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#### E510 Symmetry in Astrology 1: An Introduction

Symmetrical Astrology

#### E511 Symmetry in Astrology 2

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#### E512 Symmetry in Astrology 3

Symmetrical Astrology

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#### W101 Fundamentals I: Introduction

Start Here With the Fundamentals of Natal Astrology

#### W102 Fundamentals II: Additional Tools

Start Here With the Fundamentals of Natal Astrology

#### W103 Fundamentals III: Building Delineation Skills

Start Here With the Fundamentals of Natal Astrology

#### W104 Fundamentals IV: Natal Practicum

Start Here With the Fundamentals of Natal Astrology

#### W110 Fundamentals V: The Basics of Chart Movement

Moving the Chart in Time

#### W111 Fundamentals VI: Additional Movement Tools

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#### W112 Moving the Chart Practicum: Synthesis and Rec…

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#### W113 Moving the Chart Practicum - Synthesis and In…

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#### WR201 Counseling Issues in Astrology

Counseling and Relationships

#### WR202 Temperament, Family Themes and Issues

Counseling and Relationships

#### WR203 Intimate Relationships

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## Timing Important Life Periods With Synodic Returns

### Index

The synodic return is a double outer planet transit measured by the time interval between the successive conjunctions of any two planets. If one outer planet moves to aspect a natal planet, angle or close network of planets, two at once marks a particularly important life period. Synodic returns look at the moving planets, not just their static position in the natal chart.

Now to look at contacts to the natal chart:

If Jupiter takes 12 years to complete a cycle and Saturn takes 29 ½ years to complete a cycle, then it is logical that it would take Jupiter, the faster moving body, even more time than its own cycle to reach Saturn’s new position to be conjunct again. The Jupiter/Saturn synodic cycle is 19.859 years [often rounded off to 20 years]. If one knows when the last Jupiter/Saturn conjunction took place, then rather predictably, future such synodic returns can be estimated even without an ephemeris.  In Tables of Planetary Phenomena by Neil F. Michelsen one can find the outer planet conjunctions from 501 B.C. to 2100 plus their major aspects including the quarter and half cycles from 1700 to 2050. There is no need to immediately purchase this text, but be aware that such reference texts are valuable additions to your professional library.

The Neptune/Pluto synodic return or conjunction occurs approximately every 500 years; the Uranus/Neptune return every 170 years; and the Uranus/Pluto return every 140 years so none fit the human life span very well. Rather, modern astrologers use those synodic returns to describe larger mundane changes in the world. In fact, most modern mundane astrologers rely heavily upon the synodic returns of all of the outer planets to fill out their interpretations and forecasts.

The synodic returns most noticeable in personal charts are the Saturn synodic returns: 45 years Saturn/Uranus; 36 years Saturn/Neptune; 33 years Saturn/Pluto and the Jupiter returns: 20 years Jupiter/Saturn; 14 years Jupiter/Uranus; 13 years Jupiter/Neptune and 12 years the Jupiter/Pluto return. These synodic returns are only important if their conjunction closely aspects a planet, angle or sensitive point in the natal chart or even the natal chart of a country, a corporation, etc. Yes, we are talking about transit cycles of the outer planets, but particularly, the synodic return as an interplanetary “dance”.

Table of Planetary Pairs in Synodic Conjunction Late 19th-Early 21st Century

 Nep/Pl 1891* 8 Ge 19 Ur/Nep 1993* 18 Cp 48 Ur/Pl 1966* 16 Vi 28 Sat/Ur 1897* 26 Sc 26 1942 29 Ta 20 1988* 27 Sg 49 2032 28 Ge 01 2079* 28 Cp 13 Sat/Nep 1882 16 Ta 29 1917 4 Le 45 1952* 22 Li 47 1989* 11 Cp 14 2026 0 Ar 45 Sat/Pl 1883 29 Ta 46 1914* 2 Ca 04 1947 13 Le 07 1982 27 Li 36 2020 22 Cp 46 2053* 14 Pi 22 Jup/Sat 1881* 1 Ta 36 1901 14 Cp 00 1921 26 Vi 36 1941* 12 Ta 28 1961 25 Cp 12 1981* 8 Li 06 2000 22 Ta 43 2020 0 Aq 29 Jup/Ur 1900 10 Sg 06 1914 9 Aq 32 1927* 3 Ar 00 1941 25 Ta 38 1955* 26 Ca 04 1969* 2 Li 27 1983* 7 Sg 41 1997 5 Aq 56 Jup/Nep 1907 10 Ca 50 1919* 9 Le 12 1932 8 Vi 25 1945 5 Li 54 1958 3 Sc 18 1971* 1 Sg 44 1984 0 Cp 01 1997 27 Cp 09 Jup/Pl 1906 22 Ge 31 1918 6 Ca 03 1931 19 Ca 16 1943 6 Le 53 1956* 27 Le 36 1968 23 Vi 40 1981 24 Li 53 1994 28 Sc 26

*Asterisk denotes the middle point of the direct, retrograde and direct conjunction of the planetary pair extending the contact effect to over 8 months, and longer for Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.

Look at the table above to find the most recent synodic conjunctions of the outer planetary pairs most pertinent to human affairs. If you are interested in mundane astrology you may notice the correlation of synodic planetary returns to appropriate historical events such as the 1914 triple Sat/Pluto synodic return at 2 Cancer 04 and the Jupiter/Uranus synodic return at 9 Aquarius 32 that same year to mark the beginning of WW I. Then again in 1941 a triple Jupiter/Saturn synodic return at 12 Taurus 08 and a Jupiter/Uranus synodic return that same year at 25 Taurus 38 mark the beginning of the U.S. entry into WW II with the1942 Saturn/Uranus synodic return at 29 Taurus 20 following soon after. See what other mundane correlations you can make.

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