Grand Cross 2014 – Uranus Pluto Jupiter Mars

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.

Grand Cross 2014

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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.

Grand cross April 2014The 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.

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More on the Grand Cross here

A special thanks to Mystic Mamma, the AstroTwinsJoyce Mason, and all the other wonderful astrologers for mentioning this post. Thank you! :-)

January 2nd, 2014|Categories: Astrology|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Grand Cross 2014 – Uranus Pluto Jupiter Mars

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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August 18th, 2013|Categories: Astrology|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on GRAND CROSS/Square August 21: Venus, Pluto, Jupiter, Uranus
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