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This is It: The Cardinal Grand Cross of 2014 

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  • Amanda Painter

We’re entering the last few days of the Sun in Aries, before it enters Taurus on Saturday, ushering us into the heart of spring. Then the "big astrology" of the the year—some of the most powerful since 1999—culminates on Wednesday, April 23.

We’ve been feeling it building for months, and chances are you’re already observing its effects both within yourself and in your relationships.  

Wednesday’s cardinal grand cross (Uranus, Jupiter, Mars, and Pluto, all at right angles to each other from the signs Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) is basically a lot of internal push and external pull working on you all at once.

That can feel like a lot of pressure to “do something already!” But Mars is a bit of a wild card in the set-up: it’s pushing for action yet is retrograde (more inward/backward-looking), and can feel like it has too many options or no clear direction in Libra.  

Keep a handle on your intentions and a close eye on your frustrations. Be aware of how you’re feeling compelled to express your energy at all times. Simply knowing that you’re feeling frustrated is half the battle; if you’re present with that, you can feel out whether you’re actually frustrated with someone else, or with something within yourself.  

All astrological factors are cautioning against rushing into decisions, and encouraging you to evaluate your options. Mars retrograde in Libra lends itself to making wrong decisions and doing the opposite of what might actually be best for you, so you really, truly need to figure out what is correct.

That will take time, but not as much as you think. A lot of information is about to come out as Mars makes contact with the other planets, followed by a solar eclipse on April 29.      

  If you’re feeling at all keyed up, irritated, or pressured by the rest of the astrology, the Sun entering Taurus should help. Taurus is all about standing on solid ground—take off your shoes outside and feel the soil and grass between your toes if you can. Eat real food. Have actual, physical, sweaty, saliva-drenched sex or get a massage. Use things that feel and look beautiful yet are solidly made with real parts and are practical.  

Taurus reminds you to base actions and decisions on something solid—not a guess, or a thought or a belief, but something connected to tangible reality. "Frenemies" are not actual friends, and retrograde Mars in Venus-ruled Libra will let you know the value of such bullshit relationships. Truthiness is not the truth; withholding information is not a form of honesty.

Note the dynamics as you see them; denial is useless right now.  

Stay aware of your inner landscape, and of what you still do not know. Keep your desires and intentions in sight, and surf the wave of this energy like a pro: looking where you want to be, not behind you or at all the other surfers catching the wave around you.

If you want direct guidance through this astrology, Eric has prepared an excellent spring reading that covers all 12 signs. You can listen to free samples and a preview at this link.

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