Book review: Les Astres et l’Histoire
Andre Barbault is a French astrologer born in Champignelles, in 1921, a prolific author who wrote “L’astrologie mondiale (1979)”, “De la psychanalyse à l’astrologie (1961)”, “La Prévision astrologique. Les transits (1982)”, “La crise mondiale de 1965 (1963)” and many other books. “Les astres et l’histoire” is a book published in 1967 in which he analyses the planetary cycles and the corresponding historical events.
In the chapter L’unite rytmique: le cycle planetaire, the author presents his main ideas and philosophy about the astrological cycles, like:
“We can apply the Hegelian dialectic to the planetary cycles: the initial conjunction corresponds to a thesis, the opposition to a antithesis and the final conjunction to a synthesis. […] The planetary cycles in which Uranus is involved are equated with movements of right-wing, while the planetary cycles in which Neptune is involved are equated with movements of left-wing.”
In the chapter Coup d’œil general, the author presents what is known like Andre Barbault’s Cyclic Index –”Indice de concentration planetaire”, a chart which shows when many planets conjunctions are happening. Generally is associated with important events, the most astonishing prove being the evidence of this index on the two world war periods.
In the chapter Les series cycliques, the author presents the main cycles and the characteristic events happened for each conjunction from 18th century to the 20th century. He highlights the fact that a cycle must be understood in relation with his previous cycle, with the series of cycles from which he is a part.
In the chapter L’evolution interne des cycles, the author writes that linking a cycle with the events from the time of the conjunction (beginning) it is not enough to describe it well and to be sure that we identified his meaning right. So, one of the methods to understand better the meaning of cycles and to verify our assumptions is to analyze the internal evolution of cycles. The main phases after the conjunction are the semi square (first difficulties), sextile (first success), square (problems, crisis, transformation), trine (expansion, good evolution), opposition (full manifestation, most productive period) and the same aspects on the reverse. He presents detailed descriptions of the cycles Jupiter – Saturn, Saturn – Uranus, Saturn – Neptun, Jupiter – Neptun, Jupiter – Uranus, Uranus – Pluto, Saturn – Pluto and Jupiter – Pluto.
In the chapter L’evolution du processus cyclique, the author writes about the aspects of semi-square, sextile, square, trine, sesqui-square , opposition and their meaning in the evolution of cycles. It is not very detailed, just a few pages, but has also some practical examples.
In the chapter Les cycles annuels, the author writes about the short cycles between the personal planets: Moon, Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars. These can be seen as points where the energy generated by the greater cycles is released.
In the chapter Les interferences cycliques, the author writes about periods when multiple cycles come to one of their important phase and combine their influence, resulting in outstanding events. For example in 1930-1931 Saturn was in opposition with Pluto and Jupiter, Jupiter conjunct with Pluto, Uranus in square with Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter. So, many cycles can interact in the same time and it is of uttermost importance to understand the meaning of their relationship. The author analyses the cycles of Uranus – Neptune (1821 – 1992) and Neptune – Pluto from the perspective of the interaction with Jupiter and Saturn.
In the chapter Le processus du deroulement historique, the author analyses several historical events from the perspective of astrological cycles timed by the inferior planets Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars. He presents in detail the following events: the French crisis of 1946, the First Moroccan Crisis (1905 – 1906), the Bosnian Crisis of 1908–1909, the Second Moroccan Crisis (Agadir crisis – 1911), The First Balkan War (1912), the Crisis of July 1914, the World War I, the World War II and the Cold War.
In the chapter La paix et les armistices, the author presents an list of 61 treaties and armistices in order to emphasize the influence of Venus and Jupiter for those moments, especially the conjunctions Jupiter – Sun and Venus – Sun, but also Mercury – Jupiter, Venus – Jupiter and Mercury – Venus.
In the chapter Les declarations de guerre, the author presents an list of 60 declarations of wars in order to emphasize the influence of Mars for those moments.
In the chapter Quelques moments historiques, the author analyses in detail several historical events from the perspective of astrological cycles: the European Revolutions of 1848 (from the perspective of the cycle Saturn – Neptune, but in my opinion the cycle Uranus – Pluto, at a conjunction in Aries in that year, symbolises better the events), the Russian Revolution of 1917 etc. It is similar with the chapter Le processus du deroulement historique.
In the chapter Perpectives mondiales jusqu’a l’an 2000, the author presents the most important planetary aspects until 2000 year and tries to predict the events. He is very inspired to write:
„Indubitablement, le grand rendez-vous de notre histoire tend donc a se presenter a ce triple croisement lineaire qui va de 1988 a 1992…”.
MY EVALUATION: 8,75
Conclusion. “Les astres et l’histoire” is a fundamental book of mundane astrology, where one can find a lot about the astrological cycles and a real database with historical events and their astrological configurations. It is the only book which treats the subject of astrological cycles in such a detailed manner, presenting so many events associated with every cyclical phase. The fact that astrological literature lacks in books on this subject, makes “Les astres et l’histoire” an even more valuable asset. My evaluation is 8,75.