Cardinal Cross/Solar Eclipse 2012 [originally sent out mid-2012]

Sometimes we’re all feeling more than just a little pressure to grow and change from our immediate circumstances. The planetary energies this week are particularly strong for us all to take big, brave steps toward becoming better versions of ourselves. Or at least to take a little step in that general direction. Johan Goethe’s quote has never seemed more true than it does this week:

“At the moment of commitment, the universe conspires to assist you.”

The Universe does seem to require action in order to create a response. To get what we want we must first act.

But we need to do things differently than in the past. What’s required at this time is a change in intention, coupled with a step in the new direction. One step at a time. Gradual. But we need to be committed to ever taking the next step. The first step is vital, but ultimately we won’t get very far if we don’t follow it with another step. It’s got to be a constant process until we reach our goal.

I know what a part of your mind may be thinking. Us humans hate change unless it’s in the form of money. I believe we’re genetically afraid of change-ing, except when motivated by a looming disaster, threatening just around the next bend. We seem to require a crisis in order to change our ways. What if, instead of waiting for an actual crisis, we simply imagined how bad a crisis we will have if we don’t change our direction? I know there’s nothing quite like adrenaline to get you moving, but if you can possibly allow yourself to be motivated by your imagination instead, it’s generally a lot more pleasant way to create change, and it certainly allows us more time to make a plan instead of just reacting.

Why wait for the actual problem when we can simply envision a better future and take steps to make it come true now? Use that internal tension that we’ve all been feeling for many Moons now. (Alright, for some of us it’s been years, or feels like it has.) You might say we’ve been in the painfully aware stage. Saturn rules the structure of our lives in the material world, including habits of behavior. Until very recently, Saturn has been digging its heels in, resisting change with all it’s got. But Saturn is showing signs of cooperating, so let’s all build a new structure–beginning now.

This week, there is a Grand Cardinal Cross in the sky: Saturn in Libra, the Sun in Cancer, Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries. All four signs are associated with initiating change, and the cross formation gives a great energy that is best used to DO something with. If we don’t do something now, not only will we waste a great opportunity but we’ll still have all that energy building up within us–as stress. The best way to use stress is to put ourselves in motion. We can let the engine race in neutral (feeling stress but not acting), or we can take off the internal brakes, shift into gear, and move forward. You decide the direction. Turn that wheel!

If we push forward now, the Universe will get behind us with even more momentum than usual.

You know deep inside what you need to do, what’s been crying out for change. Make a resolution and follow through. Friday is a Solar Eclipse New Moon, a perfect time to begin a change that will have an effect long into the future. So this weekend, plan to put aside some time to think, feel and take steps to face directly into the direction of your best imaginable future.

Make that change.

Blessings, Rich


By Rich

Rich is a practicing astrologer based in Santa Barbara, CA.

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