The “Cardinal Cross”

June 26, 2010

Much is being made of the “cardinal cross” in the sky this summer.  Of course, it is only a “cardinal cross” in the tropical zodiac.  In the sidereal zodiac, used by the Vedic astrologers and by astronomers, these powerful planets are in the late degrees of mutable signs.

So what’s the point here?   The point is the solstice and equinox points.   The REASON the western zodiac is different from the sky is that it is tied to the solstice points.  By definition, Zero Aries, the first degree of the zodiac, is linked to the Spring Equinox.   By extension, Zero Cancer falls on the Summer Solstice; Zero Libra falls on the Fall Equinox; and Zero Capricorn falls on the Winter Solstice.    Zero degrees of all four signs are called, by western astrologers, the Aries Point.   Why?   Because this is a shorthand way of saying these degrees are linked with the turning points of the calendar.

So when we shift to the sidereal zodiac, where Zero Aries is equivalent to about 23 Pisces (meaning that the same point in the sky has two different names–one being 0 Aries, and the other name is 23 Pisces:  A rose is a rose is a rose; a rose by any other name, and all that.  It’s the Same Point.)    In the Vedic system we don’t call these degrees the “Aries Point”, but it doesn’t mean they aren’t important.

The issue here is that any time you have planets crossing the solstice/equinox points, they carry an additional charge, and that charge tends to be visible in the world at large, because it’s directly associated with the turning points of the earthly year.  When we have so many very powerful planets crossing these degrees simultaneously, we can expect that the whole earth will be feeling this charge.

So when you wonder why this year is such a big year, there are two broad answers:  Some of the most powerful change-agent planets in the sky are in tightly challenging aspect with each other, AND these planets are also aligned with the solstice points of the year.   Big deal!

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