February 15 to 22, 2019
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 Cancer
in NYC: Fri, Feb 15, 9:02 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Feb 15, 6:02 am
in London: Fri, Feb 15, 2:02 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Feb 15, 10:02 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Feb 16, 1:02 am
moves into Leo
in NYC: Sun, Feb 17, 10:21 am
in Vancouver: Sun, Feb 17, 7:21 am
in London: Sun, Feb 17, 3:21 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Feb 17, 11:21 pm
in Sydney: Mon, Feb 18, 2:21 am
moves into Virgo
in NYC: Tues, Feb 19, 9:47 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Feb 19, 6:47 am
in London: Tues, Feb 19, 2:47 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Feb 19, 10:47 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Feb 20, 1:47 am
moves into Libra
in NYC: Thurs, Feb 21, 9:17 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, Feb 21, 6:17 am
in London: Thurs, Feb 21, 2:17 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, Feb 21, 10:17 pm
in Sydney: Fri, Feb 22, 1:17 am
moves into Scorpio
in NYC: Sat, Feb 23, 10:56 am
in Vancouver: Sat, Feb 23, 7:56 am
in London: Sat, Feb 23, 3:56 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Feb 23, 11:56 pm
in Sydney: Sun, Feb 24, 2:56 am
Saturn is in Capricorn
Saturn is now entering its
home sign, where
it’s an especially strong
influence. This is a period
when the focus will be on duty,
responsibility and pragmatism,
won’t be a lot of time or room
for frivolity. When times are
hard, people focus on the
basics, and act more
This is a sign of structure and
tradition, and so the emphasis
will be on maintaining the
status quo, and bolstering it
further whenever possible. We
may see more poverty and
lack, for many reasons, during
this time. Natural resources
will become scarcer, and
people already in power will be
even more efficient in taking
With Saturn in this sign, I can
see the world becoming more
and more like a factory, a
machine, with people being
ground under by the emphasis
on efficiency and competence.
At the same time, organization
is rewarded, in whatever form,
and so we are likely to see a
lot of grassroots organization
take firm root. Discipline and
commitment are rewarded by
this sign, and this will help
Saturn is the planet that rules
bones, and so
we’ll become aware of the
bones of our society. We’ll
become well acquainted with
its framework, and it will be
clear when it’s crooked, when it’
s unstable, when
it’s not sustainable. The
process of righting it is slow
and painstaking, but that work
will continue doggedly during
Saturn will be in Capricorn until
March 21, 2020.
Saturn entered Capricorn
in NYC: Tues, Dec 19, 11:48
in Vancouver: Tues, Dec 19,
in London: Weds, Dec 20,
in Singapore: Weds, Dec 20,
in Sydney: Weds, Dec 20,
Uranus is in Aries
Uranus is the planet of change, and in the fast-moving fire
sign Aries, change comes more quickly. People are more
rebellious, revolutionary, independent and impulsive.
There’s a strong urge to go your own way, to express
your own unique self. This is a time of great creativity and
inventiveness, with lots of “aha!” moments.
It’s not the most cooperative period in the world. There
are lots of lone wolves, and
they’re running around terrorizing the countryside, and
then you have others who grab their shotguns and tear
off after the lone wolves.
People have a harder time working together, making
commitments to each other, synchronizing their actions.
There are plenty of renegades and mavericks, while
social groups are more loosely structured, oriented
towards free expression rather than specific constructive
ends. So change isn’t necessarily anchored in anything
real, and it doesn’t always last.
However, spontaneous efforts do sometimes have a lot of
effect. Everyone is more focused on proving him or
herself, getting ahead, being the best, and all this
competitive energy does sometimes express itself in
amazing feats and performances.
Uranus will be in Aries until March 6,
Uranus re-entered Aries
in NYC: Tues, Nov 6, 1:59 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Nov 6, 10:59 am
in London: Tues, Nov 6, 6:59 pm
in Singapore: Weds, Nov 7, 2:59 am
in Sydney: Weds, Nov 7, 5:59 am
The sun is in Aquarius
The sun’s entrance into Aquarius marks the
passage from an earthy perspective to one
that’s airier, more cerebral, and more
idealistic. This is the sign of the intellectual,
the scientist, the social activist, and the free-
thinker. During this time, you’ll be more
experimental, more willing to try interesting
alternatives. And if there are beliefs, habits
and assumptions that have held you back,
you’re more likely to test them.
Learning is important to you during the sun’
s time in Aquarius. If you are always
soaking up new ideas and information from
your environment, this process will be
accelerated. If you’re generally oblivious of
what’s going on around you, you may be
surprised by some of the interesting people
and possibilities that cross your path.
This is a good time to reinvent yourself.
Because you’re more objective, you can
look clearly at yourself and your life and see
what’s missing. Are you ignoring your
health, your goals, your friends, or your
creative potential? Whatever it is, you
approach the situation with some interesting
ideas and a new plan. If you can get
involved in a group with similar beliefs or
objectives, you’re even more likely to
change your life for the better.
The sun will be here until February 18.
The sun entered Aquarius
in NYC: Sun, Jan 20, 3:59 am
in Vancouver: Sun, Jan 20, 12:59 am
in London: Sun, Jan 20, 8:59 am
in Singapore: Sun, Jan 20, 4:59 pm
in Sydney: Sun, Jan 20, 7:59 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
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
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 looks like a pleasant and productive lunar
cycle. The sun, moon and Mercury are in the sir sign
Aquarius, so everyone is more communicative and
more community-minded. People are passing along
useful information, as well as interesting theories,
and everybody is willing to learn new things.
It’s also a good time for spiritual work, with Saturn
and Neptune in sextile. No matter where your
spirituality lies, it can be a fruitful time. For example,
you could take on some extra responsibility in your
church, temple, mosque, or grove. Or you could
adopt a solo practice, such as meditation or
breathing exercises, which connect you to the
universal flow. Whatever you decide, it both grounds
you and uplifts you.
The only challenging note is a departing Mars/Pluto
square, which shows that there are some pitched
battles over power that are still going on in the
background. Some people are fiercely competitive,
and they may not be ready for a truce quite yet.
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
March 6. Its climactic moment is the full moon on
The new moon occured
in NYC: Mon, Feb 4, 4:03 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, Feb 4, 1:03 pm
in London: Mon, Feb 4, 9:03 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Feb 5, 5:03 am
in Sydney: Tues, Feb 5, 8:03 am
Venus is in Capricorn
This is not the most congenial place for the planet of
pleasure, but there are some benefits. You can
experience the pleasure in getting organized, in
accomplishing important goals, in adding more structure
and accountability to your life.
When it comes to relationships, Venus is more
pragmatic than romantic in this sign. Even if you’ve just
met someone, you may find yourself talking about life-
goals, and making plans to introduce them to your
parents. This could dampen the mood, but it could also
expedite matters, if you’re both looking for something
beyond the moment.
Capricorn is an earth sign, so this is an excellent time for
creative work that emphasizes structure, such as pottery
or architecture. It’s good for reusing old materials, and
it’s also good for going back to more traditional forms.
You may find yourself mining your older work, looking for
possibilities that you left behind. Capricorn is a sign that
hates waste, and so it uses everything in multiple ways.
Venus will be here until March 1.
Venus entered Capricorn
in NYC: Sun, Feb 3, 5:29 pm
in Vancouver: Sun, Feb 3, 2:29 pm
in London: Sun, Feb 3, 10:29 pm
in Singapore: Mon, Feb 4, 6:29 am
in Sydney: Mon, Feb 4, 9:29 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 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.
Mercury is in Pisces
Mercury in this mutable water sign gives a
tendency to daydream and ramble. 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
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.
Everyone will be a little more mystical, and it’s a
good time 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 April
Mercury entered Pisces
in NYC: Sun, Feb 10, 5:50 am
in Vancouver: Sun, Feb 10, 2:50 am
in London: Sun, Feb 10, 10:50 am
in Singapore: Sun, Feb 10, 6:50 pm
in Sydney: Sun, Feb 10, 9:50 pm
Jupiter is in Sagittarius
The character of the year changes, as Jupiter enters its new
sign. And this will be a more optimistic year. Jupiter’s passage
through Sagittarius is a great counter to the more dour presence
of Saturn in Capricorn.
Jupiter in Sagittarius is about freedom, adventure, and
expansion. The Sagittarian archetype is the Seeker, and so a lot
of people will take to the road, or fly off to some distant land.
People will be looking for something – new experiences, a
deeper understanding of life, a sense of meaning. Some folks
will approach the quest while staying in their chairs, zipping
around in cyberspace, but most will want to be physically as well
as mentally and spiritually active.
This is Jupiter’s home sign, so the buoyant, positive energy of
Jupiter will express itself in so many ways. There could be a
great rush of people who want to be more involved in their
communities, whether they jump into the political fray or
volunteer for a worthy cause. Everybody takes energy from
So it will be an energetic year. There could also be some luck,
for the human race in general. This also counters Saturn in
Capricorn, which keeps repeating the message that you have to
work really hard for everything you get. Jupiter in Sagittarius is
passing around another message: that there is a certain grace
that just falls on all of us. We can identify it, enjoy it, and be
grateful for it.
Jupiter will be here until December 2, 2019.
Jupiter entered Sagittarius
in NYC: Thurs, Nov 8, 7:38 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, Nov 8, 4:38 am
in London: Thurs, Nov 8, 12:38 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, Nov 8, 8:38 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, Nov 8, 11:38 pm
Mars is in Taurus
This is a very productive time, on a concrete level. As
a fixed earth sign, Taurus focuses your attention on the
things that need to be done. It’s great for cleaning up
a garden, or building fences and decks and sheds, or
organizing your storage spaces.
During this time, everyone is more persistent and
focused. People who are usually dilettantes will settle
down a bit, and start to notice some particular thing
that holds their attention. People who are usually fairly
stable may become fixtures. Couch potatoes could get
really, really comfortable.
People won’t generally be all that argumentative, since
this is one of the more patient signs. But when
arguments happen, it will be because nobody wants to
abandon a fixed position. People feel more strongly
about money, possessions, and sources of security,
and so there can be conflict around these things, as
well as around loyalty and faithfulness.
Although this is a good period for physical work, it also
lends itself to sensual pleasures: eating, drinking,
dancing and singing. There’s also an emphasis on
sports that build strength and endurance, like weight-
lifting and bull-riding. Cowboys should really enjoy this
Mars sign, and all of us may find our inner cowboy. It’s
probably not buried too deeply.
Mars will be here until March 31.
Mars entered Taurus
in NYC: Thurs, Feb 14, 5:51 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, Feb 14, 2:51 am
in London: Thurs, Feb 14, 10:51 am
in Singapore: Thurs, Feb 14, 6:51 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, Feb 14, 9:51 pm
The sun enters 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 help.
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 enters Pisces
in NYC: Mon, Feb 18, 6:04 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, Feb 18, 3:04 pm
in London: Mon, Feb 18, 11:04 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Feb 19, 7:04 am
in Sydney: Tues, Feb 19, 10:04 am