According to astrologers, similar historical events tend to repeat when the same planetary positions are reoccurring. This December, Jupiter enters  Capricorn and continues its passage throughout 1997. In astrology the earthly sign Capricorn on a global scale relates to politics, democracy, governments, institutions and big business. Jupiter’s expansive spiritual energy will cause a focus on these issues. This might lead astrologers to predict for 1997 big changes in governments, religious institutions, political ideologies, business, as well as the advancement of scientific and spiritual knowledge. When Jupiter was last in Capricorn 12 years ago (1985), Gorbachev became president of the USSR, and the world knows how his term changed the face of Russia.

A second noteworthy combination occurring in 1997 is the conjunction of Uranus and Jupiter [“conjunction” means the planets form a straight line with the earth]. Uranus is related to erratic energy or unexpected change, earthquakes, electricity and modern technology. Combined with Jupiter, it is said to bring rebellion, war and new discoveries in science and technology. The conjunction of Jupiter and Uranus happens in Capricorn only every 83 years. For this occurrence we go back to the year 1914, when the Archduke Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated, catalyzing a chain reaction that led to World War I. In South India, Sri Swami Satchidananda—founder of Integral Yoga Institute and popularizer of hatha yoga in the West—was born. Going back another 83 years to 1831, war broke out between Poland and Russia, Sikh forces waged a holy war in Northwest India, and in Russia was born Madame H.P. Blavatsky—founder of the Theosophical Society who proved instrumental in bringing Hindu mysticism to the West. In both cycles are found serious wars and the birth of a renaissance mystic who brought the teachings of Hinduism to the West.

There is a less frequent conjunction occurring in 1997 of Jupiter and Neptune, something that has not happened in the sign of Capricorn since 1843. In April of that year Hong Kong became a colony of Great Britain. Take note: next July, 1997, Hong Kong is being returned to China.

We find in these examples the repetition of similar themes. On a personal level, if you can’t remember what you were doing in 1843, then try going back to 1985 and take note of the major issues and focus of your life in that year for a glimpse of your future in 1997.