Dawne Kovan

Sky Watching Wisdom , Astrology

Grand Crosses, Scottish Independence and the Arab Spring,

There is a lot of “noise” out there in the media about the upcoming Cardinal Grand Cross, including articles that I, myself,have written on the subject. Many of these articles are homing in on 18th – 20th April and suggesting that this is the period during which all the predicted major changes will occur.

This has to be a nonsense because with planets that have cycles of 250 years (Pluto/PL) and 84 years (Uranus/UR) it becomes obvious that they are unable to home in on any particular few days because they move so slowly. Added to Jupiter’s (JU) 12 year cycle and Mars’ (MA) 2 year cycle, the fact that they all get together in mid-April and cause mayhem is over simplifying the whole process.

So what, I hear you ask, is going on?

This process of change, that mirrors the American War of Independence, the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution and the horrendous floods in Europe, during the 1760/70s has already started. Witness the Arab Spring, the rebellion in Syria, and now the Ukraine uprising, to name but a few events, actually started 3 or 4 years ago. They certainly seem to carry the energy described by UR/PL in hard aspect with each other – which COSI* describes as “Force majeure; the collapse of the old order of things and the construction of the new; revolution and the process of transformation”.

And so it was 250 years ago. However, the founding politicians and activists who were the authors of those revolutions did not wake up one morning and say “OK chaps – today’s the day!” No, they spent the years that UR/PL were beginning to get together, and Saturn (SA) moved into Scorpio – all as now – to make their long thought out moves for change and revolution.

For us now, this all began with the banking crisis beginning at the end of 2008, when PL entered Capricorn, sign of the establishment, for his 17 year sojourn there. Astrologers world wide began to make it known that change in ALL our trusted and most reliable institutions would begin to suffer difficulties. UR entered Aries and squared PL in mid-2010 and the game was on. Any kind of control of PL’s transformational powers – remember, this is a planet that moves very, very, slowly – was eroded by UR’s fast moving and direct energy. Suddenly we all sat up and everything was up for grabs.

By February 2011, the Arab Spring began and the energy began to ripple across the Mediterranean – and it still continues today. Transformation of whole political systems take time when democracy is involved. A dictatorship can be an overnight coup, but not in the world we now live in with everyone using the social media that is available for most nations to use now. Existing dictatorships have banned Facebook and Tweeting – some have even banned use of the Internet altogether. But, nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come – so I watch with interest over the next few years when the UR/PL effect moves across to China, North Korea, Iran, etc.

For those of us who live in the Western nations, we will experience our institutions being changed and maybe even brought down, to be replaced by something more fitting for our new Aquarian Age.

We must trust the planets – does anyone honestly wish that the US was still a British colony? Or that the Industrial Revolution never happened? I imagine not. We must go about our daily lives and observe what’s going out there – because the truth is we can do nothing. There will be winners and losers – that’s natural in life.

The upcoming referendum for Independence from the UK here in Scotland, is a good case in point.* This whole process towards Independence from the UK, began when PL was in early Sagittarius in the 1750s. This was when the Scottish Enlightenment Movement started an outpouring of intellectual and scientific accomplishments that involved such luminaries as David Hume, Adam Smith, and included artists, lawyers and writers in Edinburgh. This early degree of PL in Sagittarius return to that position was echoed in 1997 when the Devolution from the UK vote enabled us in Scotland to have our own parliament. The present desire for Scotland to be independent from the UK is the natural next step from that.

With PL at 10 degrees of Capricorn on the Vote for Independence chart* it also sits on the Sun of the 1801 UK chart indicating that the UK cannot hold its present form anyway. With UR squaring it as well, it brings a natural schism for the whole of Great Britain. Wales, Northern Ireland as well? Now there’s a thought…

If you feel anxiety because you believe your life is going to change irrevocably, then address the emotions first. You can ask yourself “How old do I feel in my anxiety?” and you will most likely find that your fears go back to an earlier time in your life when events beyond your control happened and changed things for you. The important fact is that you survived – and those events made you who you are now. As an adult, don’t let the four year old you run your life. Keep breathing and just do what you need to do to keep the wolf from the door, and feed your family. And wait until it’s all over in another 3 or 4 years.


*COSI The Combination of Stellar Influences by Reinhold Ebertin.

* 18th September, 2014 – close of polls 22h – Edinburgh, Scotland. I will talk about this chart in another article.



One Comment

  1. Your question, ‘How old do I feel in my anxiety?’ liberated me! Brilliant! You nailed it. For a couple of years now, there has been this constant undercurrent of anxiety playing away in the background of my life that I just couldn’t shake. Although I’ve endlessly tried to understand it, I’ve been unable to pinpoint it or interpret it. Lately, it has been intensifying and thanks to you, you’ve brought it’s cause to light. Now I can deal with that discomfort appropriately. Thank you! You are quite the historian!