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The American Century and the Neptune-Pluto cycle 1892-2384

Neptune conjoined Pluto three separate times between 1891 and 1892The American Century (link to book review), broadly described as the 20th Century, really began in the 1890s and never really ended. The 1890s also contained the Neptune-Pluto conjunction, renewing the 495-year cycle between the two. This half-millennial cycle coincides with issues in proportion to its length. Think in terms of Bronze Age or Hellenization. Yes, the American Century is that important.

During the 1880s, Nietzsche declared ‘God is Dead’. The full quote is ‘God is dead God remains dead. And we have killed him.’ He was speaking of a globally prevalent mindset, whether US citizens recognize it or not. Nietzsche was talking about how humans supplanted nature in just about every aspect of life. This substitution is apparent in the United States more than most places and an existential challenge everywhere.

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Using Outer Planet Pairs to Navigate the Post-Modern World

A Webinar
September 27, 2014

The term 'post-modern'

comes with some contention. Historians and artists define it differently and assign it approximate different start dates. For the the purpose of this seminar post-modern means "after the modern era".This implies modernity, which in the broadest terms meansthemove away from medieval theocracy, a process that birthed the Ageof Reason, The Enligtenment. the American, French and Industial Revolutions. It is process that brings us into the Age of Steel, Robber Barons, Mass Entertainment & Production, Female Suffrage and Nuclear Physics. The Narrative begins with Nietzsche's 'God is Dead'.

An End to a Beginning 

The full quote is: 'God is dead and we have killed him.' Which means Man no longer needed God. He had surpassed God's power; God was no longer needed,

He said it several times under the shadow of the 1890s Neptune-Pluto conjunction.

1882 Saturn-Neptune
 1883 Saturn-Neptune
 18820328  18830329

In essence, Nietzsche produced the words 'God is Dead' as Neptune-Pluto conjunction had begun, inaugurating a new near 500-year cycle, 1892-2384. It was during the previous cycle, 1399-1891 that the modern world began.

 1399-1891  1893Neptune-Pluto2384
 The last complete
Neptune-Pluto cycle
 The last complete
Neptune-Pluto cycle


 ~1399 God Has Left Us

The fear at the dawn of the 15th Century was that God had forlorn humanity because the corrupt Roman Church had lost its way. The Black Plague surpassed the half-century mark; up to three popes claimed the throne in what became the Great Western Schism. Some even whispered reform. As most recall, reform eventually turned into Reformation. It was that process that lead to the Modern Era.

Before delving too closely into detail, I want to state that the 495-year Neptune-Pluto cycle can be evaluated via hard aspect or quadrature alignment:

Generic planetary Wave   Lunar Cycle in Wave From  
 basicwave-arc    lunarwave  
Saturn-Pluto Wave   Neptune-Pluto Cycle  
 wave-orbit-comparison-saturn-pluto    neppluwave  

 This means that the relationship between hard aspects work across all planetary cycles and, in theory across history.

Each Neptune-Pluto shares equal characteristics:

  • 495-years (±2-3 years)
  • Phase sequence 172/72/172/72 years (±1-2 years)
  • Pluto Return at midpoint (opposition) of cycle
  • Contains four Uranus-Pluto conjunctions
  • Contains three Uranus-Neptune  

This means that why eacn 495 year cycle shares the same characteristics, each is unique by where Uranus-Pluto and Uranus-Neptune hard aspects fall relative to Neptune-Pluto ones. What Measuring History calls the WaveWheel demonstrates how the juxtaposition appears for 1399-1891:

1399 101207

1893 416


The Good Ol' Days of 1960s Foreign Policy

1960sversus2010sUSForeignPolicyWhile thinking about a pending series that compares the opening Uranus-Pluto squares of the 1870s to the current one, effective 2008-2020,  I ruminated the relative calm of the 1960s. Yes, the decade that contained war in Indo-China, the height of the Cold War, unaccountable South and Central America dictators, African independence movements and the foundational Six Day War of 1967. Most of these events transpired in a binary world. There was the Capitalist West and Communism; proxy wars took place, generally, with the sponsorship or assistance from one the two main camps. The 2010s are far more complicated.

Keep Your Frenemies Closer

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Measuring History-The Relaunch

Welcome to the new Measuring History. Some of you are familiar with it, some have never heard of it. In either case, it has been a while since readers have seen activity from it. A reintroduction is in order.

To be clear from the start 'Measuring History' refers to the publication; 'measuring history' refers to the practice of using outer planet synodic pairs to gauge the past, present and future.

At first, readers may wonder if there is enough material on synodic pairs to warrant and ongoing enterprise. I submit that with articles that compare the Great Depression and Great Recession via the outer planets, Galileo's frightening Inquisition and many tutorials, there is plenty to keep both reader and publisher quite busy. Further, I also present the new sections The 2040s Are Already Here and Paradox2140:Progress that cover both the contemporary and the future. In the end, readers will be the judge.

A Brief Tour has five main Categories or Sections:

  • The Waves Blog: this section; covers news about Measuring History and brief commentary about contemporary topics

  • Measuring History; contains tutorials and articles pertaining to the practice of measuring history

  • 2040s Here Blog: news and commentary related to The 2040s Are Already Here

  • The 2040s Are Already Here: based on Measuring History principles covers how we need to prepare for the crucial decades ahead

  • Paradox2140:Progress: every Neptune-Pluto age arrives with a set of interconnected paradoxes. Our current one, 1892-2384,deals with our reliance on Progress. Does Progress create more problems than it solves? Paradoxes typically carry no straight answers. This one surpasses the description

A Taste of the Future

The first series of many that will appear under the new Measuring History compares two similar outer planet events, the squares between Uranus and Pluto of the 1870s and this decade, the 2010s. It offers a taste of what we can learn from history by using the outer planets as a guide. Readers may not agree with every article posted in the series, but they will at the very least see history and the future from a very different perspective.

New Website, New Platform

Measuring History relaunches using new software, Joomla3.3x. I find it more robust and complete than Wordpress. As with any migration, expect some glitches. There are some parts I have not quite mastered and others I have yet to try. I expect to keep using the platform for some years, growing along with it. One thing I like already though is that it allows me to bring all Measuring History efforts into one structure. Anything that makes building and growing the site gives me more time to devote to content.

Expect Much More

I have taken much longer to get Measuring History back to where I think it should be. Life happens. In the interim, I have learned much more. You, the reader, will be the beneficiary.


The Return of Measuring History

The Hiatus

What is Measuring History?

The grounding concept that underlies Measuring History is quite simple. The quadrature alignments of the outer planets, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto provide a logical means to measure history. Like many simple things, the act of measuring anything, comes to mind, it offers many useful and complex outcomes.
I understand from the beginning why many, astrologers included, have trouble grasping why such a simple method has such a potent outcome. Why the outer planets? Why quadrature alignments? My best answer is that it works. It works, in some ways, better than stand historiography and in many ways, better than the mundane astrology I began to study in the late 1970s.

You've Been Here Many Times Before


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