Treaty of Rome (January 1, 1958)
In one of his last chapters in Cosmic Loom, Dennis Elwell discusses how the European Union came into being. (At the time he was writing this book, that name didn’t exist.)
We have already glimpsed many of the practical outworkings of Saturn-Neptune combinations. This particular pair has been highlighted to show how configurations usually regarded as a liability can be turned to good account. A further illustration may be helpful. In the chart of the European Economic Community (1 January 1958) Saturn is at 19º 26′ Sagittarius and Neptune 4º 26′ Scorpio, a precise semisquare. Given this context we can turn from what this aspect might mean in the abstract, leave aside what it might mean in other contexts, and identify it within the concerns of the Common Market itself. If astrology means anything, one thing this aspect must signify is ‘fishing limits’, both in the sense of restricting fleets to certain waters, and their catch quotas. It must be expected that at times when these issues are to the fore, so will Saturn-Neptune.
Such a well-defined match between the cosmic and terrestrial not only provides a good test-bed for astrology’s methods, but clearly points the way to making it relevant. A full study of the data is instructive, but here we will merely note the following cosmic coincidences. The common fisheries policy came into force on 1 February 1971, when Saturn and Neptune were in symmetrical conjunction with the moon’s node in Aquarius (solidarity). During 1976 a serious row blew up over the policy and on 1 January of the next year a 200-mile fishing zone was declared, when the planets were in trine aspect. But the agreement left much unsettled, and further important negotiations took place in the second half of December 1982, as Jupiter came into symmetrical conjunction with the EEC’s Saturn-Neptune, and a package deal was struck on 21 December when Jupiter was in symmetrical conjunctions with these same planets in the heavens. The policy was endorsed by the Council of Ministers on 25 January 1983 as Saturn reached the degree of Neptune in the EEC chart.
Out of that policy the quotas were agreed in December of that year, and the annual total allowable catches fixed the following month, all this happening under Saturn semisquare Neptune in the heavens — the first semisquare formed between them since the semisquare that accompanied the founding of the EEC. The aspect repeated itself in October, when the issue of fishing controls was raised again because some countries had been exceeding their catches. As Pluto came to the EEC Neptune (and hence semisquare Saturn) the 1985 quotas were agreed, but in circumstances of rumbling discontent which made the British Government consult the House of Commons first. As from 1 April 1985 boats had to log all catches, and we find Saturn in symmetrical conjunction with the EEC Saturn-Neptune.
In this brief case history we have looked at nothing more technical than the ‘real time’ positions of the planets in the sky, in relation to each others or to the EEC birth chart, but more sophisticated techniques like progressions also elaborate this basic configuration, leaving us in no doubt as to its relevance. A quite separate study could be made of the community’s milk lake and butter mountain, taking as a starting point the EEC’s moon (milk and its products) in the bovine Taurus! Again, the rise and fall of solidarity within the community could be examined, using the radical Venus conjunction Chiron in Aquarius as a barometer. And so on. It is a sharply defined context that makes astrology useful in practical matters.
Some other things to notice:
Although the Treaty of Rome was signed in Rome on March 25, 1957, the ‘union’ actually started at the beginning of the following year, and the capital was set in Brussels. The Ascendant is in the last degree of Virgo (which may be why there is so much nitpicking among its member states) and hints at the missed opportunity for harmony (Libra) that would have occurred if they’d enacted the Treaty to start at 2 minutes past midnight. (But I’m guessing that no one consulted an Astrologer.)
And, since I have such a penchant for inconjuncts, the one contained in this chart says, “Look at me, look at me…”
Sun Inconjunct Uranus
There is a side of your personality that is very restless and impatient with rules, even when you know they are for your own good. You want very much to go your own way and do your own thing, even when you aren’t entirely sure that it is the right direction for you. So you rebel in subtle ways by having sudden fits of obstinacy and moods of feeling very contrary, especially to your parents or other authority figures.
Sometimes the energy of this aspect comes out in other ways as well. At times sudden upsets may occur in your life that totally alter your plans, so that you have to change course entirely. When this happens, you must learn to yield to the pressure and flow with the change. It may be difficult for you to realize it, but such an upset occurs because you have blocked much-needed changes in your life, or they have been denied you. However upsetting these changes are at first, they will give you the freedom you need to grow as an individual. Unfortunately, if you always wait for changes to come in this manner, they are likely to be very startling and unsettling. If you learn to assert your individuality more directly, the changes will not seem so upsetting.