October 13 to 20, 2017
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 Leo
in NYC: Fri, Oct 13, 2:41 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, Oct 12, 11:41 pm
in London: Fri, Oct 13, 7:41 am
in Singapore: Fri, Oct 13, 2:41 pm
in Sydney: Fri, Oct 13, 5:41 pm
moves into Virgo
in NYC: Sun, Oct 15, 7:18 am
in Vancouver: Sun, Oct 15, 4:18 am
in London: Sun, Oct 15, 12:18 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Oct 15, 7:18 pm
in Sydney: Sun, Oct 15, 10:18 pm
moves into Libra
in NYC: Tues, Oct 17, 1:35 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Oct 17, 10:35 am
in London: Tues, Oct 17, 6:35 pm
in Singapore: Weds, Oct 18, 1:35 am
in Sydney: Weds, Oct 18, 4:35 am
moves into Scorpio
in NYC: Thurs, Oct 19, 9:40 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Oct 19, 6:40 pm
in London: Fri, Oct 20, 2:40 am
in Singapore: Fri, Oct 20, 9:40 am
in Sydney: Fri, Oct 20, 12:40 pm
moves into Sagittarius
in NYC: Sun, Oct 22, 7:56 am
in Vancouver: Sun, Oct 22, 4:56 am
in London: Sun, Oct 22, 12:56 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Oct 22, 7:56 pm
in Sydney: Sun, Oct 22, 10:56 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
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 Aries
This is the revolutionary planet in the revolutionary sign, so
you know some stuff is going to happen while it's here -
mainly, during the next seven years.
This is about liberation. It's about freedom. It's about
looking at the fixed structures that rule our lives, figuring out
which ones limit us, and dismantling them.
There's a fast, reckless rhythm about Uranus in Aries; it's not
always the wisest approach. There's an urge for immediate,
spontaneous action, and so people rush into things without
stopping to think. Every moment is charged with creative
It's pretty exciting. But it's definitely not a calm influence.
Everyone will need to stop and take some deep breaths once
in a while.
Uranus will be here until May 2018.
Uranus entered Aries
in NYC: Fri, Mar 11, 2011, 7:49 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Mar 11, 2011, 4:49 pm
in London: Sat, Mar 12,2011,
in Berlin: Sat, Mar 12, 2011, 1:49 am
in Sydney: Sat, Mar 12, 2011,
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
The Current Lunar Cycle
This is the beginning of a very industrious lunar cycle,
with five planets in Virgo. Mercury and Mars are close
together, giving lots of mental and physical energy. The
focus is on working, and on workers.
This is a great time to push for really comprehensive
health care reform! It’s a good time to take a look at
everything that impacts the people who actually make this
country (and every country) run – the ones picking up the
garbage, teaching school, nursing the sick, dispensing
hamburgers and French fries, keeping the lights and the
water and the internet working.
And it’s a great lunar cycle for improvements in
agriculture and nutrition. There’s an emphasis on
practical ideas in all fields. People will begin to recognize
that plants don’t grow from the top down, and will reject
the whole idea of trickle-down job-creators.
However, there are a couple of wee problems. One is the
opposition between Mercury and Neptune, which shows
that public deception is an even bigger problem during
this lunar cycle. There will be an even greater effort to
keep people from connecting the dots, and figuring out
what really makes sense. And a lot of people will fall prey
to lies and conspiracy theories that call forth their inner
Another chaotic element comes from Uranus, closely
conjunct the sun and moon. There are plenty of people
who are angry, who don’t trust the slow growth that
comes from practical reform. These are people who want
to be heroes, who think they have to taste blood to be
real. This is why workers sometimes have to dodge
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on October
19. Its climactic moment is the full moon on October 5.
The new moon occurred
in NYC: Weds, Sept 20, 1:29 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Sept 19, 10:29 pm
in London: Weds, Sept 20, 6:29 am
in Singapore: Weds, Sept 20, 1:29 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Sept 20, 3:29 pm
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
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 by.
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
The sun will be in Libra until October 23.
The sun entered Libra
in NYC: Fri, Sept 22, 4:01 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Sept 22, 1:01 pm
in London: Fri, Sept 22, 9:01 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Sept 23, 4:01 am
in Sydney: Fri, Sept 23, 6:01 am
Saturn is in Sagittarius
Saturn is the planet of structure, duty
and responsibility, but it cuts loose a
bit in Sagittarius. Sagittarius is
expansive, and so it lends itself to
bigger, more ambitious structures.
You want to create systems that are
solid and lasting, but that will fulfill
some of your larger ambitions as well.
You see your responsibilities as part
of a larger picture these days.
You’re thinking about the community
as a whole, about the future, about
the world you live in. And this gives a
little edge of excitement to mundane
Rome was built brick by brick, with
great attention to structure, right?
And when it was done, there it was: a
gorgeous, cosmopolitan city. You’re
thinking that some of your structures
may have the same grandeur when
they’re done, and you’re willing to put
time and attention into the process, to
make sure that they’re the best they
can be. You can defer gratification,
but you don’t want to deny your
During the years that Saturn is in
Sagittarius, there will be an emphasis
on thinking internationally. People
who have lived insular lives will
become acquainted with a lot of
people who are very different from
them. Languages and cultural literacy
will become serious business, more
codified. There will be classes, exams,
promotions, on the basis of excellence
in these fields.
Higher education itself will grow in
prestige during this period, and more
people will get college credit for
traveling. They’ll go off to distant
parts of the globe, and learn from
people who have figured out efficient
and sustainable ways to live on this
earth. There will also be a lot of
tourists out there, visiting parts of the
planet that will vanish or change
utterly as the climate changes.
Saturn will be in Sagittarius until
December 19, 2017.
Saturn entered Sagittarius
in NYC: Thurs, Sept 17, 2015, 10:49
in Vancouver: Thurs, Sept 17, 2015,
in London: Fri, Sept 18, 2015,
in Singapore: Fri, Sept 18, 2015
in Sydney: Fri, Sept 18, 2015,
Venus is in Virgo
As Venus enters this earth sign, work becomes
more enjoyable. You find it easier to tackle
practical jobs, to improve your life in definite
ways. There’s satisfaction in cleaning out
closets and fixing or discarding anything
that’s broken or that doesn’t fit into your daily
routine. You want everything to be beautiful,
clean, functional, and uncluttered.
Whatever your work, it feels pretty good to do it,
and to get it done - but it’s best if there are
tangible, earthy results of some kind. This is a
pleasant time for healers, body-workers,
herbalists, gardeners, and craftspeople. You
enjoy an ongoing sense of accomplishment, a
contentment with the tasks of each day.
Virgo is about the details, and there can be
some tendency to be too picky, with Venus in this
sign. Try not to nag your loved ones about the
small things that drive you crazy, but seek
alternate systems that will work better. And
avoid being overly mental in your approach,
expecting everything to be rational rather than
looking at the underlying feelings. Sometimes
people just need to be listened to, rather than
Venus will be in Virgo until October
Venus entered Virgo
in NYC: Tues, Sept 19, 9:15 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Sept 19, 6:15 pm
in London: Weds, Sept 20, 2:15 am
in Singapore: Weds, Sept 20, 9:15 am
in Sydney: Weds, Sept 20, 11:15 am
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 sentences.
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 or
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-minded.
Mercury will be here until October 17.
Mercury entered Libra
in NYC: Fri, Sept 29, 8:42 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Sept 29, 5:42 pm
in London: Sat, Sept 30, 1:42 am
in Singapore: Sat, Sept 30, 8:42 am
in Sydney: Sat, Sept 30, 10:42 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
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
The Next Lunar Cycle
This lunar cycle is quite turbulent, with the sun
and moon closely opposing Uranus. The time
has come for some kind of major change, and
it could be quite startling and dramatic.
There could be sudden outbreaks and
rebellions. There could be military
adventures, including new wars, or escalating
old wars. There could be mechanical failures,
recalls, exciting new inventions, breakdowns
and breakthroughs. There could be new laws,
rules, judgments, and orders which shake up
the status quo. People are more independent
and rebellious, angrier, and more inclined to
It does help that Mercury and Jupiter are close
at this new moon, as this shows that there will
still be voices of reason and wisdom. There
will be people telling the truth, providing
commentary, reframing discussions from a
wider perspective. Communication itself will
expand, perhaps with new forms of
interpersonal and social connection. We’ll
hear from groups, organizations, and
communities that are dedicated to healing,
understanding, and working together.
And all this will help, but it still looks like a
lunar cycle in which more things fall apart than
come together. So be careful! This isn’t a
good time to do anything wild and crazy.
Reactions to any action are stronger, swifter,
and more all-encompassing.
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon
on November 18. Its climactic moment is the
full moon on November 4.
The new moon occurs
in NYC: Thurs, Oct 19, 3:12 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Oct 19, 12:12 pm
in London: Thurs, Oct 19, 8:12 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Oct 20, 3:12 am
in Sydney: Fri, Oct 20, 6:12 am
Mars is in Virgo
With Mars in this pragmatic earth sign,
your attention is directed to all the
things that you want to fix, mend, heal
and recover. It’s an excellent time for
any kind of work, because it gives a
strong desire for excellence, and a
willingness to analyze any problem until
a solution appears.
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 at once.
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
Mars will be in Virgo until October
Mars enters Virgo
in NYC: Tues, Sept 5, 5:34 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Sept 5, 2:34 am
in London: Tues, Sept 5, 10:34 am
in Singapore: Tues, Sept 5, 5:34 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Sept 5, 7:34 am
Mercury enters 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 November
Mercury enters Scorpio
in NYC: Tues, Oct 17, 3:58 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Oct 17, 12:58 am
in London: Tues, Oct 17, 8:58 am
in Singapore: Tues, Oct 17, 3:58 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Oct 17, 6:58 pm
Venus enters 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
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, while those who eschew higher culture will find
themselves strangely drawn to the bookstores and galleries they
pass on the street. Farmhands will find themselves reciting poetry
while slopping the pigs.
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 November 7.
Venus enters Libra
in NYC: Sat, Oct 14, 6:11 am
in Vancouver: Sat, Oct 14, 3:11 am
in London: Sat, Oct 14, 11:11 am
in Singapore: Sat, Oct 14, 6:11 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Oct 14, 9:11 pm