A Brief History of Neptune & the 19th degree in Astrology

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An essay by

Mike Zizis - March 10, 2020

Currently Neptune {March / April 2020} will reach the 19th degree of Pisces. He will return to that critical degree in January / February of 2021.

Astrologers call the 19th degree of each of the 12 signs the culminating or actualizing degree of a transit. When a planet specifically an outer planet transits the 19th degree of a sign, it will express itself most powerfully in and thru that sign in which it is found.

Thematically Neptune in astrological association represents many things. For the purpose of this discussion, I am focusing on the oceanic themes, of erosion, proliferation, the dissolving of boundaries, and generational dreams. Neptune spends 14 to17 years in each sign of the zodiac. His entire circuit around the sun can take 165 years.

Symbolically Neptune is the One World Ocean that spans the planet. All rivers of the world empty into the ocean, which circulates around the entire planet. Island communities all over the world, coastal cities all over the world, and waterways including the Mississippi drainage area are experiencing flooding and erosion that gets more intense with every passing year.

Hard to diagnose symptoms like cancer and viruses are a very few of the many symbols of Neptune’s realm. Ideas, dreams, and illusions that become universal are also Neptune, as are banks and money.

Please allow me here a moment of clarity. Brunch ends, lunch ends and a great bottle of wine ends … until they begin again. So I am no more revealing the permanent absolute ending of things than the weather person does.

Chicken Little panics about the economy/stock market, the current virus, as well as floods and famine. This is not that.

For instance Boeing’s problems and the psychopathology of corporate mass murder,


this current corona virus, and coastal erosion are man-made. When I speak of the virus, I mean killing and eating wild animals that have lived in isolation with their virus’s for a few thousand years.

I don’t mean some lab designed it to murder anyone.

What I am saying in this essay is an illumination of cycles that reoccur. When we actually look, we can create instead of react.

From: https://www.astrology.com/astrology-101/planets/neptune

Neptune: The Planet of Illusion

Neptune, another of the outer planets, was discovered in 1846. Its slow orbit around our zodiac ensures that its effect is generational in nature.

Neptune’s glyph is the trident of Poseidon, God of the Seas. Much about this planet is fluid (Neptune rules the oceans of the Earth), changeable and illusory in nature. Dreams, Neptune governs all illusion, abstract thought and the mysterious. Our spirituality is important to this planet, and how we harness that energy for our personal betterment. Neptune invites us to let its energy wash over us and to use a meditative state to gain insights and heightened awareness. Poetry, music and dance are among the trance-like activities, which this planet favors.

Neptune does have its showier side, as it rules movies, television, theater, fashion and all forms of glamour. In essence, Neptune is creating an illusion — of what is enchanting on the outside and captivating within. Neptune has a mystique, which doesn’t reveal itself easily. It can be a poser, too, dabbling in flattery — and subversion.

The shadow side of Neptune is akin to the aging star that cannot make one more curtain. When the lights are low, this planet plays in a netherworld of drugs, alcohol, trances and hypnosis. Neptunian energy reeks of escapism on its darker days, a sea of delusion, hypochondria and abnormality. Sleep and dreams are also lorded over by this planet…

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In this essay I’m exploring Neptune reaching the 19th degree by transit in many of the 12 signs of the zodiac as he travels the ecliptic.

Pisces is the ocean in Neptune represents the boundless and the infinite. He also encompasses belief systems for a generation. In this essay I am confining Neptune to a string of 20th Century world events that seemed to be associated Neptune in the 19 degree of all the consecutive signs of the zodiac.

2020 –As the northern hemisphere turns towards the spring of 2020 this particular virus is spreading from China to all the other continents. Does this mean absolute millions will die?

Each time a plague, a possible plague strikes we are better prepared for dealing with crisis. And as Capricorn energies play them out we will be witnessing demagogues cut budgets for epidemiologists while screaming that a higher deeper wall will do the trick.

Thus it’s a Neptune illusion that disease only kills poor people. Diseases are democratic. Did AIDS only kill homosexuals?

Capricorn represents containment structure and form. Aquarius the next yearlong transit for Jupiter in 2021 and Saturn in Aquarius for 2 1/2 years represents the get out of jail card.

2007 / 2008 — Neptune 19th’ Aquarius

This was during the financial meltdown of 2008. This was a banking crisis fuel by real estate delirium. Neptune rules banks. Money is everywhere in banks while no one is to blame for the misuse of funds. Aquarius is everybody’s everything and Neptune represents collective illusions and delusions.

1993 / 1994 — Neptune 18’/19’ degree of Capricorn

From Wikipedia:

· January 1 — Czechoslovakia ceases to exist as the Czech Republic and Slovakia separate in the so-called Velvet Divorce.

January 13 — The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) is signed.

· February 26 — World Trade Center bombing: In New York City, a van bomb parked below the North Tower of the World Trade Center explodes, killing six and injuring over one thousand.

· February 28 — The Waco siege begins in Texas.

· Four Corners Hantavirus outbreak: the newly recognized Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, mainly in the Southwestern United States, kills a dozen people. The Hantavirus outbreak in 1993 was a warning about rodent zero.

· June 9 — Jurassic Park is released.

· 1978 / 1979 — Neptune at 19’ Sagittarius:

· January 24 — Soviet satellite Kosmos 954 burns up in Earth’s atmosphere, scattering debris over Canada’s Northwest Territories.

· Rose Dugdale and Eddie Gallagher become the first convicted prisoners to marry in prison since the establishment of the Republic of Ireland.

· January 25–27 — The Great Blizzard of 1978 strikes the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes, killing 70.


· Rhodesia, one of only two remaining white-ruled African nations (the other being South Africa), announces that it will accept multiracial democracy within 2 years.

· The first radio episode of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, {Pisces} is transmitted on BBC Radio 4.


· April 7 — U.S. President Jimmy Carter decides to postpone production of the neutron bomb, a weapon that kills people with radiation but leaves buildings relatively intact.

Neptune 19’ Scorpio 1965:

· A relay switch malfunctions in Ontario, the entire northeast US and parts of Canada lose electrical power. Blackout affects 30 million people. Noticeable increase in birth rate nine months later.

· A new red and white maple leaf design is inaugurated as the flag of Canada, replacing the Union Flag and the Canadian Red Ensign.

· African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist Malcolm X is assassinated in New York City.

· Vietnam War: Operation Rolling Thunder — The United States Air Force 2nd Air Division, United States Navy and South Vietnamese air force begin a 3½-year aerial bombardment campaign against North Vietnam.

· The film of The Sound of Music premieres at the Rivoli Theater in New York City.

• March 7 — Bloody Sunday: Some 200 Alabama State Troopers attack 525 civil rights demonstrators in Selma, Alabama, as they attempt to march to the state capitol of Montgomery.

• March 8 — Vietnam War: Some 3,500 United States Marines arrive in Da Nang, South Vietnam, becoming the first American ground combat troops in Vietnam.

• March 9 — The second attempt to march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, under the leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr., stops at the bridge that was the site of Bloody Sunday, to hold a prayer service and return to Selma, in obedience to a court restraining order. White supremacists beat white Unitarian Universalist minister James J. Reeb later that day in Selma.


· Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov leaves his Voskhod 2 spacecraft for 12 minutes, becomes the first person to walk in space.


· Funeral services are held for Detroit homemaker Viola Liuzzo, who was shot dead by 4 Klansmen as she drove marchers back to Selma at night after the civil rights march.


· At the 37th Academy Awards, My Fair Lady wins 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Rex Harrison wins an Oscar for Best Actor. In the same year, Mary Poppins takes home 5 Oscars. Julie Andrews wins an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the title role. Sherman Brothers receives 2 Oscars including Best Song, “Chim Chim Cher-ee”.

· The 1965 Yerevan demonstrations start in Yerevan, demanding recognition of the Armenian Genocide.


· Forty men burn their draft cards at the University of California, Berkeley, and a coffin is marched to the Berkeley Draft Board.


· The largest antiwar teach-in to date begins at Berkeley, California, attended by 30,000.


· The first skateboarding championship is held.

· Florida International University is founded in Miami.

· A coal mine explosion in Fukuoka, Japan, kills 237.

· June 2 — Vietnam War: The first contingent of Australian combat troops arrives in South Vietnam.


· June 3 — Gemini 4: Astronaut Ed White makes the first U.S. space walk.


· June 6 — The single “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones is released. It becomes the band’s first number one in the United States and is often thought to be one of the greatest rock ’n’ roll songs of all time.


· June 7 — Kakanj mine disaster: A mining accident in Kakanj, Bosnia and Herzegovina, results in 128 deaths.

Neptune 19’ Libra 1950/1951

· The concept of customers paying different merchants using the same card was expanded in 1950 by Ralph Schneider and Frank McNamara, founders of Diners Club, to consolidate multiple cards. The Diners Club, which was created partially through a merger with Dine and Sign, produced the first “general purpose” charge card and required the entire bill to be paid with each statement. That was followed by Carte Blanche and in 1958 by American Express, which created a worldwide credit card network (although these were initially charge cards that later acquired credit card features).


· Shoppers World, one of the first shopping malls in the United States, opens in Framingham, Massachusetts.

· November 10 — Direct dial coast-to-coast telephone service begins in the United States.

· An 18-year-old sailor is fined for kissing in public in Stockholm, Sweden. The law court calls his actions “obnoxious behavior repulsive to the public morals”.

· The United States becomes malaria-free (excluding territories and possessions).

Neptune in 19’ Virgo 1937

· January — February — The Ohio River flood of 1937 takes place, leaving 1 million people homeless and 384 people dead.

· Insulin is used to control diabetes.

· Golden Gate bridge opens.

· Duke of Windsor marries Wallace Simpson.

· The first issue of Detective Comics is published in the United States. It goes on to become the longest continually published comic book in American history; it is still published as of 2018.

· In Crystal City, Texas, spinach growers erect a statue of the cartoon character Popeye.

· Frank Whittle ground-tests the world’s first jet engine designed to power an aircraft, at Rugby, England.


· Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappear after taking off from New Guinea, during Earhart’s attempt to become the first woman to fly around the world.

· The canned precooked meat product Spam is introduced by the Hormel Company in the United States.

· The Marihuana Tax Act in the United States is a significant bill on the path that will lead to the criminalization of cannabis. It was introduced to the U.S. Congress by Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, Harry Anslinger.

· George Allen & Unwin, Ltd. of London publishes the first edition of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.

· Roosevelt gives his famous Quarantine Speech in Chicago.

· Dr. Seuss’s first children’s book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street is published by Vanguard Press.

Neptune in 19’ Leo — 1923 /1924

· Despite strong British protests, troops from France and Belgium occupy the Ruhr area, to force Germany to make reparations payments.

· Norman Albert calls the first live broadcast of an ice hockey game, the third period of an Ontario Hockey League Intermediate playoff game, on Toronto radio station CFCA.

· The Egyptian Feminist Union (Arabic: الاتحاد النسائي المصري), the first nationwide feminist movement in Egypt, is founded at the home of activist Huda Sha’arawi.

· Vladimir Lenin suffers his third stroke, which renders him bedridden and unable to speak; consequently he retires from his position as Chairman of the Soviet government.

· March 14 — Pete Parker calls the play-by-play of the first ice hockey game ever broadcast on the radio in its entirety, between the Regina Capitals and the Edmonton Eskimos of the Western Canada Hockey League.

· Warner Bros. Film Studio is formally incorporated in the United States, as Warner Brothers Pictures, Inc.

· Yankee Stadium opens its doors, as the home park of the New York Yankees baseball team, in The Bronx.

· The original Wembley Stadium opens its doors for the first time to the British public, staging the FA Cup Final between Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United.

· The first 24 Hours of Le Mans motor race is held, and is won by André Lagache and René Léonard.

· May 27 — The Ku Klux Klan in the United States defies a law requiring publication of its members.

· Mount Etna erupts in Italy, making 60,000 homeless.

· The Hollywood Sign is inaugurated in California (originally reading Hollywoodland).

· American explorer Roy Chapman Andrews discovers the first dinosaur eggs near Flaming Cliffs, Mongolia.

· Hyperinflation in Germany has seen the number of marks needed to purchase a single American dollar reach 353,000 — more than 200 times the amount needed at the start of the year.

· Ankara replaces Istanbul (Constantinople), as the capital of Turkey.

· Roy and Walt Disney found The Walt Disney Company.

· Beer Hall Putsch: In Munich, Adolf Hitler leads the Nazis in an unsuccessful attempt to overthrow the Bavarian government; police and troops crush the attempt the next day.


· November 11 — Adolf Hitler is arrested for his leading role in the Beer Hall Putsch, two days after the Putsch was crushed by the government; 20 people die as a result of the associated violence.

NEPTUNE 19’ CANCER 1909/1910

· The British Nimrod Expedition to the South Pole, led by Ernest Shackleton, arrives at the farthest south reached by any prior expedition, at 88°23' S, prior to turning back due to diminishing supplies.

· January 16 — Shackleton’s expedition claims to have found the magnetic South Pole[2] (but the location recorded may be incorrect).

· January 24 — The White Star Liner RMS Republic sinks the day after a collision with SS Florida off Nantucket. The first recorded use of the CQD emergency radio signal for a large passenger vessel is made. One person, a male passenger, is lost on the Republic.

· The Paris Film Congress opens. It is an attempt to create a cartel of leading European producers similar to the MPPC in the United States.

· February 5 — Leo Baekeland announces the creation of bakelite hard thermosetting plastic.

· Robert Peary, Matthew Henson, and four Inuit explorers, Ootah, Ooqueah, Seegloo, and Egigingwah, come within a few miles of the North Pole.[6]

· April 11 — The city of Tel Aviv (known in its first year as Ahuzat Bayit) is founded by the Jewish community, on the outskirts of Jaffa

· Joan of Arc is beatified in Rome.

· April 19 — The Anglo-Persian Oil Company (modern-day BP) is incorporated.

· Russian ballet is brought to the Western world, when the Ballets Russes opens a tour produced by Sergei Diaghilev at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, with 55 dancers, including Vaslav Nijinsk.

· The United States Army Signal Corp Division purchases the world’s first military airplane, a Wright Military Flyer, from the Wright brothers.


· August 8 — Max Heindel formally founds the Rosicrucian Fellowship in Seattle, Washington.

· Montreal Canadiens, a well known professional ice hockey club in Canada, is founded

And lastly — here is a previous cycle to mirror the present one with Neptune and Pluto in their current positions. Justinian’s plague of 541 was caused by a bacteria. Our current problems are caused by a virus.



From Wikipedia:

The Plague of Justinian (541–542 AD) with recurrences until 750 was a pandemic that afflicted the Byzantine (Eastern Roman) Empire and especially its capital, Constantinople, as well as the Sasanian Empire and port cities around the entire Mediterranean Sea, as merchant ships harbored rats that carried fleas infected with plague. Some historians believe the plague of Justinian was one of the deadliest pandemics in history, resulting in the deaths of an estimated 25–50 million people during two centuries of recurrence, a death toll equivalent to 13–26% of the world’s population at the time of the first outbreak. The plague’s social and cultural impact has been compared to that of the Black Death that devastated Eurasia in the fourteenth century, but research published in 2019 argued that the plague’s death toll and social effects have been exaggerated.

In 2013, researchers confirmed earlier speculation that the cause of the Plague of Justinian was Yersinia pestis, the same bacterium responsible for the Black Death (1347–1351). The latter was much shorter, but still killed an estimated one-third to one-half of Europeans. Ancient and modern Yersinia pestis strains closely related to the ancestor of the Justinian plague strain have been found in Tian Shan, a system of mountain ranges on the borders of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and China, suggesting that the Justinian plague may have originated in or near that region.

The plague returned periodically until the eighth century. The waves of disease had a major effect on the subsequent course of European history. Modern historians named this plague incident after Justinian I, who was emperor at the time of the initial outbreak. Justinian himself contracted the disease, but survived.

548 — The plague reaches Britain

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