A priest, a rebel, a politician and a prostitute all face each other in a high tech gladiator arena...
Nah, not going there this time. Rather than open with an illustrative vignette, I'm going to get right to the meat.
It's Cardinal Grand Cross time, as of Tuesday, April 22nd, though you may have been feeling the energy ramping up for a while. If you've been paying attention at all to the astrology news of the past few weeks you've undoubtedly come across mention of this Grand Cross several times. It's hard to know what to say about it that hasn't already been said, but since it's my job to say things about important things, I'm going to dig in my brain and see what nuggets of wisdom I can produce.
In astrology, a Grand Cross refers to four planets arranged like the four corners of a square — two planets opposing (180º) at ninety degrees to two other opposing planets. A Cardinal Grand Cross means that the planets are in so-called cardinal signs, which specifically means Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn (draw lines between the centers of these signs and you'll see the cross I'm speaking of).
Now that you've got the geometry, what does it mean symbolically? A Cardinal Grand Cross is like four generals trying to pull the same troops in four directions at once. Each general thinks their way is right and they insist on leading the charge. Yet they can't all be right and no battalion of soldiers has yet figured out how to bi-locate, much less quad-locate.
So what are four stubborn generals to do? They can resist cooperation, in which case some troops will go with one while others will pick the other generals, leaving everyone weaker. Divided we fall, as the old patriotic statement goes. But if the generals relax their egos and learn to listen, they can integrate their purposes together and lead as one unit, managing infighting with intelligent empathy. Success is thus assured.
The generals, or planets, involved in this scenario are as follows:
- Uranus in Aries: The driving need to liberate from all conditions that keep us feeling trapped or oppressed.
- Pluto in Capricorn: The destruction and renewal of existing systemic structures (governments, economies, highways, job markets, homes, bones and teeth, etc.).
- Mars Retrograde in Libra: The need to separate from those who seem not to love us, driving us to assess where we are at fault by being too dominant or too passive.
- Jupiter in Cancer: Expanding our minds and hearts to feel the emotional realities coming up for us (whether ours or someone else's), giving us the opportunity to emotionally mature (become fully responsible for our emotional wellbeing) throughout the changes coming at us.
Arranging these planets in a perfect Grand Cross, the question becomes: Can you liberate yourself from the past while you actively work to destroy and rebuild it, shifting relationships in the process during intense self re-evaluation, while holding loving space for any resulting emotional turmoil? Whew. Not an easy set of tasks for anyone to handle.
A common personal experience with these energies is the emergence of repressed anger. Uranus and Pluto are making demands of us that can make previously tolerable situations utterly unbearable. Old issues that have been lying dormant in our souls can explode on the scene, and in the fashion of Mars Retrograde in Libra, we can lose ourselves in our anger and spew our vitriol at the nearest relationship. On larger scales, entire countries can uprise and take down oppressive dictators. As always, the sword must also point inward: Who's the dictator in you that has stubbornly refused to make the adjustments that will free you?
The larger-picture statement of this Grand Cross is that humanity is stepping through an evolutionary portal, as if God has his finger on the fast-forward button. We clearly don't have a lot of time on this planet to keep up business as usual, we have to make some deep, lasting personal and collective change. Now, we can all argue like the four generals about what direction to go in to create that change, but the truth is that it's not up to just any one of us, arguably not even only up to humanity at large. There are other intelligences at play here, that of the planet and of whatever higher powers help govern our growth. We have to be real in understanding this or we risk mucking it up for ourselves.
How do we make the most of this complex energy? Firstly and mostly, stay present! Don't try to run from whatever's up, or point fingers in blame and soothe yourself in isolated pity. You won't last long that way. Keep yourself open to the process as it unfolds, allow your life to shift, even if that means letting go of things very dear to you. Trust that whatever is leaving will be replaced by something better. Actualize excitement in the possibilities of a better future. Take the hand of Spirit and be bold in knowing you are protected and loved. Be bold also in looking within yourself to see where you're at on the dominant/submissive scale — are you demanding too much from others or allowing yourself to be walked over? Are you always trying to control or meekly sitting back in fear? Wherever you are between those extremes, see where it would be beneficial for you to adjust.
I can't stress the word trust enough. Trust, trust, trust! There is a great deal of evolutionary movement afoot, and if we ride the wave with enthusiasm, even with sharks nipping at our heels, we are sure to make it to shore, alive with the certainty that the work we do is the work of the agents of Heaven itself.