Tag: Full Moon in Pisces

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.’ 

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

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

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The Full Moon at 6’ Pisces 6 on August 29th 2015 – Some brief notes by Margaret Gray

We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.
― Thích Nhất Hạnh


The Core Theme for this Full Moon = Service versus Sacrifice

The natural Water/Earth polarity of this Full Moon in Pisces is particularly emphasized and amplified by the conjunction of Neptune to the Moon, in opposition to Jupiter conjunct the Sun in Virgo.

Totally at home in the infinite oceanic realms of Pisces, Neptune sitting next to the Full Moon diffuses and dissolves any obstacles to the free flow of our feelings and emotions. Hence we are invited to dive deep into these watery realms, keeping in mind that due to the nature of water, we are only likely to see vague images and silhouettes rather than anything that is clear and distinct. Pisces is the realm of illusion, delusion, intuition, imagination and dreams. Here, anything is possible as we are not limited by the concept of a three dimensional reality. In this watery realm we plant the seeds through our imagination, albeit often unconsciously, that later manifest into our daily reality. The Piscean realm allows us easy access to both the individual and collective unconscious. However, without the Virgoan skills of discernment, we can struggle to clarify who and what our intuitive perceptions are really about and where they originate from.

Without a degree of earthy grounding, the Pisces realms can easily seduce us into an infantile Neptunian womb where we surrender free will and choice, in favour of unconsciousness and lack of responsibility. Hence the association between Pisces and alcohol/drug abuse as well as co-dependency in relationships. (It is worth keeping in mind that as our porousness and sensitivity is heightened at this time, we are likely to have stronger reactions to substances during this Full Moon).

Without a healthy sense of self, the Piscean watery realms can feel like an engulfing tsunami where we find ourselves easily swamped as we embrace the role of martyr and/or victim in preference to taking responsibility for our own life. On the other hand with a well formed inner sense of self, the Piscean waters can be experienced as a magical opportunity to dance with our imagination and express expansive free flowing feelings through the creative arts, as well as through our emotions. In doing so, we enter the realms of unconditional love, compassion and our interconnection with everyone and everything. This is what we have mostly associated with the spiritual realms, but which in is in fact an intrinsic part of who we are and of our existence on this planet, particularly now in the post Uranus/Pluto square era. The opposition to the Sun in Virgo conjunct Jupiter, offers us the opportunity to ground the Piscean oceanic emotions and feelings into earthy practical compassion. With Jupiter emphasising the Virgoan qualities of efficiency and synthesis through meaningful service rather than sacrifice, we are invited to turn unconditional love into practical action for the benefit of all.

Meanwhile, Venus Retrograde has made her way back within 2’ of Mars in Leo, which is in quincunx to Pluto in Capricorn. Once more we are offered a rich opportunity to take heart based action to transmute structures within our own lives and in the greater collective that are not authentic. These include: our jobs, family structures, education, physical health, finances, relationships, friendships, home etc.

Some questions we might consider at this time:

  1. Where in my life am I living an ‘unconscious life’? Why am I choosing to do so? How is it benefiting me? What is it stopping me from experiencing?
  2. Where in my life do I choose to be a victim/martyr? Why have I chosen to do so? What are the benefits? What are the losses?
  3. Where in my life am I expressing myself in a creative manner?
  4. Do I love myself unconditionally? Do I love others unconditionally? If not, what fears stop me from doing so? What would help me to open up fully? What might be the benefits of doing so for my emotional, physical and mental wellbeing?
  5. Where am I deluding myself about myself?
  6. If I were to measure my general compassion towards everyone on a scale of 1 – 10, where is it on average?
  7. How might I be of greater meaningful service in the world at this time

    Some Tools to work with during this Full Moon time and throughout the rest of the month:

  1. Daydreaming, preferably by water – ocean, lakes, rivers etc.
  2. Soaking in the bath or in the ocean
  3. Listening to music
  4. Keeping a dream journal
  5. Expressing emotions that arise at this time through art, writing, playing music…
  6. Dancing
  7. Allowing tears to flow

On a Global Level:
One of the biggest issues that is manifesting in the world at the moment is the displacement of people around the globe due to conflicts in their homeland. The numbers are staggering; with recent polls showing up to 60 million refugees. Many of these are children. Unlike the waves of emigration in the past, refugees are not leaving out of choice. They are fleeing for their lives with nothing aside from the clothes they are wearing. The choice arises for other countries to open their arms with love and offer food, clothing and shelter or to put up illusory walls, fences and barricades in fear. This Full moon in Pisces reminds us that we are all one and that the plight and pain of our neighbour is also ours. In helping them, we help ourselves. It also reminds us that the Earth does not belong to us and hence territorial borders are not real.

There have been several fires and explosions recently, two of which resulted in hundreds of deaths in China. With Mars in Leo within orb of a trine to Uranus in Aries, it seems to me that we are faced with choices re the reality of a world where people’s homes are located next to exceedingly dangerous toxic chemicals. The core question arises as to the purpose of the chemicals in the first place and whether our priority is financial gain or the safety of people’s lives.

On the other hand it was very heartening to witness the courage of the two young men, who disarmed a terrorist on a French train a few days ago, saving the lives of many people. A wonderful expression of the dynamic courage of Mars in Leo, together with the desire to be of service, as exemplified by Jupiter in Virgo.

Who is most likely to resonate with these energies?
If your Sun, Moon and/or angles are between 4’ and 8’ Pisces, Virgo, Gemini and/or Sagittarius you are more likely to resonate with these Full Moon energies. If your Sun, Moon and/or angles are between 12’ and 13’ Leo and/or Capricorn you are likely to particularly resonate with the Venus/Mars in Leo themes.

I’ll leave you with this great quote by Rabindranath Tagore: “I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy”.

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Bio – Margaret Gray MSW D. Psych. Astrology

Margaret offers psychological astrology consultations to individuals, couples and children internationally in person and on skype. Currently based in Dublin, Ireland with a foot in Hawaii, Margaret can be contacted via her email address graymgt@gmail.com. Her website is www.astrologypsychological.com. Margaret also teaches Psychological Astrology online and in person. She is a member of the ISAR board of directors.