As of the solstice June 21, the Sun in Cancer has entered the Cardinal Grand Cross fray and triggers a new wave of intensity, tension and movement - both inspiring and potentially anxiety-inducing - on the heels of Mercury.
The Sun will square Uranus in Aries June 26, oppose Pluto Rx in Capricorn June 28 and square Saturn in Libra July 2, just after the Cancer New Moon eclipse July 1. Potent stuff.
Everything I said in this post as far as navigation of this configuration still goes: Mercury Enters Cancer and Triggers the First Wave of the Cardinal Grand Cross. The only real differences are, we're consciously within this configuration now, and egos will be getting involved (and potentially mashed).
These are, at times, incendiary aspects triggering lightning-flash tempers (Uranus in Aries) that can go to extremes. (Just try plagiarizing and New Age-ifying one of my articles if you don't believe me. Heh.)
Just as soon as the Sun heads out of range of the Cardinal Grand Cross configuration, Venus enters Cancer July 4, triggering the next wave of blistering intensity. Venus in Cancer squares Uranus in Aries July 7, opposes Pluto Rx in Capricorn July 8, and squares Saturn in Libra July 13. Our relations with other people (and our money) enter the mix strongly here.
We then have a little reprieve for the last two weeks of July as Venus in Cancer moves out of orb of the Grand Cross until Mars enters Cancer August 3, drawing things to a state of tension on all fronts again. Mars in Cancer will square Uranus Rx in Aries August 9, oppose Pluto in Capricorn August 11 and square Saturn in Libra August 25, but things will have loosened considerably by the end of August.
By August 25 and the final angsty aspect (Mars square Saturn), the Cardinal Grand Cross Summer of 2011 is drawing to a close, and we can start to gain some perspective on what movements and decisions it spurred and what directions we find ourselves going in coming out of it.
Uranus in Aries stations retrograde July 9, just a little over one degree off an exact square to Pluto in Capricorn. These two are in a long-term square formation with seven exact squares going on between June 2012 and March 2015. The themes and new directions kicked up this summer, initially spurred in the summer of 2010, will be with us for a good long while.
Cardinal Grand Cross points of intensification:
- June 18 - 22 as Mercury in Cancer triggers the Cardinal Grand Cross
- June 25 - July 2 as Sun in Cancer triggers the Cardinal Grand Cross
- July 1 - Cancer New Moon partial solar eclipse at 9 degrees Cancer within Cardinal Grand Cross formation
- July 6 - 13 as Venus in Cancer triggers the Cardinal Grand Cross
- August 8 - 25 as Mars in Cancer triggers the Cardinal Grand Cross