Jessica Murray's America in Transition

No More Normal

by Jessica Murray on August 3, 2010

The Cardinal Cross Years - No More Normal

Reader Sistertongue has brought to my attention a stunning synchronicity that followers of current transits will appreciate. One week after the Grand Cross eclipse  in late June, an article in reported that financial markets were about to make “The Death Cross:” Wall Street’s term for a bull market that’s turning the corner into bear territory.

August begins with one of the most explosive configurations of the Cardinal Cross period. As the Full Moon of July 25 begins to wane, Mars conjoins Saturn while opposing Jupiter and Uranus. Between the August 3 and August 10, Mars and then Venus will both oppose the Cardinal T-square to the degree. Jupiter and Saturn oppose each other again, this time from Aries to Libra. Given that August 9 is a New Moon, what we see here sets the stage for the month to come.

These transits mean business.

Centered in the Chart

Financial shocks are probable under skies like these. Economies all over the world are in turmoil, and government infrastructures are creaking and crumbling like old houses in a storm. It is very important this month to keep our heads about us and watch the flow of events for big-picture trends. The bigger our perspective, the more we will be able to respond creatively to what is happening.

Mars, god of war


For years now, astrologers have been talking about the Cardinal Cross period as an era of breakdown and renewal. June’s and July’s eclipses ratcheted the energy up to a new level. But as chaotic as things have already been, a new element of upset is being introduced in August by Mars, the saber-rattler of the solar system. A well-functioning Mars provides courage, which is just what we need right now. A low-level Mars manifests as panic and hostility.

It’s not that we will necessarily personify one or the other of these extremes: people are not caricatures. As Mars and his cohorts’ energies course through us and challenge us to respond, we will probably find ourselves vacillating back and forth between the constructive use of martial energy and its sloppier forms. But when we deliberately use our wills to stay centered—taking ourselves back, again and again, to our highest potential as expressed by our charts—we will be just fine.

In fact, we will be more than fine. We may feel more alive than ever before in our lives.

Who Do You Trust?

This month is an exercise in rigorous responsibility: that is, in being responsible with our energy.  We need to be hyper-conscious of what we’re putting out, and of what we’re taking in from the environment. We should be wary of going overboard with fear—even if people around us are afraid—at the same time that we should be wary of burying our heads in the sand.

At this point, we know that if we’re interested in the deeper meaning of events, the official explanations of what’s going on in the world do not serve us. Politicians will say whatever they think will get them through the mid-term elections; pundits will say whatever boosts their ratings; central banks will announce recoveries in order to stabilize the public mood; corporate spokesflacks will say whatever they think will get them off the hook for their industry’s abominations against the environment.  Since Pluto went into Capricorn, two years ago, these social institutions have been exposed as untrustworthy at best and criminal at worst.

If what we seek is wisdom, the only way we will learn anything from disingenuous sources is to listen to what they are saying as if it were in code. For example, if we want to know which way the financial winds are blowing by listening to the news, we must listen between the lines. We hear that the economic czars are dumping trillions of dollars worth of cash into the global financial system. But what does this really mean?

It doesn’t mean they have magically created more wealth. It means that they have created more debt; financial as well as karmic. It does not mean that the economy has returned to normal.

There isn’t going to be a return to normal.

More Alive

Transits this powerful have one main purpose: to shake us out of our lethargy. Astrologers have always associated Grand Crosses with earthquakes and other telluric events for this reason. Certainly we have had no lack of volcanoes, forest fires, unseasonable storms, and tectonic bucklings since the Cross began. But literal shake-ups are only the most obvious manifestation of the symbolism involved. On the level of global consciousness, fissures are appearing in the bedrock of group assumptions.

This is happening because it is time for it to happen. For those who are awake to them, these transits are psychological earthquakes—designed to destabilize our relationships, our spiritual lives, our work routines and our sense of what it means to be alive.

Some individuals will find enlightenment this month—if not bliss in the Buddhist sense, then a bursting out of denial that allows them to call on their ingenuity in new ways; ways that serve their own higher purpose, and that of the Earth.

Some will feel more alive.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Carolyn Pelarski August 24, 2010 at 12:13 am

Thanks to Father Mother God for such writers as you , who can ciarify times like this for us. For putting it into words that we can understand and appreciate! Blessings of Love and Light! Carolyn

Bobbee Rickard August 12, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Thank you for your insight and information. I find it timely, and as others are, I am certainly feeling its intensity. Powerfully sacred times we are in. I feel that we are all being called to clear our slate. Let go of all that does not serve us and simplify our lives. This will bring us in to clarity and allow us to be more in touch and connected with our Higher Spirit and one another for the common good of all. I have been working on that as well. Thank you again for sharing your wonderful information. Bobbee

Rita August 8, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Hi Jessica
Thank you for your insight and confirmations. The intense energy shifts have become a fact of life as we are in this much needed time of change and I agree that “normal” is no where in sight. There are so many variables in the air, it’s challenging to predict what will be next or if there is some action that we ought to take. Meditation, clearing of my personal story and staying present are the best strategies that I can utilize.
I appreciate your well considered thoughts, Rita

steel orr August 6, 2010 at 2:24 pm

whenever I see outer planets in formations such as the current Cardinal exhibition, I always research the polanets involved, this might give you more insight marci…personal research is always the best way to ”get it”..though Jessica has pretty well explained this collection of forces…just re-read the entire article and let it sit in your life….read, and listen to what resonates for you….the Cardinality of this event ensures that ”we” are all going to experience its force….be well…and thanks again to Jessica for such clarity in presentation….Pluto sits on my sun,

Ellen Nicholas August 6, 2010 at 12:53 pm

As usual, you hit the nail on the head with your analysis! I’m a (beginning) Astrologer myself, and I’m in total agreement with this. This does indeed feel like a time of shocking awakenings (Uranus) and being shaken out of our Lethargy. It’s been exciting to be alive at a time when the Truth keeps coming out, and secrets can no longer be kept hidden (from sexual affairs to public corruption). Thank you for your brilliant writing!

marcisegal August 5, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Jessica – I’m not sure what this means.

We hear that the economic czars are dumping trillions of dollars worth of cash into the global financial system. But what does this really mean?

It doesn’t mean they have magically created more wealth. It means that they have created more debt; financial as well as karmic.

Can you help me understand how the economic czars have created more debt?


john August 4, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Very good astrological information. I find as near to perfect resonance as can be in this column’s insights. Whenever I read some of Ms. Murray’s work, suddenly the feelings in my personal experience find clarity, reason, and synchronistic sense. I don’t have the expertise to write a column and I’m too busy with my own efforts at creativity to devote the time to yet another field, but reading a column of such penetrating and precise vision gives me something important and valuable in these unique times. Thank you, Jessica, for your contribution.

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