May 20, 2024
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General Predictions & Guidance for 2024

Year of Aquarius, the Star and the Wood Dragon

 

2024: General Impressions

2022 and 2023 have been a rocky road for people all over the world, not only in global events but for many of us this has been directly personal too; more noticeably so than other years. The whole world has been in an extra challenging cycle since the rare SaturnPluto conjunction of 12 January 2020 at the start of the global covid pandemic.

2024 will be another dramatically eventful year on the global stage with much uncertainty and conflict. But this year, more so than 2023, will also bring in positive opportunities for starting something brand new, especially during the first half of the year, thanks to the entry of Mars in Aries (April) and Jupiter in Gemini (May).

2024 is a year of fast-moving, super-active Air and Fire sign energy, with eclipses in the cardinal sun signs of Aries and Libra, marking the end of a cycle of fixed sun sign Taurus and Scorpio eclipses. Everything moves faster. Mars, planet of fire, masculinity, fertility, passion, adventure, war and innovation is a big story in 2024. Its movements will affect us all, globally and personally, depending on the position of Mars in our own natal charts. We can look these up for free online. Especially notice the time of the Mars ingress into Aries, 30 April -9 June 2024.

Mars rules the sign of Aries the Ram. It’s all about new life, the first green shoots in the spring, and the first leaping lambs. Mars is right at home in Aries, with bursts of quick-fire energy to our projects and endeavours. This can be excellent news. Mars in Aries is single minded, pro-active, brave and forward looking. If we have been stuck in a rut since 2020- we very likely have- Mars in 2024 will give us that extra push to break out and get free, making the necessary changes. But Mars warns, though we have every right to do whatever is necessary to take care of ourselves, and now we need to make long overdue changes and finally, move forward, there is no need to trample others in the process.

The global challenges in 2024

  1. The prevention of the escalation of regional conflicts, and how to rebuild in the aftermath of current conflict. The Russian war in Ukraine is also placing great strain on Ukraine’s neighbours and nearest allies, while in Israel-Gaza, neither the West Bank nor Egypt could cope with up to 2.3 million displaced people, potentially forced out of Gaza by the destruction of habitable infrastructure. No clear, lasting resolution of either of these conflicts is currently detected in 2024, though some progress in diplomacy is likely. October looks most promising for the chances of a peace settlement for Ukraine, while some astrologers detect a possible change of leadership in Russia early in 2025.
  2. Outbreaks of public disorder; riots and demonstrations in a number of countries in Europe, France in particular, and in the U.S, Mexico, China and India.
  3. Shipping and the continuing threat of war China-Taiwan-Philippines (U.S?)
  4. Natural disasters on land. There will be further extreme weather events; flooding, and possibly seismic events; earthquakes and volcanic activity though these seem less severe than in 2023.

We will discuss these further as we investigate the astrology of 2024. Let’s start with a closer look at THE astrological event of 2024 -the transit of Pluto and its final arrival in the zodiac sign of Aquarius, 19 November 2024.

Pluto in Aquarius 2024-2043

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What Does This Mean for the World?

The sun sign Aquarius is represented in the Tarot by The Star card, which stands for Humanity as a whole and for the Collective. Aquarius stands for communities, Healing, Hope, Learning and Inspiration, Science, Information Technology, Medical Tech and Space Tech.

On 20 January 2024 the dwarf planet Pluto leaves the zodiac sun sign of Capricorn where it has been since 2008, and enters Aquarius. It goes back into Capricorn 1 September, and then re-enters Aquarius 19 November where it will stay for nearly twenty years, until 8 March 2043.

Is this the dawning of the long awaited “Age of Aquarius”?  The start date is much disputed. Some astrologers say it has already begun, back in 2012.

Pluto represents Money (Plutocrats and plutocracy…the rule of wealth, and this includes digital currencies.) Pluto stands for Power, for secrecy, for the underworld, and for mining.

Aquarius was known in ancient Mesopotamia as “The Cloud Bearer”- or “The Curse of Rain.”  Here is a hint of further major flooding events and other freak weather events to come in 2024.

Science will be discovering more in 2024 about the influence of the Sun, in particular- solar flares- upon Earth’s geomagnetic fields and the effects these have on the global climate. Under construction right now, astronomers are building the biggest optical telescope ever – the Extremely Large Telescope – in Chile, able to detect objects millions of times fainter than the human eye can see, covering a light area x250 greater than the Hubble Telescope.

Aquarius also stands for Cloud Computing Technology where data is stored away from the end user on the internet rather than in a hard drive. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the clear market leader here, owning almost half the world’s public cloud infrastructure market. But Microsoft Azure may challenge that Cloud Tech Amazon supremacy in 2024.

Singapore, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Switzerland are the top five countries currently deploying Cloud technology. Singapore is #1 with its Smart Nation Initiative while in 2022, the U.S ranked only #17.

Skills in growing demand in 2024 will include workers with technology skills that enable organisations to unlock the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) and work with generative AI (ChatGPT for instance.) On the other hand, soft skills will remain critical- human qualities and abilities that machines simply can’t match. Communication skills will never go out of  demand and in business this will include a demand  for project management skills that can pull together people, technology and problem solving while, as more businesses seek to upgrade their green credentials, sustainability know-how will also be in growing demand in 2024. Other skills growth areas will be clinical healthcare, cloud computing, machine learning engineering and cyber security. There will be astounding new advances in medicine.

What impact will we see on the employment, lifestyle, security, privacy and liberties of the ordinary individual, increasingly farmed by the Cloud for every possible bit of information? On the other hand, we will see a further rise in social activism and religious fundamentalism which are likely to go to further extremes in a “good cause.”

This is the potential dark side of Pluto in Aquarius. Who is farming our personal data in 2024, and how will they use it?

On a personal level

Now, before Pluto leaves Capricorn for the last time in 2024 is the time for maturity, to take proper care of ourselves, clear out the junk and tidy up our act. Sort out that boring but important paperwork. Set up a filing system. Reorganize and de-clutter. It is time to review old habits, behaviours and situations that have not helped us, but have only held us back, adding to our load with nothing positive to show for it.  Look up your free natal chart online. Where is Aquarius in your own natal chart? Which astrological House is it sitting in? This is the area in Life where you will most notice the impact of Pluto’s final entry into Aquarius in November 2024.

Solar Eclipses 2024

Traditionally, eclipses have tended to be viewed as bad omens. But astrologers today also regard them as a turning point, representing potentially positive omens for change.

  • the Aries total solar Eclipse, 8 April 2024
  • the Jupiter in Sagittarius conjunction with Uranus in Taurus 20 April
  • the Libra Annular solar Eclipse 2 October, 2024, at 2:49 PM, at 10° Libra 04′

Total Solar Eclipse in Aries, 8 April 2024

Eclipses happen on a New or a Full Moon.  Since the Moon controls the tides, and the human body is mostly made of water, roughly 60 % in male adults, 55 % in female adults, it’s hardly surprising the Moon has proven physical or emotional effects on us, too.

New Moons signify fresh starts while Full Moons bring closure. Eclipses have been described as “New or Full Moons on steroids.” They can bring disruption, sudden changes, shocks, surprises and endings. Their effects don’t happen all at once, but make themselves over the following next six months and vary in nature depending on the zodiac sign of the eclipse. For example, with a Libra eclipse, the effects will be felt in our seventh house of partnerships, and a contract or a relationship may come to a sudden end. But if something like this occurs around an eclipse, it’s best to go with the flow. Later, once the dust settles, you’ll look back and realize it was actually for the best.

During a TOTAL solar eclipse, the Moon completely blocks the Sun while it passes perfectly between the Earth and the Sun. A shadow is cast onto Earth, and the sky turns nearly as dark as night.  The total solar eclipse in Aries the Ram will be the most watched celestial event of our lifetime, with over 32 million people living along its path of total shadow. There won’t be anything like it again in the US until 12 August, 2045.

The Aries eclipse, 8 April 2024: Tarot card: Three of Wands

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Keywords: ambition, research, planning, collaboration, travel trade, launching, overseas, right timing, in health matters, the head and neck

On a global level: we are watching a shifting power play between superpowers, as China seeks to assert its dominance and the U.S seeks to guard its interests in the South China Sea.

On a personal level: the advice here is sort out whatever has been hanging over you, and not to put things off any longer.

Jupiter in Sagittarius conjunct Uranus

Hard on the heels of this eclipse we have the transit of Jupiter in Sagittarius conjunct Uranus 20 April 2024 (could this turn out to be the best time of the year?).

Every fourteen years or so, the giant planet Jupiter forms a conjunction with innovative Uranus.  The next exact conjunction happens in the money sign of Taurus on 20 April, 2024. During previous conjunctions the world has seen social upheavals (the Stonewall riots in New York City starting the gay rights revolution) cultural breakthroughs (Woodstock) and scientific achievements (the first Moon landing.) This up-beat transit could bring us any manner of a lucky break, or excellent news to do with our finances; maybe an unexpected gift or windfall.

Soon after this, Jupiter enters Gemini on 25 May. This could bring all manner of good news. This could bring great opportunities for those working in teaching, publishing, the media and short haul travel. Late April-May is arguably the best month of the year for many of us with an upbeat, can-do energy.

Solar Eclipse in Libra: Tarot card: Two of Swords

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Keywords: Balance, Equilibrium, Justice, Law, Pause, Withdrawal, Indecision, Negotiation, Signed agreements, Truce, Treaty. In our personal lives, marriage, new partnerships, signing new job or home contracts, legal matters. Health Matters: eyesight and the teeth

On a global level: This card may warn of impending conflict or a military standoff. This eclipse announces a prime window for negotiations in conflict zones before matters may heat up again into November and the next U.S Election. We may see new legislation in several countries to do with border issues and immigration.

On a personal level: we are facing tough decisions. Carefully does it, but we don’t have to put up with aggression either.

US Elections

Vedic astrologers have suggested a Republican win. It seems unlikely that President Joe Biden will win a second term in office, now that we know he is running for office again with Kamala Harris as his running mate again. A win for Donald Trump, while not being discounted, is not looking at all certain at the time of writing. Republican hawk Nikki Haley and Independent Robert F Kennedy Jr. are candidates to watch. be  Whichever candidate wins this next US election during the United States of America’s first ever Pluto return; an astrological event which happens only every 248 years, these Election results will directly affect events in many other countries of the globe. The cards suggest a (possibly dark haired) rock steady, fiscally astute King of Pentacles, a charismatic King of Wands, and there could be a Queen of Swords, a female candidate, keenly intelligent (lawyer?) As ever, only time will tell, but whoever wins this next U.S Election, there are signs of troubled times to come.

Year of the Wood Dragon

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Previous Dragon Years: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940

The Year of the Wood Dragon begins 10 February 2024. The Dragon is the 5th of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals. There is a Dragon year once every 12 years. In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, or Earth with a Wood Dragon Year only once every 60 years.

What can we expect? Astrologers look at the events in previous Wood Dragon years for hints and clues. The last Wood Dragon year was in 1964 when the U.S experienced its greatest ever recorded earthquake in S Alaska; 9.2 magnitude. NASA launched Mariner 4, a successful mission to Mars. There were race riots in the U.S. President Lyndon Johnson signed into law The Civil Rights Act. Dr Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace prize. 3 North Vietnamese torpedo ships attacked the destroyer USS Maddox in the Bay of Tonkin and the US authorized a resolution for war against N Vietnam…

In Western astrology, the Dragon corresponds most closely with the zodiac sign of Aries the Ram; bold and brave, optimistic and determined. A Dragon year is anything but quiet and uneventful, whether on a global level or an individual level, though a Wood Dragon is considered more thoughtful and calculating than the Dragons of the other elements.

China, Taiwan and the Philippines

The nodes of the moon- the lunar nodes- are also known as The Head of the Dragon and The Tail of the Dragon. The north node is where we are heading next, and the south node is about our history and where we have come from.

2024 is a year of deep soul searching, and of what we might call Karmic Destiny, possibly some form of rebirth for China itself. The landward facing Wood Dragon is room for hope that tensions will not escalate into direct conflict in the South China Sea in 2024 with a potential crisis during April 2024.

President Xi is under economic, as well as political pressure to “reclaim” Taiwan. Despite a cordial meeting with President Biden in November 2023, Taiwan was not discussed, while at a top-level national security meeting in May 2023, President Xi advised his team to “be prepared for worst case and extreme scenarios,” and called for “combat readiness.”  It seems only a matter of time before Beijing decides to make the attempt to annex Taiwan by force, but much depends on its assessment of the risk, in seeking to avoid a direct conflict with the U.S.

This Wood Dragon year will see new legislation relating to issues of natural sustainability, and in particular, as one might imagine; Forestry and Forest ecology in the Amazon and other rain forests, while there are plans to recycle Forestry residue in aviation technology.

On a Personal Level

The individual Wood Dragon native can really forge ahead in 2024. This is a time for clearing out any dead wood, making new plans. But when the going gets difficult with other people- and it will- then simply talking things through may be all that’s needed.

Numerology of 2024

The key numbers of this year are 2, 0, 4 and 8. Why 8? This is the number we get when we add up the digits. You’ll notice we have a dominance of even numbers: 2, 4 and 8; all of them divisible by 2.

What we are striving for in 2024 is happy partnerships, comfort and stability. There will be new opportunities, fresh starts and ambitious new launches, but we should not expect to see much in terms of results and completions this coming year. What we can do is start up new partnerships and platforms.

Major Arcana card representing the Number 8: Strength

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This card correlates with Leo which is also ruled by Mars. This card stands for health, strength and courage. This is both physical and moral strength, resilience and fortitude, the kind that says we don’t give up. “Tomorrow is another day.”

We will be personally tested this year, for sure. There could be sensitive or difficult family issues, especially in Leo season, in July and August, and again, towards the end of the year around Christmas Eve, 24 December 2024.

But there are brave new adventures to look forward to. We are equal to these challenges, and we can approach all personal problems with an attitude of kindness and respect. The lady in the Strength card does not subdue the lion by killing it.

We must take the rough with the smooth. Such is Life. But we have humanitarian Aquarius coming on-side in 2024. We have the coolness and clarity of the Star card of New Hope. We have big brave Mars in Aries and a cosmic promise of new opportunities. And we have the mighty Strength card. What brave new stories shall we creating in our lives this coming year?

Wishing you a very Happy New Year, 2024.