July 13 to 24, 2018
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 Leo
in NYC: Fri, Jul 13, 1:30 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Jul 13, 10:30 am
in London: Fri, Jul 13, 6:30 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Jul 14, 1:30 am
in Sydney: Sat, Jul 14, 3:30 am
moves into Virgo
in NYC: Sun, Jul 15, 1:30 pm
in Vancouver: Sun, Jul 15, 10:30 am
in London: Sun, Jul 15, 6:30 pm
in Singapore: Mon, Jul 16, 1:30 am
in Sydney: Mon, Jul 16, 3:30 am
moves into Libra
in NYC: Tues, Jul 17, 3:42 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Jul 17,12:42 pm
in London: Tues, Jul 17, 8:42 pm
in Singapore: Weds, Jul 18, 3:42 am
in Sydney: Weds, Jul 18, 5:42 am
moves into Scorpio
in NYC: Thurs, Jul 19, 9:13 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Jul 19, 6:13 pm
in London: Fri, Jul 20, 2:13 am
in Singapore: Fri, Jul 20, 9:13 am
in Sydney: Fri, Jul 20, 11:13 am
moves into Sagittarius
in NYC: Sun, Jul 22, 6:12 am
in Vancouver: Sun, Jul 22, 3:12 am
in London: Sun, Jul 22, 11:12 am
in Singapore: Sun, Jul 22, 6:12 pm
in Sydney: Sun, Jul 22, 8:12 pm
moves into Capricorn
in NYC: Tues, Jul 24, 5:48 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Jul 24, 2:48 pm
in London: Tues, Jul 24, 10:48 pm
in Singapore: Weds, Jul 25, 5:48 am
in Sydney: Weds, Jul 25, 7:48 am
moves into Aquarius
in NYC: Fri, Jul 27, 6:40 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Jul 27, 3:40 am
in London: Fri, Jul 27, 11:40 am
in Singapore: Fri, Jul 27, 6:40 pm
in Sydney: Fri, Jul 27, 8:40 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 be challenged.
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 lifestyle.
Uranus will be in Taurus until November 6, 2018, when it will
retrograde back into Aries for about four months, before re-
entering Taurus in March 2019.
in NYC: Tues, May 15, 11:16 am
in Vancouver: Tues, May 15, 8:16 am
in London: Tues, May 15, 4:16 pm
in Singapore: Tues, May 15, 11:16 pm
in Sydney: Weds, May 16, 1:16 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
Aquarius, Mars is experimental and futuristic,
but while it’s retrograde, you may find that you’
re inventing things that have been invented
many times already.
You intend to rush forward, but instead you
may 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
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
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 August 27.
Mars went retrograde
in NYC: Tues, Jun 26, 5:04 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Jun 26, 2:04 pm
in London: Tues, Jun 26, 10:04 pm
in Singapore: Weds, Jun 27, 5:04 am
in Sydney: Weds, Jun 27, 7:04 am
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 as much from body language and expression as you
do from the actual words.
Shared passions are important, and it doesn’t matter
how you convey your feelings – whether in long
speeches or entirely in mime! You get your point
across, and your heartfelt message can kindle lasting
friendships and a few love affairs during this time.
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 September 5.
Mercury entered Leo
in NYC: Fri, Jun 29, 1:16 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, Jun 28, 10:16 pm
in London: Fri, Jun 29, 6:16 am
in Singapore: Fri, Jun 29, 1:16 pm
in Sydney: Fri, Jun 29, 3:16 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, 4:48 am
in Singapore: Weds, Dec 20,
in Sydney: Weds, Dec 20, 3:48 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
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
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
Jupiter is in Scorpio
The character of the year changes, as Jupiter enters its new
sign. And this new year is one of deeper thoughts and
feelings. Many people will be moved to examine what’s going
on in their brains and their hearts, to figure out where these
angry or painful thoughts are coming from, and perhaps to
Scorpio is an intensely emotional sign, so a great many strong
feelings will emerge throughout this year. People will be
laughing, crying, suffering, bonding, and trying to come to
terms with their inner demons. Some people will do this in the
quiet of their rooms, and nobody will know about these
dramatic inner struggles until the explosion happens. Other
people will reach out, will allow themselves to be vulnerable, will
heal, and will help others heal.
So you can say this will be the year when we all deal with our
mental and emotional health. Spiritual health also plays a part
in this, and Scorpio is a sign of extremes. So you may have
more people rejecting the noisy materialism of the world, and
living in a state of Zen purity. Scorpio is a sign of strong
desires, and it can also manifest in the desire to completely
And it’s also a year when hidden things can come to light,
including corruption, collusion and vice. I expect some
politicians to fall from grace, and some rottenness to be
exposed during the coming year.
Jupiter will be here until November 8, 2018.
Jupiter entered Scorpio
in NYC: Tues, Oct 10, 2017, 9:20 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Oct 10, 2017, 6:20 am
in London: Tues, Oct 10, 2017, 2:20 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Oct 10, 2017, 9:20 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Oct 11, 2017, 12:20 am
The sun is in Cancer
Happy summer solstice! Cancer is a warm, sweet,
nurturing sign, and as the sun moves through this
sign, people spend more time laughing, crying,
hugging, and being sentimental. There is an
emphasis on caring for others, and protecting
those who are vulnerable. Your children will be
more likely to bring street urchins home to dinner,
and to adopt all the lost animals they find.
At the same time, because feelings are so strong,
everyone can be a little moodier while the sun’s in
Cancer. One minute, your lover gives you the
shirt off her back, and the next minute she’s
pouting because you forgot to praise her bread
pudding. People can be needier, more dependent
on each other. If
you’re normally a person who goes solo, you may
get a little too much togetherness during this
sunsign. On the other hand, it might be nice to
have a lot of friendly people watching your back
for a change.
Whenever the sun goes through a water sign,
sensitivity is increased. So you’re picking up what
other people are feeling, whether they admit it or
not. You’re picking up the vibes in your
environment, even if it’s not quite clear where
these vibes are coming from. You may be sensing
what that silent person over in the corner is going
through, or you may be in touch with something
that happened in this room forty years ago. It’s a
time when psychic abilities are increased, but it still
takes some practice to use them effectively.
The sun will be here until July 22.
The sun enters Cancer
in NYC: Thurs, Jun 21, 6:07 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, Jun 21, 3:07 am
in London: Thurs, Jun 21, 11:07 am
in Singapore: Thurs, Jun 21, 6:07 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, Jun 21, 8:07 pm
The Current Lunar Cycle
This is an intense lunar cycle, with the sun and
moon opposing Pluto, and with a partial solar
eclipse. There is a real potential for important
changes, both in your personal life and in the
With the lunar nodes in Leo/Aquarius, the main
danger is that of some kind of power grab.
Tyrants are growing more emboldened, all over
the world, and some of them will see this as a
moment of particular opportunity. There could
also be humanitarian crises involving water, or
some other natural element, which shift the
balance of power.
Everyone is more sensitive and intuitive, with the
sun and moon in Cancer, but people are also
more likely to escape, or to cling to their private
obsessions and fatalistic beliefs. It can be very
scary to accept that you have some agency, in
your own life and in the greater world.
But the Venus/Uranus trine, also very close at this
new moon, shows that we have the ability to help
each other. We all have a role to play: artists,
journalists, farmers, workers, healers. Whatever
our focus, we can dedicate our energy to making
the world a saner and healthier place. Imagine
what a strong chain we make when we all hold
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
August 11. Its climactic moment is the full moon
(and lunar eclipse) on July 27.
The new moon occurred
in NYC: Thurs, Jul 12, 10:47 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Jul 12, 7:47 pm
in London: Fri, Jul 13, 3:47 am
in Singapore: Fri, Jul 13, 10:47 am
in Sydney: Fri, Jul 13, 12:47 pm
Mars is in Aquarius
The planet of will and action becomes more
independent and free-spirited in Aquarius.
You may have a stronger urge to experiment,
a desire to venture into unknown territory.
The urge to learn new things is strong, and
this is not just a mental but a physical desire.
You want to pick up new physical skills, and
you may be particularly drawn to the kinds of
sports that happen in wide-open spaces, like
wind-surfing, mountain-climbing, or ice-
skating. You want the wind in your hair, while
you master some new skill. And it’s a plus if
not too many other people know how to do it.
Your sense of style is more pronounced
under this influence. People are less into
being fashion slaves, more inclined to figure
out something that’s uniquely their own.
Some people will be quirky, while others will
be downright eccentric, and a few will get
thrown in jail for running naked down the
It’s a very creative time. Because there’s very
little interest in conforming, everybody is
coming up with interesting ways to express
themselves. Inventors are more inventive,
scientists are more inspired, and artists are
Mars will be here until August 12.
Mars entered Aquarius
in NYC: Weds, May 16, 12:55 am
in Vancouver: Tues, May 15, 9:55 pm
in London: Weds, May 16, 5:55 am
in Singapore: Weds, May 16, 12:55 pm
in Sydney: Weds, May 16, 2:55 pm
Venus is in Virgo
As Venus enters this earth sign, work becomes
more enjoyable. You find it easier to 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 uncluttered.
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 each day.
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
Venus will be in Virgo until August
Venus entered Virgo
in NYC: Mon, Jul 9, 10:32 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, Jul 9, 7:32 pm
in London: Tues, Jul 10, 3:32 am
in Singapore: Tues, Jul 10, 10:32 am
in Sydney: Tues, Jul 10, 12:32 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
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