In April, a big lineup of planets in cardinal signs of action have created stress and tension with opportunities for release and transformation. Transformation is not always easy, and the tension of the grand cross can bring conflict and crisis. Sometimes the intensity is more than certain individuals can bear, and we see this play out in the news.
Mars, planet of aggression, has been traveling retrograde where it is dredging up old resentments and because it is traveling so slowly, its influence is stronger and lasts for a longer period of time.
Jupiter, planet of expansion and opportunity, is in Cancer where it is opening the heart and revealing our emotional sensitivity.
We are also dealing with Pluto, planet of death and rebirth, in Capricorn, an earth sign. I have long predicted that when Pluto entered Capricorn we would see an abundance of earthquakes and earth changes, especially when Pluto aligned in a square (90 degree) aspect to Uranus. Uranus is the planet that causes disruption and awakens change.
Yesterday the Moon entered the already tense Grand Cross, making a total of five planets and luminaries locked in this tight alignment. Yet one day later, the world is still turning on its axis and not much has changed.
We have had difficult planetary alignments since 2008, and most intensively since 2011. Many of us are becoming accustomed to this new degree of intensity, so a few days of heightened magnetism does not cause great distress. It is generally at the beginning of these periods, when the new energies are just beginning to enter our consciousness, that we find them most difficult to manage.
I am not inclined to jump on the bandwagon of doom and gloom that predicts ongoing crisis for the next few years. While it’s true that here in the US the Grand Cross hits sensitive points in the US chart, the US has had quite a few intense alignments including Uranus and Pluto transiting the angles of the chart – the power places that indicate significant transformation which we have indeed seen. In addition, the US Saturn Return has led to deprivation across the country and a contraction of its economy for all but the wealthy.
In my view, the intensity of the alignments have peaked and if we can adjust to the new realities we will be able to move forward in our lives with confidence and success.