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Your Guide To The Cardinal Grand Cross, Part Three: Jupiter

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Let’s see YOU try to be jolly ALL THE TIME!

(An introduction to the big celestial event of April, and why so many folks are stressed about it, is HERE. Part one, all about Pluto’s role in the Cardinal Grand Cross, is HERE. Part Two, about Uranus, is HERE.)

It’s a commonly-held belief that the Chinese word for “crisis” also means opportunity. The truth is a little more complex than that. The Chinese word for “crisis” is combination of two words, one of which is “danger,” and the other means “critical point.” However, the crisis/opportunity misunderstanding lingers because frankly, it’s a useful perspective… if an unusually optimistic one. And when it comes to “useful optimism” in astrology, we’re talking about Jupiter.

Often a crisis can be a blessing in disguise, and we should all be glad that Jupiter is involved in the Cardinal Grand Cross. Although in part, Jupiter serves to amplify the potentially scary effects of Mars, Uranus and Pluto, Jupiter also brings hope. Jupiter can give you the philosophical strength and wisdom to make the whole mad explosion of life make sense. Getting out of a tight spot takes hard work… but it also requires the belief that the light at the end of the tunnel ISN’T just an oncoming train.

Jupiter is now in the exact degree of the Grand Cross, and will remain within orb of it until the end of May. Let’s see what gifts and blessings it brings to the cacophony, shall we?

Some things to keep in mind before you worry too much about your transits:

-This is a listing of how Jupiter will aspect the outer planets in your birth chart only. Your personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter) and your angles (Ascendant, Midheaven, and their opposites) may be affected, and some of those transits could well be positive and constructive ones. Don’t go off and panic based on just any one “bad” transit. Likewise, it’s possible that you weren’t born into one of the age groups listed below but are still going to feel the effects of the Cardinal Grand Cross strongly.
-The age groups listed below will be getting the strongest effects from this transit, but other age groups will be getting some effects too. Like for example, if you were born between August 1965-February 1966 or April-August 1994, transiting Pluto is sextile your Saturn in Pisces, and now is a good a time for you to “get your act together.” I admit it… I only listed those age groups who will be having the most obvious problems with it.
-When in doubt… consult an astrologer. That’s what we’re here for.

If you were born:

September 1947-December 1949, or March-October 1950, you have Neptune in Libra, and transiting Jupiter is square it: Remember when you were a kid and thought you’d be a movie star or a jet pilot or something when you grew up? Yeah, it probably didn’t work out that way, but all those hopes and dreams of yours are still part of you, and can still be put to good use. Just be realistic about about your skills and your limitations… don’t sell your car to buy a Lear Jet just yet, okay?
July-October 1952, January-May 1953, OR September-November 1981, or May-July 1982, you have Saturn in Libra OR May-September 1967 or February-April 1968 OR March-May 1997 or October 1997-February 1998, you have Saturn in Aries, and transiting Jupiter is square it: There could be a powerful temptation to spend your way out of trouble, literally or figuratively. Try to be realistic about the obstacles you face, and seek practical, achievable solutions. Use your head and helpful circumstances are more likely to fall into place.
July 1951-August 1952 or January-May 1953, you have Uranus in Cancer, and transiting Jupiter is conjunct it: You’re ready to break free of your limitations, and with a little luck, the Universe may provide the opportunities. In a lot of ways you’re really coming into your own now… adversity may be showing you the exit, but optimism can help you find your way into a better situation.
January-March 1960 or June-December 1960 OR February-July 1989 or November 1989-January 1990, you have Saturn in Capricorn, and transiting Jupiter is opposite it: Caution and common sense are on one side of the see-saw, and your sense of how life should be is on the other. And here you are in the middle, neither going up nor down… but just standing there. That sort of thing can only go on for so long. Choose which side of the equation you jump to wisely.
October 1970-November 1971 or March-August 1972, you have Uranus in Libra, and transiting Jupiter is squaring it: Something’s gotta give. The status quo can’t last forever, and you may get caught standing around waiting for your lucky break to bust you out of this situation. The good news is that “lucky breaks” really DO happen, and with a little wisdom, you can put yourself in a place where those lucky breaks can find you more easily.
July-September 1974 or December 1974-May 1975, you have Saturn in Cancer, and transiting Jupiter is conjunct it: You’ve worked hard to earn your collection of toys, literally or otherwise, and here comes that jerk Pluto to go to try and take some of them away. You may wants to go into your shell and sulk over it, but that won’t make things better. It may be time to focus on something other than just “toys.”
October 1975-March 1976 or August 1976-October 1978, you have Pluto in Libra, and transiting Jupiter is squaring it: The time has come for you to be YOU. The Universe has put up too much of a fight for too long… and you may have held yourself back consciously or otherwise. Now’s the time to go get ‘em, tiger! And — hey, put that chain saw down! Not EVERYTHING holding you back is your enemy!
March-May 1988 or January 1989-January 1992, you have Neptune in Capricorn, and transiting Jupiter is opposite it: They say that “you create your own reality,” and there’s a lot of truth to that. Of course, getting drunk and getting high might make your reality more fun and more exciting, but it’s nothing to build on, now is it? Even if booze and drugs aren’t an issue… you could still be deluding yourself somehow or other.
January 1991-February 1992 or June-December 1992, you have Uranus in Capricorn, and transiting Jupiter is opposite it: Your connections to others and to the Universe in general may be challenged… who do you want in your life? What are you willing to endure? Can one be both fully oneself and “lost in love” (with a person, a job, an ideal) at the same time? You’ve got Big Dreams… but even a Dream can get tested some time.

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Ask An Astrologer: Venus Square Saturn

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MW writes: “I’ve been reading a lot about the Venus-Saturn square aspect in my birth chart. It sounds like my love life is doomed, and that I will always fail in relationships or attract ‘bad love’ to myself. Can you explain that, and is it true?”

Any aspect in a birth chart can potentially manifest in either a “good” or “bad” way. The “good” aspects like trines and sextiles can make you lazy with your gifts, and squares can provide drive and ambition and energy. A Venus-Saturn aspect can be a real challenge though: although it can give you the will and determination to see a relationship through when things get difficult, it is most often associated with feelings of loneliness, inadequacy, or rejection.

Why any aspect manifests the way it does though is often more of a philosophical question than a practical one. Are you always yelling at the neighbors because they play their music too loud… or are the neighbors always playing their music too loud because you’re always yelling at them? Does “always” even really apply if you look at it more objectively?

Are you feeling rejected by a loved one because they are rejecting you, or are you shutting them out unconsciously, as a sort of preemptive first strike against rejection? Are you just fighting an unwinnable war out of stubbornness? Or is it some combination of those things? A Venus-Saturn square, whether it’s in the birth chart (which some of you have) or by transit (which we all experience at times) demands that we ask ourselves these things.

Rather than explain all the possible manifestations of Venus square Saturn, maybe I should illustrate with a true story from Nature. Specifically, a story about the rats in my back alley.

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Wherever you may live in the world, there are always going to be pros and cons. If you move to Paris, you’ll probably have to deal with snooty waiters. If you relocate to Moscow, you’ll probably have to bribe someone to get things done. I now live in New York, and I get to see a lot of rats. Earlier today I was out in my back alley and I had the opportunity to observe the struggle of a young rat attempting to climb into the neighbor’s garbage can. Normally I love observing animals (especially the young ones) in their natural environments. Rats, though? I have a bit of a problem with them. Nonetheless, my natural tendency to enjoy watching animals at work won out.

The half-grown rat in question spent several minutes trying to climb up a bush in order to drop into the neighbor’s trash, which I assume was smelling particularly good today (that’s another thing about New York… it may be “the greatest city on earth,” but no one ever called that because of its cleanliness). Every time our youthful rodent protagonist got high enough on the bush to be able to vault into the trash, the branch he was on would get wobbly and he would slip back down. But he was clearly driven by whatever was in there, and he never gave up.

Eventually, his efforts were rewarded… but not in the way he had planned. Instead of being able to climb into the trash, the young rat ended up being flung backwards across the back alley, landing with an audible squeak of distress. This may not sound like a happy ending, except that this rat — once he had been flung halfway across the back alley — noticed the pile of trash on the ground on the other side of the road. Among other things, this pile of spilled garbage happened to contain a particularly delectable mound of rancid Whole Foods tuna salad. At least that’s what I think it was.

The rat never gave up. He struggled mightily and ended up facing disappointment. And yet in the end he triumphed, finding an even more delicious and accessible lunch than he had originally hoped for.

And perhaps that stray cat who had been sitting back and watching the whole thing ended up getting a delicious lunch out of it too.

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What I’m trying to say here is that we all have our struggles in life, but that ultimately the promise of Love… somewhere, somehow… can make those struggles worthwhile. That, and nothing ventured, nothing gained… there are plenty of fish in the sea, and so on. Also: I need to spend less time hanging out in my back alley, because there are lots of rats out there.

On second thought, I guess what I’m trying to say here is that Venus square Saturn is difficult. 

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Three Reasons To Not Worry About April’s Eclipses (Plus Baby Goats!)

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No Apocalypse today, folks. Sorry.

(More on eclipses in general here, in my April editorial, Blood Moons And Dragons Eating The Sun)

One of April’s two eclipses is happening early Tuesday morning, Eastern time. In a month that is already packed with thrills and chills, having two eclipses adds a zesty topping of dread for those of you who like to panic about things. Eclipses have a way of stirring the imagination of both astrologers and non-astrologers alike. If you find your self worried about this month’s eclipses, perhaps it’s time to take a step back and keep some basic principles in mind.

One: It’s never the eclipses that get you anyway.

Eclipses may happen on a specific day and time, but they tend to spread their influence out over time, and don’t usually become a factor until they are triggered off by a transit from another planet. They set up dramatic circumstances, but don’t usually deliver those in and of themselves.

Two: Half of you will be (mostly) off the hook for the April 29 eclipse.

One of the traditional rules for determining the effects of the eclipse on an individual is that it is much more powerful if it happens “above the horizon”: in other words, the April 29 eclipse (which happens at 9° Taurus) will have the most impact on you if your Ascendant is somewhere between 9° Scorpio and early Taurus. The Tuesday eclipse is affecting 25 degrees Aries and Libra… so check all three of those points to see if they land close to anything in your chart.

Three: You may not be in the eclipse path.

Although the April 15 eclipse will be visible throughout most of North and South America, the path of totality for the April 29 solar eclipse passes over part of Antarctica to Eastern Australia, thus sparing most belief that readers of its worst effects. However, of you are currently located at Casey Station, Antarctica: write me for an extra discount on a reading! You my be needing it…

Four: Baby goats do not concern themselves with eclipses.

Hey, look, baby goats! Baby goats don’t worry about eclipses!

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So, there you have it. Astrologically speaking, there are several good reasons why you simply should not panic over either of the eclipses is happening this month.

Besides: if you want to panic, that’s what the Cardinal Grand Cross is for. Click here for more details!

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Cardinal Grand Cross Celebrity Astrology Roundup!

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Yee-ha! I got me a Bieber!

(Check out my April Editorial Blood Moons, Dragons Eating The Sun: Astrology And Eclipses, HERE!) And now, just because celebrities are people too (with the possible exception of that Ukrainian model who got all that plastic surgery to look like Barbie), let see how this month’s pile of planetary tsuris is affecting some of our favorite celebrities… Justin Bieber (born March 1 1994, 12:56 AM, London, Ontario, Canada)  hasn’t generated a whole lot of press lately, probably laying low because of his various pending legal issues. That’s likely a good strategy, because Tuesday’s Solar Eclipse is landing right on top of Bieber’s Moon — which is the ruler of his Ninth House: legal matters. Next scheduled Bieber legal day is May 15th when his manager records a deposition… the day the transiting Sun is quincunx Bieber’s Moon. Ouch. Tori Spelling (born May 16, 1973, 1:13 AM, Los Angeles California) is facing a double whammy from both the Cardinal Grand Cross and Saturn. The Cardinal Grand Cross is messing with her Uranus, which is in her Eighth House… matters pertaining to sex. On top of that, Saturn is conjunct her Moon, which can be a very difficult time emotionally.  The Cardinal Grand Cross is also affecting her husband Dean McDermott (orn November 16, 1966, time unknown, Toronto Canada). His Moon in Capricorn is on the Pluto end of the Cardinal Grand Cross equation. Translation? The two have a new reality show coming out, and in the opening episode we will be treated to Dean’s confessions about cheating. It’s worth noting that Uranus is just now approaching the exact sextile to Tori’s Jupiter, which is the ruler of her Midheaven (career). So: Dean may be bad for Tori’s feelings, but apparently he’s awfully good for business. Speaking of Saturn, it’s now conjunct Hillary Clinton’s Mercury (born October 26, 1947, 8 PM Chicago Illinois). Her Mercury is in the Sixth House, which is the House the rules (among other things) “small movable objects.” Like, shoes. Specifically, like the shoe that Hilary-hater threw at her last Thursday at the speaking engagement in Las Vegas. From an astrological perspective, perhaps the most interesting celebrity news of late arising from the Cardinal Grand Cross is the announcement that Johnny Depp (born June 9, 1963, 8:44 AM, Owensboro Kentucky) is engaged to actress Amber Heard. What’s interesting about the timing of this announcement is of the Cardinal Grand Cross is affecting both Johnny’s Jupiter in Aries and his Moon in Capricorn. Both Jupiter and the Moon are closely associated with emotional security and well-being, and since Amber Heard is coming up on her Saturn Return by the end of the year, this does not bode particularly well for long-term marital happiness. Finally, it is rumored the Kanye West and Kim Kardashian will be getting married in a private ceremony this May 24th in Los Angeles. What’s interesting about this is that, assuming a noon ceremony, the Moon will be exactly conjunct Uranus at the top of the Cardinal Grand Cross. It’s not exactly the best possible wedding chart, but the Cardinal Grand Cross is not having too obvious an effect on either Kim or Kanye. Thus it appears that the most horrible outcome of the Cardinal Grand Cross may be that you and I and the rest of the world in general will be forced to endure many years of Kim and Kanye stories to come. But I try to be positive with my predictions, so forget I said anything about it.

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