Hello lovely ones and happy new moon in Gemini! Here we are in the middle of 2016 (how did that happen?!) and a powerful new moon at 14 degrees of the mutable air sign Gemini on June 4th.
It's a tense time with the formation of a Grand Cross bringing back memories of the Grand Cardinal Cross in April 2014.
That 2014 Grand Cross is likely to have been a pivotal turning point for many of us (and certainly anyone with natal planets in the mid degrees 12-16 or so degrees of the cardinal signs, so Libra, Aries, Capricorn and Cancer) and a powerful time of rebirth, but not without some bloodshed, destruction and tears.
But this new moon's Grand Cross is very different because all the signs at play now are mutable signs which are all about flexibility and movement and adjusting to the flow rather than being fixed or rigid. So even though this planetary configuration is intense amidst it is the ability for miraculous movement!
Back to the specifics of this cosmic window. It's a beauty in ways. With Venus (love, abundance, beauty) side by side with the sun at this new moon we have the assistance from one of the great benefics of the zodiac in terms of manifesting in the Gemini ruled part of our chart.
The Sun in Gemini (so look for where you have Gemini at 14 degrees in your chart as that is where the cosmic spotlight is currently focused) is opposing Saturn (lessons, karma, delays, doing things by the book) in Sagittarius (look at where you have Sagittarius on the house cusp and specifically any planets at 13/14 degrees of Sagittarius).
Remember to engage Saturn's positive energies of showing us what we need to get done or be real about or karmically deal with so that we can achieve our heart's desires. Don't go down the road of the Saturn shadow of feeling heavy or depressed or being glass half empty.
Meanwhile, Jupiter in Virgo is squaring Saturn in Sagittarius creating a tension between the two life areas ruled by the Virgo and Sagittarius in our natal charts and asking us to find a balance between these two areas to allow us the expansion and miracles in the house of Virgo (Jupiter) whilst being realistic, responsible about our duties and therefore fulfilling our karma in the house of Sagittarius (Saturn).
In addition Saturn in Sagittarius is squaring Neptune in Pisces - meaning the two houses ruled by Sagittarius and Pisces in our natal charts are facing a square off with opposing energies of boundaries and oneness, creativity and dreaminess and reality (yikes) and are ALSO being subjected to this tense energy asking for alignment and balance of the two very differing energies.
The Sun's position in Gemini means that this new moon squares Jupiter in Virgo and Neptune in Pisces so the added parts of the cross/square is now in place completing the three legged cross that's been in the loose formation in the heavens.
The solar spotlight on Gemini (and where this is in your natal chart) is the missing piece of the puzzle and where this month Soulstrology says we need to focus our intentions to bring the energies of this Grand Cross to practical fulfillment.
There's a whole lot of planetary friction but ultimately it is to bring the energies of each of the planets to the different life areas experiencing this transit. And who doesn't want Jupiter's expansion and miracles, Saturn's karmic rewards of success, Neptune's lovely dreamy spiritual creativeness and to harness the full flow of the solar spotlight in the house Gemini rules?!
But given that many of these planetary energies are contradictory there is a push pull going on, a tension which can feel like it's bubbling to a boiling point which is where grace comes in as you read on.
As this Cross can be hard to get one's head around I will explain as to how this is playing out in my chart as I hope it will help you understand how you can apply this to your own chart.
I have Jupiter in Virgo transiting my rising sign/first house of self, identity, my place in the world.
The Sun/solar spotlight is in my midheaven - the 10th house of success, status and our soul's legacy (*NB. I actually have Taurus on my midheaven which is why with the Soulstrology I practice it is so important to use the exact degrees of planetary transits as even though I have Taurus on the cusp of my midheaven it is at 23 degrees, there are only 30 degrees in each sign so it follows that some of my midheaven is also governed by Gemini)
I have Saturn in Sagittarius (conjunct my Sun for over six months - lord give me mercy, it's amazing but so much grind!) transiting my 4th house (the house of the private self, home, family).
I have Neptune in Pisces transiting my 7th house of serious relationships - romantic and professional.
So this Grand Mutable Cross is created between my 1st/7th houses and my 4th/10th houses. The 'square' or 'cross' is completed by the Sun in Gemini in my 10th squaring Jupiter in Virgo in my 1st, squaring Saturn in Sagittarius in my 4th squaring Neptune in Pisces in my 7th, squaring the Sun in Gemini in my 10th.
The themes coming up for me are forcing me to find equilibrium between - my identity in the world, my purpose/passion, my autonomy (1st house), my family life, and private self (4th house), my partnerships (personal and professional) (7th house) and my soul's legacy/status/ ambition (10th house).
Ouchy. Yes. Very much so. Also, wonderful. And the potential for all dreams coming true type of amazing. We shall see...
Back to you all reading, you can try and use the above formula to look at where and how the Grand Cross is playing out in your unique chart. It will give you an idea of change that the cosmos is trying to help you create in your life and also where you may be feeling tension.
Which brings me back nicely to the title of this post. Grace. There is amazing potential for growth through applying grace to the square that is playing out in the heavens and in our lives. Grace is being flexible when our plans don't go quite as expected. Grace is holding our heads up high when we are 'rejected' in some way and continuing on our path. It is stopping ourselves (or rather our egos) from pushing ahead with something that the universe keeps putting the brakes on for a good reason (we are not ready, it isn't for us, one day we will be grateful our prayers weren't answered - you get the picture).
Grace means understanding that we cannot possibly see the bigger picture at play and that we cannot fall into the shadow of darkness due to frustrations over the pieces of the puzzle not fitting or chapters of the book of our lives not playing out as we desire.
Grace means that whatever your beliefs, religious, spiritual, agnostic, atheist - that ultimately we believe in something that is bigger than us that is at play, that is orchestrating every moment of our lives for our highest good and that our only job is to be our best selves. And that the rest will take care of itself in ways better than we can possibly imagine.
I wish for you what I wish for myself at this lunar window and for the outcome of this square transit this year - grace, growth and miracles.
Happy new moon