©1-17-2011 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
Since we’re taking a look at conjunctions lately, let’s explore encounters between slower moving planets (Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto). They may last anywhere from 2 years when Saturn is involved to a decade when you bring in a pair like Pluto and Uranus.
An outer planet conjunction becomes the signature of a particular subgeneration. It defines a set of issues and concerns that they struggle with. The signs and planets involved reflect the era in which they were born—including major historical events like wars, as well as the social economic, and political climate that shaped their perceptions of life and the world around them as they grew up.
Having two outer planets joined is such a complex aspect that rather than describe all of them, I wanted to focus on the subgroup that’s just coming into its own. The Uranus-Neptune Conjunction of the 1980s-90s was first in Capricorn, then in Aquarius. The oldest of them—the Capricorn cadre—are in their 20s, just finishing school and entering the workforce. The younger Aquarian bunch are still in their teens.
So here’s my challenge to you–analyzing a conjunction on your own. We’ve been talking about how to interpret a conjunction. Below are all the pieces you need to put the Uranus-Neptune aspect together. I’ll supply keywords and issues for each part of the analysis:
- Uranus and Neptune
- Capricorn and Aquarius
- The 6th and 7th houses
To enter the contest, Readers submitted a 150-word description of one of these possible combinations:
- Uranus and Neptune in Capricorn in the 6th
- Uranus and Neptune in Capricorn in the 7th
- Uranus and Neptune in Aquarius in the 6th
- Uranus and Neptune in Aquarius in the 7th
The winner in each category received one volume of my outer planet trilogy, The Outer Planets and Inner Life. (Only one entry per person.)
Background Information Needed to Write the Description
My ebook, The Outer Planets and Inner Life, v.3, has long chapters on subgenerations like those born with the Pluto-Uranus conjunction of the 1960s and the Uranus-Neptune conjunction of 1986-1999.
Available at Moon Maven Publications, it also deals with aspects between Saturn and Pluto, Saturn and Neptune, Saturn and Uranus. The material below is drawn from its pages.
Since I’ve been fascinated by these aspects between the outer planets from my earliest days in astrology, I’ve watched people who have a combination like this prominent in their birth charts and have observed how contending with it shapes their lives.
It only becomes a major life task when the aspect is strongly woven into the chart. What brings these aspects into high focus would be:
- having it in major aspect to the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, or Midheaven
- having additional planets in a triple conjunction
- having it as a point in a t-square, grand trine/kite, or grand cross
- having many aspects to those planets
The Uranus-Neptune conjunction went on for a number of years, first in the latter degrees of Sagittarius, then in Capricorn, and then in Aquarius. Allowing a 10° orb—and I find that does work with outer planet conjunctions—it began in 1986, with Uranus in late Sagittarius and Neptune in early Capricorn. Uranus entered Capricorn in 1988, along with Saturn.
The conjunction continued during the entire time Neptune and Uranus were in Capricorn, with exact conjunctions in 1993-4. Uranus entered Aquarius for the first time in 1995, but remained within a range of 5° or less of Neptune that year and much of the next. Neptune finally entered Aquarius in 1998, and was strengthened by being disposed of by Uranus.
Keywords and Issues for Uranus and Neptune:
How Uranians Operate: How Neptunians Operate:
Change through information, reason Redemption through sacrifice
Sudden, radical change Slowly dissolve reality
Demanding freedom, equality May accept being a victim/martyr
Idealistic, humanitarian Compassionate, service-minded
Detached, cerebral, rational Intuitive, subjective, romantic
Inventive, intellectual Creative, artistic, imaginative
Zany, eccentric, unconventional Whimsical, fey
In-your-face, shocking Self-effacing, etheric, hidden
Individuated, elitist, unique Merge into the Oneness
Keywords and Issues for Capricorn and Aquarius:
|CAPRICORN: Neptune 1984-98, Uranus 1988-95; Saturn 1988-91 Keywords for Capricorn and Saturn: dealing with reality and its demands; form, structure, rigidity; recognizing limitations and lack; fears; setting and respecting boundaries; clear-cut rules, accountability; perfectionism, strenuous, goal-oriented efforts; success, accomplishments; desire for quality, maturity, age, perseverance, self-discipline, responsibility, learning from experience. Areas of Life Affected by the Transits: professions; career; big business; corporate sector; executives; parental authority; bosses & our attitudes toward them; status; expectations & attitudes about success.|
|AQUARIUS: Uranus 1995-2003, Neptune 1998-2011 Keywords for Aquarius and Uranus: individuality, finding one’s uniqueness and where you fit into groups, friendship, eccentricity, inventiveness, independence, freedom, breaking with the past, becoming your own authority, adolescence; rebelling against domination; detached, cerebral; sudden, radical change; focused on society and social change; prone to sudden, radical change; demanding freedom, equality ; idealistic, humanitarian; detached, cerebral, rational; inventive, intellectual; zany, eccentric, unconventional; in-your-face, individuated, elitist, unique. Areas of Life Affected by the Transits: Social and political movements, especially radical or extremist ones, freedom, equality—and elitism, revolution, rebels, counter-culture, splinter groups, sudden social change, divorce, earthquakes, lightning, and electricity, science and technology, pop trends and fads, especially those designed to shock, computers.|
Adding in the House Position:
The house position of a conjunction shows us where the combined energies of the pair of planets are primarily focused. The areas of life and the people involved in those endeavors are matters of great concern. In this contest, we’ll how this aspect might work in the 6th house vs. the 7th.
|6th: Work and its meaning; work habits; types of jobs; coworkers and employees; health and health habits. Strong emphasis may show the workaholic type. Where work is not satisfying, this type may fall ill. Health conditions may be seen–even anticipated and preventative work done–especially where the house is occupied by transiting planets.|
|7th: Partnerships—personal and business; close, committed relationships; types of people we attract; sharing. Conditions surrounding committed and long-term relationships, with any barriers. Where strong, it would be important to do heart-center healing on any broken or traumatic relationships.|
THE CHALLLENGE: Okay, Readers, you’ve got all the pieces you need to create the description.
Choose one of the 4 categories, create a 150 word description of a young person who’d fit into it, and post it in the comment section. The best description in each of the categories won a copy of one of my ebooks.
UPDATE: The contest is over, and the best entries are here: Best Interpretations of the Uranus-Neptune Conjunction—Contest Results. Though the contest is over, why not give the challenge a try? I’ve reopened the comment section.
Posts to help you understand conjunctions:
- How to Analyze a Conjunction
- Readers Ask—Q&A about Conjunctions
- Aspects 101: Major Astrological Aspects and What They Mean
(Here are some additional aids for analyzing the house position of the conjunction: Download a chapter on the houses here: AGSA ch13-houses and a chart blank here: Blank chart with house meanings. To find out who’s represented by various houses, see: A Who’s Who of your Horoscope–the Players in all 12 Houses.)
Other posts involving outer planet aspects:
- Life Patterns of People Born with Uranus-Saturn Aspects
- Career Challenges for the Pluto-Uranus in Virgo Generation
- How the Pluto-Saturn Square may Affect People born with that Aspect
- Venus-Uranus Aspects among the Glitterati
- The Mars-Uranus Conjunction in Pisces and Children Born with it
- Mars-Pluto Aspects? Use your Manifestation Mojo!
- Depp’s Darker Roles—Where Do They Show in his Chart?
- The Incredible Vulnerability a Stellium Creates
- Readers’ Insights into their own Stelliums
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