Astrological Picture Book ~ The Capricorn Lunar Eclipse and the Grand Cross of 2010

Lunar Eclipse on March 3rd 2007. A time lapse movie created by Thomas Knoblauch of the lunar eclipse from March the 3rd 2007. More Information can be found at

This Saturday, 06-26-2010, brings us a once in a lifetime event ~ a Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn that joins with the Cardinal T-Square to create a Grand Cross. Everyone’s talking about it, but what does it mean? It was mentioned on a numerology forum I belong to and tarot readers are talking about it, too. Folks who are beginning their astro studies are rightfully confused. It’s a lot of information to take in. There’s plenty of fear about the alignment and lots of misconceptions, too.   

Tthe diagram below is a tarot layout of the Grand Cross alignment. I can’t look at the tarot without thinking astrology, so I often lay out an astro spread or assign house meanings to specific positions in a layout. The diagram below doesn’t have any house assignments, but it does show the planetary alignment for this eclipse. Sometimes I lay cards out like this to help myself see an aspect more clearly.

How Long Do Effects of Lunations and Eclipses Last?

This is a very short-lived alignment that’s getting a lot of attention because eclipses are supposed to bring focus to an area of our charts for a longer period of time and with a greater impact than a regular Full Moon.  Here’s the timing breakdown for Lunations and Eclipses:   

  • Full Moons ~ 2 weeks
  • New Moons ~ 1 month
  • Lunar Eclipses ~ 6 months
  • Solar Eclipses ~ 1 year

You may feel an eclipse’s effect within three days of the actual eclipse, so take note if you are beginning to jibe with issues related to the house in your chart where the eclipse is ocurring ~ especially your Capricorn house ~ even if you don’t have any planets in that house or in aspect to this Grand Cross alignment.   


None of the cards or the planets they represent are bad. They just are. What makes this such a dynamic time is that they are all in a stressful relationship to one another ~ two oppositions, four squares. Balance and adjustment are required. 

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?   

Likewise, if an eclipse happens and we can’t see it, does it have an effect on us personally? That’s certainly a ponderable point and one that’s debated. Think back on the eclipses that were visible to you and the ones  that weren’t. Have you noticed a difference in their effects? (Check out NASA’s info on the visibility of the eclipse.)   

A Breakdown of the Alignment for Tarot Readers

 The Wheel and the Fool ~ Jupiter and Uranus (in Aries)   

Jupiter and Uranus are in conjunction aspect in the Grand Cross, so their energies are combined. Read these two cards as one to combine their meanings. If you were reading this card combination, you might think:   

  • Big changes are coming as a result of taking a risk.
  • What goes up must come down ~ that fool’s going over the edge!
  • I won’t know if I don’t try.

If you’re a person who embraces change or thrives on it, you’re in for an exciting  journey. If the idea of change reminds you of an out-of-control rollercoaster, hang on! It’s going to be a bumpy ride. Always remember that your response to any situation in your life determines the outcome of that situation.   

Add the dynamic energy of The Emperor or the King of Wands to this scenario. They both represent Aries, the sign influencing this planetary pair. They are active, dynamic, courageous.   

The World ~ Saturn (in Libra)  

Both Virgo and Libra are noted for Saturn’s position in the layout because Saturn is currently at 28 Virgo, having recently retrograded. He’s moving forward again, though, and will soon catch up to the early degrees of Libra again.   

The World asks us to consider such things as:   

  • What are my boundaries and limitations?
  • Do I need to enlarge or downsize my world?
  • What is my circle of comfort or protection? 

Ask these questions of the major relationships in your life since Saturn will spend the next couple of years passing through Libra, sign of relationships.

Even though I’m focusing on Libra in this alignment because of the ongoing Cardinal T-Square, Saturn is in Virgo during this brief Grand Cross alignment, and will be there through July 21, 2010.  If you’ve noticed Virgo effects, include symbolism for The Hermit and the Knight of Pentacles, both associated with Virgo. 

Justice and The King of Swords are associated with Libra and ask us to use our very best discernment in all matters at hand, as well as to employ a sense of fair play and rightness to our situations. “It’s not might is right,” King Arthur says in Camelot. “Right is might.” They are social, logical, inventive.  

Judgement and The High Priestess ~ Pluto and The Moon (in Capricorn)   

Like Jupiter and Uranus, Pluto and The Moon will be in conjunction during the Eclipse and should be read as combined energies. Here are deep, penetrating perceptions, high intution, or ingrained habits that may have outlived their usefulness.  With this pair, ask questions such as:   

  • How can I deepen my intuiton?
  • What insights are yet to be gained in my current situation?
  • What long-lived habits need transforming? 

Pluto, the planet of transformation, is making a long journey through Capricorn, the sign of big business, worldly success, big government, and our outer (as opposed to our inner) world.  In the tarot, Capricorn is represented by The Devil. This card gives lots of folks the heeby-jeebies, not unlike the Death card of Scorpio.

Unfortunately, The Devil card is most often linked with possessive control, attachments to material things, and a heart’s desire to be important. The more negative qualities of this card are usually cited. If things are out of control, however, The Devil is a positive symbol when control is gained.

We find it easier to see the more positive qualities of Capricorn in the King of Pentacles ~ a comfortable existence, a life of plenty, success in the material world, a legacy ~ all while being warned of the extremes that lead to the attachments of The Devil. Pluto arrives to bust up that comfort and to bring light where there is darkness. 

The Devil and King of Pentacles bring steadfast action, longevity, and mature response to a situation.

The Sun (in Cancer)   

The Sun card is usually read as a glowing future, being in the spotlight, a special light being thrown on an issue of importance. We usually expect a happy outcome to accompany this card when we receive it in a reading. If reading from an astrological perspective, include these types of questions:   

  • Is my ego in check?
  • Am I being childish about my situation?
  • Will this really make me happy?
  • How can I bring joy to myself or to another? 

The Sun is in the sign of Cancer during the eclipse and in the Grand Cross alignment. Cancer, represented by The Chariot, is the natural home of the Moon and, therefore, also The High Priestess. The King of Cups and the Chariot, being cardinal energies, embody action backed by sensitivity and with an emotionally attached undercurrent.

Balance of Opposites

Full Moons always involve an opposition of the Moon and the Sun and require a balance in the signs and houses they occupy. An eclipse darkens, keeps some things hidden. During the six-month period in which the eclipse plays out, look for those things signified by Capricorn’s house to become more apparent. They will eventually come into the light, but slowly. Issues may arise quickly, but resolution arrives more slowly.   

A Little Bit More   

The Cardinal T-square of Pluto/Uranus/Saturn occured in the first decan of each of the cardinal signs, signifying action and pure energies of the signs. Twos are the sign of the Moon ~ duality, partnership, union. Perhaps in the coming months we can become one with some difficult issue we face. Be supportive, understanding but not a doormat, and strong. The minor arcana cards relating to this alignment are the 2’s:

  • 2 of Pentacles ~ Capricorn
  • 2 of Cups ~ Cancer
  • 2 of Swords ~ Libra
  • 2 of Wands ~ Aries

If you are working with Saturn in Virgo, the card for the last decan of Virgo is the 10 of Pentacles.


Finishing Up   

Now you must add the meanings of the houses in your chart in which this Eclipse occur. You can work with the Eclipse houses only, the Grand Cross alignment, or the Cardinal T-Square that will resume it’s control of the cosmic weather once the Grand Cross has dissipated. If you need a refresher, here’s a downloadable chart of all the house meanings.   

Making it Personal   

  • What meanings can you add to these cards and planetary placements?
  • What’s happening in your chart?
  • Have you already noticed some things connected to these energies?

Related Posts to Tarot Cards in this Alignment:   

9 thoughts on “Astrological Picture Book ~ The Capricorn Lunar Eclipse and the Grand Cross of 2010

  1. Well CJ, since the eclipse will be in my 7th house and my husbands 7th house, I am planning on this being the time for the changes we need! I almost feel like it is a last chance thing. I am holding my breath, waiting to see what happens. I have been feel the need for change in many areas, but not sure how to get moving. Maybe this will be the push. LOL I am totally confused about the Grand Cross, so I am just waiting.

    1. I’m not so sure that we don’t stay hungry for some kind of change most of the time, Susie. The opposite of change is stagnation, and that’s dreary. With a long marriage (7th), we have to find a way to keep it juicy, right? Don’t let the eclipse or the Grand Cross worry you. It will play out or it won’t. Astrology can surprise us with the way it manifests the symbolism.

  2. I pulled The Fool in a reading I did for the eclipse yesterday. There’s so much to be optimistic about- but we still have to watch our step 🙂

    1. I’m optimist, too, Michelle. I have to say that The Fool is one of my favorite cards. My heart leaps when I draw it.

  3. Thank You CjWright Superb Post !!!

    Great Insights !!!

    Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue. Buddha

    And if There are People Like You Cj Wright we have more chances to see the Bumps
    Ahead and have also a chance to make them a Stairway to Heaven !!!

    Blessings !!!

    1. I’ve tripped over plenty of bumps, Jorge, and still don’t see the next one coming up. Just trying to “keep it between the ditches” and stay on the path, scraped knees and all. 🙂

  4. Auntie,
    I was introduced to your site via Donna Cunningham’s ‘Skywalker’ blog and would like to thank you for the insights. Having been nailed (?) to a Cardinal Cross (Cap Sun/Chiron in 12, Cap. Asc., etc.) for almost 60 years, and taking my 2nd Saturn return via the current Cardinal Cross in conjunction with mine…well, it’s been quite a ride.
    My 40+ years of solitary esoteric study had me feeling prepared, (lol)…but it has been a challenge. The rewards have been even more surprising–and among them has been perusing the astro-community and finding so much more there than this avowed Luddite ever suspected. You, and Donna C., have really helped. Thanks so much, Berta (Hermit)

    1. Welcome, Berta, and thank you. I’m glad you found a few insights here (and a few comforts, I hope). I share that 12th house Cap Chiron with you, as well as my second Saturn return. Crosses are always a challenge, to say the least. I got my whipping with the Fixed Cross a few years back, so I truly understand.

      Our current astro-community is amazing. There are so many gifted teachers and people willing to share their thoughts or experiences. It’s a lovely thing and an excellent source of support. ~ cj

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