Using astrology to plan, schedule and understanding the timing of things is life’s biggest hack. This involves recognizing that the positions of celestial bodies at any given moment can influence the energetic atmosphere and potential outcomes of our lives.
When applied to planning out the year ahead, astrology offers a unique perspective of the most favorite times to initiate projects, make important decisions, or embark on new endeavors. By aligning actions with the prevailing astrological energies, we can optimize our efforts and enhance the likelihood of success. Conversely, understanding periods of potential challenges allows for strategic caution and adaptation -- life will always throw curveballs.
Last year was a doozy, I think we all can agree. We had not one, not two, but a staggering seven planets retrograding simultaneously at one point last year, an astrological nightmare that left many feeling like their lives were unraveling.
As we enter 2024, the chance to assimilate the lessons from the previous year unfolds before us. With all planets now in direct motion, there's a palpable surge of forward momentum. 2024 is a year of elemental change, as we have two major planets moving from earth signs to air signs, so expect this year to feel a bit breezy and intellectually stimulating.
While some may prefer to sit back and observe how events transpire, for those of us who thrive on planning, jotting down these essential dates in Quarterly Productivity Planner is a smart move, ensuring you stay attuned to significant astrology moments throughout the year.
1. Pluto Enters Aquarius
January 20 - September 1, November 19 - March 2043
Pluto, the planet of transformation and rebirth, entered Aquarius on January 20th, marking a significant period of societal and technological revolution. Pluto is a slow moving planet and to put things into perspective, the last time Pluto settled in to the sign of Aquarius was end of the Eighteenth Century, between 1778 to 1798, what some considered the Age of Revolution.
With Pluto returning to this sign, anticipate the recurrence of similar themes throughout this two-decade-long transit. A focus on collective empowerment, humanitarian efforts, and deep, radical changes in societal structures. The late 1700's conjured revolutions all over the world, where traditional power dynamics were questioned, making room for progressive and unconventional solutions. Expect the same this time around.
Notably, Pluto in Aquarius may also influence advancements in AI, space exploration, and technology, shaping the trajectory of innovation during this transit. We are bound to see new definitions in our relationship with technology and embracing new frontiers in collective consciousness.
On a personal level, you may feel compelled to evolve in an area of your life that Pluto rules, shedding outdated beliefs for a more authentic, future-oriented self. Pluto will unearth what it needs to unearth so we can get to the root of the matter and come out the other side transformed.
How to use this energy: Pay attention to where you are being asked to transform and dig deep. Be willing to let go of the most engrained and deep-rooted patterns we hold within in order to evolve your sense of self.
2. Eclipse Season
If you are going through something big in your life, chances are eclipses have something to do with it. More than just an interesting spectacle in the sky, eclipses are also potent astrological events, signify pivotal moments of change and transformation. While they may seem intense and disruptive, they offer powerful opportunities for personal and collective growth. These powerful cycles draw attention to neglected aspects of our lives, compelling us to confront fears and release outdated patterns.
Part of an 18-month cycle tied to the lunar nodes, eclipses are where the Moon's orbit intersects with the ecliptic. The nodes change zodiac signs every 18-19 months, initiating a new eclipse cycle. Eclipse seasons, occurring twice a year for about 34 days, involve alignments of the Sun, Moon, and Earth that allow for solar or lunar eclipses. Typically, within a few weeks, two eclipses unfold during a season—one solar or lunar, followed by the opposite type.
Here are the 2024 eclipse dates along with their corresponding zodiac signs. To pinpoint where these eclipses influence your chart, identify the houses associated with Aries, Libra, and Pisces.
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse - March 25, 2024, at 3:00 AM, at 5° Libra 07′: This eclipse, occurring in Libra, prompts shifts in relationships and emphasizes the importance of balance. It's a time for evaluating partnerships and seeking equilibrium in various aspects of life. Watch for developments in your connections with others and be open to adjusting your approach for greater harmony.
Total Solar Eclipse - April 8, 2024, at 2:21 PM, at 19° Aries 24′: The solar eclipse in Aries signifies a powerful new beginning. Aries' influence adds vigor and initiative, making this a propitious time for starting fresh endeavors. Be prepared for bold actions and embrace the potential for significant personal and collective transformations.
Partial Lunar Eclipse - September 17, 2024, at 10:34 PM, at 25° Pisces 41′: As the lunar eclipse graces Pisces, it encourages introspection and spiritual exploration. This period prompts a review of emotions, dreams, and intuition. Pay attention to your inner world, as insights gained during this time can lead to profound emotional healing and self-discovery.
Annular Solar Eclipse - October 2, 2024, at 2:49 PM, at 10° Libra 04′: The solar eclipse in Libra emphasizes partnerships and collaborations. It's a favorable time for refining relationships, making compromises, and finding common ground. This eclipse encourages a harmonious approach to interpersonal connections, fostering balance and cooperation.
3. Jupiter Conjunct Uranus
April 20, 2024
Regarded as potentially the most significant astrological event of 2024, this rare conjunction holds exceptional significance, having occurred in the sign of Taurus only three times since 1100. Jupiter and Uranus align in a conjunction roughly every 14 years, with their last meeting in 2011 and the next slated for 2037.
Jupiter's expansive influence combines with Uranus' revolutionary spirit, promising impactful changes, particularly in Taurus-related domains. This dynamic alignment foretells groundbreaking shifts in finance, agriculture, and the environment. Anticipate innovations challenging traditional norms, fostering sustainability, spirituality and forward-thinking practices. The conjunction encourages exploration of new avenues for growth and prosperity, blending Jupiter's optimism with Uranus' inventive spirit.
On a personal note, the Taurus-ruled part of your chart is getting a once-in-a-lifetime boost with this conjunction, bringing exciting opportunities for growth and expansion for years to come.
How to use this energy: Embrace change, innovation, and calculated risks during a Jupiter-Uranus conjunction, seeking wisdom in unconventional areas and expressing your individuality boldly. Stay adaptable to navigate unexpected shifts and use the energy to bring positive, forward-thinking changes to your endeavors.
4. Jupiter Enters Gemini
May 25, 2024 - June 9, 2025
Jupiter will be making another significant move this year as the planet of expansion transitions from Taurus to Gemini. This change signals a shift in focus from the stabilizing and earthy energy of Taurus to the communicative and adaptable nature of Gemini.
As Jupiter enters Gemini, we can anticipate a period characterized by intellectual growth, curiosity, and a diverse range of experiences. The expansive influence of Jupiter encourages us to broaden our horizons, fostering a greater appetite for knowledge and exchange of ideas. This transit invites us to embrace the dynamic and versatile qualities of Gemini, emphasizing communication, social connections, and adaptability.
During Jupiter's stay in Gemini, opportunities for travel, learning, and engaging in a variety of interests may abound. It's a time to remain open-minded, explore new perspectives, and make the most of the vibrant energy that Gemini brings to the forefront. The shift of Jupiter into Gemini marks a phase of intellectual exploration and a willingness to embrace the richness of life's manifold possibilities.
How to use this energy: Focus on expanding your knowledge through diverse sources, engage in open-minded conversations, and explore various interests to stimulate intellectual growth and adaptability.
5. Mars Retrograde in Leo
December 6, 2024
When Mars goes retrograde in Leo, it signifies a period where the assertive and dynamic qualities of Mars are turned inward and may encounter challenges. Mars is traditionally associated with action, energy, and drive, and Leo is a sign that often enjoys the spotlight and creative expression.
During Mars retrograde in Leo, there could be a reassessment of personal desires, creative pursuits, and the way we asserts ourselves. It might be a time to reflect on the authenticity of our passions and the methods used to achieve goals. There could be a tendency to revisit and reevaluate how our personal power is expressed, leading to a more refined and intentional approach.
While Mars retrograde can sometimes be associated with delays or frustrations, it also provides an opportunity for internal growth and a reassessment of goals and ambitions. It's a period that encourages introspection and a careful examination of our desires and actions.
How to use this energy: Carefully reassess ambitions and creative projects, avoiding impulsive actions and prioritizing mindful self-expression. Exercise caution in leadership, be patient in romantic relationships, and use the reflective energy to refine goals and passions.
6. Mercury Retrogrades
When Mercury stations retrograde, it appears to move backward in its orbit from our perspective on Earth. This apparent reversal challenges the fluidity of communication and the smooth execution of everyday tasks. Miscommunications, technological glitches, and delays become more prevalent, prompting individuals to navigate through a period of heightened introspection and adaptation.
During retrogrades, it's advisable to exercise caution when traveling, planning events, signing contracts, or anticipating seamless communication, as these periods may introduce unforeseen challenges and disruptions.
We have three retrogrades this year in fire signs, with the exception of the retrograde in August beginning in the earth sign Virgo.
April 2nd – April 26th, 2024: Mercury RX from 27° Aries to 15° Aries
August 5th – August 29th, 2024: Mercury RX from 4° Virgo to 21° Leo
November 26th – December 16th, 2024: Mercury RX from 22° Sagittarius to 6° Sagittarius
How to use this energy: Embrace introspection and reevaluate communication patterns, allowing for personal growth and improved connections during this reflective period. Utilize the slowdown in daily tasks as an opportunity to revisit past projects, reassess goals, and refine plans for a more intentional and effective future.
2024 is a big year and we have you covered with the tools to get you through it. Consider the following journals to add to your rolodex for maximum productivity, reflection and expansion. Happy New Year!