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There is mounting evidence that we're in the first phase of a change in civilization that is going to totally rearrange national boundaries.

National borders arose with the Neptune-Pluto conjunction of 1399, when European kingdoms and fiefdoms formed into nations, and cartographers got busy drawing these tidy lines on maps. After the conjunction, explorers sailed forth and brought their mapmakers with them. By the 1890s, the world atlas was a patchwork of distinct nation-states following the model of Europe. Now, following the most recent Neptune-Pluto conjunction of 1893, national borders are transforming once more.

Neptune is the planet of dissolving and transcending boundaries, and Pluto is the planet of transformation. Together, they herald the transformation of borders and whatever else separates us from each other.

Prologues to the Future

Robert D. Kaplan, a consultant to the U.S. Army's Special Forces Regiment, describes the breakdown of nation-state borders all around the planet: "Most people believe that the political Earth since 1989 has undergone immense change. The breaking apart and remaking of the atlas is only now beginning. The crack-up of the Soviet empire and the coming end of the Arab-Israeli military confrontation are merely prologues to the really big changes that lie ahead."

Kaplan and others make a case that the world has been moving (since the Neptune-Pluto conjunction of 1893) from nation-state conflicts to ideological conflicts, and this is leading to a future of cultural conflicts. "I would add," writes Kaplan, "that as refugee flows increase and as peasants continue to migrate... national borders will mean less and less."

Drumbeats of Civilization

Twice a millennium, once every 493 years, Neptune and Pluto become conjunct, and civilizations transform. Some of these changes happen at or shortly after each conjunction; others need a gestation time of a hundred years or more to become obvious. E. Alan Meece explores this in Horoscope for the New Millennium:

"Although the first effects of the Neptune-Pluto conjunction are felt immediately, the new tone echoes across the landscape for decades afterwards. A troubled 'time of transition' begins that continues for 100 years or more. But then the magic moment arrives. It has never failed to happen—about a hundred years or more after the conjunction, the pieces fall into place and all humanity celebrates a magnificent sunrise. Creative energy bursts forth...the phoenix has risen from the ashes.” 2

The Phases of Neptune-Pluto

The Neptune-Pluto conjunction, like the conjunction of Sun and Moon (New Moon), has distinct phases. The phases of the Neptune-Pluto conjunction are not as obvious as those of the Moon and Sun, though, because no single human being lives long enough to experience even one phase. We learn from history.

Since Neptune averages 164-5 years to circle the zodiac, three phases are suggested: three times 164 equals the time between conjunctions of Neptune and Pluto.

Within 50 years of the last conjunction, the horse and buggy had been replaced by the automobile and electricity lit up cities at night. Radios and telephones, photography and movies sprung into being, to name only a few technological changes.

Economically and politically, the changes were even more dramatic. Two world wars and dozens of other major global conflicts were fought. Capitalism and communism contended for world domination. The Populist Movement in the U.S. began in 1892 and led to universal suffrage. Russia started on the road to a revolution that would break out in 1917. German, Austrian, Russian and Turkish empires collapsed.

Mapping the Heavens

The previous Neptune-Pluto conjunction of 1399 coincided with the black plague, the Reformation, and in Mexico, the rise of the Aztecs, who were in turn conquered by Spanish invaders following Columbus' famous voyage about a hundred years after that conjunction.

Going farther back in time, dramatic things happened with the Neptune-Pluto conjunction of 411. That is the date historians recognize as "the fall of Rome." Visigoths conquered the "eternal city,” bringing to an end the Age of Antiquity and ushering in the Dark Ages. Christianity arose. In China, the Tsin Dynasty collapsed. A great new empire arose in Ghana. The Mayan people built cities in the jungles of Guatemala.

Digitized Dollars

It is said of Pluto that he must destroy before he can create. It is out of the ashes that Pluto's symbol, the phoenix bird, flies. CDs are being "burned" in college dorms, destroying the music industry; new books are bypassing conventional publishers; video equipment is revolutionizing the movie industry; online outlets may threaten conventional shopping malls and money is being transformed by trillions of dollars traded daily in the form of telecommunicated digits.

Cities of the twentieth century were composed of neighborhoods based on ethnicity, with each participating in a larger, city-wide economy. That appears to be the future global trend, as corporations transcend old national borders, and new boundaries contain people of similar cultures within nations.

From Patagonia to Paris

In the U.S., Texans of Mexican descent have more in common with Mexicans than with Anglos in states bordering Canada. West Coast people are oriented to the Pacific Rim, while East Coast people are tied to Europe. Yet people from Patagonia to Paris buy more and more products from transnational corporations.

Such changes may seem scary, especially to conservatives defending the status quo. But astrology has been called "God's newsletter to humanity," and the purpose is always the same, to create harmony and balance. The changes seeded by Neptune-Pluto conjunctions turn out for the best.

1. Kaplan, Robert D. The Coming Anarchy. New York: Random House, 2000.

2. E. Alan Meece. Horoscope for a New Millennium. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 1997.



Robert Gover's book Time and Money: the Economy and the Planets came out in late May, 2005. Euromoney Magazine reviewed it in late 2005. Robert has partnered with a fund manager in Florida, Mike Mansfield, to do a financial newsletter. Robert was the featured speaker at a conference of investors from around the world in Denver on September 24, 2005, He has a BA in economics and has studied astrology since 1965. By the mid-1970s, he had become interested in stock market astrology, and by the mid-1980s, with the advent of astrological software, his interest had expanded to the whole economy. Time and Money may be purchased from, or amazon, B&N and other online vendors, as well as book stores. Robert is a memmber of the International Society of Astrological Research, the International Society of Business Astrologers, and the American Federation of Astrologers. He is also a novelist, and the latest edition of his most famous book One Hundred Dollar Misunderstanding can be purchased at most online bookstores. His other novels may be obtained from used or rare book dealers. He has written one other nonfiction book: Voodoo Contra, about the conradictory meanings of that ominous word.

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