The Cardinal Grand Cross in April

From February 16 through May 3, we are leading up to and then coming back from our biggest astrological event of the year: the Cardinal Grand Cross on April 23 – the major crossroad of 2014.

This specific event is considered to be the energetic end of the Piscean Age and beginning of the Aquarian Age. Even though this transition happened on December 21, 2012, the energy and beliefs of 2,000 years don’t stop on a dime. It will still take years for our final transformation, and this Cardinal Grand Cross brings a huge one.

The following is by Lorraine Castro, an exceptional astrologer. I really enjoyed her take on how this event is affecting us in April. I found it very true and helpful. I hope you do, too.

The theme for April 2014 is INTENSITY. It’s like turning the dimmer switch up from 100 watts to 1000 watts of light; being able to absorb more sunlight and a higher frequency of energy than before. It can be exhilarating and incredibly inspiring, or it can crash down on top of us like a brick wall, burying us in our own denial, fear and resistance.

The power available is incredible. It’s intense and robust both in its lessons and challenges, and in its tremendous opportunity for growth, expansion and empowerment. The battles are between our essence and our personality, and between our attachment to our suffering and our desire and intention to move beyond the petty drama in our lives. What wins is dependent on which voice we are listening to and where we are putting our energy.

Most of us know exactly what we need to do and what we need to change. We just haven’t taken the time to DO IT. Whatever situation we’re in is intensified this month. The positive aspect of this is that it will force us to take action where we need to because there will be no alternative. On the other hand if we have been doing our work, things could be intensely good and we may find incredible opportunities opening up at every turn. Trust them and go for it.

This is a pressurized time. The pressure from within is to finally deal with our fears, negativity, resistance and addiction to suffering. This time is calling us to put into action everything we have studied, downloaded and learned in the past few years. Our essence is pressuring us from the inside to move beyond our petty personalities and to become the powerful beings that we are.

Then there is pressure from the outside, in the form of situations and circumstances that we create in order to accomplish this task of allowing our essence to lead. The outside pressure may look negative, unfair, unreasonable and beyond our abilities. However, it is all part of the grand plan we have for ourselves and our own growth and evolution.

The task this month is to come to equilibrium of outside and inside pressures and to come to terms with what is being asked of us by Spirit and what we are asking of ourselves. The equilibrium is achieved by recognizing that what is being asked of us is our original intention. When we ask for something, we now have the full ear of Spirit and Spirit will deliver. So watch what we’re asking for and make sure it is what we want.

Now is the time for a committed trust in Spirit and a committed trust that whatever is showing up is the right thing because somewhere along the way, we created it from our own intention. The focus and intention should be channeled in the direction of intense success, magic and positive alignment rather than a fear of failure. Now is an opportunity to confront our deepest fears and to see every challenge as an opportunity to receive exactly what we asked for. In this way we step into more power and a greater alignment with our true essence goals.

We have two eclipses this month (Full Moon on Tuesday, April 15, New Moon on Tuesday, April 29), that bookend and pressurize an astrological time frame that is highly significant for our times. This is it, everyone: the time we have been anticipating, waiting for, bracing against, worried about and trying to second-guess what it will bring. This is the time when we all get to walk our talk and show the universe what we are made of, what we believe and what we stand for.

We created this time and this opportunity. Now we have to take advantage of it. We have to face it and not hide with our heads in the sand. We must become more powerful in our own lives and embrace the intensity as power and as the energy that will move us forward into a new paradigm, a new frequency and a new set of beliefs and patterns.

Yes, we are going into unknown territory for our ego personalities. And yes, we will have to give up our addiction to drama, suffering, and the “poor me” and “ain’t it hard” mentality. The rewards are incredible. We have no idea.

Here are some specifics to help deal with this changing and challenging energy.

PERSONALLY, take responsibility for anything and everything that is shows up and practice becoming neutral as we navigate intense experiences that may feel unpleasant. It is such an important time to not take things personally as others may behave badly in their projections and fear reactions. Practice compassion but stay aligned to your own truth. This is a great month for personal growth and the expansion of our intuition and ability to perceive as well as increasing our sensitivity to the spirit world and our guides and allies.

RELATIONSHIPS will be more intense this month with the possibility of going into conflict and trying to work out differences through power struggles and drama. On the other hand, there will also be an opportunity to bring more inspiration and a higher centered alignment into relationships allowing for more essence contact and heart connection than ever before.

It will be easier to let go of the relationships that don’t work, as it will be blatantly obvious what needs to happen.It’s good to complete Karmic connections and contracts in a forgiving and neutral way and to tie up any loose ends in relationships that feel incomplete. The worst thing we can do this month in terms of managing relationships is to be in denial about something that needs to change. So be courageous and be in truth. Intensity can be very positive or it can cause a lot of negative drama. It’s up to us to choose.

ENVIRONMENT: Intense weather will mirror what is happening on the inside and on the outside. The weather will be unpredictable as well and can change overnight. Instead of resisting, be delighted. Practice receiving great amounts of chi from the weather.

Personal environment needs some attention, too. Whether it is home or work, something will need to be infused with a bit more inspiration. Look around at what has become habitual. “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till its gone”…pay attention to the details of environment. Re-own the things that matter and get rid of the ones that don’t.

HEALTH/PHYSICAL BODY: With everything intensified and magnified, this can be a hard month for the physical body. Be aware of how much time and thought is spent in lack of energy or what is wrong versus focusing on the body’s well-being and health. The body needs to catch up to what is happening on an energetic level and is having a hard time. It can go into resistance when it is not honored and taken care of.

Be patient with the body, give it what it needs but at the same time inspire it to use the new energies and frequencies that are available. And be aware that our bodies are designed to move. Many cultures have become way too sedentary which does not serve the body. It wants to move. It is your vehicle, the only one you have. Talk to it this month, especially when times are intense. Take it for a walk, a run, a dance, a bike ride. Feed it good food and give it some love.

So may this month, with its challenges and rewards, be of great benefit to you, to those around you and to our planet.

With love and gratitude…

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