The Cosmic Story: The Heavenly Grand Cross
and the Maturing of the American Psyche.
Welcome my dears! Come sit around my fire. I want to tell you a story. I believe stories are food for the soul, and right now, my soul needs a good story and perhaps yours does too. My story shines light on our crazy world, giving us an archetypal perspective of what we are facing. It gives meaning to our experience, gives us hope and like the best fairy tales, gives us instructions for living fully at this transformational time in human history.
There are four mighty Powers taking up their stations in the heavens at each of the four arms of a cosmic cross. As these Powers turn the cosmic wheel, new energies will be available for us to use in our lives and for our world. So this month stay awake, have faith, be brave and face death. A new birth is upon us.
Cardinal Grand Cross, April 2014
The Cosmic Story tells us there is a Cosmic Cross forming in our sky. Four archetypal Powers are taking their stand at the four corners of this cross. The cross stretches through the Cardinal signs of the Zodiac: Uranus stands in Aries, Jupiter in Cancer, Mars in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn. These four signs also preside over the changing of the seasons: Vernal Equinox/Aries, Summer Solstice/Cancer, Autumn Equinox/Libra and Winter Solstice/Capricorn. That makes this a very dynamic cross. It calls for movement and change.
These four archetypal Powers are the ones doing the moving! Yet, each of us is called to take part in this movement, grounding these powerful energies consciously, bringing balance and stability into play. This cosmic cross calls us to our destinies. It is synchronistic that this cosmic cross comes to perfection (tightest angles) during the Christian Holy Week, when we remember the Christ who allowed himself to be nailed to the cross of Earth and then showed us that resurrection and rebirth are possible.
At the end of the Age of Pisces, we are all called to this mystery of re-birth and resurrection. Jesus, the god-man of the Piscean Age, did say that he was just showing us the way. It’s time we got serious about our cosmic mission. This Cosmic Cross is our call to action. We have to do our part to change the direction our world is going in.
The Cosmic Cross creates a womb which includes the ongoing Uranus/Pluto square. This is the 5th square in a highly unusual series of 7 squares—7 symbolizing an initiation into higher consciousness. That initiation completes next year. Now we have to deal with the 5th square—a crossroads that will determine the outcome of this cosmic challenge. Did you know that the energy of the 5 is called the Quintessence? The Quintessence is considered the fifth element, the purest form of a thing, something new and wonderful that’s never been seen before, something that accelerates growth. The Quintessence is the life force, calling us to a new state of being.
So we’re in luck! This Cardinal Grand Cross is blessed by the power of the Quintessence, offering us needed Life energy to help us face this world crisis. If we actually take up this cross and bear the responsibility of facing the challenge of global climate change, it will change everything. We can overthrow the patriarchal paradigm of life as work as money and profit if we truthfully face the fact of climate change. We will have to change our lifestyle and create a more sustainable society. That will change everything else. The Clean Sweep Program and the Needless Program can help you.
We have to remember that we are part of the web of life. Without clean water, air and earth, humans die. Mother Earth can heal herself once we’re gone, but if we want to stick around, we have to learn to honor and work with our Mother Earth so we have a home to live on. We’ve gotten stuck in the idiotic ‘enlightened’ rational notion that the Earth is only dead matter and we can do anything we want to Her.
Unfortunately, that’s never been true and we’ve left doing something about it until the last minute, like teen-agers with term papers due next week. That means we’ll have to mature quickly.
Transformation of the American Psyche
This is where the transformation of the American psyche comes in. American culture and corporations have pretty much taken over the world. We do live in one world now, even if some of us only live on the outskirts. It is the American mindset of individualism, consumerism and adolescent negligence and self-interest that has taken over, and now it has to mature into a more responsible, adult concern for community welfare and the common good.
When we look at the 4th of July birth chart of the United States of America, we are looking at the original manifesto of the belief in freedom, equality and the hope for a better life. While some people still think we’re following those beliefs, the reality is those beliefs have been twisted into a travesty of their original intent. Somehow the idea of adults living a free and responsible life has become the freedom to act selfishly and unwisely whenever possible. I picture Pinocchio and his thuggish friends going to the island of pleasures where they can have whatever their hearts desire. And they all turn into donkeys! We need to redefine ourselves. At the moment, one of the critical energies affecting
America’s birth chart is its approaching Pluto return. None of us will ever live to have a Pluto return, which takes around 240 years, but the USA is going to have our first Pluto return in 2022. When a planet returns to its birth degree, we have to look at the archetypal energy and re-birth it in a new form. We are at the very end of a cycle that deals with power. We have to reconsider our use of military, political, economic and cultural power (Pluto in Capricorn). We are being asked to reconsider what power is and how to use it. Under patriarchy, power has been used to dominate.
Hopefully, as we reclaim feminine consciousness as equal to masculine consciousness, we will have a society that knows how to channel power without trying to own it. But until then, we have to go through disruptions that will break down the old system before we can create a new one. And as we are seeing, the old system isn’t going ‘gently into that good night’. That’s why all of us have to step up to the plate and get involved.
Two of the planets that make up this Cosmic Cross sit exactly on America’s Sun in Cancer (our identity) square Saturn in Libra (our responsibility to others). America’s challenge has always been to grow up and take responsibility for ourselves and others; to become a real leader. We’ve done this in the past, but now that we’re the only superpower we seem to have lost sight of our original mission. Now it’s all about what’s in our economic best interests rather than meeting everyone’s true needs. Like autocratic children who only think of themselves, we have descended into narcissism. It’s all about us! Donkeys!
Jupiter is in Cancer exactly on America’s Sun, giving us a refresher course in cosmic law that can either regenerate our cultural identity or just make our arrogance more blatant. Americans have to go back to the basics of what it means to be free, since freedom is the basis of our cultural myth. What happened to the brave ancestral spirit that cried ‘give me liberty or give me death’ when faced by an autocratic government that did not care for the common good?
The spiritual power Jupiter bestows in this Cosmic Cross is not about following rigid religious dogma but rather a spiritual vision that makes us better people. In Cancer, the sign of the Mother, Jupiter’s power lies in the hands of the Great Mother, who understands what people really need to blossom into adult human beings—a safe environment, a good home, lots of love, trustworthy security, creative outlets and a strong sense of community. (Cosmic Law 101: Mothers are shaped to love the life they give birth to.) That’s where Pluto in Capricorn comes in. Pluto stands across from Jupiter in this Cosmic Cross—two really big powers struggling to construct a strong connection. At their best, these two powers want to work together to make us more aware of what makes for a life-enhancing, healthy society.
To this end, Pluto has been busy undermining social structures that are no longer attuned to their original purpose. Pluto’s transit through the sign of our social structures is showing us how unhealthy they are. The American way of life is sustained by junk food, whose only purpose is to feed the greed of imaginary corporate ‘people’ whose only god is money. Pluto’s telling us it’s time the world went on a diet! (Cosmic Law 101: Fathers were originally shaped to help protect us from and connect us to a larger world.) Our government and financial sector have been hijacked by the military-industrial complex, an economic system that only serves its own self-interests. So Pluto is helping uncover its corruption and decay.
Our job is to implement the changes we need to make to create a sustainable culture that helps people attain the original promise of ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’. That’s where we got off-track. Our bridge (the patriarchy) to a sustainable culture broke. So far, corporations make lousy mothers and dictatorial fathers who are not very good examples for the other ‘people’ in the world. (Cosmic Law 101: Corporations ARE NOT people.)
Mars retrograde in Libra is exactly on America’s Saturn in Libra, challenging America’s natal Cancer Sun. Mars energy helps us act on our desires, and when it joins with Saturn in Libra, it pushes us to take fair and balanced actions that lead to diplomacy rather than war. I understand how passionate people are about their beliefs, but those beliefs are often so unconscious that they blind us to what is really going on.
When the U.S. Supreme Court votes to allow even more money into politics under our 1st Amendment rights, they are saying that money equals freedom of speech. Sorry Supreme Court patriarchal justices, WRONG! Their decision is really about the freedom to manipulate power. But many people don’t see that; instead they can only see the old story about Democrats and Republicans—rather than the truth that America’s highest court just declared that ‘Might/Money makes Right’. King Arthur would be ashamed!
Mars in Libra uses our will and Saturn’s focus to help us speak truth to power and stand up for the Truth without getting caught up in non-essential arguments. Libra is an air sign, so it is concerned with how we socialize with each other, how fair and just our system is. It’s important now to add Saturn’s discipline to our actions and words. Hone your passions and stand strong for your values. You’ll find ways to communicate the truth so that others can see the truth for themselves. Mars symbolizes our desire nature, our passions and our assertiveness. With Mars in Venus’ sign of Libra, Mars becomes the White Knight, the True King, the protector of all beauty and grace and love.
Mars in Libra is in love with Venus, acting on her behalf to bring harmony and balance into any situation. Mars stands at one arm of the cross to make sure that we act on our ideals. We just have to remember what they are. (Cosmic Law 101: When feminine and masculine energies work in harmony and balance, they give birth to abundant life.) Across from Mars on the cross stands Uranus, the original freedom fighter, the archetypal power of revolution and sudden change. Here are 25 Steps to make you stronger.
In Aries, this Power awakens us to a new identity. Aries is the archetypal realm of primal fire and desire, where we ask these questions:
- Who do I want to be?
- What do I want to do?
- How can I be a leader?
We’ve talked about Uranus as our access to the archetypal realm of the starry night sky, the cosmic principles which shape our lives here on Earth. While Jupiter knows the meaning and purpose of those archetypal principles, Uranus gets us in touch with them, cracking us open to plunge us into the archetypal processes that shape our souls. Uranus in Aries wants to revolutionize our identities, shattering our old, patriarchal ego-identities which suited us well for survival in modern society, and awaken a more primal identity which meets the needs of our world in crisis. Warrior, healer, bard, wise woman. Just a few examples of what we are meant to be. What we need to become if we are to live out our destiny and help shape the future. (Cosmic Law 101: Self-definition comes from within through the power of the archetypes.)
We have four archetypal Powers channeling the energies of the 4 directions, grounding us in the here and now, providing a foundation for a new birth. Uranus, the rebel leader who connects us to our purpose. Jupiter, the lawgiver and storyteller who inspires us to have faith in our visions and gives us a mother’s love in our hearts. Mars, the defender, the great power of desire that helps us stand steady and reach out a hand to heal and help. Pluto, dark lord of the power of time, moving us forward by killing off what needs to die in order to survive. Powerful and perilous energies that need a human heart to channel them into life.
Through the cardinal action of motion, these Powers turn the Cosmic Cross; and through the energy of the 5th square, they usher in a new era, a new consciousness. We are the grandmothers and grandfathers of the future. Can we really let the children of the future suffer for how we misused the Earth? We have the capacity to grow up and work with Mother Earth to create a heart-centered world—a world at peace and in balance. A world that values both the individual and the community. A world where men and women, masculine and feminine consciousness are both held in equal honor.
A world which uses our creativity to enhance life rather than create death. It will take a lifetime of exploration and dedication to achieve it. But if we choose this path, the future holds so much promise. This month’s Cosmic Story heralds change.What kind of change depends on those of us who step forward as stewards of the Earth and visionary activists.1 Are you willing to step into the story and become an agent of change? Then go home and let the story live in you.
Walk in the Light,
– Cathy Pagano,
Note from Kelley: I am taking a brief brake from writing the New Moon and Full Moon reports. I have invited astrologer Cathy Pagano to share her amazing gift of astrology, psychology and mythology with us. She is lovely, wise and very talented. Cathy is brilliant. Please Enjoy!
April Astrological Events
Sun opposes Mars April 8
Venus conjunct Neptune April 11
Pluto retrograde April 14
Mercury Conjunct Uranus April 14
Total Libra Lunar Eclipse April 15
Sun enters Taurus April 19
Mercury enters Taurus April 23
Cardinal Grand Cross April 20-23
Annular Taurus Solar Eclipse April 28
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