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Cycles of Pluto and Neptune

HE thoughts of man, and his emotional reactions to events, enter into
combination with related thoughts and emotions to build up the
thought-cells, or stellar cells, of which his astral body is composed.

Andaccording to the department of life to which they are related do they thus build
thought-cells within one of the twelve compartments of the astral body rather than
within the others.

These twelve compartments are accurately mapped by the twelve houses of the birth
chart. Each house indicates the composition, harmony and activity of the
thought-cells within the compartment of the astral body relating to one department of

In the life of a nation or a city, the individuals composing it perform very much the
same function that thought-cells do within the astral body of individual man. People,
by their interests, activities and occupations, relate more pronouncedly to one
department of the nation’s life than to other departments. Thus it is that in a mundane
chart the composition, harmony and activity of the human and other factors relating
to a given department of life, are mapped by a house having a significance similar to
that attached to it in natal astrology.

One, therefore, who is familiar with the department of life ruled by each of the twelve
houses in natal astrology will commonly have little difficulty in selecting the house
of the birth chart of a nation, of a Cycle Chart, or of a Major Conjunction Chart,
which rules any given phase of activity.

All that is needed is to expand the function of the house, as recognized in natal
astrology, to embrace group activities of similar purport. Yet as the significance of
the houses is so important in any branch of astrology, as it is to them we always must
look to determine the department of life affected, they should here be designated
specifically in their relation to mundane affairs.

FIRST HOUSE.–The people of a country or city; their disposition, health and
personal affairs as distinct from their foreign interests.

SECOND HOUSE.–The wealth and personal property of the people, the national
treasury, banks, non-speculative bonds and securities, financial transactions, and
places where money and securities are handled.

THIRD HOUSE.–Transportation, railroads, roads, motor busses, automobiles,
local airplane traffic, local traffic in general; telegraph, telephone, and mails;
printing, newspapers, magazines, other periodicals; literary work, intellectual
activity, the thoughts of the people; neighboring countries.

FOURTH HOUSE.–The land, the homes of the people, buildings, hotels and
rooming houses; the weather, agriculture, crops on the ground, mining; the political
party that is out of power but opposed to the ruling party.

FIFTH HOUSE.–Entertainment and the motion picture industry, theaters, other
places of amusement, the birthrate, speculation, the stock market and stock
exchange, ambassadors from foreign countries, children and places where children
congregate, such as schools and colleges. The education acquired is ruled by the 3rd,
the teachers by the 9th, and the place where education or entertainment is dispensed
by the 5th.

SIXTH HOUSE.–The illness of the people, their food; laboring people and their
labor; employees in general, including the personnel of the army, navy and police
force who are employees of the people, also all civil service employees; stored grain
or other stored products of the land or mines, the garnered harvest, restaurants,
cafeterias, drug stores and all places where food and drink are dispensed; small

SEVENTH HOUSE.–Foreign nations and their attitude, war and international
disputes, marriage and divorce.

EIGHTH HOUSE.–The death-rate and the kind of deaths suffered by the people;
the debts due from foreign countries; tariffs, taxes, insurance, pensions; the cabinet
of the president or prime minister and the chief appointees of the mayor of a city or
governor of a state.

NINTH HOUSE.–Interstate and international commerce and traffic, the navy,
foreign shipping, the radio, cable messages, interstate airplane traffic; the law,
lawyers, the supreme court; churches, religion, preachers; teachers, lecturers,
publishing, advertising, books, lectures, and all places where opinions are publicly

TENTH HOUSE.–The administration, president, dictator, monarch, governor or
mayor; the credit and reputation of a nation; its business and its influence in world
affairs; also eminent and famous persons, and those possessing unusual power.

ELEVENTH HOUSE.–The legislature or parliament, particularly the house of
commons; the aldermen of a city; and ambassadors sent to foreign countries.

TWELFTH HOUSE.–Prisons, hospitals, asylums, workhouses, charitable
institutions, relief work, crime, criminals, detectives, secret societies, spies, and the
secret enemies of the people; large animals.

Sign Rulership of Nations and Cities

Because in attempting to determine the rulership of a country or city by observing the
effect of the Transits of the heavier planets through the signs, it is easy to mistake the
influence of a planet Transiting through the first house for its influence when
Transiting through the tenth house, and vice versa; and as most of the sign rulerships
which follow were determined by someone who observed that planets Transiting a
certain sign commonly influenced strongly a certain city or country; it is probable
that further research will make necessary a number of modifications in this list.

It is given, therefore, not because it is considered authentic, but merely because it
represents the rulership most commonly used by astrologers at this time. In very few
instances has our research department as yet had the time to test these rulerships. But
as opportunity offers for such detailed investigation the findings will be published in
THE CHURCH OF LIGHT QUARTERLY, and any changes will be included in
future issues of this lesson.

ARIES–Countries: England, Palestine, Denmark, Japan, Syria, Lesser Poland,
Bergundy, and the older authors give Germany.

Cities and Towns: Florence, Naples, Saragossa Verona, Marseilles, Brunswick,
Capua, Leicester Oldham, Burmingham, Blackburn, Cracow, Utrecht.

TAURUS–Countries: Ireland, Asia Minor; Caucasus, Cyprus, Persia, Poland,
Grecian Archipelago, Georgia, Austria.

Cities and Towns: St. Louis, Dublin, Palermo Rhodes, Mantua, Parma, Leipzig,

GEMINI–Countries: United States (7°),Lower Egypt, West of England, Belgium,
Armenia, Flanders, Lombardy, Wales, Tripoli, Sardinia, Brabant N.E. Coast of

Cities and Towns: San Francisco, London (17°-54′), Cordova, Bruges, Melbourne
(10°-29′), Louvain, Metz, Nurenberg, Plymouth, Versailles, Wolverhampton,

CANCER–Countries: Scotland, Holland, N.W. Africa, Paraguay, East of
Mauritus, Zealand; Germany.

Cities and Towns: New York, Constantinople, Venice, Genoa, Tunis, Stockholm,
Milan, Manchester, Algiers, Amsterdam, Cadiz, Berne, Lubeck, Magdeborg,
Deptford, Rochdale.

LEO–Countries: France, Italy, Northern Roumania, Sicily, Chaldea, Bohemia,
Apulia, the Alps, Phonecia, round Tyre, and Sidon.

Cities and Towns: Chicago (1st decanate), Rome, Bristol, Philadelphia, Damascus,
Portsmouth, Ravenia, Prague, Bombay (3rd decanate), Bath, Taunton, Blackpool.

VIRGO–Countries: Brazil, Assyria, Babylonia, Crete, Kurdestan, West Indies,
Part of Greece, Croatia, Turkey, Thessaly, the Morea, Silesia, Switzerland, Virginia.

Cities and Towns: Jerusalem, Brindisi, Norwich, Lyons, Heidelburg, Corinth, Bury,
Cheltenham, Maidstone, Reading, Todmorden, Paris (29°), Padua, Strasburg,

LIBRA–Countries: China, Indo-China, Tibet, Borders of Caspian, Upper Egypt,
Savoy, Argentina, Livonia, Burma.

Cities and Towns: Vienna, Antwerp (21°), Charleston, Frankfort, Lisbon,
Copenhagen (1°), Johannesburg (27°), Nottingham, Placenza, Leeds, Fribourg,
Gaeta, Spires, Middleton, Los Angeles.

SCORPIO–Countries: Norway, Queensland, Transvaal, Algeria, North Syria,
Morocco, Bavaria, Barbary, Jutland, Judea, Catalonia, Cappadocia.

Cities and Towns: Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dover, Fez, Halifax, Hull, Liverpool,
Messina (18°), Milwaukee (7°), St. Johns New Foundland (2°), Newcastle, New
Orleans, Valentia, Washington, Worthing (7°), E. Grinstead, Stockport, Glossop.

SAGITTARIUS–Countries: Arabia, Australia Dalmatia, Cape Finistere,
Hungary, Madagascar Moravia, Province in France, Slavonia, Spain, Tuscany,
Felix, Istria.

Cities and Towns: Avignon, Toledo, Rottenburg W. Bromwich, Bradford, Taranto,
Sunderland, Budapest, Cologne, Stuttgart, Narbonne, Sheffield Nottingham.

CAPRICORN–Countries: India, Afghanistan Greece, Macedonia, Mexico, S.W.
Saxony, Styria, Circan, Maraccan, Punjab, Thrace, Illyria, Romandiola, Orkney
Islands, Mecklenburg, Albania, Bosia, Bulgaria, Khorassan, Hesse.

Cities and Towns: Boston, Brussels, Oxford, Keighley, Tortona, Port-Said Prato in
Tuscany, Fayence in Provence, Brandenburg, Constanz.

AQUARIUS–Countries: Sweden, Tartary, Lithuania, Piedmont, Arabia the Stony,
Abyssinia, Circassia, Prussia, Russia, Wallachia, Westphalia.

Cities and Towns: Hamburg, Salisbury, Trent, Satzburg, Ingolstadt, Bremen,
Brighton, Salzburg.

PISCES–Countries: Nubia, Normandy, Galicia, Calabria, Portugal, Sahara Desert.

Cities and Towns: Alexandria, Preston, Bournenouth, Cowes, Lancaster, Ratisbon,
King’s Lynn, Southport, Grimsby, Seville, Worms, Compostella, Farnham,
Yiverton, Regensburg, Christchurch.

Thought-Trend, Business, and Political Group Ruled by Each Planet

Each planet rules definite activities and definite environmental influences. A list of
these is given in Course X-I, Chapter 5. But as the events shown by a Cycle Chart are chiefly
brought about through the influence of the activities ruled by the planet for which it is
erected; and as the events indicated by Major Conjunctions are chiefly brought about
through the things ruled by the planets which are in conjunction; close attention
should be paid in all Mundane delineation also to the trend of thought, the type of
business, and the political group, governed by each planet, as follows:

SUN.–In thought, politics. In business, executive work and administration. In
politics, bosses and the ruling class.

MOON.–In thought, the family and home. In business, groceries and other
commodities. In politics, women and the common people.

MERCURY.–In thought, science. In business, literary work. In politics, the press.

VENUS.–In thought, the beautiful. In business, art. In politics, the so-called society

MARS.–In thought, mechanics. In business, manufacturing and the military
profession. In politics, militarism.

JUPITER.–In thought, religion and philosophy. In business, finances and
commerce. In politics, capitalism.

SATURN.–In thought, orthodoxy. In business, land and basic utilities. In politics,
conservatism, the farmer and the miner.

URANUS.–In thought, the occult and ultra progressive. In business, invention and
unusual methods. In politics, the radical element.

NEPTUNE.–In thought, the mystical and psychic. In business, promotion and
stock companies. In politics, the ideal.

PLUTO.–In thought, spirituality or inversion, and the influence of invisible
intelligences. In business, group activity, either for the selfish advantage of the group
or for universal good. In politics, compulsory cooperation.

The Birth Chart of a Cycle

When a planet moves from south declination to north declination there is a definite
change of polarity which marks itself in the astral substance which environs the
world. The moment thus indicated is the birth of a new cycle of influence in so far as
this particular planet and the things it rules are concerned. And a chart erected at any
place on the earth’s surface for this moment indicates, by the house positions of the
planets, particularly when they aspect this particular planet, the influence of the
things ruled by this planet during the ensuing cycle.

A Cycle Chart, except those of Sun and Moon, DOES NOT indicate the influence of
a wide variety of things on the affairs of the locality for which erected. Its influence is
narrowly confined to that which it is there possible for the things ruled by the planet
for which the chart is erected to exert. A Mars Cycle reveals the influence exerted by
mechanics, by manufacturing and the military profession, and by aggressive action;
but it does not reveal the influence of orthodoxy, of land and basic utilities, of
conservatism, or of the farmer and miner.

A Cycle Chart is the birth chart of the type of influence indicated by the planet for
which it is erected. This birth chart continues effective until the commencement of
the next Cycle of the same planet. It is possible, for instance, to gain some
information from a chart erected for the time the Sun enters Cancer, for the time the
Sun enters Libra, and for the time it enters Capricorn. But these quarterly charts are
entirely subsidiary to the Ingress Chart for the year, erected for the time the Sun
crosses from south declination to north declination.

The Sun and Moon and the things they rule are so important in human life that from
the Sun Cycle for each year and the Moon Cycle for each month it is possible to
determine much of what is going to happen in a country or city. But if dependence is
placed exclusively upon the Ingress Map (as the Sun Cycle commonly is called), and
the Lunation Maps (as the Moon Cycles often are termed), some of the most
outstanding events will be overlooked; for these relate chiefly to the influence of
things ruled by some other planet.

Progressing a Cycle Chart

A Cycle Chart, as the birth chart of a definite influence over a stated period, reveals
the events that will transpire due to that particular influence, but not those due to
other types of influence.

And, as in the birth chart of an individual, the time when the indicated events will
happen is revealed by Progressed Aspects. But unlike the progressions in the birth
chart of an individual, only one planet makes progressed aspects.

Also, unlike the birth chart of an individual, the progressions of this ONE planet are
by TRANSIT only, and ONLY to the birth chart positions of the planets. That is,
throughout the duration of the Cycle, the positions of the planets in the Cycle Chart,
and not as they later appear, are the positions to which progressed aspects are made.
And the progressed aspects to them, which indicate when the indicated events will
happen, are those made by the position of the planet for which the chart was erected,
as it moves forward by TRANSIT, as shown by the sign and degree it occupies on the
same date in the ephemeris.

The Two Most Common Errors

The most common error of those who are unfamiliar with the use of these Cycle
Charts is the attempt to predict events unrelated to the planet for which the chart is
erected. The next most common error is to consider the progressed aspects made by
planets other than the one for which the chart was erected. Both of these errors grow
out of a misconception of the true nature of a Cycle; and either of them will lead to
unreliable forecasts.

Erecting the Cycle Chart

A Cycle Chart is erected for the longitude and latitude of the place where its influence
is to be ascertained, for the exact moment the planet crosses from South Declination
to North Declination. The moment it reaches 0°N 0′ declination is the correct time.

This time may very roughly be ascertained from the declinations given in Raphael’s
Ephemeris, using either proportional logarithms, or simple proportion, to find the
time when the planet reaches 0°N 0′ declination. Unfortunately, however, as the
declinations are given only every second day for the slower planets, the time thus
ascertained is not precise enough to give accurate house positions when the chart is
erected at some particular place. Therefore, until more precise data is incorporated in
this ephemeris, it becomes necessary to have recourse to The American Ephemeris
and Nautical Almanac. This is published each year by the U. S. Government, and
may not be had through book dealers, but must be obtained directly from The
Superintendent of Documents, U. S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C.

In this annual publication the declinations are given each day with the variation in
declination per hour. In the ephemeris for Greenwich time Uranus and Neptune are
given only for every fourth day, but for Transit at Washington they are given for each
day. As the variation per hour–amount of movement–is given to 1/100 of a second,
and as their places are given to the nearest 1/10 of a second, the data is quite precise
enough for the purpose of ascertaining the time for which Cycle Charts should be

All Cycle Charts in These Lessons Have Been Erected From the Precise Data Afforded by the Nautical Almanac

As it is intended to publish in THE CHURCH OF LIGHT QUARTERLY both the
time and the charts of more important Cycles in the future, the Nautical Almanac is
indispensable only to those who expect to do considerable original research in
Mundane Astrology. Throughout this entire Course, the time given for which charts
are erected is LOCAL MEAN TIME.

Orb of Influence of a Cycle Chart

When a new Cycle Chart comes in it is found that the events signified by it may begin
to happen somewhat before the Cycle actually starts. The changing of the planet,
from south magnetic polarity to north magnetic polarity, brings into considerable
prominence the affairs under the rulership of the planet. The time of the
commencement of the Cycle, therefore is commonly coincident with some of the
matters foreshadowed in the Cycle Chart.

That which happens as the Cycle commences, and which comes under its influence,
is seldom all that transpires of similar import during the Cycle. More often it
foreshadows other events of similar nature which come to pass at the time progressed
aspects form in the Cycle Chart. And not infrequently these later events are a further
development of less outstanding events that arrive with the Cycle.

Astrological influences tend to bring a response from the physical environment, not
merely at the moment the phenomenon is perfect, but for a certain time before and a
certain time afterwards. In its change of polarity, from south to north, the change
begins to exert an influence when the planet is within one degree of crossing the
celestial equator, and continues to exert some influence during the time it is within
one degree after crossing.

The influence is more pronounced while the planet is close to the exact line between
south and north declination. But because the physical environment, by its resistance
or lack of it, may require accumulated planetary pressures to manifest as a given
event, the condition indicated by the changing polarity may develop somewhat
before, or somewhat after, the exact moment of change in declination. There is an
orb, therefore, of one degree of movement by declination, within which events
signified by the Cycle may take place before the Cycle actually starts.

In a similar manner, the Progressed Aspects which form to the places of the planets in
the Cycle Chart, also have an orb of one degree from the perfect aspect, within which
the event signified happens. In the Moon Cycle, which is set for the conjunction of
the Moon with the Sun, and not for change in declination, because the Moon moves
so rapidly, an orb of 24 hours is allowed within which the event signified by the
progressed aspect of the Moon happens. Any event which transpires outside of the
orb of one degree from perfect, or in the case of the Moon, more than 24 hours before
or after the perfect aspect, should not be attributed to the commencement of the Cycle
or to the aspect.

Pluto In Mundane Astrology

The characteristic feature of most events attracted through the influence of the planet
Pluto is group activity in the accomplishment of some purpose. Mob lynching, for
instance, are typical; although the purpose of the group activity may be either
beneficial to society or opposed to it.

Pluto is never milk and water. He always is either strongly for the right or strongly for
the wrong. Cooperative effort to alleviate suffering and to administer justice are
under his rule, as also are the activities of gangsters and racketeers. In this latter field
his specialties are kidnapping and mass murder.

On the constructive side he accomplishes his work through commissions, bureaus,
committees, or other groups who accept the responsibility of obtaining the desired
results. Unlike Neptune, he has little regard for the voice of the common people.
When he works for their welfare, as he does when his better side expresses, he
delegates to a group of specialists the responsibility of deciding what is good for the
people and how best to obtain it. Neptune would let every man have a voice in
deciding important matters; but Pluto, through popular vote or force of arms, gives
dictatorial powers to one person or to a small group of persons, and holds them
responsible for results.

Pluto, whether dealing with the common man or with those of much authority does
not ask, by your leave; but dictates what shall be done. Those under the leader, who
has been elected by popular ballot or who has placed himself in power through force,
are expected to carry out his orders unquestioningly Subordinates who fail to
cooperate are drastically and summarily punished. And all those coming under the
jurisdiction of the group are compelled to cooperate in carrying out such plans as
have been decided upon.

Pluto, when afflicted, tends to split a group into two rival factions. And even when
unafflicted, the forming of one group to accomplish some purpose is usually the
occasion for the formation of another group to prevent that purpose being realized.
The conflict of opposing interests, next to group activity, is the most characteristic
expression of his influence.

His worst attribute is Inversion. Thus the suppression of facts and the distortion of
information to create a public opinion favorable to some group, or favorable to the
purpose of some group, is the greatest menace he affords, and is perhaps also the
greatest menace to human progress.

331. Chart of Conjunction of Uranus and Pluto, June 20, 1850, 6:52 a.m.,
Washington. Uranus (liberty) conjunction Pluto (organized group) in 10th (business
interests), sextile Sun in 12th (slaves), semi-square Mercury in 11th (congress);
Mercury square Neptune, ruler of 9th (laws). The underground railroad by which
slaves escaped became the object of legislative controversy resulting on Sept. 18, in a
New and Drastic (Uranus) Anti-Slave Law, intended to check Organized (Pluto)
assistance to fugitives.

332. Chart of Conjunction of Neptune and Pluto, July 22, 1891, 10:24 p.m.,
Washington. March 14, eleven Italians were lynched (Pluto) in New Orleans. This
crime (Jupiter in 12th square Neptune and Pluto) resulted in the recall by Italy
(Uranus in 7th sesqui-square Neptune and Pluto) of her minister at Washington, and
a demand for reparations (Neptune and Pluto in 2nd). The controversy continued
throughout the summer, and not until Apr. 12, 1892 was the matter finally settled by
the payment of cash (Neptune and Pluto in 2nd) to Italy by our State Department.

The Cycle of Pluto

The last Cycle of Pluto commenced Feb. 20, 1864. At the time this is written no tables
are available covering the declination of Pluto in 1864 with sufficient precision to
determine the time of day when it crossed from south declination to north
declination.1Therefore, until such tables are calculated, we must be content with the
Natural Chart of the Pluto Cycle, given at the front of this lesson, which is equally
applicable to the whole world, and in which the house positions of the planets are
completely ignored.

This was during the Civil War, and the North had failed to accomplish much, as its
various military leaders each acted largely according to his own plans. But with the
commencement of the Pluto Cycle the leaders were compelled to act as a unified
group; for on March 12, Grant was given complete command of all the Federal

In a letter dated April 27, 1959 U.S. Naval Observatory states: “…no exact ephemerides for years as
early as 1864 have been computed…but accurate basic tables are now available…in Greenwich Time
Pluto crossed the equator from South to North within a few hours before or after the midnight between
February 20 and 21, 1864.”

The following dates are those of heavy Pluto aspects, by Transit, to the places of the
planets in the Pluto Cycle Chart. As the degree occupied by the Moon is unknown,
aspects to it are neglected, and as house positions likewise are unknown, they also
will receive no consideration. As many aspects are given as available space permits,
and, except for those since 1920, which are not included in it, the events will be
confined to those given in the brief Reference History of the U. S., in the back of
Webster’s New International Dictionary.

June, 1869, Pluto trine Mars r: June 15, Massachusetts Act for State Railroad
Commission (Pluto), first of its kind.

1875, Pluto trine Venus r: Thirty nations form the Universal Telegraph Union, and
twenty-three nations adopt the Metric system of weights and measures.

June, 1876, Pluto trine Venus r: June 25, Massacre (Pluto method) of Custer’s forces
in Montana by the Sioux, under Chief Sitting Bull.

May, 1877, Pluto trine Venus r: Reduction of wages causes railroad riots. Mob
(Pluto) controls Pittsburgh July 19–23 and destroys much property.

1878, Pluto opposition Jupiter r: Sixty nations form the Universal Postal Union.

1883, Pluto square Sun r: At Berne Convention, nineteen nations ratify standardized
international patent laws.

June, 1884, Pluto square Sun r: June 27, Congress authorizes the Federal Bureau
(Pluto) of Labor.

August, 1887, Pluto sextile Neptune r, trine Mercury r: Sept. 5, Labor Day (labor
acting as a group) first observed in New York as a legal holiday. Also, same year,
fifteen nations at Berne Convention adopt uniform copyright laws.

1889, Pluto sextile Neptune r, trine Mercury r: The International Parliamentary
Union is formed.

May, 1902, Pluto trine Saturn r, inconjunct Mars r: May 12–Oct. 21, strike (group
activity) of anthracite coal miners (Saturn occupation); 145,000 miners stop work,
coal famine (Saturn) results. Militia (Mars) ordered to the mines.

July, 1904, Pluto conjunction Uranus r: July 12–Sept. 8, strike of meat-packing
employees in Middle West. July 25, strike of textile workers at Fall River, Mass.
Radical activities are under Uranus. Collective bargaining is under Pluto.

June, 1915, Pluto trine Sun r: June 24, Secretary Daniels creates a general staff
(Pluto) of the navy.

June, 1918, Pluto square Neptune r: June 3, treaty with Great Britain for reciprocal
military service; citizens of either country resident in the other liable to conscription
(Pluto rules conscription and Neptune rules involuntary servitude).

July, 1928; June, 1929; March, 1930; Pluto opposition Mars r, (not quite perfect in
1930), square Saturn r: The liquor racket reached its peak of lawlessness, gang
slayings occurred daily, racketeers became dictators in politics, and the Federal
Government was called upon to curb them when State authorities admitted
themselves powerless.

June, 1934, Pluto opposition Venus r: In the U. S. a radical change in the NRA effort
to fix prices and to compel shorter hours and collective bargaining. June 30, Dictator
Hitler of Germany, without warning rounded up and had shot, Ernst Roehm, cabinet
minister and chief in command of Hitler’s troopers, together with more than 60 other
leaders who were alleged to be implicated in a conspiracy. This mass (Pluto)
execution was termed a “blood purge.”

Neptune In Mundane Astrology

The most pronounced influence of Neptune is to exaggerate the hopes and
expectations. He is thus the most active factor in promotion schemes, in vast
undertakings of worldwide scope, in inflation of all sorts, and in socialistic and
utopian enterprises.

Corporations of the type which draw together the capital of a large number of people
in order to utilize it in business on a vast scale, and in which there is profit-sharing by
many, come under his jurisdiction, as do colonies and enterprises in which many
members share alike or on a pro rata basis.

He rules gas, aviation, moving pictures, and dramatic art through whatever medium
it is expressed. On his adverse side, he is the particular patron of frauds, swindles,
confidence men, graft, the watering of stocks, and all the more subtle methods by
which, without violence, people are taken advantage of. On his better side he rules
brotherly love and the ideal, mystical lines of thought, spiritual aspirations, and
psychical research.

Pisces is the ruler of the natural 12th house, which relates both to crime and
imprisonment. Neptune, as the ruler of Pisces, thus rules the more cunning
nonviolent types of crime, and the various subtle forms of bondage. Kidnapping, as
practiced by the violent methods of the racketeer, comes under Pluto; but involuntary
servitude in general is ruled by Neptune. Slavery, drug addiction, undesired control
by invisible forces, blackmail and other secret means by which people are kept in
bondage are under his jurisdiction.

The table at the front of this lesson gives the charts of the eleven conjunctions of
Jupiter and Neptune that have occurred since the year 1800, These charts, erected for
Washington, D.C., reveal the influence of the things ruled by Jupiter (finances,
commerce, religion, law) as they converge with the things ruled by Neptune, as
affecting the U. S. The space at my disposal causes me to confine the events to those
given in the brief outline in the back of Webster’s New International Dictionary.

18. Jupiter Conjunction Neptune, Dec. 29, 1804, 11:35 a.m. The desire for
commercial (Jupiter) and territorial expansion (Neptune) is fulfilled by the Lewis
Clark expedition up the Missouri, down the Columbia to the Pacific, and return;
giving a further foundation of claim to the Oregon country and the Northwest fur
trade (conjunction in 8th).

19. Jupiter Conjunction Neptune, Dec. 24, 1817, 00:58 p.m. Dec. 10, Mississippi
admitted as Slave (Neptune) State. Taken with Indiana the first clear case of
admission of slave states in pairs (conjunction in house of government in a dual sign).

20. Jupiter Conjunction Neptune, Dec. 15, 1830, 4:52 a.m. Jan. 1, 1831, W. L.
Garrison establishes the Liberator at Boston, as the organ of those who demand
immediate abolition of slavery (Neptune). Mars, ruler of 1st, is sextile Uranus
(freedom) in 3rd (periodicals).

21. Jupiter Conjunction Neptune, April 9, 1843, 1:31 p.m. John C. Freemont’s
warlike (conjunction in 7th) expeditions in the Far West furthers the ends of
commercial (Jupiter) and territorial expansion (Neptune).

22. Jupiter Conjunction Neptune, March 17, 1856, 1:23 a.m. H. R. Helper, a
Southern poor white, writes (conjunction in 3rd), and early in 1857 publishes, The
Impending Crisis of the South, showing slavery (Neptune) to be a bad thing for the
white laborer (Saturn in 6th, square conjunction).

23. Jupiter Conjunction Neptune, Feb. 26, 1869, 00.19 a.m. Feb. 27, the Fifteenth
Amendment is submitted to the States; it (Mars, ruler of the first –the people–in the
9th–the law, trine the conjunction) declares that suffrage shall not be denied or
abridged because of race, color, or previous condition of servitude (Neptune).

24. Jupiter Conjunction Neptune, June 18, 1881, 7:34 a.m. The conjunction is in the
10th (office and the president) with Saturn, and is trine to the ruler of the 8th (death).
Mars is on the M.C. (president), sesqui-square Uranus, ruler of 8th (death). July 2,
president Garfield is shot by a disappointed (Neptune rules exaggerated hopes)
office seeker.

25. Jupiter Conjunction Neptune, June 1, 1894, 4:41 a.m. April 29, Coxey’s Army of
unemployed (conjunction in 1st, ruling the people) reaches Washington with a
demand for the issue of $5,000,000 paper money (exaggerated hopes).

26. Jupiter Conjunction Neptune, May 22, 1907, 6:43 a.m. May 22, New York
legislature established a Public Utilities Commission (Pluto square Moon in
4th–utilities) to exercise control over public service corporations (conjunction in
1st–people, opposition Uranus and Mars in 7th–their exploiters); a policy also
adopted by other states.

27. Jupiter Conjunction Neptune, Sept. 23, 1919, 8:46 p.m. Sept. 3, president Wilson
starts on a nationwide speaking tour in behalf of unconditional acceptance of the
League of Nations (conjunction on 4th–nations–exaggerated hopes of attaining an

333. Jupiter Conjunction Neptune, Sept. 18, 1932, 11 :30 p.m. The election (Moon
ruling 1st–people, trine the conjunction) threw overboard (Uranus in 10th square
Pluto in 1st) 250-year-old notions as to the relation of government (Neptune, ruler of
10th) to business (Jupiter) and to money (Moon, ruler of 2nd–money, trine the

The Cycle of Neptune

Neptune crossed from south declination to north declination March 14, 1863. The
most powerful aspect in the chart is Saturn opposition Neptune, Saturn representing
property rights and the proverbial pound of flesh, and Neptune representing slavery,
and on its better side the brotherhood of all men. The Keyword of the aspect is
Separation, and the owners (Saturn) were separated from their slaves (Neptune).

Six weeks before the Cycle started, but well within the orb of its influence, on Jan. 1,
1863, Lincoln signed the Final Emancipation Proclamation as a war measure. Mars
(war) in the chart is almost exactly trine Saturn and sextile Neptune. It is significant
that the proclamation was signed by a man having Saturn conjunction Neptune on his
Ascendant (see Lincoln’s chart, Course X-I, Chapter 3).

The Cycle of March 14 was a short one, as Neptune moved back south of the equator,
and then again crossed to north declination Dec. 28, 1863 2:46 a.m. Washington.
This Neptune Cycle Chart, which is still in force, is given at the front of the lesson.

The emancipation of the slaves remained merely a war measure until Neptune in the
present Cycle came to the square of the Sun r, Feb. 1, 1865, when the adoption of the
Thirteenth Amendment broadened its application to a peace time basis. Uranus, the
planet of freedom is in the 8th house of this chart. Mars is ruler of the 6th (labor) and
Dec. 18, 1865, the amendment was accepted by the States, when Neptune came trine
Mars r.

The commencement of this cycle gave a tremendous impetus to mystical studies, to
psychical research and to spiritualism. But as Pluto, ruler of Scorpio and thus of the
natural 8th house, also governs information and influences from the dead, the Cycle
of Pluto, commencing in 1864, was jointly responsible in these movements. It was
out of psychical research, for instance, that, according to Col. Olcott, the
Theosophical Society was founded in New York, Nov. 17, 1875. Pluto was trine
Venus r in the Pluto Cycle.

At this time human reincarnation was not a tenet of the society, but when in the
Neptune Cycle, Neptune came semi-square Neptune r, in October, 1882, Mr. Sinnett
published in the Theosophist, Vol. IV, No. 1, the basis of the doctrine of human

Quoting from The World Almanac: “June 12, 1926, at London the young Indian
Krishnamurti was accepted as the `world teacher’ by the Theosophical Society at its
annual convention in Queen’s Hall.” Neptune (world-wide schemes) sextile Uranus
r (independence), from the 10th (governing authority). The authority conferred upon
him enabled Krishnamurti (who has Uranus prominent in his birth chart) later to
disband the secret (Neptune) section of the society.

The Brotherhood of Light, in its object to cooperate for universal welfare, and as an
organization which in no activity is secret, comes chiefly under the spiritual side of
Pluto. Its teachings were first given wide publicity in modern times through the
publication, in 1889, when in the Pluto Cycle, Pluto was sextile Neptune r and trine
Mercury r, of Light of Egypt, Vol. I., by T. H. Burgoyne (his chart is in present
edition of Course I, Chapter 1). Volume II, compiled after his death is less authentic.
Both volumes are now out of print.

May, 1915, B. of L. commenced its public work with headquarters at Los Angeles:
Pluto trine Sun r, in Pluto Cycle.

Nov. 11, 1918 B. of L. opened membership to general public, and thus expanded
(Neptune) its influence: Neptune trine Mars r from the 9th (religion), in Neptune
Cycle, a few minutes more than one degree distant.

Nov. 2, 1932, united opposition of orthodox churches (Pluto opposition Venus r in
Pluto Cycle) made it advisable to incorporate (Neptune trine Pluto r in Neptune
Cycle) as The Church of Light, that our Religion (Major Conjunction of Jupiter and
Neptune on Sept. 18) might not be at a legal disadvantage.

This is all the space that can be devoted to spiritual trends, and I shall, therefore, use
such room as is left to more material events which have been influenced by the
Neptune Cycle.

Industrial combinations and the movement toward trusts (Neptune) date from the
Neptune Cycle of 1863. Certain pools (Neptune), as of the cordage industry were
formed in the `60s; but immediately after the Cycle started the Michigan Salt
Association was organized, and in the year of the Cycle Commodore Vanderbilt
engineered a Wall Street coup of typically Neptune character, by which he annexed
the Harlem Railroad as a first step in consolidation (Neptune).

1864, stimulated by the new Cycle, two far reaching international organizations were
conceived. In 1864 the International Red Cross (Neptune trine Mars in the Cycle
Chart) was organized at Geneva, and the same year the Marxian Socialists (Neptune)
organized an “International” at London.

1867, Neptune semi-sextile Pluto r: Commodore Vanderbilt formed the New York
Central out of previous consolidations.

1868, Neptune (ruler of 5th-speculation) opposition Saturn r (co-ruler of
3rd-railroads). “Watering stocks” became so common that the railroads were
accused of increasing securities 150%, all water (inflation).

1870, Neptune (ruler of 5th-speculation) opposition Saturn r (ruler of
4th-underground products). Jan. 2, Standard Oil Company is chartered in Ohio.
Vanderbilt makes further combinations.

1879, Neptune inconjunct Mars r: Original Trust Agreement of Standard Oil bears
the date April 8, 1879.

1881, Neptune square M.C. r: The Kentucky Distillers form a gigantic trust in May.

1882, Neptune in seventh (international) inconjunct Saturn in twelfth (hospitals and
relief work): Largely through the energy of Clara Barton, U.S. ratifies the Geneva
Convention and becomes member of International Red Cross.

1884, Neptune semi-sextile Uranus r: Latter part of year American Cotton Oil Trust
is formed.1890, Neptune sesqui-square Mercury r, ruler of the 11th (Congress): Sherman
Anti-Trust Law adopted.

1902, Oct. 1, Neptune square Neptune r: International Mercantile Marine Co.,
controlling 114 steamers, is formed with capital of 120 million dollars.

1903, Neptune square Neptune r: International Harvest Co. obtains control of
smaller companies.

1917, Jan. 22, Neptune trine Neptune r: Supreme Court in Blue Sky Cases upholds
the rights of States to guard against questionable stock and bond dealers and
fraudulent securities.

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