“When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty, but of her weirdness. They wanted her to change back into what she always had been. But she had wings.” – Dean Jackson
All astrological eyes are zeroing in on dwarf planet Pluto today as it moves into change-oriented Aquarius (8:13 am), where it will take up temporary residency for the next three months before exiting back into Capricorn in June. Due to retrogrades, Pluto will not re-enter Aquarius, long-term, until late November of 2024 – at which time it will set up shop there for approximately the next 20 years.
Pluto is associated with endings or purging, the subconscious, spying or surveillance, as well as issues of power or control. It is also linked with rebirth or renewal, including potentially helping to deepen our awareness and foster our awakening.
Often our responses to Pluto’s transformational ray tend to be more intense or single-minded. Of course, how this more highly engaging orientation will ultimately play out in airy, intellectual Aquarius – the sign also associated with innovation and AI – is anyone’s guess. But it could be that, among other things, our involvement with the tech world is about to become much more complex or complicated in the coming years, including, perhaps, with a much keener focus on the entities that may be in charge of or wielding control/or regulating the ever-evolving digital landscape.
Just today, as investigative Pluto entered Aquarius, the CEO of TikTok faced intense grilling and scrutiny on Capitol Hill from both sides about the social media platform and whether it could be posing a national security threat to the US, or to user privacy, and whether its popular app should possibly be banned.
Ever since ChatGPT debuted, in late November, there has been a firestorm of stories in the media about how artificial intelligence is going to be dramatically revamping (Pluto) our daily lives, in a multitude of ways, particularly in the workplace.
Today in the WSJ on the front page, there is a story about how many workers are already widely embracing Chat GPT despite their bosses’ fears. In the article, some employees surveyed said that they feel the program makes them more productive, but many leaders have purportedly some misgivings about what corporate intelligence workers might be sharing.
The other day, I heard someone say – presumably tongue-in-cheek – that as long as they can come up with a robot to clean the toilets, she doesn’t care about all the rest. Which immediately reminded me of the importance that humor can sometimes play in helping to keep our lives more manageable so hopefully that we don’t go off the deep end and lose our perspective or sense of empowerment by conjuring up a bunch of scary scenarios (such as the robots have finally taken over!) that may or may not ever fully come to pass. At least for now. 🙂
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Born On This Day: Erich Fromm, German psychologist and psychoanalyst (Sane Society). Fromm was born in Frankfurt Germany in 1900 (d. 1980).
“Love isn’t something natural. Rather it requires discip*line, concentration, patience, faith, and the overcoming of narcissism. It isn’t a feeling, it is a practice.” – Eric Fromm, The Art of Loving
Hope it’s a good one! Please be safe and well.
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