November 15 to 22, 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 Cancer
in NYC: Fri, Nov 15, 11:15 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Nov 15, 8:15 am
in London: Fri, Nov 15, 4:15 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Nov 16, 12:15 am
in Sydney: Sat, Nov 16, 3:15 am
moves into Leo
in NYC: Sun, Nov 17, 4:57 pm
in Vancouver: Sun, Nov 17, 1:57 pm
in London: Sun, Nov 17, 9:57 pm
in Singapore: Mon, Nov 18, 5:57 am
in Sydney: Mon, Nov 18, 8:57 am
moves into Virgo
in NYC: Tues, Nov 19, 8:54 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Nov 19, 5:54 pm
in London: Weds, Nov 20, 1:54 am
in Singapore: Weds, Nov 20, 9:54 am
in Sydney: Weds, Nov 20, 12:54 pm
moves into Libra
in NYC: Thurs, Nov 21, 11:19 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Nov 21, 8:19 pm
in London: Fri, Nov 22, 4:19 am
in Singapore: Fri, Nov 22, 12:19 pm
in Sydney: Fri, Nov 22, 3:19 pm
moves into Scorpio
in NYC: Sun, Nov 24, 12:58 am
in Vancouver: Sat, Nov 23, 9:58 pm
in London: Sun, Nov 24, 5:58 am
in Singapore: Sun, Nov 24, 1:58 pm
in Sydney: Sun, Nov 24, 4:58 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 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, 3:27 am
in Vancouver: Weds, Mar 6, 12:27 am
in London: Weds, Mar 6, 8:27 am
in Singapore: Weds, Mar 6, 4:27 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Mar 6, 7:27 pm
Mercury is in Scorpio
Mercury is the planet of intellect, and in
Scorpio, intellect is compressed,
concentrated, internal. This is a time
when you can focus your mental powers
on what is really important to you. It’s
especially good for research, for digging
down deep to find buried truths.
Scorpio is a retentive sign, and so
communication may be a bit more sparse
while Mercury is here. Your tendency is
to mull things over, to let them percolate
until the time is right to reveal them. If
you’re usually a chatty type, you’ll be
more thoughtful and discreet during this
period. If you tend towards silence, you
may be positively inscrutable.
This is a good time to talk about deeper
emotional realities. You are drawn
towards things that are intense, dense,
timeless, mysterious, and magical.
It’s a good time for writers of fantasy and
science fiction, for psychologists, and for
There’s a great deal of power in the word,
whether spoken or written, and now is the
time when that power is most evident.
Mercury will be in Scorpio until December
Mercury entered Scorpio
in NYC: Fri, Oct 4, 4:14 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Oct 4, 1:14 am
in London: Fri, Oct 4, 9:14 am
in Singapore: Fri, Oct 4, 4:14 pm
in Sydney: Fri, Oct 4, 6:14 pm
Mars is in Libra
Mars in Libra is a fighter for justice. Mars
represents the things we quarrel over, the
things we move towards, the roots of our
impulses. And with Mars in Libra, principles will
become more important, so we are more likely
to exert ourselves in defense of equal
opportunity, or women’s power over our bodies,
or an end to discrimination, or another important
issue of the day.
There is likely to be more personal processing
under this influence, and it can be a good time
to iron out any imbalances in a relationship. Are
you doing your share? Is there a better way to
divide chores, responsibilities and privileges?
Now is a good time to work on it.
People want to do the right thing, and there’s
more give-and-take on every level. There are
more meetings, more bargaining, more strategy
sessions, and a greater emphasis both on the
rules and what they mean. Mars in Libra is not
necessarily progressive, but it does give an
ability to see how things look from the other
side. It’s more considerate, polite, and peaceful
than other Mars positions.
So this is a good time to tell your side of the
story, especially if you don’t usually get a
chance to do so. Whatever your cause is, you
can find people who will take it up.
Because Mars in Libra gives an emphasis on
symmetry, balance and beauty, it’s also a very
nice time for artists, especially visual artists.
And it’s also good for athletes, especially when
they’re doing something that’s graceful and that
requires balance – such as dancing, skating, or
Mars will be here until November 19.
Mars entered Libra
in NYC: Fri, Oct 4, 12:22 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, Oct 3, 9:22 pm
in London: Fri, Oct 4, 5:22 am
in Singapore: Fri, Oct 4, 12:22 pm
in Sydney: Fri, Oct 4, 2:22 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 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 2023.
The sun is in Scorpio
This is a time of extreme emotions, fixed attitudes, and
powerful desires. Everything goes a little underground
when the sun is in Scorpio, and it’s harder to figure out
what people are thinking and feeling. People who are
introspective anyway will start brooding about
everything. People who are gregarious will wonder why
nobody is calling them up.
The kinds of relationships that flourish most when the sun
is in Scorpio are intimate ones. People have much less
time for anything superficial, and may completely ignore
the usual niceties. But intimate relationships can
become deeper. This is the place where things get
dramatic and extreme, where Romeo and Juliet scenarios
are played out, where secrets are kept and revealed, and
sometimes where deep healing happens.
There’s a lot of sexual energy when the sun is in Scorpio,
and that makes everything that much more fraught. And
of course, sexual energy gets sublimated in a lot of
different ways: violent emotions spill over, people grab
for power, or people faint in religious ecstasies. And
then, of course, there are the people who are keeping all
of it under wraps.
The sun will be in Scorpio until November 22.
The sun enters Scorpio
in NYC: Weds, Oct 23, 1:19 pm
in Vancouver: Weds, Oct 23, 10:19 am
in London: Weds, Oct 23, 6:19 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, Oct 24, 1:19 am
in Sydney: Thurs, Oct 24, 4:19 am
The Current Lunar Cycle
This is a very intense new moon. It looks like
this lunar cycle is going to bring some major
changes, with the sun and moon almost exactly
Finances are quite unstable during this lunar
cycle, since Uranus is in Taurus. There could
be some secrets revealed relating to finances,
some underlying trickery that comes to light. I
realize that this is already happening in the
political sphere, but it could reach another level.
And it could affect individuals, especially those
with planets aspecting the new moon degree, 4°
Mercury and Venus are also together, so this is
a strong month when it comes to telling the truth
and building intimacy. With four planets in
Scorpio, the only path forward is rigorous
honesty, and this allows for more profound
connections with others, and helps you heal pain
and mend rifts.
Mars is dealing with some really tough aspects
at this new moon, however, and so it’s not
always clear what action to take. It makes a
square to Saturn and an inconjunct to Neptune,
so there could be some very stubborn obstacles
in your path. And since Mercury is retrograde
during most of this lunar cycle, it may be that
going backwards is the best way forward, for
You may find yourself reliving some old anger or
frustration, and you may want to do something
dramatic and extreme, with that sun/Uranus
opposition. And this might be the right tack to
take. But sit with it for a little while, to make sure
that you really feel ready for this. If you’re going
to turn everything upside down, you’ll need
some support, and you’ll need at least a semi-
soft place to land.
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
November 26. Its climactic moment is the full
moon on November 12.
The new moon occurred
in NYC: Sun, Oct 27, 11:38 pm
in Vancouver: Sun, Oct 27, 8:38 pm
in London: Mon, Oct 28, 3:38 am
in Singapore: Mon, Oct 28, 11:38 am
in Sydney: Mon, Oct 28, 2:38 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
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
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, 2020.
Saturn entered Capricorn
in NYC: Tues, Dec 19, 11:48 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Dec 19,
in London: Weds, Dec 20,
in Singapore: Weds, Dec 20,
in Sydney: Weds, Dec 20,
Mercury is Retrograde
Mercury goes retrograde close to Venus, and this is helpful.
Mercury in Scorpio can be pretty secretive, but the
conjunction to Venus creates more openings with others in
your vicinity. Once you reveal what you’re really thinking and
feeling, people respond to you, and some deep, meaningful
relationships can be built.
This is also good for mending old rifts, since Mercury
retrograde always harkens to the past in some way. If you’re
afraid to reach out to people because you’ve been hurt in the
past, now is the time to work through that. You might even
have a healing encounter with whoever hurt you, and realize
that you’re a stronger person for it.
The conjunction to Venus also encourages artistic
expression. So if you’ve been longing to get back to painting,
or playing the cello, or declaiming soliloquys, now is a good
time. You can brush off those skills and do beautiful things
During the three weeks when Mercury is retrograde, it’s not a
particularly good time to move forward with any new project.
However, it can be a highly successful time for finishing
things, correcting mistakes, investigating whatever lies in your
attic, and taking care of all the loose threads in your life. You
could recover old things that you thought were lost, or fix
things that have been damaged.
There could be a few screw-ups, especially when it comes to
communication, transportation and logistics, and especially
during the first days after Mercury turns retrograde. The most
important thing is to remember to say everything out loud.
Don’t assume others know what you’re thinking, because they
are bound to assume something completely wrong.
Mercury goes direct again on November 20.
Mercury went retrograde
in NYC: Thurs, Oct 31, 11:41 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, Oct 31, 8:41 am
in London: Thurs, Oct 31, 3:41 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, Oct 31, 11:41 pm
in Sydney: Fri, Nov 1, 2:41 am
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
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 world.
Venus will be in Sagittarius until November
Venus entered Sagittarius
in NYC: Fri, Nov 1, 4:24 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Nov 1, 1:24 pm
in London: Fri, Nov 1, 8:24 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Nov 2, 4:24 am
in Sydney: Sat, Nov 2, 7:24 am
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 spiritually active.
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
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, 7:03 pm
in Berlin: Fri, Feb 3, 2012, 8:03 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Feb 4, 2012, 6:03 am
The sun enters Sagittarius
With the sun in this fiery sign, things get
exciting. As always at this time of year, it’s a
good time for parties, celebrations, feasts,
and community events. Sagittarius is
enthusiastic, gregarious, extravagant, and
optimistic, but there’s some tendency to go to
extremes (in a friendly and good-natured
This is also a good time for travel. People are
eager for all kinds of new experiences, and
they’re more willing to get away from the usual
routine and do something wild and
Political arguments can get very heated at
this time. Sagittarius is a sign of inspiration
and discovery, and when people feel that they
have found The Way, they want to turn
everybody else on to their new vision of the
world. This is also the sign of philosophers,
and you may find one on every street-corner
during this time.
Everyone is thinking bigger. 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
The sun will be in Sagittarius until December
The sun enters Sagittarius
in NYC: Fri, Nov 22, 9:59 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Nov 22, 6:59 am
in London: Fri, Nov 22, 2:59 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Nov 22, 10:59 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Nov 23, 1:59 am
Mars enters Scorpio
Mars is more intense in Scorpio, more dramatic, and
more emotional. Everyone feels more strongly about
everything, and people are more likely to go to
extremes. There will be more laughing and crying,
more explosions, more colorful reactions of all kinds.
However, this is also a time when you can channel
your energies very powerfully and persistently towards
one particular goal. You are determined, focused,
stubborn, and intractable. When you want to do
something, no matter how difficult it is, you call up
reserves of strength and you are able to manage it.
When your desires and your will come together, it’s a
Desires are especially strong with Mars in this sign,
and the sexual atmosphere could get a bit dense at
times. Whatever is forbidden holds a particular allure.
If you usually have a hard time with impulse control, it
will be harder when Mars is in Scorpio, and you might
want to ask your crew-mates to lash you to the mast. If
you’re normally very restrained, you might be
surprised at the things you feel a sudden urge to do.
Mars will be here until January 3.
Mars enters Scorpio
in NYC: Tues, Nov 19, 2:40 am
in Vancouver: Mon, Nov 18, 11:40 pm
in London: Tues, Nov 19, 7:40 am
in Singapore: Tues, Nov 19, 3:40 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Nov 19, 6:40 pm