Neptune, planet of spirituality, illusion, delusion, deception, creativity and vision moves out of its own sign Pisces, where it has been since 2011, into Aries in 2025 staying till 2038. Looking back on historical events linked to its stay in upfront and pro-active Aries, not an easy combination, there are some constants but there will be additional cultural or psychological effects which the history books don’t describe. Aries Fire won’t always sit comfortably with Neptune’s Water. Though ‘Neptune in Aries may be about individuals submitting themselves to a bigger cause than themselves. It does seem to coincide, in the Western world at least with an increase in individual rights and was one of advancements for formally disenfranchised people.’
1861 – 1874: Most notably this covered the American Civil War, which arose after the abolition of slavery, which had been banned in Europe decades earlier.
Abraham Lincoln was shot in the head (ruled by Aries) and died.
In Russia Alexander 11 signed the Emancipation Act liberating serfs in 1861.
The Bahai faith was founded as was the forerunner to the Salvation Army and the Geneva Convention established the Red Cross.
The first UK trade union was legalised in 1872 and in the U.S. the “Knights of Labor” was set up. The U.K. Education Act of 1870 brought in elementary schooling for all children and legislation on child labour. The USA gave voting rights to all ethnicities. The UK Married Women’s Property Act allowed married women to retain their earnings and inherit.
Italy was unified in 1860 and Canada came into being.
Prince Albert dies, Victoria’s consort and the ‘uncrowned king of GB.’
Famines in Finland, Sweden and India – of greater magnitude than usual.
1697 – 1710: The ill-fated Darien Scheme, which lost 20% of Scotland’s money, led to the Act of Union with England in 1707.
The Act of Settlement in 1701 establishing the succession to the English throne, put the childless protestant Queen Anne on the throne, leading on her death to the establishment of the Hanoverian Monarchy in 1714.
Peter 1 Great regenerated Russian society and started expansion westward.
Famines of greater magnitude than usual in Estonia, Sweden and Finland, the last wiping out almost a third of the population. Two million die of famine in India; 250,000 die in East Prussia and 600,000 in France.
1533 to 1547: Henry VIII is excommunicated by Pope Clement VII and the split from Rome establishes the Anglican Church.
Wales becomes part of the Kingdom of England.
Henry declares himself and his heirs as Kings of Ireland, replacing the Lordship of Ireland with the Kingdom of Ireland.
1370 to 1383: In England, the ‘Good Parliament’ attempted to highlight the corruption of the Royal court and to reform the government. John of Gaunt, the effective ruler, replaced it the next year with a ‘Bad Parliament’ which undid the advances.
1206 to 1219: The English Barons force King John to sign the Magna Carta, in an attempt to curb the power of the monarch.
1042 to 1056: Westminster Abbey built, 1050. East-West schism in Catholic Church.
Edward the Confessor became King of England and restored the Saxon line after the Danes had conquered England under Cnut. As in 1533 England took a break from the European continent though it did not last long.
878 to 892: England has become unified for the first time under Alfred the Great a few years before (871).
551 to 564: ?
PS. Thanks to those who commented last time and added thoughts which I have incorporated.
Andre Barbault writes of the 2026 Saturn Neptune conjunction: “It is the most benefic configuration of the century and the interplanetary partnership will work for the best in a splendid relaunch of civilization. It contains a harmonious relationships between primordial polar opposites, the coming together of the external and internal, rational and spiritual, mind and soul …. human beings surpassing themselves while experiencing life on a higher level. “
I hope he’s right – previous Neptune Saturn in Aries – 878 AD and 1381.
551 – 564 This period came after the plague of Justinian (541-549) devastated the Mediterranean area and Western europe weakening the Roman Empire which became susceptible to invasions. The Abbey of Iona was founded in 563, an important focal point for the spread of Christian religion.
878-898 Alfred the Great was at his greatest during this period uniting an English force to beat off the Norse invaders. He also concluded a treaty in 878 which established spheres of influence and the Danelaw north of Watling Street.
1206- 1219 Apart from Magna Carta we had a child king on the throne (Henry III) whose advisers fought off a French invasion. Henry III’s reign was long and peppered with divers tumults and civil disturbances but the King was notable for enhancing Westminster Abbey.
1370- 1383 We have the aftermath of the Great Plague, a child king (Richard II) and a peasants’ revolt.