Prospects for the Last Quarter Century - 4
The value of the twentieth-century chart I am discussing is not only that it gives us a remarkable symbolic picture of the basic meaning of the struggle within Western societies since 1900, but also that it can be used as a map of the main crises and turning points during this period. It may also give valuable clues about the immediate future. In this connection, because it was nearly New Moon when the bells rang in East Coast cities to herald the new century, the returns of New and Full Moons, translated in terms of secondary progressions, are especially important.
The South African Boer War, the war against the Philippine insurgents and the Boxer Rebellion in China were in progress as the century opened. The progressed Full Moon of summer 1914 pointed to the start of World War I. The progressed New Moon of fall 1929 coincided with the Wall Street crash and the beginning in America of the Great Depression, and also with the discovery of Pluto. The Full Moon of 1944 saw the gradual triumph of the Allies in World War II and the manufacture of the atom bomb, which devastated two Japanese cities.
The progressed lunation cycle within which we are operating now began with the progressed New Moon of the spring 1959. Soon before that time Charles de Gaulle had returned to power in France, and Castro had become ruler of Cuba. 1959 also marked the launching of the three Russian Lunik — the first man-made "planet" to orbit the Sun, the first man-made object to bit the Moon, and the first satellite to reveal the hidden side of the moon — which, by establishing spectacular precedents, made imperative a new spirit of activity in the U.S. which led to America's landing men on the moon in July 1969. The progressed Full Moon following this progressed New Moon is occurring in 1974 with the progressed Sun on the 26th degree of Pisces and the progressed Moon on the same degree of Virgo — that is, both the progressed Sun and Moon squaring the Neptune of the twentieth-century chart (Gemini 25°12') and soon afterward the Saturn of that chart (Sagittarius 27°46'). This means that the progressed Sun of the twentieth-century chart is now squaring the basic natal opposition of Neptune to Saturn, and will do so for about two more years. This progressed Sun entered Pisces in 1949; it had entered Aquarius in 1919 at the conclusion of World War I and after the Russian Revolution. Since 1949 it has been squaring the two ends of the Seesaw configuration in the century's chart. In 1959 it squared the natal Uranus; in 1963-1964 the natal Pluto (President Kennedy's assassination); in 1968 the natal, Mercury (President Nixon's first term).
The next progressed New Moon will come in late summer 1988 in a forming square to the natal Sun. During this whole year Saturn and Uranus will be conjunct in the last degrees of Sagittarius, having stirred up the opposition of Saturn and Neptune in the January 1, 1900, chart. Throughout 1989 these two planets, Saturn and Neptune, will reach their cyclic conjunction just on the Sun of the twentieth-century chart — a rather ominous indication. There will be a repeated massing of planets in Capricorn during 1988-1989-1990, as Pluto in Scorpio comes closest to the Sun and moves within Neptune's orbit. The 1993 conjunction of Uranus and Neptune, the first since the 1821 conjunction, occurs around 19° Capricorn. It seems probable that very important developments will follow this progressed New Moon of 1988 at 9°41' Aries, a degree whose symbol reads: A teacher gives new symbolic forms to traditional images. This degree falls in the fourth House of the U.S. chart and the progressed Sun of the twentieth-century chart will reach the fourth House cusp of the U.S chart in 1980, which is, as we have seen, an important election year.
The connection between the charts of the United States and the twentieth century should be quite evident. The group of planets in Gemini and Cancer in the national chart opposes the massing of planets in Sagittarius and Capricorn in the century's chart; the U.S. natal horizon is close to the opposition between Pluto and the midpoint of the Uranus-Mercury conjunction in the January 1, 1900, chart. The latter's Venus falls close to the Moon's South Node in the U.S. chart. America's sense of identity (Ascendant) and her capacity to deal with international relationships (Descendant) are shown, therefore, to be strongly affected by the ideological tug of war which so strongly characterizes the whole twentieth century.
Each time transiting planets have stirred up this basic opposition in the century's chart, some kind of crisis has occurred. The transit of Saturn through Gemini during 1972-1973 is only the most recent instance. The same transit occurred during the first and second world wars. Neptune started another stressful period in 1970-1972, as it entered Sagittarius and crossed the twentieth-century Jupiter. It reaches the chart's Uranus in 1975-1976 when it also crosses the Ascendant of the U.S. chart, thereafter opposing all the planets in the U.S. seventh House, and particularly the Sun during the crucial year 1990 (when six planets are massed in Capricorn opposed by Jupiter in Cancer, with Mars stationary-retrograde at Gemini 14° on October 22). Uranus will cross Sagittarius from 1981 to 1989, and it was in Gemini during World War II; it reached the position of Pluto in the century chart on July 8, 1945, just before the first atom bomb was exploded in New Mexico (uranium, and plutonium are used in the bombs). When Pluto entered Virgo, the race for space conquest began. Its crucial conjunction with Uranus in 1965-1966 squared the planetary aids of the twentieth-century chart. It will soon square the century's Moon and Sun, after having entered Libra in 1971-1972, while Jupiter was passing through Sagittarius and opposed Saturn.
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