December 2 to 10, 2020
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 Cancer
in NYC: Tues, Dec 1, 10:33 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Dec 1, 7:33 pm
in London: Weds, Dec 2, 3:33 am
in Singapore: Weds, Dec 2, 11:33 am
in Sydney: Weds, Dec 2, 2:33 pm
moves into Leo
in NYC: Fri, Dec 4, 7:52 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Dec 4, 4:52 am
in London: Fri, Dec 4, 12:52 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Dec 4, 8:52 pm
in Sydney: Fri, Dec 4, 11:52 pm
moves into Virgo
in NYC: Sun, Dec 6, 2:46 pm
in Vancouver: Sun, Dec 6, 11:46 am
in London: Sun, Dec 6, 7:46 pm
in Singapore: Mon, Dec 7, 3:46 am
in Sydney: Mon, Dec 7, 6:46 am
moves into Libra
in NYC: Tues, Dec 8, 7:01 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Dec 8, 4:01 pm
in London: Weds, Dec 9, 12:01 am
in Singapore: Weds, Dec 9, 8:01 am
in Sydney: Weds, Dec 9, 11:01 am
moves into Scorpio
in NYC: Thurs, Dec 10, 8:58 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Dec 10, 5:58 pm
in London: Fri, Dec 11, 1:58 am
in Singapore: Fri, Dec 11, 9:58 am
in Sydney: Fri, Dec 11, 12:58 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
Saturn is in Capricorn
Saturn returns to its home sign for a final six
months, after spending most of the last two
and a half years here. Some familiar old
fears could be reactivated, and some
onerous restrictions reenacted. There may
be a sense that we’re going backwards,
even that we’re re-entering the dark ages.
There won’t be a lot of time or room for
For Saturn in Capricorn, the main thing is to
maintain the status quo, and to bolster it
further whenever possible. For many
reasons, including the pandemic, there
could be more poverty and lack during this
time. Natural resources become scarcer,
and people already in power continue to
take control of what’s there.
When times are hard, people focus on the
basics, and act more cautiously. However,
with Mars going through Aries during this
time, there will be some pitched battles
between the two of them, and so sparks will
fly. Saturn in Capricorn will focus on duty,
responsibility and pragmatism, while Mars in
Aries keeps fighting, pushing to break
through all the walls and achieve victory.
In addition, Saturn in Capricorn encourages
organization in all forms, and so there could
be more grassroots organizational efforts.
People will find alternate ways to distribute
the earth’s resources. Some folks already
have the skills they need to survive, and
they’ll teach them to others. Discipline,
commitment and clear vision are all
rewarded by Saturn in this sign.
Saturn will be in Capricorn until December
Saturn entered Capricorn
in NYC: Weds, July 1, 7:37 pm
in Vancouver: Weds, July 1,
in London: Thurs, July 2,
in Singapore: Thurs, July 2,
in Sydney: Thurs, July 2,
Mars is in Aries
Wow, Mars is going to be in Aries for a long
time – for the rest of the year, in fact. Usually
it spends two months in a sign, so this gives
a long stretch of highly focused, dynamic
energy. Mars in Aries is very vital, so you can
get some important work done.
This fire sign is passionate, rebellious and
spontaneous, and it can mean leaping
headfirst into the most ambitious projects –
and often, accomplishing things that were
supposed to be impossible. The urge to
compete and win is very strong. But it’s not
the most organized, structured or patient
influence in the world. Everybody wants to be
a leader, nobody wants to compromise,
delays are intolerable, and arguments can
sap a lot of time and energy.
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. Even though
you’re eager to move forward, you may want
to stop, look around, and see what others
are saying or doing.
A brief pause won’t hurt anything. Everything
is still moving very quickly, and there will be
plenty of dragons left for you to slay.
Mars will be in Aries until January 6.
Mars entered Aries
in NYC: Sat, June 27, 9:45 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, June 27,
in London: Sun, June 28,
in Singapore: Sun, June 28,
in Sydney: Sun, June 28,
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,
in Berlin: Fri, Feb 3, 2012, 8:03 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Feb 4, 2012,
The Current Lunar Cycle
This lunar cycle is a constructive one, with the
sun and moon making sextiles to
Pluto/Jupiter/Saturn in Capricorn. It’s a sober
time, but also a joyful one in many ways.
People are working hard, but they are also
more optimistic, and they are seeing
successes and accomplishments coming from
past work. There are some important turning
points during the next month, and there’s a
certain dignity and inevitability to them.
This is not an easy month for relationships,
however, and we see this from Venus’ squares
to Pluto/Jupiter/Saturn. The Coronavirus
continues to rage on, and people continue to
be isolated from each other. So many people
feel overwhelmed, lonely, or out of balance.
Communication could also be a bit tricky this
month, with Mercury opposing Uranus at the
new moon. This signals a lot of changes,
throughout this lunar cycle, and we may see
the news cycle go through some wild
fluctuations. Conspiracy theories could gain
new life, and then suddenly be turned on their
heads when the truth comes out.
The challenge, during this lunar cycle, is to
integrate thought and feeling. There are so
many intense feelings at this time, that it’s
hard to be objective about anything. We need
to learn new ways to think and to communicate
with each other.
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon
on December 14. Its climactic moment is the
full moon (with an eclipse) on November 30.
The new moon occurred
in NYC: Sun, Nov 15, 12:07 am
in Vancouver: Sat, Nov 14, 9:07 pm
in London: Sun, Nov 15, 5:07 am
in Singapore: Sun, Nov 15, 1:07 pm
in Sydney: Sun, Nov 15, 4:07 pm
Jupiter is in Capricorn
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 Capricorn is
a pragmatic, disciplined earth sign. It’s not particularly
optimistic, and so
it isn't always a good fit for this exuberant planet. For
many people, the coming year will feel harder, plainer,
This is a good sign when it comes to surviving, however.
Whatever the year brings – climate change disasters,
economic ups and downs – people are more likely to
seize on practical, viable solutions. There will be an
emphasis on preserving energy and resources, reusing
things, and preventing waste.
Old things will be valued more while Jupiter is in this sign,
and this includes older skills and traditions. People will
be learning from their elders, learning from books, and
taking classes, as they study up on all the skills that kept
people alive before the Industrial Revolution. Inventive
people will be constructing things that help people in
immediate practical ways.
The realism of Capricorn can help everyone survive, but
it doesn’t always offer a hopeful vision of the future.
There’s a sense that we have to go slowly, painstakingly,
with a lot of discipline and a certain amount of
deprivation. There may be less energy given to
pleasure, romance and the arts.
However, long-term strategy is one of
Capricorn’s gifts, and so there could be some steady
progress this year. There could be new structures and
systems for work, for agriculture, for waste management,
and for health care. Foundational texts – such as the
Bible and the Constitution – could be changed in some
practical ways. (Maybe we’ll get an amendment that
does away with the electoral college.) Historical
preservation is likely to proceed at a good pace.
The shadow side of Jupiter in Capricorn is a preference
for hierarchy and tradition over anything new and
innovative. In our current world, this could be
disastrous. But as I said, Capricorn is a good sign for
it’s also a realistic sign. So I’m thinking that, when they’
re really needed, working solutions will be proposed and
put into practice. And, in general, paring down isn’t a
bad idea at this point in history.
Jupiter will be here until December 19, 2020.
Jupiter entered Capricorn
in NYC: Mon, Dec 2, 2019, 1:20 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, Dec 2, 2019, 11:20 am
in London: Mon, Dec 2, 2019, 6:20 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Dec 3, 2019, 2:20 am
in Sydney: Tues, Dec 3, 2019, 5:20 am
The sun is in Sagittarius
With the sun in this fiery sign, things get exciting. As
always at this time of year, there are parties,
celebrations, feasts, and community events, and even if
we can only get together virtually, there’s pleasure in
seeing each other.
Sagittarius is enthusiastic, gregarious, extravagant, and
optimistic, but do watch out for a tendency to go to
extremes (in a friendly and good-natured way, of
course). You may be more careless about mask-wearing,
social distancing, and other kinds of safeguards, mostly
because you feel so sure that everything will be okay. It’s
a good feeling, but also a somewhat dangerous one.
In ordinary times, the Sagittarius time is good for travel,
but these are not ordinary times. However, you can still
do some armchair traveling. You can talk to people from
different cultures, people who have had unusual
experiences. You can watch films and documentaries
that expand your mind. You can learn a lot from books,
and from talking about books. You can reach out to
others, and have a strong influence on politics, on social
justice issues, on everything important.
People are more philosophical, and more apt to apply
their philosophies to a larger swathe of the world around
them. People who are normally idealistic are now
thinking of ways to save the world, and they want to jump
into this world-saving business in an active way. People
who are normally cautious and prosaic are reconsidering
their more outrageous ideas.
The sun will be in Sagittarius until December 21.
The sun entered Sagittarius
in NYC: Sat, Nov 21, 3:39 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Nov 21, 12:39 pm
in London: Sat, Nov 21, 8:39 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Nov 22, 4:39 am
in Sydney: Sun, Nov 22, 7:39 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 cause people to
shut each other out. If your loved ones seem
closed off, be patient. Everyone needs to feel
safe, and people come to this in their own
Take some time for emotional healing,
yourself. You might need to grieve, or to be
angry, or to confront shame or blame,
whenever old sorrows emerge from the
forgotten cellars of your mind. If you can,
forgive yourself, and forgive all the other
players in any old drama that’s running on
loop in your psyche.
Venus will be in Scorpio until December 15.
Venus entered Scorpio
in NYC: Sat, Nov 21, 8:21 am
in Vancouver: Sat, Nov 21, 5:21 am
in London: Sat, Nov 21, 1:21 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Nov 21, 9:21 pm
in Sydney: Sun, Nov 22, 12:21 am
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
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 July 7,
Uranus entered Taurus
in NYC: Weds, Mar 6, 2019, 3:27 am
in Vancouver: Weds, Mar 6, 2019,
in London: Weds, Mar 6, 2019,
in Singapore: Weds, Mar 6, 2019,
in Sydney: Weds, Mar 6, 2019,
Mercury is in Sagittarius
In this fire sign, Mercury – the planet of the mind –
becomes quicker and more impulsive. You get excited
about your ideas, and your excitement affects others.
And you don’t want to linger over the things that pop
into your mind, but act on them, as quickly as possible.
Sometimes Mercury in Sagittarius can be tactless. You’
re more likely to blurt things out under this influence,
and so there’s some danger of rifts. However, while
some people get angry or offended, other people will
be charmed by your artless frankness.
There’s also some tendency to be lost in the forest and
ignore the trees. Small distinctions don’t matter as
much as usual, and so you may ignore them. You can
get very excited about a project and ignore the details
that will mean success or failure. On the other hand,
your ability to visualize the whole ambitious plan, and to
project it into the distant future, is greater than usual.
Mercury will be in Sagittarius until December
Mercury entered Sagittarius
in NYC: Tues, Dec 1, 2:51 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Dec 1, 11:51 am
in London: Tues, Dec 1, 7:51 pm
in Singapore: Weds, Dec 2, 3:51 am
in Sydney: Weds, Dec 2, 6:51 am