January 18 to 25, 2019
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: Weds, Jan 16, 8 pm
in Vancouver: Weds, Jan 16, 5 pm
in London: Thurs, Jan 17, 1 am
in Singapore: Thurs, Jan 17, 9 am
in Sydney: Thurs, Jan 17, 12 noon
moves into Cancer
in NYC: Fri, Jan 18, 10:43 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Jan 18, 7:43 pm
in London: Sat, Jan 19, 3:43 am
in Singapore: Sat, Jan 19, 11:43 am
in Sydney: Sat, Jan 19, 2:43 pm
moves into Leo
in NYC: Sun, Jan 20, 10:54 pm
in Vancouver: Sun, Jan 20, 7:54 pm
in London: Mon, Jan 21, 3:54 am
in Singapore: Mon, Jan 21, 11:54 am
in Sydney: Mon, Jan 21, 2:54 pm
moves into Virgo
in NYC: Tues, Jan 22, 10:22 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Jan 22, 7:22 pm
in London: Weds, Jan 23, 3:22 am
in Singapore: Weds, Jan 23, 11:22 am
in Sydney: Weds, Jan 23, 2:22 pm
moves into Libra
in NYC: Thurs, Jan 24, 11:02 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Jan 24, 8:02 pm
in London: Fri, Jan 25, 4:02 am
in Singapore: Fri, Jan 25, 12:02 pm
in Sydney: Fri, Jan 25, 3:02 pm
moves into Scorpio
in NYC: Sun, Jan 27, 2:30 am
in Vancouver: Sat, Jan 26, 11:30 pm
in London: Sun, Jan 27,7:30 am
in Singapore: Sun, Jan 27, 2:30 pm
in Sydney: Sun, Jan 27, 5:30 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.
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
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 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
Uranus is in Aries
Uranus is the planet of change, and in the fast-moving fire
sign Aries, change comes more quickly. People are more
rebellious, revolutionary, independent and impulsive.
There’s a strong urge to go your own way, to express your
own unique self. This is a time of great creativity and
inventiveness, with lots of “aha!” moments.
It’s not the most cooperative period in the world. There are
lots of lone wolves, and they’re running around terrorizing the
countryside, and then you have others who grab their
shotguns and tear off after the lone wolves.
People have a harder time working together, making
commitments to each other, synchronizing their actions.
There are plenty of renegades and mavericks, while social
groups are more loosely structured, oriented towards free
expression rather than specific constructive ends. So change
isn’t necessarily anchored in anything real, and it doesn’t
However, spontaneous efforts do sometimes have a lot of
effect. Everyone is more focused on proving him or herself,
getting ahead, being the best, and all this competitive energy
does sometimes express itself in amazing feats and
Uranus will be in Aries until March 6, 2019.
Uranus re-entered Aries
in NYC: Tues, Nov 6, 1:59 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Nov 6, 10:59 am
in London: Tues, Nov 6, 6:59 pm
in Singapore: Weds, Nov 7, 2:59 am
in Sydney: Weds, Nov 7, 5:59 am
The Current Lunar Cycle
This is a very intense new moon, and it includes a solar
eclipse. There are five planets in Capricorn, with Saturn and
Pluto flanking the sun and moon. This is not a chart you see
every day. It’s serious, concentrated, purposeful energy.
And so this is a particularly consequential lunar cycle. To me,
it looks like retribution of some kind, a day of reckoning, and
those in power could fall. But what about the powers that we
all have, and that we often use carelessly? I
wouldn’t say that a price will be exacted for every little sin, so
you don’t have to worry if you’ve occasionally crossed against
the light. But the more things you regret, the more likely you
are to be swept up by the broom of fate.
This is powerful transformational energy, and it may be that
the innocent will suffer too. There could be some violent
cataclysms that affect a whole lot of bystanders.
The best way to handle this energy is very respectfully. Call
upon your inner Wise Being, that part of your psyche that is
measured, experienced and aware. There’s a part of you that
knows just what to do. The answer may be to identify what is
important to you, and to be prepared to let go of what isn’t. If
this was a chess game, now would be the time to castle.
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on February 4.
Its climactic moment is the full moon on January 21.
The new moon occurred
in NYC: Sat, Jan 5, 8:28 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Jan 5, 5:28 pm
in London: Sun, Jan 6, 1:28 am
in Singapore: Sun, Jan 6, 9:28 am
in Sydney: Sun, Jan 6, 12:28 pm
The sun is in Capricorn
Capricorn gives maturity, gravitas, and a stronger
sense of responsibility. After the rather hectic
energy of Sagittarius, people are more grounded
and realistic when the sun is in Capricorn. When it
comes to the holiday season, people suddenly
remember that these are actually traditional
religious holidays and that shopping is not the
main ritual activity.
This energy really lends itself to the turning of a
calendar year. That’s mainly because it’s a good
time to check in with yourself, to see how well you
did in 2018, and to make plans for the coming
year. Your ambitions are stronger and more
definite, and you can figure out viable strategies
for achieving them.
It’s a good time to make friends with structure,
however you want to do this. Structures can be
about security and protection, but they can also be
frameworks for success. Working with structures
requires discipline, and most people are more
disciplined when the sun is in Capricorn.
Structures need sustaining walls and a clear form,
but the most successful ones will also have plenty
of room for light and air.
The sun will be in Capricorn until January
The sun entered Capricorn
in NYC: Fri, Dec 21, 5:22 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Dec 21, 2:22 pm
in London: Fri, Dec 21, 10:22 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Dec 22, 6:22 am
in Sydney: Sat, Dec 22, 9:22 am
Mercury is in Capricorn
Everybody is a bit more realistic, more
pragmatic and more skeptical during this
influence. For those who are already
practical and business-like, much can be
accomplished. For those who generally
have their heads in the clouds, the
benefits of structure become a bit clearer.
However, Capricorn is a very serious sign,
and sometimes pessimism can be part of
the equation. If you’re normally prone to
shadowy thoughts, then everything could
look a little grimmer during this time. It’s
not as easy to turn to fantasy, or to fool
yourself, or to take refuge in denial.
Everything is clearer, more definite, and
more physical. It is what it is.
At the same time, this is a very grounding
influence, and it can help you build
something new. You need a solid
foundation in reality before you can
construct something which will last.
Mercury in Capricorn gives you that. It
helps you define your goals, gather
resources, work out a strategy, and take
the first small steps towards improving your
life. This sets the stage for the new year.
Mercury will be here until January 24.
Mercury entered Capricorn
in NYC: Fri, Jan 4, 10:39 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Jan 4, 7:39 pm
in London: Sat, Jan 5, 3:39 am
in Singapore: Sat, Jan 5, 11:39 am
in Sydney: Sat, Jan 5, 2:39 pm
Venus is in 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 are having.
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 days.
This is generally a good time for travel,
especially if you can really cut loose and
enjoy your new surroundings. You’re
curious about everything and everyone,
and you really want to experience the
Venus will be in Sagittarius until February
Venus entered Sagittarius
in NYC: Mon, Jan 7, 6:18 am
in Vancouver: Mon, Jan 7, 3:18 am
in London: Mon, Jan 7, 11:18 am
in Singapore: Mon, Jan 7, 7:18 pm
in Sydney: Mon, Jan 7, 10:18 pm
Mars is in Aries
Mars in Aries is very vital and dynamic, so this
is a great time to get a lot of important things
done. At the same time, don’t over-commit
yourself during this period. You’re more
spontaneous and adventurous, and you don’t
want to be tied down to a schedule.
The rebellious side of your nature comes out
while Mars is in Aries, and this can make it a
bit harder for people to work together.
Everybody has a better idea, and wants to
take off in an independent direction. A town
full of Lone Rangers can be somewhat
chaotic, so the best way to handle this is to
stay as self-aware as possible, and keep your
sense of humor intact. If you catch yourself
throwing the rules, schedules and contracts in
the trash can, pause for a minute and ask
yourself if this is really a good idea.
Desires are stronger under this sign, and
urges are more insistent. This can be good
for athletes, although they might have a
tendency to push themselves too hard and
get hurt. If you’re interested in starting a
passionate love affair, this could a good time
for it, but do be careful that you don’t push
too hard, or demand your way in all things.
Arguments are more likely to start while Mars
is in Aries, but they are also more likely to be
solved quickly. Nobody wants to dwell on hurt
feelings, or to analyze past
misunderstandings. Everybody wants to get
on with it, to tackle the next exciting project. It’
s time to slay those dragons! Polish up the
Mars will be in Aries until February 14.
Mars entered Aries
in NYC: Mon, Dec 31, 9:19 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, Dec 31, 6:19 pm
in London: Tues, Jan 1, 2:19 am
in Singapore: Tues, Jan 1, 10:19 am
in Sydney: Tues, Jan 1, 1:19 pm
Jupiter is in Sagittarius
The character of the year changes, as Jupiter
enters its new sign. And this will be a more
optimistic year. Jupiter’s passage through
Sagittarius is a great counter to the more dour
presence of Saturn in Capricorn.
Jupiter in Sagittarius is about freedom,
adventure, and expansion. The Sagittarian
archetype is the Seeker, and so a lot of people
will take to the road, or fly off to some distant
land. People will be looking for something –
new experiences, a deeper understanding of
life, a sense of meaning. Some folks will
approach the quest while staying in their chairs,
zipping around in cyberspace, but most will
want to be physically as well as mentally and
This is Jupiter’s home sign, so the buoyant,
positive energy of Jupiter will express itself in so
many ways. There could be a great rush of
people who want to be more involved in their
communities, whether they jump into the
political fray or volunteer for a worthy cause.
Everybody takes energy from everybody else.
So it will be an energetic year. There could
also be some luck, for the human race in
general. This also counters Saturn in
Capricorn, which keeps repeating the message
that you have to work really hard for everything
you get. Jupiter in Sagittarius is passing
around another message: that there is a
certain grace that just falls on all of us. We can
identify it, enjoy it, and be grateful for it.
Jupiter will be here until December 2, 2019.
Jupiter entered Sagittarius
in NYC: Thurs, Nov 8, 7:38 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, Nov 8, 4:38 am
in London: Thurs, Nov 8, 12:38 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, Nov 8, 8:38 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, Nov 8, 11:38 pm
The sun enters Aquarius
The sun’s entrance into Aquarius marks the
passage from an earthy perspective to one that’s
airier, more cerebral, and more idealistic. This is the
sign of the intellectual, the scientist, the social
activist, and the free-thinker. During this time, you’ll
be more experimental, more willing to try interesting
alternatives. And if there are beliefs, habits and
assumptions that have held you back, you’re more
likely to test them.
Learning is important to you during the sun’s time in
Aquarius. If you are always soaking up new ideas
and information from your environment, this process
will be accelerated. If you’re generally oblivious of
what’s going on around you, you may be surprised
by some of the interesting people and possibilities
that cross your path.
This is a good time to reinvent yourself. Because
you’re more objective, you can look clearly at
yourself and your life and see what’s missing. Are
you ignoring your health, your goals, your friends, or
your creative potential? Whatever it is, you
approach the situation with some interesting ideas
and a new plan. If you can get involved in a group
with similar beliefs or objectives, you’re even more
likely to change your life for the better.
The sun will be here until February 18.
The sun enters Aquarius
in NYC: Sun, Jan 20, 3:59 am
in Vancouver: Sun, Jan 20, 12:59 am
in London: Sun, Jan 20, 8:59 am
in Singapore: Sun, Jan 20, 4:59 pm
in Sydney: Sun, Jan 20, 7:59 pm
Mercury enters Aquarius
Let the genius in you emerge, while Mercury is in Aquarius.
This is one of the best signs for Mercury, as it stimulates
new ways of processing information, perceiving the world
around you, and relating to people. You’re excited about
all kinds of new information, whether it’s theoretical or
practical. You want to know about science, and people,
and the laws of the universe.
This can also bring out the geek in you, if you’re inclined
that way. If you find yourself carefully studying the designs
of Star Wars spaceships, it may be time to go outside and
get some air.
This sign is very creative, and especially good for
mastering new tools and techniques. It brings out the
inventor in you, and it also brings out the avant-garde
artist. It means daring to be different, to get away from the
usual forms and invent new ones. It’s a cerebral and
experimental approach, great for challenging assumptions.
This Mercury sign generally makes for good
communication, since it gives a genuine interest in other
people and their ideas. However, it can also mean being a
bit opinionated at times. Once you decide you know the
truth about something, it may be hard to sway you. If you’
re generally more malleable, you may be surprised at the
number of disputes you get into. If you’re already an
argumentative person, there could be one debate after
Mercury will be here until February 10.
Mercury enters Aquarius
in NYC: Thurs, Jan 24, 12:49 am
in Vancouver: Weds, Jan 23, 9:49 pm
in London: Thurs, Jan 24, 5:49 am
in Singapore: Thurs, Jan 24, 1:49 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, Jan 24, 4:49 pm