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Mutable Grand Cross to slough off the dross

With Jupiter currently square Saturn in exact alignment at present, and within a degree of opposition to Neptune, we have a mutable T-square forcing our hand now, obliging us to make moral judgement calls and confront our ethical or philosophical standpoint.

astrology, Mutable grand crossI have spoken about this in a previous article but a further development this week sees the Sun gradually coming into alignment with the above three planets in what will be by the beginning of June 2016 a perfect Mutable Grand Cross, or Grand Square if you prefer, as all four planets align to be 90 degrees apart from each other, thus squaring the zodiac circle. During that first week in June, Venus will also align in exact conjunction with the Sun and thus provide a fifth planet for the Grand Square in mutable signs.

As Jupiter opposes Neptune and Sun/Venus oppose Saturn, the tension and resonance between the planets linked thus suggests the timing of a noteworthy meeting, or shift, or event of some significance occurring in our lives. Two oppositions like this making up the perfect cross pattern in the square can play themselves out via relationship exchanges, where each person plays out either side of the opposition. Sun/Venus wants to shine socially and feel beautiful or attractive, while Saturn demands rules, like dress code, time constraints or rules to play by. In Gemini both Sun and Venus facilitate socialising, meeting new people, valuable business opportunities, exchange of ideas, a busy mind and speech and a fine time to explore the neighbourhood, meet the neighbours, distribute your message or get your product out there. Wanting to be liked and popular may override any extreme tendencies potentially.

However, Saturn opposing Sun/Venus traditionally implies some degree of self-consciousness, or self-worth issues. This clashes with the desire to shine, like a stern parent restricting or criticizing a young adolescent child, potentially hampering their long-term feelings of adequacy in the world. They may never feel good enough to do anything as a result. Saturn will be the restricting force in our lives now, challenging us to bring our own self-esteem to the table, to prove that we are worthy, to test our patience when progress is slow. Sometimes it is the law clamping down, or an authority figure, whether internal or external, for in time we internalise the authority figures of our youth and they become our own inner voice of reason and conscience, for better or worse.

At this time of the alignment now and strengthening by early June, we may even find ourselves over-compensating or acting tough to hide our own insecurities, which can end up blocking our inter-relationships or business opportunities, especially if we neglect to see our affect on the other party. Retreating into inaction is also to be avoided, unless of course you are a self-realized soul and you are showing by example the futility of engagement with or in the material world due to its tendency to ensnare one in repeated samsara – the wheel of repeated birth and death. But such souls are few and far between. We will all need to conform in some way, modify our self-expression in order to fit in with society around us, with the rules of our culture. But never lose your confidence in yourself and your own unique worth just because your culture or society frowns on your tastes of style. The current clamping down of the police state in the name of our own good is to be questioned, as much as the rule of law is to be respected. This may well be a time where these issues need to be addressed in our lives.

Since this is a mutable Grand Cross, where all the planets involved (5 out of 10) are in mutable signs, the secret to success will lie in one’s flexibility or adaptability. The art of survival lies in the ability to change with the circumstances, to evolve basically. Mutability implies a time of change, even endings in order to facilitate beginnings. Can you handle your new found freedom or restriction? Either way the more flexible your are the better. It will take tolerance, acceptance and understanding, being able to see the longer term rewards of our choices. Sometimes an apparent austerity, like enforced solitude or restricted movement may appear unfavourable, but if seen in a different light may actually be facilitating a time of study and even self-healing. So it all depends on one’s perspective. Solitude also bring peace of mind. Something hard to find in a crowded world some might say. And studiousness is one of the benefits of the solitary, serious mindset that arises during this alignment, studiousness and the ability to climb to the heights of academic success too, where the results of hard mental input are rewarded with acclaim or accreditation. For example the great classical astrologers Nicholas Culpepper and William Lilly were both born under the Sun opposition Saturn influence, and both were anti-establishment, were ridiculed for their discoveries in science, but eventually acknowledged as the scholarly geniuses that they were.

Astrology, Saturn, Mutable grand crossWatch out for depression though at this time, for Venus opposing Saturn is known for limiting the social scene somewhat. Not everyone can handle solitude. To be at peace with one’s own company is a symptom of a healthy mind, as long as one is also at peace with a crowd. At the end of the day, or life, for that matter, a lot boils down to the ability to keep a positive attitude to everything. And that sometimes requires shifting one’s attitude, shifting the “assemblage point” as the shamans of South America’s Toltec tradition call it. Even the Buddha, after years of penance and austerity, had to come to the realization that he needed a shift in consciousness toward a more balanced, middle way. He was able to discard his outmoded preconceptions when they no longer served him, and acquire a totally new perception of reality.

So don’t be afraid to shine in a way not usually condoned by society, don’t be shy to shift. Sometimes, despite our once cherished philosophical outlook or foundation crumbling beneath our world, heaven is still just a shift away, a shift in attitude that suddenly allows the Sun to shine through the clouds of dogma, sentiment or misconception, revealing the truth that was hiding in plain sight all along. The mists of Neptune square Sun now may cloud our better judgement, may bewilder us with superstition or even pseudo-spirituality; the square from Jupiter may incline us to indulge in the rhetoric of moralised scripture, may push us to sip too deeply from the cup, yet clarity can prevail when Saturnine logic, study, observation and scrutiny are added to the mix. Then practical spirituality, heaven on earth, love above the law, all await us like a June bride on a bright summer’s day.

Source: https://julescape.wordpress.com/2016/05/26/mutable-grand-cross-to-slough-off-the-dross/

Jupiter Neptune Saturn in a Mutable T-Square for May ‘16 – The Kingdom is within

With Jupiter station direct now, and Neptune about to station retrograde, they find themselves within two degrees of a direct opposition all throughout the merry month of May 2016. Merry for some perhaps, but not for all.

Jupiter Neptune Saturn T-square

To dream the impossible dream

Because both planets have slowed down so much now, the alignment is much longer than usual. The last time they aligned thus was September ‘15, about 8 months ago. So an opportunity to resolve something from then or to further it, should have its last window of opportunity to play itself out before the planets move away from alignment until next time.

Add to this Saturn making a square aspect to both, situated exactly half way between them in the zodiac wheel, and you have an ongoing T-Square alignment of the three planets, making it one of the most influential astrological aspects affecting us this entire month. Saturn, as the apex planet in the triangular alignment, becomes focal and crucially important in resolving the tension here.

This is a wonderful opportunity to harness the challenge and make it work to inspire creative change. Normally the empty fourth point opposite Saturn in the 360 degree wheel of the zodiac would suggest the solution point by sign. In our case that would the be Gemini, the empty sign opposite Saturn in Sagittarius. For example, Jupiter now in Virgo would be the detailed work required to get an overseas visa. While the opposition from Neptune in Pisces is something like the yearning to see an ideal dream life on an ashram overseas where life will be preferable, particularly considering the dire straits most of the world finds itself in. Jupiter and Neptune are both planets associated with religion and mysticism. When combined in opposition like this we project out there on to the world our dream life in spiritual contentment, in harmony with the earth and her inhabitants, including the cows, a life based on Dharma and principles healthy for a child of any age. The dream is there and the opportunity is there to heed the call of Jupiter in Virginal Virgo, to cross the seas and find the holy land, the dhama, the Neptunian sanctuary, shrine, spiritual home and shelter in this material world.

The last time Neptune was in Pisces, like this, we had the flocking of migrants and refugees to the Americas in a search for shelter from religious and economic oppression. This time round our generation is seeing the flight of refugees “en masse” out of war torn Middle East and into the EU. Or into America from down further south. Similarly among seekers of all sorts throughout the world, there will be the call to come to the holy land, the dream spiritual retreat, the place of learning and study even, and that is an admirable call to heed. With Neptune in her own sign of Pisces this era, we have the opportune time to take up a life of selfless service, collective community or ubuntu. So finding the ideal place to do so overseas may be good. As long as it lives up to what is idealised. Refugees flooding into EU, for example, are facing a negative reaction from locals. Sometimes the hoped for opportunity out there has its own limitations. Ironically it was in September 2015, the last time Jupiter and Neptune were exactly aligned like this, that the stampede outside Mecca killed over 700 pilgrims. Also that same month devastating fires swept through California, as states of emergency were declared. And today, with Jupiter and Neptune identically opposed to the degree, we have almost identical fires raging through Alberta Canada, 8 months later.

Now on a psychological level, with Jupiter opposition Neptune now, we project out there the dream solution or destination, but not all can literally access that envisioned place of sanctuary. They then need to learn the art of internalising the holy land, being able to go within and take one’s mind to a place of sanctuary and shelter.

Jupiter Neptune Saturn T-square

The Astral Temple

The temple within can be built stone by stone, hour by hour, in the mind, and a sense of feeling centred can bring the peace of home wherever one finds oneself, whether on the front line or in a refugee camp or in any urban jungle. Some of the archetypal themes of these planets together include

great idealism, propaganda

the visionary

successful fraud

confidence unlimited

mystic belief (see the charts of popes).

illusionary happiness

big (Jupiter) idol,  deity, hero(Neptune)

great (Jupiter) scandal (Neptune)

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” -C.G. Jung

Now Saturn in Sagittarius, square both Jupiter and Neptune can be the key in resolving the opposition. In our above mentioned example it plays itself out as the visa procurement process and the time-consuming detail that entails. Or it is the extra course or college diploma acquired to qualify for the opportunity out there. Certainly when Jupiter gets involved with Neptune, sometimes a degree of deception, self-deception or pipe dreams may occur. For example not only is the allure of the ashram and guru heightened now, but so too will be the call to jihad among other religiously inspired communities. That is when Saturn in Sagittarius can assist by grounding the spiritual quest in actual study and research, so that one’s visions are based on a foundation of academic or educated inquiry, from the appropriate sources. Usually that means literature or other scholars in the field, teachers perhaps, when Jupiter is involved. Disillusion and the ability to become bewildered or deluded is possible now, as well as things not living up to expectations.

Another manifestation is the medical health issue that may need attention and have a chance for healing now. The chance can come when, for example, on 4 June, Venus swiftly crosses the empty point in Gemini, directly across from Saturn and thus completes a Mutable Grand Cross, with the 3 planets of the T – square becoming 4 planets all exactly 90 degrees apart in a square alignment to each other in the zodiac wheel. Pictorially this literally “squares the circle” even if only for a day or two as Venus passes along.T-SQUARE Then again when Mercury crosses that same point opposite Saturn and also forms a Grand Cross with the other 3 during the third week in June, yet another opportune moment arises to resolve the impasse, or attain the required resolution or healing needed. Being in mutable signs, these are the moments when changes can be made, adaptations and moves. These would be good dates to have the interview with the Embassy of your desired country of destination, or with your doctor or teacher at a college.

Famous spiritual inspirations who were born with a Mutable T-square in their charts include Sathya Sai Baba, Baba Ram Dass and Martin Luther King Jr. (the pastor – Jupiter, who had a dream – Neptune). They became spiritual heroes for many by living the archetype themselves, some better than others, of course.

For those who struggle to resolve the impasse, make the change, find the way out, or get the visa, or education, or heal the wound, or who were disappointed by over-idolised gurus in the past, whether spiritual, financial, academic or other, it helps to remember that the Kingdom of Heaven is within, the holy land, the temple, sacred space. As is the guru, the guide, teacher, and even healer. You have what it takes, and as soon as we remember our own power as spirit souls in biological organic bodies, consciousness in matter, we can give up trying to look out there, externally, via projection, for our goal or saving grace. We can educate ourselves, teach ourselves, and be our own heroes. Of course hearing from the right source is crucial too, so long as that source is a bona fide one, genuine and transparent. And there lies the rub.

Source: https://julescape.wordpress.com/2016/05/10/jupiter-neptune-saturn-in-a-mutable-t-square-for-may-16-the-kingdom-is-within/

The Mutable T-square between the Eclipses

Mutable T-square Look at Jupiter, currently retrograde, in mutable Virgo, not moving very fast now, and having been close to North Node /Rahu for quite some weeks, and all during this two week period between the solar eclipse just passed and the lunar eclipse to come. Jupiter, now in Virgo resonates with health, purification, cleaning up, refining, perhaps even specialising in some field. All these are favoured for the next few months, until Jupiter moves into Libra later this year in September. And while Jupiter is in retrograde our focus is turned more inward, on ourselves, on finding answers within ourselves, and healing or purification if required. There is so much that can be said about health and healing from various sources – as to which doctor or therapy might work for you, which philosophy; well during a retrograde the opportunity to look within to find that Jupiter archetype arises. The Rahu influence, with the North Node being so close to Jupiter, may occlude or somehow hide the beneficial Jupiter influence from us.
And remember that all this week Jupiter is tightly opposed to Mercury in Pisces while Saturn squres both of them perfectly from Sagittarius. That’s Mercury conjunct Ketu or the South Node,  and this triangle in the zodiac constellations is called a mutable T-square, a challenging allignment which demands or forces action. Being in mutable signs it also facilitates change.

This tough square alignment between Saturn and Mercury really implies a seriously reserved mind set, with reluctance to change, a desire for the established, and even a mood of pessimism. It’s as if tough decisions need to be made. There can be a preoccupation with unnecessary details, and Mercury in Pisces can fog the mind or incline the thoughts to become overly sentimental, nostalgic, romanticised, sometimes even carried away by hopeless dreams. Not that all dreams are hopeless. No. One can meet Mercury the muse in Pisces. And inspiration can be found, as well as hope, perchance to dream,  as Newtown or Einstein did, of insights. While opposed to Jupiter, Mercury can facilitate business meetings, client interaction, tutoring, any situation where Mercury and Jupiter can play themselves out in your personal dealings with the other.

Remember that Jupiter opposite  Mercury can tend to inflate the  thoughts this week so that one could become over-confident, offer or promise too much,  go to extremes or perhaps demand too much attention to details. Of course, in time it apparently helps to specialise, but it needs to be the right ladder before one begins to climb it, lest we find at the top it was against the wrong wall. This is a great opportunity to blog erudite info, and pursue literary interests, as long as you don’t expect to get rich by them. The square from Saturn will require a lot of hard work to publish anything you can patent or profit from by attracting mass sales. The real problem may not be the work required, but more the inner feelings of insecurity or lack of worth that were instilled earlier in life by some Saturn archetype played out in your life like an elder, authority figure or societal norm. That can often scuttle the ship before even setting sail. Times like the current Jupiter retrograde allow us to look within for the healing required, particularly as the mutable T-square obliges us to make a change, confront a problem, even just adapt with the changing times. Rediscovering our gifts that we can offer to society will really be possible as we allow our imagination to stretch further than the blinkers imposed by authority allow. Even the Third Eye is just a click away. Envision the goal, then ground the vision. It all begins in the imagination. Einstein vouched for it.

Another illusion is the one we create when we put ourselves down. Mandela quoted the idiom of being willing to let our light shine as opposed to hiding it under a bush. We are allowed to shine in our own unique way. The negative self -criticism from the monkey mind is really illusory, and positive self-affirmations do wonders to restoring dignity. Parents forget how impressionable their young children are to impressions and opinions, which often later need to be unlearned in ourselves. All these issues can be dealt with now as we move between the eclipses over the coming weeks.