The parallel of Neptune and Pluto and its historical relationship to global expansion and pandemics was first addressed in the 2004 Winter Issue of the Declination SIG’s Journal, The Other Dimension, Vol. 9, No. 4. followed by a revised printing in ISAR’s Journal,  International Astrologer,   Vol. XXIII,  No. 2, released in February 2005. A shortened, and further revised, third publication appeared in NCGR’s Memberletter, August-September 2005, entitled
“The 21st Century’s Great Parallel.”

The Great Parallel of the 21st Century

By Leigh Westin


About once a century, Neptune and Pluto, ponderously plod toward a parallel. Research implies that when these meet near one of the declination power points (Solstices, Equinoxes and 16N/S20), mundane events of greater magnitude may occur than when found at other placements. Recently correlated events of Neptune-Pluto parallels were found to be keyed to an eclipse and ingress that focused on a total configuration, the Neptune-Pluto parallel and at least one other body, combining with the Great Parallel.

For the past 500 years, each time this rare parallel impacted, events correlated to global expansion and negatively affected large populations. Today at the greatest known height of global expansion, the Neptune and Pluto parallel is once again forefront. Although it is never conclusive that a particular event will take hold, a major value of our craft (to quote an old phrase) is: forewarned is forearmed.  In such interest and from a sense of responsibility, this article was written.

Although the term grand has long been applied to major configurations, when an order from destiny arrives via the likes of Neptune and Pluto, little justification may exist for the positive connotation of the word. However, the word, great, applies to almost any colossal event, regardless of outcome. Thus great was selected to describe the monumental parallel1 with which the world is to be confronted. In fact, the confrontation has begun.

On December 26, 2004 unleashed by the Sumatra earthquake came the devastating tsunami, claiming 226,000 lives. Neptune (16S49) and Pluto (15S11) were well within parallel orb, with Neptune, only 29’ from 16N/S20, a position that equates in longitude to 15° fixed, also known as the midpoint of the Cardinal Points. These eight positions, the four Cardinal Points and their four midpoints at 15° fixed, in Witte’s midpoint theory, are associated with world events.Similarly, my research uncovers repeatedly3 that the closer to the declination power points, the Solstices, Equinoxes and 16N/S20,4 that a parallel/contra-parallel takes place, the more likely the outer world is associated—an important point—since this century’s Neptune-Pluto parallel occurs at 15S54, only 26’ from 16S20, the closest to this position that these two have paralleled in 2000 years.

No question that this in some form will equate to a great moment in time. Indeed, the answer could be multiple as triggers exist in many highly focused individual charts: Arab League, Israel, U.S., Britain, Tony Blair, U.S. President, etc. Still there might be another indication, one that for the past five centuries has hauntingly repeated. 

Historical Concern
One major downside to a study of these rare parallels is the great time between their occurrences, only six in 500 years. As any viable researcher-writer will recognize, only six occurrences is generally a serious limitation to nail down practical findings.  Yet the further back in time one researches, the less clear becomes the historical record. On the other hand, 500 years represents one complete cycle of the Neptune-Pluto declination crossings, and perhaps on that basis, offers a reasonable venue.

It should be made clear that like all aspects, there will no doubt be, both positive and negative outcomes, whereas this writing focuses on a troubling one.  If history is any indication of the future, then perhaps an awareness of this history will bring about a positive outcome. When Neptune and Pluto were found in parallel orb and had been engaged in at least a T-square with another body, in particularly Saturn, the troubling issue was a consistent signature of great loss of life —not 250,000 as from the 2004 Tsunami, but upward toward a million or more from pandemics, sometimes war, sometimes both, depending on contributing factors. The record according to years follows.

1513-14. Near a single Neptune-Pluto parallel at (17S23), the natives of South America were introduced to European microbes via the first Spanish visit (historians differ on dates).  When a virus or bacteria is introduced to naďve immunity like that of the 16th century South American natives, the virulence is greatly exaggerated. From 15-30 million, Mexico’s population was reduced to three million, the Incas from eight million to one million.  Epidemics of smallpox and measles over time so weakened and reduced the entire population that a few years later Cortez with a limited number of men conquered the Aztecs, and Pizzaro the Incas, both claiming large territories for Spain.5

1613-1618. Neptune met Pluto at 0° in a series of 11 contra-parallels and one parallel.  Like the Spaniards, the French and English brought the same crowd diseases to North America and in 1616-1617, an epidemic took 80% of the native population from Nova Scotia to Massachusetts. In fact in 1620, Jamestown was built on an abandoned Indian site. As these diseases for years continued to spread, historians claimed that European microbes became the pioneers’ deadliest weapon and paved the road for easier colonization of the New World—certainly another global expansion.6

1720-22. While Neptune aligned with Pluto at 17N19, 16N50 and 17N45, bubonic plague was rampant in Constantinople and Budapest while Europe experienced their last large outbreak, primarily in France. England avoided the same by quarantining ships for 30 days. The major reason for the spread in France was due to throwing caution to the wind to obtain merchandise that had been shipped on a Mid-Eastern vessel with known infection on board. Over 100,000 died in France resulting again from commercial global expansion. This is the one occurrence where overall numbers can’t be verified (due to the Mid-Eastern involvement and the lack of published data) but are suggested to be comparable to other parallels.7

Certainly in no way is it implied that all tragedies or large losses of life occur when Neptune and Pluto are parallel. Certainly there have been other outbreaks of plague and other diseases at many other times and places. Yet, historically when these two bodies are in parallel and configured as has been described, death of large populations tend to occur, often in the form of pandemics or epidemics, but not always.

1857-1866. Neptune and Pluto were in lengthy orb exacting three parallels and four contra-parallels at the Equinoxes while a war-crazed, bloody era raged. Major conflicts were:  the Chinese Taiping Rebellion, one of the bloodiest conflicts in history, 30 million died—100,000 in three days in 1864 alone; War of the Triple Alliance (1864-70) reduced Paraguay by a million, the bloodiest conflict in the Americas; American Civil War (1861-65), 50,000 civilians and 600,000 military died, more than lost in all wars to date fought by the US8. However, the American Civil War was over states rights, not the most associated outcome, slavery abolition.  In fact the US war began over high tariffs used to build the North, but received from exported cotton, a product of the South9, thus another event relative to global commercial expansion.

Actually there were two Neptune-Pluto parallel sets in the 1800s. In 1808-9, a series of five parallels occurred from 19S52-19S09, rather distant from 16°20’. Although the Napoleonic Wars were ongoing and there were outbreaks of plague in the Middle East,10 it is suggested: 1) the parallels occurred too far from power points for the correlated effects as found with other Neptune-Pluto parallels; and 2) Neptune, the faster moving body, was moving toward the Solstice rather than toward 16°20’ (the opposite was the case in 1916-8.)

1916-18. Neptune met Pluto (18N58, 19N02), so in sync that they aspected within days, remaining so for days and not exceeding 30’orb for 11 months. During WW1 (1917), typhus erupted on the eastern front, killing three million Russians.  Between 1490-1921, typhus deserved more credit for defeat than opposing armies. One bacteriologist wrote, “The epidemics get the blame for defeat. The generals get the credit for victory. It ought to be the other way around.”11 Then in 1918, the Spanish flu in six months, killed 20 million, twice the number from WWI and quicker than the 14th Century plague.12 

Although all Neptune-Pluto contra-parallels weren’t researched, the most recent in 1967-8, near 16N/S20 (16°50, 17°41, 17°03) coincided with the Hong Kong flu, certainly an epidemic, similar to one in 1957, but incomparable to the major pandemic of 1918.13

Repeating Patterns
The combined orbits of Neptune and Pluto take about 500 years to repeat a similar pattern. Thus there are five patterns of crossings. Two patterns cross in north declination, with either Neptune heading to the North Solstice and Pluto moving toward the Equinoxes as in the 1700s, 1200s, 700s and 200s or vice versus as in 1900s, 1400s, 900s and 400s.  One pattern emphasizes the Equinoctial power points with Neptune heading south and Pluto heading north, barely missing the points in the 600s, and right on in the 1600s and 1100s, to be repeated in 22nd Century. Another scenario also emphasizes the Equinoxes, this time when both are heading north.  In this case the two meet twice during 100 years, once with Neptune heading to the South Solstice while Pluto is slowly pondering north and again when Neptune catches up, heading again north. This too, for the past 2000 years occurred almost dead on the Equinoxes (1800, 1300s, 800s and 300s.) Only equinoctial crossings involve both parallels and contra-parallels because Neptune can aspect Pluto from both directions, north and south. But if Pluto stations right on the zero point, the time the two remain in orb may be lengthened as happened in 1857-1866.

The single 21st Century parallel will be similar to the pattern of the 1500s, 1000s and 500s, when Pluto was ascending to the South Solstice and Neptune descending to the Vernal Equinox. Then like now, was one parallel, located in orb of 16N/S20, just not as close. Then like now, was a similarity of events.

In the 1500s The Revival of Learning was in swing, resulting from the printing press invention (1440) and the fall of Constantinople to the Muslins (1453), the latter sending Christian refuges fleeing with libraries of Greek classics. Eventually these were re-printed, opening the discovery of western civilization’s illustrious roots that later led to objective scientific thought and release of the Catholic Church’s mental stranglehold.14  Experienced today is a Renaissance via the Internet, yielding opportunities to learn from multiple sources opposed to a few elitists and what mainstream media dictates to be known. 

Likewise related is the Reformation, both the religious wars and sexual morality criticism toward Catholic priests and nuns.15 Recently, decades of concealed priesthood pedophilia leaped full-blown into the public domain while the clash of fanatical Islam with western civilization is reminiscent of the religious wars—the difference then and now being the global scale—and that’s the point. The cycles never quite repeat for any variety of reasons. For one, Pluto’s cycle is forever changing—yet Pluto’s powerful declination relationship to other significant positions often remains hidden.

Contributing factors
Because of Earth’s axial tilt to its orbit, combined with Pluto’s eccentric orbit, (more elliptical and at greater angle than other planets), a significant difference exists between Pluto’s longitude projection onto the ecliptic plane and its declination. In fact any celestial body whose orbit is fairly inclined to Earth’s (primarily, Moon, Mercury, and Venus) may be out of sync in declination compared to its longitude.  

A viable method to overcome this difference is to notate declination in solar longitude equivalents.16 By so doing, the relationship of declination can be read similar to a longitude chart with signs, degrees and aspects. When shown for the two October 2005 eclipses, the impact of the Great Parallel and the alignment of other bodies on its foundation becomes visibly clear.

The accompanying data were set for UT, latitude 00N00 and longitude 00W00 to gain a world stage perspective. Two charts are shown in Figure 1; the one on the left is the Longitude Chart and on the right is the Longitude Equivalent Chart. Highlighted in bold in the table between the two are the positions that enhance the Great Parallel.

In the October 3rd (Solar Eclipse) Longitude Chart, a wide fixed configuration occurs, a tight opposition between Venus (24Sc51) and Mars (23Ta21 R) and a wider opposition between Saturn (09Le06) and Neptune (14Aq58 R). As noted on the chart, however, the longitude configuration will not add to a Great Cross; whereas in the Equivalent Chart, the configuration will—involving Mars(15Ta 43 R), Saturn (07Le35), Neptune (14Aq22 R) and Pluto (12Sc03). Since Saturn and Pluto will fall within at least 5ş, Saturn is considered a valid corner of the square by translation of light. Figure 1

In the October 17th (Lunar Eclipse) Longitude Chart, a T-Square will occur with Mercury (13Sc02), Saturn (10Le09), Neptune(14Aq50 R).  In the Longitude Equivalent Chart, the configuration is closer to a Great Cross, Mercury (18Sc16), Saturn (08Le32), Mars (16Ta01 R), and Neptune (14Aq21). For further tension, Pluto (12Sc21) will be conjunct Mercury hence tightening the fixed Great Parallel even more. Figure 2  Although not shown, by the time the 2005 Capricorn Ingress rolls around, the Great Parallel will be highly integrated. 

Because Neptune and Pluto can remain in declination orb for several years, a foundation exists on which other bodies can align as Saturn and Mars will do. Saturn will begin its retrograde period in late November, 2005, thereby near to Earth in the Capricorn Ingress, setting the pattern for 2006. Mars will retrograde October 1, at 23B22, 16N29! In fact stunningly, Mars will be in orb of the 16N/S20 power point in late August 2005, and will remain so throughout half of January 2006, stationing direct December 10, 2005 at 06Ta14, 15N16! 

When the one exact parallel of this century between Neptune and Pluto takes place on January 29, 2006, the Sun will be at 17S54; Venus, 15S21; Mercury, 19S52; Saturn, 19N00; Jupiter, 15S49; Mars, 19N43; and Neptune and Pluto, 15S54—all equating in longitude equivalents to fixed positions. Only Uranus will not be involved—unless a chart is set for a location such as Washington DC where Uranus will be conjunct the MC. For the final exclamation point—January 29 will be a New Moon!  Figure 3 

For each of the dated events as cited above through the centuries, the formula consisted of an emphasis on Neptune-Pluto during consecutive eclipses and a near Ingress. Then like now, Saturn was involved and often Mars. When Saturn and Mars add their flavor, especially oriented to destiny’s (Neptune) contact with transformation (Pluto), the effects as shown can be quite daunting.  

The Good News
When a consistent repetition as described is found, it would be less than responsible not to let others know so precautions could be taken. Thus the objective is to inform concerning a potential. Other warnings also exist. Prevailing is the largest world population ever known, plus an unusual number of immigrating peoples. Historically, such conditions prefaced pandemics. Citing the H5 (avian) virus as a possibility, the World Heath Organization has repeatedly stated that the world is ripe for a pandemic.17

The good news is the great strides in health knowledge even since 1968, especially immunity enhancement—certainly adequate sleep and vitamin/mineral rich foods contribute, but the single most proven factor is an ongoing exercise program.  Even so simple, frequent hand-washing is still a first line protection. More than likely there’s time to adopt a healthy lifestyle and whether a catastrophe occurs or not, such pursuit will continue to yield personal rewards more valuable than gold.

Final Thoughts
The Great Parallel was originally found with the unusual 2006 Major Lunar Standstill,18 both first cited seven years ago during a study of standstills. Normally at a Lunar Standstill, the Moon reaches its highest declination in one direction and it’s second highest in the other direction two weeks apart. But in 2006, the Moon reaches its second highest declination 6 months later.19  The last time such occurred was in the 1700s.19  In fact many cycles of that era are being repeated currently—another story in itself.  The point is that within the same time frame as the Great Parallel, the Moon will be close to its maximum out-of-bounds20 height and in potential extreme of all its meaning, raising the bar even higher. Actually this writing only scratches the surface. Not even broached are the contra-parallels—there is so much more. 

Always man has found it difficult to fathom understanding of why terrible happenings are rained on humanity. In the ancient past, these were perceived as the anger of the gods. Today is little different, only the name has changed. Yet perchance there is no ‘why’—that life’s experience is within the inevitability of cycles, some so far apart that they can’t be experienced in one lifetime, some experienced daily. Even each day is different; even each minute is never quite the same as the last.  Like all the other cycles, the Neptune-Pluto co-joining is inevitable, one that comes and goes, a factor that some instinctively know.

All Rights Reserved©2005 Leigh Westin

(See Addendum below)

      1.  Parallel, two bodies with the same declination and direction, both north (N) or both south (S) declination; contra-parallel, two bodies with the
      same declination in opposite directions, i.e. one position north (N) and one position south (S) declination.

Jacobsen, Roger A., The Uranian Book of Astrology, 1975.
3.   Solstices, Equinoxes, first termed power points by Charles & Lois Hannan, “Power Points and Out-of-Bounds Planets, AFA Journal, 1994.
     16N/S20 added in “Points of Power” by Charles & Lois Hannan, The Other Dimension Vol. 4. No.2.
4.  Research on 16N/S20, presented at UAC 2002, “The Master Hinge Pin: The Declination Connection,” by Leigh Westin.
5.  Karlan, Arno, The Progress of Plague, 2001.
6.   Ibid.
7.   Ibid.
8.   Encyclopedia Britannica.
9 Ibid.
10. Karlan, Arno, The Progress of Plague, 2001.
11. Ibid.
12. Ibid.
13. Ibid.
14. Encyclopedia Britannica.
15. Ibid.
16. Firebrace, Brigadier R.C., New Directions in Astrology,  Moray Series.
17. “Massive flu outbreak could happen at any moment, WHO warns,”  
18. The Lunar Standstill Cycle is 18.6 years, same as the lunar Nodal Cycle (Darconic Cycle). Major  Standstill occurs when the Moon reaches its
      highest declination position (at least 5°8’ beyond obliquity of the current era).  About 9 years later, the Moon reaches Minor Stand­still
      (5°8’ below current obliquity). Current obliquity is about 23°26’, defined as the maximum declination of the apparent Sun, the angle
      difference between the equatorial plane and the ecliptic plane and the amount Earth tilts on its axis.
19. Leigh Westin,
Beyond the Solstice by Declination, 2001.
20. Boehrer, Kt., Declination: The Other Dimension, 1994. (Boehrer was the originator of the coined term out-of-bounds to describe the positions of celestial bodies
      when their orbits  reach above the maximum prevailing declination, currently 23°26'+.)


Addendum: While the first article on the Great Parallel was being finalized, the Sumatra Earthquake/Tsunami shook the whole planet. Since the last publication, Hurricane Katrina and Rita in August, devastated the US Louisiana and Mississippi coasts with Katrina reported as the most costly and deadly storm since the 1900 Galveston Hurricane.1 A month later the devastating Pakistani earthquake hit, leaving 73,000 dead and three million homeless with on-coming winter creating a tragically bleak prospective.2   

Will there be more of the same? More likely such will continue through Autumn, 2007. Even now the news is aghast with broken weather records for tropical storms, high and low temperatures worldwide, snow (13 ft in Japan!), record numbers of locusts devouring crops, drought, flooding, as well as politics and finances—gold, the highest in 25 years—in fact the news is rampant with all kinds of extremes—the very signature of a Major Lunar Standstill. Quite literally, 2006 marks the middle of the three most intense of the approximate nine years, wherein the Moon reaches beyond the Solstices to its highest declination in an 18.6 year cycle. Indeed this is an awesome standstill, the likes of which haven’t been experienced since the 1700s and even then without the tempestuous company of the Great Parallel.


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