and More
by Jenny Yates

June 22 to 30, 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

The Moon

moves into Gemini
in NYC:  Weds, June 21, 6:44 pm
in Vancouver: Weds, June 21, 3:44 pm
in London: Weds, June 21, 11:44 pm  
in Singapore: Thurs, June 22, 6:44 am  
in Sydney: Thurs, June 22, 8:44 am  

moves into Cancer
in NYC: Fri, June 23, 6:06 pm  
in Vancouver: Fri, June 23, 3:06 pm  
in London: Fri, June 23, 11:06 pm    
in Singapore: Sat, June 24, 6:06 am  
in Sydney: Sat, June 24, 8:06 am  

moves into Leo
in NYC: Sun, June 25, 6:06 pm
in Vancouver: Sun, June 25, 3:06 pm
in London: Sun, June 25, 11:06 pm
in Singapore: Mon, June 26, 6:06 am  
in Sydney: Mon, June 26, 8:06 am  

moves into Virgo
in NYC: Tues, June 27, 8:41 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, June 27, 5:41 pm
in London: Weds, June 28, 1:41 am  
in Singapore: Weds, June 28, 8:41 am    
in Sydney: Weds, June 28, 10:41 am  

moves into Libra
in NYC: Fri, June 30, 3:02 am
in Vancouver: Fri, June 30, 12:02 am  
in London: Fri, June 30, 8:02 am
in Singapore: Fri, June 30, 3:02 pm   
in Sydney: Fri, June 30, 5:02 pm

moves into Scorpio
in NYC: Sun, July 2, 12:59 pm
in Vancouver: Sun, July 2, 9:59 am  
in London: Sun, July 2, 5:59 pm  
in Singapore: Mon, July 3, 12:59 am   
in Sydney: Mon, July 3, 2:59 am   

What does the
moon's sign tell

Moon Signs and
Lunar Transits

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
dismantling them.

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
creative fire.      

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

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
mundane plans.  

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 visions.  

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
these fields.  

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, 2015, 10:49 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Sept 17, 2015,
7:49 pm  
in London: Fri, Sept 18, 2015,
3:49 am  
in Singapore: Fri, Sept 18, 2015
10:49 am    
in Sydney: Fri, Sept 18, 2015,
12:49 pm  

The Current Lunar Cycle
(4° Gemini)

The Gemini new moon is good for new beginnings
connected with communication, so if you want to
start writing a book, or learn a new language, or
learn more about how your computer or phone
works, this is an excellent time for that. Everyone is
more attached to words, ideas, news, gossip, and
information, and so this is a month full of
conversations and discussions.

People who talk too much will talk even more during
this lunar cycle.  Naïve people will reveal things they
should keep mum about, and reticent people will be
persuaded to reveal closely-held secrets.  With
Mercury inconjunct Jupiter at the new moon,
everyone will be riveted by the unwise and
sometimes shocking things that other people say.  
As scandals unfold, legal action could be

The weakest element right now is water, so
emotions are not valued all that much during the
coming lunar cycle.  Lip service may be paid to
religion and spiritual practices, but people are living
more in their heads.  Intimacy and empathy could
be in short supply.  However, there’s a Venus/Pluto
square at the new moon, so some deeper
relationship issues could emerge, and require
people to look at things they’d rather ignore.    

This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
June 23.  Its climactic moment is the full moon on
June 9.   

The new moon occurred
in NYC:  Thurs, May 25, 3:44 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, May 25, 12:44 pm
in London: Thurs, May 25, 8:44 pm
in Singapore:  Fri, May 26, 3:44 am  
in Sydney: Fri, May 26, 5:44 am  

Venus is in Taurus

When Venus, the planet of love, goes through
Taurus, lovers are more reliable, more faithful, and
more loyal than usual.  There’s a tendency to stick
with a good thing, rather than trying to change it.
It’s a time when you really notice all the pleasures
and delights of your current life, and counting your
blessings feels natural and easy.  

During this time, particular pleasure comes from
anything physical.  It’s nice for gardening, for
walking in the woods, for hugging trees, for being
outside in general. This is an excellent time to go
camping, to soak in the sounds and smells and
tastes of nature.
It’s good for potting, weaving, painting, sculpting,
creating in any kind of tactile media.  And, of
it’s good for the pleasures of the flesh:  eating,
drinking, making slow love.

When it comes to relationships, people are more
forthright and honest when Venus is here.  You
present yourself as you are, with no hidden
agendas, and you prefer that others be that way as
well.  People who usually lead complicated,
dramatic lives may discover the joys of simplicity
while Venus is in Taurus.   

Venus will be here until July 4.    

Venus entered Taurus
in NYC: Tues, June 6, 3:26 am
in Vancouver: Tues, June 6, 12:26 am
in London: Tues, June 6, 8:26 am  
in Singapore: Tues, June 6, 3:26 pm   
in Sydney: Tues, June 6, 5:26 pm

Mars is in Cancer

Mars shows where you put your energy, how
you use it, and what you consider worthy of
protecting and defending.  Cancer is the sign
that relates to home, family and neighborhood,
so everyone is a little more tribal under this
influence.  Some people will respond to this by
stockpiling guns.  Other people will stash away
the produce from their gardens, and that’s
what will give them a sense of security and well-

There’s a strong urge to defend what’s yours,
when Mars is in Cancer.  But at the same time,
this is an emotional, sentimental, nurturing
sign, and people will be warm-hearted and
dewy-eyed, easily moved whenever they come
across anyone in trouble.  Children and old
people will find helpful people in their corners,
willing to exert themselves a little to keep them

There will be a lot of cooking and eating and
drinking, while Mars is in this sign.  Angry
people will eat away their anger, and hurt
people will eat away their pain.  There will also
be big, wonderful family and community feasts.
Chefs will come up with amazing delicacies,
and wine enthusiasts will ply you with their

It’s also good for water sports – swimming,
boating, water-skiing.  And it lends itself to
community events, like puppet-shows and
Renaissance fairs and singalongs.  The main
thing is that everyone needs to feel that they

Mars will be in Cancer until July 20.      

Mars enters Cancer
in NYC:  Sun, June 4, 12:16 pm
in Vancouver: Sun, June 4, 9:16 am  
in London: Sun, June 4, 5:16 pm  
in Singapore: Mon, June 5, 12:16 am   
in Sydney: Mon, June 5, 2:16 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
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 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,
11:03 am
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

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

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 enter
ed Cancer
in NYC: Weds, June 21, 12:24 am
in Vancouver: Tues, June 20, 9:24 pm  
in London: Weds, June 21, 5:24 am  
in Singapore: Weds, June 21, 12:24 pm   
in Sydney: Weds, June 21, 2:24 pm

Mercury is in Cancer

Mercury, the planet of the mind, spends a couple of
weeks in the emotional, impressionable sign Cancer,
and this is great for the intuitive faculties.  It’s not quite
as good when it comes to logic and reason!  People are
more likely to believe what they want to believe, what
they have strong emotional reasons for believing.

This gives a stronger focus on home and family.  It’s a
good time for working on genealogy, or compiling photo
albums, or having a family reunion.  You might sit down
with your older relatives and listen to their stories, or
you might tell your own stories to the younger ones in
your family.  Or you could connect with people from your
past:  the kid next door, your college roommate, your
long lost cousin.

It’s also a good time for interior decoration, for adding
cozy touches to your home or garden, for finding
interesting things in your attic or in antique stores.
Mercury in Cancer enhances the memory, but it’s best
for learning things that have a strong emotional charge.  
For example, you might learn the language of your
ancestors, or study a historical period that really calls to
you, or take a cooking or gardening class.  

When it comes to communication, be sure not to
assume that everyone else feels the same way that you
do about everything.  Your own opinions seem so
natural and inevitable that it can be very startling to find
out that others believe something different.  Try to go
down deeper, to find the points of emotional
connection.  We’re all human, all flawed, and all
vulnerable, no matter what we think about anything.        

Mercury will be in Cancer until July 5.                       

Mercury enter
ed Cancer
in NYC:  Weds, June 21, 5:57 am
in Vancouver: Weds, June 21, 2:57 am
in London: Weds, June 21, 10:57 am
in Singapore: Weds, June 21, 5:57 pm  
in Sydney: Weds, June 21, 7:57 pm

The Next Lunar Cycle
(2° Cancer)

This is an emotional lunar cycle. People are more
sensitive, more apt to cry at movies, to hug each
other, and to gush at every cute baby that passes
by.  The Cancer influence is very strong at the new
moon, so there’s also a very strong attachment to
home and family.

At the same time, because Mercury is close to the
sun and moon, there will be an outpouring of words
and other messages.  Everyone will have something
to say, and so there will be a lot of family chatter,
greetings from old friends, and round-table
discussions. People will share news and opinions,
especially about things that have a strong impact on
the family.   

Relationships will be stronger during this lunar
cycle, since there is a very close Venus/Pluto trine.  
It’s in earth signs, so there will be definite, practical
steps taken to strengthen your bonds with others.  
You may get married, buy a house with your
partner, or find another concrete way to make your
connection clear.  It’s not just about personal
relationships;  you could also make a commitment to
a group or an organization that is deeply relevant to
your life at this moment.  Artists could deepen their
commitment to their art.    

This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
July 23.  Its climactic moment is the full moon on July

The new moon occurs
in NYC: Fri, June 23, 10:30 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, June 23, 7:30 pm
in London: Sat, June 24, 3:30 am
in Singapore: Sat, June 24, 10:30 am  
in Sydney: Sat, June 24, 12:30 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 legal
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