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Grand Cross Wedding—Happy Spring!!

True Love

True Love

Here we are at the Spring Equinox and I can’t help but reminisce.  Would you believe that I got married during a Grand Cross involving two of the planets now in our current Cardinal Grand Cross? (Pluto square Jupiter) It’s true.  I knew nothing about astrology at the time which proves ‘innocence is bliss’!


This also proves that a Grand Cross Wedding date can be a lasting marriage—forty-two years to date.  It doesn’t mean that our marriage hasn’t had it’s roller-coaster ride however.  The path of true love can be full of  twists and turns and surprises! Just take a look at this chart.  All the rules for a good marriage chart are broken here.  Sun in Aries?  Are you kidding?  What kind of marriage chart wants the Sun in Aries?   Moon Void of Course in Gemini?  Who would think that could be stable?  Pluto in the mix in square to Jupiter, square to Moon, AND opposite that Sun in Aries.  Yipes!  Take a good look at that Grand Cross!  Jupiter in Capricorn in its ‘Detriment’ opposite the Moon and square the Sun, and Pluto.  Yipes again.  Even Mercury in Aries is Retrograde!  What kind of fools were we anyway?  Crazy in love fools for sure.

The Groom and his Best Man

The Groom and his Best Man

So here’s a running account with photos of this grand and glorious Spring Day wedding.  This was not your typical ‘average planned wedding in the chapel’ event.  For starters, my husband planned it in less than a week.  He needed to quick to do it before he changed his mind!  HE wore the white.  He also wore a shirt I made for him.  His Best Man was a North Beach poet and book lover.  Julius had a warehouse full of bags of books.

The Bride and her Maid of Honor

The Bride and her Maid of Honor

My wedding gown was red, yellow, and black, designed and made by yours truly.  My Maid of Honor, Natasha, got her gown in Katmandu on one of her many adventures to parts unknown around the globe.  Don’t you just love her color combination?

Maid of Honor

Maid of Honor

I forgot the flowers for my hair, but doesn’t she look gorgeous with hers?  (Please excuse the blurry photos.  Our photographer just shot away happily.  No, he was decidedly NOT a professional.)

Best Man and Ring bearer

Best Man and Ring bearer

Our ring bearer was Michael, my first born; so bright and loveable in his John-John hair cut. Don’t you just love this photo of age and innocence?

Sweet Flower Girl

Sweet Flower Girl

Our Flower Girl was my darling little girl, Chrissy (now Danielle).  She was rather bewildered by it all!

The Ceremony

The Ceremony

Our minister was Willie, an African-American renegade preacher  and also my husband’s business partner for awhile.  We were an eclectic group.


Ferry Boat Wedding

Ferry Boat Wedding

The wedding party consisted of several gay men and lesbian women, assorted hippie types, artists, musicians, as well as serious scholars. Probably no white collar workers in the bunch.  Natasha’s mother happened to be visiting her, so she stood in for the parent since my dear mother couldn’t make it up to San Francisco on such short notice.  Oh yes!  We got married on the Ferry Boat going to Sausalito from San Francisco.  My husband has always teased me that we got married on federal waters, so it wasn’t legitimate.  Maybe that’s why we’ve lasted together so long.

Too Funny!

Too Funny!

But we still love each other!!!!

The Mariachi Band

The Peruvian Band

He surprised us all with a wonderful Peruvian Band as we disembarked after returning to San Francisco.  See the woman with the blue-green hat?  Her partner is the woman with the brown vest.  She was known as ‘Jay-Bird’.

The Mariachi Band

The Peruvian Band

This band was wonderful!  They had come from Peru.

The Wedding Procession

The Wedding Procession

Then we formed a caravan and drove through the financial district of downtown San Francisco as a lot of workers were getting off for the day.  We brought smiles to everyone’s faces.  We had the old ’49 Plymouth convertible with the band sitting in it playing away.  Our Model A was festooned with flowers.  The rest of our parade were on bicycles primarily.

Wedding Chariot

Wedding Chariot

We parked briefly and went into Enricos, that famous Italian spot on Broadway in those days.

Enricos in San Francisco

Enricos in San Francisco

I was still smiling.  I couldn’t stop smiling it was such a glorious day!  After this brief stop we headed for our home.  Along the way we stopped at an Italian Deli and bought wine, bread, cheese, and salami.  Forgot to get a cake.  Thankfully our upstairs neighbors baked some Mexican Wedding cookies for us, so our reception was complete.

Backyard Wedding Reception

Backyard Wedding Reception

There you have it;  a Grand Cross Wedding day that pretty much broke all the traditional rules way back there in 1972.  Please feel free to write in your comments and analysis of the Wedding chart.  What do you think?  I’d love to get your feed-back.

Here’s a couple comments:  we have NEVER been bored.  This has decidedly not been a ‘ho-hum’ marriage.  We still love each other which proves that love is what counts and ultimately prevails.  There are no ‘rights or wrongs’.

Grand Cross configurations happen all the time.  This Cardinal Grand Cross in the works is a doozy, but life will go on and humans will love and prevail.  Happy Vernal Equinox to all who read this.  May your lives be truly blessed each and every day!

March 20, 2014  27 Comments
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1 Vanessa { 03.21.14 at 2:17 pm }

Oh what a lovely post! Loved the photos! So alive and spontaneous! Thanks for sharing this special slice of your life.
Yes, we will all love and prevail… no matter what crazy aspect is in the heavens. 🙂

2 Genevieve Vierling { 03.21.14 at 3:01 pm }

So true Vanessa! I’m glad you liked this one as I know I am sticking my neck out a bit with the personal anecdotal material. Astrology IS a marvelous tool, but I guess we can all live without it as well/ha.

3 Anonymous { 03.21.14 at 3:55 pm }

Dear Genevieve, Congrats to you! And such a treat to see a wonderful documentation of a wedding of that time in that special place of San Francisco Bay Area, a wedding so different from the norm and in a time range that is very interesting historically. I would say that these photos would most certainly be interesting to anyone who would want to learn about that fascinating era. That being said, I’m glad to have known you and met you back in the 80’s ( a little later) and benefit from knowing you and hearing about your experiences.

Best Always, Gwen

4 Renee { 03.21.14 at 3:57 pm }

Happy 42nd Anniversary, Genevieve to you and Jim!!! Lovely of you to share, your amazing, charming and yes, very personal wedding photo’s (of which I’ve seen a few)! Really shows the fun loving, hippie era (before my time/ha)! Your daughter, Danielle was precious, as your flower girl!! Wonderful memories. Thank you for sharing! Love, Renee <3 🙂

5 B { 03.21.14 at 7:51 pm }


6 Andreea { 03.21.14 at 10:23 pm }

Hey, excellent post and super great wedding. I simply love it.

7 AstroTarot { 03.22.14 at 4:40 am }

Nice images, happy anniversary..

8 Sara (Sulis) { 03.22.14 at 5:57 am }

Oh, I thank you for letting us share in this fabulous memory and ongoing love match! It’s so good to know that nothing is ever really certain or known, except perhaps true love.

9 Remy { 03.22.14 at 8:37 am }

Fantastic Genevieve! Love born out of deep creativity has such life in it. Thanks for sharing these photos and this splice of your own life! Those were incredible times!

10 Gerry Golia { 03.22.14 at 8:52 am }

My Dear Friend,
Thank you for sharing such a beautiful love story… Who would have thought when we were kids setting up beds in your backyard, where life would take us… All those nights looking up at the stars and sharing our secrets. I have wonderful memories with you Jenny… “Happy 42nd Anniversary!” <3 xoxo

11 Natasha { 03.22.14 at 9:38 am }

So glad Jim and you, Genevieve, are still going strong. where has the time gone? Seems like a dream to me now. LOve those pictures. Natasha

12 Genevieve Vierling { 03.22.14 at 10:01 am }

I’m loving all of your comments! Some of you know me well from way back there in time…..Some of you are new friends and I’m enjoying your blogs as well. What a great community this is!

13 katie van wie { 03.22.14 at 10:38 am }

what a glorious post. I smiled all the way through viewing it. Happy Anniversary!

14 Tim Rubald { 03.22.14 at 7:11 pm }

Yup. 😉

15 Connie Rodriguez { 03.23.14 at 7:49 am }

How fun to see you both ‘back then’ … Great shots.. Jim was so handsome as you were and still are so beautiful. Happy Anniversary to you both. Manny and I are going on 45 years! Sounds impossible that we ave been married so long and really… It just keeps getting sweeter.

16 Tamara Tovey { 03.24.14 at 1:59 pm }

What a wonderful reprise of San Francisco’s time of blossoming, with you and Jim and all participants exulting in true love and the times! And how beautifully you continue this spirit by inviting us all to affirm the continuation of your love … Love to that gorgeous Jim and the shining you. Tamara

17 barbara wellbeloved { 03.26.14 at 7:47 pm }

A joyful day………… to experience through photographs, THANK U
a LOVELY gift (a ten minute wedding / reception / anniversary), YOU BOTH LOOK FABULOUS, and each of you with your choice of clothing very chic as was all your creative activities of the day. You two……extremely imaginable and interesting I am grateful to have you as a friends….MORE WONDERFUL DAYS, and thank you again,

18 Genevieve Vierling { 03.27.14 at 8:09 am }

I’ve never written a blog that got so much response from my dear friends. Thank you all: Barbara, Tamara, Connie, Tim, Katie, Natasha (who was there!), Gerry, Remy, Sara, Renee, and Blog friend, Vanessa! I’m not big on writing personal stuff and must admit I felt a bit nervous putting this up, but I’m glad I did. 🙂

19 Paul { 03.27.14 at 11:23 am }

I am fascinated when a person waxes nostalgic, and in this specific manner. My Piscean inclination will instantly send me back into that world at that moment; this personal phenomenon has been happening since I was a youth.

As a personal confession, I can remember going into one past personal experience(without the help of hypnotics or chemical substances mind you). When I concluded, I remember being so disoriented. Truly Pisces is the keeper of dreams.

20 Paul { 03.27.14 at 11:24 am }

I love to hear about your past Genevieve; I gain new perspectives.

21 Genevieve Vierling { 03.27.14 at 3:26 pm }

Thanks for your great feed-back Paul. Yes, we are the keeper of dreams for sure. My earliest memories are actually dreams—-or was it another reality? As a Pisces you’re never quite sure. I’ve always loved that nursery song: “Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream. Merrily, merrily, merrily life is but a dream.”

22 Paul { 04.08.14 at 2:24 pm }

Genevieve, Hello!
I would also like to include the revelation I know now what I could never conceptualize in my youth: I was actually experiencing things and moments on a METAPHYSICAL level in addition to shallow surface perceptions. Good lord- Back then I didn’t know what “metaphysical” even meant, thus making it impossible to describe my sensations and thought processes at those moments.
being a Pisces can be such a burden, especially for a male in this modern American culture…lol

Once again, so very grateful for your correspondence.

23 Genevieve { 04.14.14 at 2:02 pm }

Thanks again for sharing your process. Yes, our American culture glorifies the ‘A-type’ which is not Pisces’ way at all. Even Cancer men get trapped in trying to emulate what they are not—-‘macho men’. We could actually learn from Middle Eastern cultures where men show affection to one another, for example, in more caring and nurturing ways rather than just a slap on the back. The wounded masculine is an enormous theme here in the good ole US of A. The subtle realms that you speak of need to be acknowledge more fully and openly by men who are equally capable of sensitive nuances just as women are.

24 Bob { 04.14.14 at 11:27 pm }

Congratulations! Congratulations!

Thank you for sharing. Looking at the pictures and reading along took me back to those times.

I have net-napped the chart to present on a forum as it will be visited by this month’s Grand Cross. Would give link but don’t know if you would prefer public or private.

25 Bluelightlady { 04.15.14 at 11:48 am }

Thank you Bob—-
By all means make it public as I put this out with no objections. 🙂 I’d be interested in seeing your post as well!

26 Marianne { 10.06.14 at 7:57 pm }

I absolutely love this post!! I keep coming back to look at the wonderful photos and read the captions. I feel as though I have gone back in time to 1970’s San Francisco, and I love it. Since I discovered this post, I am now a fan of your blog. I wish you and your husband much love, good fortune.

27 Genevieve Vierling { 10.06.14 at 8:44 pm }

Why thank you Marianne! Your well wishes are very much appreciated by both of us!

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