Book review: The Outer Planets and Their Cycles
“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.
MY EVALUATION: 8,79
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.