March 6 to 13, 2015
What sign is the moon in? What signs do the planets occupy?
What is the current lunar cycle about?
Check out my new blog, Friday Forward, for a look at the moment and the immediate future.
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 Virgo
in NYC: Weds, Mar 4, 6:57 am
in Vancouver: Weds, Mar 4, 3:57 am
in London: Weds, Mar 4, 11:57 am
in Singapore: Weds, Mar 4, 7:57 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Mar 4, 10:57 am
moves into Libra
in NYC: Fri, Mar 6, 7:52 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Mar 6, 4:52 pm
in London: Sat, Mar 7, 12:52 am
in Singapore: Sat, Mar 7, 8:52 am
in Sydney: Sat, Mar 7, 11:52 am
moves into Scorpio
in NYC: Mon, Mar 9, 9:09 am
in Vancouver: Mon, Mar 9, 6:09 am
in London: Mon, Mar 9, 2:09 pm
in Singapore: Mon, Mar 9, 10:09 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Mar 10, 1:09 am
moves into Sagittarius
in NYC: Weds, Mar 11, 7:30 pm
in Vancouver: Weds, Mar 11, 4:30 pm
in London: Weds, Mar 11, 11:30 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, Mar 12, 7:30 am
in Sydney: Thurs, Mar 12, 10:30 am
moves into Capricorn
in NYC: Sat, Mar 14, 2:39 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Mar 13, 11:39 pm
in London: Sat, Mar 14, 6:39 am
in Singapore: Sat, Mar 14, 2:39 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Mar 14, 5:39 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 social
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 this?"
Pluto has been in Capricorn since November
2008 and will be here until March 2023.
Mercury is in Aquarius
Let the genius in you emerge, while Mercury is in
Aquarius. This is one of the best signs for Mercury, as
it stimulates new ways of processing information,
perceiving the world around you, and relating to
people. You’re excited about all kinds of new
information, whether it’s theoretical or more practical.
You want to know about science, and people, and the
laws of the universe.
This can also bring out the geek in you, if you’re
inclined that way. If you find yourself carefully studying
the designs of Star Trek spaceships, it may be time to
go outside and get some air.
This sign is very creative, and especially good for
mastering new tools and techniques. It brings out the
inventor in you, and it also brings out the avant-garde
artist. It means daring to be different, to get away from
the usual forms and to invent new ones. It’s a
somewhat more cerebral and experimental approach,
but it’s great for challenging assumptions.
This Mercury sign generally makes for good
communication, since it gives a genuine interest in
other people and their ideas. However, it can also
mean being a bit opinionated at times. Once you
decide you know the truth about something, it may be
hard to sway you. If you’re generally more malleable,
you may be surprised at the number of disputes you
get into. If you’re already an argumentative person,
there could be one debate after another.
Mercury will be here until March 12.
Mercury entered Aquarius
in NYC: Sun, Jan 4, 8:07 pm
in Vancouver: Sun, Jan 4, 5:07 pm
in London: Mon, Jan 5, 1:07 am
in Singapore: Mon, Jan 5, 9:07 am
in Sydney: Mon, Jan 5, 12:07 pm
Saturn is in Sagittarius
Saturn is the planet of structure, duty and
responsibility, but it cuts loose a bit in
Sagittarius. Sagittarius is expansive, and so it
lends itself to bigger, more ambitious
structures. You want to create systems that
are solid and lasting, but that will fulfill some of
your larger ambitions as well.
You see your responsibilities as part of a
larger picture these days. You’re thinking
about the community as a whole, about the
future, about the world you live in. And this
gives a little edge of excitement to mundane
Rome was built brick by brick, with great
attention to structure, right? And when it was
done, there it was: a gorgeous, cosmopolitan
city. You’re thinking that some of your
structures may have the same grandeur when
they’re done, and you’re willing to put time and
attention into the process, to make sure that
they’re the best they can be. You can defer
gratification, but you don’t want to deny your
During the years that Saturn is in Sagittarius,
there will be an emphasis on thinking
internationally. People who have lived insular
lives will become acquainted with a lot of
people who are very different from them.
Languages and cultural literacy will become
serious business, more codified. There will be
classes, exams, promotions, on the basis of
excellence in these fields.
Higher education itself will grow in prestige
during this period, and more people will also
get college credit for traveling. They’ll go off
to distant parts of the globe, and learn from
people who have figured out efficient and
sustainable ways to live on this earth. There
will also be a lot of tourists out there, visiting
parts of the planet that will vanish or change
utterly as the climate changes.
Saturn will be in Sagittarius until June 14,
2015. Then it will go back in Scorpio for a few
months, before returning to Sagittarius for the
next two years.
Saturn entered Sagittarius
in NYC: Tues, Dec 23, 11:34 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Dec 23, 8:34 am
in London: Tues, Dec 23, 4:34 pm
in Singapore: Weds, Dec 24, 12:34 am
in Sydney: Weds, Dec 24, 3:34 am
Uranus is in Aries
This is the revolutionary planet in the
revolutionary sign, so you know some stuff is
going to happen while it's here - mainly, during
the next seven years.
This is about liberation. It's about freedom.
It's about looking at the fixed structures that
rule our lives, figuring out which ones limit us,
and dismantling them.
There's a fast, reckless rhythm about Uranus
in Aries; it's not always the wisest approach.
There's an urge for immediate, spontaneous
action, and so people rush into things without
stopping to think. Every moment is charged
with creative fire.
It's pretty exciting. But it's definitely not a calm
influence. Everyone will need to stop and take
some deep breaths once in a while.
Uranus will be here until May 2018.
Uranus entered Aries
in NYC: Fri, Mar 11, 2011, 7:49 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Mar 11, 2011, 4:49 pm
in London: Sat, Mar 12,2011, 12:49 am
in Berlin: Sat, Mar 12, 2011, 1:49 am
in Sydney: Sat, Mar 12, 2011, 11:49 am
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
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-forms.
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, 7:03 pm
in Berlin: Fri, Feb 3, 2012, 8:03 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Feb 4, 2012, 6:03 am
The Current Lunar Cycle
This lunar cycle looks peaceful except for one thing, but
it’s a big thing. It’s the Uranus/Pluto square, which is
coming up to its last exact aspect. So there’s still quite a
lot of tension, both personally and on a global level.
Rebellion emerges, repression appears, and national
borders are tested and perhaps even redrawn during
this lunar cycle.
The new moon occurs at the absolute last minute of
Aquarius, just one minute before the sun and moon both
enter Pisces. Venus, Mars and Neptune are already in
Pisces, so there’s a sense of finality about this new
moon. It’s as though we’re leaving a room, or perhaps
evolving to a new level. We are all more aware of the
things we need to let go of, before we can move on.
With all this Pisces energy, this is a very spiritual new
moon. The sun and moon at the last minute of Aquarius
indicate that there are a few more things to think about,
a few logical conclusions to draw, before we surrender
to a deeper level of consciousness. And that deeper
level is the best place to handle the worldwide angst of
the Uranus/Pluto square.
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on March
20. Its climactic moment is the full moon on March 5.
The new moon occurred
in NYC: Weds, Feb 18, 6:47 pm
in Vancouver: Weds, Feb 18, 3:47 pm
in London: Weds, Feb 18, 11:47 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, Feb 19, 7:47 am
in Sydney: Thurs, Feb 19, 10:47 am
The sun is in Pisces
This is the last month of the zodiacal year, and the
last month of the winter in the northern hemisphere.
It’s a meditative time, a time when it feels good to be
a little quieter than usual and to live a simpler life.
This is the time to write poetry, to spend some time
in a monastic retreat, or to take walks by the river.
Life is a river.
Psychic abilities are stronger, and artistic
sensibilities are especially noticeable. Everyone is
more sensitive, more receptive, and more tender-
hearted. People suffer more, but people also notice
when other people are suffering, and reach out to
This is a time when it’s easier to merge – with other
people, with your environment, with characters in
films or books, or with the products of your own
imagination. Boundaries are a little thinner. People
who are very invested in their separate identities –
cowboys, warriors, authority figures, contest winners
– may feel a bit lost and frustrated. The usual
divisions between “good” and “bad” can break down
during this time, and the ego may have trouble
getting a foothold.
The sun will be in Pisces until March 20.
The sun entered Pisces
in NYC: Weds, Feb 18, 6:49 pm
in Vancouver: Weds, Feb 18, 3:49 pm
in London: Weds, Feb 18, 11:49 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, Feb 19, 7:49 am
in Sydney: Thurs, Feb 19, 10:49 am
Venus is in Aries
Romantic passion has its day, with Venus in
this sign. If you ever wanted to write a love
sonnet, now is the time. You’re more
spontaneous and impetuous than usual, and if
writing sonnets isn’t your thing, you might just
blurt out the way you feel. Later on, you may
wonder how you managed to be so bold! But
the good side of this is that you get your
answer right away, and you can move on if the
object of your interest isn’t in the same place.
All lovers are a little friskier under this
influence, even if they’ve been together a long
time. Everybody is looking for a little more
excitement in their lives.
It’s also a great time for artists, as the urge for
creative self-expression is very strong. There’s
an autobiographical feel about Venus in Aries,
and this will come through in any media. You’re
drawing yourself, or doing comedy about your
own life, or putting your feelings into
interpretive dance. Whatever you’re doing, it’s
an exploration of what it means to be you – and
what it means to be human – and the honesty
and spontaneity of your work engages your
When it comes to pleasure, you want to do
things that are different while Venus is here.
You want to try something you’ve never done
before, something that will engage your body
and spirit. You might go out and do the tango,
or climb a cliff, or learn something about rocket
science, and even if it challenges you, it will be
Venus will be in Aries until March 17.
Venus entered Aries
in NYC: Fri, Feb 20, 3:05 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Feb 20, 12:05 pm
in London: Fri, Feb 20, 8:05 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Feb 21, 4:05 am
in Sydney: Sat, Feb 21, 7:05 am
Mars is in Aries
Mars in Aries is very vital and dynamic, so this is
a great time to get a lot of important things done.
At the same time, don’t over-commit yourself
during this period. You’re more spontaneous
and adventurous, and you don’t want to be tied
down to a schedule.
The rebellious side of your nature comes out
while Mars is in Aries, and this can make it a bit
harder for people to work together. Everybody
has a better idea, and wants to take off in an
independent direction. 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.
Desires are stronger under this sign, and urges
are more insistent. This can be good for athletes,
although they might have a tendency to push
themselves too hard and get hurt. If
you’re interested in starting a passionate love
affair, this could a good time for it, but do be
careful that you don’t push too hard, or demand
your way in all things.
Arguments are more likely to start while Mars is in
Aries, but they are also more likely to be solved
quickly. Nobody wants to dwell on hurt feelings,
or to analyze past misunderstandings. Everybody
wants to get on with it, to tackle the next exciting
project. It’s time to slay those dragons! Polish up
Mars will be in Aries until March 31.
Mars entered Aries
in NYC: Thurs, Feb 19, 7:11 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Feb 19, 4:11 pm
in London: Fri, Feb 20, 12:11 am
in Singapore: Fri, Feb 20, 8:11 am
in Sydney: Fri, Feb 20, 11:11 am
Jupiter is in Leo.
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 Leo is an exciting, courageous
fire sign, so the coming year will be particularly active and
stimulating. After the sometimes claustrophobic wetness of this
last Jupiter-in-Cancer year, Jupiter in Leo feels like a nice long
stretch in the sun.
Jupiter in Leo will give everyone more confidence, and will
encourage creativity, play, and risk-taking. People who are
already effusive and energetic will become more so, and shy
people will start to come out into the open, and let themselves
be known. We’ll all be warmer, friendlier, more effusive, and
more generous with each other.
This will be a great year for artists, since Leo is such an
expressive sign. If you’re not already an artist, you could try
your hand at
whatever’s around: dance troupes, theatre groups, karaoke
bars, origami collectives, puppet shows, guitar lessons, improv
nights, sculpture workshops, anything at all. You could take
your harmonica and become a busker, or teach your dog to
talk and become a star on YouTube. During the coming year,
you have a stronger urge to be seen and heard, to let more
color and drama and pleasure into your life.
Not everybody can be in the limelight at once, and sometimes
this can be a problem when Jupiter is in Leo. When everybody
wants to be the center of attention, there can be a certain
amount of pushing and shoving. Pride is more pronounced,
and bruised egos can set up a squall. As a fixed sign, Leo is
stubborn, so try not to back anyone into a corner.
While Jupiter is in Leo, there’ll be a lot more posturing by
people in authority. Decisions will be made that are all about
preventing the loss of face, even if that means losing battles.
Even when you don’t truly respect someone, it’s best to grant
them as much dignity as possible, and this will help with
working through conflicts.
Jupiter will be here until August 11, 2015.
Jupiter entered Leo.
in NYC: Weds, July 16, 6:30 am
in Vancouver: Weds, July 16, 3:30 am
in London: Weds, July 16, 11:30 am
in Singapore: Weds, July 16, 6:30 pm
in Sydney: Weds, July 16, 8:30 pm
Mercury enters Pisces
When the planet of the mind goes into the gentle
water sign Pisces, everything goes a bit more slowly,
and sometimes in a circular motion. Everyone will
feel a little daydreamy, spacey and prone to
rambling. The mind is not bound by the usual
restraints, like reason and logic. It moves
mysteriously, fluidly, intuitively, investigating all the
nooks and crannies as it goes.
This is a good time to get better at non-verbal
communication, because there will be a lot of it.
Musicians, choreographers and cinematographers
will be especially inspired, as they communicate
grace and beauty and a wide range of emotions to
their audiences. Poets will be more mysterious, more
elusive, aiming to be understood on a deeper level.
Writers of science fiction and fantasy will help
everyone escape from the ordinary.
Everyone will have longer, more vivid dreams, and it
won’t always be easy to wake up from them. You
may go around all day, thinking about your dreams
and wondering what they meant. It’s a more mystical
time, good for spiritual retreats, meditation circles,
and healing work. It’s not the most disciplined or
organized time, however, and there’s a greater
tendency to forget or lose things.
Mercury will be in Pisces until March 30.
Mercury enters Pisces
in NYC: Thurs, Mar 12, 11:52 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Mar 12, 8:52 pm
in London: Fri, Mar 13, 3:52 am
in Singapore: Fri, Mar 13, 11:52 am
in Sydney: Fri, Mar 13, 2:52 pm