September 18 to 26, 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 Taurus
in NYC: Tues, Sept 17, 6:30 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Sept 17, 3:30 am
in London: Tues, Sept 17, 11:30 am
in Singapore: Tues, Sept 17, 6:30 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Sept 17, 8:30 pm
moves into Gemini
in NYC: Thurs, Sept 19, 4:57 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Sept 19, 1:57 pm
in London: Thurs, Sept 19, 9:57 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Sept 20, 4:57 am
in Sydney: Fri, Sept 20, 6:57 am
moves into Cancer
in NYC: Sun, Sept 22, 12:50 am
in Vancouver: Sat, Sept 21, 9:50 pm
in London: Sun, Sept 22, 5:50 am
in Singapore: Sun, Sept 22, 12:50 pm
in Sydney: Sun, Sept 22, 2:50 pm
moves into Leo
in NYC: Tues, Sept 24, 5:19 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Sept 24, 2:19 am
in London: Tues, Sept 24, 10:19 am
in Singapore: Tues, Sept 24, 5:19 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Sept 24, 7:19 pm
moves into Virgo
in NYC: Thurs, Sept 26, 6:36 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, Sept 26, 3:36 am
in London: Thurs, Sept 26, 11:36 am
in Singapore: Thurs, Sept 26, 6:36 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, Sept 26, 8:36 pm
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
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
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 poetry.
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 July 7,
Uranus entered Taurus
in NYC: Weds, Mar 6, 3:27 am
in Vancouver: Weds, Mar 6, 12:27 am
in London: Weds, Mar 6, 8:27 am
in Singapore: Weds, Mar 6, 4:27 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Mar 6, 7:27 pm
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
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
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,
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
Saturn entered Capricorn
in NYC: Tues, Dec 19, 11:48 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Dec 19,
in London: Weds, Dec 20,
in Singapore: Weds, Dec 20,
in Sydney: Weds, Dec 20,
Mars is in Virgo
With Mars in this pragmatic earth sign, your
attention is directed towards fixing, mending,
healing and recovering. All work goes more
smoothly, since this Mars-sign gives a willingness
to analyze any problem until a solution appears,
and a desire for excellence.
There’s an innate logic to the sign Virgo, and
people who are already logical benefit the most
when Mars enters this sign. Everything makes
even more sense than it usually does.
Information can be analyzed, and can yield
results, and these results can make a difference
in the smooth functioning of the world. As you
can see, this is a particularly good time for
scientists and researchers.
This is the most detail-oriented sign, however,
and there is some danger that you can get
completely bogged down in the smallest pieces of
information, or the tiniest problems. This can
mean ignoring larger problems that really cry out
for solutions. Perfectionism can be a real
stumbling block when a lot of things are going on
For people who are normally pretty spacey, this
is a great influence, since it does mean slowing
down and looking at the way everything fits
together. Some people will be neater, and some
chores will get done. Some things will be
repaired, and this could be especially helpful at
this time of seasonal change.
Mars will be in Virgo until October 4.
Mars entered Virgo
in NYC: Sun, Aug 18, 1:18 am
in Vancouver: Sat, Aug 17, 10:18 pm
in London: Sun, Aug 18, 6:18 am
in Singapore: Sun, Aug 18, 1:18 pm
in Sydney: Sun, Aug 18, 3:18 pm
The sun is in Virgo
This is a good time for a seasonal cleaning. The Virgo
sun gives a sharp eye for details, and so you’re very
aware of all the little areas of disorder around you.
You can organize, mend, fix, and generally get
everything in shape.
Work also goes well with the sun in Virgo. People
want to get things done, as efficiently and thoroughly
as possible. People may be staying late at the office,
working through lunch, and making a lot of progress
on ongoing projects. Those pesky labor-intensive
tasks can finally all be taken care of. It’s also a good
time for maintenance on all the tools and systems that
you customarily use.
Everyone may be a little more critical than usual, and
this is something to watch out for. It’s important to
encourage your staff, co-workers and family members,
even if they haven’t done something as perfectly as
you would do it yourself. And everybody has their
own little way of doing things. Try to be tolerant of
these different methods, even if they don’t seem to be
as good as your own.
This is also a good time to focus on health. Virgo is a
sign dedicated to healing – so whether you’re starting
an exercise regime, eating a nutritious breakfast every
morning, starting to take vitamins regularly, or getting
a check-up, you can improve your health this month.
You can make some important revisions to your daily
schedule, in line with your beliefs and goals.
The sun will be here until September 23.
The sun entered Virgo
in NYC: Fri, Aug 23, 6:02 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Aug 23, 3:02 am
in London: Fri, Aug 23, 11:02 am
in Singapore: Fri, Aug 23, 6:02 pm
in Sydney: Fri, Aug 23, 8:02 pm
The Current Lunar Cycle
This is a very intense lunar cycle. Energies that
have been contained for a long time are suddenly
released, and there is purposeful, concerted
movement towards a single goal. With Mercury,
Mars and Venus all in Virgo, all conjunct the sun and
moon, the focus is on fixing a problem which has
been going on far too long.
This concentrated Virgo energy lends itself to work,
and it’s a time when everyone gives a hand and
contributes to whatever needs to be done. Everyone
is needed, from the most humble worker to the most
abstruse specialist. Communication goes well, plans
are comprehensive, and all details are carefully
considered. The work will be meaningful for a long
time, because it rests on a strong foundation.
Issues around health, labor, organizational
techniques, and climate change are especially likely
to occupy center stage. Science and technology are
important at this time, and there could be some
important breakthroughs in these areas. There will
be some squabbles, since a lot is at stake, but this
won’t seriously impede progress.
This may signal the moment when most of the world
begins to face a reality long denied.
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
September 28. Its climactic moment is the full moon
on September 14.
The new moon occurred
in NYC: Fri, Aug 30, 6:37 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Aug 30, 3:37 am
in London: Fri, Aug 30, 11:37 am
in Singapore: Fri, Aug 30, 6:37 pm
in Sydney: Fri, Aug 30, 8:37 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
Mercury is in Libra
Mercury, the planet of intellect, is well-suited to the
air sign Libra. There’s a real love of the intellectual
process - an appreciation for learning, a
willingness to teach and to share knowledge, and
an attraction to intricate concepts and well-crafted
This is an excellent time for cooperative work,
especially in small teams. People are more willing
to listen to each other, to trade ideas back and
forth, to compromise, to take turns exercising
leadership. Everybody is more focused on
fairness, equality, and balance. People are more
apt to play by the rules, especially if it’s obvious
that these rules benefit others, either collectively
This is an idealistic time. There’s less emphasis
on individual action, more on working in
partnership, or taking one’s place in the
community. There may be quite a lot of arguments
and debates, but they will mostly be pretty orderly.
The focus will be on ideas, principles, and beliefs.
Libra is an artistic sign, and so everyone finds it
easier to communicate in a graceful and effective
way. Rhetoric can rise to new heights. At the
same time, where is the heart behind the words?
Sometimes the words can seem a bit slick and
overly crafted, and they can hide underlying
messages that are not so pretty, not so open-
Mercury will be here until October 3.
Mercury entered Libra
in NYC: Sat, Sept 14, 3:14 am
in Vancouver: Sat, Sept 14, 12:14 am
in London: Sat, Sept 14, 8:14 am
in Singapore: Sat, Sept 14, 3:14 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Sept 14, 5:14 pm
Venus is in Libra
When Venus, the planet of love, goes through Libra,
everyone is more romantic. The trappings of romance
– candlelight, soft music, dancing, silky fabrics – are all
more evident. Everything connected to relationships is
gentler, more subtle, more refined. There’s more give-
and-take, a willingness to look at the other point of
view, to cooperate, even to yield at times.
Single people may find themselves longing for
partners, and it’s very easy to fall in love during this
Venus sign. You may be entranced by some simple
word or gesture which seems to reflect a romantic
ideal. Whether this can go anywhere, only time will tell,
so take a while to get to know the object of your
desire. This Venus sign is good for that anyway, as it’s
more cerebral than physical.
During this time, artistic pleasure is enhanced. It’s a
great time to go to a play, a concert or a museum.
People are drawn to intellectual pleasures, parties are
more elegant, and conversation becomes an art.
Those who are already artistic will be in their element,
but even those who avoid higher culture may be
inspired to duck into a gallery and come home with a
framed print. If you’re working on a farm, you could
find yourself reciting poetry to the chickens.
This is an idealistic time, in which the sense of justice is
stronger. And so, even though it inclines to peaceful
solutions, it’s not always peaceful. There will be more
processing during this Venus sign, as people work out
what it means to be fair, egalitarian, and balanced in
their relationships to their partners, to society in
general, and within themselves.
Venus will be here until October 8.
Venus entered Libra
in NYC: Sat, Sept 14, 9:43 am
in Vancouver: Sat, Sept 14, 6:43 am
in London: Sat, Sept 14, 2:43 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Sept 14, 9:43 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Sept 14, 11:43 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
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,
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 sun enters 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
everything is clear and aboveboard, and in which
there are some definite rules that everyone must
However, people are also more inclined 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
The sun will be in Libra until October 23.
The sun enters Libra
in NYC: Mon, Sept 23, 3:50 am
in Vancouver: Mon, Sept 23, 12:50 am
in London: Mon, Sept 23, 8:50 am
in Singapore: Mon, Sept 23, 3:50 pm
in Sydney: Mon, Sept 23, 5:50 pm