The Grand Cross April 2014 It’s a Season of Astrological Weather and Everyone’s Affected

astrological weatherPeople with natal (birth) planets in CARDINAL SIGNS (Aries/Libra, Cancer/Cap) that are close to 15° in their birth chart are going to be most affected personally by this months intensification of the Cardinal Cross.

I’m one of those lucky folks (rocking my 2nd house); it is the same with my oldest daughter.  In another daughter’s chart, it’s hitting her natal Pluto and NN combo and yet another daughter has the grand cross really affecting the area of her Ascendant; so all of  my daughters are being affected by this grand cross because their natal houses have planets in those signs at those approximate degrees, just like mine.

I have to cringe a bit when other people shrug, smile and say something like, “I don’t think astrology works for me–because in my life things are rolling along just fine and actually better than ever, thank you”.    They probably don’t have natal planets in in those degrees in those signs, but everyone is going to be affected in some way, if not so personally, on a community, city, state, national or global level. 

And if your personal life is not deeply affected, it may be affected by someone else’s life who “is” deeply affected personally by this grand cross energy–in which case, you are still impacted in some way. I’ve always admired the way astrologer Steve Forest drives the point home with words.  In his recent newsletter, he wrote:  “Push comes to shove. Breaking points are reached. Crisis reigns. Squares and oppositions are exactly like the sound your engine eventually makes when you’ve decided to ignore the little red oil light on your dashboard. And the reasons are exactly the same: at squares and oppositions, bad behavior catches up with us. The law of consequences reigns.”

I’m not sure its all ‘bad behavior’ like Steven says; but then, he’s more of a master of astrology and myself the apprentice.  I think karmic situations are triggered–certainly and cause us to “work on our stuff” because that crisis energy helps us to see ourselves more clearly.  The cardinal energy is pretty stubborn stuff in our psyches’ and sometimes a bit of a crisis helps to move things along where we may have held on or been resistant.  It can move things along in a very positive way.

Maybe it’s the optimist in me but I can see that’s exactly what is happening in my life–moving things along in a direction that I’d not have (without that crisis push) taken.  But the direction is positive–or that’s how it looks from this point in time anyway.

DESCRIBING THE FEEL OF THE ENERGY:  Cardinal energy goes outward and then withdraws taking two steps forward and one step back and I must say that’s how a lot of energy in my own life has felt–very cardinal!   The energy sort of reaches out for freedom and then steps back for security and containment. AND with cardinal energy there can be a lot of projecting onto others instead of being responsible for one’s own emotions.  Holding other people responsible for one’s own happiness is an example of projection.

Using Steven Forests’ example of the red oil light on the dashboard you ignore right before you “blow a rod” and destroy your engine…. let’s say that if you’re in bumper-to-bumper traffic and somebody else’s light comes on in their dashboard, their engine cuts out and doesn’t restart, you’re going to be affected anyway–maybe not directly, but indirectly.  AND, I might add, in a way that’s in divine order for you too!   The universe is magical that way–everybody gets what they need to evolve in one way or another.

Astrology can be vastly complicated or quite literal and simple.  There’s so much to be said about the dynamics of the Grand Cross and it has been — just Google the term.

I like the way Steve Forest puts it all.  Why re-invent the wheel (especially when I’m supposed to be packing right now–best get at it, chop! chop!)

Therefore, I refer you to Steve’s newsletter for more.

 

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Divine Timing and Being in the Right Place at the Right Time

Maybe it’s always been this way and when I was younger; I was just too busy to notice. It really got my attention the first time about 10 (or has it been 15?) years ago in Sedona, Arizona.  My sister and I had driven in from Phoenix and just as we entered town we saw a number of school busses lined up and parking and traffic being directed.  I rolled down the window and asked someone what was going on.  Pow Wow!  I had only one question, where do we park to board the bus to get there.  That Pow Wow was huge!

My christian sister wasn’t impressed, she mostly shopped in the little tent booths.  I was practically moved to tears hearing the drums and watching the dancing… in my head I kept saying over and over “My People” and tears welled up in my eyes.

I love when synchronistic things like being in the right place at the right time happens.

There is something within us that directs the timing of events and circumstances—I’m as sure as you are.  How many times have we been at the right place at exactly the right moment?  No accident.

It was Halloween and of course I knew when Halloween was, but without children at home anymore or even trick or treaters to come by (houses are too far apart on a single lane narrow mountain road), and with the distractions of my mind going in a thousand places at once half the time; I’d forgotten.

Suddenly, I look out and see it is going to be getting dark and I had not gone for my walk yet—“better get going, go NOW”.  So I laced up my shoes and out I go to walk in town and as I’m going along I see people across the way on the sidewalks and a bit of a crowd is forming and I wondered what is going on.  Usually there are not so many people in town.

I knew that the loop I walk will be taking me over that way and lo and behold when it did, I realized they were trick or treaters—that’s right, it’s Halloween! 

I had only walked one mile and I usually do three, so I kept going and before long the whole town had turned out and the sidewalks were full of children in costumes and even the parents were dressed too.  Small town, you know!  The merchants and the bank and the gas station and even the car wash people and the community clinic were handing out candy as the kids and their parents (and me) walked the town loop. It was fun to be out with the townspeople and as night started to fall the pumpkins everywhere were lit and it seemed to me to be perfect.  The crowd had built along with my walk—I arrived just in time.

Another night near Christmas time, the same sort of thing happened.  Now that I think of it, it happens when there’s a street dance too… something within me says, “Go now” and when I do, I see the perfect timing involved and smile and nod while feeling warm and happy inside.  The divine intelligence at work again!

I went for a walk late in the day that day and when I got toward town to start my little jaunt, I see there are about 5 cars lined up at the traffic light.  Huh?  Traffic?  We don’t have traffic around here!  I wonder what’s going on.

As I get closer to my destination, I ask and am told that the Christmas parade is about to start.  Really?  There it was again—perfect divine timing, at the right place at the right time. 

I got to do my walk while alongside the high school marching band (17 members with instruments and about 10 girls with flags), every fire truck in the township (all 5) and every bit of equipment the county owns—police cars and snow plows included.  Around here we have lots of 1950’s restored car shows, so they were all in the parade too.

You should have been there—even the local Roto-Rooter truck was decorated and pulling a wagon full of kids with elf hats throwing candy at the crowd.  Should we use the word crowd?  It was hard to know if there were more people in the parade than watching it, but I enjoyed it!

The point is that I’d have missed it if I hadn’t listened to that voice of intuition that says, “Go now.”

I’m pretty accustomed to following it and it helps me to be at the right place at the right time.

PS—sometimes it helps me not to be in the right place at the right time too.  Recently, I missed a phone call that it was definitely good to miss (it’s a long story and the details don’t matter).  Just believe me that it was good that I missed it, and it worked out in my favor that I did.  The circumstances around my missing the call were enough to prove to me, once again, that there is an intelligence that is metaphysical at work and it isn’t just pure simple dumb luck.  No one could convince me otherwise—not when I witness perfect, exact timing happening over and over and over again!  And you know exactly what I’m talking about–think back.

In Divine Order Observations of Life March 14, 2011

 

The path of living in balance with nature is the same as living in balance with the inner self. 

Living our truth and walking our talk–right here on the earth; not through escapism into spirit world.  Paying attention to here and now and learning by observing our life experiences–that’s what I’m thinking of today.

One Observation:  On letting go of non-supportive actions, behaviors, situations or habits.  I’ve been very aware of habits lately.  I moved the coffee and coffee filters to a different kitchen cabinet.  That was well over a month ago and some mornings, I still finding myself opening the old cupboard first thing in the morning.  True.  I’m not fully conscious/awake (not until I’ve had that first cup of coffee!), but getting to it and the filters have given me pause.  I’ve been reminded that breaking habits takes a while and requires consistent devotion.  In this case,  the coffee and filters are in the same new location every day.  Yet, I still find that I automatically go to the old cupboard 25% of the time and like I said, it’s been months! 

Recently, I lost a good habit regarding exercise and began to feel heaviness–not just in my body but in my spirit.  I was out of balance.  I am now nourishing the good habit again, feeling lighter and being more productive.  Good habits are nourishing and a way of creating self-loving attitudes.  I’m willing to let the oldie-but-goodie habit  take hold again, but like with the coffee-and-filter-cupboard-location-lesson, am also willing to be patient and gentle with myself while the good exercise habit gets a firm grip again.

Another Observation:  Nature throws her seeds out with its desires to grow and flourish.  We too must be willing to plant our visions, nurture them and watch them flourish; without attachment as to ‘how’.  Some of our seeds and visions just might end up nurturing others more than ourselves–that was clear this morning.  The tulip bulbs that I planted last year and  that I’ve been watching sprout out of the ground  recently were just last night scoffed down by deer! 

Bit right off!  Teeth marks obvious and all! 

I wasn’t going to eat the tulips–just enjoy their beauty; but what’s the observation? If you want to make the universe laugh, tell It your plans.  🙂  There’s our order and then there’s divine order.

I think that the best view is to see the deer and tulips situation as being in divine order; but it makes me think how other visions that I’ve had (seeds planted) have ended up nurturing others instead of (or more than) myself. 

If I’m going to be determined to be in balance and harmony with life and really mean it when I say so, probably its best to let go of attachments to my seeds after I plant them.

If my intent to nurture myself ends up nurturing others more than myself–who am I to argue with divine order?

With wisdom and intuition, I vow to willingly nurture and honor myself, all of nature, all of life itself and to honor divine order. 

The path of living in balance with nature, natural law and divine order is the same as living in balance with the inner self.