Grand Cross/Grand Square


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Grand Square

A configuration of intense aspects, formed by four squares. A special case of the Grand Square is the Grand Cross.

Grand Square – the most intense quadrangular configuration. It encloses the person in a framework of severe constraints, which are perceived as pressing. The Grand Square gives a lot of energy which demands to be used, internal dynamism, insistence, force. Those with a Grand Square in the natal chart crystallize much very early. These are very dynamic people, but they manifest inflexibly in relating to the world. This is shown most rigidly in a Grand Square with two internal oppositions (see the Grand Cross).

A more moderate form is the Grand Square without an internal cross. In this case there are no rigid tensions between the poles, there is less dynamism, and more flexibility. In general, it is not necessary to consider the Grand Square as a destructive configuration; on the contrary, it is a very stable pattern producing results through effort.

Grand Cross

A configuration of intense aspects, formed by four points of a horoscope which occur as pairs of oppositions connected by squares. Essentially, this aspect pattern is four interlocking squares.



Identifying a Grand Cross: In the sample chart above, the natal chart of Steve Jobs, we can see a Grand Cross. The two oppositions are Mars opposition Neptune, and Venus opposition Jupiter and Uranus. Mars squares Jupiter-Uranus, and also Venus; Neptune squares Jupiter-Uranus, and also Venus. This Grand Cross is somewhat wide in orb.

Life can be a series of challenges and crises for the native with a Grand Cross. Obstacles can come from within (attitudes) and without (external circumstances). Rarely will a person with this combination choose the path of least resistance. They tend to seek out challenges.

There is no focal planet in this configuration.

P. Globa cites the Grand Cross as the most clearly operating configuration which symbolically corresponds to the element of Fire.

M. Kozyritskaja and M. Levin state that from childhood the owner of a natal chart with a Grand Cross tries to find himself in different fields of activity, but in all activities he is inflexible, inclined to impose his designs on the world, and perceives little of the world’s reaction to his actions. Such people are very confident in their correctness and do not turn aside, but concede only under great pressure, and then only for a while.

M. March and J. McEvers suggest that when the Grand Cross is present in the natal chart, the native is capable of surprising efforts and vigorous activity. The direction of these efforts and actions depends on the cross of qualities and houses in which the points of the Grand Cross are located. The cardinal cross always indicates speed of action, the fixed cross strongly pronounced resoluteness when acting, while the mutable cross in many respects depends on the actions and reactions of other people.

F. Sakoian and L.Acker remark that any attempt to solve a problem associated with one planet of the Grand Cross burdens the other planets connected in the configuration with problems. The native is thus compelled to hasten from one crisis situation to another, unable to concentrate on any one situation for long enough to truly find a constructive resolution. If all the points of a Grand Cross are in one cross of qualities or cross of houses qualities, the problems of this cross will dominate the life of the native. Working with the planet of a Grand Cross which has the greatest number of harmonious aspects to planets not involved in the Grand Cross will enable the person to redirect energy for easier advancement.

A. Podvodnyj states that it is better to treat the Grand Cross as a balance of oppositions, not concentrating efforts on one particular planet or horoscope house as a specific objective, but carefully tracing a rhythm of destiny, like balancing on the crest of a wave. People with a Grand Cross in the natal horoscope have protection, but too high to conjecture a direct attribution.



Grand Cross (or Grand Square): 4 Planets Square To Each Other

Breaking point! The rare and intense Grand Cross occurs when four planets align in stressful 90-degree angles (squares) with each other. Action can reach a deadlock during a Grand Cross, as four dueling agendas demand a seat at the table. This powerful celestial summit is like a U.N. meeting of nations. A Grand Cardinal Cross on April 23, 2013 stirred up major tension in the skies.

In a Grand Cross, all four planets involved share the same “quality”—either a cardinal, mutable or fixed sign. It involves both squares and oppositions, demanding balance, negotiation and a need to direct the powerful energy to work together instead of at cross-purposes.

Photo via Cinzia Meneghello

Photo via Cinzia Meneghello

A Grand Mutable Cross deals with change and communication. It calls for balance and dignity in the way we speak to each other, for fair media representation and for change that takes everyone’s needs into consideration.

A Grand Cardinal Cross deals with power abuses and leadership. It calls upon us to bring balance and justice to those who govern and rule, and to be more humane in our own positions of authority.

A Grand Fixed Cross deals with security, resources and self-worth. It calls for the fair distribution of money and assets, and for hard work to replace a victim mentality.

People born with a Grand Cross in their birth charts may find themselves constantly pulled in dueling directions, with spectacular successes and equally stunning failures. Famous people born with a Grand Cross include Steve Jobs and Jennifer Lawrence. Jobs was fired by Apple in 1985, only to be rehired in 1996, revolutionizing our lives with smartphones, iPads and Apple computers. Jennifer Lawrence won an Academy Award, only to trip over her own gown while coming onstage to accept her Oscar statue. River Phoenix, a stunning child star from an eccentric but close family, also had a Grand Cross in his chart (he died of a tragic drug overdoes).

Which signs form a Grand Cross with each other?

Cardinal: Aries-Cancer-Libra-Capricorn
Fixed: Taurus-Leo-Scorpio-Aquarius



Definition Of Grand Cross

Grand Cross is an astrological term used to describe a particular planetary alignment, where two planets in opposition make a square angle to another pair of opposing planets.

Grand crosses can happen in the cardinal signs, the mutable signs and the fixed signs. Fixed grand crosses are the most difficult with which to deal.








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