Moonsign,
Sunsign
and More
by Jenny Yates

May 27 to June 3, 2015


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


The Moon


moves into Virgo
in NYC:  Mon, May 25, 4:51 am
in Vancouver: Mon, May 25, 1:51 am  
in London: Mon, May 25, 9:51 am
in Singapore: Mon, May 25, 4:51 pm  
in Sydney: Mon, May 25, 6:51 am

moves into Libra
in NYC: Weds, May 27, 5:42 pm
in Vancouver: Weds, May 27, 2:42 pm  
in London: Weds, May 27, 10:42 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, May 28, 5:42 am  
in Sydney: Thurs, May 28, 7:42 am  

moves into Scorpio
in NYC: Sat, May 30, 5:33 am   
in Vancouver: Sat, May 30, 2:33 am     
in London: Sat, May 30, 10:33 am   
in Singapore: Sat, May 30, 5:33 pm     
in Sydney: Sat, May 30, 7:33 pm   


moves into Sagittarius
in NYC: Mon, June 1, 2:39 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, June 1, 11:39 am  
in London: Mon, June 1, 7:39 pm
in Singapore: Tues, June 2, 2:39 am  
in Sydney: Tues, June 2, 4:39 am  

moves into Capricorn
in NYC: Weds, June 3, 8:50 pm
in Vancouver: Weds, June 3, 5:50 pm  
in London: Thurs, June 4, 1:50 am
in Singapore: Thurs, June 4, 8:50 am  
in Sydney: Thurs, June 4, 10:50 am

What does the
moon's sign tell
you?

See
Moon Signs and
Lunar Transits

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 transformation.  

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.  

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 plans.  

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 visions.  

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

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

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-
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,
11:03 am
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

Mercury is in Gemini

In this air sign, Mercury – the planet of
the mind – is right at home.  Mental
processing is faster, more skillful, more
imaginative.  Everybody is quicker to
connect the dots, to find the links
between various pieces of information.  
People are not as interested in going
deep, and seeing the underlying
causes, but rather want to cover a lot of
territory.  They are drawn to diversity,
variety, multiple possibilities.

This is an excellent Mercury sign for
writers and idea people.  People don’t
mind being quirky, in the interest of
keeping everything moving.  Cleverness
has a lot of cachet, and so lots of great
aphorisms can be written, and lots of
witty sayings passed around.  
Sometimes nothing gets done, because
people are so taken with their own
cleverness.  

This is a great time for brainstorming
and networking.  However, it’s very easy
for everything to stay up there on the
cloud level, and never come down to
earth.  It’s all so interesting when it’s
theoretical.  You can go in all sorts of
directions;  there are no limits.  And so if
you actually want something to get
done, you may need to put some sort of
limit on meetings, mailings or phone
conversations.    

Mercury will be in Gemini until July
8.                

Mercury entered Gemini
in NYC:  Thurs, Apr 30, 10 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Apr 30, 7 pm
in London: Fri, May 1, 3 am
in Singapore:  Fri, May 1, 10 am
in Sydney: Fri, May 1, 12 pm

Venus is in Cancer

Venus is gentle, nurturing and sympathetic in
this sign.  It’s a very nice place for the planet of
love, pleasure and 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,
especially family and close friends.  Your home
is cozier, more attractive, and you find it very
pleasant to just nest.  

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.  

Venus will be here until June 5.    

Venus enter
ed Cancer
in NYC: Thurs, May 7, 6:52 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, May 7, 3:52 pm
in London: Thurs, May 7, 11:52 pm  
in Singapore: Fri, May 8, 6:52 am  
in Sydney: Fri, May 8, 8:52 am  

The Current Lunar Cycle
(26° Taurus)

This lunar cycle introduces a rather slow-moving
period, as the sun and moon make an out-of-sign
opposition to Saturn.  Some things come to an
end, but it may not be easy to move on to the
next phase.  

Especially since Mercury retrogrades on the
same day as the new moon, this is a good time to
focus on finishing everything fully, and tying up
any loose ends.  The Taurus new moon
emphasizes dealing with concrete things, so this
is a good time to work in a garden, or fix up things
around your house.  

There are some underlying tensions that could
emerge during this lunar cycle, since Jupiter and
Pluto are inconjunct.  People in positions of
authority may feel threatened by newer and more
glamorous rivals.  It’s not easy to make peace
when basic world-views are so different, and
when each side focuses on control and
manipulation.    

This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
June 16.  Its climactic moment is the full moon on
June 2.   

The new moon occur
red
in NYC:  Mon, May 18, 12:13 am
in Vancouver: Sun, May 17, 9:13 pm  
in London:  Mon, May 18, 5:13 am
in Singapore: Mon, May 18, 12:13 pm
in Sydney: Mon, May 18, 2:13 pm

The sun is in Gemini

The mind is really active when the sun goes through
Gemini.  Ideas proliferate, and beg to be written down or
thoroughly talked over.  Everyone is more interested in
the latest news, gossip, and information, and these
things spread with record-breaking speed.  

It’s an especially good time for writers, especially writers
of short forms, but it’s good for anyone whose focus is
communication.  Musicians write catchy tunes,
researchers find out new and telling facts, community
organizers find it easier to gather people together, and
students are eager to follow any interesting trail of
knowledge. But if a subject is boring, students will be
doodling, passing notes, or playing on their cell phones.
Everyone is more easily distracted when the sun is in
Gemini.

This is a playful sign, great for solving puzzles and
meeting mental challenges.  People are friendlier,
lighter and funnier, more inclined to wordplay and to
retelling the latest jokes.  People meet spontaneously,
getting into the spirit of the moment.  Everyone wants to
keep their options open, to have lots of free time and an
abundance of choices.  People are busy, but not
because they’re working themselves to death.  They’re
more likely to be busy having fun.       

The sun will be in Gemini until June 21.   

The sun enter
ed Gemini
in NYC: Thurs, May 21, 4:44 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, May 21, 1:44 am
in London: Thurs, May 21, 9:44 am
in Singapore: Thurs, May 21, 4:44 pm  
in Sydney: Thurs, May 21, 6:44 pm

Mercury is Retrograde
(13° Gemini)

When Mercury goes retrograde, there are always difficulties
with communication, transportation and organization.  But this is
especially true this time, since Mercury is in the restless, fidgety
sign Gemini.  Everybody has a lot of nervous energy, and this
energy has to go somewhere.  It tends to take winding paths,
rushing around and not getting anywhere. Occasionally you get
spectacular mix-ups.   

It’s easier to overlook important things at this time. Because you
can have trouble filtering out the irrelevant stuff, your thinking
may be quite scattered.  You may be multitasking, doing a
million things at once, but not doing any of them fully.  And with
your attention divided, mistakes are more likely to happen, and
less likely to be caught in time. It’s not that you’re not
communicating, but rather that your communications can more
easily go awry.       

Some examples:  In setting up a meeting, you make a typo.  
This makes the other person think you won’t be there.  They
send you increasingly stern text emails asking you to
reschedule, and you don’t get them because you’re already on
the way there. Then you wonder where they are. Or you can
buy a new appliance, ignore the instructions, and practically
electrocute yourself on the first use.  Or you can go shopping
and leave your wallet at home, or go home after shopping and
find you’ve left your new items under a café table.

In other words, this is rather a spacy time. Anything you can do
to ground yourself is helpful, but the best advice is just to slow
down and take a lot of deep breaths.  

During the first few days of Mercury’s retrograde, things are
especially nuts.  But during the whole three-week retrograde
passage, it’s best not to start any new projects.  The momentum
is towards the past, and new projects can get derailed or simply
fail to leave the ground (to mix metaphors in a Mercury
retrograde spirit of confusion).  This is a good time to deal with
old leftover projects that you’ve put to the side.  

Write those old letters that you never got around to writing.  Call
people up that you’ve been meaning to call for years.  Connect
with old friends. Make a date with your cousin. Pull those old
short stories out of your desk drawers and finish them.  Throw
out all the things that you no longer use, and make some space
in your home and in your mind.  This is the best way to handle
Mercury retrograde in Gemini.       

Mercury goes direct again on Ju
ne 11.     

Mercury
went retrograde
in NYC:  Mon, May 18, 9:49 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, May 18, 6:49 pm
in London: Tues, May 19, 2:49 am  
in Singapore: Tues, May 19, 9:49 am    
in Sydney: Tues, May 19, 11:49 am  

Mars i
s in Gemini

This is a restless place for the planet of
action, and it increases your level of
nervous energy.  It can mean pacing,
non-stop talking, and rushing around
doing a million things at once.  It can be
harder to relax and to sleep while Mars
is here, particularly for people who are
already insomniacs.  Even usually calm
people may feel a bit edgy and easily
distracted.

People who are good at multi-tasking
will be even better at it during this
period, and so you’ll see a lot of people
simultaneously talking on the phone,
answering their mail, and watching
cartoons.  These folks are energized by
all the mental stimuli, and so, somehow,
everything gets done.  .   

The main challenge is that there can be
too much mental energy, and
sometimes people can talk for hours
without actually settling on anything.  
There’s a certain reluctance to diminish
your options in any way.  This can
mean a more superficial approach, a
tendency to dabble in a lot of things
without making a definite commitment to
anything.  

But this is an interesting time, and you’
re likely to experience lots of variety in
your environment.  You’re curious
about all the untried possibilities, and
your curiosity can take you to new
places.  You’re more likely to talk to
strangers, to read the signs along the
way, to smell the flowers and then to
post facebook updates (with pictures)
about them, and to engage with
everything and everybody around you.  

When it comes to exercise, this is a
great time for biking, roller-skating, or
skate-boarding.  Walking may
sometimes seem too slow.  Hitchhiking
could make a comeback, and a lot of
people will find themselves driving
around more than usual.   

Mars will be here until June 24.     

Mars enter
ed Gemini
in NYC:  Mon, May 11, 10:40 pm
in Vancouver:  Mon, May 11, 7:40 pm
in London:  Tues, May 12, 3:40 am
in Singapore: Tues, May 12, 10:40 am  
in Sydney: Tues, May 12, 12:40 pm