Six years ago I did two posts on the little-known 1899 “Great Sagittarius Conjunction”, and a request from the second post has made me decide to print up charts for various nations at the midpoint of the conjunction. This should show to some extent how these nations relate to the world’s culture today, but are mainly intended as illustrations.
EuropeThe “Great Sagittarius Conjunction” charts for Europe, below, shows the conjunction in “small” (in zodiacal longitude covered) eighth and ninth houses, with Pisces rising in Britain and Aries or Taurus (example not shown) on the continent. These house positions, along with the assertive Aries Ascendant, symbolise the passionate cultural conflicts and tight relationship with government (people voluntarily sacrifice economic freedom for protection of personal rights) that have typified twentieth-century Europe.
Arab WorldIn the two representative charts for the Arab World below, we see the conjunction in the seventh house in the east of the Arab world and in the ninth and tenth in the west. The seventh-house location of the conjunction for Saudi Arabia shows the status of the Middle East as the centre of the world’s wars and diplomatic conflicts, whilst the Taurus Ascendant symbolises the role of the eastern Arab world
Russia/Union of Soviet Socialist RepublicsIn this chart for Moscow, we see the conjunction in the seventh and sixth houses with Gemini rising (an Ascendant that was very common at the midpoint of the conjunction throughout the vast Eurasian landmass). This may on one level symbolise the decline of Russian art as the planets are setting, whilst the worldly, sceptical Gemini Ascendant and the materialistic, internationalist seventh house presence symbolises how Russia dedicated itself to extremely secular ideologies via the Bolshevik Revolution and Comintern.
East AsiaMost of East Asia had Leo rising during the conjunction – located in the natural house of Leo as shown below for eastern China (Japan and Korea are too similar to show).
South and Central AsiaAs shown below, South Asia and Central Asia had late Gemini or early Cancer on the Ascendant during the “Great Sagittarius Conjunction”. Together with the conjunction’s position entirely in the sixth house, this shows how this region’s ambitions have been much more modest than East Asia. With Pisces on the Midheaven in most of the region, there has been greater retention of spiritual traditions in India than in East Asia, especially with Neptune right on the Indian Ascendant.
AustraliaAs illustrated below, Eastern Australia had powerful Leo on the Ascendant during the conjunction, and Western Australia (along with Tasmania, which is not shown) motherly Cancer. These symbolise Australia’s position as a future superpower with its vast lithophile metal ores that have allowed the spread of the Industrial Revolution.
The Western Hemisphere
Latin America mainly had Capricorn on the Ascendant, as shown for Colombia, but true for most Andean and Southern Cone nations as far south as Punta Arenas. This symbolises a more subtle secularisation than found in Eurasia, but equally definite despite the conjunction being at least partly in the hidden twelfth house. Brazil and Argentina (not shown) had Aquarius rising, which symbolises the inflexible and often original (e.g. liberation theology) popular movements of these regions.
New Zealand and nearby Pacific islands had Virgo rising, which fits in with their relatively modest role and lack of global ambition in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.