When I researched and wrote the Pluto aspect interpretations for
the Classic British Astro Report, the experience was just as
gratifying as when I spent nine months last year researching and
writing the set of 392 aspect pattern interpretations, in
that the interpretations practically wrote themselves from the
biographies of the people who had these aspects. It became very
clear what the people who had strong Pluto aspects had in common.
But there is one aspect interpretation that has stayed with me,
haunting my thoughts as it were. It is an aspect that we will
never experience in our lifetime. Unless you do a report for
someone born in the 1890s, you will never see it. While it was
in the charts of many eminent people, the most representative
is the greatest silent film actress of them all, Mary Pickford,
in whose chart Neptune is within 16 minutes of Pluto, with both
conjunct Venus in Gemini on the I.C. Mary Pickford is widely
acknowledged to have equalled and then surpassed D.W. Griffith
in developing the motion picture industry. According to her bio,
"people instinctively stood up when Pickford entered a room."
Her bio has a descriptive quote: "luminous tenderness in a steel
band of gutter ferocity" - the astrologer recognizes in this the
combination of Neptune and Pluto. But the 20th century was full
of magically-endowed people born at that time, about whom we can
Using my TimeSearch program, it is easy to find when these outer
planet aspects have occurred in the past and will occur again in
the future. The Neptune-Pluto conjunctions occur approximately
493 years apart. Neptune will next conjoin Pluto from 2381 to
2390. The aspect previously occurred from 1394 to 1402, being
exact in 1398. That in 1398 was the first in Gemini, with the
previous conjunctions from 1072 BC to 904 AD being in Taurus.
That of 1570 BC was in Aries. If my astronomical algorithms are
correct, the Neptune Pluto conjunctions in Gemini will last for
almost four thousand years, with the last being in 5339, until
the first in Cancer in 5833.
Johannes Gutenberg was born in 1398, the year of the first
Neptune-Pluto conjunction in Gemini. Gutenberg invented the
printing press, making him the midwife for the Renaissance and
our present information age. It is very interesting to calculate
a chart for July 1, 1398 and then compare it to a chart for
August 1, 1439. 1439 is the year in which the idea of the
printing press came to Gutenberg "like a ray of light" according
to his bio - he had perfected the idea by 1440. The natal chart
shows Neptune conjunct Pluto at 4 degrees Gemini - by 1439
Uranus had moved up to 2 degrees Gemini and Neptune was square
at 3 degrees Virgo.
What does it mean that we are in a four-thousand-year age of
Neptune-Pluto conjunctions in Gemini? All I can say is, hold
onto your hats! The role of intelligence, communication, and
the brain is only going to increase. If you want to read a lot
of big words in 592 pages about what it might mean, there is a
book that I have not yet read, Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of
a New World View (2006), by psychologist and historian Richard
Tarnas, which deals with the multiple outer planet cycles. He
was evidently brought to this study by his own horoscope, in
which there are many aspect patterns involving Jupiter opposing
Pluto aspecting Neptune, Chiron, and the Moon.
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