Early this morning, Mars entered Cancer, the sign of its fall. The masculine, balls-to-the-wall, do now/think later action planet doesn’t get the job done so well from the soft-underbellied, sideways-stepping, strategic avoidance-prone crab zone. This month has frustration written all over it, actually.
Still, Mars is going to have to do its best to take care of business from this sign as it enters full-on Cardinal Grand Cross territory August 9 with a square to Uranus in (the sign it really likes) Aries followed almost immediately by an opposition to Pluto in Capricorn just after midnight on August 11.
The first two weeks of August are not a good time frame to add any unnecessary extra pressure to the people and situations around you. Understand that many people are at their breaking points under the tension of this Grand Cross. Move gently but firmly, and allow as much leeway as you comfortably can without compromising your own position.
Saturn in Libra has started to get some space from the proceedings, moving into the second decan of the sign of the scales. Mars in Cancer will not square Saturn in Libra until August 24/25 at 14 degrees.
Mars, the final personal planet to transit Cancer, and Saturn continue to gain speed direct as Uranus and Pluto retrograde, and the Cardinal Grand Cross formation of the Summer of 2011 is loosening its grip. Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn remain within the longer-term series of seven squares, exact at various points between June 2012 and March 2015, which does not let up completely until Uranus enters Taurus for good in March 2019.
Future Cardinal Grand Crosses involving Uranus and Pluto: August to December 2013 and April 2014
We won’t experience another full-on Cardinal Grand Cross until late August 2013. At that time, Saturn will no longer be in Libra, but Jupiter will be in cardinal Cancer.
The personal planets in Libra will move into place within the Cardinal Grand Cross – which is four squares or two oppositions involving planets in all four cardinal signs - triggering this grand-scale initiatory formation in waves, just as we experienced this summer.
August 23-27, 2013 - Venus in Libra will move into place, forming the fourth leg of the Cardinal Grand Cross.
September 14-20, 2013 - Mercury in Libra will pass through this territory using a nine-degree orb for aspects.
October 1-13, 2013 - The Sun in Libra will trigger the Cardinal Grand Cross using a 10-degree orb for aspects.
December 23, 2013 – January 1, 2014 - Mars in Libra moves into Cardinal Grand Cross formation to close out 2013. Mars then moves out of orb in Libra but retrogrades back in.
Extreme Potency: Exact Cardinal Grand Cross at Lucky 13 April 2014
April 21-24, 2014 – This is the big one. Mars Rx in Libra makes an exact Cardinal Grand Cross configuration with Jupiter in Cancer, Uranus in Aries, and Pluto Rx in Capricorn all at Lucky 13 degrees of the cardinal signs. Whew.
This exact Cardinal Grand Cross formation will strongly colour the Mars retrograde through Libra (February 28 to May 19, 2014) indicating a very tenuous and strained balance with a sometimes immense degree of personal exertion to maintain it while moving rapidly toward our goals.
Aren’t you glad Saturn in Libra is drilling us on our maturity and responsibility with Libra themes right now? Weak points related to this sign’s energy would (and will) wreak major havoc within these future Cardinal Grand Crosses. Going out of balance within the pressurized circumstances of this formation would require an immense amount of effort to put right. Under this type of tension, if one spring goes, they all go.
This formation, especially the exact one April 21-24, 2014, will have a hugely polarizing effect socially with a tendency to move to extreme ends of the spectrum in relation to other people or groups. Mars is in detriment in Libra and indicates struggle to maintain any semblance of social diplomacy and good relations. It will take great effort (Mars) to maintain peace (Libra), especially in light of the groups gunning for another world war. Thirteen is a potent and highly symbolic number, and we can expect this formation to be used to trigger further symbolic events on the world stage.
Learn your Libra lessons well between now and October 2012, and the foundation will be set as far as future success with these Cardinal Grand Cross formations.