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Apr 9, 2014

The Grand Cross and Blood Moons

A grand cross is fairly rare, especially this one. The last time Pluto and Uranus were in great tension was in the 1700’s when America was getting ready to declare independence from England and King George. Go to my article at  to read all about it.

Blood moons are full moons, with the Sun and Moon in opposition to each other. They are blood because the atmosphere of the earth causes the moon to appear red or deep orange. There is always a Sun or solar eclipse paired with them, two weeks apart. The solar eclipse is a new Moon eclipse. 

Jewish holidays are based on the Moon’s phases, so there is a Moon phase associated with them. There are four eclipses a year and they come in pairs: one a lunar and one a solar, so there will be eclipses on Jewish holidays sometimes.  Christian Easter is a Moon-based holiday, too, based on the Jewish Passover.  We live through four eclipses a year. I’ve studied them thoroughly and find they are over-rated related to world events, unless they coincide with other planetary relationships.

The scriptures mention the Sun will darken: this is a new Moon or Sun/solar eclipse when the Moon eclipses or passes in front of the Sun from the viewpoint of the earth, and the Sun is dark. The Moon turning to blood is when the lunar or full Moon eclipse “turns” the Moon red or orange, which is caused by the atmosphere of the earth. Scriptures also talk about the rivers turning to blood, which could be what we call a red tide, caused by dead organisms in the sea rising to the surface of the water. The “red” organisms use up all the oxygen in the water, killing fish and other sea life.

The world is experiencing long-term planetary tension between Uranus and Pluto. This relationship began about July 2011 and will go through May of 2015. Jupiter joined them now, April 2014, revealing more tension. Mars is retrograde now, basically opposing the Sun the week of April 6 through April 12. Mars will square both Jupiter and Pluto the week of the eclipse, activating the tension. This grand cross will be in effect between April 7 and May 1, 2014. Since Mars is retrograde, it will “hit” the eclipse point on April 23-28 and again June 12-17 after it has gone direct, or forward again.

Pluto is the planet of transformation, dragging hidden things to the surface and causing their destruction because they are in need of transformation. Uranus is the planet of revolution and sudden change and is a catalyst to blast apart what is outmoded or out-dated to be replaced by something new. Jupiter’s influence makes more of, or exaggerates, whatever is happening. Mars is the planet of machines, fires, guns and war and is also a catalyst. These planets are in the cardinal, or catalyst-active signs of Capricorn, Aries, Cancer and Libra respectively.

Visualize swords with a point on each end. One sword has Pluto on one end and Jupiter on the other. Another sword has Uranus on one point and Mars on the other. When you draw this it looks like a grand cross. At the time of the April 15, 2014, full Moon or lunar eclipse, Mars is close enough to also be on the opposite sword point with Mercury. The Sun and Moon are on opposite ends of sword points. When you look at the points, please notice that there are 90 degree angles between the planets, revealing great tension. All is interconnected and volatile. The sudden changes could be with countries at war, earthquakes (Uranus), fires (Mars), or floods or tsunamis (Jupiter). The world is in great unrest, with agitation for change, and we are living it right now. Let’s watch the news to learn how this will develop.

There is a solar or new Moon eclipse on April 29 in the sign of Taurus. Thank goodness, the degree does not set off the still existing grand cross in the sky. Taurus is a nice, stable peaceful sign unless pushed too far, and this eclipse is mild. However, when there is the new Moon in Taurus, and on a lighter note, the threat of frost should be over and it is safe to plant.

The degrees at this time of the April 15 eclipse, for those of you who enjoy numbers are: Pluto at 13 Capricorn, Jupiter at 12-almost 13 Cancer, Uranus at 13 Aries. Mars will be at 16 Libra retrograde on April 15, the day of the eclipse. Mars will back into the 12-13 degree mark between April 23 and April 29. This means if you have a planet, your ascendent or midheaven at any of these degrees, you will be busy, indeed.

Again, for you number people, the degrees in the horoscope of the United States that are affected are: Sun at 13 degrees Cancer and Saturn at 14 degrees Libra, which are both affected by transiting Pluto at 13 degrees Capricorn and transiting Uranus at 13 and 14 degrees of Aries. More about this later.

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