Here’s a fun experiment;
Get two long ropes & tie them together in the middle, forming an X or a cross. Lay out the four exposed ends. You & 3 of your friends each grab an end of the rope, and while pulling it, lean back as far as you can. In theory, if you’re all pulling with relatively the same force, you should all remain standing, and possibly even capable of pulling yourselves in to meet in the middle. But if one person isn’t in sync, you’ll all fall down.
Even though there is immense pressure at the point in the middle, the balance keeps everything standing. You need your opposing force to also move towards the middle if you plan to move. Ignoring one aspect just makes it harder on the rest.
There is an extremely rare and powerful event that has been brewing since December 27, 2013 (But slowly building since 2012) called a Grand Cross. This occurs when 4 planets square off/oppose each other. Since all of the signs involved in this are Cardinal signs, (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn)
this event is called a Cardinal Grand Cross. The Cardinal signs represent leadership, initiation, starters, and identity.
Between April 20th and 24th the energies and vibrations of this Cardinal Grand Cross will be highest. Each planet will be 90 degrees apart from each other, and placed at 13 degrees in each sign. This planetary tug of war has us Earthlings caught in the middle - we are the knot in the ropes, getting pulled tighter and tighter. Similarly, while the world struggles, we each do individually, as we are each the centers of our own Universe.
4 is a highly symbolic number. It is the harsher circle, signifying balance & completion but with rougher edges to overcome. There are 4 seasons, elements, directions. They need each other in order for each to exist - they keep themselves in check. Houses are often built with a square-like foundation because it is believed to be strongest while offering the most space. I believe there is no coincidence that 4/14 (April 2014) will be a turning point in everyone’s lives - a time of restructuring what matters most to us, and realizing our deepest beliefs about ourselves and the world around us.
13 is also incredibly symbolic. If 12 means balance (as it can be broken down to 3 and 4), 13 is the imbalance that “breaks the camels back”, the notice that change is coming whether you like it or not. (12 western astrology signs and Ophiuchus, 12 eastern astrology signs and The Cat, 12 disciples and Jesus, 12 months in a year but 13 moon cycles, etc.) 13 is perfect in the sense that you cannot escape it, no matter how hard people may try (like avoiding the 13th floor in a building). It is a Prime number, thus is only divisible by itself, symbolizing a sense of corruptible purity. In Tarot, the 13th Major Arcana card is Death, a card that speaks of new beginnings from the collapse of What Once Was.
Now is where it gets a little hard to swallow -
Uranus & Pluto have been squaring off in Aries & Capricorn (respectively) since June 2012 - this energy isn’t new to us, we’ve seen a great many social & political uprisings around the world since then. This square represents The Self vs. The Father/Work (figuratively and literally). Aries, the Self as I mentioned last week, is the youngest sign, full of new life, Naivety, Headstrong Behaviors and a Resilience to opposition that’s often beat out of us as we age. Aries is Fire, young fire, the type to rebel simply because it’s exciting, and willing to try new things just to see if they work. Capricorn is a dutybound sign, one that does not stray the course they’ve been given easily. They have a sense of honor and earthy stubbornness that does not bend well ~ Capricorn represents Authority, Order, Discipline, Doing What You Know Works Instead Of Something New, and for some of us a strong link to our Father (not necessarily a positive link, or a physical link even, just lessons you have learned from his presence/absence).
Jupiter joined the party by entering Cancer in June 2013. Cancer is the opposite sign of Capricorn, and thereby representing The Mother/Home in Astrology. Capricorn hands out punishment while Cancer is known for rewards. Cap can be cold and reserved, while Cancer is warm and open. Yet, when Cancer is overwhelming, Capricorn is grounding. Aries and Cancer are both young signs, driven by raw emotion and guttural impulses. When they understand each other, it’s playful and lighthearted and rejuvenating. When they don’t see eye to eye, it’s like boiling water on the stove - don’t touch it until it’s cooled down, and watch out for the steam.
Last but not least, Mars comes along with it’s aggressive nature in level-headed Libra to bring some supercharged ~masculine~ energy to this already tense soiree. It’s like, if Aries was trying to convince Mom & Dad to let them go out to this house party with friends, Libra shows up in the driveway with loud music & honks the horn for their friend to come outside. Probably not the best way to handle the situation, but Mars doesn’t care. As long as there’s something to do (and someone to do it with), Libra will be there. The Sweet-talker, to combat Capricorns sarcastic boldness. The charmer that soothes the worried mind of Cancer. That-Friend-Mom-And-Dad-Didn’t-Like-But-They-Tolerated-Anyway.
To refresh yourself on how Aries & Libra size up to each other, re-read this: http://arrows-and-waves.tumblr.com/post/82498915026/lunar-eclipse-full-moon-april-15th
Quick notes about the planets involved; Uranus, planet of quick change and spontaneous rebellious energy, eclectic, erratic, nervous energy. Pluto, planet of slow change, established order, death/rebirth, inner strength/demons. Jupiter, planet of abundance, luck, generosity, joy/optimism. Mars, planet of aggression, passion, war, fighting spirit, initiation.
If Aries is the Child with us, the True Self that is inherently ours & free of limitations/expectations, Cancer is what we associate with Home, Libra what we associate with Others, and Capricorn what we associate with Work. We are quite literally stuck in the middle of 4 enormous forces in our lives that help to define who we are, why we do things, our motivations and our fears.
This Cardinal Grand Cross is that awkward situation in which everywhere you turn, you’re met with opposition. Nothing feels completely safe, nothing feels completely right, and everything needs to be recognized in order to grow. You don’t like your work, but you need money; You don’t like where you live, but you need shelter; You’re unsatisfied with your social life, but you need to feel like you belong; You don’t like who you are, but you still need to be you.
This is not the time to run away, or cut ties when the struggle picks up. If the Universe is presenting you with an obstacle, you are ready to face it. You are ready to take these steps, to walk away from what you thought was inevitable; You are the source of your own power, the knot in the ropes, the strongest and most forceful part of the entire cross. YOU make your Fate, not the other way around.
Growing up is no easy task. You’ve got people telling you what to do all the time, down to the first word you speak. Suddenly, at some point that stops, and it’s accepted that since they’ve directly told you what to do for so long (and indirectly shown you with their actions) that now you know how to proceed. That you would just know how to balance various aspects of your life simply because you’ve been exposed to “the norm” - The indirect effects of this result in invisible social, personal, and familial pressures that can scare even the most fearless wanderers. Some of the freest spirits I know are bogged down by routines they’re convinced are “right”, at the detriment to their passions, beliefs, and general well being. Survival, however we’d like to convince ourselves otherwise, is the source of most decision making. This isn’t good or bad, it just is; And it can change if we want it enough.
Think about one person singing - it’s loud, but easily ignored or drowned out. Think about 100 people singing. Then 1000. You see where I’m going? It may start with 1 voice, but a hundred thousand voices are much harder to control, let alone silence completely. Do not be afraid to use yours.
Have you ever seen The Neverending Story? (I’m going to assume you have) You recall how The Nothing was creeping in from all sides, and even though everyone was trying their hardest to escape it, nothing they did was effective. Some ran from it, others ignored it to remain comfortable, some even bravely challenged it without success. Bastien became frustrated, but so intrigued he could not put the book down. He believed he was simply a bystander, an observer to this story that played out before him - that he had no control. He watched as characters died, he watched pain and sadness overcome everyone he grew to understand and care about. He was confronted with uncomfortable truths and forced to deal with parts of himself he had never considered. SPOILER ALERT; We soon find out he controls the destiny of the story, only he has the power to save Fantasia ~ he didn’t want that power/responsibility, didn’t think he could use it properly, just like Atreyu in the beginning - and yet, with a lot of pressure, stress, fear, thunderstorms, screaming, tears, pain, and discomfort, HE SAVED THE WORLD.
Now go and save your own worlds. Balance on that knot in the middle of your chest, use it as a springboard to propel you into a more rewarding path. Shift your focus from what isn’t working to what is; within time, you too can build your own Fantasia, free from the previous restrictions you didn’t know were even there. It was indeed Bastien’s fear destroying Fantasia.