April 2014 Grand Cardinal Cross & Lunar Eclipse

eclipseseaThe recent New Moon in Aries on 30th March marked the beginning of this month’s Astrological action. We can watch the planetary movements working like a domino effect as one event leads into another and the drama unfolds.

Although there is a significant focus on the Cardinal cross during 20th -23rd April this configuration has been strongly in effect since January.

The year so far has been fairly intense, with chaos and disruption apparent to varying degrees in our personal lives as well as through global events and weather extremes.

There are currently several converging aspects in effect involving the planets of revolution, transformation, expansion and force. The Uranus Pluto square is about to connect for the sixth out of seven events that started back in 2012. Simultaneously, since last year, Jupiter in Cancer is opposite Pluto in Capricorn and square to Uranus in Aries. These Cardinal signs represent the beginning of a new cycle involving essential archetypes and their many levels of expression – the individualist person as Aries, the compassionate person as Cancer and the responsible person as Capricorn. When Mars moves into the vacant fourth position at 13 degrees he forms the cross to include the unselfish person as Libra.

This cross pattern is triggered repeatedly this month until it’s climax on 23rd. The Sun, now in Aries, a powerful position for the Sun echoing the theme of a new cycle, touches Jupiter through a square angle on 1st April, joins with Uranus on 2nd makes a square to Pluto on 3rd and opposes Mars on 8th. Each time the Cross pattern is activated we are edged a step further towards the fulfilment of it’s purpose.

The Full Moon on 15th is a total Lunar eclipse in signs Aries and Libra. At the same time fast moving Mercury, planet of the rational mind is joined with inspirational mind, Uranus and relentless Pluto is turning to retrograde motion. This suggests another impulse for change with new information emerging from external or internal sources to undermine the existing paradigm. Now it’s important to watch your thinking patterns and beware of any negativity which undermines your well being. Your personal response to people and circumstances around this time has a heightened significance and will set the trend for the near future. A Solar eclipse on 29th is a less powerful event occurring after the Grand Cross has culminated.

As we navigate our way through April it’s important to remember that everyone alive on the planet is also experiencing these planetary dynamics unfolding in some way, directly or indirectly. The underlying principle behind this Cardinal Cross is to instigate a new basis for living without the extreme polarity we’ve known. We have been accustomed to living in a world of divisions where we identify with others who share our gender, our family, generation, neighbourhood, nation, religion, political party, cultural background etc. Most of the world’s organisations, social systems, financial and government structures have been built using this “us and them”  foundation. Now as we move away from the previous paradigm the emphasis is on our being a unique individual whilst developing integrity, personal responsibility and an awareness of the part we play in an all inclusive group of one.

The intense energies this month will assist in removing everything that’s not structurally stable, fit for purpose or if it’s based on unsound ideology. Many people, as individuals, groups, governments or religions are still making decisions and taking action based on something which stems from these outmoded systems. This behaviour may appear crazy, irrational, delusional or insane to anyone observing from a different perspective.

If you want to know what to do – it’s quite simple – find, and maintain, your equilibrium, your inner peace. You may need to take action to achieve this and that could be just a few minutes walking, relaxing or meditating to re-centre your self or maybe it’s time to leave your relationship, home, job or relocate across the globe! Above all, not taking yourself too seriously will help you through anything which proves personally challenging.

The next Full Moon is at 25° Libra on the 15th April at 8:43am and the next New Moon is at 9° Taurus on the 29th at 7:15am

Astrology of 2014 part two The Details

For an in depth overview of the major themes this year please read 2014 part one.

Note: This article appeared in the January edition of the West Cork People and some information from part one has been repeated in the first few paragraphs for clarification.

2014 – Through the Seasons

The New Moon on the morning of 1st January in the sign of Capricorn was conjunct the powerfully transformative Pluto. With most of the world’s population focussed on New Year resolutions and fresh starts, this introduction has really set a trend for the year ahead. Tuning in to the steady, organisational and practical skills of earthy Capricorn is helpful just to set you off on a steady and focused course during the challenging planetary dynamics of 2014. When Pluto gets involved with our lives he ensures that if change is required, it will happen. Sometimes we like the change and welcome it. Sometimes we resist it with every part of ourselves. Undergoing a painful operation or procedure can be the only way towards healing or greater freedom. Pluto has a job to do. Look where Capricorn falls in your own birth chart to know which area of life is getting some special attention this year. Expect to see the landscape change (metaphorically or literally) on every level during this year. In our physical external world and our metaphysical inner world there will be a noticeable move towards the new era that has been edging in over many years. In particular, our own thoughts, beliefs, attitudes and perspective will undergo a revolution over the next months.

2014 falls in the midst of a whole wave of planetary movements relevant to the massive change, upheaval, uncertainty and renewal that’s apparent around the globe. The major transits this year feature strong oppositions and square angles which bring conflict and confrontation between differing standpoints. On an outer level we’ll see this confrontational energy being manifest in every direction around the globe with war, extreme weather, anti- “something” protests, power struggles and opposition to just about everything. On an inner level we will be forced to confront ourselves and replace old beliefs with a new awareness.

Astrological hotspots will mean a particularly powerful year for some. If you were born during the first week of January, April, July or October or with significant personal planets in Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, particularly if those planets are at 11-15 degrees you can expect this to be a momentous year. For those born during July or the first two weeks of August, this year is the high point in a 12 year cycle so you can watch out for welcome opportunities and be prepared to make some serious headway. The Fire signs, Aries, Leo and Sagittarius get a positive boost later in the year too.

For an in depth overview of the major themes this year please read 2014 part one.

Winter Solstice – Spring Equinox

Relationships of all kinds will be under the spotlight during the first quarter of 2014. Throughout January Venus is retrograde in Capricorn, so now you can take time to reconsider what is of lasting value. Midwinter festivities are over, life carries on and there are lean months to negotiate. This is especially felt whilst the Sun is in the Saturn ruled signs of Capricorn and Aquarius. More than other signs, Capricorn has a strong reputation for realism, sometimes called negativity, but pragmatism can be essential for physical survival. It’s the harsh realities of earthly limitations that confront us now. Stress is often felt wherever a change in approach or attitude is required.

Venus always brings relationships into focus and these early weeks will be a time to evaluate what’s worth pursuing or maintaining. It will highlight where there’s work to be done and effort required. But January is definitely not the time to make drastic major decisions or embark on a new romantic venture or pursuit. Use this month to review your inclinations but put off any action until after January 31st.

With Jupiter also retrograde until early March, issues of faith and belief will be tested. Going backwards through the sign of Cancer, the usually benevolent Jupiter, will highlight whatever is vulnerable or needing extra care and nurture in our lives. During late January until late February Jupiter makes a stressful angle with first Pluto and then Uranus as part of the build up to the Cardinal Cross of April. With Mercury also retrograde from the 6th to 28th February there is plenty of time to reflect on what has brought us to here. These months will demonstrate where an overly optimistic viewpoint has prevented people from facing up to a situation that is no longer sustainable. With Mars retrograde in Libra from March 1st until mid May there could be a sense of frustration as any forward movement is thwarted. During this time if sheer optimism or positivity has not improved a situation then it’s a sign to cast it off altogether and free up your energy for something new. At the spring equinox, as the Sun moves into Aries to start a new cycle on 20th March the energy builds in intensity as the planets move closer to form a Cardinal cross pattern.

Spring Equinox – Summer Solstice

The second quarter of 2014 holds some of the most significant astrological events of the year. Saturn in Scorpio is retrograde throughout this period whilst Mars maintains it’s retrograde in Libra until mid May. This is not the time to push forward on anything major. Allow whatever comes up for your attention to have significance but any assertive effort will almost certainly backfire on you or at least fizzle out as a non-event. There are still lessons to be learned from what occurred during the past few years and attempts to build up something new now is lacking the benefit of full hindsight. Endurance and patience are required. The best approach is to slow down, take it easy, and if you have any doubts, don’t do it.

Just hours after Pluto turns retrograde the first Lunar eclipse of the year occurs on 15th April with a Solar eclipse on 29th. During 20th – 23rd, Pluto, Uranus, Jupiter and Mars form a cross in the Cardinal signs, Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.

The signature for this formation is freedom of the individual against the control of the state. Similar themes such as the autonomy of local economic systems against homogeneous global corporations will be apparent. On an international level expect this period to spark major events of revolution and rebellion.

A similar T-Square involving Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto during 1648 marked the English Civil War, which saw the demise of King Charles I and Cromwell’s rise. The same dynamic occurred during1793, at the height of the French Revolution.

The stress of the Grand Cross lingers through to early May during which time we have a Solar Eclipse in Taurus on 29th April. An eclipse works as a trigger point for themes which play out in the months to come. By mid May the recent intensity will ease as Mars starts his forward motion once more. Finally some positive progress can be made and this is supported by Jupiter as it makes a welcome trine angle to Saturn. Although this is not a complete turn around it does brings a sense of new optimism blended with practical solutions to implement the required next steps. Over the following weeks the mood is towards much soul searching and reaching for something meaningful from within. Mercury in reflective Cancer turns to retrograde on 7th June and Neptune, the planet of spirituality in otherworldly Pisces, turns retrograde on 9th June until mid November.

Assertive Mars, in people orientated Libra, is now making up for lost time when he makes another difficult square to Pluto in mid June. Expect a show of force as intentions are made clear. An agenda for action by some may well be in conflict with others who continue to hold on to control.

Summer Solstice to Autumn Equinox

On June 21st the Sun moves into Cancer marking the summer solstice. Having come through the difficult first half of the year we should now be well aware that situations and circumstances will not be returning to how they were in past years. We have passed through a point of no return. The disruption is still ongoing but it’s not neccessarily all disaster and destruction. Making positive changes and establishing patterns that contribute to a new way of being takes courage and a willingness to move beyond the comfort zone.

With Mars currently in Libra our drive is towards social relationships. On 25th June Mars opposes unpredictable Uranus in forthright Aries and this could bring more breaks than unions. This brings ongoing conflicts to a head once more as the urge to move away from restrictive situations is given another boost. When Mercury, in it’s own sign of Gemini, begins a forward motion again on July 1st it may be possible to open up some fresh dialogue or negotiations during the next few weeks. On July 16th the great benefic, Jupiter leaves sensitive Cancer and moves in to regal Leo where he stays for the next year. This move into Leo often coincides with a significant slump in the stock market though it also brings a period of increased opportunities and lucky breaks for the fire signs, Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. This shift will also mark a point when the general trend is towards big and bold statements. When things happen it will be in a big or dramatic way. It’s also possible that those who are more confidant or have a greater sense of their personal power may outshine the “lesser mortals” in a race to the top. By mid July Saturn will begin forward progress once more to travel through the last half of Scorpio. Progress can now be made as the dark secrets and subversive behaviour of our governments or others in authority will be out in the public view whilst any attempts to assert manipulative controls will become obvious.

Uranus turns retrograde on 22nd July and Mars moves into it’s own sign, Scorpio on 26th. Mars goes on to make another challenging aspect to Jupiter and a supportive trine to Neptune in early August. Travelling at quite a pace Mars moves swiftly through to Sagittarius by 13th September. As it moves through each sign it brings an assertive energy. This can be helpful for anyone with a Scorpio or Sagittarius Sun if they want to tackle something difficult or challenging. Though it can also make them seem overbearing or argumentative if you are their obstacle!

Pluto turns to go forward on 22nd September bringing the focus away from inner personal transformation. Fundamental shifts have taken place and now the outer world will need to adapt to reflect a new perspective.

Autumn Equinox to Winter Solstice

The Sun passes into Libra to mark the Autumn equinox on the 23rd September and the nights lengthen into winter. The challenging stresses of the spring and early summer have taken their toll and we still have some way to go. The final quarter of 2014 starts with a positive powerful aspect between two giants in fire signs. Expansive Jupiter in Leo is trine a future orientated Uranus in Aries. Expect some uplifting developments or sudden revelations to offer welcome changes. Inventors or visionaries may come to the fore with ideas that will benefit us all. Whilst Mercury travels retrograde, from Libra back into Scorpio again, between 4th – 25th October we have a Grand Fire Trine formation and two eclipses. Between 5th – 8th October Mars, in the sign of the seeker Sagittarius, moves into position along with freedom loving Jupiter and Uranus to form a triangular dynamic. This Grand Trine is one of the most powerful and positive patterns and not only the fire signs will benefit. The Lunar eclipse Moon joins with Uranus in Aries on 8th whilst the Sun in Libra, at the same degree of the earlier Grand Cross, is flanked by beneficial Venus and the North node to form the apex of a kite pattern. How good can it get? This configuration speaks of invention, inspiration, expansion, motivation, revelation, great spiritual heights, positive social values and also brings in a sense of our collective destiny. Use these days to tune into some very special cosmic vibes.

A culmination of the tense Pluto/Uranus energies occurs when Mars joins with Pluto in early November. This could be expressed as a sudden release of power on a global level or a cosmic kick to old negative habits on a personal level.

The closing weeks of the year bring us the sixth of the seven squares between Uranus and Pluto on 15th December and further events along the same theme, breaking free from control, limitation and oppression are likely as we approach the winter Solstice on the 21st December.

As the year ends we will recognise that our world has changed since 2014 started. As individuals we will have changed too. Thoughts, beliefs, values, have all gone through some transformation and by the time we welcome in 2015 each of us may have lost something familiar but will have gained something of great value for the new era we are moving into.

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