During this tumultuous time of Pluto in Capricorn with the housing market, financial institutions and government going through dismantling and transformation, Pluto’s transit into Aquarius in January 2024 seems like the light at the end of a long, challenging tunnel.
Aquarius is the “water bearer” but is not a water sign, it is an air sign. As such, it’s interested in shared ideas, not shared emotions. As the water bearer, it brings the ideas and inspirations from above to below and consequently is associated with genius and being ahead of its time. Aquarius is androgynous and represents individuality, until recent history an unrecognized concept.
When you accept the beliefs into which you are born, you are Capricorn. When you join a group of your own free will because you share its ideals, you are Aquarius. When you choose beliefs to merge with others and forget the self, you are Pisces. Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces are the last three signs of the zodiac and are where we connect with the group consciousness.
Glimpses of Aquarius have already appeared as energies are constantly in flux and one day you wake to realize that things have changed. Noticing the change is represented by the planet changing signs.
Hints of Aquarius include social media, group funding, block chain and micro-living. The Internet at launch was Aquarian in that it made us equal as individuals who could express freely and openly. Ahead of its time, the Internet rose during outer planet transits of Capricorn energy (Uranus was in Capricorn 1988-1996, Neptune 1984-1993, and now Pluto from 2008-2024).
Aquarian technology arose during a great transformation of Capricorn energy. This Capricorn energy is about social institutions including financial institutions, government and other forms of authority. Aquarius, ahead of its time, rose during a time of traditional, hierarchical authority and sprouted a new form of individuality is forcing us to examine a new level of human rights.
Mickey is Free
Humanity may still be grappling with Capricorn authority when Pluto enters Aquarius in 2024. Disney’s Mickey Mouse, in contrast, will not.
As Ars Technica reports, Steamboat Willie is set to enter the public domain in 2024, and unlike in previous years, there have been no moves from Congress to stop that from happening. Once it does, in theory, anyone could use Mickey’s image for free.
Mickey Mouse will be free. It will be Mickey’s “Age of Aquarius.”
Aquarius is ruled by Uranus which was discovered in 1781 a period called the Age of Reason. Around this time, the United States broke from England demanding individual rights. Over in France, the Bastille was stormed in 1789 when Pluto was in 17 degrees of Aquarius with the demand for “liberty, fraternity and equality.”
In 2024, the global population is expected to be 8.1 billion. Eight-point-one billion people will be able to cut Mickey Mouse images from magazines, paste them onto paper bags, fill them with popcorn and sell them at any price they want – without paying royalties.
Mickey will be free.
As noted in the blog Does Mickey Mouse Have a Personality? Mickey Mouse was “born” in 1928. In the year of his birth, Pluto was in 16-18 degrees of Cancer.
Today, my friends, Pluto is in 20 degrees of Capricorn, opposite Mickey’s natal Pluto. This is Mickey’s half-life when his copyright is being challenged. Mickey’s copyright was originally to expire in 1979 with Pluto in 19 degrees of Libra, square to Mickey’s natal Pluto. The next extension took the copyright to 1998 when Pluto was in six degrees of Sagittarius not making an aspect to natal Pluto but in square to Mickey’s natal Neptune in Virgo.
In 2024, Pluto in the early degrees of Aquarius will square Mickey’s natal Jupiter in Taurus. This Jupiter in Taurus is good luck regarding money, property and assets. Clearly Mickey has enjoyed this material abundance but will now be challenged by community rights.
The good news is that Pluto in Aquarius will be trine Mickey’s natal Uranus in Aries which is a maverick and will most likely find another way to manifest natal Jupiter in Taurus prosperity for his owners. In other words, Mickey will find the new opportunity in the circumstances, potentially converting the (natal) Pluto in Cancer sense of family and belonging into the (transiting) Pluto in Aquarius desire for ideal community.
Possibly instead of Disney World and Disney Land, Mickey’s clan villages, Aquarian communities will arise that are founded on Disney and Mickey concepts. No longer will we need to go to Mickey; Mickey can be part of our community.
Evolution or Copyright Extension?
Maybe Mickey will be off copyright in 2024 and we will embrace the royalty-free Mickey in our newly-formed Aquarian idealistic communities.
Or maybe the copyright will be extended once again.
Copyright is increasingly difficult to protect in our global village. Possibly in the 2020’s when Pluto is in Aquarius the technology generation will find new, unique (Aquarius is nothing if not unique) ways to protect innovation and invention.