The Cardinal Grand Cross has been in full force this holiday week. Jupiter is in Cancer, representing joy, expansiveness, and opportunity and has been opposing Pluto in Capricorn, representing transformation and empowerment. Then we have Mars in Libra, representing self-confidence and ambition, opposing Uranus in Aries, which symbolizes change and liberation. And Pluto and Jupiter are squaring Mars and Uranus. This has been one wild ride! Let’s not forget that Mars in Libra is activating the Uranus/Pluto square which will continue through 2015. These two are irrevocably intertwined. The next date of the Uranus/Pluto square being exact is April 21, 2014 and the Cardinal Grand Cross will be exact on April 22-23, 2014.
What are the themes of a cardinal grand cross? We need to take appropriate action and either change or cease the way we go after things. The key to understanding the cardinal energy is the knowledge that all four of these signs like to take action. Tension, volatility, blow-ups, relationship issues, power struggles breakdowns in shaky structures and feeling repressed and bullied all feature prominently. Overreaction is common, courtesy of Jupiter in Cancer’s propensity for blowing things out of proportion. How can we deal with this—step back and detach as much as possible, take a time out, count to ten, do whatever it takes to breathe and chill out!
On Christmas Eve Mercury entered the sign of Capricorn, which only added to the cardinal mix, along with the Sun and the other four planets involved. And on Christmas Day Mars in Libra directly opposed Uranus in Aries. I find it difficult to believe that anyone escaped this holiday without some conflict. Long-term resentments probably reared their ugly heads in many families. The solution to surviving this energy is the ability to be flexible, which comes naturally to the mutable signs of Pisces, Gemini, Virgo and Sagittarius. It can be a lot rougher on those of us who have a lot of fixed energy in our charts: my fellow Scorpios, as well as Taurus, Leo and Aquarius.
On December 29th the Sun and Mercury in Capricorn will be squaring Uranus in 9 degrees of Aries. How will this play out? There will be attachment to old goals those conflicts with new needs. It is important to remember to LET GO! Letting go may pave the way for surprising new solutions to appear. On December 30th Mars in Libra will be squaring Pluto in Capricorn. This one definitely pulls a big punch—it is pure energy with strong forces at work. Ambitions may be thwarted or resisted. Frustration builds. It can be an accident prone time and violence may erupt. And on New Year’s Eve, December 31st, Mars in Libra will be squaring the Sun, Mercury in addition to Pluto. Watch what you say and do and don’t get too attached to a big over the top celebration on New Year’s Eve. This is one year where small and low-key may be the safest, wisest and happiest way to ring in 2014.
The year 2014 starts off with a supercharged new moon in 10 degrees and 57 minutes of Capricorn. It continues the theme of the cardinal grand cross by reinforcing the theme of taking the initiative to change. Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, so it is a good time to develop discipline, set goals, do your due diligence and be methodical. This is not the time for shortcuts!
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