and More
by Jenny Yates

October 24 to 31, 2014

What sign is the moon in?  What signs do the planets occupy?  
What is the current lunar cycle about?  

Check out my new blog,
Friday Forward, for a look at the moment and the immediate future.

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 Scorpio
in NYC: Thurs, Oct 23, 5:09 pm  
in Vancouver: Thurs, Oct 23, 2:09 pm    
in London: Thurs, Oct 23, 10:09 pm  
in Singapore: Fri, Oct 24, 5:09 am  
in Sydney: Fri, Oct 24, 8:09 am  

moves into Sagittarius
in NYC:  Sun, Oct 26, 12:40 am
in Vancouver: Sat, Oct 25, 9:40 pm
in London: Sun, Oct 26, 5:40 am
in Singapore: Sun, Oct 26, 12:40 pm   
in Sydney: Sun, Oct 26, 3:40 pm

moves into Capricorn
in NYC:  Tues, Oct 28, 6:03 am  
in Vancouver: Tues, Oct 28, 3:03 am  
in London: Tues, Oct 28, 10:03 am  
in Singapore:  Tues, Oct 28, 6:03 pm  
in Sydney: Tues, Oct 28, 9:03 pm  

moves into Aquarius
in NYC: Thurs, Oct 30, 9:52 am  
in Vancouver: Thurs, Oct 30, 6:52 am  
in London: Thurs, Oct 30, 1:52 pm  
in Singapore: Thurs, Oct 30, 9:52 pm    
in Sydney: Fri, Oct 31, 12:52 am  

moves into Pisces
in NYC:  Sat, Nov 1, 12:36 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Nov 1, 9:36 am
in London: Sat, Nov 1, 4:36 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Nov 2, 12:36 am      
in Sydney: Sun, Nov 2, 3:36 am      

What does the
moon's sign tell

Moon Signs and
Lunar Transits

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

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 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

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

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, 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

Mercury is Retrograde
(2° Scorpio)

Mercury in Scorpio is always pretty introspective,
and now, as it goes retrograde, everybody will have
more time to think, to dwell on what is particularly
meaningful.  Some people will use this time to plot
vengeance over old wrongs, while others will work
on forgiveness and healing.  

But in a week, Mercury will move back to Libra, and
people will have more perspective.  You may wonder
what all the heavy feelings were about, as you
achieve a greater sense of mental balance.  And
you can turn your attention to any areas of chaos
around you, readying yourself for the next phase of
your life.   

During the three weeks when Mercury is retrograde,
it’s not a particularly good time to move forward with
any major project.  Try to relax more, to enjoy life
more, and to connect more with friends and family.  
Why not call up those people you’ve been meaning
to see, and spend the afternoon catching up with
them in some little café?   Why not go visit a gallery,
or take your watercolors out of the closet and do a
little painting?  

This is a good time to deal with old leftover projects
that you’ve put to the side.  Mercury retrograde puts
your attention on the past, and so it can be a highly
successful time for finishing things, sorting things
out, cleaning things up, and taking care of all the
loose threads in your life.   

Mercury goes direct again on October 25.   

Mercury went retrograde
in NYC:  Sat, Oct 4, 1:02 pm
in Vancouver:  Sat, Oct 4, 10:02 am
in London: Sat, Oct 4, 6:02 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Oct 5, 1:02 am
in Sydney: Sun, Oct 5, 4:02 am

Jupiter is in Leo.

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 Leo is an exciting, courageous fire
sign, so the coming year will be particularly active and stimulating.  
After the sometimes claustrophobic wetness of this last Jupiter-in-
Cancer year, Jupiter in Leo feels like a nice long stretch in the sun.  

Jupiter in Leo will give everyone more confidence, and will
encourage creativity, play, and risk-taking.  People who are already
effusive and energetic will become more so, and shy people will
start to come out into the open, and let themselves be known.   We’ll
all be warmer, friendlier, more effusive, and more generous with
each other.  

This will be a great year for artists, since Leo is such an expressive
sign.  If you’re not already an artist, you could try your hand at
whatever’s around:  dance troupes, theatre groups, karaoke bars,
origami collectives, puppet shows, guitar lessons, improv nights,
sculpture workshops, anything at all.  You could take your
harmonica and become a busker, or teach your dog to talk and
become a star on YouTube. During the coming year, you have a
stronger urge to be seen and heard, to let more color and drama
and pleasure into your life.

Not everybody can be in the limelight at once, and sometimes this
can be a problem when Jupiter is in Leo.  When everybody wants to
be the center of attention, there can be a certain amount of pushing
and shoving.  Pride is more pronounced, and bruised egos can set
up a squall.  As a fixed sign, Leo is stubborn, so try not to back
anyone into a corner.    

While Jupiter is in Leo, there’ll be a lot more posturing by people in
authority. Decisions will be made that are all about preventing the
loss of face, even if that means losing battles.  Even when you don’t
truly respect someone, it’s best to grant them as much dignity as
possible, and this will help with working through conflicts.   

Jupiter will be here until August 11, 2015.

Jupiter entered Leo.
in NYC:  Weds, July 16, 6:30 am
in Vancouver: Weds, July 16, 3:30 am  
in London: Weds, July 16, 11:30 am
in Singapore: Weds, July 16, 6:30 pm  
in Sydney: Weds, July 16, 8:30 pm

Saturn is in Scorpio

Saturn is the planet of structure, duty and
responsibility, and Scorpio is the sign of
transformation.  Saturn is about setting up new
systems, and Scorpio has a tendency to go to
extremes.  And so this is not necessarily an
easy combination.  But there is a lot of power
unleashed while Saturn is in Scorpio, and it can
go towards deep, meaningful change.

This is a time when people will be drawn towards
things that are usually taboo.  
There’s a fascination with whatever is
mysterious, unconventional, or raw.  So people
will deal with sex, death, money, power, and
other topics that they usually avoid or fear.  
Underlying emotional responses will be more
visible:  resentment, hunger, suspicion,
paranoia.  When you deal directly with these
things, you release a lot of old, stuck energy,
and so these intense feelings are gateways to

Everyone gets in touch with their inner devils, to
some extent or another, and everyone is also
required to work out a deeper moral code. What
is good and bad, what is right and wrong, when
you’re truly being honest with yourself,
recognizing what lies inside your own heart?

During the next two years, some things that are
quite risqué now may become accepted and
even respectable, while some things that are
commonplace now may be widely rejected.  
People who look wild and crazy may be totally
conventional or even straight-laced.   And
people, more aware of their own contradictions,
may become a little less quick to judge others by

Saturn will be in Scorpio until December 23,

Saturn entered Scorpio
in NYC:  Fri, Oct 5, 2012, 4:34 pm
in Vancouver:  Fri, Oct 5, 2012, 1:34 pm
in London: Fri, Oct 5, 2012, 9:34 pm  
in Singapore:  Sat, Oct 6, 2012,
4:34 am  
in Sydney: Sat, Oct 6, 2012, 6:34 am  

The Current Lunar Cycle
(0° Scorpio)

This new moon brings a partial solar eclipse, so it’s intense,
and there’s some powerful energy for change.  Venus is
closely conjunct the sun and moon, focusing particular
attention on love, sex, happiness and pleasure.  And all
three sextile Mars, so there’s an urge to go after what you
want in these areas.  

Desires are especially strong now, and some people will
have a hard time handling them. People are challenged by
boundaries may find them particularly grating. So be
especially careful at this new moon, especially if you’re
female, since there may be more predators out there than
usual.  At the same time, this new moon can be a wonderful
time for a joyful, romantic, intimate connection.  Love can be
stronger, deeper, more magical, more all-encompassing.    

If you’re wrestling with an addiction to something that you
don’t want in your life, this is a good time for a little
transformative magic.  Find something else that’s also
pleasurable, something that will enhance your life, and
summoning all the power of this new moon, infuse it with
your hopes and dreams.  For example, you might throw your
energy into love, or yoga, or swimming, or cooking, or
communing with nature.  

When you get rid of something, you need to bring
something else into the circle of your consciousness.  And
whatever you bring in now will get a real boost.  There is life-
changing energy in this new moon, and it’s up to you to
decide what you want to do with it.

This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on November
22.  Its climactic moment is the full moon on November 6.  

The new moon occurred
in NYC: Thurs, Oct 23, 5:56 pm    
in Vancouver: Thurs, Oct 23, 2:56 pm      
in London: Thurs, Oct 23, 10:56 pm    
in Singapore: Fri, Oct 24, 5:56 am       
in Sydney: Fri, Oct 24, 8:56 am       

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 a lot 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 only kinds of relationships that flourish
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
get 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

The sun entered Scorpio
in NYC: Thurs, Oct 23, 7:57 am   
in Vancouver: Thurs, Oct 23, 4:57 am     
in London: Thurs, Oct 23, 12:57 pm   
in Singapore: Thurs, Oct 23, 7:57 pm     
in Sydney: Thurs, Oct 23, 10:57 pm   

Mars is in Sagittarius

In this fire sign, Mars really 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 your luck.

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

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 October 26.   

Mars entered Sagittarius
in NYC:  Sat, Sept 13, 5:57 pm
in Vancouver:  Sat, Sept 13, 2:57 pm
in London: Sat, Sept 13, 10:57 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Sept 14, 5:57 am  
in Sydney: Sun, Sept 14, 7:57 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 move people to
shut each other out.  Be ready to forgive your
lovers, friends and family members if this
happens, and to keep the doors open
yourself.  Everyone needs to feel safe, and
people come to this in their own ways.   

Venus will be in Scorpio until November 16.   

Venus enters Scorpio
in NYC: Thurs, Oct 23, 4:52 pm    
in Vancouver: Thurs, Oct 23, 1:52 pm    
in London: Thurs, Oct 23, 9:52 pm    
in Singapore: Fri, Oct 24, 4:52 am     
in Sydney: Fri, Oct 24, 7:52 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-crafted sentences.  

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 and
cooperate, 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 taking one’s place in the
community and being part of larger movements.  There
may be quite a lot of arguments and debates, but they will
mostly be pretty orderly.  The focus will be on ideas,
principles, and beliefs.

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 November 8.   

Mercury entered Libra
in NYC:  Fri, Oct 10, 1:26 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Oct 10, 10:26 am  
in London:  Fri, Oct 10, 6:26 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Oct 11, 1:26 am  
in Sydney: Sat, Oct 11, 4:26 am  

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 more 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 external standards.           

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, lasting
value. They want to build something solid and

Mars will be in Capricorn until December 4.  

Mars enters Capricorn
in NYC:  Sun, Oct 26, 6:42 am
in Vancouver: Sun, Oct 26, 3:42 am
in London: Sun, Oct 26, 10:42 am
in Singapore: Sun, Oct 26, 6:42 pm   
in Sydney: Sun, Oct 26, 9:42 pm