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COSMIC TRENDS: Astrology connects the dots - Philip Brown

Contents: Acknowledgements; A note about Pluto; Introduction;

Part 1: Connecting with Pluto: 1. Transformational Pluto; 2. Six generations of
Pluto, 1912-2008

Part 2: Connecting with the future: Pluto in Capricorn: 3. Saturn, Capricorn's

security blanket; 4. One if by land: The new age of threat levels; 5. Blowing a
carnival horn; 6. "Who's there?" Seeing behind the mask; 7. Ben goes electric:
Inventing the future

Part 3: Comming attractions with Uranus & Neptune: 8. The dreaming planet:
Neptune; 9. The freedom planet: Uranus; 10. Visions of Utopia: The UranusNeptune connection; 11. Uranus & Neptune star in Trading Signs; 12. Future
trends with Uranus & Neptune

Part 4: Seeing the big picture: Planet cycles & major trends: 13. A tidal wave:
The Neptune-Pluto conjunction; 14. Seeing Paisley: The Uranus-Pluto
connection; 15. Glimpses of 2020: Jupiter meets Saturn

Appendices: A. Planet & sign keywords; B. Glossary; C. Connecting with the

zodiac signs; D. Outer planet transits & major conjunction charts; E. Chart
data & sources

Bibliography; Index.

Comment: This is another in a series of books, by a variety of authors (and

their publishers) that have postulated Pluto as the ultimate chronocrator
(time-keeper) for the world. I do not know why. I do not know why.

Anytime we start with the premise that the outermost must also be the
ultimate, we are starting with ideology, to which we must then fit facts. Which
Brown does in this book.

The rationalization for Brown's book appears to be on page 13:

When Pluto goes through signs of the zodiac, it brings to the surface certain
traits for each generation. Pluto puts its stamp on an era, and each
generation of Pluto carries the imprint of that sign for a lifetime. The crossinfluences of Pluto eras and Pluto generations help shape history, major
trends, and current events.
Brown then gives a general overview of the successive Plutonian ages,
starting with the entry of Pluto into Cancer, in 1912. Cancer promoted
unionization (he somehow forgets Russia's Communist revolution). Leo, which
started in the late 1930's, is the age of Inner Children, who are idealistic,
perhaps even unrealistic. Virgo, starting in the late 1950's, is the engineer's
sign (he somehow overlooks the Space Age). Libra, from the early 1970's,
saw the divorce rate peak. Scorpio, starting in late 1983, is defined as
grunge, punk & 12 step programs. There is no mention of AIDS. Sagittarius,
starting in 1995, Brown defines as a religious / spiritual age, as well one of
"bigness" in general (big SUV's, for example, although as far back as the
1930's, Americans have always had big cars). He gives various examples for
both. I would have thought fundamentalist ideologies to be far more
significant. (Do you see the importance of inclusion & omission in a book like

The upcoming Pluto in Capricorn era, 2008-2020, forms the heart of Brown's
book. According to Brown, those years will be characterized by:

A carnival atmosphere
Masks, by which I think he means deceit
Self-made individuals

I would have thought that Pluto's transit through Saturn's negative sign,
which is also the exaltation of Mars, would simply produce one disaster after
another, as Pluto runs up against the influece of both Saturn & Mars, none of
whom like the others. In metaphysics, the Cancer / Capricorn axis is said to
be one of incarnation vs: initiation, with true meaning of "initiation" being
ritualized death. This doesn't sound good to me. I would like to be wrong.

Brown's short-list was so interesting that I got out Lehman's Book of

Rulerships & had a go. Not finding "security" or "safety", I found "refuge (for
thieves): Aries". Not finding "carnival", I found "feasts: Venus". Not finding
"masks", I found "deceit: 6th house". Not finding "self-made", I found
"inventors: Mercury". For "Merchants" I found Mercury, Aquarius & Jupiter.

At this point I think we may leave Brown's speculations aside.

Looking beyond his delineations, what are the big astrological events, aside
from Pluto in Capricorn, that are due in the near future? Appendix D is a list of
outer planet conjunctions & sign ingreses, from 1914 to 2039. In it, we find
that Uranus will enter the sign of Aries in 2010.

Here is what we don't find: Jupiter conjuncts Uranus as both enter Aries,
summer, 2010. Saturn conjuncts Mars, as both enter Libra, summer, 2010.
And so, by deduction, Uranus/Jupiter opposes Saturn/Mars, summer, 2010,
smack across the Aries point. I stumbled across this rather spectacular lineup
while I was working on my ephemeris in fall, 2006. I was hardly the first to
discover it. I made inquiries. It has been circulating in astrological circles like
a dirty little secret, for several years now.

This is the kind of thing you overlook when you combine ideology with lack of
preparation. When my store was in Ventura, CA, Phil Brown was a frequent &
welcome visitor, as he lives nearby. I wish I could have been around to help
him on this book, since I may never get around to writing a book myself. I like
to think I can be a useful gadfly.

Llewellyn, 218 pages.