February 12 to 19, 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: Tues, Feb 11, 6:37 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Feb 11, 3:37 pm
in London: Tues, Feb 11, 11:37 pm
in Singapore: Weds, Feb 12, 7:37 am
in Sydney: Weds, Feb 12, 10:37 am
moves into Scorpio
in NYC: Thurs, Feb 13, 7:37 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Feb 13, 4:37 pm
in London: Fri, Feb 14, 12:37 am
in Singapore: Fri, Feb 14, 8:37 am
in Sydney: Fri, Feb 14, 11:37 am
moves into Sagittarius
in NYC: Sat, Feb 15, 11:06 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Feb 15, 8:06 pm
in London: Sun, Feb 16, 4:06 am
in Singapore: Sun, Feb 16, 12:06 pm
in Sydney: Sun, Feb 16, 3:06 pm
moves into Capricorn
in NYC: Tues, Feb 18, 5:36 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Feb 18, 2:36 am
in London: Tues, Feb 18, 10:36 am
in Singapore: Tues, Feb 18, 6:36 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Feb 18, 9:36 pm
moves into Aquarius
in NYC: Thurs, Feb 20, 2:41 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Feb 20, 11:41 am
in London: Thurs, Feb 20, 7:41 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Feb 21, 3:41 am
in Sydney: Fri, Feb 21, 6:41 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
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.
Uranus is in Taurus
Uranus is the revolutionary planet, and
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
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
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
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
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,
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
Mars is in Sagittarius
In this fire sign, Mars cuts loose. There’s lots of energy
and excitement, and you can have some riveting
experiences. This is the best Mars signs for travel, and
for expanding your horizons in definite, physical ways.
You don’t want to hang out at home. You want to see
what’s out there in the world; you want to explore, to try
Mars in Sagittarius can mean a lot more distractions
than usual. You’re distracted by all the exciting things
happening around you, as well as by your own
impulses. There can be a “feast or famine” energy
about this Mars sign, so that you rush around madly
until you’re totally exhausted, and then you drop. You
need to figure out ways to pace yourself and to direct
your energy more efficiently.
It can also give a stronger tendency to escape from any
situation that doesn’t seem congenial in the moment. If
you’re bored, or if you feel oppressed, or if people are
demanding too much of you, you can be out the door
without a backwards glance. If you have escapist
tendencies in your chart anyway, it’s especially easy to
pull this kind of vanishing act. If you’re usually very
solid and reliable, you may surprise yourself with some
of your fantasies and impulses.
Mars will be in Sagittarius until February 16.
Mars entered Sagittarius
in NYC: Fri, Jan 3, 4:37 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Jan 3, 1:37 am
in London: Fri, Jan 3, 9:37 am
in Singapore: Fri, Jan 3, 5:37 pm
in Sydney: Fri, Jan 3, 8:37 pm
The Current Lunar Cycle
This lunar cycle looks interesting. With the sun and
moon in early Aquarius squaring Uranus in Taurus,
there’s the potential for abrupt, unexpected
changes. It’s a time to watch out for accidents,
separations, mishaps, and technical problems.
At the same time, there’s also a lot of creative
potential here. Aquarius gives a great deal of
intellectual curiosity, a real interest in knowing what is
possible. People will be more experimental – in the
arts, in both practical and theoretical sciences, and in
social arrangements. With this greater willingness to
try new things, we all learn a lot, whether our
experiments succeed or fail.
At the same time, there will be a lot of theorizing and
pontificating, with this Aquarius/Taurus square.
Having figured out a bunch of brilliant new ideas,
some people will be promoting them non-stop, and
others will be signing on. Everybody will be sure that
they’re right, and the only good thing about all this
arguing is that it will reveal a lot about what people
think, assume and believe.
So it will be a month of arguments, with several races
heating up. But it will also be a month of greater
transparency, as Aquarius is not a secretive sign.
And there will be an emphasis on being honest,
moral, and responsive to each other, even when we
don’t share the same world-view.
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
February 23. Its climactic moment is the full moon on
The new moon occurred
in NYC: Fri, Jan 24, 4:42 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Jan 24, 1:42 pm
in London: Fri, Jan 24, 9:42 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Jan 25, 5:42 am
in Sydney: Sat, Jan 25, 8:42 am
The sun is in 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 entered Aquarius
in NYC: Mon, Jan 20, 9:54 am
in Vancouver: Mon, Jan 20, 6:54 am
in London: Mon, Jan 20, 2:54 pm
in Singapore: Mon, Jan 20, 10:54 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Jan 21, 1:54 am
Mercury is in Pisces
Mercury in this mutable water sign gives a tendency to
daydream and ramble. The mind is not bound by the
usual restraints, like reason and logic. It moves
mysteriously, fluidly, intuitively, investigating all the nooks
and crannies as it goes.
This is a good time to get better at non-verbal
communication, because there will be a lot of it.
Musicians, choreographers and cinematographers will be
especially inspired, as they communicate grace and
beauty and a wide range of emotions to their audiences.
Poets will be more mysterious, more elusive, aiming to be
understood on a deeper level. Writers of science fiction
and fantasy will help everyone escape from the ordinary.
Everyone will have longer, more vivid dreams, and it won’t
always be easy to wake up from them. You may go
around all day, thinking about your dreams and
wondering what they meant. Everyone will be a little more
mystical, and it’s a good time for spiritual retreats,
meditation circles, and healing work. It’s not the most
disciplined or organized time, however, and
there’s a greater tendency to forget or lose things.
Mercury will be in Pisces until March 4.
Mercury entered Pisces
in NYC: Mon, Feb 3, 6:37 am
in Vancouver: Mon, Feb 3, 3:37 am
in London: Mon, Feb 3, 11:37 am
in Singapore: Mon, Feb 3, 7:37 pm
in Sydney: Mon, Feb 3, 10:37 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 a
particularly optimistic sign, and so
it’s not 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
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, 1:20 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, Dec 2, 11:20 am
in London: Mon, Dec 2, 6:20 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Dec 3, 2:20 am
in Sydney: Tues, Dec 3, 5:20 am
Venus is in Aries
Romantic passion has its day, with Venus in this sign. If
you ever wanted to write a love sonnet, now is the time.
You’re more spontaneous and impetuous than usual,
and if writing sonnets isn’t your thing, you might just
blurt out the way you feel. Later on, you may wonder
how you managed to be so bold. But the good side of
this is that you get your answer right away, and you can
move on if the object of your interest isn’t in the same
All lovers are a little friskier under this influence, even if
they’ve been together a long time. Everybody is looking
for a little more excitement in their lives.
It’s also a great time for artists, as the urge for creative
self-expression is very strong. There’s an
autobiographical feel about Venus in Aries, and this will
come through in any media. You’re drawing yourself, or
doing comedy about your own life, or putting your
feelings into interpretive dance. Whatever you’re doing,
it’s an exploration of what it means to be you – and what
it means to be human – and the honesty and
spontaneity of your work engages your audience.
When it comes to pleasure, you want to do new,
intriguing things while Venus is here. You want to try
something you’ve never done before, something that will
engage your body and spirit. You might go out and take
tango lessons, or join a rugby team, or run a marathon,
or walk on hot coals. Even if it challenges you –
especially if it challenges you! - it will be fun.
Venus will be in Aries until March 4.
Venus entered Aries
in NYC: Fri, Feb 7, 3:02 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Feb 7, 12:02 pm
in London: Fri, Feb 7, 8:02 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Feb 8, 4:02 am
in Sydney: Sat, Feb 8, 7:02 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,
won’t be a lot of time or room for frivolity. When times
are hard, people focus on the basics, and act more
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
Saturn will be in Capricorn until March 21, 2020.
Saturn entered Capricorn
in NYC: Tues, Dec 19,
in Vancouver: Tues, Dec 19,
in London: Weds, Dec 20,
in Singapore: Weds, Dec 20,
in Sydney: Weds, Dec 20,
The sun enters Pisces
This is the last month of the zodiacal year, and the last
month of the winter in the northern hemisphere. It’s a
meditative time, a time when it feels good to be a little
quieter than usual and to live a simpler life. This is the
time to write poetry, to spend some time in a monastic
retreat, or to take walks by the river. Life is a river.
Psychic abilities are stronger, and artistic sensibilities are
especially noticeable. Everyone is more sensitive, more
receptive, and more tender-hearted. People suffer
more, but people also notice when other people are
suffering, and reach out to help.
This is a time when it’s easier to merge – with other
people, with your environment, with characters in films or
books, or with the products of your own imagination.
Boundaries are a little thinner. People who are very
invested in their separate identities – cowboys, warriors,
authority figures, contest winners – may feel a bit lost
and frustrated. The usual divisions between “good” and
“bad” can break down during this time, and the ego may
have trouble getting a foothold.
The sun will be in Pisces until March 19.
The sun enters Pisces
in NYC: Tues, Feb 18, 11:57 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Feb 18, 8:57 pm
in London: Weds, Feb 19, 4:57 am
in Singapore: Weds, Feb 19, 12:57 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Feb 19, 3:57 pm
Mars enters Capricorn
Mars in Capricorn makes everything
earthier, more pragmatic, and more
traditional. This is a good Mars sign
for getting things done, especially on
the physical level. You have the
materials at hand, you have a plan,
you have a goal, and you work hard.
When you have obligations, you meet
them. You work equally well in
groups or alone.
This is a cautious place for Mars, and
it helps people to work out any
disagreements. There’s a stronger
appreciation for the wisdom and
experience of the past, and a greater
willingness to find practical solutions.
At the same time, people can be a bit
more judgmental under this influence,
since it gives a stronger emphasis on
People are not all that comfortable
with things that are vague and open-
ended; they want clarity and
definition. They want an end to the
loose ends; they want forms,
patterns, structures, commitments,
and lasting value. They want to build
something solid and worthwhile. And
in the process, they don’t want to
waste any time or materials.
Mars will be in Capricorn until March
Mars enters Capricorn
in NYC: Sun, Feb 16, 6:33 am
in Vancouver: Sun, Feb 16, 3:33 am
in London: Sun, Feb 16, 11:33 am
in Singapore: Sun, Feb 16, 7:33 pm
in Sydney: Sun, Feb 16, 10:33 pm
Mercury goes Retrograde
Mercury goes retrograde in the drifty,
dreamy sign Pisces, so you can expect
things to become a bit unmoored
around this time. There could be
problems with all sorts of
arrangements, and various hassles
involving communication and
transportation. You thought you were
supposed to meet Mme X at this spot,
but she is actually waiting over on the
other side of the Metro station, and
you may both wait a half hour and
then go home disappointed.
Complications are especially rife
during the first couple of days that
Mercury is retrograde. But during the
entire three weeks, it’s best to
postpone important new projects. Try
to relax more, to enjoy life more, and
to be a bit more spontaneous. Let
yourself daydream sometimes, instead
of trying to be efficient every minute.
Mercury retrograde puts your attention
on the past, and so it can be a highly
successful time for finishing things,
especially when it comes to artistic
projects. Those paintbrushes in your
cabinet? Why not take them out and
do a landscape of whatever is outside
your window? That guitar you put
aside years ago? Why not see if you
can still strum a tune? Don’t give
yourself a hard time about it, though.
Let it be fun.
Mercury goes direct again on March
Mercury goes retrograde
in NYC: Sun, Feb 16, 7:54 pm
in Vancouver: Sun, Feb 16, 4:54 pm
in London: Mon, Feb 17, 12:54 am
in Singapore: Mon, Feb 17, 8:54 am
in Sydney: Mon, Feb 17, 11:54 am