Prospects for the Last Quarter Century
The birth chart of the twentieth century
according to our Western European calendar is a highly significant one. I erected it in 1936 and wrote two articles about it for the magazine, American Astrology
, the first in July 1936 and the second, after World War II had further corroborated the validity of the chart, in January, 1950 (entitled "The Crossroads of the Century
: The War of Nerves"). As the present crisis is clearly reflected in this twentieth-century chart, I feel it important to reproduce the chart and comment upon it here. The chart is cast for midnight at Washington, D.C. because we are dealing here with America's destiny. A slightly different chart would have to be cast for the capitals of each country using the Gregorian calendar, the usual practice in mundane astrology. Some people might wish to calculate the New Year chart for the city they live in, and as 1900 began in the Pacific Ocean with an exact New Moon, this point would be worth considering in relation to Hawaii and other Pacific islands.
A Chart for the Twentieth Century 1 January 1900 0:01 A.M. at Washington, D.C.
This New Moon is of particular importance because the preceding one at Sagittarius 10°41' occurred on December 2, 1899, as seven planets were located in Sagittarius with Jupiter close by at the end of Scorpio. Ancient astrologers dealing with world events and interpreting astrological conditions for a coming year or season placed much reliance on the preceding New Moon. I too have stressed the value of taking into consideration the position of the New Moon before the birth of a person, because this New Moon establishes the keynote of the entire lunation cycle during which the person was born — thus the basic character of his or her life-energies. As far as Western Europe and America (except part of Alaska) are concerned, the twentieth century began at the end of a lunation cycle that strongly emphasized the sign Sagittarius, and actually announced in an ever more focalized manner the unusual configuration prevailing at New Year 1900.(1
The degree of the December 1899 New Moon is most significant. It refers, in my interpretation, to "the value of the return to the body advocated by modern thinkers in order to balance the stress on intellectuality and objective consciousness." This can be said to refer to what has recently been called the wisdom of the body and the deconditioning of a collective mentality stifled by Puritan fears and Victorian Age morality.(2
In this New Moon chart Uranus, Mercury retrograde, Mars, Saturn and Venus are massed around the New Moon degree and Jupiter is at 25° Scorpio. Opposing the Sagittarian planets we find Pluto on the 16th and Neptune on the 27th degrees of Gemini — quite an amazing pattern! Since Pluto was not yet discovered at the time, a tremendous weight is thrown upon Neptune retrograde conjunct the great star, Betelgeuse, and on a degree symbolized by bankruptcy proceedings freeing an individual from a pressure he can no longer bear. As I see it, Betelgeuse is the star symbol of the New Age, while Regulus was essentially that of the Piscean Age. In the next century Betelgeuse will reach zodiacal longitude Cancer 0° — the summer-solstice degree. Opposing Neptune in the New Moon chart is Saturn. By the time December 1899 ended, the geocentric position of Saturn was close to that of the galactic center.
As New Year 1900 began in Washington, D.C., the Moon, the Sun and Mars were in Capricorn opposing the Cancer planets of the U.S. chart, and Venus had reached the 7th degree of Aquarius. The opposition of Saturn to Neptune had already been consummated, to be repeated during the following months. The presence of Pluto is definitely implied because Neptune and Pluto had had their conjunction in 1891-1892 on the 9th and 8th degrees of Gemini respectively; Uranus was opposing the place of this conjunction during December 1899, an opposition that is not only basic in terms of the larger historical cycle, but was strengthened in the twentieth-century chart by that of Saturn to Neptune.
I already showed how important it is to have the Neptune-Pluto conjunction, beginning a new five-hundred-year cycle, occur in the sixth House of the U.S. chart, because that House refers to Labor, Health and all types of personal crises and retraining for personal improvement. It is of course in America that the tremendous change in the conditions and nature of work and service has been focused during our century. It is also significant to find that the opposition of Neptune to Saturn in the twentieth-century chart strikes the Mars of the U.S. birth chart, and Mars in the twentieth-century chart opposes the U.S. Sun, and the Moon the U.S. Jupiter. Pluto in the twentieth-century chart is close to the U.S. Descendant as it opposes the midpoint of the Uranus-Mercury conjunction equally close to the U.S. Ascendant. In other words, the axis of the Seesaw pattern in the twentieth century chart is significantly, but also uncomfortably, close to the natal horizon — the axis of consciousness
— in the U.S. chart.
The fact that seven planets are in the same zodiacal sign for a number of hours is not as rare as one German astrologer pointed out in 1961, magnifying beyond measure the importance of the seven-planet grouping in Aquarius that took place in February 1962. In 1882 such a massing of planets is found in Taurus, and this will be repeated in 2000; another such massing occurred in Virgo on August 23, 1968. Return
2. An Astrological Mandala
, p. 216. Return
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