There is lots of electricity in the air and plenty of speculation as we build up to the Grand Cross configuration which peaks April 23rd and is sandwiched between two powerful Eclipses.
Inevitably the unknown can arouse fear and anxiety, and so it is of utmost importance right now that we take the time to ground, to meditate, to get enough sleep, to eat wholesome nourishing food and to take good care of ourselves so that we can meet the present with an open and courageous heart.
What we focus our thoughts on right now is of utmost importance.
With an awareness of all the elements at play, we can better navigate these times. What is being called for, is unique to each one of us and we must seek to meet what arises with an open mind and heart. So with courage and the best communication skills we have, it’s time to face the music.
Here are Insights selectively gathered from the most insightful channels to help us navigate these waters….
First from astrologer Katie Sweetman:
“With the difficult astrology in the works for the first half of the year, I wanted to take a moment to break things down — not to make you anxious or fearful, but so that we’re all on the same page and, more importantly, that we create the highest good.
“In astrology, a cardinal grand cross formation is one of the most difficult alignments. It happens when four planets hold the same (or close) degree in the four cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn — each planet making a 90 degree angle from each other.
“Not sure what I mean? Just think of a big square in the sky and you’re in the middle and everyone is arguing around you; everyone has their own agenda and not cooperating. It would be hard to be in that vortex of energy, right?
“From January 2014 to July 2014 there will be a cardinal grand cross in the sky. This is big news not only because of the duration (approximately six months), but because of the heavyweight players involved — Uranus, Jupiter, Mars, and Pluto. What does this mean? Change. Total gut level, hyper focused change.
“I know, you’re tired of change..but the grand cross will bring a lot of energy to the surface for release and healing…”
Copyright © 2014 Katie Sweetman All rights reserved.
From astrologer Cinzia Meneghello:
“Everyone seems to be asking about the Grand Cross that will form in the sky in 2014…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.”
“…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.’
“…Mars can be quite a trigger for discovering the warrior within ourselves that can give us strength and resolution, protection and confidence. Eclipses can shine the light over issues that we have ‘dodged’ to deal with for too long. They may reveal to us an inner light that we may have forgotten about; they may reveal secrets and bring truths to our attention.
“Pluto can bring about endings but also opportunities to rediscover our own inner power and a new and more effective vision. A Grand Cross can bring challenges, but it can also shine the light into our own higher self while reminding us to have the faith to rely on something greater when all else fails.
Copyright © 2014 Cinzia Meneghello All rights reserved.
From Sarah Varcas from Astro-Awakenings.uk:
“There is much talk of the intense influences around this month. What with a total lunar eclipse on 15th, a Cardinal Grand Cross on 23rd/24th followed by a solar eclipse to round the month off on 28th/29th, yes, there’s plenty to excite!
“And of course, as with most things in life, these alignments do not just appear out of nowhere on the day in question, but instead build gradually towards a climax of fulfillment and fruition, before just as gradually falling away into nothingness once more. If we take the analogy of child-birth, we could say that right now labour has begun but there’s a way to go yet. Come the lunar eclipse things are speeding up and the birth is imminent.
“The Grand Cross sees the arrival of new life and the solar eclipse brings the full awareness of what this new beginning means for us and every aspect of our life. Suffice to say we have an intense few weeks ahead, but at the end of it lies the potential for a shift of both personal and collective orientation which could, in due course, change the course of history. Of course, history can be changed in all manner of ways, positive or negative, and neither course is set in stone. It really is up to us at this juncture and there are some interesting and enlightening challenges ahead!
“But right now we are preparing for the birth and as such we need to be focused on the task at hand, committed to seeing it through and prepared to do whatever it takes to bring new life into the world. This is a time of anticipation, excitement and fear, often in equal measure.
“However we’re feeling right now about the challenges ahead is absolutely fine. If we’re telling ourselves we shouldn’t feel [insert whatever emotion you don’t want right now!] we’re already unnecessarily complicating things. If we’re scared, fine. If we’re confident, that’s fine too. If we’re full of hope or full of rage… so be it. Whatever we are experiencing at this time is our own personal fuel for the journey ahead and not to be judged, dismissed or denied, only acknowledged, embraced and respected for the message it holds for us.
“… The air is full of emotion with suppressed irritations, anger, fears and forebodings rising up as if with a mind of their own.
“Whatever we’ve been avoiding lately we can’t avoid it now so we may as well give up that particular fight and open ourselves to the possibility that the aspects of our being we’ve been so eager to deny may just be the ‘pearl of great price’ we never thought we’d find. And of course, if we’re generally more inclined to identify with the struggle and overlook the pleasures, maybe we have a whole load of denied and suppressed fun to deal with now. In which case, enjoy!!
“With the North Node now in Libra along with retrograde Mars, and Jupiter in Cancer, relationships are of the utmost importance in this current process. The divide between ‘us’ and ‘them’, ‘me’ and ‘you’ is under the spotlight and in need of deep examination at this time.
“Any tendency we have to judge and compare, blame and reject, to find others (or ourselves) wanting in some way, serves as a smoke-screen which obscures the opportunity we have before us right now. But this opportunity requires a willingness to be vulnerable for a while, to see the world through new eyes and be prepared to turn things on their head.
“The current burgeoning influences remind us that there is no destination on this path other than the path itself… It’s all about focus, identifying where ours usually rests and then shifting it around a bit. For example, if we know we’re sensitive and spend a lot of time focused on what we’re ‘picking up from others’, now’s the time to focus on what we’re putting out there for others to pick up and deal with. How much of us is our environment having to process on a daily basis?!”
“…So this weekend the energies continue to mount and we may feel this in all manner of ways. If we find ourselves struggling with difficult emotions – our own or those of others – those very emotions can provide the fuel for deep transformation. It’s best we don’t overlook this fact because times like these don’t come around too often.
“Yes, the lessons may sound familiar, but right now the energy behind them is super-charged. Which is why it’s so important we get to grips with what’s really going on in our hearts and minds, in our relationships and communities, because wherever we invest our attention, energy and identity now is being infused with some of the most powerful energies in the universe, and we want to make sure we’re putting this Divine energy source to good use!
“So, yes, challenging times for sure, but also liberating ones, and the extent to which we experience the latter is commensurate to how far we’re prepared to embrace the former and do whatever it takes to bring about a wise and positive new beginning in the days and weeks to come.”
Copyright © 2014 Sarah Varcas All rights reserved.
From the wonderful Robert Wilkinson and his Aquarius Papers:
“Since the Grand Cardinal Cross is already at full speed in all our lives, today we’ll take a brief look at some ways to deal with the changes as things fracture, fall apart, and dis-integrate. Yes, most will feel a sense of relief when this passage is done, but that won’t be for a few weeks.
“First, remember that old forms must pass away from time to time so new forms can come forth that work better for who we are and what we’re doing…And we must occasionally crack our ‘shell of personality’ so that we can grow into a new personality more appropriate to our evolved state, whatever that looks like….”
“Because this place is so impermanent, life itself is truly an unending lesson in detachment, compassion, Divine discrimination, and remembering to be as positive as we can be in living our greatest good, and bringing it to the here and now whenever we can.
“The trick is to move with the changes without getting thrown into unhelpful mental and emotional states. And often we must remember that whether we can or cannot ‘make it better,’ we mos def should not do anything make it worse.
“…there are times to build, times to maintain, and times for things to fall apart. When something has fulfilled its purpose or life span, there’s nothing left to do but witness the passage with as much compassion, love, kindness, and pure depth experience as we can.”
“… A Grand Cross is composed of planets or angles in signs that square or oppose each other, creating dynamic tension. The Grand Cross tends to pit all 4 energies against each other, and thus is considered more a fragmentation configuration than the T-square.
“However, signs that square each other can be used to put the brakes on each other when necessary…If there’s friction, it’s due to an imbalance that needs correction, or perhaps a new perspective to restore harmony and equilibrium. The more we maintain poise, grace, and diplomacy, blunting or moderating the urge to explode sideways, the better.”
“…Also remember that if we consistently express our Jupiterian energies constructively, a Jupiter square could be a very good thing! In this Cross it occupies the star Sirius, which is said to be ‘the Sun of our Sun’ and the source of all Wisdom traditions on Earth. So a square to that could only result in something good being released into the world, or perhaps an expansive Ageless Wisdom force will oppose Pluto’s darkside and check (via the squares) both imbalances shown by Mars RX in Libra and the explosive revolutionary impatience of Uranus.
“Take some time to meditate on how each of the points of the Cross can be demonstrated in a positive way. And as things fall apart, whether in the outer world, including your friends, your co-workers, and your neighbors, or your inner world, try to remember to go with the flow of your emotional intelligence, don’t get hooked into the hard edges or general crazymaking, and go to your core to get the right perspective on what matters and what doesn’t.
“As Eternals, we’ve seen many things fall apart across many lifetimes. It’s a very human experience. And every loss creates the space for something new to come at exactly the right time.
“Just keep in mind that if it actually IS a time of many things fracturing, don’t be impatient for the new to present itself before the fracturing is done. We need a clean slate if we’re going to write a new symphony (and it’s hard to write one when the ground is shaking!)”
© Copyright 2014 Robert Wilkinson All Rights Reserved.
In good health