Some friends have asked me what I think about the Cardinal T-Square that will be occurring in late July into early-mid August with Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto. Without going into great detail, I’ll attempt to give a brief sketch of this interesting set-up of energies and what I think it means.
A T-Square occurs when you have planets opposing each other with planets squaring those same planets. Recall your geometry for a moment. The opposition is an axis of 180° while a square is the axis perpendicular (at 90°) to it. Got that? What we have, then, is Jupiter and Uranus close together in Aries opposing Saturn and Mars close together in Libra. That forms the opposition axis. Pluto in Capricorn forms the perpendicular or square to those planets. In order to interpret these constructs, we need to look at the energies associated with these planets in the combinations we have here.
When Saturn is in a hard (in this case the opposition) aspect with Uranus, the manifestation is one of “out with the old, in with the new” – the status quo is being challenged.
Saturn with Pluto – loss, difficulty and hard work.
Uranus with Pluto – sudden upset.
Jupiter and Mars add lots of energy to the pot.
Pluto is the planet of transformation – the tearing down and rebuilding, the proverbial “phoenix rising out of the ashes” kind of interpretation. It’s in Capricorn, an earth sign that symbolizes the established structure – all things practical and conventional – basically society.
This T-square is in Cardinal signs, which include Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn suggesting an identity crisis of some sort. Whatever happens you can be sure that how we identify ourselves within the structure of society is going to be challenged. Those of you who have your natal Suns in the early part of these signs probably already know what I’m talking about.
One important thing to note: Due to the slow movement of the outer planets, the Pluto – Uranus square will continue off and on through the next couple of years suggesting a series of potential upsets.
So…. if something does happens this summer, what could be some possible manifestations? I would say more economic turmoil (not such a surprise with the European markets teetering on the brink). Perhaps a natural disaster of some kind, like more powerful earthquakes. Basically, I think we will see more of what we’ve been seeing only with a bigger punch.
One more thing – Jupiter is the planet of expansion and opportunity suggesting a note of optimism among the chaos. It’s in Aries, which is a ‘trailblazer’ influence. Whatever happens we will be blazing new trails for society and ourselves.
There is a lot out there on the internet about these upcoming aspects. Some sites go into great detail with historical perspectives and archetypal symbolisms. Fascinating information if you’re interested.