The Grand Cross in a birth chart symbolizes the person’s challenges and frustrations, his feelings of being ‘blocked’, his determination, and his success or failure.

Many people are fascinated in horoscope reading and what their birth chart tell them about their personalities, about their lives, and love. Some people may find that they have a ‘Grand Cross’ configuration when they read their birth chart.

The Grand Cross, also called the Grand Square in a birth chart, is a configuration made up of four planetary bodies forming a square or a big box with two pair of planets opposite each other. The intersecting points of the planets form a big ‘X’ in the middle of the birth chart, thus it was named as the Grand Cross or Grand Square.

If your birth chart shows a Grand Cross in it, here’s what it means:

Challenges and frustrations

The cross as shown in the center of the birth chart symbolizes that the planets involved are somewhat counteracting or opposing each other. This means that there will be lots of challenges that will come to a person with a Grand Cross on his birth chart. Sometimes these challenges come all together which is difficult to solve and may put into the test the person’s character. The Grand Cross also means the person’s feeling of frustration from the constant challenges in which he only have very limited options to solve them.

Feeling of being ‘blocked’

The feeling of being blocked is represented in the configuration wherein the Grand Cross is surrounded by walls, which most likely forms the square in the birth chart. The formation can symbolizes stress and tension and can generate the feeling of insecurity. But it all depends on the person’s perspective if he looks at the square as a hindrance for resolutions or of freedom, or just mere challenges.


Having a Grand Cross in a birth chart may bring burden to a person especially at times when challenges or problems arise mostly together in the same time. These challenges affect different areas of a person’s life which are rather very difficult for a person to cope up with. But all of these will only test the person’s determination to solve these problems. He will eventually learn that these challenges will bring him personal growth and power, and develop in him solutions to bring him back to a state in his life where peace and harmony reigns.

Success or failure in life

With all the challenges and the frustrations from constantly dealing with them, the person with a Grand Cross on his birth chart will choose wherever path he will take. He may either benefit from his experiences and solve the challenges, or he may just give up the fight and regret his actions for the rest of his life.

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