On Monday 5th February 1962, there were seven planets - Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn - situated in the sign of Aquarius. Mars and Saturn were conjunct each other at the beginning of the sign and the other five had formed a very rare configuration called a Grand Conjunction in the middle degrees. Not only that, but the Sun and Moon had formed an Eclipse. This was the first line up of it's kind since 1821 - except back then there were only four planets and they weren't in Aquarius. The cumulative effect of this 7-planet line up was to exert an influence so strong that it reverberated through the rest of the decade, into the 1970s and beyond. As a result, the changes that took place were phenomenal.
The chart is for the exact moment that the Solar Eclipse happened on Monday 5th February 1962. The time was 00:10 - just 10 minutes after midnight. The place I've used is London, England, the nearest to Greenwich, the place where all time zones are measured from (Greenwich Mean Time) and also because this was to become the location for something very significant when this chart was reactivated five years later. The Solar Eclipse in Aquarius is opposite the Midheaven and this is indicative of important upcoming events well into the future.
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As you can see from the chart, there are several opposition aspects from the Aquarian planets to the Midheaven and North Node in Leo. These oppositions are further extended into a T-square with the asteroid Ceres, and are also squared by Neptune in Scorpio. Thus forming another configuration called a Grand Cross. Ceres symbolises fertility, the natural world, agriculture, nurturing and the four seasons. Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter area symbolise love, happiness and friendship while the Sun, Moon, and Mercury represent youth and this configuration was alive with the promise and potential for optimism, prosperity and peace..
In October 1962, two very pivotal events took place which would change the course of history. Firstly, the Cuban Missile Crisis. Although the potential threat of a nuclear war only lasted for 13 days before strategic political discussions alleviated the tension, there were lessons to be learned which are still relevant today. Typically, Aquarius brings shocks, surprises and out-of-the-blue events. Therefore, the sudden threat of World War III certainly resonated with this as the Aquarian planet line-up included a separate conjunction between Mars and Saturn which symbolises military affairs. This conjunction was activated in October 1962 by an opposition from transiting Mars.
Secondly, the arrival of an up and coming young band called The Beatles who had their first hit with the song 'Love Me Do'. Driven by the combined creative talents of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, they were destined to become one of the greatest bands the world had ever known. The Aquarian line-up of February 1962 resonated strongly with the charts of Lennon and McCartney. All seven planets were situated in sector five of Paul McCartney's natal chart - the area which symbolises creative energy, performing and being in the spotlight. The North Node was conjunct his natal Moon, indicating popularity and tuning into the public mood, being in the zeitgeist. Also, the Mars Saturn conjunction was opposite his natal Mars Pluto conjunction bringing an intense passion to achieve his strongest desires and striving to reach his full creative potential.
Five of the Aquarian planets were in a positive trine aspect to John Lennon's natal Sun - again a very creative influence. Also, the Mars Saturn conjunction of February 1962 was aligned with his natal Moon Pluto opposition. This brought a very profound emotional connection to the Age of Aquarius - albeit on a subconscious level. All of this planetary energy resonated deeply with both Paul and John and led to an extraordinary phenomenon five years later in which they would play a very major part.
Part 2 coming later in the year.