and More
by Jenny Yates

April 20 to 27, 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

The Moon

moves into Cancer
in NYC: Fri, Apr 20, 10:26 pm  
in Vancouver: Fri, Apr 20, 7:26 pm  
in London: Sat, Apr 21, 3:26 am    
in Singapore: Sat, Apr 21, 10:26 am      
in Sydney: Sat, Apr 21, 12:26 pm    

moves into Leo
in NYC: Sun, Apr 22, 1:09 pm
in Vancouver: Sun, Apr 22, 10:09 am  
in London: Sun, Apr 22, 6:09 pm
in Singapore: Mon, Apr 23, 1:09 am  
in Sydney: Mon, Apr 23, 3:09 am  

moves into Virgo
in NYC:  Tues, Apr 24, 4:40 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Apr 24, 1:40 pm  
in London: Tues, Apr 24, 9:40 pm  
in Singapore: Weds, Apr 25, 4:40 am      
in Sydney: Weds, Apr 25, 6:40 am      

moves into Libra
in NYC: Thurs, Apr 26, 9:12 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Apr 26, 6:12 pm
in London: Fri, Apr 27, 2:12 am
in Singapore: Fri, Apr 27, 9:12 am   
in Sydney: Fri, Apr 27, 11:12 am

moves into Scorpio
in NYC: Sun, Apr 29, 3:11 am
in Vancouver: Sun, Apr 29, 12:11 am
in London: Sun, Apr 29, 8:11 am  
in Singapore: Sun, Apr 29, 3:11 pm   
in Sydney: Sun, Apr 29, 5:11 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 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

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.  

Mercury is in Aries

Mercury, the planet of the mind, is on fire
when it’s in Aries.  You’re quick, alert,
excitable, mentally active, but even though
there’s a lot going on inside your head, you
are also able to focus clearly on important
goals.  This is a great time for spontaneous
inspiration, and for problem-solving.  

It’s a time to trust your first thoughts, your
first impulses, and to let them take you in
new directions. Every idea can take you
somewhere you’ve never been, and you’re
eager to go and check it out. You’re alive to
all possibilities that may have seemed a little
too outrageous or radical before.  You’re
more independent, more careless of public

Everyone is a little more argumentative
under this influence, so there could be some
thorny disagreements.  On the other hand,
these conflicts erupt and are dealt with
immediately, rather than hanging over your
head, and so the air is cleared much more
efficiently.  You may be more impatient than
usual, but remember that not everything can
happen instantaneously.  

Mercury will be here until May 13.      

Mercury entered Aries
in NYC:  Tues, Mar 6, 2:34 am
in Vancouver: Mon, Mar 5, 11:34 pm
in London: Tues, Mar 6, 7:34 am  
in Singapore: Tues, Mar 6, 3:34 pm  
in Sydney: Tues, Mar 6, 6:34 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 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

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

The sun is in Taurus

Everything becomes more concrete and
physical when the sun enters Taurus.  There’s
an emphasis on working with the stuff of the
earth:  the soil, the worms, the compost, the
seeds. People are more definite about
everything, more likely to make up their minds
and keep them made up.  It’s time to take a
stance, to pick a little spot of ground and plant
yourself there.  

People also become more aware of the
basics:  how much money they have in the
bank, how much insurance they have, and the
general state of their health.  This is a good
time to look at the foundations of your life, and
to strengthen them in any way that they need

It’s also a good time to live in the moment,
though.  This earthy sign is very sensual, and
so this is a nice month to just sit in the garden
and listen to the birds sing and watch the
flowers grow.  This is a different kind of
maintenance.  You’re recharging your
batteries, finding your center, feeling your
connection to the earth’s core.    

The sun will be here until May 20.

The sun enter
ed Taurus
in NYC: Thurs, Apr 19, 11:12 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Apr 19, 8:12 pm
in London: Fri, Apr 20, 4:12 am  
in Singapore:  Fri, Apr 20, 11:12 am  
in Sydney: Fri, Apr 20, 1:12 pm  

The Current Lunar Cycle
(26° Aries)

The Aries new moon is always a good time for new
beginnings.  This one is unstable, though, since the sun
and moon are very close to Uranus, planet of change,
freedom, rebellion, and new technology. Things are
about to hurtle off in a different direction.  

There are seven planets in cardinal signs at this new
moon, and cardinal signs are always about taking the
initiative.  So this is a good time to dust off all the
frustrations and anxieties of the last few weeks, and
choose where you want to go next.  What needs
changing in your life?  If you focus on the changes that
you want, you’re less likely to be blindsided by changes
you don’t want.  

This doesn’t mean that you should just chuck your
entire life out the window, reinvent yourself, and begin
again at square one.  You can make considered choices
about what is working and what isn’t.  And remember
that if you do something rash, you’re going to end up
with consequences you didn’t expect.  The idea is to do
some self-examination, figure out what is important to
you at this time, and then take some steps towards
personal liberation.  Keep yourself grounded during this
process, and you’ll get through just fine.  

This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on May
15.  Its climactic moment is the full moon on April 29.   

The new moon occurred
in NYC:  Sun, Apr 15, 9:57 pm
in Vancouver: Sun, Apr 15, 6:57 pm  
in London: Mon, Apr 16, 2:57 am  
in Singapore: Mon, Apr 16, 9:57 am    
in Sydney: Mon, Apr 16, 11:57 am  

Venus is in Taurus

When Venus, the planet of love, goes
through Taurus, lovers are more reliable,
more faithful, and more loyal than usual.  
There’s a tendency to stick with a good
thing, rather than trying to change it.  It’s a
time when you really notice all the pleasures
and delights of your current life, and
counting your blessings feels natural and

During this time, particular pleasure comes
from anything physical.  It’s nice for
gardening, for walking in the woods, for
hugging trees, for being outside in general.
This is an excellent time to go camping, to
soak in the sounds and smells and tastes of
It’s good for potting, weaving, painting,
sculpting, creating in any kind of tactile
media.  And, of course,
it’s good for the pleasures of the flesh:  
eating, drinking, making slow love.

When it comes to relationships, people are
more forthright and honest when Venus is
here.  You present yourself as you are, with
no hidden agendas, and you prefer that
others be that way as well.  People who
usually lead complicated, dramatic lives may
discover the joys of simplicity while Venus is
in Taurus.   

Venus will be here until April 24.      

Venus entered Taurus
in NYC: Sat, 31 Mar, 12:53 am
in Vancouver: Fri, 30 Mar, 9:53 pm
in London:  Sat, 31 Mar, 5:53 am
in Singapore: Sat, 31 Mar, 12:53 pm  
in Sydney: Sat, 31 Mar, 3:53 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
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

Mars is in Capricorn

Mars in Capricorn makes everything
earthier, more pragmatic, and more
traditional.  This is a good Mars-sign for
getting things done, especially on the
physical level.  You have the materials at
hand, you have a plan, you have a goal,
and you work hard.  When you have
obligations, you meet them.  You work
equally well in groups or alone.  

This is a more cautious place for Mars, and
it helps people to work out any
disagreements.  There’s a stronger
appreciation for the wisdom and
experience of the past, and a greater
willingness to find practical solutions.  At
the same time, people can be a bit more
judgmental under this influence, since it
gives a stronger emphasis on external

People are not all that comfortable with
things that are vague and open-ended;  
they want clarity and definition.  They want
an end to the loose ends;  they want forms,
patterns, structures, commitments, and
lasting value. They want to build something
solid and worthwhile.  And in the process,
they don’t want to waste any time or

Mars will be in Capricorn until May 16.    

Mars entered Capricorn
in NYC:  Sat, Mar 17, 12:40 pm  
in Vancouver: Sat, Mar 17, 9:40 am  
in London: Sat, Mar 17, 4:40 pm  
in Singapore: Sun, Mar 18, 12:40 am    
in Sydney: Sun, Mar 18, 3:40 am    

Venus enters Gemini

This is a friendly place for the planet of love and
pleasure.  It lends itself to easy-going conversations,
low-key discussions, and pleasurable mental
diversions.  People are friendly, witty and engaging,
and they laugh a lot under this influence.  Nothing
seems quite as serious as usual.  

The emphasis is on popular culture -  TV shows,
romance novels, thrillers, pop music, action films.  
Everyone wants to be entertained, without having to
work too hard to figure out what’s going on.  However,
there’s a lot of curiosity to Gemini, and so even rather
abstruse works of art can find an audience.  There will
always be someone ready to explain it to everyone

The main thing now is communication.  There are lots
of bridges being built – between people and people,
between people and ideas, between ideas and ideas.  
Everyone is engaged in making connections.  The
world is a small place, but it’s a place of constantly
milling people.  Everybody wants to experience the
whole range of activities, to glide smoothly from one
place to the next, never stopping or getting too

When it comes to relationships, this lends itself to
casual friendships and to speed-dating more than to
deeper levels of intimacy.  It’s a good time to get to
know someone, to hang out with them in lots of different
circumstances.  By the time Venus leaves Gemini, you’ll
have developed an easy and comfortable connection,
and you can see whether you’d like to take it

Venus will be in Gemini until May 19.        

Venus enters Gemini
in NYC: Tues, Apr 24, 12:39 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Apr 24, 9:39 am
in London: Tues, Apr 24, 5:39 pm  
in Singapore: Weds, Apr 25, 12:39 am   
in Sydney: Weds, Apr 25, 2:39 am   

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 fire.      

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,
12:49 am
in Berlin:  Sat, Mar 12, 2011, 1:49 am
in Sydney:  Sat, Mar 12, 2011,
11:49 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,
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