Although it has been making itself felt since the end of 2013, the Cardinal Cross will be exact April 20 to 24, 2014 adding its stressors to the April eclipse cycles. Much has been written about this aspect which involves 7 out of 10 of the major planets forming four oppositions and four squares. Most astrologers and past predictions regard this as an extremely challenging time ( we have heard it all before) however, no planetary configuration is all positive or all negative. It all depends on how each one of us responds to the energies. Humans react to stress, as well as opportunity, differently. Oppositions call for balance; squares call for change. As we are living through massive changes in the global environment, world governments and economics, science and technology, the question remains: how do we remain focused and balanced in the midst of it all? “Cardinal” in the astrological sense means action that is moving, not static. It is important that energetically and psychologically, we remain open and fluid and not rigid, judgmental or fixed. There will be new options and new opportunities for growth and expansion (the Jupiter/Pluto axis of the cross), if we have the courage to move forward and not freeze up in fear or retaliate in anger.
The four Cardinal signs form the “wheel” of the four directions: the zodiac signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. (Individuals who have planets in those signs will feel the energy more than others. The USA is also a Cancerian country.) The change that this “cross” implies is not overnight; it has been brewing for some time. The eclipses serve as “button pushers” to get things moving. If we have been working on our “stuff” collectively and individually, then this will be an exciting phase of new growth, opportunity and potential. On the other hand, if it feels like we are faced with challenges in every direction and “boxed in”, that is the universe compelling us to find our “center point” and go within to the center of the wheel. Violent acting out in anger, fear or pure adrenaline is not the answer; but neither is martyrdom or needless suffering. The one thing that is certain is that change is immanent, but our response to change is crucial. You may find that spending more time in meditation, nature, massage, yoga, and bodywork helps you to release pressure. This cycle serves to move us out of “stuck” patterns.
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