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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?


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

The New Moon in Libra on Oct 1st 2016 by Margaret Gray

‘Love does not dwell on how much one receives in return. If there is ever any balance in love, it is in a contest of who can love who more’. ― Criss Jami



Key Planetary Energies today:

This month starts with the New Moon in Airy Libra conjunct Jupiter (4’ orb), quincunx Neptune (1’ orb) and the Sth Node in Pisces (4’ orb). It’s also sextile Saturn in Sagittarius (3’ orb) and square Mars in Capricorn (6’ orb). Meanwhile, elsewhere in the skies, Mercury in Virgo opposes Chiron in Pisces (2’ orb), trines Pluto in Capricorn (5’ orb) and is quincunx Uranus in Aries (3’ orb). However, the most exact aspect today, aside from the New Moon, is Venus in Scorpio trine Neptune in Pisces (within 52 seconds!) Meanwhile Saturn in Sagittarius is finally slowly pulling away from its exact square to Neptune (2’ orb) as it gets ready to make an exact square to the Nodes in Virgo and Pisces on October 8th. It’s currently within a 1’ orb! Pluto has already squared them and is moving away (2’ orb).

So how is this likely to affect us? 


Without a doubt September was probably one of the most challenging months of the year in terms of planetary energies. The combination of the Solar and Lunar Eclipse with the third and last Saturn/Neptune square, left many of us emotionally and physically exhausted!

This New Moon signals the start of a new planetary phase as we seek to re-balance. The place in your chart where the New Moon lands will indicate the area of your life that would most benefit from some re-balancing right now. (See the attached image of the meaning of the 12 Houses of the chart). 12-housesReinforced by the conjunction with Jupiter, who by nature expands everything he comes into contact with, we are called to pay attention to the core Libra themes of Choice and Consequences, Fairness and Unfairness, Compromise and lack of, Justice and Injustice.

Some possible questions to consider:

  • Where are these themes prevalent in your life at the moment?
  • What structural changes can you make to readjust?
  • What needs to be healed within you on Oct 2nd and spoken about on Oct 3rd (when Mercury will make an exact quincunx to Uranus)?

In our Relationships:

This new moon offers us the opportunity to start afresh in relationships with a more balanced and fair perspective. Equality based on honest, simple and direct communication is particularly important at this time. The exact Venus/Neptune aspect is an excellent combination for passion and romance in relationships. rose-411762_640With Mars in Capricorn diligence and integrity are required and are likely to result in a solid foundation going forwards. With Pluto still within orb of the nodes, there may be some remaining old relationship patterns that would benefit from being released. This enables us to let go of ‘needing’ something from others and allows us to move into a place where we can offer who we really are with no expectations in our relationships. From that place we can more easily create loving, joyful and pleasurable relationships based on equality and balance.

Some suggestions for this New Moon:

  1. Clear off old energies in whatever way works for you – Epsom salt baths, Reiki, Crystals, Sound…
  2. Connect with likeminded friends and do something fun together.
  3. Go on a romantic date with your significant other.
  4. Look at something beautiful – art, film…
  5. Spend some time in the fresh air – regardless of the weather!


Legal Copyright of Margaret Gray Sept 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

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:


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


(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?


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.’ 

Legal Copyright of Margaret Gray Sept. 2016

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!! 🙂

Thank you for reading my blogs! 🙂













The New Moon in Leo on Aug 2nd 2016 + Mars into Sagittarius by Margaret Gray MSW D. Psych. Astrology www.astrologypsychological.com

‘And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye’ – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince


The Key Planetary Energies today:

This New Moon in fiery Leo trines Saturn in Sagittarius (1’ orb) and is quincunx Neptune/Sth Node in Pisces (1’ and 2’ orb), as well as forming a slightly out of orb quincunx to Pluto in Capricorn (5’ orb). It also coincides with the return of Mars into Sagittarius following a long stay in Scorpio (since Jan 4th 2016 – aside from an earlier dip into Sagittarius from March 7th – May 28th 2016). Mars will finally return to 16’ Sagittarius 24 – the degree it had reached before going Rx – on September 6th 2016. From that point on, we are likely to feel powerfully propelled forward in all areas of our life where we have felt stuck and possibly stagnant since the start of the year.

So how is this likely to affect us?


The synchronicity of the New Moon in fiery Leo plus Mars moving into Sagittarius is likely to feel quite refreshing and invigorating today. After several months in the underworld, our personal and collective energy has finally surfaced above ground and is aiming for the sky! Taking dynamic action based on our beliefs is now our priority, particularly with the trine from Saturn to the New Moon. Both the New Moon and Venus in Leo remind us that new starts emerge when action comes from our heart centre. PHOTO-Heart-rennovationThis is easier to connect with at the moment as with no Air in the sky (ongoing until the end of the month), logical thinking remains our collective inferior function, allowing the heart to take the lead.

With Mercury in Virgo heading for the North Node, there is an invitation to focus our thinking on how we can each most be of practical service to help move the collective forward. This is also a great time to start a new course of study and to travel, as the urge to expand our mind increases with Mars back in Sagittarius. Until Mars moves out of Sagittarius on September 28th our search for the deepest truth within remains a priority.

In our Relationships:

With the New Moon focus on heart based action, this is potentially an enriching and expansive time for relationships. However, with Leo in the sign of individuation we can only expand in relationships to the degree that we are anchored in our own sense of Self. Hence the key in relationships with this New Moon is likely to be how to find the balance between having a healthy sense of self (versus egotistical narcissism) and how to reach out to loved ones from that joyful heart centred place. 0002With Venus square Mars in the sky this could be a very passionate, playful and joyful New Moon for couples. There may also be quite a few exciting new beginnings with Venus in Leo square Uranus in Aries!



Beliefs are likely to be highlighted with this New Moon and with Mars and Saturn almost conjunct in Sagittarius (9’orb), there may at times be a somewhat dogged quality about ‘righteousness’ re beliefs. However, with Mercury in Virgo, careful analysis of our thoughts and words before they are expressed, can go a long way towards soothing extremist tendencies within us all. The quincunx to Neptune and the South Node in Pisces encourages us to connect with compassion and universal connection, whilst continuing to move away from feeling in any way a helpless martyr in the face of the global situation.between-heaven-and-earth-sea-sunset-nature

Some suggestions you may find helpful for this New Moon:

  1. Opening your heart wide
  2. Playing and have fun
  3. Exploring interesting courses of study and places to travel
  4. Dancing, joining a drama group, spending time with friends…

‘Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does’ ― William James

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


Summer Solstice and the Full Moon in Sagittarius on June 20th 2016 by Margaret Gray

‘Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise’ – Maya Angelou[i]


The Key Planetary Energies today:

This is the second of two Full Moons in Sagittarius – the first one was in May 2016. The last one was on June 22nd 1967 at 0’ Capricorn 06. The next one won’t be until June 21st, 2062. Hence for some this may well be the only experience of Summer Solstice combined with a Full Moon!

This Full Moon is opposite Venus in Cancer, trine Uranus in Aries (5’) and square Chiron in Pisces (4’) Meanwhile the tight Mutable Grand Cross continues in the sky with Mercury in Gemini square Jupiter exactly conjunct the North Node in Virgo square Neptune conjunct South Node in Pisces and exactly opposite Saturn in Sagittarius!fullmoonsag

The Full Moon is at 11.03 Irish/UK time and the Summer Solstice is at 23.34 Irish/UK time on the 20th/21st By this time the Sun will have moved into 0’ Cancer 02 and the Moon will be at 6’ Capricorn 07.solstic

So how is this likely to affect us? 

This full moon at the Anaretic 29th degree has an urgency about it, due to its placement. Hence we are invited to integrate and complete something important, before we embrace the new nurturing and fertile energy of the Solstice. Key areas that are illuminated which may seek integration and completion are related to our thoughts and beliefs. It’s well worth exploring the emotional patterns that lie at the core of our beliefs and how they impact our communication within ourself and with others. How is this linked to our self-value? The trine to Uranus is urging us to release old emotional patterns and the square to Chiron reminds us that this release will help to bring about understanding and healing both for ourselves and those around us.

Later in the day Solstice, which is one of the four cardinal turning points in the solar calendar, welcomes a new season – Summer for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere and Winter in the Southern Hemisphere. The word Solstice derives from the Latin word: Solstitium which is made up of ‘Sol’ – the Sun & the past participle of ‘sistere’ which means ‘to stand still’. Hence our focus today is on the Solar Archetype. This includes: the principle of self and individuation, illumination within and outside of ourselves, the father archetype within, action, vocation, expansion, our identity, shining our truth, our roots, inner strength…solstice

Throughout the centuries Sun gods were worshipped across the globe throughout almost every culture. With patriarchy, many of them were identified as male. However, in Irish mythology, Áine who was the daughter of Eogabail of the Tuatha Dé Danann, “was originally worshipped as a Sun Goddess. She was also seen as a Moon Goddess, a Goddess of Love, a Fertility Goddess, a Healing Goddess, and a Sovereignty Goddess. Áine is also known as a Faery Queen. Her name means “brightness, glow, joy, radiance; splendour, glory, fame” and she is associated with the abundance of summer. Áine walked among Her people, offering aide where needed. She was invoked for “abundance, prosperity, punishing love crimes, keeping magical vows, revealing faeries, bearing magical children, and leaving unsuitable mate. South West is her direction, and Air is her element. The red mare, rabbit, and swan are her sacred animals.” [ii]airmid

Hence today we are invited to invoke Áine, to assist us in whatever area of our life we would like the Sun to shine brightly and bring abundance and new joyful beginnings. Notice in particular which area of your chart the Sun at 0’ Cancer and the Moon at 6’ Capricorn land in. Time in nature is likely to be particularly beneficial today.

In our Relationships:
The June Full Moon is known as the ‘Honey Moon” – hence the term ‘honeymoon’ for new ‘in love’ couples and why June is one of the most popular months to get married! For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere this time of year is connected to abundance and light as we experience the most hours of sunlight in the year. “As the goddess of love, Áine was invoked for love spells and fertility with the Sun and Moon being her planets. She was known for teaching her human children about love” [iii]– (both human and spiritual love). Aine, with long red hair held by a headband of fallen stars, was always seen wearing yellow, attire fitting for a Goddess associated with the sun and the moon.”

Abundance in the arena of love is more likely if we release old concepts of what ‘love’ is supposed to be and embrace a more expansive concept based on ‘unconditionality’ as well as on ‘service’. With Mercury in Gemini opposing Saturn, writing may feel easier than speaking to our loved ones today. As the Full Moon wanes and the Solstice takes over, the light of the Sun will join Venus in Cancer, softening the urgency of the 29’ and inviting compassion and tenderness for ourselves and others. This is an ideal time to consider making changes and new starts in all relationships but particularly within families, especially if boundaries have become a little blurred.

Full Moons offer the potential to let go of something that is no longer serving us well. This is particularly emphasised with the Grand Cross today, as well as the Full Moon at 29’! Sadly the key planetary energies in the Grand Cross seem to have been expressed at their most limited over the past week in many parts of the world. Mental and emotional chaos and confusion (Neptune/Sth node in Pisces) based on a limited sense of meaning (opposite Jupiter/North Node in Virgo) versus a sense of meaning and service fuelled by unconditional love and recognition of our sameness. This erupted in a violent attempt to annihilate the shadow within oneself and others, (Mars in Scorpio quincunx Uranus in Aries as well as the trine from Jupiter/Nth Node to Pluto in Capricorn), rather than self-empowered actions leading to a new way of being.maxresdefault

Solstice offers us a new turning point as a collective – the question for each of us is: how are we going to move forward? Are we willing to do the work required by the Jupiter/North Node in Virgo trine Pluto in Capricorn – learn, consciously analyse, evaluate, be of service, reach out, let go of addictions, make changes to create new structures in ourselves and in society…? With Mars Rx in Scorpio, quincunx Uranus in Aries – are we willing to evaluate ourselves and our past actions in a conscious manner so that we can move forward in a new way? The potential is there but as the Dalai Lama recently pointed out: ‘It requires action on our part’.

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

[i] May thanks to Kelsey Avalon for playing this beautiful poem ‘Still I’ll Rise’ by Maya Angelou at her presentation on Asteroids at the Astrology Ireland Meetup.

[ii] Many thanks to Judith Shaw https://feminismandreligion.com/2013/07/31/aine-summer-goddess-of-love-light-and-fertility-by-judith-shaw/and to Voices from the Dawn for the quotes about Áine. It well worth looking at both these websites: http://www.voicesfromthedawn.com/knock-aine/

[iii] See above!

The Mutable Cross and the Planetary energies for June 1st – 7th 2016 by Margaret Gray

Change is all around us! The Mutable Grand Cross reminds us that nothing is ever set in stone!


The Mutable Grand Cross that started on May 28th and fades away in mid-June, reaches a peak over the next few days, due to the current placement of the Sun. It will be joined by the New Moon in Gemini on June 4th/5th! (More on the New Moon later this week)

Key Astrological Aspects:

The Mutable Grand Cross is made up of Saturn Rx in Sagittarius, square Neptune/ South Node in Pisces opposite Sun/Venus in Gemini square Jupiter/North Node in Virgo. All of these planets are dancing between 11’ and 17’. The movement of the Sun over the next few days is a key factor. Landing on the exact degree as some of the major planets in the Grand Cross it will shine a spotlight on their energy.

June 1st and 2nd: Sun in Gemini exactly square Neptune in Pisces

June 3rd: Sun in Gemini exactly opposite Saturn in Sagittarius

June 2th/5th: New Moon conjunct Venus, exactly square Jupiter in Virgo

June 6th: (Sun/Venus exactly quincunx Pluto in Capricorn – not part of the Grand Cross but very important)

June 7th: Sun/Venus in Gemini exactly square the Nodes in Virgo/Pisces

Meanwhile the very different planetary energy of the Grand Trine in Earth continues with Pluto in Capricorn, Jupiter/North Node in Virgo and Mercury in Taurus!

What does this mean for us:


With so many planets squaring and opposing each other in Mutable signs, the key energy over the next few days is Change.time-for-a-change-897441_960_720 Hence the invitation for each of us is flexibility and openness to whatever changes we are experiencing keeping in mind that  external changes are often a mirror to internal changes.

One of the gifts of Mutable Crosses is that we are nudged out of any potential rut we may have fallen into. The main challenge can be how to stay grounded and centered with so much movement swirling around us and inside us. This is one of the potential benefits of the Grand Trine in Earth right now as it can offer some ease and grounding!LEO256

As the Sun forms an exact aspect to each planet as outlined above, it will highlight these particular energies in the Grand Cross. Hence on June 1st and 2nd it’s worth noticing our dreams. This is also a particularly good time to release old grief. On June 3rd the focus is likely to be on our belief systems – what needs to change? On June 6th the Sun will activate core structures in our life that we no longer feel comfortable with. Do we really want to continue this way? On June 7th the Sun brings our attention to our participation in the greater collective – what part do we wish to play? (More on the New Moon in a few days!)

In our Relationships:

This is a great time to breathe new life into relationships through initiating refreshing changes. June 1st and 2nd are an ideal time to release old dreams and fantasies about our relationships that may no longer be helpful to hold onto. This creates space for new and more realistic dreams. June 3rd is a great time to re-examine core belief systems to do with relationships. On the 6th we might find it helpful to reconsider how we are living out the core structures that form the bedrock of your relationships: love, commitment, loyalty, trust, integrity, communication…The grand trine in Earth can facilitate this process!

With all the planetary energies in the four corners of the square demanding change within a short space of time, it may be helpful to remember that the key anchor in all our relationships is Love.


The more grounded and centered we maintain ourselves, the easier it is to deal with the somewhat erratic current events and changes around the world. Focusing on the North Node conjunct Jupiter in Virgo can help redirect us. Basically the message of this North Node is to carefully consider all our thoughts and actions – are they of help and service to humanity or are they adding to the global suffering and chaos? If we remain in the naivety and regressive unconsciousness of the South Node, we are hindering rather than helping. This is not a time to hide our head in the sand, nor is it helpful to get overwhelmed by the collective grief. When in doubt it is helpful to focus on what is practical and useful, as well as compassionate.

You are likely to resonate more with these energies if your Sun, Moon and/or angles are between 10’ and 18’ of the Mutable signs: Virgo, Pisces, Sagittarius and/or Gemini.

If your Sun, Moon and/or angles are between 13’ and 20’ of Taurus, Capricorn and/or Virgo you may be relied on to help anchor the rapidly changeable energies on the planet over the next few days.

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Mars Retrograde, The Earth Grand Trine and the Mutable Grand Cross in May 2016 by Margaret Gray

Are you feeling a bit scattered by any chance? This would not be surprising in view of the numerous planetary configurations that are pulling and pushing in all directions!


Planetary Configurations today May 27th 2016:

  1. Mars has retrograded back into Scorpio, placing him at 29’ which is considered a ‘critical degree’. He remains in Scorpio until Aug 3rd!
  2. The Earth Grand Trine including Mercury in Taurus, Jupiter/North Node in Virgo and Neptune/South Node in Pisces that started at the end of April, continues in the sky until June 7th!
  3. To add to the mix there is also a Mutable Grand Cross with Sun/Venus in Gemini, Neptune in Pisces, Saturn in Sagittarius and Jupiter in Virgo. This will peak on June 2nd and 3rd – more updates on this over the next week. (Worth noting that last Thursday the Jupiter square Saturn part of this Grand Cross was exact. We have been feeling this square for a few months now as it has been in orb since March 2016 and will continue until the end of June).

How might this impact each of us?


The focus remains on carefully analyzing the core structures in our life and planting the seeds to create new ones. This is particularly relevant if you have planets and/or angles between 11’ and 20’ Taurus, Virgo and/or Capricorn.

Meanwhile our beliefs and values are being challenged as we are pulled and pushed by the need to increasingly move into ‘self-determination’ versus ‘being a victim of fate and circumstance’. This is particularly relevant if you have planets and/or angles between 6’ and 14’ Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo and/or Pisces.

In addition, we are being nudged, with the help of Mars in Scorpio, into revisiting and releasing old emotions that may have been hindering us from moving forward. This is a final letting go for many, particularly if you have planets between 22’ and 29’ Scorpio, Taurus, Leo and/or Aquarius.

In our Relationships:

With so many planetary energies in the mix, it may feel challenging to fully connect with significant others at this time. However, with Mars travelling back through Scorpio there is a window of opportunity to revisit the meaning of desire, passion and intimacy for each of us and to release old issues that may be a hindrance in this area of life. Until the Moon enters Pisces tomorrow, we may feel somewhat emotionally detached from loved ones. This will change over the next few days as our desire for emotional closeness increases.


Mutable Grand Cross energies by their nature inspire flexible movement. However, the movement tends to be from one corner of the square to the next. Hence, there is little time to rest and ground the energies. As soon as we think that we have a handle on an aspect of the global situation, it is likely to change. The Grand Trine in Earth on the other hand is somewhat fixed, leading to some potential stubbornness in the face of the evolutionary changes that need to occur. This is likely to ease when Mercury moves into Gemini on June 13th!

(Many thanks to Neil Craver for the stunning image above entitled ‘Diving into the Subconscious World’)

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The Full Moon in Sagittarius on May 21st 2016 by Margaret Gray

‘Why is patience so important?
Because it makes us pay attention’ ― 
Paulo Coelho


Key Planetary Energies today:

This first of two Full Moons in Sagittarius (the next one is in June), is conjunct Retrograde Mars, creating an exact Sun/Mars opposition! It is also Trine Chiron in Pisces (7’). Meanwhile the Sun is conjunct Venus in Taurus (5’orb). The North Node in Virgo is conjunct Jupiter (5’) and the opposing South Node in Pisces is conjunct both Neptune (7’) and Chiron (6’). These planets are part of the Kite formation in the sky at the moment, with a Grand Trine in Earth, including the North Node/Jupiter, Pluto and Mercury – all within 5’ of each other with South Node/Neptune/Chiron in Water as the release point for the Kite. The Nodes and planets conjunct them, are also part of a Keep in mind also that Mercury goes stationary direct tomorrow, although Mars remains Retrograde for another month!

So how is this likely to affect us?


New Moons usually come with a sense of ease as the Sun and Moon sit side by side, sharing the energy of the same Zodiac Sign. However, with a Full Moon, the Sun and Moon are in opposite signs of the Zodiac. This can create a sense of unease as we seek ways to integrate the opposing energies, as well as the planets they are each aspecting.

At its core this Full Moon invites us to revisit the core beliefs, thoughts and values that drive us to take action in our daily life. Are they still helpful to us? Which ones are we ready to release?tumblr_static_tumblr_static_acbnacn55kw04ocgo4ccgck80_640

With Mercury within a day of turning stationary Direct in Taurus, engaging our right brain creative thinking function is likely to be more successful than attempting to make decisions based on our logical left brain. With Mars still Retrograde until June 29th we may be be feeling a build-up of frustration as our desired actions may feel hampered by delays and unexpected re-routes! Patience is likely to be a rather scarce commodity at the moment so it is well worth engaging in whatever personal reflective practices we find most conducive to dealing with frustration and impatience! This can include: exercise, yoga, meditation, singing, dancing, laughing…

The Kite formation highlights that to be of service and effect transformation in the structures of our individual lives and in the greater collective we need to connect with our emotions and to clear out old pain. This is an ideal time to spend some time journaling about our feelings so that we can release old buried wounds and emotions.

You are more likely to resonate more powerfully with these energies if your Sun, Moon and/or Angles are between 0’ and 3’ Sagittarius and Gemini and/or between 10’ and 15’ Sagittarius, Pisces and/or Virgo, or 14’ and 27’ Virgo, Capricorn, Taurus and/or Pisces.

In our Relationships:

This is an ideal time to reconsider the beliefs and values that our relationship dynamics are based on. Where do these beliefs originate from? Our family, culture, religion, education…? Do they fully resonate with what we value and want in our relationships? Which direction are they taking us? Is this really where we want to go? Where is our heart in all of this?

During a Full Moon there can be a higher risk of projecting either side of the Full Moon onto a significant other or friend, colleague, family member etc. Notice if they remind you of either of your parents? This is a clear indication that they have faded as individuals in your eyes and become a mere projection of an internalized parental archetype. Projection-for-Vibrant-Jung-ThingAs we all know, the stronger and more unconscious the projection, the easier it is for the other person to unconsciously take on the projection, often leading to a relationship spiralling into an unnecessary challenging situation. The key is for the person who initiated the projection to become conscious of when it is happening and to deal with the original parental issues so as not to unwillingly cause distress and damage to the relationship. The more we each become conscious of our inner childhood and parental issues, the less likely we are to act them out unconsciously with our loved ones.


The Saturn Rx apex of the Tsquare to the Nodes indicates that we have reached an important point as a collective where we are invited to manifest a future that integrates spirituality and oneness with a sense of meaning based on being of practical help. Whether we choose to do so depends on our choices as we all have free will!


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Brief Notes on the New Moon in Taurus on May 6th 2016 by Margaret Gray MSW D. Psych. Astrology

‘They ravaged neither the rivers nor the forest, and if they irrigated, they took as little water as would serve their needs. The land and all that it bore they treated with consideration; not attempting to improve it, they never desecrated it’ ― Willa Cather


Key Planetary Energies today:

The New Moon in Earthy Taurus forms numerous aspects in the sky today. These include being part of Grand Trine in Earth with Jupiter/North Node in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn. It is also conjunct Mercury Rx (5’) and forms a quincunx to Saturn in Sagittarius. However, as there are 5 Retrograde planets right now: Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto – this New Moon is more about Re-doing than Initiating! The last time we had so many planets retrograde at the same time was at the end of April 1984 when Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto were all Rx!

So how is this likely to affect us?


I often think of the bottom 4 layers of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs pyramid as being a good representation of the gifts Taurus brings to our Birth Chart. MaslowsHierarchyOfNeeds.svgThe bottom two layers remind us of the practical necessities that are required for us to survive on this Earth plane of existence. The next two are the Venusian aspects of Taurus which are tied to our sense of connection with others and our values, including our self-value. The top layer, which could also be interpreted as consciousness/awakening, is the ultimate purpose of all the Zodiac Signs in our chart when expressed at their highest level.

Usually a New Moon in Taurus would invite us to start something new in any one of the four lower levels of the pyramid, depending where we are at in our lives. However, due to the powerful retrograde energies we are experiencing right now, we are more likely to be revising with a view to rebuilding in some of these areas at this time. This offers us the opportunity to clarify any confusion that may have arisen within us between the four layers. Their purpose is to build on one another, rather than equate to one another. Hence, shelter and food are not = love and self-esteem, although having shelter and food makes it easier to connect with both of these qualities within ourselves. Similarly money, which was originally created as a currency of exchange to obtain food and shelter in our society is not = love/belonging and self-esteem. It is merely a tool to provide for the basics and to assist us in learning how to exchange with our fellow humans and the planet. What eventually can potentially help us reach the top of the pyramid is the process itself, rather than the amount we accumulate. This New Moon invites us to stand in our personal power and re-think and revise some of our core belief systems and thought patterns that underlie how we approach the 4 bottom layers of the pyramid. This can facilitate us in creating some new structures that are both useful and of service to ourselves and others.

Paying attention to messages from our body can be particularly helpful at this time as well as getting lots of rest, healthy nourishment, gentle movement and time in nature. The general pace is likely to be slower than it usually is at the time of a New Moon.Student lying in grass reading


You are more likely to resonate with these energies if your Sun, Moon and/or Angles are between 15’ and 22’ Taurus, Scorpio, Capricorn, Virgo and/or Aries.


In our Relationships:

This is an excellent time to reassess our intimacy patterns in relationships – including physical intimacy – without blame or shame! What are these patterns built on – our adult self or our child self? How loving is our ‘internalized marriage’?  What – if any, unhelpful thinking and emotional patterns are we stuck in that prevent us from intimacy? What have we learned from past experiences? What would we do differently now? What do we need to do to heal and move on from them? What do we want now?images (3) This is the time to plant the seeds of what we would like, so that they can blossom when Mars goes Direct at the end of June.

Keeping a journal and/or painting, photography and other art forms are great tools to express ourselves at this time. Sending loved ones thoughtful notes is likely to work better than lengthy verbal dialogue. If we do feel the need to communicate verbally, expressing our truth with simplicity, patience and compassion is likely to be well received at this time with Mercury trining Pluto.

The Trine by the New Moon to Jupiter and the North Node in Virgo reiterates the theme of ‘being of service’ as a core value which the planetary energies have been highlighting for many months now. Although some of the extreme events in the world may cause us to doubt this becoming a global reality any time soon, it is worth noticing the ways in which this is in fact happening on a wider scale than the media would have us believe. The New Moon in Taurus also reminds us to take stock of the needs of our planet. Unless we change our thinking and prioritise the needs of the planet, versus the needs of a few to accumulate extremes of wealth, natural disasters on a large scale like the recent fire in Canada, are unfortunately likely to increase. As always we have individual choices which together create collective choices. This New Moon time invites us to focus on what our priorities are for the planet and for each other as a global community, as well as for ourselves as individuals.

I will leave you with this quote by Mahatma Gandhi: ‘Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.’

Legal Copyright of Margaret Gray May 2016 MSW D. Psych. Astrology www.astrologypsychological.com