April/May 2014 cardinal cross

1-25-2014  

The first phase of this Jupiter/Pluto cycle began in August of last year (2013).   Edward Snowden, who fled the US in May 2013 after leaking (Uranus) details on the US government surveillance program (Pluto), was given political asylum in Russia and liberated (Jupiter) from the airport in Russia in which he had been “imprisoned”.  Jeff Bezos purchased the Washington Post (Jupiter rules journalism), marking another transformation (Uranus/Pluto) in print media.

There was also an increase in violence the week of the exact opposition including an intensification in the Syrian civil war and clashes on the India/Pakistan border – ideological battlegrounds such as we would expect when Jupiter, the governor of ideologies and religion, is involved in a clash with Pluto, lord of destruction and transformation.

This upcoming second phase of the Jupiter/Pluto opposition will begin on the 31st with the opposition to Pluto and conclude on February 25th with the square to Uranus.  The entire month between the two alignments will likely bring escalations in the kind of ideological warfare we have seen over the past few years, but with an increase in crisis-level intensity there is a greater likelihood for resolution and ultimate transformation.  Unfortunately, for most humans it often takes a major crisis to generate real change, and that is the kind of energy this Jupiter/Uranus/Pluto cycle brings.    http://astrodynamics.net/blog/jupiterpluto-opposition-time-venus/
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4-1-2014

Some of you will remember back in 2010 and 2011 when there were similar alignments as Uranus and Pluto began their dance and other faster-moving planets joined in.  At that time many astrologers called this dance the “Cardinal Crisis” or “Cardinal Climax” because the planets were in cardinal signs, the signs that initiate the seasons (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn).  I used the term “Cardinal Drama” instead, because to me this was neither a crisis or a climax but just one stop along the way of personal transformation.  At one point there were seven planets in a nearly exact alignment.

At the core of this drama is the square between Uranus and Pluto (see the sidebar for more information if this is new to you).  This intensely transformational planetary system has been operative since 2010 and in April we have the fifth of seven exact alignments.  Pluto, representing the destructive/regenerative force, turns retrograde in the middle of April so its influence is particularly powerful right now.

In April both Uranus and Pluto join three other planets in a Grand Cross alignment: Mercury and Uranus are aligned in a conjunction in Aries and they oppose Mars in Libra.  Jupiter in Cancer is opposite Pluto in Capricorn (see the sidebar for more information about this alignment) and both planets are in a square formation to the other planets.  For a few hours on April 14th the Aries Moon is also involved as it approaches the lunar eclipse on the 15th.

The energy now is a push to awaken from the struggle of the past few years.  The pressure for change is powerful and many of us have resisted the call to surrender the shackles that hold us to the earth (Pluto in Capricorn) and let go to a new energy that is breaking down the old ways so that something totally and radically new can replace it (Uranus in Aries). http://astrodynamics.net/blog/introduction-april-grand-cross/

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In 776 A.D.         Pluto
(@26 degrees Sag)
opposite Uranus & star Sirius at ~26 Gemini, with Saturn at 26 Libra–this is the only other combination of Pluto opposite Sirius with either Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune or Uranus also in strong aspect combination, across the last 2500 years, as far as I can find in swift search.  
But throughout this month and next this very combination is happening again very potently, (the current pattern keys to the US conceptional chart of 7-4-1776)     -r
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April 14, 776 A.D. – Charlemagne spends Easter in Treviso after putting down a revolt by Friuli and Spoleto,   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/776    (Charlemagne was campaigning for several years around then in Italy.; Charlemagne, like Napoleon, liked bees.  -r)
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Checking the last 11 times that Saturn went opposite to star Sirius–with either Uranus, Jupiter, Pluto or Neptune also in major aspect thereto–there are two occasions:  Nov 1930 with a square to Uranus and Saturn opposite Jupiter thrown in; and Aug 1783 with a square to Neptune and a conjunct to Uranus thrown in.  In latter 1783 Britain and France urged Turks to acquiesce in Crimea passing to Russia.   In 1989 Saturn and Neptune went opposite Sirius. -r
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New Scientist adds a potentally woo inspiring note:
 

Mike Baillie, a tree ring researcher at Queen’s, has found evidence in the historical record that suggests something unusual did indeed happen at that time. The 13th-century English chronicler Roger of Wendover is quoted as saying: “In the Year of our Lord 776, fiery and fearful signs were seen in the heavens after sunset; and serpents appeared in Sussex, as if they were sprung out of the ground, to the astonishment of all.”

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