Mars Retrograde, The Earth Grand Trine and the Mutable Grand Cross in May 2016 by Margaret Gray

Are you feeling a bit scattered by any chance? This would not be surprising in view of the numerous planetary configurations that are pulling and pushing in all directions!

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Planetary Configurations today May 27th 2016:

  1. Mars has retrograded back into Scorpio, placing him at 29’ which is considered a ‘critical degree’. He remains in Scorpio until Aug 3rd!
  2. The Earth Grand Trine including Mercury in Taurus, Jupiter/North Node in Virgo and Neptune/South Node in Pisces that started at the end of April, continues in the sky until June 7th!
  3. To add to the mix there is also a Mutable Grand Cross with Sun/Venus in Gemini, Neptune in Pisces, Saturn in Sagittarius and Jupiter in Virgo. This will peak on June 2nd and 3rd – more updates on this over the next week. (Worth noting that last Thursday the Jupiter square Saturn part of this Grand Cross was exact. We have been feeling this square for a few months now as it has been in orb since March 2016 and will continue until the end of June).

How might this impact each of us?

Individually:

The focus remains on carefully analyzing the core structures in our life and planting the seeds to create new ones. This is particularly relevant if you have planets and/or angles between 11’ and 20’ Taurus, Virgo and/or Capricorn.

Meanwhile our beliefs and values are being challenged as we are pulled and pushed by the need to increasingly move into ‘self-determination’ versus ‘being a victim of fate and circumstance’. This is particularly relevant if you have planets and/or angles between 6’ and 14’ Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo and/or Pisces.

In addition, we are being nudged, with the help of Mars in Scorpio, into revisiting and releasing old emotions that may have been hindering us from moving forward. This is a final letting go for many, particularly if you have planets between 22’ and 29’ Scorpio, Taurus, Leo and/or Aquarius.

In our Relationships:

With so many planetary energies in the mix, it may feel challenging to fully connect with significant others at this time. However, with Mars travelling back through Scorpio there is a window of opportunity to revisit the meaning of desire, passion and intimacy for each of us and to release old issues that may be a hindrance in this area of life. Until the Moon enters Pisces tomorrow, we may feel somewhat emotionally detached from loved ones. This will change over the next few days as our desire for emotional closeness increases.

Globally:

Mutable Grand Cross energies by their nature inspire flexible movement. However, the movement tends to be from one corner of the square to the next. Hence, there is little time to rest and ground the energies. As soon as we think that we have a handle on an aspect of the global situation, it is likely to change. The Grand Trine in Earth on the other hand is somewhat fixed, leading to some potential stubbornness in the face of the evolutionary changes that need to occur. This is likely to ease when Mercury moves into Gemini on June 13th!

(Many thanks to Neil Craver for the stunning image above entitled ‘Diving into the Subconscious World’)

Legal copyright of Margaret Gray May 2016

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