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The New Moon at 6’ Taurus 27 on April 26th 2017 by Margaret Gray

‘At anytime you can decide to live a life that says ” I love myself” ‘
― Renae A. Sauter

Key Planetary Energies Today:

The only aspect to this New Moon is a trine to the North Node in Virgo/sextile the Sth Node in Pisces (5’ orb). However there are some other lingering aspects in the sky including Venus still within 2’ of Chiron in Pisces, as well as being within 2’ of the square to Saturn Rx in Sagittarius! The most powerful aspect right now however, is likely to be the conjunction between Mercury Rx and Uranus in Aries, which will be exact on Friday!

So how is all of this likely to affect us?

Individually:

After a few weeks of intense and at times very uneasy planetary activity in the sky, this New Moon in the earthy sign of Taurus offers us a brief window of peaceful respite.

The essence of Taurus energy is about being grounded in the earthy material plane of the natural world. It thrives on security, stability, continuity, comfort and beauty. As one of the two rulers of Venus, Taurus is a very sensual sign, which at its best can help anchor us in our body and remind us of the rhythms of nature and the practical necessities of everyday life. Although Aphrodite enjoyed relationships, intense emotions were not her strongest suit. Similarly Taurus prefers to remain on the familiar plain of matter, rather than delve into the intangible depths of the underworld where the complexity of our shadow emotions lie. Yet, as with all signs, at some point there is a requirement to integrate the shadow aspect of the energies, which for Taurus lie in the opposite sign of Scorpio who naturally and comfortably inhabits the underworld of emotional complexity.

As this is a New Moon rather than a Full Moon, the emphasis is on the Taurean side of the Taurus/Scorpio axis. However, don’t be surprised if the new seeds that are planted in your life at this time may also include a Scorpio dimension, such as the passion of a new love encounter – particularly if this New Moon is in your 5th or 7th house! The trine to the North Node in Virgo has a somewhat fated quality about whatever is initiated at this time and hence it’s worth paying particular attention to it.

Ultimately the Taurean energies invite us to value ourselves for who we ‘are’ rather than ‘what’ we do so this New Moon encourages us to ‘be in the moment’ and value ourselves, as well as considering what is of value to us and why.

With the Mercury/Uranus conjunction on Friday, this aspect plays an important role particularly as its also trine Saturn in Sagittarius which is square Venus/Chiron in Pisces! With all of these planets between 25’ and 29’ this is a good time to clean out our closets of anything that is holding us back from moving forward in a new way when the planets change sign. With Venus the ruler of this New Moon just separating from Chiron, some of the clearing out may include unfinished past relationship aches that are holding us back from new relationship starts. Despite Mercury being retrograde, communication is likely to be very direct, particularly regarding issues that have been festering for a while. This can be very helpful, albeit a little shocking at times, as honesty is the only way forward.

This New Moon will particularly resonate if your Sun, Moon and/or angles are between 4’ and 7’ Taurus, Scorpio, Aquarius and/or Leo.

Some suggestions for this New Moon:

  1. Spend some time outside in nature – particularly near trees and grass.
  2. Do something that is physically self-pampering – have a nice meal, relax in a candlelit bath, buy yourself a new gift, hold hands, kiss…
  3. Spend some time being still – even just 10 mins.
  4. Pay heed to any messages from your body – tiredness, stress, aches and pain…

This New Moon in Relationships:

Feel free to listen to the YouTube Recording by Armand Diaz and myself on the New Moon in Taurus and Relationships:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWixnoElTK8&t=7s

Legal Copyright of Margaret Gray April 2017 MSW D.Psych. Astrology www.astrologypsychological.com   www.relationshipsandastrology.com

 

Mercury in Aries March 13th – May 17th 2017!

Mercury has now moved from watery Pisces into fiery Aries, where he remains until May 17th (with a brief spell in Taurus from April 1st – 21st and a Retrograde phase from April 9th – May 2nd!!!)

Mercury in this fiery, dynamic and articulate sign loves to talk, but can find it challenging to listen and in it’s haste, can struggle to remember exactly what it said!! Unlike the slower moving Mercury in Earth and Water signs, Mercury in Fire signs and particularly in Aries, loves to dance with words, similarly to Mercury in Air. Unlike Mercury in Pisces which is more concerned with the emotions behind the words, Mercury in Aries is not a keen observer of emotional nuances. At it’s worse this can be experienced as blunt, tactless, inconsiderate and somewhat hurtful by more sensitive signs! At it’s best it can be fun, playful, witty, stimulating and dynamic.

Good artist, lousy listener.

As this is a collective energy in the sky, we may all find ourselves being more verbally impulsive to a greater or lesser degree at this time! Depending on where our natal Mercury is, this may be helpful or unhelpful, both for ourselves and for those around us!

So before we communicate over the next few weeks, particularly re important matters, it may be worth taking a deep breath and carefully considering:
What do we want to communicate and why?
How would we feel if the other person communicated this to us? &
What is the most sensitive and kind way of communicating this?
Most importantly – are we able and willing to hear what the other person is saying to us?
If in doubt – write it out, sleep on it, edit it the next day and send it by email or rehearse it before calling the person!! 🙂

A great resource for Mercury in Aries is the book NonViolent Communication by Marshall B Rosenberg (also known as Compassionate Communication)
– Margaret Gray www.astrologypsychological.comwww.relationshipsandastrology.com

The Full Moon in Virgo on March 12th 2017 by Margaret Gray

‘Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hatred. It is a power that breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness.’ 
― Corrie ten BoomClippings from My Notebook

Key Planetary Energies today:

This Full Moon is part of a Tsquare opposing Chiron (2’) and Mercury in Pisces (5’) and squaring Saturn in Sagittarius (5’). It is also trine Pluto in Capricorn (3’) and exactly quincunx Uranus in Aries!

So how is this likely to affect us?

Individually:

Although Virgo is an Earth sign, it is the most analytical of the Earth signs in that it is ruled by Mercury. Virgo’s natural inclination is to dissect concepts, ideas and events in an attempt to understand the different components which led to the final result. Ultimately Virgo’s search for understanding is about self-improvement and the improvement of the collective. Hence individuals with strong Virgo in their chart often thrive in teaching roles. At its most expansive, this Full Moon can help us to understand more about our behaviours, thoughts and ideas, particularly in the two weeks leading up to the Full Moon. At its most limited it can find fault with everyone else to avoid the harshness of its own self-criticism and self-blame.

The opposition to the Sun/Chiron/Mercury stellium in Pisces reminds us of the important roles compassion and forgiveness play in healing. Ultimately all healing of ourselves and others comes from unconditional love, which by its nature counteracts the harsh critic within.

In the YouTube recording of Relationships and the Full Moon in Virgo by Armand Diaz and myself https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKZcAzXJ9Mg&feature=youtu.be we  mention the Hawaiian Ho’oponopono chant for forgiveness and reconciliation:

‘I love you,

I’m sorry,

please forgive me

and thank you’.

Grace comes from forgiveness, enabling us to heal ourselves and live a happier life. With forgiveness based on unconditional love, our beliefs can soften, allowing flexibility to take the place of rigid, limited immovable ideas. Hence space is created for new beginnings.

You are more likely to resonate with these themes if your Sun, Moon and/or Angles are between 21’ and 27’ Virgo, Pisces, Gemini, Sagittarius, Aries and/or Capricorn

This is an ideal time to:

  1. Spend some time alone in quiet contemplation
  2. Use journaling to process thoughts and feelings to do with past and current relationships
  3. Review health and body care – food, exercise, rest, relaxation, fun…
  4. Enjoy some physical pampering
  5. Engage in some forgiveness practice, followed by an energetic clearing
  6. Spend some time in nature to ground in the here and now!

In Relationships:
This Full Moon is very relevant to relationships particularly with Venus currently Retrograde in Aries. Feel free to check out the latest recording from ‘Relationships and Astrology’ with Armand Diaz and myself at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKZcAzXJ9Mg&feature=youtu.be

Legal Copyright of Margaret Gray March 2017 MSW D. Psych.Astrologywww.astrologypsychological.com

 

 

 

 

Some Very Brief Notes on the Full Moon in Cancer on Jan 12th 2017

Where love rules, there is no will to power; and where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other – Carl Jung

The briefness is due to the fact that I am enjoying this first Full Moon of the year in sunny Fuertaventura rather than Ireland! The photo above is the view outside my window!

Planetary Configurations:
This Full Moon at 22’ Cancer 27 is particularly powerful as it’s part of a Grand Cross. Hence there are 4 sets of planetary energies all wanting attention at the same time. The Moon in Cancer is one leg of the cross, opposing the Sun conjunct Pluto (5’) in Capricorn, squaring Uranus in Aries (1’) on one side and Jupiter in Libra (exact) on the other side!
In addition, the Full Moon is also exactly quincunx Saturn in Sagittarius and trine Mars conjunct Chiron in Pisces! Also, Mercury is in Sagittarius, at the critical 29’, right on the verge of moving into Capricorn once more!

Full Moons by their nature invite us to integrate the natural polarity within each of us between how we shine out in the world (the Sun) and who we are in the most private recesses of our emotions (the Moon). With a grand cross formation, the planets at the other two corners, which in this case are Jupiter and Uranus, play an important role in this process of integration. Uranus is likely to do so through sudden and unexpected information or events in our lives over the Full Moon period from Jan 11th – 12th. This is likely to free us from some previous restriction, once we recuperate from the surprise! Jupiter invites us to find balance between all of the energies.

Some Core Themes:
• Unexpected unfinished issues to do with either or both of our parents may come to the surface.
• How we self-nurture or not, is likely to be a theme right now in connection with self-love, as we are invited to make some changes in this area. We may also come to an unexpected realization of the impact of lack of self-love in our past and current relationships.
• We may feel a strong push/pull between power versus love, as well as duty versus love, particularly in our relationships, including family, friendships and with our significant other.
• Some ‘secrets’ may come to light.
• This is a great time to challenge limiting stereotypes to do with gender.

Some Tools that may help:

• The creative arts once again!
• A mixture of being by water, yet also time on solid ground
• Honest and direct communication
• Escapism through addictions remains very tempting at the moment, via substances, work, drama, romance…as an avoidance of emotional pain that may be surfacing. Spiritual practices of any kind can be helpful, as well as getting professional help if needbe as part of self-care.
• Anxiety and sleeplessness may be noticeable with this Full Moon as Uranus is involved. Movement outdoors is likely to be easier than trying to meditate from a still position indoors. Worth being a little cautious though if you are doing anything adventurous, particularly if the Full Moon makes tight aspects with your natal chart!

If your Sun, Moon and/or Angles are between 17’ and 23’ Cancer, Capricorn, Aries, Libra, Pisces and/or Sagittarius, you are more likely to resonate with these themes.

Legal Copyright of Margaret Gray January 2017

Moving into 2017 – some brief thoughts! – Margaret Gray

Wishing you all a very peaceful, joyful and creative 2017. Thank you for reading my posts throughout the year!

‘The heart has its own needs that may not fit neatly with life’s structures. Move slowly, thoughtfully, with imagination.’ – Thomas Moore

Without a doubt, planetary wise, 2016 was quite a year! Although the exact Uranus/Pluto squares ended in 2015, these two majorly transformative energies continued to travel close together in 2016. The Pluto in Capricorn energy unremittingly exposed us to core flaws in our basic structures and foundations on a personal and collective level. Increasing evidence of corruption and inauthenticity in our financial and political structures came to light, as well as fundamental inequalities and injustices the world over.

Uranus in Aries in the meantime helped us in this process by offering us new ways forward – once we let go of the old! Letting go in the Pluto in Capricorn sense does not mean doing a runner when the going gets tough, as this would just bring us to a new re-creation of the same dynamics wherever we run to! It means digging beneath the surface to find the underlying reasons for the faulty foundations, working with them until they are resolved and released and finally – rebuilding on strong new healthy foundations.

The Saturn/Neptune square which was also taking place in the sky in 2016 invited us to move from being ‘victims,’ to being of ‘greater service’ to humanity. The refugee crisis offered us ample opportunities to embrace this – or not!

So where what are the main invitations from the planets in 2017?

Jupiter in Libra is a key energy this year as it opposes Uranus in Aries and squares Pluto in Capricorn. In expanding these major energies before they fully separate, Jupiter offers us a time limited bridge into new possibilities – if we are willing to embrace fairness and equality for all. Saturn is also playing a part in this by trining Uranus in May and Nov and helping us to solidify new concepts and ways of being that we will hopefully have developed by then!

From May 2017, Uranus and Pluto will finally separate in the sky, although we will continue to feel the remnants of their connection until 2019. Constructing something new on the newly re-built foundations is likely to happen more rapidly after that, in whichever area of our life the excavating has been completed over the past few years. If not, there is likely to be a wider gap between clearing the old and moving into the new. The choice is always based on free will, both individually and collectively!

We start the New Year with Mercury Retrograde inviting us to re-think our beliefs and ways of speaking our truth. In April Mercury goes Retrograde in Taurus and moves back into Aries, inviting us to re-consider our core values and the importance of being truthful to who we are, versus remaining in our ‘comfort zone’ and not upsetting the status quo! Finally, in December Mercury goes Retrograde in Sagittarius once again, offering us a year-end opportunity to re-visit and re-consider our belief systems.

If your Sun, Moon or angles are between 19’ and 24’ Aries, Libra, Capricorn, Cancer, Virgo and/or Pisces you are more likely to be invited to play a center stage role this coming year.

Conclusion:
The planets offer us invitations to cross over a threshold into new growthful experiences. The choice of whether and how we do so always rests with us. My personal belief is that we choose as souls to incarnate at the time, place and date that offers us the best chart to engage with particular experiences. Hence, the transiting planets awaken different parts of our chart over the years, as a reminder that the time has come to experience specific soul themes of our prior choosing. The nature of the events surrounding this are often not of our choosing, as we are part of a larger constantly interacting cosmic web. However, the choice that always remains with us is whether to keep our heart open throughout our journey or to close it down both towards ourself and others. This coming year offers us two unique heart openings. On Aug 21st there will be a Total Solar Eclipse at 28 Leo 53 – this reverberates with the Lunar Eclipse at 22 Leo 28 on February 10. There is enormous potential for opening our heart energy between these two Eclipses. The one in August will be visible in the USA and hence will reverberate strongly there.

I’ll leave you with this quote as we move into a new year: ‘A few simple tips for life: feet on the ground, head to the skies, heart open…quiet mind’ ― Rasheed Ogunlaru

For information on Relationships in 2017 feel free to take a look at the YouTube Recording by Armand Diaz and myself here 

For Relationship Consultations on 2017 and more, feel free to contact Armand Diaz and myself at ‘Relationships and Astrology’ – relationshipast@gmail.com – We are offering joint Relationship consultations to individuals, couples and families

For individual psychological astrology consultations on the Transits of 2017 in your life feel free to contact me at graymgt@gmail.com

Some Brief Notes on the New Moon in Capricorn on Dec 28th/29th 2016 by Margaret Gray

‘If not us, then who?
If not now, then when?’
― John E. Lewis

Key Planetary Energies Today:

This New Moon feels particularly important as it comes just a few days before the ending of 2016 – and what a year that has been! Not surprisingly, every single planet and point in the sky is activated today in some way!
The New Moon is conjunct Mercury (1’) as well as exactly sextile Mars in Pisces, which is still within 2’ of Neptune! It also aspects the Nodes via a trine to the North Node in Virgo and a sextile to the South Node in Pisces (3’). Although the conjunction to Pluto has a wide orb of almost 9’, it is still a powerful energy that needs to be added to the mix!
In addition to the New Moon energies, we are also still undergoing the powerful opposition between Jupiter in Libra and Uranus in Aries and Jupiter is also sextile Saturn, quincunx Chiron and trine Venus (4’)!)

So how is all of this likely to affect us?

Individually:
This New Moon draws our attention to the core foundations in our life, particularly to do with our emotional and mental structures. This is an ideal time to re-visit the past year and re-consider how we have chosen to communicate with ourselves and others. How honest have we been in our relationships with our friends, family, co-workers and with our intimate other? What does ‘integrity’ mean to us and how are we living it out in all areas and aspects of our life? What aspects of our inner and outer structures and boundaries may need some re-vising and re-adjusting as we prepare to move into 2017? If our structures and boundaries are too rigid and exclusive we might consider relaxing them a bit and if they have been too lax we might try new ways of strengthening them in a flexible manner. Notice any fears that may arise when we consider making these changes and then consider how our lives might be enhanced if we take the chance!

Don’t be surprised if some old pain may come to the surface to be released and healed to do with the issue of ‘truth’ in our life – either our truth, or a perceived or actual lack of truth from others over the past year or longer. Compassion and empathy for ourselves and others can help to form a bridge between the ideal and the real.

This New Moon will particularly resonate if your Sun, Moon and/or angles are between 6’ and 9’ Capricorn, Cancer, Pisces and/or Virgo. Notice also if you have planets between 19’ and 22’ Aries, Libra, Pisces and/or Virgo as they are awakened at the moment and will be kept busy over the next few months with some exciting changes afoot!

Some suggestions for this New Moon:

1. This is a great time to journal about 2016 – unexpected gifts, lessons learned, new friendships, challenges overcome, magical moments, special connections, losses, creative projects started or completed, love…
2. Taking some time alone to meditate, contemplate…
3. Making a list of what you would like to work on in 2017 within yourself.
4. Listing 4 things in your life that bring you immense joy.

In our Relationships: Feel free to listen to the YouTube Recording by Armand Diaz and myself on the  New Moon in Capricorn and Relationships here 

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is: ‘In A Sunlit Home Domesticated Birds Sing Joyously’. One interpretation of this is that something primal within us that has been suppressed can find an audible voice when we shine the light of consciousness on it.

Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy New Year and many thanks for reading my posts and blogs throughout 2016!

Legal Copyright of Margaret Gray Dec 2016 MSW D. Psych.Astrologywww.astrologypsychological.com

 

Some Very Brief Notes on the Full Moon in Aries on Oct 15th/16th 2016! By Margaret Gray

Direct from the ISAR 2016 Symposium in Costa Mesa California! (Hence the briefness and the photo of the almost Full Moon from my balcony!)

We all want to break our orbits, float like a satellite gone wild in space, run the risk of disintegration. We all want to take our lives in our own hands and hurl them out among the stars. – David Bottoms

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As Lynn Bell said at this mornings presentation: “Today is one of the most powerful ‘wake up’ times of the year!”

Planetary Configurations:
This Full Moon at 23’ Aries 14 is conjunct Uranus (’46) and quincunx Venus (4’) The other major Planetary configurations in the sky include Mars approaching a conjunction to Pluto (3’) and Mercury in an exact square to Pluto. Mars also forms an exact Trine to the North Node and a Sextile to the South Node.

Core Themes:
• New beginnings in our emotional realm.
• The opportunity for another layer of emotional individuation and release from previously unresolved maternal issues. 14720621_1398918370126119_3286726487896029535_n
• Unexpected and sudden emotional insights, leading to an increased sense of personal freedom.
• The opportunity to leave codependent patterns in relationships, as the need for equality and fairness comes to the forefront.
• The revelation of truths becomes of paramount importance.
• An ideal time to engage with personal tenacity and power at the service of the collective.
• A great time to plan a new project.

Some Tools that may help at this time:
– Exercise to help relieve the pressure of the powerful Uranian energy on our nervous system – running, dancing, swimming etc.
– Caffeine and sugar are unlikely to be helpful at this time!
– Active forms of meditation
– Grounding! Grounding! Grounding! – time in nature…

Legal Copyright of Margaret Gray Oct. 2016 www.astrologypsychological.com

The Full Moon at 22’ Taurus 37 on November 14th 2016 by Margaret Gray

This is what it means to be loved… when someone wants to touch you, to be tender… ― Banana Yoshimotoart-914896_640

This Full Moon (Supermoon) is the closestMoon to Earth since Jan 26th 1948 and will be the closest we will experience until November 25th 2034!

Key Planetary Energies today:
This Full Moon sextiles Chiron in Pisces (2’) and the Sun forms a quincunx to Uranus in Aries (1’). Meanwhile the South Node in Pisces is within a few seconds of an exact conjunction to Neptune and Jupiter in Libra forms a square to Pluto in Capricorn (2’) and a sextile to Saturn in Sagittarius (2’) – both of them waxing!

So how is this likely to affect us?

Individually:

Our security needs are likely to come to the fore with this Full Moon, as we experience a challenge between our lunar desire to maintain the familiar status quo, versus our Solar need to uncover whatever lies deep beneath the surface. The key to integrating these different energies is to help each of them become aware of the value in the other. Without the willingness to engage with the energies of Scorpio to uncover issues that are stewing in our unconscious, we are unlikely to find the genuine peace, tranquillity and inner security that Taurus so desperately craves.unterberg-345557_640

Hence this Full Moon invites us to do some further clearing of our unconscious basement which started with the New Moon in Scorpio on October 30th. This can help us to heal old issues on an emotional and physical level that have been festering below the surface and reach a place of peaceful enjoyment. Honesty, combined with heartfelt compassion is likely to be our most effective tool!

You are more likely to resonate with these themes if your Sun, Moon and/or Angles are between 21’ and 24’ Taurus, Scorpio, Leo, Pisces or Virgo. Also if you have personal planets or angles between 12′ and 16′ Libra and/or Capricorn.

And how might this translate in our Relationships?

This full moon reminds us that our relationships thrive with regular respectful and loving emotional and physical attention. Whether through holding hands or a hug or a more passionate embrace…this full moon in earthy Taurus brings to our attention that we are physical sensual beings who need human contact to thrive. Physical contact often creates a bridge to the unspoken and unspeakable.love-1181067_640 It easily connects us across language and cultural divides, silencing the endless chatter of our daily mental and fear laden worries and stresses. When physical contact comes from our heart, it can transmit love, care, nurturing and compassion in an instant. In being touched, we are seen and in being seen we feel valued and in feeling valued, the very best of us is likely to come to the surface and shine brightly for all to enjoy.

At a deeper level, regular and loving physical contact in our relationships, deepens our intimacy as we are nudged to embrace our vulnerability, particularly when we connect with each other sexually. With the Sun in Scorpio opposing the Moon in Taurus and aspecting Chiron in Pisces, this is potentially a helpful time to gently re-visit any blocks and wounds that may be acting as obstacles to embracing full emotional and sexual intimacy in our lives. Full Moons offer us the monthly opportunity to clear anything that is outdated in our lives, including old complexes that are ready to be healed and integrated. This frees us up to greater choices and new beginnings!dh-1270008_640

This is an ideal time to:
1. Enjoy a walk in nature alone or with a loved one – friend, significant other, family member…
2. Relax, light some candles, make some nice food, put on some relaxing music…
3. Go away for a few days somewhere beautiful…
4. Treat yourself to a relaxation spa, maybe a massage or other pampering treatment…
5. Enjoy some sensual passion…

The Sabian Symbol for this Moon is ‘A Jewelry Shop Filled with Valuable Gems’. This resonates with the Taurean enjoyment of beauty and wealth. However, it is merely a shop and hence something external that glitters, rather than genuine internal wealth and wellbeing.

The Sabian Symbol for the opposing Sun in Scorpio is ‘A Rabbit Metamorphoses into A Nature Spirit’. Hence the opposing Sun offers us the possibility to transmute something instinctual within into spiritual consciousness. From glittering gems in a shop, to depth awareness of what is of real value within our soul self.

Legal Copyright of Margaret Gray Nov 2016 MSW D. Psych. Astrologywww.astrologypsychological.com

Welcome to Jupiter in Libra! Sept 9th 2016 – Oct 10th 2017

The ingredients of both darkness and light are equally present in all of us,…The madness of this planet is largely a result of the human being’s difficulty in coming to virtuous balance with himself ― Elizabeth Gilbert
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This expansive planet’s last visit through this Air Sign was from Sept 26th 2004 – Oct 26th 2005. (Jupiter has an 11.6 year cycle). It’s well worth thinking back to what you experienced in 2005, as this new transit offers an opportunity to revisit and continue some of the unfinished themes that may have arisen in your life at that time.

Core Jupiter in Libra Themes:

Individually:

Jupiter by nature expands the nature of whatever Zodiac Sign he is in. Hence his visit in Libra is likely to highlight dualities and polarities in our life so that we can bring them into greater balance. images-2The particular arena of our life where this will occur depends on which part of your chart Jupiter is currently travelling through.
Both Jupiter and Libra are natural seekers of justice and equality, hence this will be an excellent time to work on issues that have felt unjust in your life. Jupiter in Libra also reminds us that there are consequences to our choices and this is an ideal time to get a clearer understanding of the consequences of some of the choices we have made in our life. Overall our main learning with this transit will occur through our relationships as we learn new balanced ways to connect, cooperate and compromise.equality-1245578_640

3 Main things to notice in your Birth Chart:

  1. Which House in your Chart is Libra in?
  2. Do you have Planets in Libra or Aries that Jupiter will aspect by conjunction or opposition over the year and on what dates will this happen?
  3. Are any of your Angles in Libra?

In Relationships

Without a doubt our greatest learning in this lifetime is through relationships – initially with our family and later with friends, colleagues, significant others etc. The Libra/Aries axis is the axis of ‘self’ and ‘other’ and as Jupiter travels through Libra we are invited to assess how we relate to everyone on a daily basis. Who are we surrounded by? Why do we surround ourselves with these individuals and communities? What are we seeking to balance or reflect in ourselves? What are we learning through these relationships and/or brief encounters? Are these relationships balanced? Are they fair?14291855_1354312897920000_181995381591821502_n

As Jupiter squares Pluto in Capricorn over the year, (see the dates below), we will be invited to release ways of relating that no longer work for us and that are not based on equality, cooperation and compromise. The Jupiter opposition to Uranus in Aries will challenge us to maintain our individuality, whilst enjoying being in relationship. At its most limited Jupiter can express itself through grandiosity, inflation, egocentrism entitlement and narcissism. If these patterns are present in relationships, they are likely to be highlighted over the coming year, enabling us to make clearer choices.

Jupiter is also about joy and this year invites us to expand the ‘joyful’ aspects of our relationships.

Important dates to keep in mind on a Personal and Collective level when the above themes will be highlighted – (I will post more about these on the actual dates):

  • Nov 21st – Nov 27th: Jupiter will square Pluto in Capricorn (15’)
  • Dec 23rd – Dec 30th: Jupiter will oppose and hence expand Uranus Rx in Aries (20’)
  • Feb 6th – June 9th 2017: Jupiter will be Retrograde in Libra
  • Feb 27th – March 5th 2017: Jupiter Rx will oppose Uranus in Aries (22’)
  • March 25th – april 2nd Jupiter Rx square Pluto in Capricorn (19’)
  • Au 2nd – aug 8th: Jupiter square Pluto Rx in Capricorn (17’)
  • Sept 27th – Oct 1st: Jupiter will oppose Uranus Rx in Aries (last time) (27’)

Although this transit will be felt by all of us, if your Sun, Moon and/or Angles of your chart are in Libra, Aries, Cancer or Capricorn you are more likely to resonate with the main themes of this Transit.

My last quote comes from Gloria Steinem who describes the Libra art of cooperation beautifully: ‘Instead of either/or, I discovered a whole world of and’.

Legal Copyright of Margaret Gray Sept. 2016

Feel free to contact me via at graymgt@gmail.com if you would like an Individual or Relationship Astrological Reading. I work via Skype, Phone and in Person. Currently based in Dublin, I will be available for a limited number of in person individual readings on a trip to Southern California in October.
Thank you for reading my blogs!

 

Some Brief Notes on the Annular Lunar Eclipse on September 16th at 24’ Pisces 19 by Margaret Gray

‘We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life’ ― John Lennon

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(Many thanks to Clarke Little Photography for this stunning image of a wave!)

Emotions, Emotions, Emotions…

Lunar Eclipses feel like a particularly powerful Full Moon whose effects commence a few weeks before and continue for several months on a subtle emotional level. As this is an Annular rather than a total Lunar Eclipse, we will have some access to the emotions that are surfacing from our deepest unconscious at this time.

Key Planetary Energies today:eclipse

This final Eclipse of 2016 is conjunct Chiron (2’). It is also part of a Tsquare, squaring Apex Mars in Sagittarius (1’ orb) and opposing Jupiter in Libra (7’ orb) as well as Mercury in Virgo (7’ orb). It also forms a quincunx to Venus in Libra (3’ orb). It’s helpful to also keep in mind that Saturn in Sagittarius is still squaring Neptune in Pisces (Rx) – (this is exact within 30 seconds!)  which is conjunct the South Node (2’ orb). In addition, Mars in Sagittarius trines Uranus in Aries (exact within 20 seconds!) and sextiles Venus in Libra (2’ orb).  Saturn also squares the Nodes (2’ orb)

So how is this likely to affect us?

Individually:

The skies are very busy today! In fact – every planet is in aspect to at least one other planet, with many of the planetary energies squaring or opposing each other! In applying the theory ‘as above, so below’ it stands to reason that emotionally it may feel as if we are we are standing in the middle of Heathrow Airport at the peak of holiday season!! As we try to figure out where our departure gate is, we cannot help being aware of the endless sensory stimulation coming at us from all directions. If someone crashes into us with their 4 suitcases, golf clubs and surfboard (which they may well do with Mars squaring the Moon!), our response will depend on how we are feeling at the time, how injured we are and what the incident triggers off for us. Similarly the degree to which we are affected by the current planetary stimulation in the skies depends on where the planets land on our chart and what they awaken in us.

Although they are not conjunct, this Eclipse Moon, (next to Chiron) is in the same sign as the South Node. Therefore the feelings that are surfacing at this time are likely to be connected to unresolved past life issues that are ready to be understood, healed and released. This may require some analyzing on our part over the next few weeks and months. Writing out and talking through our thoughts and feelings is likely to be helpful and comforting.download

With Mars squaring the Sun and Moon, this full Moon invites us to integrate the polarity of sacrifice versus service through physical and mental movement and action. For anyone with strong Pisces energies in your natal chart, such as the Sun, Moon, Ascendant or Angles in Pisces; learning to live these energies out in new ways that are not based on sacrificing yourself for others, is likely to bring up some old sadness and grief. It can be helpful to remember that at its most expansive Pisces watery energy expresses itself through the imagination and creativity, particularly through music and the arts, as well as through an ongoing awareness of our connection with the spiritual dimension (whatever that means to each of us). At its most limited the Piscean energy can get lost in sacrifice, co-dependency, addictions, perceived abandonment and rejection and a feeling of being a victim of circumstances. Most of us experience our planets somewhere in-between and when an Eclipse shines a light on them, we become more acutely aware through our feelings, of what no longer works for us.

The opposing Sun in Virgo during this Eclipse, offers the potential to take realistic stock of the choices we have made in areas of our life affected by the Eclipse. This entails a willingness to analyse (without judgement), why and how we created our current circumstances. The more we are willing to take compassionate responsibility for our choices, the more we can clear old patterns and make creative and loving choices that are of service to ourselves and others as we move forward in our life. This theme is reinforced by Saturn squaring the Virgo/Pisces Nodes. Some of the emotional pressure we may be feeling at this time is related to Saturn reminding us in no uncertain terms that the core reason we are all on this planet is to be of service to humanity.

Dreams may be particularly powerful right now and worth writing down. This eclipse is likely to potentially feel somewhat chaotic for empaths as the collective field is flooded with unconscious feelings coming to the surface from the depths of everyone’s unconscious. Pisces has no recognition of boundaries and hence it is more challenging to separate who the feelings belong to! Grounding in nature is of paramount importance this weekend. If you have a lot of Pisces in your chart (Sun, Moon or Angles), time alone, journaling, meditating and being creative can help contain the powerful emotions that are swimming around. Tears can also help release some of the sadness and grief that may come to the surface. This is not a good time to use any kind of mind altering substances as their effect is likely to be heightened and could lead to distress and confusion, rather than enjoyment. Remember to put your crystals out for cleansing in the Full Moon!

In our Relationships:

The Venus/Uranus opposition and Quincunx to the Moon/Chiron reminds us that fairness and balance continue to be at the forefront for us all as we endeavour to find new ways to relate that integrate these qualities in an innovative manner. This is an integral part of what I have described as ‘The New Paradigm of Spiritual Relationships’ at several conferences over the past years and in the chapter I wrote on relationships in the book ‘Transpersonal Astrology, Explorations at the Frontier’. This current configuration also raises the issue of ‘twin souls’ and the need to release old painful patterns of sacrificing ourselves so that we can more easily connect with our twin souls in an equal and fair manner. Without doing so we cannot have a relationship that is based on unconditional love as Piscean self-sacrifice leads to resentment which both avoids and destroys the possibility of real intimacy.download-1

The Virgo Sun and Mercury can support us in taking a good look at the choices we have made in our relationships. Were they based on unconditional love for ourselves and our significant other or were they based on fear? What would we do differently in retrospect and going forwards? Are we in a relationship with our ‘twin soul’? If we are, what old feelings from the relationship and from our childhood relationships do we need to work through in order to move forward together? If we are not with our twin soul – it’s worth asking ourselves why we are not with them. Have we not met yet? Are we willing to do the work that being together would entail or would we prefer to wait until another lifetime to do so? With free will at our disposal we can make any choice we wish. Each of them has consequences and this Eclipse may bring some of the emotional consequences of our choices to light so that we can face them and make clearer conscious decisions that are based on empowered love.

(A quick reminder that I will be talking to Amanda about Relationships and Love, Discovering the Soul Themes and Purpose of your Intimate Relationships’ on the Free Online Astro-Summit starting on September 19th with 33 other International Astrologers! – you can register for Free via this link:http://summit.astrologyhub.com/?orid=1905&opid=33&sid=2016 )

The Sabian Symbols

The Sabian Symbol for the Moon for this Eclipse is: ‘The Purging Of The Priesthood’. One interpretation may be that we are releasing feelings to do with old beliefs and teachings that are no longer helpful. As ‘Priesthood’ is a male concept, the beliefs are likely to be connected to our left brain logical approach to thinking that influenced us.

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun is: “Flags At Half Mast”

This suggests that there may be some loss that requires acknowledging and mourning.

The core themes of this Full Moon are more likely to reverberate with you if your Sun, Moon and/or Angles are between 23’ and 25’ Pisces, Virgo, Sagittarius, Gemini, Aries and/or Libra.

I will leave you on this Lunar Eclipse with this reminder from Joshua Kai: ‘Even the smallest shift in perspective can bring about the greatest healing.’ 

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Feel free to contact me by email: graymgt@gmail.com if you would like an Individual or Relationship Astrological Reading. I work via Skype, Phone and in Person. Currently based in Dublin, I will be available for a limited number of in-person individual readings in Southern California in mid October.

PS Don’t forget to register for the FREE ONLINE ASTRO SUMMIT starting Sept 19th at this link: http://summit.astrologyhub.com/?orid=1905&opid=33&sid=2016 If for any reason you can’t attend the Free Astro Summit, you can buy the recordings at the above link too! Looking forward to connecting with you online in a few days when I will be talking to Amanda about The Astrology of Relationships!! 🙂

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