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The Full Moon in Pisces + Venus square Pluto on Aug 26th 2018, with Margaret Gray

 

[D]etachment means letting go and nonattachment means simply letting be.
― Stephen Levine

(The astrology aspects are at the bottom)

Key Themes for this Full Moon

There is nowhere to go except to let go, even though a part of us may try everything we can to hold on. Old obsessions may unexpectedly surface, particularly in relationships. If we take the time to dig underneath the obsessive thoughts and feelings, we are likely to discover some fear that is connected to unresolved grief and sadness. The healing has to come from within ourselves, as nobody can be our savior and being a martyr will not take the pain away. Neither will analyzing the same situations over and over in our mind, although it may not be easy to stop doing so today. Back to letting go and surrendering as much as we can to a greater wisdom and unconditional love within us and beyond us, that is based on self-compassion and kindness.

Boundaries may not feel so clear with this Full Moon, so it may be helpful to choose carefully who we want to spend time with and avoid harsh and insensitive individuals and situations. Dreams may be more vivid and predictive.

This process of letting go is helping us prepare for new and refreshing long awaited changes. As Mars gets ready to go stationary direct, we are on the cusp of embarking on these changes as we become more fully aware that they old way of doing things may not have worked too well for us. The house in our birth chart that transiting Mars is travelling through, is the area of our life where these key changes are likely to start over the next few weeks.

The above themes are likely to resonate more if your Sun, Moon and/or angles are between 1′ and 4′ Pisces, Virgo, Sagittarius, Gemini, Pisces, Aries and/or Capricorn. Also if you have planet or angles between 17′ and 20′ Libra, Capricorn, Aries and/or Cancer.

Today and tomorrow we may find some of the following helpful:

  1. Spending some time alone, preferably by water, to allow feelings to surface.
  2. Listening to soothing music.
  3. Meditating.
  4. Writing.
  5. If grief surfaces, it may help to hold some pink quartz in each hand in bed at night.
  6. Gardening.
  7. Making love.
  8. Making a list of all your qualities – keep adding to it for the next few days.
  9. Practicing some self-healing energy work – for example:

Sitting comfortably take 3 slow deep breaths and imagine roots going from the bottom of your feet deep into the earth. Then rub your hands together and feel the energy between them. Slowly place your hands gently all over your body starting at your head and ending at your feet. Keep your hands in one spot until it feels comfortable to move them to the next part of your body. Notice what you feel physically and emotionally, as you move your hands. When you are ready to stop, focus on the soles of your feet once more and visualize the roots once again deep in the earth to ground yourself. Then sweep your hands from the top of your head down to the floor, to create a bubble of gold light around you.

Information on the Full Moon and Relationships on the ‘Relationships and Astrology’ facebook page and website: https://www.facebook.com/Relationships-and-Astrology-1084187468316035/
www.relationshipsandastrology.com

If you’d like help to get more clarity on what’s going on for you in your life right now, feel free to email me at graymgt@gmail.com. I offer astrology readings to individuals, couples and children in person in Dublin, Ireland and online elsewhere.

Relevant Astrological Aspects:
Moon/Sun sextile/trine Uranus and Chiron (exact)
Moon quincunx the North Node (2’ orb)
Sun quincunx Chiron (1’ orb)
Sun quincunx the South Node (2’ orb)
Venus square Pluto (exact)
Jupiter trine Neptune (1’ orb)
Jupiter sextile Pluto (2’ orb)
Uranus square the nodes (3’ orb)
Saturn trine Uranus (exact) – part of grand trine with the Sun (1’ orb)

 

Some Brief Notes on the Partial Solar Eclipse in Leo on Aug 11th, 2018 with Margaret Gray

The Phoenix Must Burn to Emerge 
― Janet Fitch

(The Astrological Aspects of this Eclipse are the end)

Key themes of this Eclipse:

Although this is a New Moon, it may feel more like a Full Moon as some aspect of our lives may be completely transformed and/or come to an end. The key choice is whether to keep our heart open, or try to close it down. If we can keep it open, in spite of feelings of old and current pain coming to the surface today and over the next few weeks, we may finally be able to clear out old energies related to past issues that have been clogging up our emotional, mental and physical space. This opens us up to the possibility of truly loving ourselves unconditionally and attracting greater love into our lives.

Our nervous system may continue to feel somewhat jangled until early October. However, from early September we are likely to find it easier to use any impatience and frustration that comes up, to take action and make needed changes in our lives.

Although our thoughts may feel a little jumbled, communication is likely to be more real at this time. It’s well worth keeping note of dreams, as they can offer us a lot of helpful and healing insights.

These themes are more likely to resonate with you if your Sun, Moon and/or angles are between 14′ and 20′ Leo, Aquarius, Scorpio, Taurus, Capricorn and/or Pisces. Also if they are between 0′ and 4′ Aries, Taurus, Libra and Capricorn.

Self-care is particularly important with these intense energies:

Physically – lots of rest, healthy food, hydrating and walking on grass.

Emotionally – reaching out to trusted friends, connecting and talking about what’s really going on for you.

Mentally – any kind of relaxation tools that you find helpful including: meditation, yoga, visualizations, breathing techniques, relaxing music…

Spiritually – whatever practice soothes your soul including: meditation, chanting, energy healing…

Dr. Bernadette Brady describes this eclipse as part of the Saros Series 2. New South
“If this family of eclipses affects a chart, the person may experience the sudden collapse of plans or life-styles. Confusion may reign but the long-term effects are those of rebuilding and transformation. After the dust has settled, the rebuilding starts and the consequences of this reshaping will have far-reaching effects. This eclipse family changes a person’s direction.”  –  Dr. Bernadette Brady (Predictive Astrology, The Eagle and the Lark).

Information on the Eclipse and Relationships is on this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQbot7rfBpE&feature=youtu.be and at https://www.facebook.com/Relationships-and-Astrology-1084187468316035/

Astrological Aspects

Mercury, Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Chiron are all retrograde during this Eclipse!
Mercury is conjunct the Eclipse (4’ orb)
There are 2 tsquares in the sky. One with apex Uranus square the Nodes and Mars. The 2nd tsquare has apex Saturn square Venus and Chiron.
Sun/Moon/Mercury are the apex of a wide Yod to Pluto on one side(less than 1’ orb) and Neptune on the other. (3’ orb)
Jupiter squares the eclipse (4’ orb)

Feel free to contact me at graymgt@gmail.com if you’d like to know more about how the transits are affecting different areas of your life.

 

The Total Lunar Eclipse on July 27th 2018 with Margaret Gray

How to open your heart? Step one: listen.
― Nancy Schoellkopf

The 2nd of 3 eclipses is coming on Friday.

The good news is that  we are almost halfway through eclipse season.
However, as we all know well, the halfway mark can be challenging, as we are often a bit worn out from the first half and yet we need to somehow find the stamina to complete the journey. We’ll talk about possible ways of doing this towards the end.

Key Features of this Lunar Eclipse:

  1. It’s a total Lunar Eclipse, which emotionally feels like a mega powerful Full Moon. However, although our emotions will initially come to the surface, they are then temporarily eclipsed for 4 hours by the Earth placing itself between the Sun and the Moon. So unlike a regular Full Moon, we may struggle to get a handle on what is being eclipsed, within ourselves and in our life.
  1. The eclipse will take 4 hours, as it’s the longest lunar eclipse this century, due to the position of Earth versus the Sun. Hence it will also powerfully reverberate for this period of time in our psyche. You are likely to feel it more if your Sun, Moon, personal planets and/or angles are between 1’ and 7’ Aquarius, Leo, Taurus and/or Scorpio.
  1. There are 6 retrograde planets on Friday: Mercury, Mars, Saturn, Neptune, Pluto and Chiron. What this eclipse is inviting us to release, is likely to be related to past thoughts and words, past actions, old fears, past dreams, old issues of power and past hurts.
  1. The core issue of this eclipse is how to fully open and engage with our heart, so that we can make changes that are of benefit to the collective. This requires courage to work with the grief that may initially surface, when we open our heart.
  1. This Eclipse is part of a tsquare with Apex Uranus, square Mars and the Nodes. This suggests the following:
    a) Unexpected opportunities for change which have a ‘fated’ quality about them, are likely to present themselves now and in the next few weeks.
    b) The nature of the changes are related to Taurean themes, including: security, finances, home, nature, the creative arts, self value, relationships and our relationship with our body.
    c) Diving beneath our more visible surface emotions, into deeper more hidden emotional waters, is where we are likely to find our most valueable treasures.
  1. Venus trines Pluto during the eclipse. This reinforces the above themes and also suggests that issues to do with passion and/or obsession may also appear today, in whatever areas of our life these planets land in our natal chart.

Some ways to take care of ourselves during this Eclipse:

  1. Check where the eclipse lands in your birth chart, to see which areas of your life are most likely to reverberate with the above themes.
  2. Keep grounded. This eclipse may feel a little harsh on our nervous system, with little earth in the heavens to ground the fast mental energies that are swirling around.
  3. Best not to make major decisions right now. With so many retrograde planets, confusion abounds for everyone.
  4. Take nothing personally. Everyone is affected emotionally to a greater or lesser degree by this eclipse, so most people are not likely to be at their best right now.
  5. Meditate. This can help to center our mind and not get too caught up with the eclipse chaos around us.
  6. Journal. It can help release some of the mental tension.
  7. Try to do something kind for someone else. Altruism and kindness help our heart to open and that’s what these energies are ultimately all about.

If you’d like to know how this eclipse might affect your relationships, check out our YouTube Video at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YR7qb7sgy3Q&feature=youtu.be

I am available for astrology consultations until the end of July and from the beginning of September, as I will be taking the month of August off. Feel free to email me at graymgt@gmail.com if you’d like to book a consultation now (there are a couple of times left), or later in the year. www.astrologypsychological.com

 

 

 

 

 

The Partial Solar Eclipse in Cancer on July 12th/13th 2018

Eclipse Season is about to start!

 

There are 3 Eclipses this season:

  1. A Partial Solar (New Moon) Eclipse on July 13th at 3.48am (Irish time) and on the 12th at 10.48pm (EST) at 20’ Cancer 41
  2. A Total Lunar Eclipse (Full Moon) on July 27th at 21.22 (Irish time) and 16.22 (EST) at 4’ Aquarius 45
  3. A Partial Solar Eclipse (New Moon) on August 11th at 10.57am (Irish time) and 5.47am (EST) at 18’ Leo 42.

Where are they visible?

The second partial eclipse of 2018 will take place on July 13 and will be visible primarily over the ocean between Australia and Antarctica. The third solar eclipse of the year will take place on Aug. 11 and will swing over the North Pole. It will be visible from northern Europe, northern Asia and parts of eastern Asia – www.space.com

Why do these Eclipses Matter?

Eclipses can easily be described as an exaggerated New Moon or Full Moon, with the effects lasting weeks when partial and months when total. Although we are all likely to feel them on a collective level, whether they impact us or not on an individual level, depends on where they land in our birth chart, as well as whether they are visible in the sky above us. The closer eclipses aspect personal planets and/or angles, the more the eclipse core themes are likely to impact us in that area of our life.

Core Themes:

Solar Eclipse in Cancer

  1. Increased awareness and possible transformation of family dynamics past and present.
  2. Awareness of gaps in childhood nurturing, offering the possibility of developing more ways of self-nurturing, leading to greater self-value and self-love.
  3. Focusing on issues of commitment in intimate relationships, with a view to changing our usual modus operandi.
  4. Struggling with obsessive thoughts, particularly about relationships past and present.

Some suggestions on ways to navigate this Eclipse:

  1. Engage in self-nurturing – what nurtures you most depends on the Sign, House and Aspects to your natal Moon.
  2. Journal
  3. Do something comforting and easy with loved ones.
  4. Be aware of possible emotional see-sawing! It will pass!

On a mundane level, the courageous rescue of the 12 Thai boys and their coach from the deep caves over the past few days, is a wonderful representation of this Eclipse at its best. The courage to dive deep within the unknown and dangerous depths of the cave (Pluto), which was motivated by unconditional love and the desire to return the boys to the nurturing of their families (Cancer). RIP to Saman Gunan who lost his life to safe to save the boys.

It could also be said that the forced separation of children from their migrant parents in the USA, is confronting the world with a less conscious version of this Eclipse (Cancer Sun/Moon opposite Pluto). Will we take up the challenge and love these children enough, to free them too?

Come back on the 26th for information on the core themes of the Lunar Eclipse of July 27th! MG

For information on the Eclipse and Relationships, feel free to check out our YouTube video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-0Cb3Ls9uI&feature=youtu.be

 

Uranus into Taurus + New Moon in Taurus + Mars square Uranus – all on May 15th/16th  – Some Brief Notes with Margaret Gray

A Triple Event Day!

Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
― George Bernard Shaw

There are 3 major planetary events within a 12 hour time period, which are likely to bring dynamic changes in all our lives – particularly for anyone with personal planets and/or angles in Taurus, Scorpio, Aquarius and/or Leo.

These are:

  1. The New Moon in Taurus on May 15th
  2. Uranus moving into Taurus on May 15th
  3. The exact square between Mars and Uranus which has started already, but will be exact in Aquarius/Taurus on the 15th/16,th depending on your time zone

It’s going to be challenging to differentiate between all the above energies, so let’s start with the overall themes:

Change
With Uranus changing sign into earthy Taurus after 7 years in fiery Aries, we are individually and collectively letting go of the Aries ideals and embracing a new phase of Taurean hopes, visions and potentials which will entail embracing change. By Nov 2018 when Uranus retrogrades back into Aries briefly, (until March 2019), we will get a flavor of what is likely to undergo change in our lives over the next 7 years. Some key Taurean areas include: money, land, the concept of home, security, values including self-value, body image, status and relationships.

Enlightenment
By nature, Urananian energy is dynamic, sudden, conscious and progressive. It urges us forward through sudden unexpected moments of Airy enlightenment, similar to the fire shared with us by Prometheus in an effort to help us evolve as humans. Yet Taurus is an earthy grounded energy that seeks to maintain the status quo at all costs in a bid to retain stability and not plunge into the unconscious and hence ‘out of control’ depths of its opposite sign Scorpio.

Unlike Uranus in Aries where the energies were compatible, Uranus in Taurus is likely to generate some inner and outer conflicts between the regressive desire to maintain all as is and the progressive ‘nudge’ by Uranus to awaken and create radical unexpected innovative changes. Notice what houses Uranus in Taurus will be travelling through (as well as planets it’s aspecting) as these are the areas of your life where you will encounter both the instances of enlightenment and the inner conflicts between homeostasis and change.

Freedom
The Uranian energy urges us to break free of the mundane limitations that hinder us from living out our highest potential. The highest potential of Taurus includes: creativity and beauty, nurturing and caring for our physical selves and for planet earth, creating a peaceful environment and ensuring everyone has the basics in life including food, shelter and safety… The challenge with Uranus is finding a way to experience our innate need for freedom whilst existing within a human body and existence that has intrinsic Saturnian limitations.

The New Moon in Taurus

This earthy New Moon takes place whilst Uranus is at the very last degrees of Aries, 4 hours before it moves into Taurus. Hence, although seeds of new beginnings are planted, they are couched in some major endings, particularly with the trine to Pluto/Mars by the New Moon. Looking at where this New Moon lands in your chart, can offer you some helpful information on what these endings and new beginnings are about for you.

Mars square Uranus

This square started on May 12,th with Mars in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries and will be exact in Aquarius/Taurus on the 15th/16th. Over this time period and into May 18th, our level of frustration at any blocks to Change, Enlightenment and Freedom are likely to feel unbearable. Hence, the urge to take action is paramount. Finding a way to channel this high voltage energy is important, as it can feel very harsh on our nervous system. Exercising in nature is likely to provide a helpful release.

The Uranus Cycle

For anyone with Uranus in Scorpio, this new 7 year cycle will include your Uranus opposition where your natal idealism and need for the absolute truth will be woken by transiting Uranus. If your natal Uranus is in Aquarius, you will be preparing for your first Uranus square, which is a powerful awakener of your idealization of equality. If your natal Aquarius is in Leo, you are preparing for your second Uranus square which is the start of the last phase of your Uranian journey around your chart and a chance to live out your idealization of individualism. If your natal Uranus is in Taurus, you are preparing for your Uranus return, which completes this first journey of Uranus around your chart in your lifetime. It’s the perfect time to assess how much you have been able to live out your ideals and potentials.

On a Mundane Level: Uranus was last in Taurus between 1934 and 1941! Financial issues were at the fore, as well as WW2 and changes in the role of women.


Some suggestions that may help over this 12 hour time frame:

  1. Making a list of where you have been feeling restricted and constricted lately in your life. What might you do to free yourself up more in these areas?
  2. What do you imagine your best potential to be in different areas of your life: creativity, work, relationships…
  3. What action do you need to take to live out your best potential, as far as possible right now?
  4. If you could wave a magic wand, what would you change in your life, at this moment in time?

On a practical note, the Mars/Uranus energy can be somewhat impatient and volatile, so it’s worth keeping calm when driving and being alert to our surroundings at all times and avoiding disagreements. MG

If you’d like to find out more about the Uranus cycle on you as an individual and on your relationships, as well as more on Uranus in Taurus in your chart, do join me on May 28th 4.30pm at the UAC conference in Chicago! See you very soon! https://www.uacastrology.com/speakers

 

 

Some brief notes on the Full Moon in Scorpio on April 29th/30th with Margaret Gray

The fact of the matter is that our unconscious is wiser than we are about everything – M. Scott Peck

Scorpio and Pluto tend to conjure up apprehension, as they belong to the invisible realm of our unconscious. Yet, the essence of Scorpio is resilience, passion, tenacity and determination. Remembering that Mars is one of the rulers of Scorpio, the courageous warrior archetype is a key theme with this sign and hence for this Full Moon. Looking at which House this full moon lands in your natal chart, notice if there is something in that area of your life that you feel drawn to right now, to face and resolve.

Squaring the North and South Nodes in Leo and Aquarius, this Full Moon has a somewhat ‘fated’ quality about it. It’s worth noticing feelings, insights and events that may come to light 12 hours before and after this Full Moon, particularly in relation to any inner conflicts between your individual needs and the needs of the groups you belong to – family, community, culture, gender…What is it about these issues that feels so important right now? The sextile to Saturn invites you to manifest in a concrete way, some aspect of whatever surfaces from your emotional depths during this time.

Not forgetting also that Mars and Pluto are still conjunct within a degree, so this energy of transformation is still very powerful in our lives. The more we harness it in a conscious way, the greater the changes we can create in the area this conjunction lands in our natal chart.

Some things to do that may be helpful during this Full Moon:

  1. Use whatever tools you are comfortable with to work with your unconscious – dream work, journaling, meditation, free association…
  2. Spend some time by the ocean, swim in a warm pool, have a long relaxing candlelit bath…
  3. Listen to music that touches your soul.

This is not likely to feel like a very social time, as deeper emotions may come to the surface. It’s an ideal time to spend some quiet time alone, or with trusted loved ones. MG

 

Chiron in Aries 2018 – 2027. Some brief notes with Margaret Gray

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. 
― Aristotle

Chiron, has finally moved out of Pisces which he was travelling through since March 2011. With an elliptic orbit, Chiron which lies between the orbits of Saturn and Uranus, stays in some signs longer than others and Aries is a particularly long one. He will be in this first fiery sign of the zodiac until May 2027, (aside from a last visit back to Pisces from Oct 2018 – Feb 2019).

Based on the mythology attributed to this visitor to our solar system, there are several general archetypal themes to consider with Chiron:

  1. The outsider.
  2. The scapegoat
  3. The wise teacher.

The feeling of pain that can arise with Chiron transits is often related to an inner rejection, repression and disassociation from parts of ourselves that feel unformed and primitive. They are connected to the painful realization of the limitations of our human imperfections, versus our godly ideal of perfection (Saturn versus Uranus). Chiron reminds us that our spiritual journey on this planet is grounded in earthy matter, which by its nature includes challenges.

Some key differences between Chiron in Pisces and Chiron in Aries are as follows:

Chiron in Pisces:

  • The ending of another journey of Chiron through the zodiac.
  • An existential feeling of loneliness and abandonment due to a perceived sense of disconnection from source. Divine homesickness.
  • Confusing martyrdom with compassion and love.
  • Healing through faith and unconditional love.

Chiron in Aries:

The start of a new journey for Chiron through the zodiac.
A deep concern with fairness and truth.

  • The development of true courage, rather than aggression, in the face of injustice.
  • The integration of an authentic sense of a potent self, that is not based on false ego.
  • Independence and individuality, rooted in interdependence.
  • Healing through facing our internal truth, being couragous and owning our power.

Chiron was last in Aries between April 1968 and March 1977.

Events included:

  • 1968: the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King which increased a general awareness of the insidiousness of racism
  • In 1977 Harvey Milk, who was murdered in 1978, became one of the first openly gay officials in the USA, increasing the awareness of LGBT issues and homophobia. In the 70’s HIV was also coming to light, later killing thousands in the LGBT community and beyond and feeding the already rampant homophobia.
  • In July 1969 Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the Moon. His courage moved much of the world to tears.
  • In 1972 there was the Watergate scandal in the USA, where the truth came to light.

Previously Chiron was in Aries from April 1918 – March 1927

Events included:

  • In 1919 Mussolini forged the fascist movement in Italy and became prime minister in 1922 later joining forces with Hitler’s nazi movement in Germany.
  • In Germany, Hitler’s rise to power also started in 1919, leading to his dictatorship and the extermination of approx. 20 million people, the majority were Jews and also included 5,000 – 13,000 gay people, as well as  other minority groups.

Planetary transits work as a spiral, so as Chiron revisits the same place in the heavenly spheres yet again, it will unravel another layer of the key themes related to Aries that needs understanding, healing and integrating. As the other planets are also moving, the configurations in the sky will not be the same as they were during prior transits by Chiron so new permutations will arise individually and collectively to do with the key themes and issues.

Some suggestions of ways to apply it to our lives:

  1. Take a look at where Aries is located in your birth chart and if you have planets there or in opposition, square, trine, sextile or quincunx Aries. Also note if you have Angles in Aries. All of these houses and planets will feel the energy of Chiron over the next 9 years.
  2. If your Chiron is in Cancer you will experience your first Chiron square during this time, which will wake Chiron up in your chart.
  3. If your Chiron is in Libra you will experience your Chiron opposition at this time. The key themes that were woken during your first Chiron square will become clearer now, so that you can work with them in more depth.
  4. If your Chiron is in Capricorn, you will experience your second Chiron square which gives you an opportunity to focus more deeply on integrating issues that came to light during the previous two transits of Chiron.
  5. If your natal Chiron is in Aries, you will experience your Chiron Return during this time. This is an opportunity to revisit, heal and integrate any areas of discomfort in this area of your life that came to light during the journey of Chiron around your chart. It is a major threshold crossing into a new ‘wise’ phase of life when our focus on offering something back to the wider community becomes stronger. MG

Information on Chiron in Relationships is on our YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gRmQkRZpb4&feature=youtu.be

 

Some brief notes on the New Moon in Aries on April 16th 2018 with Margaret Gray

Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. 
― Barack Obama

There are 3 major planetary events in 3 days:
15th – Mercury stationary direct
16th – The New Moon conjunct Uranus
17th – Chiron moves into Aries

Get ready for change! If you have been feeling stuck, this New Moon is likely to ‘shake, rattle and roll’ the stuckness, as new beginnings arrive at last! Sitting right next to Uranus and squaring Pluto, which is conjunct Mars in Capricorn, it’s likely to be ‘out with the old and in with the new’. Notice also that there is not a drop of Air in the sky, aside from the South Node in Aquarius, so it may not be easy to stand back and see the bigger picture until later in the week, when the Moon moves into Gemini and Mercury marches ahead.

The energy of this planetary stellium is highly impatient and easily frustrated if the possibility of moving forward is thwarted in any way. Notice where it lands in your birth chart, as this is where you are more likely to feel the urge for urgent, innovative, radical change. For example if it lands in your 11th house it may concern groups you are involved with, including friendships and family groups. In the 4th it is about home and roots…

With Pluto in the mix, there is a sense of uprooting old restraints, restrictions and inhibitions that may no longer be needed. With Chiron at the very last degree of Pisces, moving into Aries after the New Moon, there is an opportunity to put to rest the dying embers of old grief. Although Chiron will revisit Pisces once again for a few months from Oct 2018 – Feb 2019, it is unlikely to feel as challenging as it has done for the past few weeks, as it will be doing one last sweep over old ground, rather than digging up new concerns.

Some things to do that may be helpful for this New Moon:

  1. Physical exercise – outdoors if possible, to help discharge the powerful energies of the Aries stellium which can feel challenging for our nervous system. Being outdoors can also help ground the energies.
  2. Maintaining conscious awareness at all times of our behavior, to avoid impulsive unwarranted reactions that may hurt ourselves or others. Conscious breathing can help slow everything down – at least a tiny bit!
  3. Avoiding restrictions. Being in open spaces if at all possible, can enhance a sense of internal and external freedom.
  4. Minimizing duties if at all feasible, as we are unlikely to respond well to any limitations today.
  5. Spending some time planning something radically new and exciting. Planetary energies love us to work with them. Even a new haircut or outfit can help express something new within us. Which areas of your life need a good spring cleaning? What seeds would you like to plant today? MG

 

 

 

Some Brief Notes on The Full Moon in Libra on March 31st with Margaret Gray

We can’t be so desperate for love that we forget where we can always find it; within. 
― Alexandra Elle

Venusian energy abounds today, with this Full Moon in Libra reminding us that relationships are at the core of everything in our lives and when they are out of balance, it’s not easy to maintain our center. Yet this is what we are invited to do, to find somewhere inside us where our self-value resides – in spite of whatever is going on around us. In spite of the injustices we see on the News every day. In spite of whether we feel loved or not in our relationships. In spite of the confused feelings that are surfacing from the deep recesses of our unconscious into the light of the Full Moon…

With Venus moving into Taurus at the same time as the Full Moon in Libra, the duality of Venus as ruler of both Taurus and Libra comes to the fore today and will remain as a powerful energy throughout the first half of April. It also brings us a taster of the powerful changes in energy that will take place when Uranus moves into Taurus on May 15th.

Today our psyche is imbibed with Venus in Taurus as the sensual lover who at her most expansive, recognizes the natural beauty of our planet and seeks to build tranquility and peace. Yet, at her most limited, the importance of accumulating money, can easily outweigh the cost to nature and loved ones. We also have Venus as the weighing scales of justice in Libra, who at her most expansive can easily mediate to find a peaceful resolution to injustices in our inner and outer world. However, at her most limited she can seek to impose her desires based on ego and vanity, even on those she loves. Today a version of these themes may surface in your life depending on where this Full Moon lands in your birth chart.

With Uranus at the last degrees of Aries, as it prepares to move into Taurus, powerful Venusian energies that have been suppressed, repressed and severely violated for centuries throughout the planet, are coming to the fore, with women and young people leading marches for basic human rights. Chief amongst these is the Venusian sanctity of our body to be safe from violations of any sort, whether it’s through sexual, physical or emotional violence, on the basis of race, gender, sexuality, religion etc. (More on this in future blogs).

The square by the Full Moon to Mars/Saturn in Capricorn, invites us to take initial steps towards manifesting some changes as a result of these lunar energies. Notice where and what you are drawn to emotionally. With Mercury Retrograde conjunct the Sun in Aries we may struggle somewhat to express the feelings that are coming into our consciousness right now. Writing them may feel easier than spoken communication.

You are more likely to resonate with this Full Moon if your Sun, Moon and/or angles are in Libra, Aries, Capricorn and/or Cancer.

The sextile to the North Node brings us back once more to our heart. If in doubt – always tune into our heart energy – what is my heart telling me right now? MG

 

 

 

Some Brief Notes on The New Moon in Pisces on March 17th with Margaret Gray – Happy St. Patrick’s Day Everyone!

Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.
― Steve Maraboli

This ‘New’ Moon conjunct Chiron, invites us to clear out a lot of old emotional baggage so that we can lighten up and take action when Chiron finally moves into Aries next month.

With a square to Mars at the very last degree of Sagittarius, we are likely to feel somewhat impatient and frustrated about revisiting old sadness and grief that we thought was done and dusted! Yet the trine to Jupiter in Scorpio encourages us to dig a little deeper and explore what is really going on beneath our initial emotions. Chances are that it is not what it appears to be on the surface. Notice which house in your birth chart Jupiter is travelling through, as well as the house this New Moon lands in, as they will give you helpful information about what your feelings today may be really about. This is also likely to become clearer over the next few days, as the New Moon seeds begin to grow.

In the meantime, the Venus/Mercury conjunction in Aries, trine the Leo North Node, injects some fiery hope and optimism into the New Moon energies and encourages us to open up our heart energies with our nearest and dearest – and maybe someone new!

They are also a lovely reminder that new beginnings always follow endings and the more we release and let go pockets of old pain and grief; the more able we are to engage with ourselves and others in a new way. The key with this Pisces New Moon is to allow ourselves to swim through the painful emotions, without trying to bypass or avoid them, trusting that there is a rainbow on the other side of the tears.

Some suggestions that may help with these New Moon energies:

  1. Finding a peaceful place at home or in nature where you feel safe and contained if grief comes to the surface.
  2. Keeping a creative medium nearby to give expression to your feelings – pen and paper, crayons, musical instruments…
  3. Listening to some soothing gentle music.
  4. Walking by the ocean.
  5. Dancing.
  6. Meditating.
  7. Reading poetry and/or spiritual books, blogs…

It can be tempting to use substances (alcohol, pills, drugs, sugar etc.), to try and avoid pain with these powerful Piscean and Chironian energies. However, substances can be particularly powerful with these transits, particularly for anyone who has a watery chart and is very sensitive and intuitive. Allowing the feelings to surface and release via tears, is likely to feel a lot better right now than trying to suppress them. Forgiving ourselves and others allows us to move on. Hugs are great and one of the best ways to open our heart. So whatever else you do on this St. Patrick’s New Moon day – have a look around you for someone or something to hug – lover, friend, family, dog, cat, tree… MG

Relationships and the New Moon
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