September 17 to 26, 2014
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: Tues, Sept 16, 11:24 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Sept 16, 8:24 am
in London: Tues, Sept 16, 4:24 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Sept 16, 11:24 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Sept 17, 1:24 am
moves into Leo
in NYC: Thurs, Sept 18, 11:10 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Sept 18, 8:10 pm
in London: Fri, Sept 19, 4:10 am
in Singapore: Fri, Sept 19, 11:10 am
in Sydney: Fri, Sept 19, 1:10 pm
moves into Virgo
in NYC: Sun, Sept 21, 11:54 am
in Vancouver: Sun, Sept 21, 8:54 am
in London: Sun, Sept 21, 4:54 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Sept 21, 11:54 pm
in Sydney: Mon, Sept 22, 1:54 am
moves into Libra
in NYC: Tues, Sept 23, 11:59 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Sept 23, 8:59 pm
in London: Weds, Sept 24, 4:59 am
in Singapore: Weds, Sept 24, 11:59 am
in Sydney: Weds, Sept 24, 1:59 pm
moves into Scorpio
in NYC: Fri, Sept 26, 10:29 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Sept 26, 7:29 am
in London: Fri, Sept 26, 3:29 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Sept 26, 10:29 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Sept 27, 12:29 am
moves into Sagittarius
in NYC: Sun, Sept 28, 6:50 pm
in Vancouver: Sun, Sept 28, 3:50 pm
in London: Sun, Sept 28, 11:50 pm
in Singapore: Mon, Sept 29, 6:50 am
in Sydney: Mon, Sept 29, 8:50 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
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
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
The Current Lunar Cycle
The Virgo new moon generally signals a good time to work
on practical and organizational projects. However, this
new moon opposes Neptune, so there’s also a spiritual
element. You may need to spend some time reconciling
your worldly ambitions with your spiritual yearnings. It’s
good to address questions of trust and gratitude, to begin
healing your soul from the toxins of this crazy lopsided
world we live in.
On the physical level, there could be some blockages,
during this lunar cycle. With a Mars/Saturn conjunction at
the new moon, some situations could get bogged down,
perhaps because some of the crucial players are dragging
their feet. There could be some rivalries that have to be
worked out before you can go ahead. Financial
considerations could enter into it too, especially if there
are some debts which need to be paid.
There could also be some sexual tension during this lunar
cycle, since Venus squares the Mars/Saturn square. When
it comes to romance, there could be inertia and frustration.
Some people will love so deeply and obsessively that they
just can’t handle it. So there’s the danger of break-ups,
fights, or boundary violations between people.
With Venus (and Jupiter) in Leo, questions of entitlement
come up. You may need to take a clear look at yourself,
and see what you’re taking for granted. What’s the source
of your power? How are you using it? What are you
giving, and what are you demanding in return?
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
September 24. Its climactic moment is the full moon on
The new moon occurred
in NYC: Mon, Aug 25, 10:12 am
in Vancouver: Mon, Aug 25, 7:12 am
in London: Mon, Aug 25, 3:12 pm
in Singapore: Mon, Aug 25, 10:12 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Aug 26, 12:12 am
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. People may be staying
late at the office, 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
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, starting to take vitamins
regularly, or getting a check-up, 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 entered Virgo
in NYC: Sat, Aug 23, 12:46 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Aug 22, 9:46 pm
in London: Sat, Aug 23, 5:46 am
in Singapore: Sat, Aug 23, 12:46 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Aug 23, 2:46 pm
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 individually.
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 September 27.
Mercury entered Libra
in NYC: Tues, Sept 2, 1:37 am
in Vancouver: Mon, Sept 1, 10:37 pm
in London: Tues, Sept 2, 6:37 am
in Singapore: Tues, Sept 2, 1:37 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Sept 2, 3:37 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
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 transformation.
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
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 appearances.
Saturn will be in Scorpio until December
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,
in Sydney: Sat, Oct 6, 2012, 6:34 am
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
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
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
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
Venus is in Virgo
As Venus enters this earth sign, work becomes more fun.
You find it easier to be tackle practical jobs, to improve
your life in definite ways. It makes you happy to clean out
closets and to fix or discard anything that’s broken or that
doesn’t fit into your daily routine. You want everything to
be beautiful, clean, functional, and uncluttered.
Whatever your work, you’re happy to do it, but it’s best if
there are tangible, earthy results of some kind. This is a
pleasant time for healers, body-workers, herbalists,
gardeners, and craftspeople. You enjoy an ongoing
sense of accomplishment, a contentment with the tasks of
Virgo is about the details, and there can be some
tendency to be too picky, with Venus in this sign. Try not
to nag your loved ones about the small things that drive
you crazy, but seek alternate systems that will work
better. And avoid being overly mental in your approach,
expecting everything to be rational rather than looking at
the underlying feelings. Sometimes people just need to
be listened to, rather than “fixed”.
Venus will be in Virgo until September 29.
Venus entered Virgo
in NYC: Fri, Sept 5, 1:07 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Sept 5, 10:07 am
in London: Fri, Sept 5, 6:07 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Sept 6, 1:07 am
in Sydney: Sat, Sept 6, 3:07 am
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
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
The Next Lunar Cycle
During this lunar cycle, questions of balance
keep coming up. With the sun and moon in
early Libra, everyone is more hopeful and
idealistic, and there’s an orientation towards
justice, cooperation, and the sharing of
resources. The fiery Jupiter/Uranus trine is
strong, and so some progressive, innovative
ideas are circulating, and some of them will find
lots of supporters.
There’s room for new projects, especially
exciting creative projects. You may find
interesting new ways to express yourself, and
there are people nearby who can help you
realize your ambitions, whether you want to be a
Broadway star or a CEO. Everyone is a bit more
experimental, more inclined to take risks and test
new alternatives, and some of these will pan out
At the same time, with the Mars/Neptune square
also strong, there is also some tendency to go
full-tilt in the wrong direction. Yes, idealism can
be a wonderful thing, but passionate belief can
make people a bit ungrounded, maybe even
unglued. And so think twice when you get a
brilliant idea, during this lunar cycle. Is it based
on a crazy dream, or on a clear, logical process
of thought? Spend some time deconstructing it.
Is it even possible?
The lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
October 23. Its climactic moment is the full moon
(with a lunar eclipse) on October 8.
The new moon occurs
in NYC: Weds, Sept 24, 2:13 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Sept 23, 11:13 pm
in London: Weds, Sept 24, 7:13 am
in Singapore: Weds, Sept 24, 2:13 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Sept 24, 4:13 pm
The sun enters Libra
Happy equinox! This is the time when day and night are
in balance. 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 live by.
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 23.
The sun enters Libra
in NYC: Mon, Sept 22, 10:29 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, Sept 22, 7:29 pm
in London: Tues, Sept 23, 3:29 am
in Singapore: Tues, Sept 23, 10:29 am
in Sydney: Tues, Sept 23, 12:29 pm