October 14 to 21, 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 Pisces
in NYC: Weds, Oct 12, 8:43 am
in Vancouver: Weds, Oct 12, 5:43 am
in London: Weds, Oct 12, 1:43 pm
in Singapore: Weds, Oct 12, 8:43 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Oct 12, 11:43 pm
moves into Aries
in NYC: Fri, Oct 14, 11:08 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Oct 14, 8:08 am
in London: Fri, Oct 14, 4:08 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Oct 14, 11:08 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Oct 15, 2:08 am
moves into Taurus
in NYC: Sun, Oct 16, 11:04 am
in Vancouver: Sun, Oct 16, 8:04 am
in London: Sun, Oct 16, 4:04 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Oct 16, 11:04 pm
in Sydney: Mon, Oct 17, 2:04 am
moves into Gemini
in NYC: Tues, Oct 18, 10:29 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Oct 18, 7:29 am
in London: Tues, Oct 18, 3:29 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Oct 18, 10:29 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Oct 19, 1:29 am
moves into Cancer
in NYC: Thurs, Oct 20, 11:28 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, Oct 20, 8:28 am
in London: Thurs, Oct 20, 4:28 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, Oct 20, 11:28 pm
in Sydney: Fri, Oct 21, 2:28 am
moves into Leo
in NYC: Sat, Oct 22, 3:34 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Oct 22, 12:34 pm
in London: Sat, Oct 22, 8:34 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Oct 23, 3:34 am
in Sydney: Sun, Oct 23, 6:34 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.
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
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
Jupiter is in Libra
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 during the coming year, the
emphasis will be on relationships, and on finding the balance
between opposing viewpoints.
Libra is, at its best, a cooperative, egalitarian, altruistic sign,
giving an emphasis on what’s right. So we can hope that the
year will be dedicated to promoting peace and justice in the
world. There will be more negotiating, more processing, more
Libra is all about the way we treat each other, and so the
focus will be on courtesy, manners and protocol. To some,
this will seem curiously bloodless, but there is also a beauty to
urban ritual. Because Libra is such a social influence, these
repeating patterns allow us all to interact without bruising each
Libra is not a sign of extremes. And yet sometimes the Libran
emphasis on justice and equality can lead people to radical
acts. It can be a strongly humanistic sign, with an inherent
belief in the value of human effort and understanding. So we
are likely to see some people, and some groups, that take a
strong stand for a better world, and that don’t back down.
Libra has a shadow side too. It’s the sign that gives the
strongest desire to be liked, and so we could also see a lot
more political pandering under this sign. Social scenes may
become even more intricate tangles of who’s in and who’s
out. And this sign, which is so egalitarian at its best, can also
be quite prejudiced, since certain people may seem to fit
better into the group. They’re read as more civilized, but the
truth may be that they’re just easier to label.
This is an air sign, so it has to do with mental constructions.
Libra emphasizes culture, so Jupiter in Libra could indicate an
upsurge in the arts. Art could become more formal, more
mannered, and more graceful. The Grecian urn is the most
Libran of art forms: perfection for its own sake, unrelated to
Jupiter will be here until October 10, 2017.
Jupiter entered Libra
in NYC: Fri, Sept 9, 2016, 7:18 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Sept 9, 2016, 4:18 am
in London: Fri, Sept 9, 2016, 12:18 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Sept 9, 2016, 7:18 pm
in Sydney: Fri, Sept 9, 2016, 9:18 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
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 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
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 cooperative.
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
The sun will be in Libra until October 22.
The sun entered Libra
in NYC: Thurs, Sept 22, 10:21 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, Sept 22, 7:21 am
in London: Thurs, Sept 22, 3:21 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, Sept 22, 10:21 pm
in Sydney: Fri, Sept 23, 12:21 am
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, and to
keep the doors to your heart open. Everyone needs to
feel safe, and people come to this in their own ways.
Venus will be in Scorpio until October 18.
Venus entered Scorpio
in NYC: Fri, Sept 23, 10:50 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Sept 23, 7:50 am
in London: Fri, Sept 23, 3:50 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Sept 23, 10:50 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Sept 24, 12:50 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,
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 looks like a fairly benign lunar cycle. The
sun and moon aren’t far from the protective
planet Jupiter, and so generally there’s a more
peaceful and cooperative feeling in the air.
People will work out ways to get along with each
other. There’s an emphasis on win/win
There is a certain vagueness and drift about this
lunar cycle, though, since the sun and moon are
also closely inconjunct Neptune. There are some
things that are going well, in an effortless way,
and other things that are a bit tangled up. People
may be more passive than usual, caught up in
nostalgic longings or ambivalent feelings.
The Saturn/Neptune square is still strong this
lunar cycle, and adds to the general air of
confusion. Illusions are strong, but
disillusionment is also a common theme right
now. Lots of people are breaking out of trance
states, and don’t quite know where they are. But
there are still others who continue to be well and
The lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
October 30. Its climactic moment is the full moon
on October 16.
The new moon occurred
in NYC: Fri, Sept 30, 8:11 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Sept 30, 5:11 pm
in London: Sat, Oct 1, 1:11 am
in Singapore: Sat, Oct 1, 8:11 am
in Sydney: Sat, Oct 1, 10:11 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, and lasting value.
They want to build something solid and
worthwhile. And in the process, they don’t want
to waste any time or materials.
Mars will be in Capricorn until November 9.
Mars entered Capricorn
in NYC: Tues, Sept 27, 4:06 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Sept 27, 1:06 am
in London: Tues, Sept 27, 5:06 am
in Singapore: Tues, Sept 27, 4:06 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Sept 27, 6:06 pm
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 individually.
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
Mercury will be here until October 24.
Mercury entered Libra
in NYC: Fri, Oct 7, 3:55 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Oct 7, 12:55 am
in London: Fri, Oct 7, 5:55 am
in Singapore: Fri, Oct 7, 12:55 pm
in Sydney: Fri, Oct 7, 3:55 pm
Venus enters Sagittarius
When Venus, planet of pleasure, enters Sagittarius,
the urge for excitement becomes stronger. If you’re
usually a friendly, extroverted person, you’ll be even
more so. You may dress more flamboyantly, eat
and drink with more abandon, and generally party
on. If you’re normally shy and withdrawn, you could
still get drawn into all the fun times that other people
In relationships, there’s more generosity, more
entertainment, more passion, and more room for
everyone to express themselves. Things could get
tempestuous occasionally, since people are more
impulsive. But when there’s good will, things can be
worked through. And there’s more good will these
This is a good time for travel, especially if you can
really cut loose and enjoy your new situation. You’
re curious about everything and everyone, and you
really want to experience the world.
Venus will be in Sagittarius until November
Venus enters Sagittarius
in NYC: Tues, Oct 18, 3:01 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Oct 18, 12:01 am
in London: Tues, Oct 18, 8:01 am
in Singapore: Tues, Oct 18, 3:01 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Oct 18, 6:01 pm