Neptune-Pluto Wave

  • 2040s Here-An Outer Planet History: 2035-2085

    The 2040s Here, Outer Planet History assumes a working knowledge measuring history via outer planet waves. To learn moe go to Meauring History-Essential Knowledge

    As a Neptune-Pluto wave ends, noves through its final phase, the Uranus-Pluto/Uranus-Neptune alignment pattern takes on the characteristics of the Neptune-Pluto wave. As the 1890s Neptune conjunction approached, the pattern appeared as seen below:

    1867-1912  2037-2085
    1. Uranus-90°-Neptune: 1867-1873
    2. Uranus-90°-Pluto:1874-1879
    3. Neptune-0°-Pluto: 1890-1896
    4. Uranus-180°-Pluto: 1899-1903
    5. Uranus-180°-Neptune:1904-1912
    1. Uranus-90°-Neptune: 2037-2043
    2. Uranus-90°-Pluto: 
    3. Neptune-0°-Pluto: 1890-1896
    4. Uranus-180°-Pluto: 1899-1903
    5. Uranus-180°-Neptune:1904-1912


    The pattern as the Neptune 90° square to Pluto approaches in the early 2060s:

  • 2040s Here-An Outer Planet History: 2060s

  • Measuring History Essentials

    Measuring History Essentials covers the basic components for measuring history, the employment of outer planet synodic pairs to read history and the future.

    Inner versus Outer Planet

    Naming convention

    Synodic pairs

    Quadrature Alignments

    Inter and Intra-Century

    People Make History

    Neptune-Pluto Ages
    and other Topics

  • Paradox2140-Progress

    The Paradox of Progress

    Does Progress create more problems than it solves? Either way, we are stuck
    with the results. We cannot erase industrialism or return to more primitive ways. 
    Progress must be used to solve its problems, which is one of its many paradoxes.

    Measuring History opines on what it considers the Paradoxes of Progress  

    • One World
    • Sustainability
    • New Morality
    • Corporatism
    • Resources
    • Information Overload 
    • Science&Technology  

    Pages under these categories examine the ramifications of our current Neptune-Pluto wave,
    1892-2384. The beginning of the 20th Century ushered in a New World bred via a
    complete shift to a secular mindset. We are still learning the consequences.

  • Paradox2140-Progress (2)

    The Paradox of Progress

    Does Progress create more problems than it solves? Either way, we are stuck
    with the results. We cannot erase industrialism or return to more primitive ways. 
    Progress must be used to solve its problems, which is one of its many paradoxes.

    Measuring History opines on what it finds as the . 

    • One World
    • Sustainability
    • New Morality
    • Corporatism
    • Resources
    • Information Overload 
    • Science&Technology  

    Pages under these categories examine the ramifications of our current Neptune-Pluto wave,
    1892-2384. The beginning of the 20th Century ushered in a New World bred via a
    complete shift to a secular mindset. We are still learning the consequences.

  • PLURSQs Compared: 1870s 2010s Introduction

    A Dispruptive Legacy?

    PLURSQ stands for Uranus-Pluto square, the transit when Uranus travels within a few degrees of 90° or 270° relative to 18770212-Uranus-90-PlutoPluto. These appear relatively seldom. The entire Uranus-Pluto cycle varies between 111 and 141 years. Uranus-Pluto hard aspects, conjunctions (0°), oppositions (180°)  and squares (90°) coincide with some of history's critical turning points such as the Assassination of Julius Caesar and the twin 1450s event,  the  Fall of Constantinople and Gutenberg's Bible . The 1870s--Uranus was effectively square Pluto from 1874 to 1880--qualifies as equally critical. The foundations of World War I, United States hegemony and the Information Age all set during the dizzying 1870s.


    1870s 2010s Compared

    The Uranus-Pluto squares of the 1870s and the 2010s appear at the same relative position, 90°, literally the opposite of 270°. (closing square) The distinction is important. An opening (90°) appears at the midpoint of the waxing segment of the cycle. The first 180° of any cycle deals with becoming or acquiring; the second half is one or release or making way. It is interesting though that the last three Uranus-Pluto squares each coincided with global economic downturns. Overall, we get a chance to test the concept. How similar can Uranus-Pluto opening squares be?basicwave-arc

    The Irrevocable 1870s

    The importance of the 1870s arises from how so many events vectored irrevocably in new directions. The Franco-Prussian War at its beginning turned France and Germany into certain enemies, simultaneously creating a huge powerful state at the center of Europe; the Second Reich was larger than today's Germany, encompassing parts of Poland and other regions. It rode in on and propelled the Second Industrial Revolution, setting up the slow decline of the British Empire. Germany did this as the United States brought Civil War, Reconstruction to a close.

    The  process of aligning the South to Northern Industrial interests removed international influence over the US, drastically reducing the price of cotton worldwide. All of this came just after completion of the first Transcontinental railroad and the Suez Canal. Both carried a simultaneous effect: it released the interior of continents to the global markets, with immediate effect

    A combination of Bismarck's naive economic policies and a railroad bubble brought the first global market crash, the 1873 Panic of Vienna. It ushered in the Long Depression of 1873-1893. This helped bring Britain's eventual decline; its First Industrial Revolution turned into a burden. The US and Germany could use new technology without scraping or adapting embedded systems. Additionally, both nations could draw from larger internal population and resource bases.
    There is much more to the 1870s narrative.The rest will appear in one form or another (expect some videos) throughout the comparison series. The important question here is the whether or not the sea change of the 1870s is anywhere close to what we can expect for the current decade.

    2010s: What is a Turning Point?

    1966Uranus-90-Neptune2104Obviously, the 2010s are not over. I am breaking a cardinal rule of analyzing current events in historical terms. Measuring History already breaks the rules of standard historiography, so here it goes.

    One thing for certain about the 2010s: United States power around the world is in question. Many reasons lie behind this perception, but we can be sure that by the time this Uranus-Pluto square effectively ends, US power will be far different than before it began. Perhaps the main reason is that China, if it has not already, will become the world's number one economy. Some may point to dysfunctional politics for the time Uranus has squared Pluto. More astute analysis reveals the shift has been in motion for quite some. Best summarized, the world has entered a multi-lateral phase. It is at its beginning.
    China's rise parallels the history of Digital Age Globalization. The process simultaneously empowers and levels the field. The 2014 Ukranian Crisis highlights it labyrinthine ramifications. The US sanctions Russia, but EU nations hesitate for fear of losing Russian gas and exports; Russia cooperates with the US on space programs and Iran nuclear talks. Meanwhile, long term foes Russia and China sign a natural gas export deal. India and China announce hope of greater cross-border cooperation; both India and China derive huge profits from the United States and Europe, but the US and China are in dispute over the South China Sea and islands disputed by Japan and The Philippines.
    In the 1870s, European nations began their practice of dividing the world among themselves. In the 2010s, the dimensions multiply; competition has truly become a global affair. Paradoxically, it is competition that requires cooperation on many levels.

    With the Uranus-Pluto square effective period about half complete we have seen the following:

    1. Arab Spring
    2. Syrian Civil War
    3. Great Recession and slow recovery
    4. Eurozone Crisis
    5. Ukranian Crisis
    6. US  Government dysfunction
    7. Rise of BRICS
    8. High Unemployment in West
    9. Globalization Side Effects
    10. Dire Environmental warnings
    11. Privacy undermined in the Information Age
    12. 3d Printing, Higgs-Boson,smartphones
    13. Occupy, Inequality and the 1%

     The large number of issues spread across a wide spectrum suggest, as many have reported, that the world now stumbles through a fundamental transition. Is it one equal to what the world saw in the 1870s? That is what this series deems to discover.

    Comparison Strategy

    No two historical periods can ever be exactly the same. At the same time, it has to be of some interest that three major global economic downturns came at or near the last three Uranus-Pluto  squares. Moreover, how do opening squares differ from closing ones? Does history offer any clues?

    To answer these questions we need to carefully parse how the 1870s and 2010s cannot be the same: the surrounding circumstances. These we can see via surrounding celestial mechanics:

    1870s Uranus-Pluto Square  2010s Uranus-Pluto square 
    •  First square of 1851Uranus-Pluto1965
    • Square in Fixed signs
    • Last Uranus-Pluto/Uranus-Neptune
      hard aspect of
    • Adjacent to 1867-1872
      Uranus-Neptune square
    • Saturn-Uranus-Pluto
      t-square 1875-1877
    • Jupiter-Saturn-Uranus-Pluto
      grand cross 1875
    • in Fixed signs      
    •  First Uranus-Pluto square
      of 1892Neptune-Pluto2384
    • No other Uranus, Neptune, Pluto
      hard aspects within two decades
    • Saturn-Uranus-Pluto
      t-square 2010-2012 
    • In Cardinal signs
    • Five exact squares 2011-2015       

    Historical events do not occur in a vacuum, isolated from one another. Turning points relate to other ones in complex combinations. Any method that attempts to model the flow of history their relationship into account. In a way, measuring history, matching outer planet synodic pairs to the rhythms of time, does this for us; we are guided by the reality that we must see Earth events connected to celestial ones holistically instead of piece-by-piece. Each event, each turning point plays its part in the bigger picture. 
    In the 1870s case, the square followed a Uranus-Neptune square, ending five years previous; it was followed twelve years later by the 1890s, once every 495-years Neptune-Pluto conjunction. For the 2010s version, the closest hard aspect among Uranus, Neptune and Pluto appears a bit less than two decades on either side. The Comparison will show why this matters .

    What to Expect

    The 1870s was a VERY busy decade. German unification suddenly filled what had been a power vacuum in Central Europe. Nothing could remain as it once was after that. Simultaneously, a bit player on the edge of European influence just as quickly became an immovable force. The old ways would no longer be able to stem the new.
    With so much going on at once, no author could possibly cover all that's required in a blog piece or two.That is why this is a series. As far as number of events, the 2010s certainly equals the 1870s in both frequency of important issues and gravity. It will require more than a few words to do the comparison justice.
    To make it more digestible the Comparison will appear in intervals in various forms, from perhaps an image that catches a zeitgeist  to feature-length articles to videos and podcasts, expect it various media. As with any Measuring History work, all thoughts are appreciated and will likely receive a response.

  • 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.

  • The Neptune-Pluto Paradox

    Theme versus Paradox

    Every 495-year Neptune-Pluto cycle comes with both themes and paradoxes. Themes come via the function of time; a prevalent theme across the Middle Age 411-905 Neptune-Pluto cycle was tribilization of Eurasia. Themes can also be paradoxes, but they different. Where a theme is an element of history, a paradox centers around how society reacts to them. Tribalization occurred with the collpase of the Western Roman Empire. The paradox was de-Romanization. How do cultures fill the vacuum left by the collapse of such a large enterprise?

  • Why World War I Matters


    An Ending and Beginning

    In my mind the Great War, the name for the war before it acquired the 'world' moniker, gets short shrift to its successor. Perhaps it is the distance of time, or perhaps the confusing, senseless nature of the conflict steers people away from delving farther into its causes and its aftereffects. Any historian or those interested in history would, in my opinion, miss the many characters, story lines and connections down to our time. More importantly, skipping past World War I and the factors leading up to it will make one miss many of the elements that not only define the 20th Century but our time as well. The Great War (I use both terms interchangeably) both ended many time worn institutions but introduced ones meant to replace them. Without understanding it we are left with an incomplete picture of the time that followed and our place in history.Relative planet position help define our current period, 1892-2384
     Surprise! Measuring History currently concentrates on an ebook about the topic. The title, The Impending Calamity of the Early 20the Centuryhints at the focus. Measuring History in this work details the causes and the period leading up to the conflict. In fact, the large amount of research it requires to produce this work helps explains the absence I have had from Measuring History's absence from the Internet in the last year or so. Well, welcome me back!

    A Most Complex Time

    I return bringing many gifts to astrologers and historians. The period from the mid 1860s through the war into the early 1920s is the most complex and influential time in all of history.  What makes it so are the same ones that turned the Great War into a global affair.  Suddenly, histories of nations become intermingled with one another. As in our time in the 2010s, what happened on one part of the planet could impact other areas, if not the entire planet. For these reasons and others, we should consider the period leading up to and the war itself as starting point of the post-modern world and the end of the modern one.

    Something for Everyone

    Measuring History's intended audience includes both historians and astrologers. I understand that rarely do these categories mix, but why does that matter when there is so much for everyone? Historians with any credible level of curiosity should eagerly seek out any new perspective on one of the most influential events in all of history. Astrologers will not only learn a new form of astrology, measuring history, but this material is rich with scores of personalities. As with everything Measuring History, the more open minded will reap the most reward.

    It's Place in the Measuring History Series

    The Impending Calamity arose out of another title in the Series, Measuring History, A Visual Primer. It started as a chapter still scheduled to be part of that work, but ongoing research kept producing so much material that a separate title started making more and more sense. The Visual Primer is about half-written and should follow in about a year from the publication of Impending Calamity

    A Trove of Astrological Data

    Impending Calamity is about 90% complete, as far as writing is concerned. But I can never be sure complete will be a term I can use for this work. There is just too much materiel that keeps emerging as the 100 year anniversary of the conflict nears. Even as I write this, I keep reading many of the titles that have reached publication in the last ten to twenty years. In that light, Measuring History will produce work that may not fit in the ebook, but suits the nature of the Web. As [part of the overall effort, I will include bibliographies and reviews that should inform the curious and help them down a similar pat]h. 21st Century History: 1867-77 & the 2040s Compared. In the same light Measuring History will expand its precense on the Internet, expanding content on the You Tube Measuring History channeland look for other avenues to increase exposure. All readers can help by liking, commenting and otherwise spread the message.