Uranus transiting through Aquarius signifies the social aspect of society and introduced one of the biggest social experiments. The transition describes the need to break free from social prejudice and snobbery in order to achieve a more enlightened social interaction. During the process boundaries are likely to be broken down.
The Jupiter-Uranus conjunction which happened in Aquarius also brought the comet Hale-Bopp in the night sky. It was referred to as the ‘Great Comet’ and was the most spectacular astronomical sight of 1997. Observations conducted in N.A.S.A observatories estimated that Hale-Bopp’s nucleus is between 19 and 25 miles in diameter. By comparison, the comet that was thought to have struck the Earth 65 million years ago, probably causing the extinction of the dinosaurs, is estimated to have been 6-9 miles in diameter. After the 1997 appearance, it is calculated that the Hale-Bopp comet will disappear from sight again until the year 4397.
(Uranus and Neptune are most definitely active when you read the words Mass Suicide along with deadly cocktails, Spacecraft and comet all in the same sentence!)
The ‘Heavens Cult Mass Suicide’ believed that the Hale-Bopp
comet was a sign that they should leave their earthly bodies behind to join a spacecraft flying behind the comet. Thirty-nine members of the cult committed suicide by drinking a deadly cocktail of vodka and barbiturates. The transit of Uranus-Neptune (Neppy at a critical degree) was still powerful and the ‘mass spiritual enlightenment’ and disillusionment influenced the time. The emphasis on ‘brotherhood’ would be evident and more socializing via the World Wide Web. Political movements, social, cultural and group vision was the flavor of this transit. Uranus’ duration through Aquarius highlighted areas of social intolerance, futuristic vision and heightened interest in outer-space and universal ideas.