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Jupiter is so strongly positioned at the link between the grand cross and the grand trine.  These are the words playing in my head when I think about Jupiter’s protective influence during these times of dramatic transition. 

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Cardinal Grand Cross

The building cardinal grand cross is on the minds of everyone who follows astrology.  First let me remind you what those words mean in case you aren’t sure.  The cardinal signs are Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.  If you drew a line from Aries to Libra and Cancer to Capricorn you would have a perfect plus sign or cross.  When we see planets in this kind of evenly spaced formation on four points of the zodiac we refer to it as a grand cross.  It is essentially a fortress.  Or a prison.  Where ever you turn, there is something guarding or blocking the way.  Whether this is good or bad depends on how well you like where you are right now.  

If the signs we were talking about were mutable signs, you might be able to negotiate with the guards.  If it were fixed, you would certainly be staying put.  With Cardinal signs, you are probably moving fast, but more like a high speed locomotive on a track than an off road vehicle.  The course is set and the conductor and the engineer are not open to negotiating.  

Curious about how this will impact you personally?  You will have to look at your own chart to find out or consult a pro.  Those with sun or moon near 13 degrees Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn will be most personally impacted.  Looking at which houses are affected will tell you how it might play out in your own life.  

There is a lot of gloom and doom out there.  The sky is not falling.  You will most likely survive this and many will even thrive under this event.  If you aren’t sure yet what track you are on, expect that to be revealed by next week’s full moon, though by that time your course over the next several weeks is likely to be set.  

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Cash, the border collie. 

Warning, there is a graphic picture of injured dog at the bottom of this post so don’t click if you don’t want to see that.  

I typically try to stay on topic with this page but events of this week mean I’m going to have to break my rule this one time.  This is Cash, my border collie.  Sunday he suffered a brutal attack by another dog in our family.  They are normally great friends, and have lived together for nearly a year.  There has been the occasional scuffle, but for the most part seemed to have stabilized into a reasonably calm pack.  Sunday afternoon that changed in an instant.  

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April

The old adage about March coming in like a lion and out like a lamb may apply to the weather, but this year it certainly doesn’t apply to the stars. The tension we are all feeling from the cardinal t-square peaks with the New Moon on March 30th and with that we are fully into the swing of Aries season.

When the new moon occurs, the sun and moon are in the exact same place in the sky from our perspective for a moment. It is a very focused energy and when that occurs in the sign of Aries, we experience that Aries energy in a very profound way. Aries is a trailblazer, courageous, single minded, determined. These are all fine characteristics and let me give you a few more to balance out the concept of Aries. Aries is also combative, hierarchical, and self absorbed. Every sign is a two sided coin and of course Aries is no exception. It is up to each one of us to use this energy to it’s highest, or to sink to the lowest expression.

Now if we only had the Aries sun and moon to deal with, it would be a simple thing. The challenges come because we have some heavy hitting planets in the mix as well and they aren’t positioned to play nicely, necessarily. We have Pluto making it’s slow transit through Capricorn. Pluto at it’s best could be seen as the fire that burns away the old, clearing the way for the phoenix to rise from the ashes. It is terrifying and magnificent. And on the opposite end of the spectrum as well as the other side of the sky, we have Jupiter in nurturing Cancer. Jupiter is typically seen as the great benefactor and Cancer is the eternal mother, a counterpoint to the Capricorn concept of stern father. It sounds complicated doesn’t it? There is one more element to add to this and that is the element of surprise in the form of Uranus, right there in Aries next to the sun and moon.

In simple terms we have an epic battle between our own selfish needs and desires, our sometimes desperate fight to hold onto our public image or reputation and the chance of having all of our wishes come true. Each one of these areas of life is important and valuable. The challenge lies in the way they seem to be tugging against one another at the moment. Whenever we see a t-square in the chart, the answer lies in the fourth quadrant of the circle. We have three of the four cardinal signs involved. The one not represented is Libra. Some Libra keywords are balance, partnership, the needs of the other over self. When you feel pulled by the great tension in the sky right now, the solution lies in your efforts to strike a balance, to work as part of a team and to consider the needs of those around you as carefully as you do your own. It is always true that we cannot do it all alone. It is more true right now than ever that we need to pull together in order to accomplish our mutual goals.

Elements of this t-square are long term and will not be new to you, and when the sun and moon become involved we feel them on a more personal level. This is most pronounced at the very end of March, the beginning of April and then again around the middle of the month when the moon is full in Libra.

It isn’t all hardship, however. There is a great deal of grace in the sky this month, particularly in the water signs of Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. In fact, toward the end of the month we see a grand trine form in water signs and this goes a long way in easing the pain of the more difficult aspects we are dealing with. First we see the planet Mercury move through Pisces and then Venus joins in, bringing her gentle touch to the sign of her exaltation. What’s more, she will trine Jupiter, still in the sign of it’s exaltation, Cancer. When a planet resides in the sign of it’s exaltation that means that the planetary energies have their highest expression there. It’s the best Venus, the best Jupiter you could buy. If that weren’t enough, we see these two beauties trining one another as well as Saturn in Scorpio. Trines are said to be the easiest, most smooth flowing aspects. Given all of this watery love, I expect particularly those with Pisces, Scorpio and Cancer represented strongly in their charts to see some real benefit during the course of this month. Earth signs will also tend to appreciate this energy and of course we will all enjoy the areas of life that are eased by this dynamic.

Stay tuned.  I will be writing more about the very busy sky we have this spring and summer.  

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