Major conjunctions

When two planets are in the same degree, minute and second of the zodiac they form a conjunction aspect; and when the major planets – Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune or Pluto – form a conjunction aspect in the sky it can herald an event of historical significance here on Earth.

Mars has a faster motion than Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto and as he travels the zodiac he regularly forms conjunction aspects with all these planets. They occur around every two years.

Jupiter, due to his faster motion, forms conjunction aspects with Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.

Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are slow moving planets and Saturn-Uranus, Saturn-Neptune, Saturn-Pluto, Uranus-Neptune, Uranus-Pluto and Neptune-Pluto conjunctions are rare astrological event.

The science of major conjunctions

When two major planets form a conjunction aspect in the sky the mundane-matters and activities they rule here on Earth come together.

In a specified chart the mundane matters ruled by the house where the conjunction is located are directly impacted by the energy-event in the sky; and those ruled by the house where a planet that forms a powerful aspect to the conjunction is located are influenced in a way that’s defined by the nature of the aspect.

A conjunction aspect is harmony-discord neutral but if it receives a harmonious aspect from a planet its neutrality is modified in the direction of harmony; and if it receives a discordant aspect its neutrality is modified in the direction of discord.

The influence of an in-sky energy-event commences when the two planets are 12° apart in the zodiac; and its time-frame, which is determined by the speed of the faster moving planet, specifies when the event or events it forecasts can occur here on Earth.

This time-frame can be a month, many months or even a year, but observation reveals that major events pertaining to a specified conjunction are more likely to occur near its peak power date.


1989 was a year of momentous events.

Saturn, the planet of orthodoxy, fundamentalism, hard-line rear-vision thinking, security, environmental issues, loss and hardship, formed a conjunction aspect with Neptune, the planet of schemes, idealism and great expecations on March 3, June 24 and November 13, 1989. Here’s what happened.

In March Tim Berners Lee in Geneva Switzerland writes Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) – a computer language for communicating documents over the internet. 

On March 24, 1989 the Exxon Valdez spills millions of gallons of crude oil (Neptune) spoiling the Alaskan wilderness (Saturn) and outraging the American public. 

On June 4, 1989 in Beijing, China the Chinese government crushes (Saturn) a peaceful student uprising (Neptune) in Tiananmen Square.

And on November 9, 1989 in Berlin, Germany the wall that divided a city crumbles. 

The first section of the Wall went up in 1961 and was supposed to last 100 years, but Saturn and Neptune had other ideas. 

Its collapse was hailed as a victory for freedom. 

Author: DW Sutton

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