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The WORLD CLOCKS pages give a simple visual and easy to assimilate picture of the current state of the geometric relationship between the Sun, the Moon and the eight planets and each other. They also give the broadest definition possible of the significance Astrology proposes exists in the synchronicity between these planetary cycles and human and societal development. WORLD CLOCKS does not cover personal development - only collective human development.

These pages are directed at non astrologers as well as astrologers so it is important to note that many astrologers are not claiming that the planets influence us, merely that they appear to reflect or parallel human development. It is also important to note that while robust evidence has been advanced for the synchronicity between some cycles and human development - for instance the Saturn/ Neptune and Jupiter/Saturn cycles in respectively the ideological and socio-economic area - the evidence for the synchronicity of other cycles has been weaker, less detailed and more disputatious.

The Conjunction of any two planetary bodies occurs anywhere between every 29.5 days in the case of the Sun and the Moon (what we call a 'New Moon') and every 493 years in the case of the two planets furthest from the Sun - Neptune and Pluto. Between conjunctions the relationship between any two planets passes through a number of geometric points of which astrology considers three the most important - 90 degrees, 180 degrees and 270 degrees sequential distance from the conjunction. If the conjunction signifies the birth of a new cycle, 90 degrees corresponds to a major obstacle or challenge to its development, 180 degrees to where it reaches its greatest fruition but where inherent contradictions appear and 270 degrees to an ultimately terminal challenge to its survival. 360 degrees is of course 0 degrees - the end of the old cycle and the beginning of the new.

For simplicity, objectivity and comparability each planet is given only two conceptual meanings, which are related but have a different descriptive application. Pluto for instance represents 'Transformation' and 'Intensity', and Neptune 'Idealism and Inspiration'. In describing a cycle between two planets, the two sets of planetary concepts are combined in the most applicable way. For instance the Neptune/Pluto cycle is generically defined as 'The Transformation of Collective Idealism'.

Any professional dealing with cycles -historians, economists, and financial analysts- can readily check out these astrological cycles against the evidence to see whether there is a fit. Most professionals to date have not even attempted this because of scepticism as to the scientific basis for any synchronicity. Other more pragmatic non-astrologers such as stock market analysts regularly use some of these cycles as a tool. At a time when human and societal development has never been more difficult to forecast, there is every reason for non-astrologers to seek to disprove or evidence any synchronicity in these cycles.

Finding stages of human development - in the case of the more rapid cycles actual political, economic or other events - that match the key points in any of these planetary cycles is certainly persuasive - the Uranus/Pluto conjunction in 1965 marking the beginning of the Computer revolution for instance - but hardly conclusive. It is the repeated stages of a definable development throughout a cycle that is more likely to attract general intellectual interest.

The synchronicity between the Saturn/Neptune cycle (defined here as 'The Implementation of Collective Ideas') and the birth, growth difficulties, peak of influence, terminal crisis and death of Communism as an ideology is much more testable. The parallels between the Saturn/Neptune conjunctions of 1846 (the publication of the Communist Manifesto) and 1989 (the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the USSR) and all the matching conjunctions in between are certainly worthy of professional analysis. However to be convincing the analysis of synchronicity should stretch back in history to the previous Saturn/Neptune cycles to demonstrate ideological developments that preceded and led into the cycles from 1846. If historians have ignored such parallels, astrologers' analysis of  long-term historical synchronicity has been sketchy to say the least.

The first three web pages in the WORLD CLOCKS series deal respectively with planetary cycles whose duration lasts 12 years or more (Slow Planets), 2 years or more (Mars-Planets) and whose duration lasts 12 months or more (Sun-Planets). The fastest clock, the Lunation cycle is then displayed as the best example to the principle of the World Clocks. Too rapid to be updated on this site, this cycle can be viewed through This Month Page (watch for the Sun - Moon angle).

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Legend  suggestions  for  Clock angles

360°- 0°  Completion of the old, birth of the new cycle, seeding of new ideas.
30°         First noticeable manifestation of new idea.
60°         New idea becomes integrated into society's approach.
90°         Obstacles to growth, challenges to the spread of the idea.
120°       Surge in opportunities, motivation and aspiration. Growth of the idea.
150°       Improving and adjusting for full potential.
180°       Efforts reach greatest fruition but inherent contradictions appear.
210°       Coming to grasp the contradictions, making necessary adjustments.
240°       Pervasive enjoyment and fulfilment in what has been achieved.
270°       Key questions and challenges confront the survival of the idea.
300°       Working out of remaining potential, foresight into future approach.
330°       Philosophical understanding of past cycle starts to emerge.

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