* Mercury, Saturn, Jupiter, and the Moon are in a mutable grand cross today, and the Moon and Jupiter are both in Mercury's sign. Watch for media and communication debacles, philosophical squabbles, and ideological short circuiting. The Jupiter/Saturn square reflects the generational tensions and the "insider/outsider" conflicts happening all over the world right now. As Mercury is in his depression it might be one of those days where you reach out to someone in the attempts to bridge a gap or heal a wound but the gesture somehow misfires or works against you. An important question to ask ourselves along with any sympathizing or empathizing we're doing is "Am I also being honest?" The reason this question is important is that with all the mutability in the air right now we might be compromising our integrity by trying to accommodate somebody else's position.
* Add to this the idea of being afraid to speak our minds or voice our feelings because of bullying. How does the loudness of one person's voice or views incite or ignite a cycle of aggressive or violent communication dynamics? How does intellectual, political, or religious dogmatism mute or silence others? Watch for this and remember that loudness, anger, or dominance doesn't equal rightness.
* Quietly in the midst of today's grand cross is also the idea of silence. The center is silent and still, while the world around the center races in furious circles.
* Another image for today's grand cross has to do with simplicity. Sometimes people think that for something to be "real" it has to be ultra gritty, raw, subversive, or exotic. Maybe it does, maybe it doesn't. Venus and Mars are square today, so we may find that we're having arguments over what constitutes real passion, love, romance, conviction, or dedication. While some of these arguments might remind us that love burns and hurts and even destroys everything in its path, a simple counter argument says, "no it doesn't." Love is patient, love is kind, and love grows things together rather than splitting things apart. On the other hand, the conflation of Venus and Mars as archetypal symbols isn't surprising since they are ancient lovers, and yet they offer different visions of love. For example, if you're dating someone who tends to believe that conflict is a sign of passion and love, and you're more of a peace comes first kind of person, then you probably shouldn't be dating someone with that kind of dramatic philosophy. On the other hand, if you're dating someone who avoids authentic confrontation at all costs, and this doesn't match with your vision of true love, then you're probably dating the wrong person.
Last but not least, It's very sexy these days to be "anti" one thing or another en route to affirming whatever values we hold most dear. In order to argue for traditional or modern planets, people become "anti" the opposite. In order to argue for one candidate or another, people become "anti" their opponent. In order to stand up for an aesthetic or a cause, people become "anti" those who they perceive as enemies to the cause. In many ways this kind of "go negative to go positive" tactic is like a behavioral amphetamine that is being used to treat the symptoms rather than the source of an injury. One of the most natural responses to the demonstration of rage is silence. Observance. Caution. Distrust. And distance. Rage tends to alienate and silence others. Just like a wounded animal will lash out at the hand that tries to feed or help it, we often sympathize with other people's anger while simultaneously responding with distance or caution or fear. This in turn makes the wounded/raging person think that they are being dismissed or not taken seriously, or even looked down upon, which in turn incites more rage and self righteousness and then even more caution and distance. It's a vicious cycle!
In many ways this side of the story is not represented in the news and media these days, and maybe in our own lives as well. Just as much as there is rage and "anti" everything under the Sun, and just as much as these demonstrations of dissatisfaction stand in the spotlight, there is also the silent, dedicated observance of something that is simply rising up and passing away.
In some ways the untold and silent partner to the demonstration of all the "anti" fueled rage in the world right now is the vast quietness that observes it rather than participating or giving more attention.
Prayer: the quiet and empty center, the humble watcher, watching as our rage and self righteousness slowly burns itself out