This is the week of the exact cardinal grand cross aspect. On Wednesday, retrograde Mars, Jupiter, Uranus and retrograde Pluto align around the Earth in a perfect X. This aspect has been building for years; nothing like it has happened any time recently — not since 1999.
I have avoided making predictions about what will happen under this aspect pattern, mainly because it’s not predictable. Rather, I’ve invested my energy into describing the potential of the four primary planets involved working together in such a focused way. All astrological patterns describe potential, and that is often (indeed usually) driven by the creativity of whoever is reading or experiencing the event.
This aspect looks like a turning point on a global scale, though is effects might not manifest immediately. There is an eclipse of the Sun coming on April 29, and that may be the moment of full expression; and sometimes influential patterns have effects that stretch out over many years. Let’s leave the global scene off to the side for now — I come back to it in a moment.
Let’s focus on the personal level. Speaking in broad terms, there are two ways this aspect pattern might shake out. The first is the bubbling up of intense feeling — “whether it be anger, angst, or anxiety” as one of my email friends just wrote to me. Those who have planets or points at or close to 13+ of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn are more likely to be feeling this kind of response.
The other is as motivation, focus and strength — essentially, the opposite response as intense emoting. There is plenty of energy to harvest with this aspect, and it’s there for you to put to use if you want to. The difference is essentially whether you take the astrology in an active way or a passive way. Do you view it as your tool, or yourself as its tool? If you’re going to be aware of and work with astrology, this is a choice to make with some determination and commitment.
There’s a third possibility: the shit is just flying and you don’t know what to do. If that is true for you, I suggest you slow down and assess your situation carefully. Do your best to get out of reactive/automatic mode and get yourself into clear decision mode. That is just about always an option. It may take some special focus to make it real for you — for example, an hour or two of journaling, a therapy session, a day set aside to reflect on your life.
That would be wise in any event; astrology this rare is calling out for a moment of reflection.
As for the world situation: this aspect describes the Earth at a crossroads. That is exactly where we stand. It may be possible for “the planet” to make a decision, though it’s more likely that many people will make individual decisions that facilitate a collective tipping point.
For that to happen, the process will start with you but it won’t end with you; your awareness, your decisions, your actions, will all go far beyond yourself. Yet you are the initial point of focus, and the seed of action — and there’s more in those things than you may have ever imagined.