and More
by Jenny Yates

December 14, 2018, to January 7, 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

The Moon

moves into Pisces
in NYC: Thurs, Dec 13, 7:39 am  
in Vancouver: Thurs, Dec 13, 4:39 am    
in London: Thurs, Dec 13, 12:39 pm    
in Singapore: Thurs, Dec 13, 8:39 pm    
in Sydney: Thurs, Dec 13, 11:39 pm  

moves into Aries
in NYC: Sat, Dec 15, 7:44 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Dec 15, 4:44 pm  
in London: Sun, Dec 16, 12:44 am  
in Singapore: Sun, Dec 16, 8:44 am     
in Sydney: Sun, Dec 16, 11:44 am  

moves into Taurus
in NYC: Tues, Dec 18, 4:37 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Dec 18, 1:37 am
in London: Tues, Dec 18, 9:37 am
in Singapore: Tues, Dec 18, 5:37 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Dec 18, 8:37 pm

moves into Gemini
in NYC: Thurs, Dec 20, 9:34 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, Dec 20, 6:34 am
in London: Thurs, Dec 20, 2:34 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, Dec 20, 10:34 pm
in Sydney: Fri, Dec 21, 1:34 am

moves into Cancer
in NYC: Sat, Dec 22, 11:28 am
in Vancouver: Sat, Dec 22, 8:28 am
in London: Sat, Dec 22, 4:28 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Dec 23, 12:28 am
in Sydney: Sun, Dec 23, 3:28 am

moves into Leo
in NYC: Mon, Dec 24, 11:58 am
in Vancouver: Mon, Dec 24, 8:58 am
in London: Mon, Dec 24, 4:58 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Dec 25, 12:58 am
in Sydney: Tues, Dec 25, 3:58 am

moves into Virgo
in NYC: Weds, Dec 26, 12:49 pm
in Vancouver: Weds, Dec 26, 9:49 am
in London: Weds, Dec 26, 5:49 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, Dec 27, 1:49 am
in Sydney: Thurs, Dec 27, 4:49 am

moves into Libra
in NYC: Fri, Dec 28, 3:23 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Dec 28, 12:23 pm
in London: Fri, Dec 28, 8:23 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Dec 29, 4:23 am
in Sydney: Sat, Dec 29, 7:23 am

moves into Scorpio
in NYC: Sun, Dec 30, 8:23 pm
in Vancouver: Sun, Dec 30, 5:23 pm
in London: Mon, Dec 31, 1:23 am
in Singapore: Mon, Dec 31, 9:23 am
in Sydney: Mon, Dec 31, 12:23 pm

moves into Sagittarius
in NYC: Weds, Jan 2, 3:58 am
in Vancouver: Weds, Jan 2, 12:58 am
in London: Weds, Jan 2, 8:58 am
in Singapore: Weds, Jan 2, 4:58 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Jan 2, 7:58 pm

moves into Capricorn
in NYC: Fri, Jan 4, 1:54 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Jan 4, 10:54 am
in London: Fri, Jan 4, 6:54 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Jan 5, 2:54 am
in Sydney: Sat, Jan 5, 5:54 am

moves into Aquarius
in NYC: Mon, Jan 7, 1:46 am
in Vancouver: Sun, Jan 6, 10:46 pm
in London: Mon, Jan 7, 6:46 am
in Singapore: Mon, Jan 7, 2:46 pm
in Sydney: Mon, Jan 7, 5:46 pm

What does the
moon's sign tell

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

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.  

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,
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

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,
8:48 pm
in London: Weds, Dec 20, 4:48 am
in Singapore: Weds, Dec 20,
12:48 pm  
in Sydney: Weds, Dec 20, 3:48 pm

Mars is in Pisces

Mars is generally more gentle and peaceful in
the water sign Pisces.  You’re open to the
energy around you, and you flow with it, rather
than fighting it.  You’re more sensitive to your
body and to the natural world, more adaptable
but also more easily distracted.

If you are normally a very focused, disciplined
person, you might wonder at your sudden urge
to go outside and smell the flowers.  Give
yourself a little leeway if you can, since you can
have some wonderful experiences in following
your impulses.  This is a very spiritual influence,
and you can get into touch with beautiful and
blissful feelings.  Of course, sooner or later, you
have to leave the garden and get back to
whatever task you’re engaged in, and that can
be a little harder.  

This is not an aggressive sign for Mars, but
there’s some danger of being passive-
aggressive.  That is, when you feel aggrieved
about something, you might find some indirect
way of expressing your discomfort, and this
rarely works out well in the long run.  Especially
if you normally have trouble with anger, you
might choose to avoid the issue entirely while
Mars is in Pisces.  But that presents the danger
that the situation will blow up in your face as
soon as Mars gets into Aries.  It’s really better to
deal with things, if you possibly can.  

Mars will be in Pisces until December

Mars entered Pisces
in NYC: Thurs, Nov 15, 5:20 pm    
in Vancouver: Thurs, Nov 15,
2:20 pm    
in London: Thurs, Nov 15,
10:20 pm      
in Singapore: Fri, Nov 16,
6:20 am     
in Sydney: Fri, Nov 16, 9:20 am     

Mercury is in Sagittarius

Mercury is enthusiastic, visionary and impulsive in this
mutable fire sign.  You aren’t as interested in small
details, but are drawn irresistibly towards the bigger
picture.  Once you see it, you want to talk about it, to
dream about it, and to take action to make it real.   

No project is beyond your possibilities.  You don’t see any
limitations, even when they are  immediately at hand, and
you may run right through them, as if they were so much
smoke. This might be okay, or you might be cited later
because of all the rules you broke!  If you’re normally a
timid person, this Mercury sign will signal an opportunity
to move beyond the ordinary.  And if you’re normally
cheerful and rambunctious, there won’t be any holding
you back.   

Mercury is the planet of speech, and so there are a lot of
very ambitious meetings, discussions and conversations
while Mercury is in Sagittarius.  People can wax very
passionate.  Some people will be pedantic, convinced
they know the truth, eager to convert everyone.  Others
will be impatient with all this talk, and ready to get started
on whatever project you’re talking about.  Arguments can
break out over these different approaches, and the air
can get heated.  But afterwards, people will talk about
how exciting it all was.

Mercury will be in Sagittarius until January 4.       

Mercury enters Sagittarius
in NYC: Wed, Dec 12, 6:42 pm
in Vancouver: Wed, Dec 12, 3:42 pm
in London: Wed, Dec 12, 11:42 pm  
in Singapore: Thurs, Dec 13, 7:42 am    
in Sydney: Thurs, Dec 13, 10:42 am    

The sun is in Sagittarius

With the sun in this fiery sign, things get exciting.  
As always at this time of year, it’s a good time for
parties, celebrations, feasts, and community
events.  Sagittarius is enthusiastic, gregarious,
extravagant, and optimistic, but there’s some
tendency to go to extremes (in a friendly and good-
natured way).

This is also a good time for travel.  People are
eager for all kinds of new experiences, and they’re
more willing to get away from the usual routine and
do something wild and adventurous.

Political arguments can get very heated at this
time.  Sagittarius is a sign of inspiration and
discovery, and when people feel that they have
found The Way, they want to turn everybody else
on to their new vision of the world.  This is also the
sign of philosophers, and you may find one on
every street-corner during this time.   

Everyone is thinking bigger.  People who are
normally idealistic are now thinking of ways to save
the world, and they want to jump into this world-
saving business in an active way.  People who are
normally cautious and prosaic are reconsidering
their more outrageous impulses.   

The sun will be in Sagittarius until December 21.

The sun entered Sagittarius
in NYC: Thurs, Nov 22, 4:01 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, Nov 22, 1:01 am
in London: Thurs, Nov 22, 9:01 am
in Singapore: Thurs, Nov 22, 5:01 pm   
in Sydney: Thurs, Nov 22, 8:01 pm

The Current Lunar Cycle
(15° Sagittarius)

Sagittarius is a fiery, impulsive sign, and so lots of
people will be whipping into action during this lunar
cycle, making up for lost time, trying to get things
done before the end of the calendar year. But it’s not
an easy time to get things done, since the sun/moon
are squaring Mars/Neptune.

There are quite a few things that are not what they
seem.  There are some glittering, seduce illusions,
and you want to move towards whatever promise they
hold out.  And you’re in a hurry, so you might not stop
to find out if it’s all real or not.  Maybe some of it is,
but a lot of it is just your fevered imagination,
searching for a little taste of Nirvana in this confusing

So it’s good to be a bit more cautious than usual
during this lunar cycle.  If you fall in love, don’t
propose quite yet. If you feel the urge to talk to a
guru on a mountain-top, buy a self-help book instead.
If you get the call to join the priesthood, hang up the
phone and check with your most practical and
grounded friend. Before you go off chasing a desire,
make sure it’s solid.  Maybe it’s some kind of weird
hologram being projected by your smart phone, which
has gotten way too smart.    

It’s great to have passions.  But it’s also really useful
to have a few limits.  This is not about raining on your
parade, but keeping it going for a few years more.   

This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
January 5.  Its climactic moment is the full moon on
December 22.   

The new moon occur
in NYC:  Fri, Dec 7, 2:20 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, Dec 6, 11:20 pm
in London: Fri, Dec 7, 7:20 am  
in Singapore: Fri, Dec 7, 3:20 pm  
in Sydney: Fri, Dec 7, 6:20 pm

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 January 7.      

Venus entered Scorpio
in NYC: Sun, Dec 2, 12:01 pm
in Vancouver: Sun, Dec 2, 9:01 am  
in London:  Sun, Dec 2, 5:01 pm
in Singapore: Mon, Dec 3, 1:01 am   
in Sydney: Mon, Dec 3, 4:01 am   

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

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 everybody else.

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     

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

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

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 Next Lunar Cycle
(15° Capricorn)

This is a very intense new moon, and it includes
a solar eclipse.  There are five planets in
Capricorn, with  Saturn and Pluto flanking the sun
and moon.  This is not a chart you see every
day.  It’s serious, concentrated, purposeful

And so this is a particularly consequential lunar
cycle.  To me, it looks like retribution of some
kind, a day of reckoning, and those in power
could fall.  But what about the powers that we all
have, and that we often use carelessly?   I
wouldn’t say that a price will be exacted for every
little sin, so you don’t have to worry if you’ve
occasionally crossed against the light.  But the
more things you regret, the more likely you are to
be swept up by the broom of fate.

This is powerful transformational energy, and it
may be that the innocent will suffer too.  There
could be some violent cataclysms that affect a
whole lot of bystanders.

The best way to handle this energy is very
respectfully. Call upon your inner Wise Being,
that part of your psyche that is measured,
experienced and aware.  There’s a part of you
that knows just what to do.  The answer may be
to identify what is important to you, and to be
prepared to let go of what isn’t.  If this was a
chess game, now would be the time to castle.  

This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
February 4.  Its climactic moment is the full moon
on January 21.  

The new moon occurs
in NYC: Sat, Jan 5, 8:28 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Jan 5, 5:28 pm
in London: Sun, Jan 6, 1:28 am
in Singapore: Sun, Jan 6, 9:28 am
in Sydney: Sun, Jan 6, 12:28 pm

The sun enters Capricorn

Capricorn gives maturity, gravitas, and a stronger
sense of responsibility.  After the rather hectic
energy of Sagittarius, people are more grounded
and realistic when the sun is in Capricorn.  When it
comes to the holiday season, people suddenly
remember that these are actually traditional
religious holidays and that shopping is not the main
ritual activity.  

This energy really lends itself to the turning of a
calendar year.  That’s mainly because it’s a good
time to check in with yourself, to see how well you
did in 2018, and to make plans for the coming year.  
Your ambitions are stronger and more definite, and
you can figure out viable strategies for achieving

It’s a good time to make friends with structure,
however you want to do this.  Structures can be
about security and protection, but they can also be
frameworks for success.   Working with structures
requires discipline, and most people are more
disciplined when the sun is in Capricorn.  Structures
need sustaining walls and a clear form, but the most
successful ones will also have plenty of room for
light and air.

The sun will be in Capricorn until January

The sun enters Capricorn
in NYC: Fri, Dec 21, 5:22 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Dec 21, 2:22 pm
in London: Fri, Dec 21, 10:22 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Dec 22, 6:22 am
in Sydney: Sat, Dec 22, 9:22 am

Mercury enters Capricorn

Everybody is a bit more realistic, more
pragmatic and more skeptical during this
influence.  For those who are already practical
and business-like, much can be
accomplished.  For those who generally have
their heads in the clouds, the benefits of
structure become a bit clearer.

However, Capricorn is a very serious sign, and
sometimes pessimism can be part of the
equation.  If you’re normally prone to shadowy
thoughts, then everything could look a little
grimmer during this time.  It’s not as easy to
turn to fantasy, or to fool yourself, or to take
refuge in denial.  Everything is clearer, more
definite, and more physical.  It is what it is.

At the same time, this is a very grounding
influence, and it can help you build something
new.  You need a solid foundation in reality
before you can construct something which will
last.  Mercury in Capricorn gives you that. It
helps you define your goals, gather resources,
work out a strategy, and take the first small
steps towards improving your life.  This sets
the stage for the new year.   

Mercury will be here until January 24.

Mercury enters Capricorn
in NYC: Fri, Jan 4, 10:39 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Jan 4, 7:39 pm
in London: Sat, Jan 5, 3:39 am
in Singapore: Sat, Jan 5, 11:39 am
in Sydney: Sat, Jan 5, 2:39 pm

Venus enters Sagittarius

When Venus, planet of pleasure, enters Sagittarius, the urge
for excitement becomes stronger.  If you’re usually a friendly,
extroverted person, you’ll be even more so.  You may dress
more flamboyantly, eat and drink with more abandon, and
generally party on.  If you’re normally shy and withdrawn, you
could still get drawn into all the fun times that other people
are having.

In relationships, there’s more generosity, more entertainment,
more passion, and more room for everyone to express
themselves.  Things could get tempestuous occasionally,
since people are more impulsive.  But when there’s good will,
things can be worked through.  And there’s more good will
these days.  

This is generally a good time for travel, especially if you can
really cut loose and enjoy your new surroundings.  You’re
curious about everything and everyone, and you really want
to experience the world.  

Venus will be in Sagittarius until February 3.                    

Venus enters Sagittarius
in NYC: Mon, Jan 7, 6:18 am
in Vancouver: Mon, Jan 7, 3:18 am
in London: Mon, Jan 7, 11:18 am
in Singapore: Mon, Jan 7, 7:18 pm
in Sydney: Mon, Jan 7, 10:18 pm

Mars enters 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 the swords!     

Mars will be in Aries until February 14.    

Mars enters Aries
in NYC: Mon, Dec 31, 9:19 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, Dec 31, 6:19 pm
in London: Tues, Jan 1, 2:19 am
in Singapore: Tues, Jan 1, 10:19 am
in Sydney: Tues, Jan 1, 1:19 pm