October 15 to 22, 2018
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 Capricorn
in NYC: Sun, Oct 14, 3:16 pm
in Vancouver: Sun, Oct 14, 12:16 pm
in London: Sun, Oct 14, 8:16 pm
in Singapore: Mon, Oct 15, 3:16 am
in Sydney: Mon, Oct 15, 6:16 am
moves into Aquarius
in NYC: Weds, Oct 17, 3:35 am
in Vancouver: Weds, Oct 17, 12:35 am
in London: Weds, Oct 17, 8:35 am
in Singapore: Weds, Oct 17, 3:35 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Oct 17, 6:35 pm
moves into Pisces
in NYC: Fri, Oct 19, 4:20 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Oct 19, 1:20 pm
in London: Fri, Oct 19, 9:20 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Oct 20, 4:20 am
in Sydney: Sat, Oct 20, 7:20 am
moves into Aries
in NYC: Mon, Oct 22, 2:58 am
in Vancouver: Sun, Oct 21, 11:58 pm
in London: Mon, Oct 22, 7:58 am
in Singapore: Mon, Oct 22, 2:58 pm
in Sydney: Mon, Oct 22, 5:58 pm
moves into Taurus
in NYC: Weds, Oct 24, 10:33 am
in Vancouver: Weds, Oct 24, 7:33 am
in London: Weds, Oct 24, 3:33 pm
in Singapore: Weds, Oct 24, 10:33 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, Oct 25, 1:33 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 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.
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
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 November 6,
2018, when it will retrograde back into Aries
for about four months, before re-entering
Taurus in March 2019.
in NYC: Tues, May 15, 11:16 am
in Vancouver: Tues, May 15, 8:16 am
in London: Tues, May 15, 4:16 pm
in Singapore: Tues, May 15, 11:16 pm
in Sydney: Weds, May 16, 1:16 am
Jupiter is in Scorpio
The character of the year changes, as Jupiter enters its
new sign. And this new year is one of deeper thoughts and
feelings. Many people will be moved to examine what’s
going on in their brains and their hearts, to figure out where
these angry or painful thoughts are coming from, and
perhaps to make changes.
Scorpio is an intensely emotional sign, so a great many
strong feelings will emerge throughout this year. People will
be laughing, crying, suffering, bonding, and trying to come
to terms with their inner demons. Some people will do this in
the quiet of their rooms, and nobody will know about these
dramatic inner struggles until the explosion happens. Other
people will reach out, will allow themselves to be vulnerable,
will heal, and will help others heal.
So you can say this will be the year when we all deal with
our mental and emotional health. Spiritual health also plays
a part in this, and Scorpio is a sign of extremes. So you
may have more people rejecting the noisy materialism of
the world, and living in a state of Zen purity. Scorpio is a
sign of strong desires, and it can also manifest in the desire
to completely renounce desire.
And it’s also a year when hidden things can come to light,
including corruption, collusion and vice. I expect some
politicians to fall from grace, and some rottenness to be
exposed during the coming year.
Jupiter will be here until November 8, 2018.
Jupiter entered Scorpio
in NYC: Tues, Oct 10, 2017, 9:20 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Oct 10, 2017, 6:20 am
in London: Tues, Oct 10, 2017, 2:20 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Oct 10, 2017, 9:20 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Oct 11, 2017, 12:20 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 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 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
Venus is in Scorpio
Venus becomes a lot more intense and focused in Scorpio.
It also becomes more sexual, so this is a good time to
develop your love-making techniques, as well as reach a
greater level of intimacy in your relationships. You’re more
aware of other people’s sexual energy, on both the
chemical and emotional level.
Power issues tend to come up, generally at times when
people feel most vulnerable. In relationships, old trauma
can have a lot of buried influence, and it could move
people to shut each other out. Be ready to forgive your
lovers, friends and family members, and to keep the doors
to your heart open. Everyone needs to feel safe, and
people come to this in their own ways.
Venus will be in Scorpio until October 31.
Venus entered Scorpio
in NYC: Sun, Sept 9, 5:25 am
in Vancouver: Sun, Sept 9,
in London: Sun, Sept 9, 10:25 am
in Singapore: Sun, Sept 9,
in Sydney: Sun, Sept 9, 7:25 pm
Mars is in Aquarius
The planet of will and action becomes more
independent and free-spirited in Aquarius.
You may have a stronger urge to
experiment, a desire to venture into
The urge to learn new things is strong, and
this is not just a mental but a physical
desire. You want to pick up new physical
skills, and you may be particularly drawn to
the kinds of sports that happen in wide-open
spaces, like wind-surfing, mountain-climbing,
or ice-skating. You want the wind in your
hair, while you master some new skill. And
it’s a plus if not too many other people know
how to do it.
Your sense of style is more pronounced
under this influence. People are less into
being fashion slaves, more inclined to figure
that’s uniquely their own. Some people will
be quirky, while others will be downright
eccentric, and a few will get thrown in jail for
running naked down the street.
It’s a very creative time. Because there’s
very little interest in conforming, everybody
is coming up with interesting ways to
express themselves. Inventors are more
inventive, scientists are more inspired, and
artists are more avant-garde.
Mars will be here until November 15.
Mars entered Aquarius
in NYC: Mon, Sept 10, 8:55 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, Sept 10, 5:55 pm
in London: Tues, Sept 11, 1:55 am
in Singapore: Tues, Sept 11, 8:55 am
in Sydney: Tues, Sept 11, 10:55 am
The sun is in Libra
Libra is an idealistic sign, and with the sun
here, principles and ethical beliefs are
stronger. Everyone wants to do the right
thing, to create a world that’s fairer, gentler,
and more cooperative.
People are willing to put their self-interest
aside and to think about the good of others,
both as individuals and as a community. If
something goes wrong, they are happier to
compromise, as they look for a solution.
They are better at taking turns, whether they
are five or fifty. Everyone wants to create
harmonious organizations, in which things are
clear and aboveboard, and in which there are
some definite rules that everyone must live
However, people are also more likely to make
rules, which sometimes just makes everything
more complicated. They can spend a lot of
time deliberating over the fine points, and
end up not doing anything at all. It can seem
important to figure out exactly what every
word in the bylaws refers to. It could also be
a litigious time, since people are less likely to
let infractions slide. It’s not enough to do the
right thing; it can seem important that
everyone else do the right thing too.
The sun will be in Libra until October
The sun entered Libra
in NYC: Sat, Sep 22, 9:54 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Sep 22, 6:54 pm
in London: Sun, Sep 23, 2:54 am
in Singapore: Sun, Sep 23, 9:54 am
in Sydney: Sun, Sep 23, 11:54 am
The Current Lunar Cycle
There are some tensions and power struggles
throughout this lunar cycle, since it begins with the sun
and moon squaring Pluto.
A lot of underlying material emerges, and some of it has
the potential to change the power dynamic. At the same
time, there is great uncertainty about
what’s true and what’s not, and some folks will just feel
like retreating into their favorite escapist activity and
ignoring all the drama. With the sun and moon closely
inconjunct Neptune, confusion is rife.
There are lots of people walking around wearing masks,
not letting anybody see their real faces. And there are
lots of other people who are taken in by these masks,
and who believe something that doesn’t really exist. And
then there are others who are overly suspicious, who see
masks behind masks behind other masks, to the point of
The best way to handle these energies is to be clear
about which problems belong to you, and which don’t,
and to respect other people’s boundaries as much as
possible. And when there’s a mystery, and there’s no
way to find out a definite answer, let the mystery be, until
it sorts itself out. Don’t try to see clearly when there’s so
much fog. Just find alternate ways to navigate.
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
November 7. Its climactic moment is the full moon on
The new moon occurred
in NYC: Mon, Oct 8, 11:46 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, Oct 8, 8:46 pm
in London: Tues, Oct 9, 4:46 am
in Singapore: Tues, Oct 9, 11:46 am
in Sydney: Tues, Oct 9, 2:46 pm
Mercury is in Scorpio
Mercury is the planet of intellect, and in
Scorpio, intellect is compressed,
concentrated, internal. This is a time when
you can focus your mental powers on what is
really important to you. It’s especially good
for research, for digging down deep to find
Scorpio is a retentive sign, and so
communication may be a bit more sparse
while Mercury is here. Your tendency is to
mull things over, to let them percolate until
the time is right to reveal them. If you’re
usually a chatty type, you’ll be more
thoughtful and discreet during this period. If
you tend towards silence, you may be
This is a good time to talk about deeper
emotional realities. You are drawn towards
things that are intense, dense, timeless,
mysterious, and magical. It’s a good time for
writers of fantasy and science fiction, for
psychologists, and for story-tellers. There’s
a great deal of power in the word, whether
spoken or written, and now is the time when
that power is most evident.
Mercury will be in Scorpio until October
Mercury enters Scorpio
in NYC: Tues, Oct 9, 8:40 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Oct 9, 5:40 pm
in London: Weds, Oct 10, 1:40 am
in Singapore: Weds, Oct 10, 8:40 am
in Sydney: Weds, Oct 10, 11:40 am
Venus is Retrograde
When Venus is in Scorpio, relationships are
always a little deeper, more intense, and more
private, and this is even more true when she
goes retrograde. A lot of feelings get stored
away – desires, attractions, crushes, small
irritations, anger, revenge, possessiveness.
You’re very aware of them, but don’t
necessarily do anything with them during this
People will be doing a certain amount of
brooding, and sometimes reliving old wrongs,
while Venus is retrograde in Scorpio. Inner
reality will acquire more color and dimension,
but it will be a bit harder to make things
happen in the outer world. Chances to
connect go by. You may just have the sense
that the time is not quite right.
Venus will spend about half of her six-week
retrograde period in Libra, and she’s a little
less obsessive once she gets to this air sign.
Still, the Libran tendency to second-guess
everything can hang everyone up, and
relationships may still be at a standstill. There
are decisions to be made, but this isn’t the
time to make them.
This is a good time to reconnect friends and
lovers from your past, and these old
relationships may have something to teach
you. It can also be good for returning to old
forms of creative expression. You can dust off
that paintbrush, or start tuning that old guitar,
and connect with a deep hunger to give form
to your feelings.
Venus goes direct again on November 16.
Venus went retrograde
in NYC: Fri, Oct 5, 3:04 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Oct 5, 12:04 pm
in London: Fri, Oct 5, 8:04 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Oct 6, 3:04 am
in Sydney: Sat, Oct 6, 5:04 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, and there
won’t be a lot of time or room for frivolity. When
times are hard, people focus on the basics,
and act more cautiously.
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 control of what’s there.
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 people survive.
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 this time.
Saturn will be in Capricorn until March 21,
Saturn entered Capricorn
in NYC: Tues, Dec 19, 11:48 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Dec 19,
in London: Weds, Dec 20, 4:48 am
in Singapore: Weds, Dec 20,
in Sydney: Weds, Dec 20, 3:48 pm