Cardinal Grand Cross

Similar: Cardinal SignFixed Grand CrossMutable Grand Cross

Grand Cross is a planetary alignment in the astrology chart. It consists of four planets at 90-degree angles, each being of a different astrological quality. In this aspect, two planets are in opposition to each other, and they make a square angle to two other opposing planets.

Every sign of the zodiac is either 

  1. Cardinal: AriesCancerLibra, and Capricorn.

  2. MutableGeminiVirgoSagittarius, and Pisces.

  3. FixedTaurusLeoScorpio, and Aquarius.

Therefore, a Cardinal Grand Cross happens when all four planets involved are in one of the cardinal signs. This brings a very different energy to the Grand Cross than the Fixed or Mutable quality would. When there is a Grand Cross in cardinal energy, it is considered to be one of the most frustrating times in our astrological lineup (even though Grand Crosses can be challenging enough in and of themselves).

This is because of three cardinal qualities:

  1. Lack of patience

  2. Pessimistic tendencies

  3. Determined to a fault

These traits of a Cardinal sign make it easy for frustrations to arise and bubble over. During a Cardinal Grand Cross, we must keep in touch with our emotions and other people. Communication is key. 

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