The Neptune Pluto Cycle has been for some time following a pattern of the waxing sextiles to begin with pluto in leo and neptune, of course in libra. The end of the waxing sextile occurs as pluto transits aquarius and neptune aries. The middle-ish part of these waxing sextile periods sees neptune falling back to the waxing septile.
The length of these periods is because in the heart of it, while pluto transits scorpio, it passes within neptunes orbit, moving closer to the sun than neptune in it’s corresponding sign and both traveling a relatively the same speed for a longer period of time than anywhere else in pluto’s orbit.
For example, using an approx. 2 degree orb, the past two and this current one look like this:
Pluto Neptune Conjunction: 905 @ 29 Taurus
Waxing Sextile Period: 967-1047
Pluto Neptune Conjunctions: 1398/1399 @ 4 & 3 Gemini
Waxing Sextile Period: 1458-1541
Pluto Neptune Conjunctions: 1981/1892 @ 9 & 8 Gemini
Waxing Sextile Period: 1950-2032
So, Pluto transits Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sag, Cap, and part of Aquarius during these periods of neptune waxing sextile to pluto.
The waxing sextile from 967-1047 is the timing of the “High Middle Ages” which was when the there was a great conversion to christianity and the spread of the ‘holy roman empire’- here’s a link to more basic info on this period: www.worldology.com/Europe/high_middle_ages.htm
The waxing sextile from 1458-1541 happen to mark the timing of the Spanish Inquisition and the subsequent Inquisition in Portugal. These persecutions continued til the 1800’s in this form in europe and what is now called the americas, having crossed the ocean with christopher columbus. Here’s a link with some more basic info on this: http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/Inquisition.html
This current waxing sextile era of neptune pluto is, of course roughly from 1950 til 2032.
The period of 1458-1541, which marked the spanish inquisitions taking hold, had the first of the gemini conjunctions of neptune and pluto. What made the spanish inquisition different than the Episcopal Inquisition (1184-1230s) and later the Papal Inquisition (1230s) was that the earlier ones didn’t have a central top down authority controlling the persecutions; meaning the earlier inquisitions had been varied according to region and locale.
I believe that the Gemini conjuction series has appeared to bring in a certain duality and a collective desire to evolve thru the experience of information. I do not totally understand the duality part, but before the times of the Spanish Inquisition, this great chasm of space between good and evil was not so strongly pushed in a divide and conquer approach. Similar the USA with Gemini rising, whose global role has mimicked this convert or capture/kill approach - the divide and conquer aspect to this. Also, note that the USA’s ascent and Uranus are conjunct the second conjunction of neptune pluto in gemini.
Basically, in a nutshell, the first period saw christian conversion in europe and beyond, the second period an authoritative persecution based in christianity, and now the third period we see a global crisis with the USA acting out a key role relative to the ascent Uranus conjunction in line with the recent neptune pluto conjunction. We see that the whole world is affected by the peak of the current oligarchy. (An oligarchy (from Greek ὀλιγαρχία, oligarkhía) is a form of power structure in which power effectively rests with a small segment of society distinguished by royalty, wealth, family ties, military control, or religious hegemony. ) As Rad pointed out the self appointed zarathustras of course have Pluto in Leo.
This is similar to the High Middle Ages, and more similar to the Spanish Inquisition due to the singularness of the pyramid structure that reality takes - the last two, again were neptune pluto conjunctions in gemini with the start of the waxing sextile with pluto in leo and neptune in libra. These periods, all three discussed above, were all kicked off with the leo - pyramid structure resulting in collective extremes of relationships (neptune libra). In the pluto book one the sextile part starts with: “Sextile: The process of consciously understanding the new evolutionary cycle and purpose occurs through contrast and comparison.” - JWG.
Perhaps this is the aspect of duality - also this aspect coinciding with the gemini phase, so the conjunctions in gemini are going to even more of this contrast comparison flare. Our new evolutionary information age (3000 year period of neptune pluto conjunctions in gemini) began with the first conjunction seeing the invention of the printing press completely change reality. The second gemini conjuction, and most recent, we really entered an evolutionary age of information and discovery. We are hoping that the curiosity does not kill us.
Also, as Deva pointed out: “The Pluto in Libra generation has Pluto sextile Neptune in Sagittarius, and as this genration grew/matured into adulthood we saw an extremity (Pluto in Libra) of religious fanaticism manifest (Neptune in Sagittarius).” All of these waxing sextile era’s of neptune to pluto discussed in this post have had the waxing sextile transit with pluto in libra relative to neptune in sag. We see this relative to the initial pluto leo with neptune libra and have the extremes swinging even further in these evolutionary eras of contrast and comparision.
I believe that the the current oligarchy and the past authorities of the spanish inquisition have similarities relative to the waxing sextile which began in leo/libra- such that the contrast and comparison of the current and corresponding past time has it’s roots in the extremes of the pyramid structure. The peak of these eras seems to have reached a waning of sorts as the neptune pluto waxing sextile reaches an end with pluto in aquarius and neptune in aries.
Please correct me if I’ve made “his”torical errors. I hope this helps us to further see the underpinnings of these eras and what we may experience at this time. I hope this is not too bleakly focused; the traumas which tie to these eras, the contrast and comparison and the factor of communication and discovering information play interesting roles. I have, of course, only focused on the christian power elite and a very western lens. Yet now, as discussed with the USA’s chart and the recent neptune pluto conjunction; the USA is playing out a global role in the collective evolution because of the results of this oligarchy. The resulting extremes of contrast and comparison which the global population faces due to extremes in the pyramid structure of our current global reality setting the stage in which the evolution thru the human experience continues....