Cardinal Grand Cross

Tomorrow, April 23, 2014, the world will experience the high-point of a Cardinal Grand Cross astrological alignment, like the cresting of a wave. The Grand Cross is formed when four planets—in this case: Jupiter, Mars, Pluto, and Uranus—are at 90-degree angles from each other (square aspects). Because this arrangement can also be seen as two 180-degree oppositions (Pluto vs. Jupiter and Mars vs. Uranus), the polarity among these planets corresponds to conditions of conflict, or contrast, and when the Grand Cross is cardinal—when the planets are in cardinal signs, rather than fixed or mutable—the pattern is often interpreted as correspondent with an environment wherein it is difficult to achieve goals, as if being “in a box.”

However, a better way to interpret this perfect-storm-Cardinal-Grand-Cross is as a uniquely powerful state of potential for big change, of being on the verge of “breaking out” of limiting conditions, especially: limited awareness. Cardinal signs open the doors to the four seasons, and although the seasons are repetitive they are no more of a box than Omniverse is a box.

Our April 12 post: “Blood Moon Junction” focused on the 2014-15 Blood Moon Tetrad and, in our analysis, the significance of this Blood Moon Tetrad is that: “…it will energize focusing on completion of a mission—a culmination of a ripeness. It is a time for spiritual realization, for a crystallizing of awareness on a scale eclipsing the vision of certain Jews and Christians for expansion in the Holy Land, including reacquisition of the Temple Mount—time for a higher vision foundational across cultures.” This Cardinal Grand Cross has the same basic meaning, in our assessment, and, therefore, adds to the transformative Consciousness—awakening—energy of the Tetrad. A tetrad-within-tetrad cornerstone is being placed for a new beginning.

Some interpreters of these tetradic alignments are seeing major negative upheaval—a war among nations, for example, perhaps triggered by the tension in Eastern Europe and/or the Holy Land. Astrological tetrads easily conjure visions of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse which, in turn, trigger visions of Armageddon. Yet the word apocalypse is not synonymous with Armageddon; “apocalypse” means a revealing, the lifting of a veil: an expansion of awareness through a transformation of mortal human consciousness. Russia is not really the USA’s enemy, nor is Iran the enemy of Israel; the enemy is ignorance, and the cure is enhanced perception.

Yes, there is an esoteric correspondence between a Grand Cross and the biblical Four Horsemen. Both embody the symbolism of double opposition. But the white, black, red, and “pale” (green) horses are archetypes representing elemental forces of Nature—air, earth, fire, and water—that are perpetually at work both macrocosmically and microcosmically.

Can these symbols be correctly associated with the idea of “tribulation,” as they are most commonly understood to symbolize via a literalized reading of the New Testament’s coded Book of Revelation? Yes again, but tribulation is an ongoing part of the turbulent nature of Omniverse. Tribulation does not have to mean the Tribulation as understood doctrinally by some Christian denominations. Much of the world is experiencing tribulation much of the time. In Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer’s woodcut, The Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Dürer depicted the four horsemen as four facets of an advancing (going forth) state of Tribulation. As extensions of alchemical elements, the four forces are integral to all creational processing.

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