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Grand Cross

A Grand Cross is four planets in square aspect, including 2 oppositions (a complete fourth harmonic syndrome). This is an intense and often stressful structure needing a focus for its considerable energy into specific purposes and constructive action. Usually a Grand Cross occurs all in one quadruplicity or mode. If in Cardinal signs, the outlet for the energy is action; in Fixed signs, the outlet is emotional and/or surrendering self-will; in Mutable signs, being able to see all sides leads to indecisiveness and diffusion of energy: an adjustment in thinking habits is necessary.

The reason why this pattern is called both a cross and a square is because it is a big box (square) and the intersecting points create a big "X" in the middle of the square. So it can be referred to as a "cross" or a "square." Either way, it means the same thing.

A Grand Cross a.k.a. Grand Square is a sharp contrast to a Grand Trine. All of the signs in the Grand Cross are of the same 'mode,' meaning the same time period in a different season of the year (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter). So each 90 degree angle of the Grand Cross has to involve one of the 4 signs in each mode (Cardinal, Fixed or Mutable). That means a Grand Cross involves one sign of each element (air, earth, fire and water). *See below.

The Grand Cross has four 90 degree angles (squares) with four equal lines. In other words, it's a great big square in the middle of your Natal Chart. The cross or X in the center represents the planets involved are directly opposing each other thereby creating challenges. It's like a tug of war from 4 areas of your Life.

There's no doubt - Grand Cross' are character builders. Many, many, many successful people have Grand Cross' in their charts. They are relentless and they NEVER give up; therefore, success eventually comes to them and rewards them for their patience, perseverance and diligence.

If you are looking at a Natal Chart that I wrote for you, the SQUARE LINES in the middle of your Chart Wheel will be the color RED.


Where a Grand Trine is ease, a Grand Cross represents many challenges in the Life of the native chart holder. Those with a Grand Cross also know their place in the world and they recognize the challenges they face. Typically, the native will have four separate problems occurring at one time.

One way to use this energy to your advantage would be to funnel the energy into a planet that is forming a positive aspect to one or more of the planets involved in the Grand Cross. This would be a planet that sextiles or trines two of the planets involved, then you could use the powerful energy of the square to your advantage. It's a lot of energy and it has to be used somehow, so you may as well turn into your favor. It can be done!

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**This web site's goal is to provide you with information that may be useful in attaining optimal health. Nothing in it is meant as a prescription or as medical advice. You should check with your physician before implementing any changes in your exercise or lifestyle habits, especially if you have physical problems or are taking medications of any kind.