November 2 to 15, 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 Virgo
in NYC: Fri, Nov 2, 1:47 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, Nov 1, 10:47 pm
in London: Fri, Nov 2, 5:47 am
in Singapore: Fri, Nov 2, 1:47 pm
in Sydney: Fri, Nov 2, 4:47 pm
moves into Libra
in NYC: Sun, Nov 4, 4:01 am
in Vancouver: Sun, Nov 4, 1:01 am
in London: Sun, Nov 4, 9:01 am
in Singapore: Sun, Nov 4, 5:01 pm
in Sydney: Sun, Nov 4, 8:01 pm
moves into Scorpio
in NYC: Tues, Nov 6, 8:02 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Nov 6, 5:02 am
in London: Tues, Nov 6, 1:02 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Nov 6, 9:02 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Nov 7, 12:02 am
moves into Sagittarius
in NYC: Thurs, Nov 8, 1:59 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Nov 8, 10:59 am
in London: Thurs, Nov 8, 6:59 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Nov 9, 2:59 am
in Sydney: Fri, Nov 9, 5:59 am
moves into Capricorn
in NYC: Sat, Nov 10, 10:54 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Nov 10, 7:54 pm
in London: Sun, Nov 11, 3:54 am
in Singapore: Sun, Nov 11, 11:54 am
in Sydney: Sun, Nov 11, 2:54 pm
moves into Aquarius
in NYC: Tues, Nov 13, 10:45 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Nov 13, 7:45 am
in London: Tues, Nov 13, 3:45 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Nov 13, 11:45 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Nov 14, 2:45 am
moves into Pisces
in NYC: Thurs, Nov 15, 11:41 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Nov 15, 8:41 pm
in London: Fri, Nov 16, 4:41 am
in Singapore: Fri, Nov 16, 12:41 pm
in Sydney: Fri, Nov 16, 3:41 pm
moves into Aries
in NYC: Sun, Nov 18, 10:55 am
in Vancouver: Sun, Nov 18, 7:55 am
in London: Sun, Nov 18, 3:55 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Nov 18, 11:55 pm
in Sydney: Mon, Nov 19, 2:55 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.
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 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
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
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
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
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
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 out something
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 Current Lunar Cycle
There are some tensions and power struggles throughout
this lunar cycle, since it begins with the sun and moon
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 madness.
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 October 24.
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
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
The sun is in Scorpio
This is a time of extreme emotions, fixed
attitudes, and powerful desires. Everything
goes a little underground when the sun is in
Scorpio, and it’s harder to figure out what
people are thinking and feeling. People who are
introspective anyway will start brooding about
everything. People who are gregarious will
wonder why nobody is calling them up.
The kinds of relationships that flourish most
when the sun is in Scorpio are intimate ones.
People have much less time for anything
superficial, and may completely ignore the usual
niceties. But intimate relationships can become
deeper. This is the place where things get
dramatic and extreme, where Romeo and Juliet
scenarios are played out, where secrets are
kept and revealed, and sometimes, where deep
There’s a lot of sexual energy when the sun is in
Scorpio, and that makes everything that much
more fraught. And of course, sexual energy
gets sublimated in a lot of different ways: violent
emotions spill over, people grab for power, or
people faint in religious ecstasies. And then, of
course, there are the people who are keeping
all of it under wraps.
The sun will be in Scorpio until November
The sun entered Scorpio
in NYC: Tues, Oct 23, 7:22 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Oct 23, 4:22 am
in London: Tues, Oct 23, 12:22 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Oct 23, 7:22 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Oct 23, 10:22 pm
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 December 1.
Mercury entered Sagittarius
in NYC: Weds, Oct 31, 12:38 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Oct 30, 9:38 pm
in London: Weds, Oct 31, 4:38 am
in Singapore: Weds, Oct 31, 12:38 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Oct 31, 3:38 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
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
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
Venus will be here until December 2.
Venus entered Libra
in NYC: Weds, Oct 31, 3:41 pm
in Vancouver: Weds, Oct 31, 12:41 pm
in London: Weds, Oct 31, 7:41 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, Nov 1, 3:41 am
in Sydney: Thurs, Nov 1, 6:41 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
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
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, 2020.
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
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
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
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
Uranus reenters 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, 2019.
Uranus enters 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
This is a thoughtful time, in which people are
reaching for a deeper layer of
understanding. Some people will be
mourning the results of the election, while
others are relieved. Some deep emotional
material could be triggered – fear, anger,
resentment, desire, shame. Some people
are dealing with survival issues, while others
are wrestling with a bone-deep aversion to
The tendency to demonize others intensifies
every political shift. Often,
it’s not about solving the practical problems
of the country, but rather about asserting a
fixed moral stance.
There is a stronger spiritual vibration during
this lunar cycle, as the sun and moon are
trine Neptune. So there are a lot of people
who are reaching out, and making
connections with those who are suffering.
Religious leaders are coming together and
trying to take the moral high ground back,
and this only works when they can address
the true spiritual needs of their flocks.
Many relationships are unstable during this
lunar cycle, since there’s a Venus/Uranus
opposition at the new moon. With Venus still
retrograde, and Uranus poised at the end of
Aries, some old problems could burst back
into view. It may take a lot of emotional work
and processing to prevent a break-up.
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon
on December 7. Its climactic moment is the
full moon on November 23.
The new moon occurs
in NYC: Weds, Nov 7, 11:02 am
in Vancouver: Weds, Nov 7, 8:02 am
in London: Weds, Nov 7, 4:02 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, Nov 8, 12:02 am
in Sydney: Thurs, Nov 8, 3:02 am
Mars enters 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 31.
Mars enters 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
Jupiter enters 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
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 enters 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