September 17 to 25, 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 Libra
in NYC: Thurs, Sept 17, 2:55 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Sept 17, 11:55 am
in London: Thurs, Sept 17, 7:55 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Sept 18, 2:55 am
in Sydney: Fri, Sept 18, 4:55 am
moves into Scorpio
in NYC: Sat, Sept 19, 2:32 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Sept 19, 11:32 am
in London: Sat, Sept 19, 7:32 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Sept 20, 2:32 am
in Sydney: Sun, Sept 20, 4:32 am
moves into Sagittarius
in NYC: Mon, Sept 21, 3:31 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, Sept 21, 12:31 pm
in London: Mon, Sept 21, 8:31 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Sept 22, 3:31 am
in Sydney: Tues, Sept 22, 5:31 am
moves into Capricorn
in NYC: Weds, Sept 23, 7:16 pm
in Vancouver: Weds, Sept 23, 4:16 pm
in London: Thurs, Sept 24, 12:16 am
in Singapore: Thurs, Sept 24, 7:16 am
in Sydney: Thurs, Sept 24, 9:16 am
moves into Aquarius
in NYC: Sat, Sept 26, 2:08 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Sept 25, 11:08 pm
in London: Sat, Sept 26, 7:08 am
in Singapore: Sat, Sept 26, 2:08 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Sept 26, 4:08 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
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, 12:37 am
in Singapore: Thurs, July 2,
in Sydney: Thurs, July 2, 9:37 am
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
Mars will be in Aries until January 6.
Mars entered Aries
in NYC: Sat, June 27, 9:45 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, June 27, 6:45 pm
in London: Sun, June 28, 2:45 am
in Singapore: Sun, June 28,
in Sydney: Sun, June 28, 11:45 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 poetry.
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 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,
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,
in Berlin: Fri, Feb 3, 2012, 8:03 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Feb 4, 2012,
The sun is in Virgo
This is a good time for a fall cleaning. The Virgo sun
gives an eagle eye for details, and so you’re very
aware of all the little areas of disorder around you.
You can organize, mend, fix, and generally get
everything in shape.
Work also goes well with the sun in Virgo. People want
to get things done, as efficiently and thoroughly as
possible. If you’re working from home, you may find
yourself staying later at your desk, working through
lunch, and making a lot of progress on ongoing
projects. Those pesky labor-intensive tasks can finally
all be taken care of. It’s also a good time for
maintenance on all the tools and systems that you
If you’re working out in the world, the Virgo sun helps
you maintain safety and health protocols, and keep
yourself and your loved ones out of the grip of the
virus. You know your work has enormous value in
these stressful times, and even though you probably
don’t get as much compensation as you deserve, you
are deeply appreciated.
Everyone may be a little more critical than usual when
the sun’s in Virgo, and this is something to watch out
for. It’s important to encourage your staff, co-workers
and family members, even if they haven’t done
something as perfectly as you would do it yourself.
And everybody has their own little way of doing things.
Try to be tolerant of these different methods, even if
they don’t seem to be as good as your own.
This is also a good time to focus on health. Virgo is a
sign dedicated to healing – so whether you’re starting
an exercise regime, eating a nutritious breakfast every
morning, or starting to take vitamins regularly, you can
improve your health this month. You can make some
important revisions to your daily schedule, in line with
your beliefs and goals.
The sun will be here until September 22.
The sun enters Virgo
in NYC: Sat, Aug 22, 11:45 am
in Vancouver: Sat, Aug 22, 8:45 am
in London: Sat, Aug 22, 4:45 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Aug 22, 11:45 pm
in Sydney: Sun, Aug 23, 1:45 am
Mercury is in Libra
Mercury, the planet of intellect, is well-
suited to the air sign Libra. There’s a
real love of the intellectual process - an
appreciation for learning, a willingness to
teach and to share knowledge, and an
attraction to intricate concepts and well-
This is an excellent time for cooperative
work, especially in small teams. People
are more willing to listen to each other,
to trade ideas back and forth, to
compromise, to take turns exercising
leadership. Everybody is more focused
on fairness, equality, and balance.
People are more apt to play by the rules,
especially if it’s obvious that these rules
benefit others, either collectively or
This is an idealistic time. There’s less
emphasis on individual action, more on
working in partnership, or taking one’s
place in the community. There may be
quite a lot of arguments and debates,
but they will mostly be pretty orderly.
The focus will be on ideas, principles,
Libra is an artistic sign, and so everyone
finds it easier to communicate in a
graceful and effective way. Rhetoric can
rise to new heights. At the same time,
where is the heart behind the words?
Sometimes the words can seem a bit
slick and overly crafted, and they can
hide underlying messages that are not
so pretty, not so open-minded.
Mercury will be here until September
Mercury entered Libra
in NYC: Sat, Sept 5, 3:46 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Sept 5, 12:46 pm
in London: Sat, Sept 5, 8:46 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Sept 6, 3:46 am
in Sydney: Sun, Sept 6, 5:46 am
Venus is in Leo
Venus is at her most charming, flamboyant and
dramatic in the fire sign Leo. Even if you’re generally
a modest soul, Venus in Leo can give a sudden
desire to shine, to see what center stage feels like.
You’re more inclined to adorn yourself with diamonds
and flowers, and to put in an appearance at the
swankiest places you know. Of course, if all the
swanky places are closed, due to the pandemic, you
might just have to stage a fashion show on Zoom.
Everybody gets a moment in the sun while Venus is
here. There’s a stronger emphasis on expressing
yourself, and this means singing, dancing, flirting,
partying, playing, performing. Whatever you do, you
have an appreciative audience, even if only virtual.
And you, in turn, enjoy the high energy and the varied
talents of all the people around you.
For lovers, this is a romantic time, good for stirring
proclamations of ardor. Everyone is warmer and more
excitable, and spontaneous demonstrations of
affection come easily. You’re also likely to think of
the perfect gifts for the ones you love. And maybe for
yourself, as long as you’re perusing the online
Those who tend to be domineering or demanding will
be more so under this influence, however. So at
times, there may be some need to set limits, to say
“no”, and to take space for yourself.
Venus will be here until October 2.
Venus entered Leo
in NYC: Sun, Sept 6, 3:21 am
in Vancouver: Sun, Sept 6, 12:21 am
in London: Sun, Sept 6, 8:21 am
in Singapore: Sun, Sept 6, 3:21 pm
in Sydney: Sun, Sept 6, 5:21 pm
Mars is Retrograde
Mars retrograde doesn’t tend to be
as disruptive as Mercury retrograde,
but it can mean less effective,
focused action. Mars in Aries is
generally impulsive and
spontaneous, but while
it’s retrograde, your impulses may
send you in a completely wrong
direction. There can be a feeling that
you’re in a great hurry, but not going
Intending to rush forward, you can
find yourself rushing 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 before.
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 always feared.
Mars goes direct again on November
Mars goes retrograde
in NYC: Weds, Sept 9, 6:22 pm
in Vancouver: Weds, Sept 9,
in London: Weds, Sept 9,
in Singapore: Thurs, Sept 10,
in Sydney: Thurs, Sept 10,
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, simpler.
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 survival, and
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 Current Lunar Cycle
The new moon is always a good time to set
your intentions for the next lunar cycle, and
this one has some useful stabilizing factors.
The sun/moon in Virgo is closely trining Saturn
in earth signs, giving more practicality and a
stronger sense of responsibility, and helping
you get yourself organized. You can benefit
from the things you’ve learned in this life, and
from the wisdom and experience of others as
The energy is mainly earthy during this lunar
cycle, so it’s a good time to go out and work in
the garden, to clean the house, to fix and
maintain and mend. It’s also good for healing
work, and if any part of your body isn’t
functioning well, now is a good time to give it a
little more care.
At this new moon, Mercury is in Libra, squaring
Jupiter, so it’s an idealistic time. But there’s
some danger of going overboard with ideals,
beliefs, causes, judgements, and utopian
constructions. You could waste a lot of time
chastising people who aren’t behaving
properly, or getting into disputes with those
who see things completely differently from you.
There’s also the danger of more serious
conflicts, since Mars in Aries is squaring
Saturn. There are some situations that are
just not moving forward at this time, and
sometimes you may feel that you’re trapped in
the last century! It can be frustrating. But
pushing too hard won’t help. The best
approach is strategic thinking combined with
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon
on October 16. Its climactic moment is the full
moon on October 1.
The new moon occurred
in NYC: Thurs, Sept 17, 7:00 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, Sept 17, 4:00 am
in London: Thurs, Sept 17, 12:00 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, Sept 17, 7:00 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, Sept 17, 9:00 pm
The sun enters Libra
Libra is an idealistic sign, and with the sun
here, principles and ethical beliefs are
stronger. Everyone wants to do the right
thing, to create a world that’s fairer,
gentler, and more cooperative.
People are willing to put their self-interest
aside and to think about the good of
others, both as individuals and as a
community. If something goes wrong,
they are happier to compromise, as they
look for a solution. They are better at
taking turns, whether they are five or fifty.
Everyone wants to create harmonious
organizations, in which everything is clear
and aboveboard, and in which there are
some definite rules that everyone must
However, people are also more likely to
make rules, which sometimes just makes
everything more complicated. They can
spend a lot of time deliberating over the
fine points, and end up not doing
anything at all. It can seem important to
figure out exactly what every word in the
bylaws refers to. It could also be a
litigious time, since people are less likely
to let infractions slide. It’s not enough to
do the right thing; it can seem important
that everyone else do the right thing too!
The sun will be in Libra until October
The sun enters Libra
in NYC: Tues, Sept 22, 9:30 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Sept 22, 6:30 am
in London: Tues, Sept 22, 2:30 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Sept 22, 9:30 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Sept 22, 11:30 pm