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The Mutable Cross and the Planetary energies for June 1st – 7th 2016 by Margaret Gray

Change is all around us! The Mutable Grand Cross reminds us that nothing is ever set in stone!


The Mutable Grand Cross that started on May 28th and fades away in mid-June, reaches a peak over the next few days, due to the current placement of the Sun. It will be joined by the New Moon in Gemini on June 4th/5th! (More on the New Moon later this week)

Key Astrological Aspects:

The Mutable Grand Cross is made up of Saturn Rx in Sagittarius, square Neptune/ South Node in Pisces opposite Sun/Venus in Gemini square Jupiter/North Node in Virgo. All of these planets are dancing between 11’ and 17’. The movement of the Sun over the next few days is a key factor. Landing on the exact degree as some of the major planets in the Grand Cross it will shine a spotlight on their energy.

June 1st and 2nd: Sun in Gemini exactly square Neptune in Pisces

June 3rd: Sun in Gemini exactly opposite Saturn in Sagittarius

June 2th/5th: New Moon conjunct Venus, exactly square Jupiter in Virgo

June 6th: (Sun/Venus exactly quincunx Pluto in Capricorn – not part of the Grand Cross but very important)

June 7th: Sun/Venus in Gemini exactly square the Nodes in Virgo/Pisces

Meanwhile the very different planetary energy of the Grand Trine in Earth continues with Pluto in Capricorn, Jupiter/North Node in Virgo and Mercury in Taurus!

What does this mean for us:


With so many planets squaring and opposing each other in Mutable signs, the key energy over the next few days is Change.time-for-a-change-897441_960_720 Hence the invitation for each of us is flexibility and openness to whatever changes we are experiencing keeping in mind that  external changes are often a mirror to internal changes.

One of the gifts of Mutable Crosses is that we are nudged out of any potential rut we may have fallen into. The main challenge can be how to stay grounded and centered with so much movement swirling around us and inside us. This is one of the potential benefits of the Grand Trine in Earth right now as it can offer some ease and grounding!LEO256

As the Sun forms an exact aspect to each planet as outlined above, it will highlight these particular energies in the Grand Cross. Hence on June 1st and 2nd it’s worth noticing our dreams. This is also a particularly good time to release old grief. On June 3rd the focus is likely to be on our belief systems – what needs to change? On June 6th the Sun will activate core structures in our life that we no longer feel comfortable with. Do we really want to continue this way? On June 7th the Sun brings our attention to our participation in the greater collective – what part do we wish to play? (More on the New Moon in a few days!)

In our Relationships:

This is a great time to breathe new life into relationships through initiating refreshing changes. June 1st and 2nd are an ideal time to release old dreams and fantasies about our relationships that may no longer be helpful to hold onto. This creates space for new and more realistic dreams. June 3rd is a great time to re-examine core belief systems to do with relationships. On the 6th we might find it helpful to reconsider how we are living out the core structures that form the bedrock of your relationships: love, commitment, loyalty, trust, integrity, communication…The grand trine in Earth can facilitate this process!

With all the planetary energies in the four corners of the square demanding change within a short space of time, it may be helpful to remember that the key anchor in all our relationships is Love.


The more grounded and centered we maintain ourselves, the easier it is to deal with the somewhat erratic current events and changes around the world. Focusing on the North Node conjunct Jupiter in Virgo can help redirect us. Basically the message of this North Node is to carefully consider all our thoughts and actions – are they of help and service to humanity or are they adding to the global suffering and chaos? If we remain in the naivety and regressive unconsciousness of the South Node, we are hindering rather than helping. This is not a time to hide our head in the sand, nor is it helpful to get overwhelmed by the collective grief. When in doubt it is helpful to focus on what is practical and useful, as well as compassionate.

You are likely to resonate more with these energies if your Sun, Moon and/or angles are between 10’ and 18’ of the Mutable signs: Virgo, Pisces, Sagittarius and/or Gemini.

If your Sun, Moon and/or angles are between 13’ and 20’ of Taurus, Capricorn and/or Virgo you may be relied on to help anchor the rapidly changeable energies on the planet over the next few days.

Legal Copyright of Margaret Gray May 2016


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!


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?


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.


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