Grand Sextile (Water and Earth Grand Trines) on July 29th, 2013
The Star of David: a most beautiful and rare astrology transit
WATERing inner power. UnEARTHing oceans of love. Liberating the Goddess within.
This Grand Sextile on July 29th is an extremely RARE astrological transit. Also called the “Star of David,” the Grand Sextile is formed by two Grand Trines. The Grand Sextile is a sacred geometric hexagram, with three oppositions involved. Six planets at least must be at angles of 60 degrees apart for the star of David to appear in the sky. In this case we have eight. Grand Sextiles can only occur in “feminine” (Water and Earth) or “masculine” (Fire and Air) signs.
This July, the Grand Sextile is formed in the Water and Earth elements inviting the “Sacred Feminine” to come to the forefront, bringing us some possible luck, transforming our resolutions and strengthening our core.
The Water element rules emotions and sensitivity, the fine arts and the healing arts. Of the two Trines, the Water Grand Trine is arguably the strongest as it is formed by three slow planets, Jupiter (and Mars and Mercury) in Cancer, Saturn in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces. The Water Grand Trine asks us to believe in our dreams, to find faith in adversity and strength in the imagination, to love and to be loved, to share, to dive in the oceans of feelings, intimacy and family. For a through description of this transit go to the Water Grand Trine article.
The Earth element is synonym with determination, nurturing, grounding, productivity, stamina and practicality. The Earth Grand Trine is formed by the Moon in Taurus, Venus in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn. The Moon in Taurus points to our sense of worth, as in both self-worth and monetary worth, and how they relate to each other. Venus in Virgo reminds us that beauty is not synonym with aesthetics only. It ultimately lies in the care we take for our body in terms of our own health and well-being. Pluto in Capricorn shows us our own darkest and fiercest side. It teaches us how to transform fear and how to use the strength thus developed for our advantage and, especially, for the greater good. Pluto is the fulcrum of this Earth Grand Trine.
Pluto is the Roman name for Hades, the Greek God of the Underworld. Among the many feats of Pluto one stands out: the so called Rape of Persephone. Persephone was the daughter of Demeter -the goddess of fertility and harvesting, Mother Earth in a sense-, and Zeus -the Father of all gods and humankind, whose name in the Roman myth is Jupiter. *Notice in the drawing above how Pluto in Capricorn is directly opposed Jupiter in Cancer.*
The myth sees Hades (Pluto) falling in love with Persephone, but Demeter does not allow anyone to get close to her. Zeus suggests Hades to kidnap her, and so he does. After some time in the underworld with Hades, Persephone is finally found by Helios (the Sun) who tells Demeter of the whereabouts of her daughter. Demeter asks Zeus to order Hades to free Persephone. Zeus follows the request of Demeter, but Persephone’s life will no longer be the same. The rules strongly forbid anyone eating and drinking in the underworld to leave it. Persephone will be able to return to Earth because of her father’s intercession, but she will forever be condemned to go back to the underworld for a period of time every year. The myth is an explanation for the seasons: when Persephone reunites with her mother (goddess of fertility and the harvest) nature becomes alive with plants and fruits. When Persephone returns to the underworld, winter makes the earth barren.
Persephone reminds us that we are never just victims. Her mother’s resolution in finding her reminds us to bring up the Mother within us and to stand up against unjust rules and societal and parental pressures. The myth points to the dark side of Mother Earth, to the constant deaths and rebirths of nature and life, to the transformation of the Old paradigm (Capricorn is ruled by patriarchal Saturn- Chronos or Time). Pluto in Capricorn is the power of the Feminine in its fiercest connotation, one that wants to kill restrictions and be free. It is a wild and mighty confrontation against the establishment, a battle to find the correct balance between the “masculine” and the “feminine.” It is birth (spring) struggling against death (winter), creation/procreation fighting against war/violence.
The stamina and perseverance of the Earth signs come up to the fullest in support of the emotional cravings symbolized by the Water Trine. The feminine sensitivity of Water allows us to fight a mighty war of compassion and forgiveness against the scars we hold. It teaches us to value our strengths and to use our perceived weaknesses as weapons of peace against our inner demons and the wrongs perpetrated against us. It teaches us that we can transcend even our lowest hour (the descent to the underworld or the dark night of the soul), and that we -no matter how scarred and by whom- still have the power to create, to love, to be loved, and to be whole. The injustice done to us becomes the drive to create a better world.
This Earth Trine is very much ephemeral, as one point of the triangle sits on the fast Moon. But it is a powerful window into glimpsing at our own feminine inner power, one that is rarely portrayed, if not mostly forgotten. The sense of self-worth hidden behind the Moon in Taurus and Venus in Virgo explodes in Pluto in Capricorn.
The two Trines of Water and Earth show us how to unite the strength of feelings and stamina, caring and supporting, imagining and doing, believing and acting. The two Trines unite in a beautiful celestial geometry that pushes us to look at our core and forcefully ground in it.
Whatever fields (astrological houses) this configuration hits in your chart it will bring upheaval, whether in the form of sudden realization, or news, or outside events. It will help you see clearly how to merge and transform patterns in your life that seem completely irreconcilable. For some, the realization might come in a harsh way, for others it may be gentle and positive, lucky and expansive. But either way the transit indicates transformation at its core, and it will give you a true rebirth after a small inner “death.”
Sextiles per se are not action oriented. The two Trines do not encourage you to act, but rather to listen. Remember that you will sit in the midst of many opposing forces (the lines splitting the triangles/Trines as pictured above), and that you may feel on edge. But ultimately you, just like Persephone scarred by the actions of her Father, will come out of the Underworld and will reunite again with your (inner) Mother in an embrace from which summer will spring. One in which past wounds (having being betrayed by the Father and having eaten the forbidden fruits of the Underworld) will be erased by the power of motherly Love. In that act of (self) forgiveness you will create your own Spring. Happy Grand Sextile!
The approximate position of the planets, luminaries, True Node and Chiron for July 29, 2013 are:
- Sun: 6 Leo
- Moon: 5 Taurus
- Mercury: 17 Cancer
- Venus: 8 Virgo
- Mars: 10 Cancer
- Jupiter: 7 Cancer
- Saturn: 5 Scorpio
- Uranus: 12 Aries
- Neptune: 4 Pisces
- Pluto: 9 Capricorn
- True Node: 12 Scorpio
- Chiron: 13 Pisces