The Outer Planets and Their Cycles


outer_planets.jpg"The Outer Planets and Their Cycles – The Astrology of the Collective", written by Liz Greene, was originally published in 1983 and revised in 2005. The book is based on a series of lectures given by the author in 1980. As Liz Greene wrote in the preface to the 2005 edition, this book "contains probably the first published prediction of the fall of the Soviet Union".

Lecture One: An introduction to the outer planets    

In this first part the author presents the meaning of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. She wrotes that the creative ideas symbolised by Uranus are taken in the world, in a conscious way, mostly, by people with a Saturn conjunct Uranus.

Pluto is linked with a certain vision of the Universe and with the Hermetic world – view.


Lecture Two: Aspects to the outer planets    

The author wrote about Pluto in Libra, Chiron, the aspects between Uranus and Pluto, Sun and Neptune, Saturn and Uranus, Saturn and Neptune, Saturn and Pluto, the periods when Uranus, Pluto, Neptune were discovered and the synchronic events. For example:

"Neptune materialises as the alcoholic or the deceitful partner, and Uranus dresses as the partner who leaves you, and Pluto disguises himself as the partner who has power over you or has some pretty complicated sexual and emotional patterns. […] A person with strong outer planet contacts may have a disruptive effect in the group, because the outer planets tend to feel threatening to more Saturnian values."


Lecture Three: The outer planets in individual horoscopes    

The author writes about the chart of Adolf Hitler (Pluto – Neptune conjunction, Uranus on the Ascendent), Karl Marx (Uranus – Neptune conjunction square Saturn and Pluto), Lenin (Uranus square Neptune), Freud (Sun with Uranus), Jung (Sun with Uranus square Neptune), the Uranus – Pluto conjunction of 1960.    


Lecture Four: Outer planets rulership of signs and houses    

The author writes about Uranus, Neptune and Pluto as co-rulers of Aquarius, Pisces and Scorpio. Also about Saturn and Pluto in the 12th house.


Lecture Five: The USSR and the Uranus – Neptune conjunction    

In this chapter the author wrote about the transit of Pluto on the URSS Sun and predicted the disintegration of the Soviet Union around 1989.


Lecture Six: Outer planets in everyday life    

The author presents many examples of outer planets in aspects with personal planets, especially with Venus, and of outer planets placed in angles, especially in the 7th and 10th house.


Lecture Seven: The outer planets and the Astrological Ages    

The author wrote about the Piscean Age, the religions and myths associated, the transition to the Aquarian Age.


The book has 2 appendixes, one is "The Generation Gap", an interesting article about the astrological links between generations, the second is "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: the Chiron – Pluto cycle", an article about the cycle of Chiron and Pluto.





Conclusion. "The Outer Planets and Their Cycles – The Astrology of the Collective" is a very good book of mundane astrology, written in 1983, when there wasn’t many written material on this subject. It treats different themes of mundane astrology, it’s diverse and interesting to read. It isn’t so detailed and comprehensive as Mundane Astrology, but still is one of the best books on mundane astrology, a book where the reader will meat the accuracy and clarity of Liz Greene’s vision of astrology. My evaluation is 8,79.


The Art of Stealing Fire: Uranus in the Horoscope


uranus.jpgThe Art of Stealing Fire: Uranus in the Horoscope is a book published first time in 1996, based on the CPA (Centre for Psychological Astrology) seminars held by Liz Greene in the same year. The book’s topics are centered around the planets Uranus and Saturn.

Part One: Uranus in the natal chart  

The author presents the mythology of Uranus and his association with Prometheus and Ouranos. Also is presented the influence of Uranus in houses:


"In the area of life ruled by the house in which Uranus is placed, we all long, consciously or unconsciously, to be Prometheus and offer the world the gift of fire."


Then, the author writes about the aspects of Uranus with the personal planets: Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars and Sun. For example, about the Moon – Uranus aspect:


"Because the Moon’s nature is fundamentally alien to Uranian vision, such aspects – whether "hard" or "soft" – are liable to be very difficult, especially in the early part of life. The Moon keeps saying, "What’s going on? Why can’t I have any stability? I don’t want to be separate. I don’t want to be yanked out of my nice home and torn away from my family. I don’t want to know about any of this ‘cosmos’ nonsense. I’m terrified."


or about the Mars – Uranus aspect:


"Uranus tends to make Mars more intellectual, and less instinctual in its expression; and while that may make a person more civilised and socialised, it can also create difficulties on the sexual level, and in the sphere of expressing anger and aggression. […] There is a strenuousness, a rigorousness about Mars – Uranus which can result in enormous feats of courage and stamina, but which can equally generate a kind of blind stupidity about danger and risk." 


Part 2. The Transits of Saturn and Uranus

In part 2, the author writes about the transits of Saturn and Uranus, from the perspective of planetary cycles:


"All transits are part of a cycle, and all planetary cycles connect with other planetary cycles and create repeating patterns in the birth chart. Nothing in a chart is isolated and nothing is really a "one – off".


In The meaning of the Saturn cycle is presented the cycle of Saturn from a very modern and, in the same time, profound perspective:


"The Saturn cycle makes us separate people. That is its meaning – its teleology, if you like. The cycle of Saturn builds, stone by stone and brick by brick, a defined, incarnate being."


After this passage, are presented the planetary aspects between Saturn – Neptune, Saturn – Sun and Saturn – Venus, also like cycles.


In The meaning of the Uranus cycle the author presents the cycle of Uranus, starting with a nice analogy between Saturn and Uranus:

"While Saturn is busily putting bits of cement into the cracks and underpinning the foundations of the ego’s walls, Uranus comes along and says, "There is no window in the wall. You can’t see out. How are you going to know there is a whole cosmos out there? That wall interferes with the progress of the group, and stands as a barrier to collective evolution. Sorry, but it has to come down. I might let you have a wall, but you will have to make it more flexible. Put in a couple of extra doors. Put in some windows. Use wood instead of bricks. Better yet, use lightweight prefabricated panels, and then it can be dismantled and moved when necessary."


Then, it is written a lot about the blended influences of the cycles of Uranus and Saturn at the 20-22 years, 38-42 years and 56-60 years. In the final part of the book are presented some case studies. 





Conclusion. The Art of Stealing Fire: Uranus in the Horoscope is a modern book of astrology in which we can find issues of psychology, mythology and planetary cycles in an exceptional blending.

The author explains very well what Uranus, Saturn and their cycles symbolize. The interpretation of Saturn, in my opinion, it’s better than in Saturn – A New Look at an Old Devil, a book of the same author, and the interpretation of Uranus is one of the best available. 

The reader will be impressed by the smooth and clear discussions from the book, which emerges from such a profound understanding o
f the astrological symbolism. The author capacity to explain in such a clear text some very difficult issues like Uranus, Saturn, their psychological influence on the individual, the relation between present events and their childhood roots, the interrelated cycles of the two planets, proves such a masterful skill in understanding and explaining astrology, psychology, people and their life. M
y evaluation is 9,4

Saturn – A New Look at an Old Devil


saturn2.jpgLiz Greene (born 4th September 1946 in New Jersey, USA) is an astrologer who became famous after writing several books of psychological astrology like Saturn – A New Look at an Old Devil, The Astrology of Fate, The Luminaries: The Psychology of the Sun and Moon in the Horoscope or The Astrological Neptune and the Quest for Redemption. She is strongly influenced by the Jungian psychology, concepts like personal and collective unconscious, archetype, synchronicity being common in her books. Nowadays she lives in Switzerland and is the director of the Center of Psychological Astrology, an institute she founded in 1983 with Howard Sasportas.  


Her first book, Saturn – A New Look at an Old Devil (1976), is a bestseller still considered in astrology one of the main references about Saturn.

The major innovation is that she doesn’t present Saturn from a fatalistic point of view, but tries to explain the psychological and evolutionary processes generated by his presence.


The first half of the book presents the interpretations for Saturn in signs and houses. There are four chapters named "In the Watery Signs and Houses", "In the Earthy Signs and Houses", "In the Airy Signs and Houses" and "In the Fiery Signs and Houses". As one can see from the title the interpretations for signs and houses are blended in the same chapters and the houses are grouped like watery, earthy, airy and fiery. This is pretty awkward for many astrologers. Also, there are too many connections with mythology, the text is not well structured, often confusing, hard to understand and the explanations seem irrational. Let’s see an example:


"Saturn in the sixth house seems to provide an opportunity – often through frustration, dissapointment, and ill health- for a journey into the mysteries of the interconnexion between mind and body and the possibility of a conscious and deliberate synthesis of these two, the reward of which is good health and a new awareness of the meaning of the body and of the material environment." 


The second half of the book contains two chapters named "Aspects in the Birth Chart" and "In Synastry" where the author presents the interpretations for the aspects of Saturn and other planets in the natal chart and synastry. The text changes and, in contrast with the first part, the observations become reliable, the analyze is subtle, fine and insightful. It seems to be a totally different book. It is a pleasant surprise for the reader. One can find the interpretations for Saturn in relation with the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn (synastry), Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. The analyze is not divided in separate aspects (conjunction, sextile etc.), just presents the general relation between planets, eventually speaking about good and bad aspects. Every planetary combination made by Saturn is presented detailed, in multiple areas of life. For example, the Saturn – Venus relation is analyzed in relation with marriage, sexuality, the capacity to be happy, the emotional state, the early home life, the rel
ation with parents, the capacity to express and receive affection etc. One can find a various and numerous range of manifestations for every planetary combination. Let’s see a quotation:


"Mercury – Saturn contacts are not productive of the kind of stress and emotional frustration which is more typical of Mars, Venus, or the Moon in aspect to Saturn. Mercury, being symbolic of cold reason and common sense and being inclined toward matters of business or commerce as well as intellectual pursuits, tends to blend agreeably with Saturn regardless of the nature of the aspect. It is fairly obvious why a combination of these two planets should be associated with tact, shrewdness, and diplomacy."




Conclusion. I don’t like the first part where is presented Saturn in signs and houses. My objections are: the analyzes made for signs and houses are very similar (for example, the second house is equated with Taurus etc.), the houses are associated with the four elements (fire, earth, air and water) like signs, there is too much mythology, the text is confusing, not well structured, jumping from one idea to another very easily. A book about Saturn should have a little more structure. I like the second part, the analyze of the relation between Saturn and planets is a very good one. Good, valuable observations can be found in every page. Taking in account the differences between the two parts of the book, I will give 6,5 for the first part and a 9 for the second part. So, the evaluation for the whole book is 7,75.