December 6 to 13, 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 Aries
in NYC: Thurs, Dec 5, 2:44 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Dec 5, 11:44 am
in London: Thurs, Dec 5, 7:44 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Dec 6, 3:44 am
in Sydney: Fri, Dec 6, 6:44 am
moves into Taurus
in NYC: Sun, Dec 8, 2:29 am
in Vancouver: Sat, Dec 7, 11:29 pm
in London: Sun, Dec 8, 7:29 am
in Singapore: Sun, Dec 8, 3:29 pm
in Sydney: Sun, Dec 8, 6:29 am
moves into Gemini
in NYC: Tues, Dec 10, 11:47 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Dec 10, 8:47 am
in London: Tues, Dec 10, 4:47 pm
in Singapore: Weds, Dec 11, 12:47 am
in Sydney: Weds, Dec 11, 3:47 am
moves into Cancer
in NYC: Thurs, Dec 12, 6:23 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Dec 12, 3:23 pm
in London: Thurs, Dec 12, 11:23 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Dec 13, 7:23 am
in Sydney: Fri, Dec 13, 10:23 am
moves into Leo
in NYC: Sat, Dec 14, 10:56 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Dec 14, 7:56 pm
in London: Sun, Dec 15, 3:56 am
in Singapore: Sun, Dec 15, 11:56 am
in Sydney: Sun, Dec 15, 2:56 pm
Mercury is in 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 buried truths.
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 positively
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 December 9.
Mercury entered Scorpio
in NYC: Fri, Oct 4, 4:14 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Oct 4, 1:14 am
in London: Fri, Oct 4, 9:14 am
in Singapore: Fri, Oct 4, 4:14 pm
in Sydney: Fri, Oct 4, 6:14 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
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,
in London: Weds, Dec 20,
in Singapore: Weds, Dec 20,
in Sydney: Weds, Dec 20,
The sun is in Sagittarius
With the sun in this fiery sign, things get
exciting. As always at this time of year, it’s a
good time for parties, celebrations, feasts, and
community events. Sagittarius is enthusiastic,
gregarious, extravagant, and optimistic, but
there’s some tendency to go to extremes (in a
friendly and good-natured way).
This is also a good time for travel. People are
eager for all kinds of new experiences, and they’
re more willing to get away from the usual
routine and do something wild and adventurous.
Political arguments can get very heated at this
time. Sagittarius is a sign of inspiration and
discovery, and when people feel that they have
found The Way, they want to turn everybody
else on to their new vision of the world. This is
also the sign of philosophers, and you may find
one on every street-corner during this time.
Everyone is thinking bigger. People who are
normally idealistic are now thinking of ways to
save the world, and they want to jump into this
world-saving business in an active way. People
who are normally cautious and prosaic are
reconsidering their more outrageous impulses.
The sun will be in Sagittarius until December 21.
The sun entered Sagittarius
in NYC: Fri, Nov 22, 9:59 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Nov 22, 6:59 am
in London: Fri, Nov 22, 2:59 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Nov 22, 10:59 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Nov 23, 1:59 am
Mars is in Scorpio
Mars is more intense in Scorpio, more dramatic,
and more emotional. Everyone feels more
strongly about everything, and people are more
likely to go to extremes. There will be more
laughing and crying, more explosions, more
colorful reactions of all kinds.
However, this is also a time when you can
channel your energies very powerfully and
persistently towards one particular goal. You are
determined, focused, stubborn, and intractable.
When you want to do something, no matter how
difficult it is, you call up reserves of strength and
you are able to manage it. When your desires
and your will come together, it’s a formidable
Desires are especially strong with Mars in this
sign, and the sexual atmosphere could get a bit
dense at times. Whatever is forbidden holds a
particular allure. If you usually have a hard time
with impulse control, it will be harder when Mars
is in Scorpio, and you might want to ask your
crew-mates to lash you to the mast. If you’re
normally very restrained, you might be surprised
at the things you feel a sudden urge to do.
Mars will be here until January 3.
Mars entered Scorpio
in NYC: Tues, Nov 19, 2:40 am
in Vancouver: Mon, Nov 18, 11:40 pm
in London: Tues, Nov 19, 7:40 am
in Singapore: Tues, Nov 19, 3:40 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Nov 19, 6:40 pm
The Current Lunar Cycle
Sagittarius is a fiery, impulsive sign, and this fits in with
the celebrations of the holidays. But it’s also a sign that
gives a long view - a view of the future, a philosophical
overview. So people will be engaged in the search for
meaning during the coming lunar cycle.
However, this is not the most stable time in the world. At
the new moon, the sun and moon are inconjunct
Uranus, planet of sudden change. In addition, Mars is
closely opposed to Uranus. So quite a few things could
turn upside down during this lunar cycle.
Deep secrets could be revealed. Finances could
suddenly shift. Sexual politics could alter things. There
are some energies that have been coming to a head,
and they could explode. People may find themselves
searching for all the signs that they previously ignored,
and trying to figure out what the new normal is.
The only stabilizing factor in this lunar cycle is that there’
s a lot of earth. So most people are still thinking things
over and trying to figure out what’s essential. Some
folks are rushing full stream ahead, while others hang
back and resist even necessary changes. Everybody
wants to put all these changes in context, to figure out
whether things are dramatically improving or completely
falling apart – and the answer is not yet clear.
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
December 26. Its climactic moment is the full moon on
The new moon occurs
in NYC: Tues, Nov 26, 10:05 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Nov 26, 7:05 am
in London: Tues, Nov 26, 3:05 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Nov 26, 11:05 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Nov 27, 2:05 am
Venus is in Capricorn
This is not the most congenial place for the
planet of pleasure, but there are some
benefits. You can experience the pleasure in
getting organized, in accomplishing important
goals, in adding more structure and
accountability to your life.
When it comes to relationships, Venus is more
pragmatic than romantic in this sign. Even if
you’ve just met someone, you may find yourself
talking about life-goals, and making plans to
introduce them to your parents. This could
dampen the mood, but it could also expedite
matters, if you’re both looking for something
beyond the moment.
Capricorn is an earth sign, so this is an
excellent time for creative work that emphasizes
structure, such as pottery or architecture. It’s
good for reusing old materials, and it’s also
good for going back to more traditional forms.
You may find yourself mining your older work,
looking for possibilities that you left behind.
Capricorn is a sign that hates waste, and so it
uses everything in multiple ways.
Venus will be here until December 20.
Venus entered Capricorn
in NYC: Mon, Nov 25, 7:28 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, Nov 25, 4:28 pm
in London: Tues, Nov 26, 12:28 am
in Singapore: Tues, Nov 26, 8:28 am
in Sydney: Tues, Nov 26, 11:28 am
Jupiter is in Capricorn
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 Capricorn is a pragmatic, disciplined earth
sign. It’s not a particularly optimistic sign, and so
it’s not always a good fit for this exuberant planet.
For many people, the coming year will feel harder,
This is a good sign when it comes to surviving,
however. Whatever the year brings – climate
change disasters, economic ups and downs –
people are more likely to seize on practical, viable
solutions. There will be an emphasis on preserving
energy and resources, reusing things, and
Old things will be valued more while Jupiter is in this
sign, and this includes older skills and traditions.
People will be learning from their elders, learning
from books, and taking classes, as they study up on
all the skills that kept people alive before the
Industrial Revolution. Inventive people will be
constructing things that help people in immediate
The realism of Capricorn can help everyone
survive, but it doesn’t always offer a hopeful vision
of the future. There’s a sense that we have to go
slowly, painstakingly, with a lot of discipline and a
certain amount of deprivation. There may be less
energy given to pleasure, romance and the arts.
However, long-term strategy is one of Capricorn’s
gifts, and so there could be some steady progress
this year. There could be new structures and
systems for work, for agriculture, for waste
management, and for health care. Foundational
texts – such as the Bible and the Constitution –
could be changed in some practical ways. (Maybe
we’ll get an amendment that does away with the
electoral college.) Historical preservation is likely to
proceed at a good pace.
The shadow side of Jupiter in Capricorn is a
preference for hierarchy and tradition over anything
new and innovative. In our current world, this could
be disastrous. But as I said, Capricorn is a good
sign for survival, and it’s also a realistic sign. So I’m
thinking that, when they’re really needed, working
solutions will be proposed and put into practice.
And, in general, paring down isn’t a bad idea at this
point in history.
Jupiter will be here until December 19, 2020.
Jupiter entered Capricorn
in NYC: Mon, Dec 2, 1:20 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, Dec 2, 11:20 am
in London: Mon, Dec 2, 6:20 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Dec 3, 2:20 am
in Sydney: Tues, Dec 3, 5:20 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.
Mercury enters 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
Mercury enters Sagittarius
in NYC: Mon, Dec 9, 4:41 am
in Vancouver: Mon, Dec 9, 1:41 am
in London: Mon, Dec 9, 9:41 am
in Singapore: Mon, Dec 9, 5:41 pm
in Sydney: Mon, Dec 9, 8:41 pm
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
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
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
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
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
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