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The Grand Sextile

When I walked on Sunday morning, the Moon and Sun were visible in the blue sky; it is always wonderful to see both lights in the sky. I could see their angular relationship, as the Moon was close to her last quarter, exact on Monday.

There is much beautiful symmetrical geometry of the spheres surrounding us these days. I couldn’t pass by this moment without a blog dedicated to the ongoing trines and sextiles. In an ongoing weaving of planets this summer, the trine between Jupiter in Cancer, Saturn in Scorpio, and Neptune in Pisces has formed a backdrop to the faster-moving planets. We have had a series of grand sextiles since late June when Venus joined Mercury in Cancer, followed by Jupiter and Mars. (1)

The most significant sextile, truly The Grand Sextile, forms precisely on July 29.

I chose the Moon’s sextile to Neptune for the illustration (6:45 am PT). About an hour later the Moon opposes Saturn, then squares the Sun, sextiles Jupiter, trines Venus and Pluto, sextiles Mars, conjuncts the south node, and sextiles Mercury. Go exalted Moon in Taurus!

Grand sextile

We are somewhat out of the direct intensity of Uranus square Pluto (the last square was May 20, the next November 1). If we have the opportunity, there could not be a better day to take a moment to invite and cultivate our version of perfectly potentized water (feelings, fluids, lakes, waves, ponds, pools, showers, libations, fertility, impressions, dreams, ablutions), interlocking and moving in profound agreement and cooperation with an equal equipoise in earth (land, ground, money, food, manifestation, stabilizing).

Although there are challenging aspects forming now as well, with many writers in the links below telling this part of the story, I am focusing on the symmetry of the six-pointed star. (2)

On Monday especially, others might be drawn to align with this geometry. In some yogic traditions, the six-pointed star is associated with the anahata, the heart chakra. This is the 4th chakra, the meeting point and the balance between the lower and higher chakras.

Anahata means “unbeaten” or “unstuck.” A local yogini has spoken about the innermost place in the human heart, “the place that has never been hurt.” It is a place of deepest stillness, way down inside each of us, the place that the mystics and yogis have cultivated for life times.

There is also an association with bees and the heart chakra. The bee’s honeycomb is a hexagon, a six-sided figure that can be viewed as two interlocking triangles, symbolizing union of the masculine and feminine (Shiva and Shakti).

I am on the same wavelength here as Julija Simas from C*I*A; see her fine astrological interpretation and her link to a BBC special on the bees here.

Here are some wonderful astrological interpretations from around the web.

Thank you everyone for reading, and may we find cooperation and ease beyond our wildest imaginations.


(1) I saw something last week that spoke to me of a theme of this summer — a new Italian-designed technology that is made of intricate coils or tubes that carry water, either hot for heat or cold for cooling. They were carefully and intricately placed in a layer of the ceilings of a very big house under construction. It was hugely challenging; no one had ever done it before and an imminent deadline was pressing. It was also complicated by the fact that the new system was added late in the design; the architectural plans were completed but everyone had to adapt and see if it would work. I happened to be there when the craftsmen had the first trial run to see if it worked: Yay! It did, no leaks. I naturally saw this as a beautiful display of water and earth trines: safe new pathways to hold the energy supplied by water, the successful outcome of a creative new technology and a metaphor for what we are experiencing in life these days. I won’t belabor what may seem obvious, but it was a manifestation of pressure, challenge, creativity, and cooperation all moving to a successful result.

(2) I took two trips in my car on Saturday. Both times I caught myself going much too fast — hello Mars opposite Pluto square Uranus — right before I spotted a police car.

Other writers on today’s event:

Roxanna Muise has a terrifically informative article, The Grand Sextile. She includes many details on aspect patterns, history of past grand sextiles, and connections now to the NY Stock Exchange, the U.S. Gemini Rising and Sibly charts, and to Barack Obama. “The Grand Sextile is the ultimate in symmetrical configurations. It is a multidimensional mandala composed of sextiles, trines, oppositions, midpoints, dual elements, and singular sign polarity. The GS is a rare configuration, as you might understand – it is quite a feat for our solar system to manage the orbits so that at least 6 of our planets find themselves exactly 60° apart around the wheel of our zodiac.”

Grand Sextile of July 29, 2013: A Spiraling Vortex of Ascension for the Human Race by Tara Faulkner, PhD, is an inspiring essay on this rare alignment. “When such an auspicious, archetypal symbol locks into position (like the tumblers inside the door of a bank vault falling into place), as happens in the early afternoon of July 29 (EST), it signals the opening of a window of immense opportunity (perhaps the opportunity of a million lifetimes) — a time of greatly accelerated evolutionary potential — for ourselves, our planet, our solar system, and even our galaxy.”

Amy Bird delineates each of the planets comprising the Grand Sextile — July 29, 2013. “Earth and Water signs are feminine (yin) signs and so this Grand Sextile is indicative of a big shift towards the feminine principles of emotional intelligence, harmony, gentleness, kindness, intuition, nurturance, and grace. Indeed, it has been labelled by some as ‘The Saving Grace’!”

Dipali Desai writes about the “gem of opportunity” at Celestial Twinkle: “Star Gateway” or Star of David Aspect on July 29, 2013. “It is a time to get serious about what you need to clear away and what you need to place your focus and attention upon. Use the potentials within this beautiful configuration for your highest good.”

Kathy Nance at Gateway Goddess says, “Get ready to wish on a star — a giant, six-pointed one ringing the Zodiac” in Monday’s Grand Sextile Powers Manifestation Magic.
“The last time we had this exact configuration was February 27, 1945 — near the end of World War II. Millions wishing for peace; and in May and August of that year, they got it.”

Lauren Edmond of Artcharts writes Grand SEXTILE of July 29: the new normal. “A GRAND SEXTILE is an opportunity — golden and perfect — to opt for peace and prosperity for all, or we can just keep doing what we’ve been doing — hoarding power and profit. Are we generous and flowing, or are we convinced that the world is scary and FEAR is the only sane response? Is that the best we can do? Because this is a GOLDEN opportunity to ask and receive. This Grand Sextile can also help you get clear about what you truly desire.”

The Great Sextile Star of David Merkaba of late July 2013, by Robert Wilkinson at Aquarius Papers, has wise words: “All should clearly understand in fairly simple terms some part of the past that must be left behind to open the door to self-renewal. It may involve a certain type of specialized genius or unique self-expression, anchored in the core teaching of learning how to get beyond fear. Imitation expands opportunities, even as we tear ourselves away from the known and familiar, mastering discouragement in the marketplace of life.”

Nadia Gilchrist at Ruby Slipper Astrology does a fine job of breaking down the complexities of The July 29th Grand Sextile. “I posted a picture of the configuration, so you can see what it looks like (another name for this aspect is a Star of David). All Water and Earth. All harmonious aspects, all hooked up together in an unbroken circuit. There’s a couple of wide oppositions in there (Jupiter/Mars opposite Pluto, Moon opposite Saturn), but they’ll be weak. The harmony of the sextiles and trines will drown out any tension.”


  1. Thank You for the mention Mary, great to be on the same wavelength, with Black Moon Lilith in deep in the water trine, may the sacred feminine continue to rise and be strong, as we honour the sacred, like our bees.

  2. Thanks Julija, although I stayed with planets, I do have a feel for
    Black Moon Lilith (I have her on my natal Sun/Moon midpoint..)

    Good news from Pope Francis: ““If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?””

    The best of water – the universal solvent..


  3. for a change I am seeing this in time to participate on my own tonight.Lovely confirmations..a) of a dream I had of heating & cooling (which by the way seemed to reflect radiant heating in your footnote-not really a new dad invented his own in our concrete basement cellar floor decades ago but perhaps radiant heating in a ceiling is new,although it seems impractical unless there is also a blower system to move the affected air DOWN ???) b) of a beetle that visited me recently which I’d never seen…green ladybug type but with a distinct red taurus symbol on it’s back which made no sense to me (now it does)…because I have been consistently doing a water/earth combo ceremony in my lodge for a bit (since about grand water trine 😉 Thanks for making my day feel like part of the family of hu-being for a change <3

    • hi aurora dreaming,

      yes, we are all in this hu-being family…thanks for reading..

      Sweet dreams..

  4. Once again, thank you Mary for including me among these hu-man luminaries. it’s a thrill to experience the grand sextile.<:3Lauren

  5. Lovely postings. Imagine “the place that has never been hurt” opening in human after human around the planet. Such power to bathe us all in the light.
    Thank You

  6. The formation feels to be ‘sanity insurance’ or a connecting bond to the soul, in the midst of the building Mars / Uranus square (which no one seems to be mentioning, yet it’s all over the news in the form of transportation disasters, etc.) and Mars/Pluto opposition. I did, actually, receive (and act on) a rather special opportunity today. Amidst stress commensurate with the hard aspects in Cardinal signs…

    • Sara, I’m glad you called attention to the Mars Uranus square and to the Mars/Pluto….I haven’t been as sick as I’ve been the last week in several years…trying to find the “productivity and harmony” in all of this.

  7. Mary, after reading this month’s blog, I realized that my lunar return occurred on July 29th. I was amazed when I looked at the chart patterns. 36 different patterns, taking up 1-1/2 pages. I guess this will be a very busy month for me! Thanks for the heads-up.

  8. I was looking so forward to this and it was so close to many points in my chart. It turned out to be a day of extreme sadness and disappointment.

  9. Mary… in analyzing (and personalizing) the effects of the Grant Trine on one’s on natal chart, one can also consider the effects on one’s progressed chart… as well as one’s relocated chart. What about a person’s relocated progressed chart? Would where one is now be as important as where one was at birth?

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