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The title of David Bowie’s new single ‘Where are we now?’ got me thinking, because it seems to express the fact that the world is in the middle of a long Uranus-Pluto square: the ‘New World Order’, that symbolically began with the fall of the Berlin Wall, is going, and the next has yet to be born. Artists are typically tuned in to these wider currents, they tell us about them.
The previous age was ushered in by the Uranus-Neptune conjunction of the late 80s/early 90s. Whenever there is a hard aspect between 2 outer planets, the world goes through a shift from one age to another, as is happening right now. The prolonged boom of the 90s and Noughties, with the US as the lone superpower and the West still in the ascendant politically and economically, is gradually coming to an end: on the surface we are experiencing recession and uncertainty, under the surface the plates are shifting irrevocably towards the East. That new world will, I think, start to become clearer in a couple of years or so as Uranus and Pluto complete their long series of 7 exact squares.
And it will last until about 2039, 25 years or so, when Uranus starts to square Neptune, followed soon after by Uranus opposite Pluto: such a double aspect is unusual, and suggests that the shift that the world will go through then will be very big indeed, taking place over about 9 years.
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While I’m on the subject of the big picture, the 500 year Age we are living in is Gemini: the most defining outer planet aspect is the conjunction between Neptune and Pluto, which occurs every 500 years or so. The last such aspect was around 1892 in early Gemini. The conjunction before that, around 1400, was also in early Gemini.
So this is one meaning of the Gemini age we live in. It doesn’t have to stay that way, but for now such a world-view is strengthening rather than balancing out. Future Neptune-Pluto conjunctions will move gradually through Gemini until around 5800 AD they will move into Cancer. So this Gemini Age is still in its infancy, a period where we are experiencing both the power of Gemini and what it lacks.
Prior to 1400 we had a 2500 year Taurean Age. This was perhaps the age where, through the rise of agriculture, wealth and ownership came into their own, at the expense of the shared sense of survival that the opposite sign of Scorpio embodies. In 3800 years time we will enter a Cancerian age. It’s tempting to say we will start living in an eco-utopia, but being unbalanced humans, we will also be dealing with a lack of Capricorn. Maybe we’ll be starting over? A bit like at the end of Battlestar Galactica.