October 31 to November 7, 2014
What sign is the moon in? What signs do the planets occupy?
What is the current lunar cycle about?
Check out my new blog, Friday Forward, for a look at the moment and the immediate future.
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 Aquarius
in NYC: Thurs, Oct 30, 9:52 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, Oct 30, 6:52 am
in London: Thurs, Oct 30, 1:52 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, Oct 30, 9:52 pm
in Sydney: Fri, Oct 31, 12:52 am
moves into Pisces
in NYC: Sat, Nov 1, 12:36 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Nov 1, 9:36 am
in London: Sat, Nov 1, 4:36 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Nov 2, 12:36 am
in Sydney: Sun, Nov 2, 3:36 am
moves into Aries
in NYC: Mon, Nov 3, 1:53 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, Nov 3, 10:53 am
in London: Mon, Nov 3, 6:53 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Nov 4, 2:53 am
in Sydney: Tues, Nov 4, 5:53 am
moves into Taurus
in NYC: Weds, Nov 5, 4:33 pm
in Vancouver: Weds, Nov 5, 1:33 pm
in London: Weds, Nov 5, 9:33 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, Nov 6, 5:33 am
in Sydney: Thurs, Nov 6, 8:33 am
moves into Gemini
in NYC: Fri, Nov 7, 8:44 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Nov 7, 5:44 pm
in London: Sat, Nov 8, 1:44 am
in Singapore: Sat, Nov 8, 9:44 am
in Sydney: Sat, Nov 8, 12:44 pm
moves into Cancer
in NYC: Mon, Nov 10, 3:38 am
in Vancouver: Mon, Nov 10, 12:38 am
in London: Mon, Nov 10, 8:38 am
in Singapore: Mon, Nov 10, 4:38 pm
in Sydney: Mon, Nov 10, 7:38 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 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 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
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
Jupiter is in Leo.
Jupiter enters a new sign yearly, so this could be considered the
astrologer’s New Year. Jupiter’s effect is to expand the
characteristics of its sign, and Leo is an exciting, courageous fire
sign, so the coming year will be particularly active and stimulating.
After the sometimes claustrophobic wetness of this last Jupiter-in-
Cancer year, Jupiter in Leo feels like a nice long stretch in the sun.
Jupiter in Leo will give everyone more confidence, and will
encourage creativity, play, and risk-taking. People who are already
effusive and energetic will become more so, and shy people will
start to come out into the open, and let themselves be known. We’ll
all be warmer, friendlier, more effusive, and more generous with
This will be a great year for artists, since Leo is such an expressive
sign. If you’re not already an artist, you could try your hand at
whatever’s around: dance troupes, theatre groups, karaoke bars,
origami collectives, puppet shows, guitar lessons, improv nights,
sculpture workshops, anything at all. You could take your
harmonica and become a busker, or teach your dog to talk and
become a star on YouTube. During the coming year, you have a
stronger urge to be seen and heard, to let more color and drama
and pleasure into your life.
Not everybody can be in the limelight at once, and sometimes this
can be a problem when Jupiter is in Leo. When everybody wants to
be the center of attention, there can be a certain amount of pushing
and shoving. Pride is more pronounced, and bruised egos can set
up a squall. As a fixed sign, Leo is stubborn, so try not to back
anyone into a corner.
While Jupiter is in Leo, there’ll be a lot more posturing by people in
authority. Decisions will be made that are all about preventing the
loss of face, even if that means losing battles. Even when you don’t
truly respect someone, it’s best to grant them as much dignity as
possible, and this will help with working through conflicts.
Jupiter will be here until August 11, 2015.
Jupiter entered Leo.
in NYC: Weds, July 16, 6:30 am
in Vancouver: Weds, July 16, 3:30 am
in London: Weds, July 16, 11:30 am
in Singapore: Weds, July 16, 6:30 pm
in Sydney: Weds, July 16, 8:30 pm
Saturn is in Scorpio
Saturn is the planet of structure, duty and
responsibility, and Scorpio is the sign of
transformation. Saturn is about setting up new
systems, and Scorpio has a tendency to go to
extremes. And so this is not necessarily an
easy combination. But there is a lot of power
unleashed while Saturn is in Scorpio, and it can
go towards deep, meaningful change.
This is a time when people will be drawn towards
things that are usually taboo.
There’s a fascination with whatever is
mysterious, unconventional, or raw. So people
will deal with sex, death, money, power, and
other topics that they usually avoid or fear.
Underlying emotional responses will be more
visible: resentment, hunger, suspicion,
paranoia. When you deal directly with these
things, you release a lot of old, stuck energy,
and so these intense feelings are gateways to
Everyone gets in touch with their inner devils, to
some extent or another, and everyone is also
required to work out a deeper moral code. What
is good and bad, what is right and wrong, when
you’re truly being honest with yourself,
recognizing what lies inside your own heart?
During the next two years, some things that are
quite risqué now may become accepted and
even respectable, while some things that are
commonplace now may be widely rejected.
People who look wild and crazy may be totally
conventional or even straight-laced. And
people, more aware of their own contradictions,
may become a little less quick to judge others by
Saturn will be in Scorpio until December 23,
Saturn entered Scorpio
in NYC: Fri, Oct 5, 2012, 4:34 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Oct 5, 2012, 1:34 pm
in London: Fri, Oct 5, 2012, 9:34 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Oct 6, 2012,
in Sydney: Sat, Oct 6, 2012, 6:34 am
The Current Lunar Cycle
This new moon brings a partial solar eclipse, so it’s intense,
and there’s some powerful energy for change. Venus is
closely conjunct the sun and moon, focusing particular
attention on love, sex, happiness and pleasure. And all
three sextile Mars, so there’s an urge to go after what you
want in these areas.
Desires are especially strong now, and some people will
have a hard time handling them. People are challenged by
boundaries may find them particularly grating. So be
especially careful at this new moon, especially if you’re
female, since there may be more predators out there than
usual. At the same time, this new moon can be a wonderful
time for a joyful, romantic, intimate connection. Love can be
stronger, deeper, more magical, more all-encompassing.
If you’re wrestling with an addiction to something that you
don’t want in your life, this is a good time for a little
transformative magic. Find something else that’s also
pleasurable, something that will enhance your life, and
summoning all the power of this new moon, infuse it with
your hopes and dreams. For example, you might throw your
energy into love, or yoga, or swimming, or cooking, or
communing with nature.
When you get rid of something, you need to bring
something else into the circle of your consciousness. And
whatever you bring in now will get a real boost. There is life-
changing energy in this new moon, and it’s up to you to
decide what you want to do with it.
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on November
22. Its climactic moment is the full moon on November 6.
The new moon occurred
in NYC: Thurs, Oct 23, 5:56 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Oct 23, 2:56 pm
in London: Thurs, Oct 23, 10:56 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Oct 24, 5:56 am
in Sydney: Fri, Oct 24, 8:56 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 a lot 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 only kinds of relationships that flourish
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
get 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 healing happens.
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: Thurs, Oct 23, 7:57 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, Oct 23, 4:57 am
in London: Thurs, Oct 23, 12:57 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, Oct 23, 7:57 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, Oct 23, 10:57 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
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 if this
happens, and to keep the doors open
yourself. Everyone needs to feel safe, and
people come to this in their own ways.
Venus will be in Scorpio until November 16.
Venus enters Scorpio
in NYC: Thurs, Oct 23, 4:52 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Oct 23, 1:52 pm
in London: Thurs, Oct 23, 9:52 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Oct 24, 4:52 am
in Sydney: Fri, Oct 24, 7:52 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 and
cooperate, 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 taking one’s place in the
community and being part of larger movements. 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 November 8.
Mercury entered Libra
in NYC: Fri, Oct 10, 1:26 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Oct 10, 10:26 am
in London: Fri, Oct 10, 6:26 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Oct 11, 1:26 am
in Sydney: Sat, Oct 11, 4:26 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 standards.
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, lasting value. They want to build
something solid and worthwhile.
Mars will be in Capricorn until December 4.
Mars entered Capricorn
in NYC: Sun, Oct 26, 6:42 am
in Vancouver: Sun, Oct 26, 3:42 am
in London: Sun, Oct 26, 10:42 am
in Singapore: Sun, Oct 26, 6:42 pm
in Sydney: Sun, Oct 26, 9:42 pm
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
It's pretty exciting. But it's definitely not a
calm influence. Everyone will need to
stop and take some deep breaths once in
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