August 13 to 20, 2020
What sign is the moon in? What signs do the planets occupy?
What is the current lunar cycle about?
For the aspects currently affecting everyone, click here.
And for a daily overview, click here.
Venus is in Gemini
In Gemini, Venus is devoted to
intellectual pleasures. This can mean
anything from crossword puzzles to
lectures on Medieval candle magic.
It's especially good for scintillating
conversation. Everyone is wittier and
more interesting, and everyone is
quicker to respond to your ripostes.
(And they're ready to repost
everything you write, too.)
And yes, it's a good time for puns.
Try to control yourself.
Venus will be in Gemini until July 4.
Venus entered Gemini
in NYC: Thurs, June 9, 10:23 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, June 9, 7:23 am
in London: Thurs, June 9, 3:23 pm
in Berlin: Thurs, June 9, 4:23 pm
moves into Gemini
in NYC: Weds, Aug 12, 9:45 am
in Vancouver: Weds, Aug 12, 6:45 am
in London: Weds, Aug 12, 2:45 pm
in Singapore: Weds, Aug 12, 9:45 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Aug 12, 11:45 pm
moves into Cancer
in NYC: Fri, Aug 14, 7:35 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Aug 14, 4:35 pm
in London: Sat, Aug 15, 12:35 am
in Singapore: Sat, Aug 15, 7:35 am
in Sydney: Sat, Aug 15, 9:35 am
moves into Leo
in NYC: Mon, Aug 17, 1:38 am
in Vancouver: Sun, Aug 16, 10:38 pm
in London: Mon, Aug 17, 6:38 am
in Singapore: Mon, Aug 17, 1:38 pm
in Sydney: Mon, Aug 17, 3:38 pm
moves into Virgo
in NYC: Weds, Aug 19, 4:20 am
in Vancouver: Weds, Aug 19, 1:20 am
in London: Weds, Aug 19, 9:20 am
in Singapore: Weds, Aug 19, 4:20 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Aug 19, 6:20 pm
moves into Libra
in NYC: Fri, Aug 21, 5:15 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Aug 21, 2:15 am
in London: Fri, Aug 21, 10:15 am
in Singapore: Fri, Aug 21, 5:15 pm
in Sydney: Fri, Aug 21, 7:15 pm
Pluto is in Capricorn
Pluto has to do with the
slowest, most relentless and
most inexorable trends. In
spite of being demoted from
planet status, it's still very
influential when it comes to
As soon as Pluto entered this
pragmatic, restrained ascetic
sign, the economy took a very
different shape. Everyone
switched from spending and
speculating to worrying and
saving. The emphasis is on
what works, not necessarily
what feels good.
This is a long-term
conservative influence, but
the word "conservative" can
mean a lot of different things.
It could mean conserving the
land, and becoming better
stewards of the earth. It could
mean conserving the wisdom
of our elders. It could mean
looking to the people who
have spent their lives
developing practical skills and
asking, "Okay, how do we do
Pluto has been in Capricorn
since November 2008 and will
be here until March 2023.
Saturn is in Capricorn
Saturn returns to its home sign for a final six months,
after spending most of the last two and a half years
here. Some familiar old fears could be reactivated,
and some onerous restrictions reenacted. There may
be a sense that we’re going backwards, even that we’
re re-entering the dark ages. There won’t be a lot of
time or room for frivolity.
For Saturn in Capricorn, the main thing is to maintain
the status quo, and to bolster it further whenever
possible. For many reasons, including the pandemic,
there could be more poverty and lack during this time.
Natural resources become scarcer, and people
already in power continue to take control of what’s
When times are hard, people focus on the basics,
and act more cautiously. However, with Mars going
through Aries during this time, there will be some
pitched battles between the two of them, and so
sparks will fly. Saturn in Capricorn will focus on duty,
responsibility and pragmatism, while Mars in Aries
keeps fighting, pushing to break through all the walls
and achieve victory.
In addition, Saturn in Capricorn encourages
organization in all forms, and so there could be more
grassroots organizational efforts. People will find
alternate ways to distribute the earth’s resources.
Some folks already have the skills they need to
survive, and they’ll teach them to others. Discipline,
commitment and clear vision are all rewarded by
Saturn in this sign.
Saturn will be in Capricorn until December 17, 2020.
Saturn entered Capricorn
in NYC: Weds, July 1, 7:37 pm
in Vancouver: Weds, July 1,
in London: Thurs, July 2, 12:37 am
in Singapore: Thurs, July 2,
in Sydney: Thurs, July 2, 9:37 am
Mars is in Aries
Wow, Mars is going to be in Aries for
a long time – for the rest of the year,
in fact. Usually it spends two months
in a sign, so this gives a long stretch
of highly focused, dynamic energy.
Mars in Aries is very vital, so you can
get some important work done.
This fire sign is passionate, rebellious
and spontaneous, and it can mean
leaping headfirst into the most
ambitious projects – and often,
accomplishing things that were
supposed to be impossible. The urge
to compete and win is very strong.
But it’s not the most organized,
structured or patient influence in the
world. Everybody wants to be a
leader, nobody wants to compromise,
delays are intolerable, and
arguments can sap a lot of time and
A town full of Lone Rangers can be
somewhat chaotic, so the best way to
handle this is to stay as self-aware as
possible, and keep your sense of
humor intact. If you catch yourself
throwing the rules, schedules and
contracts in the trash can, pause for
a minute and ask yourself if this is
really a good idea. Even though
you’re eager to move forward, you
may want to stop, look around, and
see what others are saying or doing.
A brief pause won’t hurt anything.
Everything is still moving very quickly,
and there will be plenty of dragons
left for you to slay.
Mars will be in Aries until January
Mars entered Aries
in NYC: Sat, June 27, 9:45 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, June 27, 6:45 pm
in London: Sun, June 28, 2:45 am
in Singapore: Sun, June 28,
in Sydney: Sun, June 28, 11:45 am
The Current Lunar Cycle
This is the beginning of a tough lunar cycle, with the sun
and moon opposing the Saturn/Pluto/Jupiter conjunction.
The opposition to Saturn is particularly close, and so there’s
a mournful, oppressive mood. A lot of people have had
enough. They’re at the end of their resources – material,
emotional, and spiritual. They’re suffering.
For many, this will be a month when reality is more obtrusive
and discouraging than usual. It’s hard to get away from the
limitations of the moment, whatever they are. You may be in
danger of being evicted, or you may just miss your granny.
Whatever is going on, there’s a feeling that you just have to
wait it out, but there’s also this fear that nothing will ever
change, and that you’re stuck in this narrow world forever.
There’s also a sense of being stuck between one phase and
the next. One phase is over, but it’s not quite time to start
the next project, the next surge, the next action. And when
you have to wait around for the right time, you can start
feeling weak, impotent, victimized. You may do a lot of
rigorous self-examination, as well as examining everything
else with a more critical eye, trying to see where things went
wrong, why it’s all stalled.
But it’s just that there are times like this, when everything
seems a bit paralyzed. It’s not your fault. There’s no one
person to blame, although it’s easy to find villains. As you
analyze the situation, try to be kind to yourself, and to avoid
being fatalistic. Saturn aspects always feel permanent, but
things will improve, although it may take a couple more
months before you see any real progress.
Meanwhile, focus on taking care of yourself and the people
you love, the best you can. The only easy aspect at this new
moon is the Jupiter/Neptune sextile, which gives a stronger
connection to the spiritual world. It can help a lot to call on
your spiritual guides, saints, gods and goddesses. When
this world lets you down, there are always others.
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on August 18.
Its climactic moment is the full moon on August 3.
The new moon occurred
in NYC: Mon, July 20, 1:33 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, July 20, 10:33 am
in London: Mon, July 20, 6:33 pm
in Singapore: Tues, July 21, 1:33 am
in Sydney: Tues, July 21, 3:33 am
The sun is in Leo
Even during a pandemic, the sun is especially brilliant in
its own sign, Leo. Everyone is encouraged to live a little
bit more loudly: to be more dramatic, to express
themselves, to shine. People who are comfortable in
the spotlight are even happier to be there when the sun
is in Leo. People who are shyer gain confidence as
they see how much fun everybody else is having. And
audiences are also greatly appreciated when the sun is
in this sign.
Children especially respond to the energy of Leo, and,
when the sun is here, it brings out the child in all of us.
It’s a time to soak up the sun, to be free and playful, to
sing and dance, to clown around, to climb trees and
look at the view from above. It’s not easy to enjoy this
sign to the fullest when we’re living through a pandemic,
but people find ways to surround themselves with light
and color and spontaneous delights.
There can also be quite a lot of jousting while the sun is
here. Some battles for dominance are just for show, but
others are quite serious. There is more posturing now,
and alpha dogs may have to deal with more challenges
from the lesser dogs.
The sun will be here until August 22.
The sun entered Leo
in NYC: Weds, July 22, 4:36 am
in Vancouver: Weds, July 22,
in London: Weds, July 22, 9:36 am
in Singapore: Weds, July 22,
in Sydney: Weds, July 22, 6:36 pm
Mercury is in Leo
This is all about the Voice of Authority. Some
people have it naturally, and they thrive when
Mercury is in Leo. Other people are shy and
retiring, but they suddenly gain more confidence
when Mercury is in this sign.
It’s not just about being sure you’re right –
although that’s definitely a good part of it. But
Mercury in Leo offers more, when it comes to
communication skills. It gives warmth, passion,
enthusiasm, and honesty, and so people find it
easier to understand and appreciate each other.
Leo is not a cerebral sign, and so you pick up as
much from body language and expression as you
do from the actual words.
Shared passions are important, and it doesn’t
matter how you convey your feelings – whether in
long speeches or entirely in mime! You get your
point across, and your heartfelt message can
kindle lasting friendships and a few love affairs
during this time.
Leo is a very creative and expressive sign, so
artists of all kinds can enjoy Mercury in Leo. It’s
especially good for performance artists, since Leo
is so dramatic. This is tricky at a time of social
isolation, but performers will find ways to get their
work out into the world! Singers and poets can
move people not just by the words but by the tone
and nuance and rhythm of their voices.
However, there are likely to be more arguments
during this Mercury sign, because the sense of
being right gets notched up to a new level. There’
s more ego invested in the things people say and
believe. It definitely helps that Mercury in Leo
also inclines to laughter, although it won’t
necessarily deescalate conflict if you laugh in your
opponent’s face. But later, when you’re talking
about it, laughter is good.
Mercury will be here until August 19.
Mercury entered Leo
in NYC: Tues, Aug 4, 11:32 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Aug 4, 8:32 pm
in London: Weds, Aug 5, 4:32 am
in Singapore: Weds, Aug 5, 11:32 am
in Sydney: Weds, Aug 5, 1:32 pm
Venus is in Cancer
Venus, the planet of love and pleasure, is gentle,
nurturing and sympathetic in this sign. This is mostly
very good for relationships.
It’s a sentimental time, when you may feel more like
taking pictures of your sweetheart, saving locks of hair
and greeting cards, and whispering endearments in her
ear as you walk past. If you’re not normally prone to
this kind of gooiness, you may wonder
what’s gotten into you. But there’s a good chance you’ll
both enjoy it, although you may be thankful that nobody
else can hear the silly names you’re calling each other.
It’s a great time for cooking, so if you’re inclined to this
sort of thing, now is the time to get into the kitchen. It’s
also a great time for eating, and all dishes, whether
humble or exotic, are more pleasurable. It’s nice for
entertaining family and very close friends, which is
about all that’s possible in this pandemic. Most of the
time, it’s easier to just nest, to enjoy the coziness of
Generally, you want to be comfortable when Venus is in
this sign, so it can be perfect for a stay-at-home
vacation. It also attracts you to watery places, like
beaches and the lake. Just be sure you bring along
your favorite pillow and your favorite brand of cookies,
and of course, your gaily painted face-mask.
Venus will be here until September 6.
Venus entered Cancer
in NYC: Fri, Aug 7, 11:21 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Aug 7, 8:21 am
in London: Fri, Aug 7, 4:21 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Aug 7, 11:21 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Aug 8, 1:21 am
The Next Lunar Cycle
This new moon reminds us that two very
different things are going on right now. On
the one hand, many of us are full of
courage and hope for the future, as we
work for social change, and fight to win
the coming US election. In the new moon
chart, this is embodied in the fiery trine
between the sun, moon and Mercury (all
together) in Leo, and Mars in Aries.
On the other hand, this is a tightly
restricted time, and we’re all still feeling
some fear around this pandemic – what
does it mean for us? For our loved ones?
For our country? For the world? We all
feel a heavy sense of responsibility, and
are trying to do the right thing – and it’s
hard. It means that we have to do without
things that we long for. In the new moon
chart, this is shown by the inconjunct
between the sun, moon and Mercury in
Leo, and Saturn in Capricorn.
And of course, Saturn is supported by its
conjunction with Pluto and Jupiter. They
are the adults in the room, keeping it real.
Still, those fire signs bring up a playful
element, and there’s also a close
Venus/Uranus sextile at this new moon. So
there are artists still spinning beauty in
small rooms, and there are visionaries
who imagine a world of freedom and
justice. There are still people who see the
bright new beginnings, beyond the
sadness of so much loss.
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new
moon on September 17. Its climactic
moment is the full moon on September 2.
The new moon occurs
in NYC: Tues, Aug 18, 10:41 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Aug 18, 7:41 pm
in London: Weds, Aug 19, 3:41 am
in Singapore: Weds, Aug 19, 10:41 am
in Sydney: Weds, Aug 19, 12:41 pm
Mercury enters Virgo
Mercury is at home in Virgo, one of the
signs it rules. Everybody becomes more
organized, analytical and methodical, and
a little more conscious of the objects
around them. Even normally untidy
people may feel a sudden urge to
organize the spice-rack, or wash their
sheets, or recycle all their newspapers.
It’s a good time to look at the smaller
issues, and figure out how they all fit
together and form bigger issues. Small
parts make up a smooth, unified whole.
Everything has a place, and when things
are in their places, and functioning as
they’re meant to function, it all goes more
Mercury’s passage through Virgo is a
good time to deal head-on with health
issues. How is your nutrition, how is your
level of exercise, are you doing things to
combat stress? This is a good time to fix
anything that isn’t working well, in relation
to your body or your lifestyle. It’s also
good for mending things around the
house, and for working in the garden.
And it lends itself to an efficient bout of
There’s a focus on figuring out definite,
practical answers to specific questions.
The main danger of Mercury in Virgo is
that details can be so involving that you
don’t see the whole picture. If you spend
hours on some small task, making
everything perfect, you may not have time
to get to more crucial work.
Mercury will be here until September
Mercury enters Virgo
in NYC: Weds, Aug 19, 9:29 pm
in Vancouver: Weds, Aug 19, 6:29 pm
in London: Thurs, Aug 20, 2:29 am
in Singapore: Thurs, Aug 20,
in Sydney: Thurs, Aug 20, 11:29 am
Jupiter is in Capricorn
Jupiter enters a new sign yearly, so this could be
considered the astrologer’s New Year. Jupiter’s effect
is to expand the characteristics of its sign, and
Capricorn is a pragmatic, disciplined earth sign. It’s
not particularly optimistic, and so
it isn't always a good fit for this exuberant planet. For
many people, the coming year will feel harder, plainer,
This is a good sign when it comes to surviving,
however. Whatever the year brings – climate change
disasters, economic ups and downs – people are
more likely to seize on practical, viable solutions.
There will be an emphasis on preserving energy and
resources, reusing things, and preventing waste.
Old things will be valued more while Jupiter is in this
sign, and this includes older skills and traditions.
People will be learning from their elders, learning from
books, and taking classes, as they study up on all the
skills that kept people alive before the Industrial
Revolution. Inventive people will be constructing
things that help people in immediate practical ways.
The realism of Capricorn can help everyone survive,
but it doesn’t always offer a hopeful vision of the
There’s a sense that we have to go slowly,
painstakingly, with a lot of discipline and a certain
amount of deprivation. There may be less energy
given to pleasure, romance and the arts.
However, long-term strategy is one of
Capricorn’s gifts, and so there could be some steady
progress this year. There could be new structures
and systems for work, for agriculture, for waste
management, and for health care. Foundational texts
– such as the Bible and the Constitution – could be
changed in some practical ways. (Maybe we’ll get an
amendment that does away with the electoral
college.) Historical preservation is likely to proceed at
a good pace.
The shadow side of Jupiter in Capricorn is a
preference for hierarchy and tradition over anything
new and innovative. In our current world, this could
be disastrous. But as I said, Capricorn is a good sign
for survival, and
it’s also a realistic sign. So I’m thinking that, when
they’re really needed, working solutions will be
proposed and put into practice. And, in general,
paring down isn’t a bad idea at this point in history.
Jupiter will be here until December 19, 2020.
Jupiter entered Capricorn
in NYC: Mon, Dec 2, 2019, 1:20 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, Dec 2, 2019, 11:20 am
in London: Mon, Dec 2, 2019, 6:20 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Dec 3, 2019, 2:20 am
in Sydney: Tues, Dec 3, 2019, 5:20 am
Uranus is in Taurus
Uranus is the revolutionary planet, and now
it’s entering the most solid, grounded sign in the zodiac,
Taurus. So this could be a time when some very basic
social and economic factors will be challenged.
There could be big changes to the way we all handle
matters of wealth and poverty, for example. Currencies
could be affected, and some could go dormant, while new
currencies are suddenly born. Our agricultural methods
could be altered during this time, along with the way we
distribute food and other goods. New technology will
reshape science, especially when it comes to medicine.
New art forms could have a big influence, particularly in
music and spoken poetry.
Ecological issues will also be addressed with innovative
technology during this time, and some of it will work, while
some of it will fail. It may become clear that we do need
to restructure our societies in order to live sustainably on
the earth, but whether this will happen in a sufficiently
radical way remains to be seen. There will be a lot of
push-back for every change that’s proposed. Sometimes
it takes the shock of disaster to really alter people’s
consciousness, but that’s the hard way to do it.
There may be more radical movements towards
traditional lifestyles during this time. Of course,
everybody interprets tradition in their own way. Some of
these will be oppressive to women, gay people, and
minorities, while others are able to combine a kinder
social ethic with a sustainable lifestyle.
Uranus will be in Taurus until July 7,
Uranus entered Taurus
in NYC: Weds, Mar 6, 2019, 3:27 am
in Vancouver: Weds, Mar 6, 2019,
in London: Weds, Mar 6, 2019,
in Singapore: Weds, Mar 6, 2019,
in Sydney: Weds, Mar 6, 2019,
Neptune is in Pisces
This could be a time of beautiful spiritual flowering, a
time when large numbers of people open up their
hearts and connect with each other. The idealism of
Neptune becomes deeply intuitive, emotional and
sympathetic when this planet goes through Pisces.
The matter of faith is likely to be paramount as
Neptune goes through this sign. Who and what do
we trust? People will have a stronger need to
believe in something (or someone), and this can
mean that some folks will be preyed upon by
unscrupulous con men. A gullible populace isn't
always good at picking leaders, so it will be important
to talk as clearly and fully as possible about all the
issues of the day. Open communication is important
and protective during this period.
Neptune is the planet of the strange, so things may
take odd turns. Everyone will be a little more
susceptible to illusions, confusion, fascinations, and
poetic deliriums. New drugs could make an
appearance – both medicinal and recreational - and
new healing techniques be developed. Creativity is
enhanced by Neptune in this sign, especially when it
comes to rhythmic forms like music and poetry, and
to the arts of illusion such as theatre and film. We
could see the flowering of some amazing new art-
Religious institutions get new life from
Neptune’s passage through Pisces, but only if they
offer a true connection with the wisdom of the inner
self. It’s not a time for dogma, but for breaking down
all artificial divisions and merging with the infinite.
Neptune will be here until March 2025.
Neptune entered Pisces
in NYC: Fri, Feb 3, 2012, 2:03 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Feb 3, 2012,
in London: Fri, Feb 3,2012,
in Berlin: Fri, Feb 3, 2012, 8:03 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Feb 4, 2012,