This week is all about change. We have all heard before that the only constant in our universe is change, so when it is time to transform, there is no point in resisting. This Wednesday, the 23rd of April, marks the Grand Cardinal Cross, when four planets – Jupiter, Mars, Pluto, and Uranus – form an exact square, a four-way tug of war in the skies. This alignment is a rather rare one. It takes us to our limits, thus forcing us to recreate the balance, unless we are willing to get fully burnt out. A change is inevitable this week, and for a lot of us it will be a major shift. The key to success this week is to be both rooted and flexible, staying committed to our beliefs and plans, yet ready to adapt to any new situation or element.
Two pairs of planets will oppose inside the Grand Cardinal Cross, and that is what causes the greatest tension. Expansive Jupiter in Cancer finds itself sitting directly across from controlling Pluto in Capricorn. Secretive Pluto reminds us that we haven’t fully overcome certain past experiences and feelings, despite the fact that we may think we have evolved beyond such issues. Another factor to take into consideration is that these planets are in Cancer and Capricorn, the mother sign and the father sign respectively; this means that our inner child could throw a tantrum, bringing up pain from the past. Furthermore, we may experience problems related to authority figures, financial security, and living situations. It is important to keep the balance between emotions and reason.
As for the second pair of planets in this Grand Cross, warrior Mars in Libra confronts impulsive Uranus in Aries. This week we may feel a lot of pressure coming from our closest partners (be it a romantic relationship, a work partnership, or a friendship). With the influence of Uranus adding to the tension, we may feel that it is easier to unleash our anger. However, it is best to control ourselves and our impulses. Bridges that are burned down this week will take a considerable amount of time to be rebuilt – if they can even be rebuilt, that is. Those who have talked a lot about their plans instead of taking action will be reminded that actions speak louder than words. This week, they will get a harsh wakeup-call from Mars and Uranus. We should expect to see the balance of power reestablished in some dramatic ways.
Luckily for us, on the same day as the Grand Cardinal Cross, the stars will also offer us a dose of levelheaded energy. Mercury joins the Sun this Wednesday in grounded Taurus, where it will stay until the 7th of May. As an Earth sign, Taurus helps us stay grounded despite the ever-changing forces of other cosmic events. A simple plan works best this week. Also, the focus is on green: before buying anything new, reuse, repurpose, and reclaim. Mercury in Taurus leads to our having the finest interactions in the heart of Mother Nature; go on picnics, play sports in the park, and take walks through the woods.