March 27 to April 3, 2017
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: Mon, 27 Mar, 10:10 am
in Vancouver: Mon, 27 Mar, 7:10 am
in London: Mon, 27 Mar, 3:10 pm
in Singapore: Tues, 28 Mar, 12:57 am
in Sydney: Tues, 28 Mar, 3:57 am
moves into Taurus
in NYC: Weds, Mar 29, 11:47 am
in Vancouver: Weds, Mar 29, 8:47 am
in London: Weds, Mar 29, 4:47 pm
in Singapore: Weds, Mar 29, 11:47 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, Mar 30, 2:47 am
moves into Gemini
in NYC: Fri, Mar 31, 12:40 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Mar 31, 9:40 am
in London: Fri, Mar 31, 5:40 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Apr 1, 12:40 am
in Sydney: Sat, Apr 1, 3:40 am
moves into Cancer
in NYC: Sun, Apr 2, 2:26 pm
in Vancouver: Sun, Apr 2, 11:26 am
in London: Sun, Apr 2, 7:26 pm
in Singapore: Mon, Apr 3, 2:26 am
in Sydney: Mon, Apr 3, 6:26 am
moves into Leo
in NYC: Tues, Apr 4, 6:13 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Apr 4, 3:13 pm
in London: Tues, Apr 4, 11:13 pm
in Singapore: Weds, Apr 5, 6:13 am
in Sydney: Weds, Apr 5, 10:13 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
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
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
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
Venus is in Aries
Romantic passion has its day, with Venus in this sign. If
you ever wanted to write a love sonnet, now is the time.
You’re more spontaneous and impetuous than usual, and
if writing sonnets isn’t your thing, you might just blurt out
the way you feel. Later on, you may wonder how you
managed to be so bold! But the good side of this is that
you get your answer right away, and you can move on if
the object of your interest isn’t in the same place.
All lovers are a little friskier under this influence, even if
they’ve been together a long time. Everybody is looking
for a little more excitement in their lives.
It’s also a great time for artists, as the urge for creative
self-expression is very strong. There’s an
autobiographical feel about Venus in Aries, and this will
come through in any media. You’re drawing yourself, or
doing comedy about your own life, or putting your
feelings into interpretive dance. Whatever you’re doing,
it’s an exploration of what it means to be you – and what
it means to be human – and the honesty and spontaneity
of your work engages your audience.
When it comes to pleasure, you want to do things that
are different while Venus is here. You want to try
something you’ve never done before, something that will
engage your body and spirit. You might go out and do
the tango, or climb a cliff, or learn something about
rocket science, and even if it challenges you, it will be
Venus will be in Aries until April 2. .
Venus entered Aries
in NYC: Fri, Feb 3, 10:51 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Feb 3, 7:51 am
in London: Fri, Feb 3, 3:51 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Feb 3, 11:51 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Feb 4, 2:51 am
The Current Lunar Cycle
This is a volatile lunar cycle, especially since there’s a solar
eclipse happening at the new moon. The Pisces new moon
usually signals the beginning of a spacey, mystical time,
when you can connect with divine energies. But this lunar
cycle is much more active, even violently active at times.
The central configuration is an opposition between Mars
and Uranus in Aries, on one side, and Jupiter in Libra, on
the other. The Jupiter/Uranus opposition has been going
on for about a month already, fueling an atmosphere of
conflict and chaos, but now Mars joins in and further
charges the revolutionary urge symbolized by Uranus.
Mars is about immediate, impetuous, hard-hitting action.
With Mars in the fire-sign Aries and in the middle of this
tense Jupiter/Uranus opposition, the heroic urge is very
strong, and we could have people of all stripes doing wild,
crazy things which could save the day, or could plunge us
further into chaos. People who like to wave guns around
may be doing a lot more waving than usual.
So there could be a lot of fires breaking out during this time,
a lot of arguments and fistfights and disturbances, and this
will be the case all during the coming lunar cycle. It won’t
be easy to contain this energy. Because there’s an eclipse,
the effect goes deeper and lasts longer, and this could be
tied to major transformations during the coming half-year.
At the same time as all this volcanic passion, there’s a
shadowy element, because the sun and moon are conjunct
the mysterious planet Neptune. So there are some forces
that are designed to confuse you, to convince you that you
didn’t see some outrageous thing that you saw with your
own eyes. So stay grounded, stay in balance, and stay in
touch with your instincts.
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on March 27.
Its climactic moment is the full moon on March 12.
The new moon occurred
in NYC: Sun, Feb 26, 9:58 am
in Vancouver: Sun, Feb 26, 6:58 am
in London: Sun, Feb 26, 2:58 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Feb 26, 10:58 pm
in Sydney: Mon, Feb 27, 1:58 am
Venus Is Retrograde
When Venus goes retrograde, the focus is on
relationships past. Aries is generally a romantic
sign, so you may find yourself sighing over lost
loves, recollecting the times you skipped
through the cornfields, or shared passionate
kisses as the waves crashed over you. Or if this
didn’t quite happen, you might remember when it
It’s a more introspective time, in which you could
spend a lot of time gazing into the mirror and
wondering if your college sweetheart would
recognize you now. It isn’t the best time to meet
new people, or to kindle a new flame. In your
existing relationships, there may not be much
forward motion, so don’t expect your lover to
propose – or at least, not to propose anything
you didn’t expect. But if you’re happy with your
current situation, you’ll be okay.
You could share some tender moments with
your partner, wandering down Memory Lane.
You could go to the restaurant where you had
your first date, or resurrect the hat you wore
then. Or you may find yourself breaking into
song, a song you haven't thought of in years.
All sorts of gems from the past could turn up
now. An old friend, someone you thought you’d
lost, could get in touch, and you can work
through whatever kept you apart all these
years. Or you may find an antique piece of
jewelry you mislaid long ago. Or you could buy
something really cool at an estate sale. If you’re
an artist, you may find yourself inspired by some
traditional work, or you could return to a past
style and see if it leads you someplace different
Venus goes direct again on April 15.
Venus goes retrograde
in NYC: Sat, Mar 4, 4:09 am
in Vancouver: Sat, Mar 4, 1:09 am
in London: Sat, Mar 4, 9:09 am
in Singapore: Sat, Mar 4, 5:09 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Mar 4, 8:09 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.
Mercury is in Aries
Mercury, the planet of the mind, is really on
fire when it’s in Aries. You’re quick, alert,
excitable, mentally active, but even though
there’s a lot going on inside your head, you
are also able to focus clearly on important
goals. This is a great time for spontaneous
inspiration, and for problem-solving.
It’s a time to trust your first thoughts, your
first impulses, and to let them take you in
new directions. Every idea can take you
somewhere you’ve never been, and you’re
eager to go and check it out. You’re alive to
all possibilities that may have seemed a
little too outrageous or radical before. You’
re more independent, more careless of
Everyone is a little more argumentative
under this influence, so there could be
some thorny disagreements. On the other
hand, these conflicts erupt and are dealt
with immediately, rather than hanging over
your head, and so the air is cleared much
more efficiently. You may be more
impatient than usual, but remember that not
everything can happen instantaneously.
Mercury will be here until March 31.
Mercury entered Aries
in NYC: Mon, Mar 13, 5:07 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, Mar 13, 2:07 pm
in London: Mon, Mar 13, 11:07 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Mar 14, 7:07 am
in Sydney: Tues, Mar 14, 10:07 am
The Next Lunar Cycle
The Aries new moon is always a good time for
new beginnings. This one has five planets in
Aries, so people are fired up, ready to take the
initiative. Everybody has their eye on some
kind of goal, and is determined to beat out the
competition and to succeed. So this will be a
very active lunar cycle, with a lot of rushing
forward and a certain amount of jostling.
This is also an exciting lunar cycle for
communicators, artists, and thinkers, since
Mercury and Uranus are together, giving plenty
of scientific and creative innovation. This is a
good time to solve problems, especially
technical ones. At the same time, people may
have very different approaches, so there could
be some conflict.
This is a time when outsiders prevail, on all
levels. Yet there are reasons why these folks
are outsiders, and one reason could be
because they lack social graces. Maybe
they’re rude and aggressive. Maybe they have
crazy crackpot ideas. But times are desperate,
so you might find yourself mulling over these
ideas. This could be a real breakthrough, or
the beginning of the end, it’s hard to tell.
There is a softer influence, and that’s the sextile
between Mars and Neptune. This gives more
intuition, and helps you ground yourself in your
body and on the earth. Your intuition can help
you sort out what’s valuable and
what’s not, in all the frenetic activity around
you. Some things, you know, you can just
ignore, and so you do. And they go away.
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon
on April 26. Its climactic moment is the full
moon on April 11.
The new moon occurs
in NYC: Mon, 27 Mar, 10:57 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, 27 Mar, 7:57 pm
in London: Tues, 28 Mar, 3:57 am
in Singapore: Tues, 28 Mar, 12:57 pm
in Sydney: Tues, 28 Mar, 3:57 pm
The sun is in Aries
Happy spring equinox, if you happen to live in the
Northern Hemisphere! This is definitely a time to
move forward, to tackle new projects with enthusiasm.
There’s energy to burn, and lots of new and interesting
possibilities to explore.
For creative people, this is a particularly good time.
Aries is a sign which focuses on self-expression, on the
question “Who am I? What am I here to do and say?”
So people who were shy and retiring before may
experience a sudden gust of confidence and courage,
and put themselves and their work forward for the first
time. Of course, people who are a bit brash and
conceited may be quite insufferable under this
It’s a spontaneous time, both when it comes to love
and passion, and when it comes to anger and conflict.
People get upset, fight it out, and then forget about it.
There’s too much going on to spend a lot of time
brooding. People are living in the moment, and that
generally feels pretty good.
The sun will be in Aries until April 19.
The sun entered Aries
in NYC: Mon, 20 Mar, 6:28 am
in Vancouver: Mon, 20 Mar, 3:28 am
in London: Mon, 20 Mar, 12:28 pm
in Singapore: Mon, 20 Mar, 8:28 pm
in Sydney: Mon, 20 Mar, 11:28 pm
Mercury enters 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 distraction.
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 April 20.
Mercury enters Taurus
in NYC: Fri, Mar 31, 1:30 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Mar 31, 10:30 am
in London: Fri, Mar 31, 6:30 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Apr 1, 1:30 am
in Sydney: Sat, Apr 1, 4:30 am
Venus re-enters Pisces
Venus is gentle, imaginative and spiritually oriented in
this sign. It’s a very nice place for the planet of love,
pleasure and relationships, and in traditional
astrology, Venus is said to be exalted here.
This is the sign of the lover, not the fighter. It can
mean beautiful, romantic, spiritually uplifting
relationships. It can mean an intuitive link between
two (or more) people. This is a very open-hearted
sign, not particularly egotistical, and that makes love
run more smoothly. When you’re wronged, you are
able to forgive whole-heartedly, and when you wrong
another, your amends are genuine.
Pisces is a very escapist sign, however, and you may
have a tendency to ignore or deny problems during
Venus’ time here. You know something bothers you,
but you’d prefer not to confront your friend or your
partner. It’s easier to gloss it over now, to opt for
peace. That’s in part because you can feel a bit more
vulnerable when Venus is in Pisces, since it’s such a
tender and sensitive sign.
This is a great Venus sign for artists of all kinds,
especially musicians and film-makers. Your
imagination is abundant, and ideas and images and
sounds and feelings just flow through you. You hold
nothing back. You may not have as much faith in your
work, however, so you might want to hold off on
showing it to large numbers of people until Venus is
in Aries at the end of the month.
Venus will be here until April 28.
Venus enters Pisces
in NYC: Sun, Apr 2, 8:25 pm
in Vancouver: Sun, Apr 2, 5:25 pm
in London: Mon, Apr 3, 1:25 am
in Singapore: Mon, Apr 3, 8:25 am
in Sydney: Mon, Apr 3, 12:25 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 diplomatic overtures.
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 other’s sensibilities.
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 human emotion.
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
Mars is in Taurus
This is a very productive time, on a concrete
level. As a fixed earth sign, Taurus focuses
your attention on the things that need to be
done. It’s great for working in a garden, or
building fences and decks and sheds, or
doing your spring cleaning. This is the time
to sweep away all the cobwebs of winter, to
make everything fresh and clean and airy.
During this time, everyone is more persistent
and focused. People who are usually
dilettantes will settle down a bit, and start to
notice some particular thing that holds their
attention. People who are usually fairly
stable may become fixtures. Couch
potatoes could get really, really
People won’t generally be all that
argumentative, since this is one of the more
patient signs. But when arguments happen,
it will be because nobody wants to abandon
a fixed position. People feel more strongly
about money, possessions, and sources of
security, and so there can be conflict around
these things, as well as around loyalty and
Although this is a good period for physical
work, it also lends itself to sensual
pleasures: eating, drinking, dancing and
singing. There’s also an emphasis on
sports that build strength and endurance,
like weight-lifting and bull-riding. Cowboys
should really enjoy this Mars sign, and all of
us may find our inner cowboy. It’s probably
not buried too deeply.
Mars will be here until April 21.
Mars entered Taurus
in NYC: Thurs, Mar 9, 7:33 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Mar 9, 4:33 pm
in London: Fri, Mar 10, 12:33 am
in Singapore: Fri, Mar 10, 8:33 am
in Sydney: Fri, Mar 10, 11:33 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
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
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