However, when one looks through ephemerides before the 1962 Aquarius conjunction, one notices that in the last month of 1899 there was an alignment in Sagittarius (and late Scorpio) that was even tighter than the 1962 conjunction in Aquarius.
That this “Great Sagittarius Conjunction” was denser than the 1962 Aquarius alignment can be seen from the fact that
- not only the classical planets were aligned within its 35 degree span, but also
- the dwarf planet Ceres
- and Pallas, the third-largest asteroid.
- Uranus was in Leo opposite the stellium
- Ceres and Vesta were in Taurus square the stellium
- Pallas was in Pisces semisquare the stellium
- Uranus was square the stellium in Aquarius
- Ceres was trine the stellium in Virgo
- Pallas was square the stellium in Leo
- Vesta was in late Capricorn making a dissociate square to the stellium
The charts shown for the 1899 “Great Sagittarius Conjunction” are strangely or not, with the exception of criminal Bruno Hauptmann of almost entirely unknown people. Even a search through Wikipedia does not reveal any other person of fame.
The concentrated energy in Sagittarius and late Scorpio (I date the conjunction as beginning when Venus entered Sagittarius), however, can be seen as symbolic of the “culture wars” that were beginning to dominate Europe due to the decimation of its religious peasant class and its replacement by a highly secular (ultimately socialistic) industrial working class. Scorpio and Sagittarius are signs that prefer truth to tact or compromise, and they can become exceedingly passionate about belief systems. The war between traditional Christianity and Marxian/Nietzschean secularism fits with this perfectly. With Neptune, planet of spirituality, opposing the conjunction in worldly, sceptical Gemini, it is easy to see why most ordinary Europeans were beginning to reject Christianity even if their ruling classes did not do so until the 1980s and even today are much more religious than the majority.