There certainly is a lot of talk in astrology circles about the planetary energies of April 2014, including the powerful Cardinal Grand Cross and lunar and solar eclipses. Some are saying that these energies are more significant than the end of the Mayan calendar on December 21, 2012 ever was. So, are we opening to a new level of the Great Shift in Consciousness? These definitely are rare and special planetary energies, so let’s take a look and see what it all means for you and me.
A Powerful Planetary Alignment
When we talk about planets in an exact cross formation in the sky, opposing and square to each other, this type of alignment creates tension and crises, yet also gives humanity an opportunity to move out of any old, worn out ways of doing things in order to evolve into new ways of being, or a great shift in consciousness.
The Planetary Players in the Grand Cross and What They Represent
Each of the planets in the Grand Cross will be in one of the “cardinal” signs, which are the archetypes known for taking the initiative in cultural leadership or change: Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. At this time of the Great Shift in Consciousness, we find what these signs traditionally represent going to new levels of meaning.
Mars in Libra
Jupiter in Cancer
Jupiter is expansive, amplifying energy and the fastest path to achieving life goals. In Cancer, Jupiter explores new ways of responsible and balanced nurturing of self, family and community.
Pluto in Capricorn
When Pluto transits through Capricorn there is a focus on revealing and releasing the shadow side of structures such as governments, corporations and communities for transformation, effective management and growth.
Uranus in Aries
Uranus is famous for creating unpredictable events and revolutionary change. In the sign of Aries, there is a focus on spontaneous, decisive action and full commitment to a cause worth fighting for.
These are the grand cross energies that are challenging the world and all of us personally to evolve to the next level. Most would agree that we are in a time of a paradigm shift when old patriarchal structures and the old forms of government and politics as usual do not serve an evolving world. The nature of relationships and concepts of family and community are moving to new levels and, at the same time, there is a feeling of “things just can’t go on the same old way!”
It is also interesting to note that each of the planets in the Grand Cross will be at 13 degrees, which comes to the number four (1+3 = 4). In Lemurian numerology, the number four represents the balance of the four bodies. And it’s all happening in April, the fourth month of the year! It’s a big sign that we will be challenged to maintain a balance on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of who we are.
The Eclipse Window: April 14 - 29, 2014
The energy of the Grand Cross alignment will be strongest April 20 -23, right in the middle of a two-week “eclipse window,” April 14 to April 29. The first of the eclipses on April 14/15 (depending on where you are in the world) is a full moon, total lunar eclipse at 25 Libra. Imagine the accelerated energy: going through all phases of the Moon cycle—28 days—in just a few hours. With the Sun, Moon and Earth in exact alignment, eclipses open portals to receive insights and to shift our vantage point. This is a great opportunity to watch the eclipse if you are able and to celebrate in ceremony or meditation! More on the lunar eclipse here
Eclipse photo by Tom Telfer. Mahalo!
The second eclipse at the time of the new moon on April 28/29 will be an annular solar eclipse (ring eclipse) at 6 Taurus, and it will have messenger Mercury going behind the Sun in the phase of his cycle that opens portals into the solar or Source energy. In researching this eclipse, it was interesting to note that it will only be visible in a region of Western Australia and the southern Indian Ocean—a location which has recently been identified as the search area for the missing Malaysian Airlines #370. Opening a window of clarity, perhaps?
As Above, So Below; As Within So Surrounds
On a more personal level, in the “As Above, So Below” energies that we explore in Lemurian astrology and healing, the signs of the Great Shift are in the sky above us and we feel them within us and unfolding our own lives. Each of us is going to experience them in a unique way based on our individual blueprints (birth charts) that reveal who we are and why we are here. The ancient Lemurians knew this. They understood that each planetary alignment, every encounter or situation offered an opportunity to heal and to evolve to the next level. This is the Lemurian shamanic journey.
Navigating the Shifting Energies
How then can we engage the energies we encounter this month to find our own personal path of evolution? If what is outside of us is a reflection of that which is within us, what is the key to understanding the path? I’m finding that the key is always coming back into the balance of love—the love that knows no opposite—the balance of the four bodies. It is about allowing love to be the guiding force of my life and not wasting time in anger, frustration or regret. It’s all about me anyway and another opportunity to learn and to evolve in love.
In the energies of April, listening to our heart knowing and trusting our feelings a little bit more becomes all the more important. It may be as simple as taking at least five minutes before getting up in the morning and five minutes before going to sleep at night to be quiet, to breathe and to listen for the answers. It’s an awesome gift we can give to ourselves, and we all deserve it.
It's a Celebration!
I pray that this month you find opportunities to look up into the sky and to celebrate the energies of the Great Shift, be it in ceremonies at sacred sites, in your own backyard or even in meditation. May you feel the Love of Creation reflected within you, guiding you to a new awareness of your heartfelt purpose and intention for being here. And we’re all here for the Great Shift. Let’s celebrate it!
In love and Lemurian blessings,