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.

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’ – – 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

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