Uranus / Neptune




Since contacts between these two bodies extend over considerable periods and therefore are to be found in the horoscopes of very large numbers of people, it has been usual rather to discount their importance in individual maps and to ascribe to them an influence over national and world-wide conditions, which only affect individuals powerfully when they are either very close, when they are aspected by other bodies or when they occupy important house-positions.

A most important Conjunction took place in the early part of the nineteenth century, falling at the end of Sagittary and the beginning of Capricorn: this occurs in the natus of Queen Victoria and in many of the maps of the “giants” of the Victorian Age.  It may well be related to the enormous advance in physical science (Capricorn) and the revolution that took place in our religious ideas.  Evolution may be placed under Sagittary, the sign of progressive unfoldment.  About 1870 there was a protracted Square, between Aries and Cancer.  The Trine Taurus-Virgo followed about 1881, after which there was the Opposition about 1910, Cancer-Capricorn, this being a disturbing feature in the maps of the present day.

An examination of maps seems to indicate that these aspects do affect individuals, and I cannot say that it seems necessary to restrict the orbs of aspect very much in judging them.  But the effects are naturally most noticeable when the planets occupy prominent house-positions and receive other aspects.

They bestow a strong touch of mysticism and a love of the esoteric and arcane.  There is a good deal of emotional force, and there may be considerable enthusiasm for some cause or cult.  The modern cases in which good aspects fall are either the Trine from Taurus to Virgo, or the Sextile from Pisces to Taurus, of which the former seems to be steady, practical, clear-headed and investigatory, with a strong bent for art and music; while the latter is also either religious, artistic or more or less devoted to occult research or practice.  The love of art and music is very marked.  Even in practical pursuits there is generally a sort of vision or inspiration towards ideals.  This we see in the enterprises of the late Lord Leverhulme.

It is on the whole a kindly, beneficent influence.  Napoleon I is an exception – but in this case Mars is Conj. Neptune.  In another case the aspect seems only to have produced a rather arid turn for metaphysical discussion, but here Saturn is with Neptune.



This potent influence occurs again and again in the maps of the great.  It stands midway between the Harmonious and Inharmonious contacts, and produces the great savant or prophet, such as Pasteur and Ruskin and people of remarkable but more doubtful repute such as Nell Gwyn, Caesar Borgia and “A Drunkard” (Notable Nativities).  Dr. A.R. Wallace exemplifies the spiritualist tendencies of the aspect, but it does not occur in theosophical maps, the 1820 contact having been too early in point of time.  Mrs. Eddy had it, as well as Jupiter Conj. Saturn.

It seems on the whole to be self-willed, but frequently extremely able, and rarely to be lightly disregarded.  It is a pity that little information is available as to how it worked out in ordinary maps.  Naturally at the time (since Neptune had not been discovered) this was not recorded, and now, when our knowledge is greater and our interest keener, the nativities of “ordinary people” born around 1820 have mostly disappeared.  One would expect eccentricity, self-will, but on the whole good intentions and kindness, Neptune softening Uranus, as it softens Mars.



In these cases the intensity of emotion is very marked, the native being as a rule highly-strung, intense, sensitive and easily upset.  Self-will is marked, and the native will not readily be thwarted or persuaded.  The emotional force may be discharged in some such form as art, music, dancing, rhetoric, religious or pseudo-religious devotion, some form of service, or, in bad maps, in drink, sex or neurotic collapse.  It does not lack courage and may cause the native to seek excitement in risks (“Polar Explorer” and “Bullfighter” in Notable Nativities).

Usually motives and ideals are high, and the native means well, but is apt to go to extremes, to lack all sense of humour (in regard to his or her own interests and pursuits), and to be unable to co-operate or compromise.  It may indeed be termed an aspect of fanaticism, but in many cases its actions is chiefly external, giving taut nerves, an “edgy” temper and various forms of disease, usually of neural character.

It is often present in the maps of very conscientious people, who are hard on themselves and on others, exhibiting rigidity of outlook.  It does not favour calm, moderation, reflectiveness and detachment, for the emotions are set at variance with the will.

Like all Neptunian afflictions it sometimes causes unpleasant or deceptive “astral” experiences, and it constitutes a warning against the cultivation of pursuits of this nature.   A well-known example of this error is the case of Dr. John Hee, astrologer to Queen Elizabeth and an alchemist.  He was a man of true piety and learning, but his whole career was ruined by his reliance on the guidance, or misguidance, of supposed angelic monitors.  He had Neptune in the 3rd in the Fishes, Square to Uranus in the 7th.

Much of the unhappiness, “never been young” attitude of modern youth, their confusion of outlook, and lack of standards may be attributed without risk of error to the Opposition of these planets that prevailed some twenty years ago.




Cecil Rhodes, Mussolini, Savonarola, G.B. Shaw, Maupassant, Coue, Napoleion I, Lord Leverhulme.


The Conjunction

General Grant, Pasteur, Queen Victoria, Mrs. Eddy, Sir Richard Burton, Ruskin, W.H. Chaney (American astrologer), President Kruger, A.R. Wallace, Caesar Borgia, F.B. Cobbe (anti-vivisectionist).



Nicholas II of Russia, Ghandhi, Ramsay MacDonald, Harry Lauder.