July 29 to August 5, 2016
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 Gemini
in NYC: Thurs, July 28, 2:16 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, July 28, 11:16 am
in London: Thurs, July 28, 7:16 pm
in Singapore: Fri, July 29, 2:16 am
in Sydney: Fri, July 29, 4:16 am
moves into Cancer
in NYC: Sat, July 30, 5:08 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, July 30, 2:08 pm
in London: Sat, July 30, 10:08 pm
in Singapore: Sun, July 31, 5:08 am
in Sydney: Sun, July 31, 7:08 am
moves into Leo
in NYC: Mon, Aug 1, 9:11 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, Aug 1, 6:11 pm
in London: Tues, Aug 2, 2:11 am
in Singapore: Tues, Aug 2, 9:11 am
in Sydney: Tues, Aug 2, 11:11 am
moves into Virgo
in NYC: Thurs, Aug 4, 3:33 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, Aug 4, 12:33 am
in London: Thurs, Aug 4, 8:33 am
in Singapore: Thurs, Aug 4, 3:33 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, Aug 4, 5:33 pm
moves into Libra
in NYC: Sat, Aug 6, 12:56 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Aug 6, 9:56 am
in London: Sat, Aug 6, 5:56 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Aug 7, 12:56 am
in Sydney: Sun, Aug 7, 2:56 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
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.
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 plans.
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,
Saturn entered Sagittarius
in NYC: Thurs, Sept 17, 10:49 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Sept 17,
in London: Fri, Sept 18, 3:49 am
in Singapore: Fri, Sept 18,
in Sydney: Fri, Sept 18, 12:49 pm
The Current Lunar Cycle
This is an emotional lunar cycle. People are more
sensitive, more apt to cry at movies, to hug each other,
and to gush at every cute baby that passes by. The
Cancer influence is very strong at the new moon, so
there’s also a very strong attachment to home and
family. In the US, this new moon coincides with
Independence Day, so it should bring out all kinds of
high-pitched but heartfelt patriotic displays.
There’s also a bit of magic, since the sun and moon trine
the planet of poetry, Neptune. Neptune makes it very
easy to by hypnotized, and to enter altered states. You
go into an antique music store, and suddenly find
yourself playing the piano, even though you’ve never
taken lessons. Are you channeling some ancestor who
was an accomplished musician? This is the kind of thing
that can happen under this influence, and throughout the
All new moons are good for dreaming new possibilities
into life, and this one gives vivid and mesmerizing
dreams, so it’s especially good. So take some time to
visualize whatever makes you feel happiest, healthiest
and most fulfilled.
However, there’s also a close Saturn/Neptune square at
the new moon, and that can mean that it’s also easy to
be taken in. You could find a succession of clowns,
hucksters and charletons at your doorstep, or in your
inbox. Be cautious, and use your intuition freely. If
something doesn’t smell right, there’s a good chance it’s
all wrong for you, so let it pass by.
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on August
2. Its climactic moment is the full moon on July 19.
The new moon occurred
in NYC: Mon, July 4, 7:01 am
in Vancouver: Mon, July 4, 4:01 am
in London: Mon, July 4, 12:01 pm
in Singapore: Mon, July 4, 7:01 pm
in Sydney: Mon, July 4, 9:01 pm
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.
Desires are very 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 August 2.
Mars entered Scorpio
in NYC: Fri, May 27, 9:51 am
in Vancouver: Fri, May 27, 6:51 am
in London: Fri, May 27, 2:51 pm
in Singapore: Fri, May 27, 9:51 pm
in Sydney: Fri, May 27, 11:51 pm
Mercury is in Leo
This is all about the Voice of Authority. Some people have
it naturally, and they thrive when Mercury is in Leo. Other
people are shy and retiring, but they are also more likely to
speak up with confidence when Mercury is in this sign.
It’s not just about being sure you’re right – although
that’s definitely a good part of it. But Mercury in Leo offers
more, when it comes to communication skills. It gives
warmth, passion, enthusiasm, and honesty, and so people
find it easier to understand and appreciate each other.
Leo is not a cerebral sign, and so you pick up more from
body language and expression than you do from the actual
words. Shared experiences count more than anything
anybody says. And this is enough to kindle lasting
friendships and a few love affairs besides.
Leo is a very creative and expressive sign, so artists of all
kinds can enjoy Mercury in Leo. It’s especially good for
performance artists, since Leo is so dramatic. Singers and
poets can move people not just by the words but by the
tone and nuance and rhythm of their voices.
However, there are likely to be more arguments during this
Mercury sign, because the sense of being right gets
notched up to a new level. There’s more ego invested in
the things people say and believe. It definitely helps that
Mercury in Leo also inclines to laughter, although it won’t
necessarily deescalate conflict if you laugh in your
opponent’s face. But later, when you’re talking about it,
laughter is good.
Mercury will be here until July 30.
Mercury entered Leo
in NYC: Weds, July 13, 8:46 pm
in Vancouver: Weds, July 13, 5:46 pm
in London: Thurs, July 14, 1:46 am
in Singapore: Thurs, July 14, 8:46 am
in Sydney: Thurs, July 14, 10:46 am
Venus is in Leo
Venus is at her most charming, flamboyant and dramatic in
the fire sign Leo. You’re more inclined to adorn yourself
with diamonds and flowers, and to put in an appearance at
the swankiest places you know. Even if you’re generally a
modest soul, Venus in Leo can give a sudden desire to
shine, to see what center stage feels like.
Everybody gets a moment in the sun while Venus is here.
There’s a stronger emphasis on expressing yourself, and
this means singing, dancing, flirting, partying, playing,
performing. Whatever you do, you have an appreciative
audience. And you, in turn, enjoy the high energy and the
varied talents of all the people around you. Whether you’re
croaking out a tune at a karaoke bar, or singing around a
campfire, you join in with a good spirit.
For lovers, this is a romantic time, good for stirring
proclamations of ardor. Everyone is warmer and more
excitable, and spontaneous demonstrations of affection
come easily. You’re also likely to think of the perfect gifts
for the ones you love.
Those who tend to be domineering or demanding will be
more so under this influence, however. So at times, there
may be some need to set limits, to say “no”, and to take
space for yourself.
Venus will be here until August 5.
Venus entered Leo
in NYC: Tues, July 12, 1:34 am
in Vancouver: Mon, July 11, 10:34 pm
in London: Tues, July 12, 6:34 am
in Singapore: Tues, July 12, 1:34 pm
in Sydney: Tues, July 12, 3:34 pm
Jupiter is in Virgo
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 so the coming year will be more
practical and realistic. Virgo is an analytic,
discriminating, perceptive sign.
People will generally become geekier, more
interested in science and technology, and this
will make for a welcome change. This could be
the year when climate change finally is
accepted as fact, and when there’s a stronger
push towards practical solutions. People will
work harder, and often they’ll work together, to
preserve the environment that shelters and
nurtures us all.
There will be less of an emphasis on belief
systems, and more of an emphasis on things
that can improve people’s lives in the moment.
And instead of flashy things giving status,
people will gain more status from living in a
green, sustainable, somewhat rustic way. This
is a good year for working out all sorts of
alternate systems to replace the ones that are
falling apart, or that never worked well to begin
Health will be an important theme this year. As
people understand more about what makes for
health, hopefully there will be a gradual
recognition that what’s good for big business is
often bad for the public health. It’s not a
flashy, revolutionary year, so this might not
manifest in a big revolt. However, a lot of small
choices could add up to some big changes.
The shadow side of Jupiter in Virgo is a
tendency to be a bit too much of a purist about
everything. Health nuts will be nuttier, and
techno-geeks will be geekier. Everybody is
looking for something that works, and when
they find it, they will have a hard time
understanding why everybody else
doesn’t adopt this perfect system, practice or
technology. At least the arguments will involve
lots of graphs and research results, rather
than personal insults.
Jupiter will be here until September 9, 2016.
Jupiter entered Virgo.
in NYC: Tues, Aug 11, 7:11 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Aug 11, 4:11 am
in London: Tues, Aug 11, 12:11 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Aug 11, 7:11 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Aug 11, 9:11 pm
The sun is in Leo
The sun is exuberant in its own sign, Leo.
Everyone is encouraged to live a little bit
more loudly: to be more dramatic, to express
themselves, to shine. People who are
comfortable in the spotlight are even happier
to be there when the sun is in Leo. People
who are shyer gain confidence as they see
how much fun everybody else is having. And
audiences are also greatly appreciated when
the sun is in this sign.
This is a nice time for children, and it brings
out the child in all of us. It’s a time to soak up
the sun, to be free and playful, to sing and
dance, to clown around, to climb trees and
look at the view from above. Everything is out
in the open, there’s freedom and high spirits
and bright colors, and people are living for
There can also be quite a lot of jousting while
the sun is here. Some battles for dominance
are just for show, but others are quite
serious. This is the time when the alpha dog
may have to deal with a lot of challenges from
the lesser dogs. There is more posturing,
and social events may become fabulous and
outrageous affairs during the
sun’s sojourn in Leo.
The sun will be here until August 22.
The sun entered Leo
in NYC: Fri, July 22, 5:30 am
in Vancouver: Fri, July 22, 2:30 am
in London: Fri, July 22, 10:30 am
in Singapore: Fri, July 22, 5:30 pm
in Sydney: Fri, July 22, 7:30 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 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 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-
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
Mercury enters Virgo
Mercury is at home in Virgo, one of the signs it
rules. Everybody becomes more organized,
analytical and methodical, and a little more
conscious of the objects around them. Even
normally untidy people may feel a sudden urge to
organize the spice-rack, or wash their sheets, or
recycle all their newspapers.
It’s a good time to look at the smaller issues, and
figure out how they all fit together and form bigger
issues. Small parts make up a smooth, unified
whole. Everything has a place, and when things
are in their places, and functioning as they’re
meant to function, it all goes more smoothly.
Mercury’s passage through Virgo is a good time to
deal head-on with health issues. How is your
nutrition, how is your level of exercise, are you
doing things to combat stress? This is a good time
to fix anything that isn’t working well, in relation to
your body or your lifestyle.
It’s also good for mending things around the
house, and for working in the garden. And it lends
itself to an efficient bout of summer cleaning.
There’s a focus on figuring out definite, practical
answers to specific questions. The main danger of
Mercury in Virgo is that details can be so involving
that you don’t see the whole picture. If you spend
hours on some small task, making everything
perfect, you may not have time to get to more
Mercury will be here until October 7.
Mercury enters Virgo
in NYC: Sat, July 30, 2:18 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, July 30, 11:18 am
in London: Sat, July 30, 7:18 pm
in Singapore: Sun, July 31, 2:18 am
in Sydney: Sun, July 31, 4:18 am
Venus enters Virgo
As Venus enters this earth sign, work becomes
more enjoyable. You find it easier to be 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
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
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 “fixed”.
Venus will be in Virgo until August 29.
Venus enters Virgo
in NYC: Fri, Aug 5, 11:26 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Aug 5, 8:26 am
in London: Fri, Aug 5, 4:26 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Aug 5, 11:26 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Aug 6, 1:26 am
The Next Lunar Cycle
The Leo full moon always gives creative energy,
and gives a certain air of celebration. You
express yourself in a stronger, brighter, more
confident way. You’re more willful and passionate.
At the same time, the sun and moon are closely
inconjunct Neptune at this new moon, and this
adds a bit of hesitation to the bold Leo approach.
You may act like you know what you’re doing, but
you’re not absolutely sure. You’re more sensitive,
more aware of odd feelings and sensations and
So this lunar cycle is an odd mix of certainty and
uncertainty. You’re ready to charge, to take on all
challenges, to master your environment. But
you’re not all that sure of your objective. You may
have some very basic existential questions that
keep tripping you up. What are you doing here
anyhow? What’s it all about?
There’s a strong Virgo contingent during this lunar
cycle, and this helps you get organized. This
doesn’t make the existential questions go away,
but it means you can distract yourself by making
lists of what you want to get done. It’s a fiery lunar
cycle, so you’re action-oriented. Even when
you’re not sure where you’re going, you’re in a
hurry to get there.
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
September 1. Its climactic moment is the full moon
on August 18.
The new moon occurs
in NYC: Tues, Aug 2, 4:44 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Aug 2, 1:44 pm
in London: Tues, Aug 2, 9:44 pm
in Singapore: Weds, Aug 3, 4:44 am
in Sydney: Weds, Aug 3, 6:44 am
Mars enters Sagittarius
In this fire sign, Mars really cuts loose. There’s lots of energy
and excitement, and you can have some riveting experiences.
This is the best Mars signs for travel, and for expanding your
horizons in definite, physical ways. You don’t want to hang out
at home. You want to see what’s out there in the world; you
want to explore, to try your luck.
Mars in Sagittarius can mean a lot more distractions than
usual. You’re distracted by all the exciting things happening
around you, as well as by your own impulses. There can be a
“feast or famine” energy about this Mars sign, so that you rush
around madly until you’re totally exhausted, and then you
drop. You need to figure out ways to pace yourself and to
direct your energy more efficiently.
It can also give a stronger tendency to escape from any
situation that doesn’t seem congenial in the moment. If you’re
bored, or if you feel oppressed, or if people are demanding
too much of you, you can be out the door without a backwards
glance. If you have escapist tendencies in your chart anyway,
it’s especially easy to pull this kind of vanishing act. If you’re
usually very solid and reliable, you may surprise yourself with
some of your fantasies and impulses.
Mars will be in Sagittarius until September 27.
Mars enters Sagittarius
in NYC: Tues, Aug 2, 1:49 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Aug 2, 10:49 am
in London: Tues, Aug 2, 6:49 pm
in Singapore: Weds, Aug 3, 1:49 am
in Sydney: Weds, Aug 3, 3:49 am