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Uranus, Neptune and Pluto

600 BCE - CE 2200


This section shows in loose diagrammatic form the major aspects and configurations of a 500-year period between the conjunctions of Neptune and Pluto from 578 BCE onwards. This date is important since there occurred a mutual conjunction of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto - a rare event marking a time when humanity changed enormously.

With a few exceptions, only conjunctions, squares and oppositions are shown, representing crunch-points throughout history. In some cases multiple planets are involved in a configuration. When Jupiter and Saturn play a supplementary role in these configurations they are shown.

These charts are just loose charts, not for exact dates, to show the processes at work. The aspect or configuration might last a few years, and exact aspects occur at different positions and dates within those few years. But from an historical timecycle viewpoint, the passage of 1-3 years is short, embodying a process of incremental change and crossing tipping-points in the short term and sudden, rapid change in the longterm.

These charts are repeated in the timelines in this ephemeris.

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Configurations  578 - 83 BCE
Neptune-Pluto cycle 1

During this time we see the rise of Greece, Rome, imperial China, Maghada in India, Persia and Mexico, as new kinds of military-commercial civilisations yet making a big mark on human culture and religion too.


Uranus-Neptune-Pluto conjunction 578-575 BCE
Expansion of Babylon (Nebuchadnezzar); dominance of Aryans
in N India; Greek rationalism, Greek westward colonisation; expansion of Phoenicians; decline of Egypt; Lao Tzu; rise of Zoroastrianism


Uranus square Pluto 552-551 BCE
Growth of Zoroastrian Persia (Cyrus);
Seven Wise Men of Greece, zenith of Delphic oracle


Uranus square Neptune 538-537 BCE
Old Testament (Babylon); fall of Babylon and growth of Persia; freeing of Jews in Babylon; reforms in Athens (Peisistratus); founding of Jainism; Pythagoras at work


Uranus opposition Pluto 521-520 BCE
Zenith of Persia; decline of Chou (China); teaching of the Buddha; Confucius at work; dominance of Maghada (India); foundation
of Roman republic; democratic reforms in Athens


Uranus opposition Neptune 492-488 BCE
Greeks beat Persians (Bt of Marathon); Hanging Gardens
of Babylon; Analects of Confucius; ascendancy of Greece


Uranus square Pluto 473-471 BCE
Socrates at work; rise of plebeians in Rome


Uranus square Neptune 454-452 BCE
Maghada empire (India); La Tene Celtic culture at peak; consolidation of Jewish nation; Twelve Tables of Roman Law


Uranus conjunct Pluto 437 BCE
Jewish intermarriage with gentiles forbidden;
competiton between Greek states for dominance


Neptune square Pluto 407-404 BCE
Uranus square Pluto 405-404 BCE
Uranus conjunct Neptune 404 BCE

Historian Herodotus at work; zenith of Chavin culture (Bolivia); end of Athenian dominance in Greece; Warring States Era starts, China; sudden decline of Olmec civilisation, Mexico; writing of Mahabharata and the Pentateuch


Uranus opposition Pluto 381-379 BCE
Rome rebuilt after sacking by Celts (formative time for Rome); Plato at work; ascendancy of Maghada (India); birth of Nazca culture (Peru)


Uranus square Neptune 367-365 BCE
Roman expansionism in Italy; decline in Greece, end of independent city-states; Mongol incursions into China (Great Wall begun); change in Mexico


Neptune opposition Pluto 333-332 BCE
Zenith of Chinese philosophy; founding of Mayan city-states; Alexander the Great takes Greece, dramatic invasion of Near East; coinage used in Rome, Roman expansion; expansion of Ch'u, rise of Qin dynasty, China.


Uranus conjunct Pluto 323 BCE
Uranus opposition Neptune 321-17 BCE

End of Alexander's empire, kgdms of the Diadochi (successors); rise of Mauryan dynasty (India); rise of Tumaco culture (Colombia); Mencius, philosopher; independence of Armenia


Uranus square Pluto 298-97 BCE
Euclid, mathematician; fall of Chorrera culture (Equador); Sarmatians invade Ukraine from Siberia; Sun Temple at Teotihuacan built


Uranus square Neptune 283-280 BCE
Romans invade Corsica (first foreign growth); Aristarchus, astronomer; decline of Greece; Celtic expansion in Turkey and Iberia


Uranus opposition Pluto 264-261 BCE
Ashoka, Mauryan emperor (India); First Punic War, Romans v Carthage; balance shifts from Greece to Rome


Uranus square Pluto 217-214 BCE
Unification of China by Shi Huang-ti, then rise of Han dynasty; Hannibal & Carthaginian invasion of Italy (Romans later win); ascendancy of Teotihuacan, Mexico


Uranus square Neptune 195-194 BCE
Growth of Moche culture, Peru; migration south into Germany of Teutonic tribes; decline of Buddhist Mauryan dynasty, N India


Uranus conjunct Pluto 182 BCE
Flourishing of Nazca culture, Peru; Hundu Shunga dynasty,
N India; peak of Greek Bactria (Afghanistan) & Taxila (Pakistan);
rise of pre-Hopi Basketmaker culture, SW USA


Neptune square Pluto 158-155 BCE
Uranus square Pluto 151-150 BCE
Uranus opposition Neptune 150-146 BCE

Patanjali, philosopher, India; Parthians dominate Persia;
organisation of Roman conquered provinces; Hipparchus, astronomer; expansion of Han China (Han Wu Ti)


Uranus opposition Pluto 127-125 BCE
Reform movement in Rome (Gracchus bros); compilation of Taoist philosophy (Liu Teh); movement of Yueh-Chi and Hsiung-Nu tribes from Mongolia westwards; growth of Han China


Uranus square Neptune 111-108 BCE
Teuton tribes occupying Germany, beat Romans back; Silk Road securely open, stable empires across Eurasia; state of Moche, Peru


Uranus square Pluto 99 BCE
Wu Ti brings Han China to a zenith


Neptune conjunct Pluto 84-83 BCE
Battle for the future of Rome (civil war); zenith in Armenia; collapse of Parthia; reform in imperial China; expansion of the Germans (Suevi and others); Hopewell culture, Ohio; stability and trade across Asia

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