August 11 to 18, 2017
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 Aries
in NYC: Fri, Aug 11, 1:21 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, Aug 10, 10:21 pm
in London: Fri, Aug 11, 6:21 am
in Singapore: Fri, Aug 11, 1:21 pm
in Sydney: Fri, Aug 11, 3:21 pm
moves into Taurus
in NYC: Sun, Aug 13, 6:39 am
in Vancouver: Sun, Aug 13, 3:39 am
in London: Sun, Aug 13, 11:39 am
in Singapore: Sun, Aug 13, 6:39 pm
in Sydney: Sun, Aug 13, 8:39 pm
moves into Gemini
in NYC: Tues, Aug 15, 10:06 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Aug 15, 7:06 am
in London: Tues, Aug 15, 3:06 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Aug 15, 10:06 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Aug 16, 12:06 am
moves into Cancer
in NYC: Thurs, Aug 17, 12:13 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Aug 17, 9:13 am
in London: Thurs, Aug 17, 5:13 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Aug 18, 12:13 am
in Sydney: Fri, Aug 18, 2:13 am
moves into Leo
in NYC: Sat, Aug 19, 1:54 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Aug 19, 10:54 am
in London: Sat, Aug 19, 6:54 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Aug 20, 1:54 am
in Sydney: Sun, Aug 20, 3:54 am
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
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.
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
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
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
Neptune will be here until March
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
Mars is in Leo
This is a time of extra passion, excitement and will-
power. Mars is the planet of action, and in Leo, it’s
especially strong, confident and in charge. You are less
likely to stand on the sidelines, more likely to charge into
the fray, to get involved, to take a few risks.
Pride is stronger when Mars is in Leo, and the urge to
defend your pride is stronger too. And so sometimes
conflict is all about posturing, bluffing, and scoring
points, with nothing real at stake. If you find yourself
involved in something like this, try to find the funny side
of whatever is going on. Once you can laugh at
yourself, you can usually move on to some more
productive activity. But don’t laugh at other people
before they’re ready, as they could become even more
This is a very creative time. You’re more ambitious, and
you need to express yourself in a big, vivid, colorful
way. Everybody needs an audience, and everybody
needs a certain amount of applause. So don’t hog the
spotlight, but don’t avoid it either. Take your turn in the
sun, and then be generous with other people as they
show what they can do.
You are more playful while Mars is in Leo, so be sure to
incorporate some spontaneous playtime in your life. Go
out and run around with your dog in the park, or find
some kids who want to play hide-and-seek. When you
do things just for the fun of it, you’re rejuvenated.
Mars will be here until September 5.
Mars entered Leo
in NYC: Thurs, July 20, 8:19 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, July 20, 5:19 am
in London: Thurs, July 20, 1:19 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, July 20, 8:19 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, July 20, 10:19 pm
The Current Lunar Cycle
This is a very stimulating, dramatic new moon,
and it ushers in an exciting lunar cycle. The
moon and sun are very close to Mars, so
there’s a lot of fiery energy. It’s bold,
audacious, adventurous, and in fact it looks
rather like we’ll all have ringside seats at a
prizefight. The sun, moon and Mars are all
squaring Uranus, and there’s a Jupiter/Pluto
Could this mean a major regime change here in
the US? Of course, in the current
administration, heads are falling practically
every minute, so it wouldn’t be unusual for a
few extra ones to roll. But this doesn’t look
ordinary. It looks like a swift, sudden, and
audacious exchange of power. It looks like
unexpected acts of heroism. It looks like a
gamble on a very different future.
People will be motivated by a strong desire to
stand up and be heard, and there will be many
taking center stage who haven’t been there
before. Maybe they’ve been modest, maybe
they’ve been waiting in the wings for the right
moment. This lunar cycle is that moment.
Is that you? Is there something you really want
to do, but you haven’t believed in yourself
enough? If your heart is in it, if your passions
are stirred, then go for it. During this lunar
cycle, the real losers will be those who are
motivated by cynicism.
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon
on August 21. Its climactic moment is the full
moon (with a powerful lunar eclipse) on August
The new moon occurred
in NYC: Sun, July 23, 5:45 am
in Vancouver: Sun, July 23, 2:45 am
in London: Sun, July 23, 10:45 am
in Singapore: Sun, July 23, 5:45 pm
in Sydney: Sun, July 23, 7:45 pm
The sun is in Leo
The sun is exuberant 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.
This is a nice time for children, and 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. Everything is out in the
open, there’s freedom and high spirits and bright colors,
and people are living for the moment.
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. This is the time when the alpha
dog may have to deal with a lot of challenges from the
lesser dogs. There is more posturing, and social events
may become fabulous and outrageous affairs during the
sun’s sojourn in Leo.
The sun will be here until August 22.
The sun entered Leo
in NYC: Sat, July 22, 11:15 am
in Vancouver: Sat, July 22, 8:15 am
in London: Sat, July 22, 4:15 pm
in Singapore: Sat, July 22, 11:15 pm
in Sydney: Sun, July 23, 1:15 am
Mercury is in 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 summer cleaning.
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 August 31.
Mercury entered Virgo
in NYC: Tues, July 25, 7:41 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, July 25, 4:41 pm
in London: Weds, July 26, 12:41 am
in Singapore: Weds, July 26, 7:41 am
in Sydney: Weds, July 26, 9:41 am
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
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 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
Saturn will be in Sagittarius until December 19, 2017.
Saturn entered Sagittarius
in NYC: Thurs, Sept 17, 2015, 10:49 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Sept 17, 2015,
in London: Fri, Sept 18, 2015,
in Singapore: Fri, Sept 18, 2015
in Sydney: Fri, Sept 18, 2015,
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
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
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
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,
in London: Sat, Mar 12,2011,
in Berlin: Sat, Mar 12, 2011, 1:49 am
in Sydney: Sat, Mar 12, 2011,
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, especially family and close
friends. Your home is cozier, more attractive,
and you find it very easy 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 August 26.
Venus entered Cancer
in NYC: Mon, July 31, 10:53 am
in Vancouver: Mon, July 31, 7:53 am
in London: Mon, July 31, 3:53 pm
in Singapore: Mon, July 31, 10:53 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Aug 1, 12:53 am
Jupiter is in Libra
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 so during the coming year, the
emphasis will be on relationships, and on finding the balance
between opposing viewpoints.
Libra is, at its best, a cooperative, egalitarian, altruistic sign,
giving an emphasis on what’s right. So we can hope that the
year will be dedicated to promoting peace and justice in the
world. There will be more negotiating, more legal processing,
more diplomatic overtures.
Libra is all about the way we treat each other, and so the focus
will be on courtesy, manners and protocol. To some, this will
seem curiously bloodless, but there is also a beauty to urban
ritual. Because Libra is such a social influence, these repeating
patterns allow us all to interact without bruising each other’s
Libra is not a sign of extremes. And yet sometimes the Libran
emphasis on justice and equality can lead people to radical acts.
It can be a strongly humanistic sign, with an inherent belief in the
value of human effort and understanding. So we are likely to see
some people, and some groups, that take a strong stand for a
better world, and that don’t back down.
Libra has a shadow side too. It’s the sign that gives the
strongest desire to be liked, and so we could also see a lot more
political pandering under this sign. Social scenes may become
even more intricate tangles of who’s in and who’s out. And this
sign, which is so egalitarian at its best, can also be quite
prejudiced, since certain people may seem to fit better into the
They’re read as more civilized, but the truth may be that they’re
just easier to label.
This is an air sign, so it has to do with mental constructions.
Libra emphasizes culture, so Jupiter in Libra could indicate an
upsurge in the arts. Art could become more formal, more
mannered, and more graceful. The Grecian urn is the most
Libran of art forms: perfection for its own sake, unrelated to
Jupiter will be here until October 10, 2017.
Jupiter entered Libra
in NYC: Fri, Sept 9, 2016, 7:18 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Sept 9, 2016, 4:18 am
in London: Fri, Sept 9, 2016, 12:18 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Sept 9, 2016, 7:18 pm
in Sydney: Fri, Sept 9, 2016, 9:18 pm
Mercury goes Retrograde
For the first few days after Mercury goes retrograde,
quite a few things could go wrong. Things move
backwards, or to the side, instead of where you want
them to go. There could be a lot of hassles involving
communication, transportation, agreements, and
systems. Things could break or get lost, schedules
could get mixed up, and dates could be broken.
Around this time, it may become clear that mistakes
were made in the past, and that it’s necessary to take
some time to fix what’s wrong. This can happen with
even the smallest things. If you never got around to
stitching something up, now you’re going to have to
do a whole lot more stitching to keep it together.
Mercury is retrograde for three weeks, and this isn’t a
good time for starting new projects. But it isn’t a
stagnant time. It’s actually a busy and productive
period, in which you could catch up on things that
need to be done. You can realign yourself with
important long-term goals, and work on strategies for
the future. Mercury in Virgo is analytical, and when
retrograde, it’s one of the best times to reorganize.
If you get stuck, then it’s back to the drawing board.
What went wrong? What needs to be done? Now is
the time for meticulous research and careful
corrections. It’s also a good time to streamline, to get
rid of loose ends and false starts from the past.
Mercury goes direct again on September 5.
Mercury goes retrograde
in NYC: Sat, Aug 12, 9 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Aug 12, 6 pm
in London: Sun, Aug 13, 2 am
in Singapore: Sun, Aug 13, 9 am
in Sydney: Sun, Aug 13, 11 am