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The Partial Solar Eclipse on Feb 15th 2018

Be Natural at Heart and New in mind 
― Amit Kalantri

On Thursday we will experience the last Eclipse of our first Eclipse Season of 2018 and it is directly opposite the  position of the Total Solar Eclipse of Aug 21st 2017.

The good news is that this Eclipse may help us to get a better understanding of some of the issues that came to light just before, during and immediately after, the Aug 21st Eclipse. Whereas the last Eclipse was in fiery, individualistic Leo, this one is exactly opposite in airy detached Aquarius, thus enabling us to get a glimpse of the bigger picture that emerged from the total darkness in August. Aquarius has the great capacity to observe patterns and not get too caught up in details, whereas Leo is much more focused on a goal.

The duality of heart (Leo) and mind (Aquarius), as well as individuality (Leo) and the collective (Aquarius), is often applied to these opposing signs. Playing with this possibility a little, it may be helpful to look back to Aug 2017 and notice if there were some changes to your emotional heart – did it open more? Did some old emotional pain come to the surface and clear out? Was this challenging to your mind? What part did this play in your personal journey of individuation from your family and tribe?

The next step is to observe if you notice any patterns coming to light in the Eclipse on Thursday, particularly related to your sense of self, as well as your role in your community and the greater collective. How does this tie in with your experiences in August? Are you feeling a greater sense of integration between your heart and your mind?

With the Sun conjunct Mercury and exactly sextile Uranus, the potential is high for sudden flashes of understanding and inspiration to do with the Aug eclipse, particularly if your Sun, Moon and/or angles are between 23’ and 29’ Aries, Libra, Capricorn and/or Cancer. With Mars trining/sexting the Nodes in Leo/Aquarius awakening the above eclipse themes is doubly emphasized.

The Sabian symbol for this Eclipse is:
‘A Tree Felled And Sawed To Ensure A Supply Of Wood For The Winter’. My interpretation is that the internal work we do during this Eclipse will be very helpful and nurturing during times ahead.

According to Dr. Bernadette Brady this Eclipse belongs to Saros Series 1 South which she describes as:

‘Concerned with ideas and their enthusiastic expression. If this eclipse affects your chart, you will be flooded with ideas or options. There may seem to be an element of haste, but if you can go with the new ideas, they will have positive outcomes.’ Predictive Astrology pgs. 308 – 309

The Partial Eclipse will be visible in southern South America, including many locations in Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay, and in Antarctica. The eclipse will also be visible from some areas of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Eclipses can coincide with natural and mundane events in the areas it is visible so it is not usually advisable to look at them. MG


For individual birth chart readings feel free to contact me at: graymgt@gmail.com

Feel free to check out our YouTube recording on the Solar Eclipse in Relationships:



Navigating the Solar Eclipse in Leo on Aug 21st 2017 with Margaret Gray MSW D. Psych. Astrology

Heart or Ego? Which will you choose? 

‘Let your heart be as big as it can possibly be.’ 
― Swami Chetanananda


Solar Eclipses occur when the Earth, Moon and Sun are lined up in the heavens, so that from our perspective on Earth, the Moon blocks out the light of the Sun. Countries that are in the direct line of the Eclipse are more likely to resonate with the Eclipse themes. Similarly – if your Sun, Moon or Angles are within 3’or 4’ of the Eclipse degree, which in this case is 28’ Leo 52.

This is the last Eclipse of 2017 and can only be seen as a Total Eclipse across the middle of the USA. Although the effect of Eclipses is stronger in the geographic area where it is exact, all of us will feel these powerful collective energies to some degree!


Solar Eclipses symbolically represent the brief moment of darkness that comes just before an important aspect of ourselves comes to light. In that instant, our unconscious lunar emotions surface, obscuring our conscious solar light, thereby leaving us in darkness. All we can do is trust that something as yet unknown is emerging into light and consciousness, ready to be birthed in the weeks and months ahead. The placement of the Eclipse in our Birth Chart by Sign, House and Aspect offers us some helpful information as to what this is[i]. Similarly in the Composite Chart for Relationships – for more information on this feel free to peruse www.relationshipsandastrology.com

Over the centuries the dimming of the light of the Sun has been viewed with some trepidation in many parts of the world. On a primal level, our survival feels understandably threatened when the light of the Sun is obscured. Hence, although Solar Eclipses always occur at the time of a New Moon – which is all about birth, the Eclipse demands that we experience total darkness, before the birth can take place.

Key Planetary Aspects
The key aspect to this Eclipse is the exact trine to Uranus in Aries. There is also an almost exact quincunx to Chiron in Pisces (1’orb) and the North Node in Leo is within 5’ of the Eclipse. Plus of course, Mercury has recently gone Retrograde in Virgo!

Key Themes for this Eclipse:

  1. An invitation to open our hearts wide.
  2. A desire to take spontaneous genuine action in a new direction – check where the Eclipse lands in your chart to see which area of life this is more likely to happen for you!
  3. Feistiness, impatience and frustration!
  4. Absolute honesty and directness,
  5. Healing old wounds to do with our individuality (this may involve releasing some old pain!)
  6. Reconnecting to heartfelt joy and fun,
  7. Confusion with detail – careful with those texts!
  8. Feeling ungrounded and struggling dealing with mundane daily tasks! (The only earth in the sky is Pluto in Capricorn) Our bodies may play up a bit in an effort to draw our attention so that we can remain centered in the physical realm,
  9. Compassion may feel easier than empathy right now!
  10. Our nervous system may feel in overdrive so our sleep patterns may be disturbed.

Some things to keep in mind!

Eclipses repeat themselves approx. every 19 years and there were Solar Eclipses at this same degree in 1945, 1963 and 1999. It may be helpful to revisit these times in your life, (or to explore what was going on in your family at these times, if you were not born yet), to see if any significant themes come to light, which may resurface to be worked through in a new way with this Eclipse.

According to Dr. Bernadette Brady this Eclipse belongs to Saros Series 1 North. This is her description of the core theme:

“Unexpected events involving friends or groups place a great deal of pressure on personal relationships. These relationship issues may loom large as the eclipse affects the chart. The individual would be wise not to make any hasty decisions since information is distorted and possibly false. The eclipse also has an essence of tiredness attached to it” – Dr. Bernadette Brady ‘The Eagle and the Lark’

The Sabian symbol for this Eclipse is: ‘A Mermaid emerges from the ocean waves ready for rebirth in human form’. – Lynda Hill
This could be described as an emergence of something within ourselves from the deep oceanic emotional realms, which we are ready to manifest on the planet. It’s well worth keeping a note of your dreams at this time!

Some tools that may help with the Eclipse energies:

  1. Spending time on solid ground in nature with trees, plants and flowers.
  2. Having fun with friends and loved ones.
  3. Listening to your heart and taking a risk if it’s heart centered
  4. Being courageous for yourself and others.
  5. Trying to focus on excitement rather than fear!
  6. Envisioning the most expansive future for yourself and your loved ones
  7. Trusting that the light will come out again even brighter, in whatever part of your chart the Eclipse is landing in.
  8. Self comforting! Anxiety levels may feel higher than usual, particularly if you have a Moon/Uranus aspect in your chart. With Moon/Pluto there may be more fear and with Moon/Neptune, sadness and/or addictions may come to the forefront. Fear may also be strong if you have a natal Saturn/Pluto aspect.

    Self soothing is very helpful right now in the manner of your Moon Element and sign. For Fire Moons focusing on the excitement of the Eclipse can be helpful, as well as doing exercise. Moon in Earth may find it comforting to be somewhere beautiful in nature, Moon in Air is likely to enjoy reading blogs on the Eclipse and spending some time with friends, whilst Moon in Water is more likely to be comforted by time near a body of water.

If your Sun, Moon and/or angles are at the end of Leo, Aquarius, Taurus, Aries, Pisces and/or Scorpio or at the start of Virgo, Pisces, Gemini and/or Sagittarius, you are more likely to resonate with the above themes.

Relationships and the Solar Eclipse:
Feel free to have a look at our recording on The Solar Eclipse and Relationships! What happens when the light goes out!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QgqWQcXImg
Legal Copyright of Margaret Gray August 2017

Re Astrology Readings:
I offer Astrology readings online all over the world and in person in Ireland, to individuals, couples and children, as well as teaching astrology courses and workshops. Feel free to have a look at my website www.astrologypsychological.com and www.relationshipsandastrology.com

[i] If you are familiar with Astrology you can check this out in your chart. If you are new to astrology you may consider having a Birth Chart reading with an astrologer who can tell you where your planets are placed.

Navigating the Lunar Eclipse on Aug 7th 2017 – with Margaret Gray

‘But feelings can’t be ignored, no matter how unjust or ungrateful they seem.’ 
― Anne Frank

The Planetary Configurations:

Mars in Leo is conjunct the Sun and opposite the Moon (4’orb).There is also a trine/sextile from Jupiter to the Moon/Sun (2’ orb). This Eclipse is also part of ann intense Yod in the sky, with the Sun as the apex planet and the Moon as the release point! The quincunx is from the Sun to Pluto (2’ orb) on one side and to Neptune (2’ orb) on the other!

Why do Eclipses matter?

There are two Eclipse seasons a year – one in Oct/Nov and one in July/Aug. The Eclipse season lasts from a few weeks before the first Eclipse, until a week or so after the last Eclipse. However, the effects of the Eclipses last for approx. 6 months after each Eclipse.

Lunar Eclipses are a more intense Full Moon – with a twist! During a Full Moon the light of the Sun fully illuminates the Moon. How this translates in our daily life, is that emotions that are usually under the surface, become more visible as they enter our consciousness. Hence we talk about ‘lunacy’ during a Full Moon, which describes a sense of feeling overtaken and overwhelmed by our emotions.

However, the twist with the Eclipse is that although emotions come to the surface, they are temporarily covered over or eclipsed. So we are aware that they are there, but unlike a non-eclipsed Full Moon, we are not conscious of what they are about. As this is happening to all of us at the same time, it can feel like a power surge of emotions, without the consciousness to make sense of what they are and hence how to process them.

Depending on where this Eclipse falls in your natal chart and which planets – if any – are activated, this will feel more or less personally intense for you. However, as it is a global occurrence, anyone who is sensitive and/or has a very watery chart is likely to reverberate strongly with these energies, even if they are not personal to your own chart. Hence, it’s very important to stay as centered as possible in your own emotions and body and to keep clearing out other people’s energies and emotions!

Some Key Themes to look out for with this Lunar Eclipse:

1. A strong drive to take urgent action in whatever area of life the Sun/Mars/North Node in Leo falls in your natal chart. Heart centered action can work well, but if it’s based on ego, it is likely to be reflected back in an enhanced way over the next few months.
2. This is an ideal time to let go of old emotional baggage – resentments, fears, regrets, shame, guilt, annoyances, frustrations…
3. Parental issues may come to the surface to be resolved and released so that we can move forward lighter and easier.
4. There may be challenges between the wellbeing of the group/tribe/collective versus ‘Me, Myself and I’! This could manifest via challenges between family and community needs, versus personal needs and desires.
5. With Mercury in shadow and going Retrograde on Aug 13th it’s well worth paying additional attention to all forms of communication, particularly when it entails formal documents!
This Eclipse is likely to feel particularly powerful if your Sun, Moon and/or angles are between 11’ and 16’ Aquarius, Leo, Taurus and Scorpio. Also if you are part of the generation with the Nodal axis in Leo/Aquarius as the theme of self/individuality/ego, versus others/idealism/helping the collective, is a key theme in your life journey.

Some suggested tools for this Lunar Eclipse:

1. Time in nature can really help to stay grounded and get some sleep and rest at this time. Because this Eclipse is in Air and Fire, it has a high speed, detached quality about it, which is very removed from the natural and physical realms of Earth and our body. This can feel a bit harsh and edgy on our nervous system
2. Meditation and breathing exercises can help to stay centered and as calm as possible amidst any potential chaos around us.
3. It’s well worth taking nothing personally!! Keep in mind that everyone’s emotions are surfacing at the same time. Kindness, compassion, patience and tolerance will go a long way towards preventing accidents and stressful encounters.
4. Discernment as to where and if action is needed, and how to take it in a grounded and loving manner is useful right now.
5. Forgiveness for self and others will bear great fruits in the months to come. The Hawaiian practice of Ho’oponopono is one of several healing forgiveness practices http://upliftconnect.com/hawaiian-practice-of-forgiveness/
6. For general tips on how to navigate Eclipses, feel free to have a look at my blog from Feb 2017 https://astrologypsychological.com/…/some-simple-tips-on-ho…/
7. Eclipses can be a stressful time in Relationships – our YouTube recording on the Lunar Eclipse and Relationships is at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktjk6WU6O34&feature=youtu.be

Margaret Gray Aug 2017
I offer Astrology readings to individuals, couples and children in person in Dublin and via Skype elsewhere. You can contact me at graymgt@gmail.com

Legal copyright of Margaret Gray Aug 2017

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?


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:


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?


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.

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?

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



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