A Grand Day Indeed

[8-24-2013: See Grand Sextile Partie Deux and Opposing Neptune and the Grand Sextile for new information.]

A Grand Sextile is an amazingly interesting Astrological formation. It requires six participants. All of the angles are 60, 120, and 180 degrees. All signs are within two elements. It contains:

  • Sextiles (six)

    Grand Sextile on July 29, 2013
    Grand Sextile on July 29, 2013
  • Trines (six)
  • Kites (six)
  • Mystical Rectangles (three)
  • Oppositions (three)
  • Grand Trines (two)

A Grand Trine requires three participants. It contains three Trines and all angles are 120 degrees. All corners occupy the same element.

A Grand Square (or Grand Cross) requires four participants. All angles are 90 or 180 degrees and all corners are within the same cardinality. It contains:

  • Squares (four)
  • T-Squares (four)
  • Oppositions (two)

On July 29, 2013, we have a Grand Sextile and two T-Squares (shown above right). Notice that the sun and Uranus sit off of the Grand Sextile and form the 90 degree corners of the two T-Squares. The Grand Sextile holds only the elements water and earth. The T-Squares add fire. The entire chart lacks air.

Many Astrologers are talking about this Grand Sextile. But I have discovered something else that is even more intriguing to me. Consider this chart below.

Grand Sextile and Grand Square on August 26, 2013
Grand Sextile and Grand Square on August 26, 2013

If you only took a quick look, it seems the same. However this is the chart for 8/26/2013 – one lunar month after our first Grand Sextile. This time, a Grand Cross sits on top of it.

Venus in Libra moves off of the July Grand Sextile and in August creates the fourth corner of the Grand Square. She is the one participant in an air sign. Notice that she mediates between Pluto and Jupiter. Also notice that Pluto and Jupiter are the two points in common between the Grand Square and the Grand Sextile. This opposition is thus the most significant.

In my opinion, this day is far more interesting even than the 29th of July. Let’s see why.

Beginning with the Grand Sextile, I am going to start with Scorpio and work counter clock-wise:

  • Saturn in Scorpio is in Mutual Reception with Pluto in Capricorn. Each rules the other’s sign. They also aspect (Sextile). In a sense, they almost trade places and thus gain power from each other.
  • Neptune rules Pisces and is most powerful there.
  • The moon is exalted in Taurus. This is its second most powerful place to be. It is also conjunct the South Node of the moon.
  • Jupiter is exalted in Cancer.
  • Mercury rules Virgo.

Now, moving on to the Grand Square, we have two corners not in the above list:

  • Venus rules Libra.

The only planet not specifically in a place of power is Uranus. At least it is not in a weak place either.

The top half of the chart from Aries through Scorpio is stable. Notice that it changes only slightly between July 29th and August 26th.

The lower half from Taurus through Libra is more dynamic. The moon has to travel all the way around the zodiac to form the second Grand Sextile. Mars is replaced with Jupiter. The sun replaces Venus, and Venus moves into the Grand Square from the Grand Sextile.

I think if we are going to analyze the Grand Sextile on 7/29, we have to also analyze the Grand Sextile on 8/26. They are bookends. The Grand Sextile comes and goes quickly (because of the moon), but the fact that it returns is important.

That’s enough for today. I’m going to let information flow in over time…


6 thoughts on “A Grand Day Indeed”

  1. I hope you will continue to write about both sextiles as I don’t see any mention of it elsewhere, only great emphasis on July 29. Is this information not standard for some reason? Thank you.


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