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Millennium 2000! Visions and prophecies abound for this threshold year as we change our calendars, and our computers, from the 1000s to 2000s. Is the Y2K concern real? Here are three astrological reasons that suggest some kind of Y2K impact.

The Uranus-Neptune Conjunction of 1993

In 1993 Uranus and Neptune, aligned, inaugurating a new 171-year cycle of social, political and economic change. This conjunction occurred in Capricorn, an earth sign, signaling deconstruction of borders, boundaries and systems.

The continuing implications of this change started to become clearer when Uranus moved into Aquarius in 1996. That year everybody jumped onto the Internet. Both Uranus and Aquarius have to do with technologies; the information highway was thick with new drivers.

In 1998 Neptune, with its subtle, foggy impact, crossed into Aquarius as well. The information highway became slippery. “Surfing the Net” was increasingly tricky. Neptune suggests initial confusion as it changes the cosmic radio station. It rules advertising and viruses, now rampant in the new technology.

Neptune also suggests deception; some people don’t believe Y2K is real or avoid thinking about it at all. In either case, Neptune fogs our vision, making it difficult to accurately predict the potential problems. It’s a mystery.

On the bright side, my feeling is that Spirit will use the technology. Am I a dreamer? In the words of John Lennon, “I’m not the only one.” Neptune is the dreamtime planet. If we all dream powerfully enough, we will create a new vision.

The beauty of the Internet is its democratic openness and capacity for global connectedness. Very Aquarian. A social revolution is in progress and this technology is a big part of it.

Millennium Eve Conjunction of Pluto and Chiron

On December 30-31, New Millennium Eve, there is an infrequent pairing of two transformational factors, Pluto and Chiron, in the sign of Sagittarius. Both of these bodies are unusual and unclassifiable. Pluto, discovered in 1930, is the smallest planet, even smaller than Mercury.

Pluto follows an irregular orbit at the outer edge of the solar system where the Kuiper Belt, a kind of nursery for comets, begins. It has a moon half its size, almost like a double planet. Some astronomers want to declassify Pluto as a planet and call it the first and largest “ice ball” of the Kuiper Belt objects. Mythologically Pluto is god or goddess of the underworld, of death and rebirth.

Chiron was discovered in 1977. It's not an asteroid, not a planetoid and not a comet; astronomers made up a new category. It is the first of the Centaur objects, so called because Chiron was a centaur, half-horse/half-man, in Greek mythology.

A master teacher and a master healer, Chiron is the shaman of the solar system. Its orbit creates a bridge between Saturn, the last visible planet representing reality as we experience it in the here-and-now, and Uranus, a “modern” planet representing revolution and radical new possibilities.

The last time this potent pair, the Shaman and the Goddess of the Underworld, aligned was in 1941, a rather pivotal year! Here they join on New Year’s Eve of the Millennium, suggesting a powerful eruption of transformative impact. This conjunction in Sagittarius suggests that our belief systems are under deep scrutiny, giving rise to new visions.

May 2000 - Seven Planets in Taurus

In May 2000 there is a striking, unusual alignment of the Sun, Moon and the five visible planets—Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn—all in the sign of Taurus. Saturn is already in Taurus. If you look in the night sky now, you can see Saturn and Jupiter getting closer each month. This rare gathering puts a lot of eggs in one basket, so to speak.

Taurus is an earth sign, a sign of substance, the basics of life and the global economic base. It has to do with our values and what we consider to be of long-term worth. The very questions of day-to-day living and self-sufficiency that Y2K brings up are appropriate for such a strong Taurus experience.

Y2K might not be a dramatic, overnight event, especially in the United States. But, cumulative effects could make profound changes over time. The effects of Y2K should be evident by the May 2000 planetary alignment. Meanwhile, our thoughts and dreams are powerful tools to help us create a brighter future.



M. Kelley Hunter has studied the stars as an astrologer, mythologist and amateur astronomer for over 30 years. Co-founder of the Roots of Astrology experiential conferences, she is now astrologer-in-residence for the Omega Institute winter programs in the Caribbean. She leads star gazing nights and astrology workshops, and writes about the sky for various publications. She has mentored adult students at Norwich University and other colleges.

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Other StarIQ articles by Kelley Hunter:

  • Tracking Orion the Hunter   1/4/2001
  • Locating Jupiter and Saturn: Astronomy for Astrologers   11/16/2000
  • Stargazing: Astronomy for Astrologers Part 2   9/2/2000
  • Stargazing: Astronomy for Astrologers   7/15/2000

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