From Anthroposophy

Jupiter-Saturn conjunction occur with interval of 20 years, moving element trigon every 200 years, in 800 years the whole zodiac is traversed

These 800 year periods

Importance of conjunctions already appears in Abraham Ibn Ezra’s writings.


Lecture coverage and references

Pietro d'Abano (c. 1257 – 1316) commented on the importance of conjunctions, he believed that astral conjunctions controlled everything on earth. Albertus Magnus (before 100 - 1280) was also much involved in the debate on conjunctions.

GA018 covers the 800 year cycles, see Vreede p 328 (link with supernova's)


If we want to understand the impulses in the universe connected with the formation of human speech, we must turn our gaze to this strange life that weaves between Venus and Mars. When destiny wills it, the relationship of Venus to Mars is therefore a factor of great significance in the development of the speech or language of a people. A language is deepened, imbued with the quality of soul, when, for example, Venus is square to Mars. On the other hand a language tends to become superficial, poor in qualities of soul, when Venus and Mars are in conjunction, and this in turn has an influence upon the people or nation concerned. Such are the impulses which originate in the universe and then work into the earthly world.


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References and further reading

  • Elisabeth Vreede: 'Astronomy and Spiritual Science'
  • Alessandro Palazzo: 'Astrology and Politics: the Theory of Great Conjunctions in Albert the Great'
    • abstract of the paper:

      The doctrine of great conjunctions, first theorized by the Arab astrologer Albumasar in the De magnis coniunctionibus (Book of Religions and Dynasties), is a form of general astrology characterized by the attempt to explain events affecting the Earth as a whole or in part (e.g. cataclysms – floods of water and fire, plagues, famine, etc. – the succession of civilizations, new empires, religions and prophets) as a consequence of the mean conjunctions of Saturn and Jupiter. The paper deals with Albert the Great’s remarkable contribution to the medieval debate on great conjunctions by focusing on a few passages from his De causis proprietatum elementorum and his Politica commentary (II 6 and V 9). The potential and risks posed by this all-embracing explanation of natural phenomena and the human domain did not escape Albert the Great. He grasped the subversive character of the universal determinism underlying the great conjunctions, as well as their scientific value. The first selection of his texts, mainly taken from the De causis proprietatum elementorum, establishes the scientific nature of conjunctionist theory. They elucidate its complex and sophisticated notions, describe the effects of planetary conjunctions on the sublunary world, and oppose this theory to pseudoscientific explanations of natural processes. Albert also discusses the epistemological status of conjunctionist theory, clarifying its relationship to other branches of astrology. By contrast, the texts from the Politica commentary relate the great conjunctions to human history and political processes, exploring the conflict between astral determinism and human responsibility.