Thursday, January 30, 2014

Importance of the Cardinals (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn)

I was lying awake the other night pondering all the themes and aspects represented by Cardinal Signs.  First, we have the four cardinal directions represented by each of the signs, we have the four seasons launched by Cardinal Signs, and let's not forget the equinoxes and solstices also related to Cardinal Signs.  Next, the mother is represented by Cancer, the father by Capricorn and the child by Aries.  So I kept on spinning with the importance of the Cardinal Sign activity in transits for the past several years, including this year.

The Cardinal Signs represent the angular houses with the first house ruled by Aries, the fourth house ruled by Cancer, the seventh house ruled by Libra and finally the tenth house ruled by Capricorn and we could call these houses the four pillars of our mundane lives (self-hood, home/mother, partnerships and career/father). I ask myself why the Cardinal signs are playing such a huge role at this important time in our evolution and the answer that comes up has to do with dramatic transformation.

As humans, we lean towards apathy and the status quo.  We don't enjoy changing our habits or normal responses to events so we need a big push that will last several years.  So at the moment we have two outer planets and one trans-personal planet, Jupiter in Cardinal Signs.  And around two years ago, Saturn transited in Libra (I don't have the exact dates), but Libras remember that Saturn transit.  Then we have had that on-going Uranus-Pluto square in Aries and Capricorn pounding away on us like ocean waves on a seawall, just pushing for the old structures to collapse.  It's no coincidence that the Uranus transits in fiery Aries and Pluto came to transform anything to do with the sign of Capricorn, such as big business and structure.  And this square is far from over as we shall see in 2014 and 2015.

Mars remains in Libra for a total of six months while Venus spends three months in Capricorn, and soon, the North Node will head into Libra.  Mars is also ruled by the Cardinal Sign Aries and Venus by Libra and both planets are currently transiting in Cardinal Signs.  It's almost as if the Universe is saying, "transform now, humans."  Do we have a choice? As far as I see it, we either transform and change our destructive habits or we all go down with the proverbial ship.  While many people feel more comfortable keeping the status quo going, we're just not going back to the way things used to be. Don't expect to return to the line of work you had before you lost your job or to your former partner you divorced, etc... We're not victims here, but at the same time, the planets move us around like Monopoly pieces on a board game.  When the North Node moves into Libra, this scenario will feel even more fateful.

Consider that the Cardinal Signs launch new experiences. We move from winter into spring, and from spring into summer, then summer into fall and back into winter.  Don't take any of this for granted because in some places in the world these seasonal changes feel pronounced and hit people over the head.  The dying leaves, the return of snow and ice, and the sprouting of new life offer us drama and insights.  But if we have moved so far away from the natural world that these changes feel like a small blip on the radar, then we have also lost contact with the planets as they move above our head.

The energy here is pushy and it seeks change whether we feel ready or not.  Our readiness would cause us less suffering. We can choose to go with the flow or fight against the incoming tide.  We feel lost as we grapple with the myriad of changes and transformation in our personal lives. These changes have come in a staccato fashion. We get used to one change and another one shows up right on the first one's tail.  It's a common phrase these days, "Last year I went through transformation."  No one on this planet got through the previous years without experiencing transformation.

Even if you do not have your Sun, Moon or Ascendent in a Cardinal Sign, you can still find in your chart where transformation plays a role.  Look for Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn on the cusps of your natal chart houses.  Then look for natal planets in those houses that the transits of the Cardinal Sign planets aspect.  Even if you only have transiting Pluto in your sixth house without any major aspects, you're still going to experience transformation in your everyday environment.  You could lose a pet, relocate your work, suffer from a sudden illness (or a long-term one you ignored worsens) which brings you a new lifestyle.  You might be forced to transform your diet because you find out you have Celiac Disease, diabetes type 2 or a serious food allergy.

Pluto transiting in the fourth house could signify a sudden change of residence or the death of a mother, that brings spiritual cleansing and healing.  Uranus in the fourth house, especially Uranus in Aries, could signify problem with a child in the home environment that leads to transformation and so on.  These changes might seem like negative events on the outer surface, but ultimately these events bring us insights that help us align more peacefully with the planet and live more balanced lives.  Each person gets only what he or she can handle.  Cardinal Signs strengthen us, mature us, or give us the courage to face the inevitable.  They also bring balance and new structure while teaching us how to nurture ourselves and each other.

The Cardinal Signs will play important roles until Jupiter moves into Leo this July and Uranus changes signs in 2019, leaving us only with Pluto transiting in Capricorn until 2024.  We will better understand the significance of the Cardinal energy .  I truly hope humanity gets the bigger message here and bucks the status quo in favor of a more equitable and sustainable planet.

I've been a bit lazy with exact dates for the outer planets so here's a breakdown.  I just looked these planets up with an online emphemeris ( site):

Uranus Transit in Aries May 29, 2010 to March 7, 2019 (this is a longer transit than normal).

Pluto Transit in Capricorn, January 26, 2008 to January 21, 2024

Also look for Saturn which transits into Capricorn (its own sign) on December 21, 2017 and Jupiter which transits into Libra on September 10, 2016.  Saturn will conjunct the Sun in Capricorn on December 22, 2017 exact.  I bet Capricorns are looking forward to that.

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