Cardinal T-Squares Past and Present

As we head into peak season of the 2010 cardinal T-square, I continue to search back through time for similar configurations that might provide some clues of what to expect in the next couple of months.

I’ve made a lot of references to events in 1989, the most recent year we had anything approaching the cardinal configuration currently forming in the sky. As I noted in this week’s forecast, the 1989 alignment wasn’t as dramatic as this year’s, and still there were a lot of exceptional events that year, including the Exxon Valdez oil spill and the Loma Prieta earthquake.

So far this year, we’ve had a mega-quake and a mega-spill, and that’s consistent with the astrological markers.

One could argue that oil spills and earthquakes happen all the time, but those that occurred in 1989 were exceptional. The Loma Prieta quake flattened downtown Santa Cruz and caused extensive damage in the San Francisco area, and the Exxon Valdez spill remains one of worst in history.

Looking back a little farther, we find another period of intense cardinal energy in the early 1930s. I can’t take credit for digging up this one but have to thank Ray Merriman, whose weekly financial column includes a lot of mundane analysis. That’s why he’s first on my list of links in the left sidebar. I highly recommend including him in your weekly astrology reading.

When the stock market crashed in 1929, the cardinal build-up had just begun, with Pluto in Cancer and Uranus in Aries. Saturn entered Capricorn earlier in the year but was back in Sagittarius at the time of the crash. He re-entered Capricorn in December, and then Jupiter entered Cancer in June 1930. At that point, all of the outer planets except Neptune were in cardinal signs, although they weren’t in as tight a configuration as this year’s T-square.

The cardinal configuration continued to build in 1930 and 1931, with a new series of eclipses in cardinal Aries and Libra. The first in the series, a total eclipse of the Sun in late Libra on Oct. 21, 1930, was in a wide square to Jupiter and Pluto conjunct in Cancer, with Uranus in the mid-degrees of Aries and Saturn in early Capricorn.

It’s interesting to note that Ceres also was in the formation, just as she is today. The Full Moon on Jan. 4, 1931, was conjunct Jupiter and Pluto, with the Sun tightly conjunct Saturn and retrograde Mercury, all in a tight T-square with Uranus in Aries. Ceres in Libra transformed the configuration into a grand cross.

You probably know where I’m going with this. The Great Depression began with the stock market crash and lasted ten years. Although it began in the United States, it spread worldwide, causing untold misery for millions of people. At the same time, Adolph Hitler was gaining influence in Germany, Japan began exerting its military might, and the world stage was being set for World War II.

I have to repeat my usual caveat that I’m not trying to spread gloom and doom, only to provide information about how similar astrological configurations have expressed themselves in the past. Obviously, events don’t repeat in exactly the same way, and the T-square is configured differently in 2010 than it was in 1931.

Still, there are enough similarities that it wouldn’t hurt to err on the side of caution. Maybe I’ll feel silly preparing for a situation that never happens, but that’s nothing compared to how bad I’ll feel if I’m not prepared for a serious emergency.

Aquarius, the sign of astrologyPat


5 thoughts on “Cardinal T-Squares Past and Present

  1. Anomali

    My Dad was a Czech refugee so the Velvet Revolution,the fall of the Berlin Wall, and all the other changes in the Eastern Bloc in the autumn of 89 remain utmost in my memories of the end of that year.


  2. Pat Post author

    That’s very interesting, Anomali.

    Perhaps you could answer a question for me. I’ve been assuming that the fall of the Berlin Wall was a good thing, but I’ve been thinking lately that this is a Westerner’s perspective and maybe doesn’t reflect the reality of the people of Eastern Europe.

    What was the experience of your family?


  3. Anomali

    Even though some countries in the former Eastern Bloc have struggled and reunifed Germany has certainly seen its share of challenges, I have not heard anyone want to return to the Soviet system. I know that among my Dad’s DP (displaced person) friends from Russia and the rest of Eastern Europe as well as his extended family in CZ, there were many tears of joy.

    In addition to increased personal freedoms, there has been a renaissance of Czech and other Eastern European cultures, much of which had been heavily restricted and censored. Of course, we are seeing both positive and negative expressions of ethnic identity as well as conflicts concerning how much power should be acceded to the EU.

    When I saw “The Lives of Others”, I was deeply affected, knowing what my Dad and his family had experienced. It was fear that made life under Communism untenable. That is the biggest and best change.


  4. Pat Post author

    Anomali, thanks for that explanation. It helps clarify things quite a bit. It was what my intuition said, but we can be so ethnocentric sometimes that we fail to recognize that others may have quite a different point of view.


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