Spring Equinox 2014 Update From Astrologer Laurie Baum

Laurie Baum

If you enjoy astrology, you will like this Spring Equinox update written by my good friend Laurie Baum, MSW, a psychological astrologer and psychotherapist in practice in Encinitas, California.

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Laurie is a former newspaper and news magazine reporter who is profiled in the books Psychic New York and The 100 Top Psychics in America. She is the author of five books:

A to Z Acrophonology: Discover the Power of the Letters in Your Name

Everything You Need to Know About Your Astrology Sign

Whispers from the Cosmos

Sacred Mysteries of Egypt

Astrological Secrets for the New Millennium

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The Spring Equinox arrives on Thursday, March 20, marking the moment of perfect balance between the light of day and the dark of night. The days leading up to the Equinox provide an auspicious opportunity to use affirmations, prayer, and meditation to focus on positive outcomes you would like to create. The power of the changing angle of the sun intensifies the power of your thoughts, which enables you to make much spiritual, mental, emotional, and material progress. It is a law of physics that light is most powerful when it bends, as the sun’s light does at every Equinox and Solstice. Use this time to make progress in spheres of life that are important to you.

A charged Grand Cross will begin on Easter Sunday, April 20, a spiritually significant day in that it symbolizes the moment when we all have an opportunity to resurrect ourselves from the negativity of the past to begin anew on a higher, more positive level of consciousness. The Grand Cross lasts from April 20 to April 23 due to an unusual lineup of the moon, Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto on April 20-21, and Mars with Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto on April 22-23, creating a Grand Cross Alignment in the sky for four days. The Grand Cross Alignment will be accompanied by a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on April 15 and a New Moon Solar Eclipse on April 28-29. Eclipses catalyze the introduction of new ideas and information. By altering the normal cadence of energy emanating from the sun and moon, eclipses bring new insights and new people together whose paths normally do not cross. This is due to the crossing of the sun and moon’s paths in the sky.

The powerful upcoming Grand Cross Alignment also will create situations that will make you feel as if you are at a crossroads. You will have to make a choice to move forward. It will not be possible to stand still. If you try to stand still, you will feel as if you are working at cross purposes with yourself, and eventually circumstances will conspire to break the impasse.

As each person makes changes in response to their choices, the level of activity on the planet will rise exponentially. A ripple effect will be created in which each person’s ripples of change will collide with the ripples of other people’s changes, causing a fair amount of chaos in the transition to a higher state of awareness. It is a law of physics that the greater the chaos, the greater the order that follows. The accelerated exchange of ideas, information, and energies between people will set the stage for the end of relationships, institutions, customs, and ways of interacting that we have become familiar with. The consequence of the Grand Cross Alignment of 2014 will be a profound sense of expansion of consciousness for many years to come.

The Grand Cross Alignment of 2014 will catalyze four stages of growth that you will go through in your path to transformation. The first stage, “disruption,” involves a disturbance to your normal patterns. The second stage, “frustration,” involves delays to plans you make and actions you’d like to take. The third stage, “redemption and salvation,” involves an area of your life where you will receive spiritual protection. The fourth and final stage of growth and change, “transformation,” will enable you to embrace a new way of living and being. You will become a more refined reflection of the authentic self you are meant to become.

Watch my new video, “Grand Cross Alignment of 2014,” to learn more about the four stages of growth and how this alignment will affect your astrological sign. Click here for more information about the Grand Cross plus my hour-long Chakra Meditation video that you can use to keep your body and mind aligned throughout the Grand Cross.


You will discover many new parts of yourself as you go through the active energetic matrix created by the Grand Cross Alignment of 2014. You may at times feel as if you’re going through the birth canal. You may feel as if you’re being squeezed as you leave the comfort of the womb (habits) you no longer need. But as you emerge from the womb into the light, you will grow toward greater conscious awareness. The involvement of lucky Jupiter in this intensely transformative planetary alignment will mean that all circumstances, even those that appear disruptive from your present vantage point, will contribute to your evolution and move you toward the higher good.

Your habitual response to change will determine how you feel in the coming months. Even if you don’t like change, you will at the very least gain a new perspective. Keep an open mind and heart!

ASTROLOGICAL NOTE: On Sunday, April 20, Jupiter will square Uranus and oppose Pluto, and the Moon will square Uranus, conjoin Pluto, oppose Jupiter, and square Mars. On Monday, April 21, Uranus will square Pluto. On Tuesday, April 22, Mars will square Jupiter. On Wednesday, April 23, Mars will oppose Uranus and square Pluto.


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ARIES (March 21 – April 19)
Celestial activity is creating an extraordinary amount of change in your life so you need to be prepared to change directions at a moment’s notice. This extra activity may raise buried, chaotic feelings, so give yourself plenty of space to experience the reactions inside you — and express these reactions in a diplomatic way so as not to unnecessarily arouse anger in others. Your planetary ruler, Mars, will move backwards in Libra from March 1 to May 19. This phenomenon, which occurs for six weeks every 2 years, will help you resolve differences with others from the past. You will have an opportunity to rectify relationships that have previously gone out of balance due to the mis-use of power (either exertion of too much or too little power). You will gain a better understanding of the limitations of a matter through candid exchanges with others. An alignment of loving Venus with action-oriented Mars and justice-seeking Saturn on March 29, will set the stage for the return of peace and harmony to a previously troubled situation. The Grand Cross Alignment of the Moon, Mars, and Jupiter with Uranus and Pluto from April 20 to April 23, combined with a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on April 15 and a New Moon Solar Eclipse on April 28, will bring many ideas that have been brewing in the background of your mind to the foreground. Try to be realistic about the resources you have available. You will enjoy the constant pace of change, but make sure to take breaks from the high level of activity to recharge your batteries and refresh your mind.

TAURUS (April 20 – May 20)
The Spring Equinox will inaugurate a period in which you will be able to solidify your foundations. Focus on rectifying the past under the influence of Mars retrograde in Libra until May 19—balance your checkbook, clean out your closets, and contact the people you have been meaning to get in touch with. Make peace with the past. Begin to make new commitments for the future when Mars changes direction and resumes direct motion on May 19. You will make much forward progress based on decisions you make and actions you take in late May and early June. During the month of June, you will be involved in a harmonious gathering with a congenial group of friends under the influence of Venus in Taurus. The Grand Alignment of the Moon, Mars, and Jupiter with Uranus and Pluto from April 20 to April 23, combined with a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on April 15 and a New Moon Solar Eclipse on April 28, will give you awareness and inspiration through your dreams. This will be a good time to struggle for a cause you believe in, and resolve any outstanding problems with close neighbors, siblings, or cousins. Relationships you no longer need are falling away. Your spiritual roots will more than make up for any losses you perceive and will nourish you in countless ways.

GEMINI (May 21 – June 21)
The Spring Equinox will initiate a period of completion of ideas and projects initiated since your last birthday. This is a period of final testing and completion of the plans you have made as long as 9 months ago. The Grand Cross Alignment of the Moon, Mars, and Jupiter with Uranus and Pluto from April 20 to April 23, combined with a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on April 15 and a New Moon Solar Eclipse on April 28, will bring new people into your social circle. These new people will help you express your creativity in innovative ways. Spend extra time introspecting to marshall your creative mental resources. The retrograde of Mercury, the communications planet, from June 7 to July 1, will enable you to relax, reflect upon the past, and prepare for the future. Your upcoming birthday will also provide a high point from which to view accomplishments from the past and prepare for the future. This is a good time to draw up a financial plan.

CANCER (June 22 – July 22)
Prepare to express an idea that you have been nurturing under the beneficial influence of lucky Jupiter in Cancer until July 16. You will be ready to take a bold step just after the New Moon in Aries on March 30. The greater the energy you gather inside yourself during the days leading up to the New Moon, the greater will be the energy you have available to expend in outer activities under the lively influence of the subsequent Full Moon. The Grand Cross Alignment of the Moon, Mars, and Jupiter with Uranus and Pluto from April 20 to April 23, combined with a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on April 15 and a New Moon Solar Eclipse on April 28, will call you into a more public role than you are accustomed to. You have an important message to share about the importance of nurturing one’s family. Your message will support others to live happy, healthy lives. Challenging relationships you encounter at this time will bring out the best in you. Open your generous heart and give rather than retreat if you feel threatened. You will gain tremendous benefits from an open-hearted approach. Communicative Mercury in Cancer from May 29 to June 17 and again from July 12 to 31 will help you get your message across in a gentle, loving way.

LEO (July 23 – August 22)
Loving Venus in your opposing sign of Aquarius from March 5 to April 5 will enhance your romantic life and attract new friends to you. You are happiest when you express the warm and loving sentiments in your heart to generous, receptive, loving people. Make sure to choose your companions well so you feel the support you enjoy so much. Cultivate close friendships to help you re-pattern from any unworkable relationships you have had in the past. A Grand Cross Alignment of the Moon, Mars, and Jupiter with Uranus and Pluto from April 20 to April 23, combined with a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on April 15 and a New Moon Solar Eclipse on April 28, will help you discover a spiritual philosophy or teaching that will bring you inner peace and tranquility. As you feel more comfortable with who you are within yourself, greater harmony will be created around you. Make sure to address any health issues that may be lurking in the background of your awareness, especially if you are concerned about your heart, circulation, or blood pressure. Your spiritual commitment may wax and wane during the coming season, so fortify your spiritual connection to your soul so you may sustain your sense of optimism.

VIRGO (August 23 – September 22)
A Full Moon in Virgo on March 16 will help you to introduce an idea that you have been harboring for as long as six months. Even though you are self-sufficient and do well when you work on your own, you will feel most satisfied with your accomplishments when you incorporate the ideas of others. This is a good time to meet new people and collaborate with individuals who help you put a new spin on old ideas. Put the finishing touches on your projects and be ready to present the fruits of your labors to others during the spring season. You are getting ready for a new beginning. The Grand Cross Alignment of the Moon, Mars, and Jupiter with Uranus and Pluto from April 20 to April 23, combined with a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on April 15 and a New Moon Solar Eclipse on April 28, will engender a sense that you cannot rely upon fixed plans anymore, the way you have in the past. Let go of your attachment to circumstances being a certain way. You are learning the qualities of flexibility and non-attachment. When you allow people and situations to sort themselves out without your intervention, life will unfold for you on a higher level. This is a time to share your love of purity and guilelessness with children who feel the same way you do.

LIBRA (September 23 – October 23)
Energetic Mars in Libra until July 25 will bring a large quantity of energy and activity into your daily life. Reconsider and rectify past actions under the influence of Mars retrograde in Libra until May 19. Thereafter, initiate new ideas and make new contacts with people. You are ready to transition from the old to the new. You can’t yet know the shape of things to come, but you can prepare by letting go of all of those activities and material objects you no longer need to make space for the new. Re-evaluate the past and be ready to make appropriate changes in the future. The Grand Cross Alignment of the Moon, Mars, and Jupiter with Uranus and Pluto from April 20 to April 23, combined with a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on April 15 and a New Moon Solar Eclipse on April 28, will mean you may have to deal with erratic behavior from others. By putting your foot down and asserting your truth, you will bring situations back into balance. You tend to stay quiet to keep the peace. It’s time to express your true desires so your aspirations may be fulfilled.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 21)
You may feel more than a little emotional under the influence of the Scorpio Moon at the spring equinox on March 20. Slow down and step back to gain perspective if you feel overwhelmed. You will feel more in control of the situation after the New Moon Solar Eclipse in your opposing sign of Taurus on April 28. In the interim, focus on positive affirmations, prayer and meditation to bring greater clarity—and better results. This is a year of transition for you as karmic Saturn traverses the sign of Scorpio. Outstanding conundrums will straighten out and rectify themselves by the end of the year, when you will feel as if you have surmounted the obstacles that have been holding you back. Think strategically now. Be prepared to wait. The success you have been seeking will be yours. The Grand Cross Alignment of the Moon, Mars, and Jupiter with Uranus and Pluto from April 20 to April 23, combined with a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on April 15 and a New Moon Solar Eclipse on April 28, will initially bring confusion to your daily routines. But this initial chaos will give way to a higher order that will serve the needs of your soul. Drink plenty of water if you have sudden bouts of anger or high fevers, which may manifest as part of the transformative letting-go process you are currently undergoing. As you let go of past resentments and anger, you will feel a resurgence of the loving qualities in your heart.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21)
The Moon in Sagittarius on March 21-22, as well as on April 18-19, May 15-16, and June 11-12, will help you feel as if everything is falling into place and moving you toward goals you have been pursuing since last year. As your personal strength and self-confidence grow during the Spring season, you will get in touch with and discreetly employ your talents as an advisor. As you counsel others, you will become aware of good advice to follow yourself. You will notice that when you work out agreements to past disputes, you will receive unanticipated benefits. While Jupiter traverses the home-loving sign of Cancer until July 16, you will experience your greatest comfort when in the company of loved ones in familiar surroundings. Your adventurous nature will return under the influence of lucky Jupiter in Leo, from July 16, 2014 to August 11, 2015. Until then, enjoy the simpler pleasures of life. The Grand Cross Alignment of the Moon, Mars, and Jupiter with Uranus and Pluto from April 20 to April 23, combined with a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on April 15 and a New Moon Solar Eclipse on April 28, will temporarily disrupt your established routines. Use downtime to introspect. In mid-May, your life will take on a new cadence.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19)
You are at a peak of your power under the influence of powerful Pluto in Capricorn and Saturn, your planetary ruler, in the intense sign of Scorpio. The Spring Equinox will initiate a period of greater activity for you as beneficial Jupiter in your opposing sign of Cancer attracts many new people to you. A Grand Cross Alignment of the home-loving Moon, energetic Mars, lucky Jupiter, innovative Uranus, and depth-seeking Pluto from April 20 to April 23, combined with a Lunar Eclipse on April 15 and a Solar Eclipse on April 28 will challenge your previous assumptions. Practice new thinking patterns and follow new routines. Experiment with expressing yourself in new ways. When you center your awareness in your heart and authentically acknowledge the truth of your feelings, you will naturally know the best course of action to pursue. You cannot stay still any longer. You must choose a new direction — and pursue it with conviction for best results. This is a good time for you to be in a close relationship with a partner who is equal to you. With diplomacy and perceptive observation, you will be able to experience the harmonious relationship you desire.

AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18)
When your planetary ruler, Uranus, aligns with lucky Jupiter on April 20, you will experience a lucky combination of innovation and surprising success. Try new things. Contact new people. Think new thoughts. Let go of attachment to the past, and get ready to embrace something new. You will feel at a peak of power under the influence of the Aquarius Moon on March 26, April 22, May 19-20, and June 16. Your mind is very open now. Your perceptions are quite accurate. Take a break if you feel you are taking in too much information at once. Meditate and experience a period of solitude if you need to bring order to chaotic thoughts. The Grand Cross Alignment of the Moon, Mars, and Jupiter with Uranus and Pluto from April 20 to April 23, combined with a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on April 15 and a New Moon Solar Eclipse on April 28, may jangle the nerves of others but will leave you feeling right at home with the possibilities that emerge from periods of change and uncertainty. Lack of rigid rules is a key to your own progress and innovation. When you give charitably, benefits come to both you and the recipient.

PISCES (February 19 – March 20)
Your mind is racing ahead to possibilities for the future. You may feel happiest when you’re imagining what will come next in your life. Enjoy your visions of the future. But make sure to take care of the present moment by organizing your daily life in a way that will support future possibilities. The best day to bring clarity to otherwise unclear situations will be under the influence of the Full Moon on March 16. Your creativity will also be at a peak under the influence of the Pisces Moon on March 28, April 24, May 21-22, and June 17-18. The Grand Cross Alignment of the Moon, Mars, and Jupiter with Uranus and Pluto from April 20 to April 23, combined with a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on April 15 and a New Moon Solar Eclipse on April 28, will loosen confining structures in your personal life and the world. You are more comfortable than most people with times of uncertainty and change because you know that a state of flux is natural to the human condition and is a pre-cursor to progress. There may be many unknowns in the situations around you, but all is moving toward bringing you to a higher state of consciousness. You will benefit through contact with the innocence, purity, and spiritual connectedness of children.


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