The alignments of

Uranus & Neptune

Uranus-Neptune cycles can be correlated to some important long-term phenomenon. In Cosmos and Psyche Richard Tarnas presents major topics such as "Shifts in cultural vision", "Spiritual epiphanies" and "The emergence of new religions".

We're adding a few small pieces to that large puzzle:

Correlations with world history

The timeline of maritime empires

Our post about the Rise and Fall of Maritime Empires shows how their histories correlate to Uranus-Neptune cycles:

  • the Genoese and the Venetian maritime republics in the Mediterranean, from the middle ages to the late 18th century.

  • the Portuguese Empire in the Indian Ocean, followed by the Dutch and the British Empires.

  • the Spanish Empire in the Caribbean and the Philippines, followed by American imperialism in the same regions, and expanding into the Pacific.

Correlation with the history of modern artefacts

New maritime routes and new networks of communication

Uranus-Neptune cycles seem to correlate to the phenomena of weaving new networks that connect people in unprecedented ways. The conjunction of 1478 marked the beginning of an entirely new maritime network around the globe. Starting from the conjunction of 1820, new technologies such as the steamship dramatically increased the speed of sea travel, while the telegraph enabled a transoceanic telecommunications network. And the conjunction of 1993 coincided with the beginning of the internet and the invention of the World Wide Web.

More specifically, the opening of new maritime routes in the context of spice trade can be correlated to Uranus-Neptune cycles:

    • 1478-1479 conjunction

    • 1525-1526 opening square

        • 1520: Magellan's expedition crossed the strait that bears his name in the southern tip of South America, opening the Pacific to European exploration.

      • 1521: Magellan's ships reached the Philippines and soon after the Spice Islands, ultimately resulting in the Manila Galleon trade, the first westward spice trade route to Asia.

      • 1522: Juan Sebastian Elcano takes Magellan's last remaining ship across the Indian Ocean and back to Spain, completing the first circumnavigation of the globe.

    • 1563-1566 opposition

    • 1820 conjunction

      • the steamship dramatically increased the speed of sea travel

      • the telegraph enabled a transoceanic telecommunications network

      • 1815: end of the Manila Galleons route due to the Mexican War of Independence.

    • 1868-1870 Uranus-Neptune opening square

    • 1906-1910 opposition

      • 1903: Roald Amundsen led the first expedition to successfully traverse Canada's Northwest Passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

      • 1904-1914: construction of the Panama Canal, connecting the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean through the Isthmus of Suez. The southwest passage to Asia around South America, through the strait of Magellan, becomes obsolete.

    • 1993 conjunction

      • 1980s and 1990s: rapid development of the infrastructures and technologies that enabled a global system interconnected networks known as the internet.

      • 1989: invention of the World Wide Web.

Correlations with the history of art and music

The generation of musicians born around the Uranus-Neptune trine of 1939-1943

The generation of musicians born from 1935 to 1947, around the Uranus-Neptune trine of 1939-1943 wrote the history of Rock and Soul music from the mid-1960s.

The following Rock musicians were born during that timeframe. In 1939: Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane); in 1940: Joan Baez, Ringo Starr and John Lennon (The Beatles), Frank Zappa; in 1941: Neil Diamond, Ritchie Valens, Bob Dylan, Charlie Watts (The Rolling Stones), Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel; in 1942: Brian Jones (The Rolling Stones), Lou Reed, Paul McCartney, Jimmy Hendrix (Saturn-Uranus conjunction); in 1943: George Harrison (The Beatles), Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones), Johnny Hallyday, Roger Waters (Pink Floyd), Joni Mitchell, Jim Morrison (The Doors), Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones); in 1944: Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle (The Who); in 1945: Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, Pete Townshend (The Who); in 1946: Patti Smith; and in 1947: David Bowie, Elton John, Iggy Pop, Brian May (Queen), Carlos Santana, Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Brian Johnson (AC/DC). See also our note about the history of rock music in our page about Jupiter-Saturn-Uranus alignments.

The following R&B, Soul and Funk musicians are part of that generation. Born in 1937: Gene Chandler; in 1938: Ben E. King, Dee Clark, Bill Withers; in 1939: Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, Betty Everett, William Bell, Jerry Butler, Major Lance; in 1940: Smokey Robinson; in 1941: Otis Redding, Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn, Wayne Jackson, Andrew Love; in 1942: Aretha Franklin, Carla Thomas, Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes, Leon Huff, the O'Jays; in 1943: Mary Wells, Florence Ballard (The Supremes), Maceo Parker, Thom Bell, Kenneth Gamble; in 1944: Mary Wilson and Diana Ross (The Supremes), Patti LaBelle, Booker T. Jones; in 1945: Tammi Terrell; in 1946: Al Green.

A number of great jazz musicians were born during that timeframe: in 1939: Ali Farka Touré; in 1940: Herbie Hancock, Ralph Towner, Eberhard Weber; in 1941: Chick Corea, Bobby Hutcherson; in 1942: John McLaughlin, Buster Williams, Marlena Shaw, Jean-Luc Ponty; in 1943: Larry Coryell, Gary Burton; in 1945: Keith Jarrett, Tony Williams.

From Marvin Gaye, born during the Jupiter-Neptune opposition of 1939, to Bob Dylan, born during the Jupiter-Uranus conjunction of 1941, to Bob Marley, born during the Jupiter-Neptune conjunction of 1945, this generation of musicians shows a wide spectrum of nuances in the Uranus-Neptune range.

The generation of musicians born around the Uranus-Neptune square of 1954-1956

Great artists born during Uranus-Neptune alignments

  • Michelangelo: the Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet of the High Renaissance was born in March 1475, when Uranus was applying to its conjunction with Neptune of 1478-79.

Additional Ressources about Uranus-Neptune cycles and world history