May 18 to June 2, 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 Libra
in NYC: Mon, May 16, 1:32 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, May 16, 10:32 am
in London: Mon, May 16, 6:32 pm
in Singapore: Tues, May 17, 1:32 am
in Sydney: Tues, May 17, 3:32 am
moves into Scorpio
in NYC: Thurs, May 19, 2:29 am
in Vancouver: Weds, May 18, 11:29 pm
in London: Thurs, May 19, 7:29 am
in Singapore: Thurs, May 19, 2:29 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, May 19, 4:29 pm
moves into Sagittarius
in NYC: Sat, May 21, 2:48 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, May 21, 11:48 am
in London: Sat, May 21, 7:48 pm
in Singapore: Sun, May 22, 2:48 am
in Sydney: Sun, May 22, 4:48 am
moves into Capricorn
in NYC: Tues, May 24, 1:33 am
in Vancouver: Mon, May 23, 10:33 pm
in London: Tues, May 24, 6:33 am
in Singapore: Tues, May 24, 1:33 pm
in Sydney: Tues, May 24, 3:33 pm
moves into Aquarius
in NYC: Thurs, May 26, 10:26 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, May 26, 7:26 am
in London: Thurs, May 26, 3:26 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, May 26, 10:26 pm
in Sydney: Fri, May 27, 12:26 am
moves into Pisces
in NYC: Sat, May 28, 5:06 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, May 28, 2:06 pm
in London: Sat, May 28, 10:06 pm
in Singapore: Sun, May 29, 5:06 am
in Sydney: Sun, May 29, 7:06 am
moves into Aries
in NYC: Mon, May 30, 9:09 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, May 30, 6:09 pm
in London: Tues, May 31, 2:09 am
in Singapore: Tues, May 31, 9:09 am
in Sydney: Tues, May 31,11:09 am
moves into Taurus
in NYC: Weds, June 1, 10:46 pm
in Vancouver: Weds, June 1, 7:46 pm
in London: Thurs, June 2, 3:46 am
in Singapore: Thurs, June 2, 10:46 am
in Sydney: Thurs, June 2, 12:46 pm
moves into Gemini
in NYC: Fri, June 3, 11:01 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, June 3, 8:01 pm
in London: Sat, June 4, 4:01 am
in Singapore: Sat, June 4, 11:01 am
in Sydney: Sat, June 4, 1:01 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
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.
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
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 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
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 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 strengthening.
It’s also a good time to live in the moment, though.
This earthy sign is very sensual, and 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 entered Taurus
in NYC: Tues, Apr 19, 11:29 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Apr 19, 8:29 am
in London: Tues, Apr 19, 4:29 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Apr 19, 11:29 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Apr 20, 1:29 am
The Current Lunar Cycle
This is a fairly sedate new moon. The emphasis
is on earth, so people generally take this lunar
cycle to do practical things. It’s a good time to
build something, or add to your foundation one
way or another. This could mean putting money
in the bank, or tending your garden, or getting a
health check-up. Since Mercury is retrograde
throughout most of this lunar cycle, it’s better for
going back and fixing things from the past, rather
than starting new projects.
However, there’s a nice great trine involving the
sun/moon/Mercury in Taurus, Jupiter in Virgo, and
Pluto in Capricorn. So a lot of positive things can
spring from this time. You might choose to do
something quite ambitious, and you’ll come at it in
a grounded, pragmatic way, with a realistic sense
of what’s possible. With this mental clarity, and
with support from the community, you can
accomplish a great deal.
Not everything is easy for everyone during this
time, though. With the Jupiter/Saturn square,
there are some big economic adjustments
happening, and for some people, this means that
some source of income could dry up. But
because of the positive aspects, this is a pretty
good time to make changes, and to strike out in
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
June 4. Its climactic moment is the full moon on
The new moon occurred
in NYC: Fri, May 6, 3:29 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, May 6, 12:29 pm
in London: Fri, May 6, 8:29 pm
in Singapore: Sat, May 7, 3:29 am
in Sydney: Sat, May 7, 5:29 am
Mars is Retrograde
Mars retrograde doesn’t tend to be as disruptive as
Mercury retrograde, but it can mean less effective,
focused action. In Sagittarius, Mars is impulsive, but
while it’s retrograde, impulses may send you in a
completely wrong direction. Or at least, it can seem like
a wrong direction in the moment.
You’re intending to rush forward, but instead you find
yourself shooting back into the past. All the people you’
ve ever been mad at, you find yourself annoyed at once
more. Everything that’s ever frustrated you is now
frustrating you again. Old obstacles show up. Or
without thinking, you repeat mistakes you’ve made
This can drive you crazy, until you realize that you need
to slow down and stop over-reacting to everything. What
are you supposed to learn from this? It’s a good time to
pause, look around you, and draw some conclusions.
When you’re still, your viewpoint widens, until you can
see patterns that you never saw before, and make more
viable plans for the future.
Anger is never simple, and less so now than usual. If
you’re used to robustly defending yourself, you may
suddenly recognize that you haven’t been entirely
blameless. If you’ve been feeling like a victim, you may
notice the ways in which you’ve let that happen. If you’ve
run away from scary situations in the past, you may find
ways to move towards them, and face what you’ve
Mars goes direct again on June 29.
Mars goes retrograde
in NYC: Sun, Apr 17, 8:13 am
in Vancouver: Sun, Apr 17, 5:13 am
in London: Sun, Apr 17, 1:13 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Apr 17, 8:13 pm
in Sydney: Sun, Apr 17, 10:13 pm
Mars is in 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
Mars will be in Sagittarius until May 27.
Mars entered Sagittarius
in NYC: Sat, Mar 5, 9:28 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Mar 5, 6:28 pm
in London: Sun, Mar 6, 2:28 am
in Singapore: Sun, Mar 6, 10:28 am
in Sydney: Sun, Mar 6, 1:28 pm
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 easy.
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 nature. 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 May 24.
Venus entered Taurus
in NYC: Fri, Apr 29, 8:35 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Apr 29, 5:35 pm
in London: Sat, Apr 30, 1:35 am
in Singapore: Sat, Apr 30, 8:35 am
in Sydney: Sat, Apr 30, 10:35 am
The sun enters Gemini
The mind is really active when the sun goes
through Gemini. Ideas proliferate, and beg to be
written down or thoroughly talked over. Everyone
is more interested in the latest news, gossip, and
information, and these things spread with record-
It’s an especially good time for writers, especially
writers of short forms, but it’s good for anyone
whose focus is communication. Musicians write
catchy tunes, researchers find out new and telling
facts, community organizers find it easier to gather
people together, and students are eager to follow
any interesting trail of knowledge. But if a subject
is boring, students will be doodling, passing notes,
or playing on their cell phones. Everyone is more
easily distracted when the sun is in Gemini.
This is a playful sign, great for solving puzzles and
meeting mental challenges. People are friendlier,
lighter and funnier, more inclined to wordplay and
to retelling the latest jokes. People meet
spontaneously, getting into the spirit of the
moment. Everyone wants to keep their options
open, to have lots of free time and an abundance
of choices. People are busy, but not because they’
re working themselves to death. They’re more
likely to be busy having fun.
The sun will be in Gemini until June 20.
The sun enters Gemini
in NYC: Fri, May 20, 10:36 am
in Vancouver: Fri, May 20, 7:36 am
in London: Fri, May 20, 3:36 pm
in Singapore: Fri, May 20, 10:36 pm
in Sydney: Sat, May 21, 12:36 am
Mercury is in Taurus
Mercury, the planet of thought, speech, writing
and learning, is calmer and more stable in
Taurus. It’s easier to retain what you learn. In
fact, you want to chew everything over more
thoroughly, to figure out how it really applies to
your life. You’re not as excitable as you were
when Mercury was in Aries, not as prone to
And so this can be a time when you get a lot
done. You take your responsibilities seriously,
and deal with whatever mental task you’ve
been given in a thorough, definite way. People
know they can count on you to be honest, to
finish a job on time, to be where you say you’ll
be. People who are normally a bit flaky will find
themselves more grounded, less prone to
wandering off and getting into trouble.
However, if you’re normally mired in routine,
you’ll be more so during Mercury’s passage
through Taurus. Habit is so pleasantly
familiar. Why fix what isn’t broken? Of course,
a new direction might be good, but then again,
it could open up a whole new can of worms.
You can talk yourself out of anything – outside
of food and sleep – during this period.
Communication impasses can also be
lengthier, because people are less likely to
give an inch while Taurus is in this fixed sign. If
it makes sense, it makes sense, and that’s all
there is to it. You may want to ask yourself
occasionally whether it’s time to compromise, at
least a little bit.
Mercury will be in Taurus until June
Mercury entered Taurus
in NYC: Tues, Apr 5, 7:09 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Apr 5, 4:09 pm
in London: Weds, Apr 6, 12:09 am
in Singapore: Weds, Apr 6, 7:09 am
in Sydney: Weds, Apr 6, 9:09 am
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,
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 with.
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
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
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 else.
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 enmeshed.
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 June 17.
Venus enters Gemini
in NYC: Tues, May 24, 5:44 am
in Vancouver: Tues, May 24, 1:44 am
in London: Tues, May 24, 10:44 am
in Singapore: Tues, May 24, 5:44 pm
in Sydney: Tues, May 24, 7:44 pm
Mercury is Retrograde
Taurus is a slow, cautious sign in general, and
when Mercury goes retrograde here,
movement tends to be quite sluggish. A lot of
things are on hold, while we wait to see what
happens. People are hedging their bets,
checking the weather, whiling away the time.
Communication can get bogged down at this
time, and answers to everything may be slow in
coming. It’s also easier to make mistakes.
Even though you’re more careful than usual, it
may be harder to deal with distractions,
irritants, and interruptions, and so you could
forget to go back and recheck something.
So this is not the most efficient time, and it’s
better not to have inflated ambitions. If you get
even half of those things on your list done, you’
re doing very well. It’s best for routine,
physical tasks, and it’s especially good for
things you started earlier (like cleaning out the
attic) and somehow never got back to.
At the same time, it’s not the greatest time for
throwing things out, because you’re more
retentive under this sign. You’re cleaning out
a closet, and you come to your stuffed
penguin, and you think, “Yeah, I’ve got to hang
on to this for the grandchildren,” even if you
don’t have any kids yet. Or you unearth your
old sumi painting kit, and you decide to take it
up again. Will you, really? Who knows? But
that’s your intention, right now.
So you may spend a certain amount of time
gazing nostalgically at the past under this
influence. When a decision about present
action comes to you, you ask yourself, “Is this
a careful use of my time, energy and money?”
and “Does this really have to be done now?”
Half the time, you end up putting it aside for a
more favorable moment – and that may be the
Mercury goes direct again on May 22.
Mercury goes retrograde
in NYC: Thurs, Apr 28, 1:19 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Apr 28, 10:19 am
in London: Thurs, Apr 28, 6:19 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Apr 29, 1:19 am
in Sydney: Fri, Apr 29, 3:19 am
Mars enters 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.
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