The Grand Sextile: Increase the Peace! (July 29, 2013)

Mark your calendar for horoscope history: Monday, July 29 features an incredibly rare aspect known as a Grand Sextile. It’s essentially a six-pointed star, or hexagram, comprised of seven planets that form harmonious angles (trines and sextiles) to each other. This synergistic seven are all in “feminine” (earth or water) signs, emphasizing stability, gentleness, love and harmony. Many astrologers view this as the moment our culture will take a step toward embracing “feminine” principles. We could certainly stand to do that!

peace-hand-240x300PinPicture a world that values cooperation over competition, goodness over greed, and where women and children are valued and treated as equal citizens. (We could hang out on this soapbox all day…ahhh.) It’s a long-overdue energetic rebalancing that our culture is crying out for, not to mention our environment. Perhaps that’s why astrologers have nicknamed this Grand Sextile “the saving grace.”

It’s rare enough to have even one trine, or “lucky triangle,” so experiencing two at once  is a real anomaly. One will be an earth trine involving the moon, Venus and Pluto. The other is a water trine that includes Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune. Hello, sweet alignment!


The Planetary Players

Every planet in this Grand Sextile has a job. Here’s what each one will be contributing to this cosmic kumbaya moment:

Moon—in Taurus
Being present and in the moment. Pleasure. Being in our bodies. Experiencing the sensual aspects of being human. Building.

Mars and Jupiter—in Cancer
Expanding our definition of home and family. We are all family. Looking out for each other. Expressing our passion and vision with heart.

Venus—in Virgo
Constructive criticism in the spirit of service. Helping each other become better people, and doing so with kindness. Creative problem-solving. We’re on the same team/we’re all in this together. Purifying our intentions.

Saturn—in Scorpio 
Wise use of our emotional and financial resources; thoughtfully merging our energy with someone else’s so that everyone becomes stronger as a result

Pluto—in Capricorn
Transforming our approach to power, government, hierarchy. Becoming aware of the karma on earth for everything that we build or put into tangible form. Expressing power consciously. Rethinking our power structures. Overturning dictators, oppressive rulership.

Neptune—in Pisces
Healing, compassion, people becoming open to Law of Attraction and oneness consciousness. Recognizing that we are spiritual beings having a human experience, and that our separateness is an illusion. As within, so without.

The Grand Sextile and Your Zodiac Sign

How will the Grand Sextile soften your sign’s tougher tendencies? Here’s how you can incorporate new energetic ease into your current way of being:

Aries: Calm your hotheaded and impulsive M.O. and pause before you react. Look before leaping.

Taurus: Shift from resisting change to thoughtfully considering a whole new outlook.

Gemini: Transmute scattered energy into focusing on a couple key goals. Stay present. Breathe.

Cancer: Bypass your insecurity and take a chance. Feel the fear and do it anyway!

Leo: Look past the drama of the immediate situation and discover the greater plan.

Virgo: Break out of “analysis paralysis” and perfectionism. Put yourself out there, even if you don’t feel “ready.”

Libra: Release the need for  approval. Make a decision, and be empowered by living with its consequences, good or bad.

Scorpio: Lower your mask and let people see the man/woman behind the mystery.

Sagittarius: Rather than bite off more than you can chew, practice committing fully to one dream at a time. Be where you are.

Capricorn: Live in the moment, rather than turning everything into a ten-year plan or worrying about the outcome.

Aquarius: Breathe through the awkwardness of intimacy and allow yourself to truly connect with people, one on one.

Pisces: Snap out of the illusion of victimhood. Click those ruby slippers. You had the power all along!


The AstroTwins

Identical twin sisters Ophira and Tali Edut, known as The AstroTwins, are the founders of and the authors of multiple bestselling astrology books. Their horoscopes reach millions here and through their resident astrologer column at ELLE Magazine.