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Planetary Cycles and their Interferences

André Barbault

Article published in the "Cahiers Astrologiques juillet-août 1946" translation Beatrice Boucher

There is a basic notion in Mundane Astrology, which at the present time (1946 ed.) has almost been forgotten and whose true value needs to be fully reinstated: the Planetary Cycles. It determines the rhythm of history, and as such is the real key to Astro Mundane (1). We are familiar with the theory of Planetary Cycles: it is the circuit that established itself between two planets, from the quickest to the slowest, within the time span of two successive conjunctions. All aspects settle into an evolutive waxing series followed by an involutive one; each of them expressing a particular quality of the current in the cycle. The conjunction actually expresses the birth and the creation of the current, according to the nature of the conjuncting planets and the place of the conjunction. The sextile translates the evolution of the current; a passage from a virtual, latent condition into an affective and manifest one. The square introduces a dissonance, an imbalance within the current; it also brings a deviation, a dissidence, a conflict. The trine gives expansion to the current and confirms its full development The current’s expansion reaches its apogee at the opposition which then brings a major conflict leading towards the dissociation of the current. From evolutive, it becomes involutive. It goes again through a trine which causes a recovery of the current. A new imbalance is introduced at the second square. A last re-establishment is done with the sextile preceding the conjunction. This one expresses either the end or the renewal of the cycle, bringing forth the end or the transformation of the current.

Another article of André Barbault in English on his site: Globalisation and the Uranus Neptune conjunction

Our civilisation is an expression of the component of all planetary cycles, from the quickest to the slowest one. Each cycle can be taken apart and considered separately, because it modulates in itself a specifically autonomous current: it determines the creation and the evolution of all sorts of movements. However, at the same time, we need to consider the interference of the cycles and their assemblage within each others, in order to judge their interactions. Every cycle resembles a piece of the clockwork, with its own function, but which is tributary as well of the whole. Therefore we need to try to bring every cycle within the synthesis of our solar system.

We will demonstrate the above by applying it to a great cycle of slow planets showing that they are related to events of first importance, and thus verification is immediate. We will see, indeed, that the great pages of our modern history correspond with the interference of the cycles of Jupiter-Saturn, those of the political order, with the cycle of Uranus-Neptune, of the capitalistic society.

The first conjunction of Uranus-Neptune - fully effective because Uranus had just been discovered and Neptune almost - happens in 1821. It is at this specific moment, during the first half of the 19th century, that the great capitalistic revolution occurs, changing the face of the world. The steam machine brings about economical upheaval which transforms civilisation in a fundamental way. Up to then Napoleon travelled at the same speed as Caesar or Alexander; but
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At that exact moment Saturn crosses the cycle. but the railways and the steam boats modify man’s essential idea of time and space. In France. creating new modes of production. With the appearance of factories.for the first time . Germany and Poland. the economical experiments. a reaction occurs against these national and constitutional movements when Saturn passes Uranus in 1851-52. Germany. leading towards standardisation. shaking the Old World and preparing the ground for new turmoil. the first convulsion occurs in 1830-31 when .Jupiter passes the conjunction going from Neptune to Uranus.htm Page 2 of 8 . This is the Industrial Revolution with its mechanisation and technical development. http://www. the higher class of employers and the working-class. A new important historical turn happens at the first dissonant aspects of the UranusNeptune cycle: the semisquare. the proletariats. And then we have the revolutionary movement of 1830 which spreads throughout France. But.nl/mundane%20astrology. the industry. and bringing forth new social classes. Belgium. we see a transition from the Second Republic to the Second Empire. are born. The two poles of society. At that time we see the revolutionary torment of 1848. France. swoops over Europe. Hungary. a phase routing nationalities towards their constitutions and installing capitalistic progress. Within a decade the whole face of the earth changes. and with Neptune (the masses) the collectivities with their trade unions and revolutionary ideologies. which had remained stable since antiquity.58. the trusts. represented by Jupiter (economy) and Saturn (labour) during the (astrological) Septenary become with Uranus the huge enterprises. between the first and the second conjunction.IC Aquarius | Mundane Astrology | Planetary Cycles by Andre Barbault 2/8/13 8:04 AM Up to then Napoleon travelled at the same speed as Caesar or Alexander. Let’s forget the sextile of Uranus-Neptune which occurs around 1854. Italy. and the revolutions fail.icaquarius. While this revolution is taking place. and at the end of 1846 it meets Neptune.

nl/mundane%20astrology. http://www.IC Aquarius | Mundane Astrology | Planetary Cycles by Andre Barbault 2/8/13 8:04 AM We then reach the square of UranusNeptune in 1866-72.htm Page 3 of 8 . conjuncting Neptune in 1869 and Uranus in 1872.icaquarius. The conflict weights heavily upon society and on social classes and nations. And then. The First International Communist sees the light under the first configuration and disappears with the second. and establish Germany as the dominant power of Europe. Jupiter crosses their cycle. we have the AustroPrussians and FrancoGerman Wars which will shake the European order dominated by France and England.

in 1907 at the exact time when Jupiter crosses one of the poles of the opposition. the creation of the Duma in Russia. The conflict is general. improving the life of the workingclasses. Social Law becomes more organized. This constructive and expansive phase evolves until the opposition. we witness the gathering of economical groups. the creation of big enterprises. France and Russia is created. This is the period where social class struggle is at its highest with the increase in power of the working class . working in a united way toward a common goal. agreements.IC Aquarius | Mundane Astrology | Planetary Cycles by Andre Barbault 2/8/13 8:04 AM The evolutionary trine of Uranus-Neptune occurs in 1879-1884. From then on Europe will be divided into two antagonistic blocks which will fight each others during the Great War of 19141918. Moreover. bloody May Days.. translates the Boulangisme crisis (translator’s note: Boulanger was a French general and reactionary politician). the semi-square Uranus-Neptune of 1887-1889. Austria-Hungry and Italy). precisely on Neptune and opposite Uranus. This is the harmonious beginning of Capital and Labour. in opposition to Neptune of the Triple http://www.. We see the forces of society coming together.icaquarius. The JupiterSaturn cycle of 1881 (in Taurus) starts on this trine with Neptune (in Taurus) at its root. Common interests concentrate. The Uranus-Neptune opposition of 1905-1912 generates the great division and brings the already antagonistic society forces into conflict. unified. Previously. in France the separation of Church from State. which is the culminating point of the cycle and corresponds with the apogee of the Liberal and Capitalistic world (1910-1913). In 1914 Jupiter is charging the other pole.nl/mundane%20astrology. the strikes. cartels and trusts. the Triple Alliance of Uranus. incorporated companies.. the Triple Entente between Great Britain.htm Page 4 of 8 . Nations unite: it is 1883. the creation of the Triple Alliance (translator’s note: military alliance between Germany.

the overthrowing of alliances can only be explained by the changes of signs and rulers: Indeed. from one pole to the other. that is. USA and Japan. while under the second Trine. and between 1942-1945. the time of the conclusion of the war and of the Allied victory. Russia. the great crisis of the World War unfolds during the crossing of Jupiter. With this overthrowing. in order to represent the Anglo-Saxon capitalism. under its second form.nl/mundane%20astrology. In both case. it brings together antagonistic powers. The second sesqui-square of Uranus-Neptune occurs in 1933 and marks the starting point of the new crisis: the failure of the conference of disarmament: Hitler reaching power. But little by little. at the contrary. Its last aspect is with Neptune in 1919. This is the fundamental turn of the war. we are at the formation of a ‘new European order’. from Taurus to Virgo. under the first trine. in fact. Mercury rules Uranus and Venus Neptune. engaged in Central and Occidental Europe. and Mercury of Neptune. the World War takes place exactly http://www. The war is global and Hitler has conquered Europe. from Gemini to Libra. leaves the SDN. Under its first form. and. Neptune remains the agent of Communistic Russia.icaquarius. Africa. And. considered the victory of the democracies. The involutive trine of Uranus-Neptune unfolds in two phases. causing the tempest to burst open.IC Aquarius | Mundane Astrology | Planetary Cycles by Andre Barbault 2/8/13 8:04 AM of the Triple Entente.htm Page 5 of 8 . but a substitution of forms occurs when Uranus ceases to personify the Hitler dictatorship. Furthermore. from Uranus to Neptune. we see a conjunction of SaturnJupiter nearby Uranus. This affects all the imperialistic interests. and the weapon-run restarts. Jupiter and Saturn edge away from Uranus and approach Neptune. validates the Anglo-American-Soviet accordance. During the trine. Venus is the dispositor of Uranus. At this major turn of 1940-41 where these three planets meet. Between 1939 and 1941. it brings us the German-Soviet Pact forecasted by many astrologers.

In 1848. Since during this period. Jupiter crossed Neptune and democracies replaced dictatorships. Saturn’s crossing on Neptune emphasizes the Neptunian political evolution? As Neptune represents the communistic element. Jupiter and Saturn. the opposition of Uranus-Neptune starts separating. it is the square of Uranus-Neptune. we could say that two rhythms need to be considered for actual planetary evolution. which are the components of the capitalistic society. there is to be a 2nd square of UranusNeptune. a major turn presents itself for the period of 1952-55. has such a rigorous objectivity that we cannot be accused of wanting to satisfy any personal opinion here.nl/mundane%20astrology. bringing the fascism order of the Hitler era. And so we see the great landmarks of Modern History of Western European civilisation happen during the phases of the Neptune-Uranus cycle. In 1945 Jupiter conjuncts Neptune. Jupiter and Saturn together joined with Uranus: Europe. for the Allies. The political life of our history oscillates from right to left wing. and it is victory. from the moment that Jupiter passes from Uranus to Neptune in 1945. it is the semi-square of Uranus-Neptune. However if we want to push our curiosity a bit further and pursue this global investigation for experimental purposes rather than prophetic. depending on whether the planets Jupiter and Saturn. But then . Can’t we see here a kind of double expiry and consider that after Jupiter’s crossing on Neptune. called democratic. Saturn passes from Neptune to Uranus and we see the revolutionary upheaval tamed by a reaction.IC Aquarius | Mundane Astrology | Planetary Cycles by Andre Barbault 2/8/13 8:04 AM exactly during the interval of time needed for Jupiter to go from Uranus to Neptune.icaquarius. wouldn’t we have to envisage a communistic evolution in Europe for the coming years? [was written in 1946] Of course our interpretation. In 1914. in the hands of dictators.in 1952-1953 . In 1940-41. From 1914 to 1919. the democratic powers make an end to dictatorships. which is backed up by past history. Then. are moving towards either Uranus or Neptune. orchestrated by moments of time where Jupiter and Saturn cross the aspects of this cycle. which brings the democratic success at the end of the war.htm Page 6 of 8 . In 1870. It seems that at any case. But. 1939-1945: this time it is the trine of Uranus-Neptune. representing the political order. And while Saturn will meet Neptune in http://www. We see that the Austro-Prussian and Franco-German Wars lead to the victory of “Prussian militarism”. Jupiter goes from Neptune to Uranus. Jupiter goes from Uranus to Neptune at the time of the unfolding of the Great War launched by the imperialists and won by the Democratic Allies. From 1866 to 1872. successively rejoin Neptune. becomes fascist. after having left Uranus. Jupiter and Saturn met each other on Uranus.Saturn rejoins Neptune so that both planets.

we see the conjunction of 1848 provoking the first revolutionary movement. We are not formulating any forecast here. but our work essentially remains a research on passed events in relation to the cyclic interfering of the cycles of Uranus-Neptune and of Jupiter-Saturn. with unyieldingly determination. rising up against each other. Through all these cycles we witness the progressive evolution of a tendency which achieves maturity step by step. thanks to this direct correlation between configurations and important events. in the meantime may have progressively grown into their most final form of maturity (the stadium of the involutionary square).icaquarius. now consider the successive cycles of these conjunctions. the one of 1927 inaugurating the era of dictatorships. Meanwhile.. The prophetic conclusion is only meant as a kind of supplement detached from the work.IC Aquarius | Mundane Astrology | Planetary Cycles by Andre Barbault 2/8/13 8:04 AM Neptune in 1952-53.htm Page 7 of 8 . Such a remarkable configuration prompts us to fear for an ultimate power struggle between political antagonistic forces. http://www. Jupiter will meet Uranus in 1954-55. we see that the conjunction of 1872 establishing the German Empire. a territory as big as 1/6th of the world. that we will have a conjunction of SaturnNeptune squaring a conjunction of JupiterLet us Uranus. just putting the problem before you.. France and England. Europe and America (USA). the conjunction of 1914 seting the Great War in motion. which. the conjunction of 1881 establishing the proletarian conquests and the first socialist parties in Russia. two conjunctions in square.nl/mundane%20astrology. It was logical to draw a view of the future out of this historical study of cycles. finally the one of 1941 makes the war global and places Europe in dictatorial hands. and in an ultimate strife?. It seems that under the involutionary square of Uranus-Neptune. the two antagonistic forces of capitalistic society would possibly reach their final degree of maturity. Wouldn’t we then have to fear seeing both continents. For the Jupiter-Uranus cycle. we hope that in an exact and precise way we have given you proof of the influence of the interferences of planetary cycles. my dear colleague astrologers. Such is. For the Saturn-Neptune cycle. the one of 1917 marking the Bolshevik revolution and installing Communism in Russia.

nl/mundane%20astrology.IC Aquarius | Mundane Astrology | Planetary Cycles by Andre Barbault 2/8/13 8:04 AM André Barbault . Synthese Astrologique de l’Histoire Contemporaine’. http://www. ‘Astrologie Mondiale.htm Page 8 of 8 . we will give the meaning of almost 15 cycles over 100 years.all rights reserved Translation: Beatrice Boucher with the kind permission of André Barbault for edition on this site.icaquarius. (1) In a work we are working on.

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