by Stefan Stenudd
The Complete World Horoscope
How to Chart and Read It in Classical Astrology
So, this is what the horoscope looks like for January 1, 2017, Midnight GMT, with Greenwich, England, as the location:
But the other planets move from year to year. That's why they should be observed the most closely, when reading the world horoscope of any year. Also the aspects, certain angles they form to one another and to the above mentioned persistent points of the horoscope. That, too, changes from year to year.
The Greenwich base for the annual world horoscope will remain as long as we keep the present time zone system. Before the introduction of GMT in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it was impossible to erect a meaningful complete world horoscope chart.
Since the annual world horoscope is based on what the global society has agreed upon, it primarily shows what happens to this our society, and not earth as a planet or other species living on it. Well, that's what we're the most curious about, anyway.
The Starting Point of the YearWe also have to remember that the annual world horoscope based on January 1 shows the starting point of the year. This gives a good astrological image of what we are to expect of the year, but a complete reading includes observing how the planets move through the year.
This continued movement indicates what happens to tendencies and circumstances shown by the January 1 complete horoscope chart. And when the planets form new aspects or pass from one House or Zodiac sign to another, this signifies changes of what was expected from their January 1 positions.
It's a dynamic system. So is society, indeed.
Constant Characteristics of the World CommunityBecause some things remain the same from year to year in the annual world horoscope based on Greenwich, there are many things about the human world community that remain the same. Quite important things.
Since the Ascendant always reappears at 7° Libra (it changes minutely because of Leap Years), the whole House system is also constant in the World horoscope, as is the Medium Coeli position at 9° Cancer and the 10th House.
The Ascendant shows that our world community likes to present itself as just and balanced, keeping order in the world. It's not necessarily true, but that's the image we want to make of our civilization. The end of the 1st House moving into Scorpio indicates that unrest and drastic change are still to be expected. The order rarely lasts and justice has its exceptions.
Medium Coeli, MC, shows how we see ourselves really, or in this case our society. That's in Cancer, so we strongly feel that society is built on our need to protect one another. A safety net, an institution by which the world population is more secure that it otherwise would be.
As for the twelve Houses, they are actually in the opposite position of their initial habitat in the Zodiac. For example, the 1st House is in Libra although the Zodiac sign Aries from which it got its characteristics is right opposite it, in the 7th House. That goes for all the Houses.
This means that there is a kind of malfunction in every aspect of society, an anomaly that keeps causing trouble and keeps interrupting some basic needs and functions from working as intended. Much of the social unrest in the world is explained by the opposition between the Houses and their original Zodiac signs.
The 1st House shows that individuality is somewhat suppressed for the sake of what's called the benefit of all, and the 7th House shows that we have trouble forming lasting partnerships, since society seems still to be arranged for individualism.
The 2nd House tells that the economy is constantly threatening to collapse, although that rarely happens. We lack control of it, but the 8th House shows that we continue to convince ourselves that we can control things that are really out of our control.
The 3rd House shows that communication techniques and habits aim so far that they tend not to be adequate for everyday contacts in our immediate neighborhoods. We are strangers to the ones around us, but get well acquainted with people very far away. The 9th House shows that still, we don't move very far, although we easily could. The changes to society are often minor and superficial, or plain illusions.
The 4th House shows that the home and family structure is embraced by great ambition and importance, but that tends to threaten security and peacefulness in the home environment. This is where the sun is, so it increases this characteristic of present society. We have tremendous ambitions with our homes and families, which is precisely why our homes don't function as the havens they once were.
The 10th House shows that our social ambition, society's march towards improvement as a whole, aims at security and peacefulness, as if the world society had become the new family structure. I doesn't really work, of course, when people don't feel security and peace in their homes. Medium Coeli in this House is in an opposition aspect (180°) to the sun, increasing the effect and strength of this conflict.
Although we struggle to make society more and more safe, it mainly unsettles our homes and makes family members impatient. Homes break up instead of getting more solid. This is the major problem in our world society. Security should start at home, and land there, but when society as a whole tries to substitute it, homes suffer.
The 5th House indicates that the most encouraged spare time activity in society is that of a continued learning process. We study and learn, but find little time to digest it all. We're expected to spend the time we have on our own to discover what society as a whole is all about and how this can be fulfilled. That's what we want to do, but it proves difficult to accomplish outside our own private zones.
At the opposite, the 11th House shows that individualism is the most successful attitude on the big social scene. That's why dictators keep appearing, although society as a whole embraces democracy. People who exploit society for their own benefit and to make themselves celebrities or leaders have the best chance of succeeding. Altruism meets with many more obstacles.
The 6th House shows that we are eager to work and contribute, but society gives less opportunity to do so. Unemployment is a plague that will not be solved, but probably increase - even so that parts of the population will never have a regular job. Those who do, find that it changes often, whether they like it or not, and they are often unsure about what to expect and what to do at their workplace. It's confusing.
The 12th House repeats this situation by showing that our society lacks room for all of the work force wanting to do their bit. It is difficult to get things done, although so many are ready to dig in.
The above conflicts or anomalies in our society will remain as long as we stick to the present Greenwich based clock. It's an underlying circumstance, so it can be improved and diminished, but never completely solved. And the conflicts quickly return if not constantly countered.
How Long Will Our Calendar Last?The present world order, to which our calendar and its annual world horoscopes relate, can be said to have started with the Pluto and Neptune conjunction in 1892, which was in Gemini and right by the cusp of the Ninth House of that year's world horoscope. The zero degrees longitude of Greenwich was decided in the International Meridian Conference of 1884, which is near enough in matters of this kind.
The World Time Zones, relative to Greenwich Mean Time.
Otherwise, it is likely that a calendar change will come in connection with a Pluto event of enough significance. Actually, we're in such a period right now, when Pluto passes over the sun in the annual world horoscope. This passage lasts a few years, from 2012 to 2014. In 2015 it's fading away. This might lead to changes in society that also affect our calendar somehow. Not that likely, as far as we can see now, but still possible.
The most important Pluto event to come not too far ahead is the opposition to Neptune in the years 2136 to 2140, approximately. The same two planets that in a conjunction caused our world calendar, astrologically speaking, would then be involved in ending it when they get in opposition. Why not?
The middle of the 22nd century is also interesting because it is the most likely time for the Age of Aquarius to really begin. That's a kind of change that comes only once in more than 2,000 years, so most certainly it will also change the calendar fundamentally.
The present Astrological Age, which is that of Pisces, surely did so by starting at the approximate birth time of Jesus Christ. So, if our calendar has not changed beforehand, it will certainly do so in the 22nd century. Astrologers of that era will have to figure out how to calculate the world horoscope from then on.
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