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1. A grand cross is a potent aspect pattern involving two sets of oppositions connected by squares. In this case, the Mars–Moon conjunction in the 1st house opposes the Jupiter–Pluto conjunction in the 7th, with each polarity squaring Saturn in the 9th and Mercury in the 4th,, which oppose each other. The Sun can also be considered part of this pattern, because it squares the 1st-house Moon and is conjunct to Mercury within a 10° orb.

2. Including a 2° orb, transiting Uranus squared Mercury from March 2, 2003 to December 21, 2004; conjoined the natal Moon from April 14, 2003 to February 6, 2005; squared the Midheaven from March 3, 2004 to December 22, 2005; squares the Sun from March 31, 2005 to January 27, 2007; and trines Venus from March 1, 2005 to December 11, 2006. Transiting Neptune conjoins the natal Ascendant from February 26, 2004 to December 20, 2006 and the Progressed Sun squares natal Neptune from December 9, 2003 to February 17, 2008 and conjoins Uranus from July 31, 2005 to October 9, 2009.

3. You reach the progressed Full Moon on February 15, 2008 and remain in the fulfillment phase of the Progressed Lunation Cycle until March 13, 2012. To find out more, read The Lunation Cycle: A Key to Understanding of Personality by Dane Rudhyar, Aurora Press, 1967 and the article, An Overview of Dane Rudhyar’s Approach to Cycles (TMA, 2/98), by Nicki Michaels.

4. The Sun and the South Node in the 4th house — along with four retrograde planets, including Mercury and Venus — indicate the potential for a "late bloom."

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Double Trouble
From The Mountain Astrologer, April-May 2006 (2)

Q.  Is the Jupiter–Pluto conjunction in my 7th house a relationship helper or killer? I’m having a very sad time trying to work things out with my Cancer husband. I feel increasingly hopeless in this relationship. At the same time, I have developed incredibly powerful and sweet feelings for another Gemini Sun, Pisces Moon. This latter relationship, which has not become physical yet, has activated a huge amount of positive psychic energy, while I have been having very rotten dreams about the Cancer. Would I do better with another Gemini? Is something new and worthwhile developing in my chart?
Double Trouble

A.   Your natal Jupiter–Pluto conjunction in the 7th house is only part of the complex planetary picture that affects your sense of self, security, and relationships. That conjunction is part of a grand cross involving seven natal planets and is within several degrees of the security axis of your chart (the 4th-house – 10th-house axis).1 Although your confusion currently constellates around your romantic conundrum, your attraction to the Gemini may be drawing your attention away from deeper pressing issues.

Over the past several years, you’ve experienced a series of powerful Uranus transits, stimulating that grand cross and leaving you questioning just about everything in your life, down to the color of your own eyes! Coupled with transiting Neptune’s conjunction to your Ascendant (confused self-perception), your progressed Sun’s square to natal Neptune (unclear life direction), and its conjunction to natal Uranus (self-reinvention), it is, shall we say, not a time of great lucidity.

Muddled Guy's Birth Chart
Natal Chart - Double Trouble
Source: Birth Certificate

With transiting Uranus trining your natal 5th-house Venus (romance), it’s natural to delude yourself into believing that the grass would be greener with your Gemini friend. But I can virtually guarantee, based on planetary activity, that all is not as you imagine where he is concerned; besides, you have more relevant issues to consider.2

Fast approaching your 50th birthday and with your progressed full Moon less than two years away (a time of potential fulfillment),3 you’ll have many intense planetary challenges between now and then. I encourage you to return to basics: Consider your entire life and how your Cancer husband fits in. Seek competent couples counseling, and identify where you and he can align your energies to make life better — or to ultimately dissolve your marriage in the most conscious way possible.

Whether you remain together or not, your most important focus must be on yourself. There’s still time to become the late bloomer that your chart portends. Aside from your marriage, what direction is your life heading in and what might bring you personal fulfillment? How do you spend your days? What are you passionate about? Where would you like to be in five years? The answers will become more apparent as you approach your progressed full Moon — if you begin the process of self-discovery in earnest now.4

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