you value your connection with your partner? There is a part of you that relishes your own freedom and independence?

Perhaps the conflict in your relationship relates to your work? Much of your energy is focussed on work and managing your day to day life – where does this leave your relationship?

You are very focussed on your professional goals and your family and home life, your connection with your children and your relationship seem to be taking a knock.

Your career provides you with authority and responsibility. What are your long term plans?

Are you actually content? It is time to look at what you want for yourself and your family and relationship.

You are keeping your emotions close to your chest. Do you feel alone?

It is important to manage your health and well-being. There is a lot of pressure on this aspect of your chart. Do you end up in hospital? There is much conflict in the work place. Do you need to take time for yourself to recharge?

“It’s the economy, stupid”


Following the theme of the Saturn Return in the 1961 Republic of SA chart versus the 1994 Democratic South Africa chart.
31 May 1961 Pretoria – Republic of SA
Saturn Return – Feb 1991 – Saturn is in the 11th house – Parliament and the Treasury.
The Saturn cycle is important as it speaks about taking responsibility for decisions and actions over time. It is an important marker in terms of reaching adulthood and maturing. This is true for a country too. The Apartheid government was running out of options in Feb 1991. The Berlin Wall had fallen in Nov 1989. The ANC was unbanned in Feb 1990. SA was an isolated, bankrupt country. Exiles had started returning to SA. Nelson Mandela was elected President of the ANC in 1991 having been freed from prison in Feb 1990.
1 February 1991President F.W. de Klerk announces during the opening of Parliament, that the Land Act, the Group Areas Act and the Registration of Population Act are to be scrapped. He also unveils a manifesto for a New South Africa.
This was a massive turning point in our journey to democracy and signalled the end of Apartheid.
27 April 1994 – Pretoria – Democratic SA
Saturn Return – Feb 2024 – Saturn is in the 2nd house – resources of the country – the economy. Our currency, the income we derive from taxation and how we spend it.
Democratic South Africa will soon be entering our Saturn return and once again it will be time to take stock and make some decisions about the direction we are taking as a country. The issue during this period will relate to the economy. Our debt burden has climbed astronomically over the last decade with the mismanagement of State Owned Enterprises (SOE), rampant corruption and wasteful expenditure in the public sector. We are fast running out of money and have to change our ways. It all boils down to taking responsibility for our economy and the long terms prospects of our country. It will be a time of reckoning.
2021 and 2022 continue to be a dark stain on our journey as our dirty laundry is aired and all manner of dirt is divulged. This is indeed a very difficult and dangerous time in our journey. (Pluto conjunct Uranus)
April to December 2022 we see Saturn square Moon – this indicates that ordinary people have had enough and we too need to take responsibility and hold leaders accountable. This will be an important time with regards public servants. Ordinary people will have to stand up and do the right thing. In all likelihood we will need to reduce our public service wage bill which has become unsustainable especially when measured against output.
July 2023 to May 2024 – Uranus opposed Moon – this is indicated as a volatile period in our history. Ordinary people have had enough and want significant change in our leadership and expect more from the public service. It is during this period in Feb 2024 when we experience our Saturn Return. The government will have to take responsibility for the state of our economy.

Virgo 2021 year ahead

Your focus in your home and family. There is tension between your role at home and your role in your professional life or in business. This is an excellent time in your professional life to achieve the status and recognition professionally or in business. Your role may need to change. Do you take on more responsibility? You are able to support others through your work and this is very fulfilling. You are able to contribute to other people day to day. Meaningful work is very significant at this time. The importance of having a strong value set when it comes to work – value people as much as profit. Knowing and doing what is right – showing strong and principled leadership is very significant at this time. The rewards and opportunities are there professionally and in business. How do you value your success? Is it financial or is it more than that?

This is also a reminder that as much as work is very fulfilling at this time so too is your family and your children and partner. This is a great time to connect with your children and more importantly to make sure you do things for yourself and with the other members of your family that are joyful and fun. You are in a great space personally and are more inclined to be bold and try new activities.

If you are not in a relationship, this is your time for romance. Get out there and get connected. Find joy and love.