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Your Cardinal Grand Cross Horoscope For December 18th, 1933

posted by Matthew Currie
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I’ll drink to THAT!

There is a natural tendency for us to forget that history in general, and our lives in particular, are really more of a continuum than a series of connected dots. When a person looks back on (for example) their romantic past, there is a tendency to think of it as “you were single, then BAM! you met someone then POW! You were in love, and then ZAP! you were married and then KABOOM! that weasel cheated you on you, and then WHAM! you were divorced.” The truth is that although any one of those points in the relationship may have a specific focus in time and space, there were many things that led up to any one of them, and many things that followed on.

The Cardinal Grand Cross that is approaching has a lot of people worried, and I admit that I have spent a fair portion of my readings of late talking people down off a ledge one way or another. Things have been tense for a while, but there may not necessarily be a reason to assume that this is the month the other shoe drops for many of you. Certainly though… tides are turning all over the place.

The last time there was a Grand Cross in the Cardinal Signs (and also involving Jupiter, Mars, Uranus and Pluto) was December 18th, 1933. If you were a person living at that time and looking at the state of the world that month, you wouldn’t necessarily have seen a whole lot of big disasters things happening. There were the usual events in sports and politics. Bolivia and Paraguay were at war. The 13th Dalai Lama died. Overall, probably the single biggest news story was the repeal of Prohibition. But as far as big disasters overall? It was a fairly quiet month in human history.

On the upside, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers made their first film together. And if you had been around the time, you would’ve had no way of knowing that Tim Conway or Cicely Tyson or Henrik Gorecki were being born, or what their contributions to world culture would be.

Let’s not be too concerned that December 1933 was also the month the Germany’s defense ministry announced a program to increase the size of their army to a goal of 1.2 million soldiers by 1936, Ernst Röhm and Rudolf Hess joined the Cabinet, or that this was the month that all German press services came under the direct supervision of the Propaganda Ministry, shall we?

So you see: no matter what you’re going through, there’s no need to panic. You are in the middle of a continuum, and not necessarily about to be hit by a 2 x 4.

Having said THAT, though… yeah, pretty tense these days, isn’t it…?

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Ask An Astrologer: Taking Transits Personally

posted by Matthew Currie
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Never mind the future — look at what a mess the past is!

This week: not one, but two questions from the “Ask An Astrologer” mailbag, both about the Cardinal Grand Cross. For more on the Cardinal Grand Cross, click HERE.

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JE writes: I just read your guide and I was wondering why you didn’t interpret Pluto (and the GC) conjuncting the Natal Sun. Pluto will “almost” conjunct my Natal Sun exactly at 14DEG Capricorn before retrograding but I’m sure I’ll still feel the effects… I already am. You did, however, interpret Pluto conjuncting Saturn. Wouldn’t a personal planet, especially the Sun be more noticeable and life changing? Just a thought.. Would love to hear yours.

An excellent question! Yes, there is certainly a case to be made for a difficult aspect hitting a “personal planet” (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars) being at least as much of a pain than when it hits the outer planets. And of course, let’s not forget Jupiter, the Ascendant, or the Midheaven. Or Chiron for that matter.

In either case, if the planet in your birth chart is being affected by a difficult transit, you’re going to feel the effects on the functions of your life  that planet rules, and you’ll feel it in the department of your life ruled by the house that planet rules. In your case, since your Sun is involved, you’re likely to feel it in your Ego, your self-image and self-esteem, your energy levels, and in your general sense of life-purpose. Furthermore, there will be an effect on whatever House in your chart the Sun rules, and on top of that, you’ll feel the transits of each of the four planets involved in the Cardinal Grand Cross through the four Houses of your chart they are currently in.

As you may have guessed by this point, sorting out the effects of four transiting planets in four different houses affecting one or more points in the natal chart is kind of complex. Doing a reading may only take me an hour, but that doesn’t count the over 20 years worth of experience doing readings that went into learning how to do that reading properly. And did I mention that I have a special on this month for new clients? Maybe I should.

Mostly though: I have broken down the Cardinal Grand Cross forecasts by outer planet transits/age groups because, to be honest with you, I find that method a lot more useful than a straightforward Sun Sign forecast.  There’s validity to those when they’re done properly, but everyone knows there’s more than 12 kinds of people and 12 futures out there, right? Besides, covering the effects of the transits on everyone based on their Personal Planets as well would be a massive chunk of work for me… and I already strain my word count to bursting as it is. And besides, how lame would this be…

ARIES: Total panic!!! Everything is on fire!!!

TAURUS: Things are messy but potentially constructive.

GEMINI: Stuff’s kinda weird, y’know, but it depends on how you look at it, amirite?

CANCER: Total panic!!! Everything is on fire!!!

…and so on. The Personal Planet transits are a little more… well, personal… and are best handled by an actual reading sometimes.

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JL writes: Why haven’t you written anything about people born before 1950? Will they not be affected by the Cardinal Grand Cross?

This is an excellent point. Although most astrologers, myself included, now use software that does all the calculations for us, sometimes there’s still no substitute for a good old-fashioned ephemeris… which is what we call a book of planetary positions for any given date.

As you can imagine, astrologers tend to use their ephemeris a lot. When it comes to sifting through past or future planetary positions looking for specific patterns, like those affected by the Cardinal Grand Cross, there’s no computer software that can really match the experience of turning pages in a book.

And as just about any astrologer can tell you, the average ephemeris does not have the world’s strongest spine. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever had one that lasted more than a couple of months with me before it started falling apart one way or another. As proof: see the picture above of my ephemeris.

I only found the first half of it yesterday. Turns out it was hiding under a box. So, with my sincere apologies and a new ephemeris in hand, I hope to be presenting an update to my Cardinal Grand Cross series shortly, which will cover some of the important dates before 1950.

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Your Guide To The Cardinal Grand Cross, Part Two: Uranus

posted by Matthew Currie

beliefnet astrology matthew currie cardinal cross uranus(An introduction to the big celestial event of April, and why so many folks are stressed about it, is HEREPart one, all about Pluto’s role in the Cardinal Grand Cross, is HERE.)

As is the case with Pluto, Uranus is a very slow planet and even though it’s a powerful one, the effect that its transits have are sometimes hard to point at on any one specific day. You’ve already had a chance to see what it can bring, though: it has already passed through the degrees affected by the upcoming Cardinal Grand Cross before this. Think back to how your life was running between May to July 2013. What was going off the rails back then? What areas of your life were most agitated, or most subject to unusual circumstances? Those were the last times Uranus passed through the degrees it is in now and will be in for the Cardinal Grand Cross. Unlike those times though, it is now joined by three other planets in making trouble — or is that “creating opportunities?” — for you.

What we’re seeing here is essentially a big, temporary amplification of The Uranus-Pluto square, and if you aren’t familiar with what that’s all about, click HERE and HERE for more details.

Uranus can cause jolts and shocks aplenty, but it is not without its charms or its uses. It is the planet of individual genius in creativity. It may rule freak circumstances, but sometimes freak circumstances are a good thing, or result in change for the better. Keep that in mind during the Cardinal Grand Cross  and you will likely be able to use your own genius to find creative solutions to the issues you face. Be bold and be brave: Uranus likes that sort of thing.

As before, some things to keep in mind before you worry too much:

-This is a listing of how Uranus will aspect the outer planets 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 Cardinal Grand Cross.

-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 Uranus is opposite it: reality has a nasty way of shaking your hopes and dreams sometimes, and often in startling and unexpected ways. This is just life’s way of inviting you to find better and more achievable dreams.

July-October 1952, January-May 1953 OR September-November 1981, or May-July 1982, you have Saturn in Libra, and transiting Uranus is opposite it: The old ways of doing things and ordering your life may simply not be working anymore. The sooner you face that and find new ways to build play if you want, the better off you will be. This transit is giving you the opportunity to apply some personal genius to the same old, same old.

May-September 1967 or February-April 1968 OR March-May 1997 or October 1997-February 1998, you have Saturn in Aries, and transiting Uranus is conjunct it: breaking up is hard to do, whether it’s a relationship or your relationship to how you have ordered your life. The truth though is that sometimes that is a very healthy process, and can help you find new in the brilliant ways to assemble something better out of the wreckage.

July 1951-August 1952 or January-May 1953, you have Uranus in Cancer, OR January 1991-February 1992 or June-December 1992, you have Uranus in Capricorn, and transiting Uranus is squaring it: this is considered to be one of the classic “midlife crisis” transits a person goes through in their lifetime. This can be an incredibly dynamic and creative time, and you can find new ways to make your unique mark on the world. Sometimes though, “making your mark” can leave a few scars.

January-March 1960 or June-December 1960 OR February-July 1989 or November 1989-January 1990, you have Saturn in Capricorn, OR July-September 1974 or December 1974-May 1975, you have Saturn in Cancer, and transiting Uranus is squaring it: take it easy with yourself and with others. There will be a powerful urge from both without and within to throw some bombs around and get this mess over with, but you might want to plan your Great Escape from your situation more cautiously.

October 1970-November 1971 or March-August 1972, you have Uranus in Libra, and transiting Uranus is opposite it:  it’s right about this point in your life when you start wondering if the person you grew up to be was the person you wanted to be, good news! It’s never too late to be your own here.

October 1975-March 1976 or August 1976-October 1978, you have Pluto in Libra, and transiting Uranus is opposite it: Now would be an excellent time to run away and join the Rebellion. But do you know why you’re rebelling? Do you know what you’re rebelling against, or what you want to replace it with?  Or do you just feeling like throwing some bricks?

March-May 1988 or January 1989-January 1992, you have Neptune in Capricorn, and transiting Uranus is squaring it: You might think you’re like Neo from The Matrix, suddenly waking up and seeing reality for what it really is, and now you have all these awesome superpowers and can be a hero and stuff. But — (Putting on my best Morpheus impression) what if I told you that was just a movie, and you should re-evaluate your life more carefully than that?

NEXT TIME… Part Three: Jupiter. Go large or go home… or possibly go crazy.

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Your Guide To The Cardinal Grand Cross, Part One: Pluto

posted by Matthew Currie

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Part of the problem with trying to come up with a simple interpretation for the effects of the Cardinal Grand Cross is that, to be honest with you, it’s just not that simple a thing. Normally when you’re going through difficult times and you go discuss it with an astrologer, there will be one or two major transits causing trouble. In this case though, it’s a four-car pile-up of potential grief, and figuring out which way to approach the mess can be tricky. This is the first of a four-part series that will hopefully demystify it somewhat.

I’m starting this series with Pluto, the slowest of the planets involved, at least in part because you’ve already been feeling its effects in your life for a while now. The exact Cardinal Grand Cross hits maximum effect on April 22, when Mars in Libra opposes Uranus in Aries and squares Jupiter in Cancer and Pluto in Capricorn.  Uranus and Pluto, both being slow planets, have been square each other for a couple of years now, and that’s already had a significant effect on the world around you and you too, to some extent. 

The effects of the Cardinal Grand Cross will vary from person to person, but we can determine some of those effects based on your age group. Here is a handy listing of those groups, and how they will be affected by Pluto — which is currently at 13 degrees Capricorn and is slowing down to a station — where it appears to stand still in its path across the sky and is, arguably, its most powerful.

Because Pluto is so slow, the effects listed below will have been in effect for a while already… for the groups mentioned here, it would have kicked in around the end of 2012 or so, and will continue to be felt until late 2017.

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

-This is a listing of how Pluto will aspect the outer planets 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 Cardinal Grand Cross.

-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 Pluto is square it: Have you ever gotten the feeling that the cold, hard realities of life just really don’t care about your hopes and dreams? You maybe right, or it may just be some allusions being stripped away. Your unconscious assumptions about how life should be are likely taking it on the chin now.
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 Pluto is square it:  By this point in your life you have built some things for yourself that have solid structure and order to them. One way or another, your life is built on some sort of foundation. Pluto is here to stick its fingers in the cracks of that foundation and pry them open a little. Some repair work will be called for.

July 1951-August 1952 or January-May 1953, you have Uranus in Cancer, and transiting Pluto is opposite it: You say you want a revolution? Well congratulations, you’re getting it. There are changes coming to your life that are deeply rooted in your past, and the more you learn to work with it, the better your results will be.
January-March 1960 or June-December 1960 OR February-July 1989 or November 1989-January 1990, you have Saturn in Capricorn, and transiting Pluto is conjunct it: You may have to decide what (or who) you really need to hang onto, and what (or who) you really need to let go of, and frankly some days it’s going to be really hard to tell which one is which. Play your cards right during this transit and it can be a profoundly game-changing time for you.

October 1970-November 1971 or March-August 1972, you have Uranus in Libra, and transiting Pluto is squaring it: It seems like you were just getting on with your life and doing your thing and everything was great, and now all of a sudden life is here to beat that out of you. If you can learn how to negotiate properly with life, rather than simply fighting back, you will come out ahead. Resist and you my discover just how hard a punch Pluto really has.

July-September 1974 or December 1974-May 1975, you have Saturn in Cancer, and transiting Pluto is opposite 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 Pluto is squaring it: Regardless of your actual age, this probably feels like your midlife crisis. In a lot of ways you need to shed your skin like a snake… you’ve outgrown your current trappings, and need to expand. It’s just a shame that sometimes that process can be incredibly painful.
March-May 1988 or January 1989-January 1992, you have Neptune in Capricorn, and transiting Pluto is conjunct it: Ever heard that old saying “there are no atheists in a foxhole?” Well, go ask Grandpa what a “foxhole” was, and what it was like to be shot at every day for two years straight.  That’s where you are at now. You will survive what you’re facing, but it’s going to require some emotional toughening up… and when it comes to spiritual matters, it’s time to put your money where your mouth is.
January 1991-February 1992 or June-December 1992, you have Uranus in Capricorn, and transiting Pluto is conjunct it: There is a great deal of pressure coming at you from the outside to change who and what you are. That would be great, if you had some sort of clear idea as to what it was you’re supposed to become. You could take easy on yourself and you’ll figure that out in time.

NEXT TIME… Part Two: Uranus. When the going gets tough, the tough get weird.

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