The Grand Cross of 2014
Uranus, Mars, Jupiter and Pluto
@ 13 degrees Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn:
LISTENING TO THE SILENCE
Everyone seems to be asking about the Grand Cross that will form in the sky in 2014, and it is definitely worth a mentioning. This Cardinal Grand Cross involving Uranus, Pluto, Jupiter and Mars will be exact on April 23rd, but its influence has already been felt, and it will keep building up from New Year’s Day (New Moon) onward.
From predictions of ongoing wars, to the elevated risk for natural catastrophes, to the financial crisis, the internet is filled with articles concentrating on the possible negative effects of such an astrological formation. Without taking away from some of the not so happy connotations that a Grand Cross of this magnitude can bring about, I do not see much value in trying to predict the possibility of negative events. There is definitely more meaning in trying to concentrate on the deeper cues hidden behind the war-like feeling enticed by this astrological pattern. Every “war” – real or metaphorical – carries with it a yearning for “peace.” Every “death” (transformation/change) carries with it the potential for a new and profound “rebirth.”
The “squareness” of a Grand Cross can awaken our ability to conceive its opposite: harmonious flow. Every hindrance (each squared aspect) has the potential to lift the curtains of focused intent and perseverance. Every obstacle (Grand Crosses are sure to bring some) has the innate tendency to awaken our higher self in order to appreciate challenges and to show us how strong we really are.
Yes, Mars in Libra opposing Uranus in Aries can make us feel angry and can make us encounter a degree of “violent” opposition in our lives. But it can also show us something greater: that it is possible to fight back with the weapon of peaceful resistance and creative inventiveness. It can encourage us to find alternative ways to deal with our problems. It can show us how to free our perceptions when unexpected events knock on our doors. Mars opposing Uranus can challenge our freedoms so that we can dig deeper into our own soul to discover a truer freedom hidden within.
And yes, Jupiter in Cancer opposing Pluto in Capricorn is not exactly the lightest transit… Yet, optimism (Jupiter) opposing transformation (Pluto) can teach us something of greater value. It is not about being pessimistic. It is not about fighting against change with a sense of dread. The higher meaning contained in such an aspect is to embrace our own little “death” and to allow for the discovery of our hidden potentials.
The four planets – Mars, Jupiter, Pluto and Uranus – squaring each other at 13 degrees will definitely bring us some challenges, whether in our personal lives or even in less personal events all around us. Yet, this Grand Square should be a stepping stone into facing a darkness that we may have not have accepted yet, one that can awaken a deeper understanding of our own intrinsic worth and self-less values. Being in tune with the Grand Cross means to be in tune with such a contradiction. The keyword here is “reliance,” and that goes with reliance on higher ideals as much as reliance on a greater power, and as much as reliance on “that” which remains immutable despite the constant changes of life. Call it “Soul,” call it “God” or call it the “Self,” the answer lies in that unnameable “that.” The key to unlock the potentials of the Grand Cross does not reside among the angles of the square. The lock is in its center. The core of the battle is not in its specifics: it is in the greater message. It is only when we allow ourselves to hear the silence screaming at us from behind the trenches that we can find – and ally/align with – peace.
While astrology definitely speaks about “fate,” it is up to us to unveil the power of our own free will in dealing with events and circumstances outside of our immediate control. Even though the four planets in question will feel quite “willful,” it is always wise to remember that the real battle will not occur among them, but in the “real” war WE wage with our own free will to abate the limitations of our own perceptions, choices, intentions and, ultimately, “fate.” It is up to us to tune in with the greater mystery of both life and our own inner beauty. It is up to us to let that silent light shine through our hearts, eyes, words and actions.
More on the Grand Cross here