GRAND CROSS/Square August 21: Venus, Pluto, Jupiter, Uranus

Grand Cross / Grand Square on August 21st, 2013: Venus, Pluto, Jupiter and Uranus crossing

and the August 25th “loose” Grand Sextile

Making sense of diplomacy and war, balance and inequality, harmony and incompatibility

21 August 2013

21 August 2013 – Grand Cross

On August 21st, the Cardinal T-Square will transform into a Grand Cross with Venus in Libra replacing the missing angle.

As mentioned by several astrologers, a Grand Sextile-like formation will occur on August 25th. This is no real Sextile, but just the resemblance of one (the angles do not quite match), yet it is powerful enough to shelter us from the intense energy of the Grand Cross and to redefine its reach.

The compassionate mind

What has been going on in your (inner or outer) life in July, especially at the end of the month during the real Grand Sextile? Have you been able to tap into both your “masculine” (go-for-it/accomplished/willful) side as well as your “feminine” (self-nurturing/artistic/loving) side? What have you initiated or what has life initiated for you? The end of August will give you a second boost, conferring a conclusive stepping stone in the path you have laid out at the end of July.

Compare the three dates: July 29th (the Grand Sextile), August 21st (the Grand Cross) and August 25th (the Grand Cross meeting the loose Sextile). In July the Earth Trine part of the Sextile was formed by Pluto, the Moon and Venus. In August the Earth Trine is formed by Pluto, the Moon and the Sun plus Mercury.

The “Venusian” (artistic, graceful, loving) angle of the Trine is replaced by a “Solar” and “Mercurial” angle, prompting us to use logic (Mercury) as a weapon to shed light (the Sun) on the situation at hand. Instead of being part of a Grand Sextile, Venus will be entering the Grand Cross, allowing us to use that Mercurial detachment and Solar understanding while keeping our hearts compassionate in the midst of struggle.

Fear, optimism, individuality and empathy

The Grand Cross/Grand Square of August 21st will be formed by Pluto in Capricorn, Jupiter in Cancer, Uranus in Aries and Venus in Libra.

Jupiter and Pluto have been in opposition for quite some time. They are both fighting each other but also learning from each other. Pluto is the experienced and ruthless knight. He is the dark night of the soul. He reaps depression, fear and anger, and painfully transforms us. Jupiter is the optimistic and curious young soldier, too naive and privileged to fully comprehend war. The two fight mercilessly allowing us to find balance between pessimism and optimism, death and life, darkness and light. Pluto struggles to see the light; Jupiter struggles to see darkness. Pluto is the reminder of death. Jupiter is the reminder of life. Neither can exist without the other.

Uranus is the wild card in the field, the surprising (and possibly) violent uprising of our own individualistic needs and freedoms. Uranus -or Coelus, the god of the sky- only makes the fires of Jupiter and Pluto blow harder. When Venus enters the battlefield, Uranus and Venus fight the war of feisty action and gentle solutions, surprising frontal attacks and diplomatic intervention.

Harmony in discord

Venus/Aphrodite -ruler of Libra and Taurus- is the goddess of harmony, love and beauty. She signifies balance, and stands tall in her resolutions and proud of her ethics and diplomacy. She values her own self-worth and is nurturing and grounded.

Venus Grand CrossImagine a battlefield at the peak of war (August 21st). The opposing sides are already fighting when Venus comes in. She is like a white dove entering the arena even for just a few moments (days). She cannot really stop the battle (she is likely to be thrown into it as well) but her very presence somehow affects the course of the events.

The battle, as usual in astrology, is played in our own minds. Venus is the calming gentle wind of change. It is like a whisper in the ears of the combatants, reminding them (you) of their (your) own worth, and opening their (your) heart and mind to try to understand each others’ common humanity. A Grand Square is more about tolerating different stands/opinions/situations than it is about trying to merge them because the parts involved (the four planets sitting at 90 degrees of each other) are fundamentally irreconcilable.

What part of you has yet to come to the forefront? What “war” in your life could symbolically use a “white dove”? What power do you hold that can balance (yet not necessarily reconcile) the opposing forces in your life/mind? How can you use Venus symbolism of diplomacy and love to abate your biggest obstacles?

Venus will be sitting between 5 and 9 degrees Libra between August 21st and 25th. What sits on those degrees in your natal chart? Look at the planet or cusp Venus triggers: that point will tell you exactly what energy you will need to tap into to find an outlet to your current question.
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CARDINAL T-SQUARE August 2013: Uranus, Pluto and Jupiter

The Cardinal T-Square of August 2013:

Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto

War of Gods, War of Thoughts. Summer of Rebirth.

The Cardinal T-Square (the red triangle in the chart below) is the main astrological transit of August 2013, and its keyword is transformation. This Cardinal T-Square will dance, fight and merge with the Water Grand Trine, thus challenging our beliefs and bringing out our weaknesses. The war fought by our inner gods- Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto – will poke at our core, but it will eventually serve to transform and empower us.

Cardinal T-SquareWhile the “feminine” Trine has brought to the forefront our loving and emotional nature and has possibly afforded us with some luck, the “masculine” T-Square will show us our dark side. Some of us may feel its effect only within, but some of us will start “revolutionizing” our lives. The impetus generated by such an important transit can be used as a trampoline to push forward. The flight upward will be scary and sudden for some, but, once the sky is reached, the potency of our purpose will blow full force towards the stars.


T-Squares take their name from a formation in the sky that sees three planets forming two squares (90 degrees aspects) and one opposition (180 degrees aspect). The energy of the three planets clash against each other and are difficult to reconcile.

The planets involved in this T-Square are Uranus, Pluto and Jupiter (plus Mars). The three sit in the so called “Cardinal” zodiac signs, Aries, Cancer and Capricorn, with Libra being the absent one.

Uranus in Aries is all about individuality, personal freedoms, the need to stand against restrictions imposed by rules of society, governments and institutions. Uranus fundamentally rules revolutions.

Pluto in Capricorn is the destroyer of the old establishment, of patriarchy, of ancient orthodoxies that no longer fit in the contemporary world. It is the 99% rising against the 1%, the bank collapse of 2008, the rise of the minorities. Pluto rules death and transformation.

Jupiter in Cancer is the irrational fulcrum behind it all, for good and for bad. It is a reminder not to be ruled by emotions and wants, but it is also a reminder to honor those same emotional needs. It can show us a road-map where rooting into traditional values (family, for example) can be a blessing as well as a hindrance. Jupiter rules expansiveness.


RetreatingThink of the planets (soldiers) in the zodiac (battlefield) as thoughts in your mind. With a T-Square they clash against each other. In order for the “war” to end you will have to purge some thoughts to make new patterns available (to sign the peace).

If Uranus retrograding in Aries is making you feel constricted in your individuality, Pluto in Capricorn may ask you to stand up and fight for your freedom. Easier said than done. Jupiter in Cancer will remind you that your emotional wants alone will not solve your current situation. The fight is harder than you thought.

This is no quick war. Investigate the correct strategy and do not act on impulse alone. Hindrances will be great and no matter how hard you’ll try, your need for freedom will not be easily attained. You will have to “reshape” your mind-set first. Are you really sure you know what you want? Are you strong enough to act based on your beliefs? Can you handle the consequences of the battle?


The soldiers involved in the battle are no strangers. They are family members. This is a generational war, one in which fathers and sons (old and new thoughts) fight ruthlessly against each other. In Greek and Roman mythology URANUS is the father of SATURN, who is the father of (the three brothers) NEPTUNE, PLUTO and JUPITER.

In the ancient myth, Uranus is the god of the Sky, Pluto (Hades) the God of the Underworld, and Jupiter (Zeus) the Father of all gods and humankind. Heaven, Hell and Earth are at war. What is your Hell? What is your Heaven? How do they interact in your life (Earth)?

Notice that the Cardinal T-Square is formed by Uranus, Jupiter and Pluto.

The Water Grand Trine instead is formed by Saturn, Jupiter and Neptune.


t-square and grand trine

JUPITER in Cancer is therefore the protagonist of this war. It is the focus of the summer as it receives energy from both the July Trine and the August T-Square. And its vicinity to Mars accentuates its role. In case you didn’t know, MARS is Jupiter’s son and therefore he is also part of this family tree. Pay attention to what happens in the latter part of July, because Mars will be in closest conjunction to Jupiter, thus accelerating and forcefully moving energy around.

In what point of your natal chart is Jupiter transiting (9-12 degrees Cancer)? What field (house or planetary object) is affected the most by his presence in your natal sky? Focus on that field. Look at it. Dive into it. Use the positivism of Jupiter to find the treasure buried beneath it.


August AwakeningDespite his role within the radical T-Square, Jupiter has the support of Saturn and Neptune in the Grand Trine. Jupiter will breath war and peace, assertive action and soothing compassion, fire and water.

The god of all gods (Jupiter) will eventually triumph in the sacredness of that blood connection to the god of the Oceans (Neptune- our artistic, spiritual, intuitive, giving and healing abilities) and the god of Time (Saturn- perseverance and patience). Jupiter will connect light with darkness, dreaminess with resolution, power with freedom.

Let the planets of the T-Square fight and see how all three emerge after battling against each other in your mind. Just observe. None of the three sides will win the war. They will all have to “die” some. The pain born out of that death- letting go of mental beliefs, emotional scars and unconscious patterns that no longer serve you- will be the catalyst for unquestionable and right action. Observe the T-Square with a degree of coldness, and ground in the Grand Trine.

Ground in the belief that no matter what comes your way, or how sad or angry you may feel, a greater good will come. Ground in faith. Stand up and fight (peacefully) for what you believe. Challenge yourself to find who you truly are. Have faith in THAT outcome.


The Cardinal T-Square will affect the entire month of August, but a few dates stand out: August 7th – when Jupiter in Cancer will be in exact opposition to Pluto in Capricorn at 9 degrees- and August 21st – when the same Jupiter will Square Uranus in Aries while forming a trine with Chiron in Pisces at 12 degrees. At that point Venus in Libra will also enter the picture, and a so called Grand Cross will form in the sky.

Pay attention to the path of Jupiter in your chart (9-12 degrees Cancer). Also, look at how this Cardinal T-Square affects your Libra placements. Especially the degrees 9–12 (and surrounding) in Libra are the empty receptacles of the T-Square. Keep in mind that in general anything sitting between 9-12 degrees of any signs will feel the T-Square more strongly.

The T-Square will come back full force in 2014. For now, try to win round one of the battle. And don’t worry: you’ll make it :).


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