Moonsign,
Sunsign
and More
by Jenny Yates

January 17 to 24, 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 Libra
in NYC: Tues, Jan 17, 6:16 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Jan 17, 3:16 am
in London: Tues, Jan 17, 11:16 am
in Singapore: Tues, Jan 17, 7:16 pm   
in Sydney: Tues, Jan 17, 10:16 pm

moves into Scorpio
in NYC: Thurs, Jan 19, 5:09 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Jan 19, 2:09 pm  
in London: Thurs, Jan 19, 10:09 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Jan 20, 6:09 am  
in Sydney: Fri, Jan 20, 9:09 am  

   
moves into Sagittarius
in NYC: Sun, Jan 22, 5:45 am
in Vancouver: Sun, Jan 22, 2:45 am  
in London: Sun, Jan 22, 10:45 am  
in Singapore: Sun, Jan 22, 6:45 pm     
in Sydney: Sun, Jan 22, 9:45 pm  

in Capricorn
in NYC: Tues, Jan 24, 5:43 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Jan 24, 2:43 pm
in London: Tues, Jan 24, 10:43 pm  
in Singapore: Weds, Jan 25, 6:43 am  
in Sydney: Weds, Jan 25, 9:43 am  

in Aquarius
in NYC: Fri, Jan 27, 3:36 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Jan 27, 12:36 am
in London: Fri, Jan 27, 8:36 am  
in Singapore: Fri, Jan 27, 4:36 pm   
in Sydney: Fri, Jan 27, 7:36 pm

What does the
moon's sign tell
you?

See
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 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.  

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
changes.  

Saturn will be in Sagittarius until
December 19, 2017.  

Saturn entered Sagittarius
in NYC: Thurs, Sept 17, 10:49 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Sept 17,
7:49 pm  
in London: Fri, Sept 18, 3:49 am  
in Singapore: Fri, Sept 18,
10:49 am    
in Sydney: Fri, Sept 18, 12:49 pm  

Mars is in Pisces

Mars is generally more gentle and peaceful
in the water sign Pisces.  You’re open to
the energy around you, and you flow with it,
rather than fighting it.  You’re more
sensitive to your body and to the natural
world, more adaptable but also more easily
distracted.

If you are normally a very focused,
disciplined person, you might wonder at
your sudden urge to go outside and smell
the flowers.  Give yourself a little leeway if
you can, since you can have some
wonderful experiences in following your
impulses.  This is a very spiritual influence,
and you can get into touch with beautiful
and blissful feelings.  Of course, sooner or
later, you have to leave the garden and get
back to whatever task you’re engaged in,
and that can be a little harder.  

This is not an aggressive sign for Mars, but
there’s some danger of being passive-
aggressive.  That is, when you feel
aggrieved about something, you might find
some indirect way of expressing your
discomfort, and this rarely works out well in
the long run.  Especially if you normally
have trouble with anger, you might choose
to avoid the issue entirely while Mars is in
Pisces.  But that presents the danger that
the situation will blow up in your face as
soon as Mars gets into Aries.  It’s really
better to deal with things, if you possibly
can.  

Mars will be in Pisces until January
28.                 

Mars entered Pisces
in NYC: Mon, Dec 19, 4:23 am  
in Vancouver: Mon, Dec 19, 1:23 am    
in London: Mon, Dec 19, 9:23 am  
in Singapore: Mon, Dec 19, 5:23 pm    
in Sydney: Mon, Dec 19, 8:23 pm  

The sun is in Capricorn

Capricorn gives maturity, gravitas, and a stronger
sense of responsibility.  After the rather hectic energy
of Sagittarius, people are more grounded and
realistic when the sun is in Capricorn.  When it comes
to the holiday season, people suddenly remember
that these are actually traditional religious holidays
and that shopping is not the main ritual activity.  

This energy really lends itself to the turning of a
calendar year.  That’s mainly because it’s a good time
to check in with yourself, to see how well you did in
2016, and to make plans for the coming year.  Your
ambitions are stronger and more definite, and you
can figure out viable strategies for achieving them.  

It’s a good time to make friends with structure,
however you want to do this.  Structures can be about
security and protection, but they can also be
frameworks for success.   Working with structures
requires discipline, and most people are more
disciplined when the sun is in Capricorn.  Structures
need sustaining walls and a clear form, but the most
successful ones will also have plenty of room for light
and air.

The sun will be in Capricorn until January 19.              

The sun entered Capricorn
in NYC: Weds, Dec 21, 5:44 am
in Vancouver: Weds, Dec 21, 2:44 am
in London: Weds, Dec 21, 10:44 am  
in Singapore: Weds, Dec 21,
6:44 pm  
in Sydney: Weds, Dec 21, 9:44 pm

The Current Lunar Cycle
(7° Capricorn)

The Capricorn influence is very strong at this new
moon, and so it’s a good time to focus on achieving
your goals.  You are more disciplined, pragmatic, and
efficient than usual, so you can set important projects
in motion.    

It’s a time of restraint, when you don’t waste any effort
in doing things that are unpleasant, unnecessary or
self-indulgent.  You’re attracted to pure forms, clean
lines, and uncluttered environments.  Emotion is
generally tucked away, in service to a greater goal.  
But if it’s tucked too far away, you can find yourself
living a life that seems flat and unsatisfying – so be
sure to take into account the things that can’t be
measured, but can only be felt.

It’s important to stay grounded and in balance during
this time, and it can be an excellent time for doing
preparatory and background work, building a
foundation for a strong future effort.  You can assess
where you’ve been, look at where you are now, and
decide where you want to go next.  You can build
structures that will support you for a good long
while.         

This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
January 27.  Its climactic moment is the full moon on
January 12.  

The new moon occurred
in NYC:  Thurs, Dec 29, 1:53 am  
in Vancouver:  Weds, Dec 28, 10:53 pm
in London: Thurs, Dec 29, 6:53 am  
in Singapore: Thurs, Dec 29, 2:53 pm    
in Sydney: Thurs, Dec 29, 5:53 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 processing, 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

Venus is in Pisces

Venus is gentle, imaginative and
spiritually oriented in this sign.  It’s a very
nice place for the planet of love, pleasure
and relationships, and in traditional
astrology, Venus is said to be exalted
here.  

This is the sign of the lover, not the
fighter.  It can mean beautiful, romantic,
spiritually uplifting relationships.  It can
mean an intuitive link between two (or
more) people.  This is a very open-
hearted sign, not particularly egotistical,
and that makes love run more smoothly.  
When you’re wronged, you are able to
forgive whole-heartedly, and when you
wrong another, your amends are
genuine.    

Pisces is a very escapist sign, however,
and you may have a tendency to ignore
or deny problems during Venus’  time
here.  You know something bothers you,
but you’d prefer not to confront your
friend or your partner.  It’s easier to gloss
it over now, to opt for peace. That’s in
part because you can feel a bit more
vulnerable when Venus is in Pisces, since
it’s such a tender and sensitive sign.

This is a great Venus sign for artists of all
kinds, especially musicians and film-
makers.  Your imagination is abundant,
and ideas and images and sounds and
feelings just flow through you.  You hold
nothing back. You may not have as much
faith in your work, however, so you might
want to hold off on showing it to large
numbers of people until Venus is in Aries
next month.        

Venus will be here until February 3.      

Venus entered Pisces
in NYC: Tues, Jan 3, 2:46 am
in Vancouver: Mon, Jan 2, 11:46 pm
in London: Tues, Jan 3, 7:46 am
in Singapore: Tues, Jan 3, 3:46 pm   
in Sydney: Tues, Jan 3, 6:46 pm

Mercury is in Capricorn

Everybody is a bit more realistic, more pragmatic
and more skeptical during this influence.  For
those who are already practical and business-like,
much can be accomplished.  For those who
generally have their heads in the clouds, the
benefits of structure become a bit clearer.

However, Capricorn is a very serious sign, and
sometimes pessimism can be part of the
equation.  If you’re normally prone to shadowy
thoughts, then everything could look a little
grimmer during this time.  It’s not as easy to turn
to fantasy, or to fool yourself, or to take refuge in
denial.  Everything is clearer, more definite, and
more physical.  It is what it is.

At the same time, this is a very grounding
influence, and it can help you build something
new.  You need a solid foundation in reality before
you can construct something which will last.  
Mercury in Capricorn gives you that. It helps you
define your goals, gather resources, work out a
strategy, and take the first small steps towards
improving your life.   

Mercury will be here until February 7.

Mercury enter
ed Capricorn
in NYC: Thurs, Jan 12, 9:03 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, Jan 12, 6:03 am  
in London: Thurs, Jan 12, 2:03 pm  
in Singapore: Thurs, Jan 12, 10:03 pm   
in Sydney: Fri, Jan 13, 1:03 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 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

The sun enters 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 enters Aquarius
in NYC:  Thurs, Jan 19, 4:23 pm
in Vancouver:  Thurs, Jan 19, 1:23 pm
in London: Thurs, Jan 19, 9:23 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Jan 20, 5:23 am   
in Sydney: Fri, Jan 20, 8:23 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